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May 27, 2003

Freshman Application Due By May 31 For Fall

Freshmen applying for fall admission to SIUE should have their application and application fee payment in by May 31.

Freshmen applications received after May 31 will not be considered for fall admission; freshmen applicants who are unable to apply by May 31 may apply to be admitted in spring 2004. For all other undergraduate students applying for fall, the deadline is Aug. 4.

"The freshmen admission deadline was recently established to assist in managing the university's enrollment," said Boyd Bradshaw, SIUE's acting assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment. Bradshaw said three new residence halls built since 1994 have served to draw even more attention to the quality education offered at SIUE.

The university's enrollment has grown for eight consecutive years, reaching 12,708 last fall. Bradshaw said early projections indicate enrollment for fall of 2003 will continue that trend.

"More and more students and parents view SIUE as their first choice for a quality, affordable education," Bradshaw said. "A strong faculty, small class sizes, community service opportunities, an active campus life, and some of the newest residence halls in the state continue to fuel SIUE's growth."

Bradshaw said the admission application and application fee payment must be received by May 31 to be considered for the Fall 2003 term. All supporting documents including transcripts and ACT scores need to be received as soon as possible to ensure a timely review of the student's application.

The quickest and easiest way for students to apply for admission and pay the $30 application fee is online at

Little Shop Is A Comedy Of Horrors; Part Of Summer ShowBiz 2003 At SIUE

The main character of the opening Summer Showbiz production will have a great personality-several in fact.

Each arm of Audrey II, the fast-growing, alien plant in Little Shop of Horrors, will have a kid serving as a speaking bloom. Summer Showbiz is part of the SummerArts 2003 program at SIUE.

Little Shop runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 12-14 and 19-21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15 and 22. The off-Broadway hit focuses on a young man who works in a run-down flower shop and discovers an alien plant after a total eclipse of the sun. The only defect is that the plant feeds on human blood.

It's a sci-fi musical comedy based on the 1960 B-movie of the same name. By the way, that film was directed by B-movie giant Roger Corman (who shot it in less than three days) and featured Jack Nicholson in his first film appearance. In 1982, the songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman added music and lyrics to the story and opened it off-Broadway to critical acclaim.

Creating Audrey II for a theatrical presentation of Little Shop is a challenge to any set designer, but this is the second time Professor C. Otis Sweezey, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance, has created the plant. He did it 16 years ago when the department produced the play the first time. "The design was more vertical then," Sweezey said. "This one is based on an octopus; horizontal better. It's easier to have people in it, since it has to eat people," he said with a slight smile.

The alien plant appears onstage the first time in the play as a hand puppet in a tiny pot, but it eventually grows to nearly stage-size with its five tendrils by the end of the play. There are four plant models altogether, Sweezey explained. "Two young actors will be inside the larger two models to work the mouth and arms. It's going to be a real workout for them," he said. "They not only have to physically make Audrey II move, but they'll have to learn all of the lines as well so as they move the plant's mouth it matches the voice."

The cast for this production ranges in age from 11 to 53, according to director Janet Strzelec, "and there's not a weak link. My cast is fabulous." There are 15 cast members and 7 plant operators. Strzelec says the most interesting, as well as the most challenging, part of the production is "working with the plant and the kids. Nobody really knows how it's all really going to work, but it's funny. We're still playing with the plant voice. It's going to be interesting."

Doing this production is a family affair for Strzelec. Her son, J.R., is the voice of the plant, and her other son, Jimmie, is one of the operators of the plant.

To order tickets for Little Shop of Horrors, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or for more information about the Summer ShowBiz season, visit the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance Web site: THEATER.

Sloan Foundation Grants Help Create Professional Master's Degrees

Thanks to two grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, SIUE will offer two new professional master's degrees beginning Fall Semester, according to Stephen Hansen, dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

The two new graduate programs are Biotechnology Management and Environmental Science Management. SIUE is one of only six master's degree granting institutions to receive funding for two professional master's degrees from the Sloan Foundation. "These degrees are designed to meet the changing needs of the area's workforce," Hansen said.

"To ensure that the new programs will meet these workforce needs, each program has a Business Advisory Board that helped design the plan of study," he said. "These boards also will continue to provide guidance to each program."

The advisory board for the Biotechnology Management is composed of representatives from Pharmacia, Danforth Plant Science Center, and a number of biotech firms, such as Colliant, Apath, Divergence, and Proteoplex. The board for Environmental Science Management includes representatives from Monsanto, Harding ESE, Triad Industries, and Ameren.

"Since SIUE graduate programs are developed with the region's needs in mind, the university was a good match for funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation," Hansen said. "For the past five years, the Sloan Foundation has been trying to foster the development of the professionalization of a master's in the sciences and mathematics.

"By 'professionalization,' the Sloan Foundation staff means creating degrees in the sciences and mathematics that meet the workforce needs of business and industry for technologically skilled managers. Professional master's degrees are interdisciplinary in design and typically combine study in a science or math discipline with coursework in business or law."

The Sloan Foundation began its program by funding projects at 26 doctoral granting institutions in 1997. Five years later, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Council of Graduate Schools, decided to initiate its program with master's degree granting institutions.

SIUE was one of 26 institutions to receive a grant of $25,000 in 2002 to study the feasibility of creating professional master's degrees in the sciences and mathematics. Based on that study, SIUE proposed, with the input of the Business Advisory Boards, the creation of professional degrees in Biotechnology Management and in Environmental Science Management.

"SIUE was one of 10 institutions nationwide to be awarded an implementation grant of $55,000," Hansen said. "With today's tight state budget, this funding was vital in getting these needed programs started." Hansen said both proposed degree programs will accept applications for Fall Semester, with the first trained graduates entering the workforce in approximately two years.

Music Department To Present SummerArts Concerts

Music will be in the air during June thanks to the Department of Music as the SummerArts Concerts return.

With a "veritable potpourri" of musical entertainment, these three concerts will appeal to all music lovers, says Associate Professor John Korak III, chair of the department. All concerts will take place in Lovejoy Library's John C. Abbott Auditorium, and are free of charge. Here's the schedule:

Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale-Monday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.-Although not quite Nelly, this musical "rap" by Stravinsky was perhaps one of the first combinations of staging and music in a chamber setting in the 20th century, Korak said. "Accompanied by interwoven musical numbers, this story about the proverbial soldier who loses his soul to the devil was created by the composer after World War I as a touring ensemble to make money in post-war Switzerland. The novelty of having a rhyming story set to a beat was certainly unique at the time and posed an interesting contrast to the music of the day, including composers such as Debussy, Schoenberg, and Ives," he said. The evening's performance will feature both SIUE Music faculty members and musicians from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The LeClaire Trio with guest Peter Chun-Friday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.-The LeClaire Trio, along with guest violist Peter Chun, will present a Friday the 13th concert of piano quartets. "If you're not superstitious, then come out for a great evening of great music," Korak said with a luagh. The LeClaire Trio includes SIUE faculty members Lenora-Marya Anop, violin, cellist Kangho Lee, and pianist Linda Perry. "Joining them is Peter Chun, a member of the music faculty at the University of Kansas," Korak said. The program for the evening will be Beethoven's Quartet, Op. 16, and Quartet No. 1 in G Minor by Johannes Brahms.

Bones Apart-Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.-"We welcome Bones Apart, an all-female trombone ensemble direct from England for this concert," Korak said. Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 1999, Bones Apart has already established itself as one of the leading young chamber ensembles to recently emerge from the U.K. "In 2001, they won the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Competition, which resulted in concerts countrywide including at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. "I hope audiences will come and experience this wonderfully talented group from the other side of the pond as they perform music from classical to pop."

Call the Department of Music, (618) 650-3900, for more details.

Perkins Loan Default Rate For SIUE Students Is Low

Thanks to a combination of affordable tuition and fees, good counseling and a responsible group of students, SIUE's Perkins Loan default rate is one of the lowest in the nation.

The Federal Perkins Loan Program Status of Default report shows SIUE's student default rate of 1.82 percent is the lowest of Illinois' four-year public universities. The rate is also well below the average for all schools in the state (11.36) and below the national average (9.51).

Perkins loans generally go to about 200-250 students in Nursing and Dental Medicine, where lab expenses and resource material tend to be a little more costly.

Karen Straube, account technician in the SIUE Office of the Bursar, says $6,000 to $7,000 is the typical Perkins loan debt for SIUE students. "The low default rate is, in part, a reflection of our entrance and exit counseling," she said. "There's a process for entering into a Perkins loan and for exiting upon graduation that helps keep the default rate down."

Straube also credited the responsible behavior of students. "We make sure they understand the process," Straube said. "We direct them to resources and remind them of their responsibility. The numbers seem to say they take their responsibility seriously."

Bursar Barry Greenberg said repayment is particularly important because of the "revolving" nature of the Perkins program. "There is a pool of funds available for SIUE," Greenberg said. "We draw against that pool to make loans. Loan repayments then replenish the funds available for the next year's students."

Overall, about 71 percent of SIUE's students apply for financial aid; about 61 percent receive aid. The Federal Direct Student Loan default rate for SIUE students is just over 5.1 percent; the national average is 5.9 percent.

The Walking Man Sculpture Summering In Canada

The Walking Man, who hasn't really walked anywhere in nearly 40 years, has gone on vacation to Canada. He sends his love, and wishes we were there.

The sculpture, by the French sculptor François-Auguste-René Rodin (1840-1917), has graced the lobby of Lovejoy Library since shortly after it opened in 1965, and now it's on loan to Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada (The National Gallery of Canada) for a major exhibition "of international scope."
The bronze piece is being placed in a new exhibition space at the Cité de l'energie in Shawinigian, Canada. The exhibition, "The Body Transformed," will take place on the site of the oldest industrial complex in North America-an aluminum smelter recently designated a national historic site.

The Canadian exhibition will showcase works by some of the world's best known contemporary sculptors. In addition to the Rodin, the exhibition will bring together major artwork-under the theme of "Approaches To the Body"-by other masters such as Matisse, Degas, Picasso, Giacometti, and Calder, to name a few. "This is the first time we've been asked to lend a piece from our collection to a foreign government," said Eric Barnett, director of The University Museum at SIUE. "It's a great honor for the university to be recognized in this way.

"Specialized art handlers from ARTEX, a premier shipping company, were brought in to oversee the shipping," he said.

The Rodin, Barnett said, was purchased for about $30,000 by the university in 1965, and recently was appraised in excess of $1 million. The Walking Man will come "walking back" to Lovejoy in October.

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