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May 31, 2005

Finkelstein Is 2005 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar

Marvin S. Finkelstein, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, is the recipient of the 2005 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award, according to Stephen Hansen, dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

With SIUE since 1986, Finkelstein received the award for his research in the areas of applied sociology, employment relations, and workplace change, and for his work with students, including the establishment of the Applied Sociology and Internship Program in Employment Relations.

The Simon Award is presented to an SIUE faculty member to recognize the role of research and creative activities in achieving excellence in teaching. The Simon Award confirms SIUE's belief that an individual must be a good scholar to be a good teacher. The Simon Award is sponsored by the Graduate School and presented by the SIUE Graduate Faculty.

Finkelstein was nominated for this year's award by Professor John Farley, chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies.

In his recent book, Net-Works: Workplace Change in the Global Economy: A Critical and Practical Guide, Finkelstein provides insights into the "new" workplace and economy, presenting these insights to students who can apply them so that they can be more effective in making an impact on the world of work. Finkelstein states, "The book is an outcome of years of doing research in the field, while developing courses, a curriculum, internships, and teaching techniques that involve students in the field of workplace change."

Beginning in 1999, Finkelstein became executive director of the Labor Management Committee (LMC) Southwestern Illinois. In this role, he is able to promote areas needing research in the field of labor management relations and workplace change. He also became editor of the Southwest Illinois Labor Management News, a newsletter that focuses on particular topics and areas of concern, such as work and family.

Working with one of his graduate students, Finkelstein wrote a grant proposal to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which was funded and helped to establish The SIUE Group Problem Solving Center. The Center, which is available to students, is designed to use cutting edge software that facilitates more effective and efficient group problem solving.

In addition, Finkelstein currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Applied Sociology/Sociological Practice. He is a board member of the Industrial Relations Research Association: Gateway Chapter. He also has published and made many presentations in his field.

In his statement of his work written for the Simon Award nomination, Finkelstein said, "I doubt I would have been very successful as an applied researcher or teacher if I did not 1) have practical experience in the field, and 2) engage my students in the questions, issues, and problems I encountered as a practitioner."

Two of his graduate students assisted in research, designing the format, and editing the volume, A Start-Up Guide for Worksite Labor Management Committees, which provides practitioners and those persons interested in workplace change with a set of steps and with the commentary of experienced union and management professionals. Finkelstein also relies on his students to help him organize labor management workshops and conferences, including the Gateway Labor Management Conference, an annual regional conference, thus providing them with valuable hands-on experience.

Finkelstein's findings show that when employees are involved in the decision making that affects their lives, they are more motivated. All courses in the employment relations curriculum are group based, with group exercises, activities, presentations, and short answer exams. In addition, Professor Finkelstein has served on more than 100 master thesis committees and supervised well over 150 internship students.

One scholar and journal editor, in a letter of support for Finkelstein's nomination, wrote that Finkelstein's "numerous publications, outreach activities, and curriculum innovations-principally but not exclusively in the area of management and labor relations-have served to establish him as one of the nation's leading applied sociologists. . . . He is an accomplished teacher and researcher who, in addition, is committed to employing sociological scholarship to help create a better society."

Another professor from the University of Massachusetts-Boston wrote, "Dr. Finkelstein not only teaches prize-winning courses at his university; he also draws his students into his work in the labor-management relations field, so that his own innovative leadership in this field, so vital to the region surrounding his campus, is shared with his students and with faculty colleagues alike."

A former student wrote, "Dr. Finkelstein always went out of his way to help me find opportunities for learning and improvement, compelling me to do the same for my students and employees. . . . The most permanent influence he has had on my life are the words 'continuous learning and self-improvement'."

As the 2005 recipient of the Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award, Finkelstein will make a presentation at next year's SIUE Graduate School's Paul Simon Luncheon.

Kimmel Leadership Center Recognized Students, Faculty

The Kimmel Leadership Center recently honored students, faculty, staff, and community leaders for outstanding contributions in leadership and service, at the annual recognition program.

Students who were recognized included those who had completed the Student Leadership Development Program, outstanding student leaders, and students who have been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Also recognized were the student organization adviser of the year, outstanding program and community service project of the year, and outstanding student organization of the year. Community agency awards and Alumni Association Student Leadership Development Awards were also presented.

Below is a list of awardees:

Outstanding Program of the Year
Bluff Hall Council and Residence Housing Association for its Tunnel of Oppression

Adviser of the Year
Allison Fahsl, assistant professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders, SIUE Student Council for Exceptional Children

Student Organization of the Year
Residence Housing Association

Outstanding Community Service Project of the Year
Student Chapter of the U.S. Institute of Technical Theater

Student Leadership Development Program
Margaret Collins, Andilyn Corbitt, Ashok Dubey, Kathryn Isom, Brad Miller, Mark Nazetta, Patrick O'Hara, Leah Orwig, Theresa Rodden, Jessica Shires, and Yi Zhang.

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Teres Atkinson, Cristina Baines, Ashok Dubey, Lena Flenoy, Diana Gravatt, Sara Guarino, Yosuke Irie, Greg Langston, Laylonda Maines, Jennifer Morgan, Gina Paulauskis, Nellie Shaul, Matthew Stapf, Tamela Tilson, Rachel Whitehead, and Preston Williams.

Outstanding Student Leaders
Cristina Baines, Meredith Burkart, Yosuke Irie, Rachel LaRussa, Ankur Patel, Lisé Suliman, Erica Thompson, Matt Thompson, Kishore Vankayalapati, and Katie Vogel.

Emerging Student Leader
Makayla Dilliner and Ashlee Hoffman

Alumni Association SLDP Award
Ashok Dubey

Community Agency Awards
United Congregations of the Metro-East, Madison, and Rick Harmon, Edwardsville.

Summer ShowBiz 2005 Kicks Off With Nunsense II

People should come out and support live theater; experience something they can't put on pause," says Brad Hofeditz, musical director for Nunsense II.

The musical is the first of two Summer ShowBiz 2005 productions in June and July from the Department of Theater and Dance. The hit Broadway musical opens June 16 and Oklahoma! opens July 14.

Hofeditz said he loves live theater whether he's in the orchestra pit, on stage as a performer, or in the audience. "I think it's important for kids to see live theater, too. And, Nunsense II will be a good family experience," Hofeditz adds. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18 and June 23-25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19 and 26, all in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The musical focuses on five nuns led by Sister Mary Regina at Mount Saint Helen's School in Hoboken, NJ. "It's a very fast moving, lively show," said Hofeditz, who may be remembered as musical director for Fiddler on the Roof and Grease during the past two summer seasons at SIUE.

Nunsense II is Hofeditz's 16th show at SIUE. This will be his 97th show as musical director and his 169th production over all, Hofeditz explained, which make some interesting statistics for someone who is by day a records officer in SIUE Admissions and Records.

Holding a full-time job and active in theater, Hofeditz must be good at budgeting his time and he'll need that skill with Nunsense II. "The show has around 18 songs, ranging from some very pretty songs to What Would Elvis Do and The Padre Polka," he said.

Nunsense II has a small cast (five) but that apparently doesn't make the musical director's job any easier. "About eight of the numbers go into five-part harmony," Hofeditz said. "Fortunately, I've got five great cast members."

Summer ShowBiz is part of the SummerArts '05 program presented by the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact the SIUE Fine Arts box office by phone, (618) 650-2774, by e-mail:, or by visoting the Web site:

SIUE Police Join Nationwide Crackdown On The Unbelted

Buckling that seat belt ought to become a habit if it isn't already, and, if it isn't, you may be visited by an SIUE Police officer, especially this week.

SIUE Police have joined thousands of law enforcement agencies in a nation-wide crackdown through June 5 on unbelted drivers and passengers.

Police say statistics show that more than half of teens and young adults who die in crashes are completely unrestrained. This age group is dying at a higher rate in crashes because they are caught in a lethal intersection of inexperience, risk taking, and low seat belt use.

The tragedies are predictable and therefore preventable, law enforcement officials say. SIUE officers are taking a "zero tolerance" approach to child passenger safety law and safety belt violators in an effort to save lives.

To show support to the Click It or Ticket Campaign, SIUE Police have established Safety Belt Enforcement Zones on campus during the initiative. So, please help make this a successful campaign by buckling that seatbelt and making sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled before taking off.

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