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June 28, 2005

SIU President James E. Walker announces retirement

James E. Walker, president of Southern Illinois University since 2000, recently announced his retirement effective June 30, 2006. Walker made the announcement at the regular monthly meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees conducted earlier this month at the SIUE East St. Louis Higher Education Center.

"Thirty-four years ago my work in higher education began at Southern Illinois University, and today it is with deep and profound appreciation for all that SIU has contributed to my professional life as an educator and administrator that I inform the Board of my decision to end my professional career at the same extraordinary place it began," Walker told the board.

"When I accepted the presidency, I told the Board that if all worked out well, I would stay until I was 65 years old," he said. "Next year, I will complete 35 years in higher education at seven universities-eight of those years at SIU. Next year will represent my 16th consecutive year as a university president, and next year, I will be 65 years old," Walker added.

SIU Board of Trustees Chairman Glenn Poshard commended Walker's service to SIU. Poshard said Walker's "humble origins" gave him a unique perspective among university presidents, one which allowed him to see the human potential in everyone.

"President Walker is an amazing man who rose from poverty using his mind, his ambition and a desire to succeed," Poshard said.

"His hard work and perseverance have led to his many successes in life. Jim has been the consummate professional educator for Southern Illinois University, always seeing the good in each person, always using his immense personal skills to move the University forward," he said. "President Walker's legacy will be that of a man who carried himself with honor, dignity and grace, and in so doing, advanced the interests of this great University.

"He will be greatly missed. Jo and I wish him and Gwenn our best in whatever endeavor they choose to do next."

Walker announced his intention to retire to give the Board of Trustees adequate time to find his replacement. "It's been an honor and privilege for me to lead this great diverse institution into the new millennium," Walker said. "Despite difficult economic times, SIU has become stronger and has moved forward due to the hard work, creativity and perseverance of our Board, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community leaders.

"Thanks to the entire SIU family, this University is having a positive influence on our state, our nation and the world. SIU's excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the communities that surround our campuses is unsurpassed in higher education," Walker continued.

"For my wife, Gwenn, and I, this retirement decision is an opportunity to enjoy time with our family and friends, especially with our grandson. I look forward to serving the University as president in the months ahead, including being actively involved with the trustees, faculty and staff while the new search for a president proceeds.".

Walker earned A bachelor of science in biology from Alabama State University and a master's in special education from Atlanta University. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University's doctoral program in education, Walker is co-author of Behavior Management: A Practical Approach for Education, which is in its eighth edition. He also has authored several journal articles related to special education and educational psychology.

Walker was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama in higher education administration and is also a graduate of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

He came to SIU from Middle Tennessee State University, where he served as president for 10 years. Prior to becoming president at MTSU, Walker was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Colorado. Walker moved through the ranks from assistant professor, department chair, dean, and provost and vice president for academic affairs to president.

Upon arriving at SIU five years ago, Walker formed a committee known as the 2020 Vision Committee. Composed of an external group of nationally recognized educators and community leaders, chaired by the late Sen. Paul Simon, the committee developed a set of recommendations designed to chart the way for SIU as it moved into the 21st century. In September 2002 the 2020 Vision Committee issued its report, which included 42 specific recommendations to move the University forward during the next two decades.

The report has guided much of the president's administrative planning and decision-making processes for the last three years.

Walker also has been instrumental in raising student scholarship funds. His Presidential Scholarship Award annually rewards academic excellence and results in some of the best young minds in the state enrolling at SIU's campuses.

He initiated efforts to foster greater cooperation between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. His Task Force for the Identification and Development of Collaborative Opportunities has resulted in significant improvements in maximizing the resources and strengths of SIU as one university. His work in this area has resulted in successful joint coordination of federal research funding efforts in rural health care programs, including medicine, nursing, dental medicine and allied health work.

In the area of budget, administrative and legal services, Walker's streamlining initiatives have resulted in a 28 percent reduction in University administrative costs over the last two years.

Walker's many visits to Springfield and Washington, D.C., have gained him respect and stature among state and federal elected officials. Key members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, working together with Walker, secured millions in federal research grants in the areas of coal, agriculture, bio-fuels, health care and education during Walker's tenure.

His discussions and relationships with key state officials have assisted the University in securing more than $110 million in state appropriations for capital funding during his tenure. Key projects included the $12 million renovation of Altgeld Hall and Old Baptist Foundation, the $35 million renovation of Morris Library, the new construction of the $30 million School of Medicine Combined Laboratory Facility in Springfield, the $21 million Cancer Institute that will break ground next month and the $20 million National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at SIUE.

Walker also has been aggressive in working with the chancellors of the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses in pursuing new programs and capital projects funded with University resources. New programs initiated under his presidency included the new SIUE School of Pharmacy and the recently approved expansion of the SIU governmental internship program. More than $100 million in University-funded capital improvements have occurred during Walker's presidency, including the new $5 million SIUE School of Pharmacy building, the $17 million renovation of the University Center at SIUE, the new dormitory at SIUE that will begin construction early next year and the recently approved $27 million Grand and Wall student apartments at SIU Carbondale.

In addition, Walker has been actively involved in increasing private contributions to the University. Foundation contributions have grown by 30 percent since his arrival five years ago.

Walker also led the Board of Trustees in the searches for the current chancellors at the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift was chosen last year by Walker to run the Edwardsville campus. "In the short time I have known Jim, he has become someone I often look to for advice and counsel," Vandegrift said. "President Walker has helped me better understand the needs of our Illinois citizens, and his judgment has always been sound. I will miss him both as a mentor and as a friend."

Walker is a member of numerous higher education professional organizations and has served on the boards of several of those associations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education. He has served as chair of the NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Committee and has been involved in Rotary International, the United Way, Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart Association.

SIU Board Selects Tedrick To Fill Vacancy Left By Poshard

Roger Tedrick of Mt. Vernon, a member of the SIU Board of Trustees since February 2004, has been chosen to fill the vacancy created by Board Chairman Glenn Poshard's recent resignation from his post.

Poshard announced recently he was stepping down to pursue the position of SIU President. That position will become vacant June 30, 2006, when James E. Walker will rerire. Walker has been in the position since 2000.

The Board also approved the initiation of a national search for the new President of SIU and the creation of a Presidential Search Advisory Committee, whose responsibilities would include advising the Board of Trustees in its selection of the next president. Keith Sanders, a member of the SIU Board since December, was appointed to serve as the Board's liaison to the committee and be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the search.

"Without question, Jim Walker and Glenn Poshard are irreplaceable, but this Board has a duty to the SIU community to move forward diligently and expeditiously to find the individuals that can carry their good work forward," said Board Vice Chairman Ed Hightower. "Today, we have begun that process with the selection of Roger Tedrick as the new SIU Board of Trustees Chairman."

Hightower, one of the Board's longest serving members, announced prior to Tedrick's selection that his responsibilities as superintendent of Edwardsville schools, his frequent weekend travel schedule as an NCAA Division 1 referee, and other professional and personal commitments precluded him from being a candidate for Board Chair at this time.

"The commitment and passion that Chairman Poshard demonstrated in leading this Board is shared by Trustee Tedrick," stated Hightower. "It is with great enthusiasm that this Board unanimously supports Roger's selection as Board Chairman," Hightower said.

Tedrick, president of Tedrick Insurance in Mt. Vernon, was appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He currently serves as chair of the Board's Finance Committee. Tedrick, a graduate of SIU Carbondale, is a long-time supporter of the University. He is a past member of the SIU Foundation Board and is a past member of the SIU Alumni Association Board.

He co-chaired the Undergraduate Academics Committee for Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, SIUC's long-range plan. He also has represented alumni and friends of the University on many high-level searches for the Carbondale campus. He and his his wife, Sally, have two grown daughters, Lori and Sarah, and two grandsons.

Tedrick takes control of the Board at time when the Board must select a new President for the SIU system. "I fully understand the moment in time in which I have been selected to lead this Board," Tedrick said. "I am honored and humbled by the Board's confidence in me."

The Board officially moved on several items related to the selection of the next president including; approval of a national search for the next SIU President, the appointment of Dr. Keith Sanders to lead the Board's presidential search process, and the creation of a Presidential Search Advisory Committee to be made up of various constituent groups on each campus.

"Today the Board has approved a national search for the next president of SIU, culminating in a decision by this Board no later than December," Tedrick said.

To insure compliance with statutes related to minority and women participation, as well as the participation of the various constituent groups on each campus, the Board also approved the creation of a Presidential Search Advisory Committee to assist the Board in its decision. The Board appointed Dr. Keith Sanders to serve as the Board's liaison to the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, as well as be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the search.

SIUE Professor/Designer Has Some Challenges This Summer With Oklahoma!

Jim Dorethy has two challenges this summer. One is to find a surrey, preferably with some fringe on top, and the other is to "make the same different." Dorethy, an associate professor of Theater and Dance, also is set designer for SIUE's Summer Showbiz 2005 productions.

He'll be using one set for two very different musicals. The first musical, which played earlier this month, was the comedy Nunsense II about the nuns at Mount Saint Helen's School organizing a fund-raiser. As part of the original script, they use a set left over from a school production of The Mikado, Dorethy explains. "Here, we're using the set from Oklahoma! … sort of moving to the Southwest," he says.

Oklahoma! is the second offering in the Summer ShowBiz 2005 season. So, the challenge for Dorethy was to make the same set different and ensure it was as functional for the Nunsense II cast of five as it will for the Oklahoma! cast, which includes 30-plus dancers.

Oklahoma! runs Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16 and July 21-23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17 and 24. in Katherine Dunham Hall. Summer Showbiz is part of SIUE's SummerArts 2005 program presented by the SIUE College of Arts & Sciences.

"We had limited personnel, limited time, and a limited budget," Dorethy points out. "We chose Nunsense II because it's a smaller show. We used nuns' costumes from an earlier production. The costume requirements for Oklahoma! are much more involved," he pointed out.

Dorethy went on to explain the differences in the sets. For example, with Nunsense II, the set appeared to be painted, but when it becomes Aunt Eller's home in Oklahoma! it will look like wood siding with individual wood panels.

The designer said one of the biggest challenges doing Oklahoma! is "the set is very flat. A barnyard is flat," he said. "So, to get something up in the air we're going to have the second floor windows open and have people coming out of them onto the roof. We'll also have a 20-foot windmill."

The challenges of meeting production and audience demands require the ability to adapt, Dorethy says. "Our budget hasn't flexed on the price of lumber or labor. Seven years ago our budget was smaller. But we could do more because of the lumber costs and we had more people to help."

And what about the other challenge of finding a surrey for Oklahoma! "I've got good horse connections," Dorethy said with a laugh, "but the surrey is going to take a little longer."

For more information about Oklahoma! contact the SIUE Fine Arts box office by telephone, (618) 650-2774, or by e-mail: Information also is available on the Department of Theater and Dance Web site:

Pharmacy To Receive $900K With Help From Legislator

The new SIUE School of Pharmacy will receive $900,000 in funding through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR) and its Board of Pharmacy, according to Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), who helped the School obtain the money.

The new funding is part of the FY06 state budget approved by the Illinois General Assembly. It is expected to be signed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon said he was pleased with Hoffman's and DFPR's support. "I believe it's indicative of the significant local and state support the School of Pharmacy has received for the development of SIUE's newest program," Medon said.

"The SIUE pharmacy program continues to meet or exceed the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as evidenced by the receipt of Precandidate Status from ACPE in January 2005.

The DFPR's level of support will allow us to proceed with the next step toward accreditation-the receipt of Candidate status in spring 2006 and eventual full accreditation in May 2009," he said.

The school has enrolled its inaugural class of 80 students who will begin Aug. 8th, the first day of classes of the fall semester for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said he was pleased with the legislative efforts to obtain the funding. "I would like to express SIUE's gratitude and appreciation for the support of our strong, local legislative delegation in the receipt of this grant," Vandegrift said.

"The School of Pharmacy is very important to Illinois, particularly to Central and Southern Illinois, as we strive to broaden our health care programs as part of our mission.

"Southern Illinois University Edwardsville seeks to be recognized nationally for the excellence of its programs and development of professional and community leaders. The School of Pharmacy is a prime example of how we are accomplishing our vision."

Hoffman said he had worked closely with the governor and local leaders to secure the funding. "The addition of a new pharmacy school will improve the quality of campus life and also will boost the prestige of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on the whole." Hoffman represents the 112th Illinois District, which includes Edwardsville-Glen Carbon, Collinsville, Fairview Heights, and Maryville.

Cougar Cruiser Still Seeks A Place In The Sun

Members of Team SIUE are confident they will qualify their Cougar Cruiser for the North American Solar Challenge (NASC), which begins July 17.

NASC is a competition to design, build, and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event. Forty teams will compete in the 2,500 mile race from Austin, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

During the May qualifying event, the SIUE vehicle didn't quite pass muster, but the team said the upgrade suggestions from the judges were minor and that the SIUE vehicle would be ready at the next qualifying event on July 10.

Participants will race-without exceeding the speed limit-through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and into Canada. This is the first solar car race to cross an international border, and this is the first time SIUE has participated in NASC.

Three SIUE students will take turns behind the wheel of the Cougar Cruiser. Drivers will race from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The rest of the team will provide any needed maintenance, and drive the lead and chase cars.

NASC cars must be powered solely by sunshine. The racers use photovoltaic (solar) cells to convert sunlight into electricity to power the cars. Energy management and weather conditions play important roles in the race. In general, the sunnier the day, the faster and farther the cars can travel. Brighter days also allow the cars to recharge their batteries for cloudy or rainy days.

NASC sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Resources Canada, and the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The event is designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Charter School Students Learn About History Of East St. Louis

By Patricia Merritt
Director of Public Relations
East St. Louis Center

A cigar shop, a bowling alley, and a movie theater were discovered among some of the vacant and burned out buildings in downtown East St. Louis. Those places were identified by students from the SIUE East St. Louis Charter School, who were discovering history with the help of one of their teachers.

"Finding out about the rich history of East St. Louis has instilled a great sense of pride in the students," said Christine Henske, history teacher at the Charter School. She has worked with her students in unearthing the thriving community that was once located in downtown East St. Louis as part of the Old Man River Project.

This year saw the culmination of the project, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, and involving a select group of 30 teachers in St. Clair County who would study Mississippi River history in their classrooms for three years. Henske's class decided to study East St. Louis because it is a Mississippi River town.

In the first year, Henske's class studied the effects of the 1993 Mississippi flood on East St. Louis and the region. In the second year, students looked at East St. Louis history and how the town was founded. "Students identified 15 downtown buildings and found out when they were built and what they were used for," Henske said. "This year, we took last year's research and turned it into a photograph exhibit."

Charter School students took pictures of the buildings and The University Museum of SIUE volunteered to enlarge them and mount them. The students will also publish an exhibit guide that will go along with the photographs, Henske said. The display will be shown first at the East St. Louis Learning Resource Center on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, and then will travel elsewhere.

The Majestic, located at 240 Collinsville St. and built in 1928, was a movie theater with one big screen. It was lavish like the Fox Theater in St. Louis, with 1,800 plush seats, luxurious carpeting, a three-tiered balcony and a nationally renowned Wurlitzer concert pipe organ now housed in the lobby of the Fox, Henske said.

Charter School students in Mrs. Henske's class this year include: Chris Blackwell, Stanley Hines, Christina Lewis, Ashley Moore, Carla Moore, Mickeya Moore, Brandon Scott, and Daryus Wilkes.

Nursing Ranked Seventh In State On Licensing Exams

Students in the SIUE School of Nursing recently were ranked seventh best in National Licensing Exam (NCLEX) test scores compared with students in 29 nursing programs throughout the state of Illinois.

Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer pointed out that SIUE's 96-percent pass rate was up from 84 percent at the same time last year when the SIUE program was 20th best out of 30 programs in the state.

In comparing all accredited nursing programs throughout the country-which include associate degree, diploma, and BSN-SIUE currently is ranked the 66th highest out of 681 programs, placing it in the top 10 percent nationally for NCLEX results. That ranking is up from 372nd out of 614 nursing schools whose graduates took the NCLEX last year.

The dean said that passing the exams allows graduates, who have recently earned a bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN), to practice as registered nurses. "The 2005 NCLEX report shows the remarkable recovery that the SIUE School of Nursing has made since it was placed on probation in 2000 by the state of Illinois licensing board," Maurer said. That probation was lifted in February 2004.

Maurer said the current pass rate is a testament to the "hard work of the School of Nursing faculty" as well as curricular revisions that have been implemented. "In spring 2006, the School of Nursing will be 'rolling out' an entirely renovated undergraduate nursing curriculum," Maurer said.

"Philosophically, the School will be moving from a teaching paradigm to a learning paradigm and basing its nursing courses on Gordon's Functional Health Patterns as the organizing framework for all the courses." She said the changes are being made to insure that the National Licensing Exam results will stay in the 90th percentile.

"In order to make our students better prepared for the exam, we've added more rigor to our nursing program," Maurer said. "Those changes include addition of a stand alone pathophysiology course that builds on normal anatomy and physiology but focuses on the biological explanation for diseases.

"Emphasizing a 'learner centered' approach in the curriculum will reshape the way the students acquire the fundamental knowledge essential to learning the art and skill of nursing. In the revised curriculum, students will take part in intense experiences in SIUE's simulated learning lab, using human simulators," Maurer said.

These human simulator "mannequins" are computer-operated and programmed to react to various "medications" and "treatments" just as a live patient would in a hospital setting. "The students can correct their mistakes on a mannequin, so that when they are in a hospital, they make the right decisions," she said.

"The goal is for the nursing students to acquire the basic foundational knowledge," Maurer said, "to better utilize critical thinking skills. Consequently, when the students encounter these scenarios on the licensing exam and in real patient-care situations, they will have the critical knowledge to make the correct decisions."

SIUE School Of Nursing Joins Emergency Response Exercise

Madison County Health Department, in partnership with the SIUE School of Nursing, recently tested emergency response capabilities during a bioterrorist attack simulation exercise on campus.

SIUE faculty and students, health department employees, and local citizens served as workers and victims during the exercise, while several other agencies-including the American Red Cross, Madison County Emergency Management, and various law enforcement departments-were on hand to provide logistical and operational support in particular areas of expertise.

Nearly 250 participants tested the simulated scenario-part of a bi-state public health emergency response field exercise called "Gateway to Preparedness." Participants assisted in the "deployment and operation" of a dispensing site for medicines from the federal government's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is a nationwide supply of drugs ready to be shipped to any area of the country should a bioterrorist attack occur.

Evaluators on hand for the June 15 exercise observed the emergency response at SIUE and at six other sites in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. On the SIUE campus, distribution of "medications" from a simulated SNS shipment took place in Meridian Ballroom.

"The aim of this exercise focused on the ability of the local public health department to prevent further disease and damages during a possible attack," said Marcia Maurer, dean of the School of Nursing. "This exercise also showed what could be accomplished with cooperation between county health officials and SIUE Nursing faculty, utilizing our campus as a central distribution point for SNS supplies."

County health and emergency management officials said state health officials could deliver enough supplies in the event of a real attack to serve the population of Madison County, nearly 260,000. "No one ever thinks of a disaster occurring in his or her own backyard," Maurer said. "This simulated exercise prepared and tested the community for areas of need and improvement. The intent is to be ready and be prepared."

Bauersachs, Witte Named GLVC Scholar Athletes Of The Year

SIUE standouts Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) and Mary Witte (Normal) have been named Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports.

Bauersachs earned the honor for men's basketball, while Witte was lauded among the women's track and field student-athletes.

The GLVC recognizes the top scholar athlete, as voted on by the Faculty Academic Representatives, for every sponsored sport.

Bauersachs, a senior forward, graduated in May with a bachelor's in biology and secondary education, garnering a final GPA of 3.307. During his senior season, Bauersachs became the first Cougar ever to earn first team All-GLVC honors after helping his team to a 23-9 campaign and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in more than 15 seasons.

Bauersachs broke the school record for career games played with 113 and averaged a team-leading 11.9 points per game in his senior season. He also led the team in field goal percentage, posting the best numbers for a Cougar in nearly 10 years. During his 113 games as a Cougar, Bauersachs managed to break into SIUE's Top 20 leaders on the all-time scoring list and ended fifth all-time in rebounding. He is also among the all-time leaders in career assists.

Off the court, Bauersachs was on the Dean's List during the 2004 Fall Semester and served as a full-time student teacher, while taking night classes in the spring. Bauersachs will attend the Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., to pursue a ministerial career.

Witte graduated from SIUE in May after majoring in Speech Pathology, with a Psychology minor. As a student she held a cumulative GPA of 3.855, and was named the Cougar Cadre female captain, an award given to the SIUE student-athlete who not only demonstrates academic and athletic success but also promotes sportsmanship, encourages perseverance and displays self-discipline.

Witte was named All-GLVC in track and field in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and was named GLVC Freshman of the Year at the 2002 Indoor Championship. She is a part of the record-holding distance medley relay and 3200-meter relay teams. As a 2004 national qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Witte placed 12th at the NCAA national championship meet, setting a school-record time of 11:09.98. Witte was a Chancellor's Scholar and earned Dean's list honors every semester.

She has been conducting research on the speech of persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, throughout her senior year, and was selected to present her research at the Illinois Speech-Language & Hearing Association convention in February 2005. Witte also is involved in numerous community service projects, and plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's in Speech-Language Pathology.

SIUE's Simmons Signs Contract Extension

Marty Simmons, who guided the men's basketball to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in more than 15 seasons, has signed a four-year rollover contract extension, according to Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt.

Hewitt said Simmons' contract will roll over every year for an additional four years. "On behalf of the University, we are sending a message of appreciation and commitment to Coach Simmons, the SIUE men's basketball team and future recruits that Coach Simmons will be here to lead the program into national prominence," said Hewitt.

Simmons, who was recently named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in men's Division II play, guided the Cougars to its best-ever ranking of No. 5 in the NCAA Division II poll. SIUE was ranked nationally for nine consecutive weeks while tying the school record with 23 victories.

The Lawrenceville native led SIUE to its best record in league play at 15-5. For his effort, Simmons was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

Several Cougars Named Academic All-GLVC

Honored as the best, in and out of the classroom, 57 SIUE student-athletes have been named Academic All-Conference by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) for the 2004-2005 academic year.

To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must be a freshman or first-year transfer who attained a grade point average of 3.40 or higher during the Fall Semester. For a returning student-athlete, he or she qualifies for the honor if he or she has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or has attained a grade point average of at least 3.40 in each of the preceding two semesters.

Listed below by hometown are those from SIUE who have earned Academic All-GLVC honors. Those listed with an asterisk have earned this award in multiple seasons.

Belleville: Allison Coats*** (Women's Tennis)
Benton: Bart Smith (Men's Cross Country)
Byron: Kyle Martin** (Baseball)
Chicago: Celia Montes** (Women's Tennis)
Carbondale: Padra Bencini** (Women's Soccer); Sarah Landt** (Women's Soccer)
Centralia: Blake Marcum (Men's Track and Field)
Decatur: Kallie Harrison (Women's Golf)
DuQuoin: Cody Ellermeyer** (Men's Track and Field)
Effingham: Kendra Westendorf*** (Volleyball); Gina Wohltman (Women's Tennis)
Geneseo: Amber Wisdom*** (Women's Basketball)
Germantown: Jenny Heimann (Volleyball)
Gillespie: Dustin Bilbruck** (Men's Track and Field)
Granite City: Andrew Crider (Men's Soccer)
Hillsboro: Ashley Hamm (Women's Golf)
Jacksonville: Cory Bunner (Baseball)
Livingston: Michael DalPazzo** (Baseball)
Manito: Calvin Willard** (Men's Track and Field)
McClure: Doug Taylor (Men's Basketball)
Mc Leansboro: Justin Crain (Men's Track and Field and Cross Country)
Millstadt: Heather Bonde*** (Volleyball)
Moline: Aaron Cook (Men's Track and Field); Eric Steffens (Men's Track and Field and Cross Country)
Mount Prospect: Heather Zipparro*** (Women's Track and Field and Cross Country)
Normal: Mary Witte*** (Women's Track and Field and Cross Country)
O'Fallon: Keith Patten (Men's Track and Field), Ashley Price (Softball)
Orion: Holly Neuerberg*** (Softball)
Pekin: Megan Gaitros (Softball)
Peoria: Shanna Waldo*** (Softball)
Pinckneyville: Tim Bauersachs (Men's Basketball)
Rochester: Ryan Nowakowski (Men's Track and Field)
Springfield: Katherine Ferry (Women's Tennis); Chris Johnson*** (Men's Soccer); Jennifer Wilson (Women's Track and Field)
Sumner: Julia Scherer** (Women's Track and Field)**
Towanda: Allison Buss*** (Volleyball)
Troy: Elizabeth Ball (Women's Soccer)
Westmont: Veronica Schmidt (Softball)

Anchorage: Shevon Shegog (Women's Track)

Tucson: Amy Rogers*** (Softball)

Upper Marlboro: Mike Banner (Men's Soccer)

Madison: Sara Unterbrink**** (Women's Basketball)
St. Louis: Jessica Brown* (Women's Soccer); Ann Crawford*** (Women's Soccer); Brian Higgins*** (Men's Soccer)
St. Peters: Kristine Armstrong** (Women's Soccer)

Jeffersonville: Amy Austin (Women's Basketball) Fort Wayne: Lindy Carey (Women's Basketball)

Plano: John Bannister (Men's Track and Field)

Plymouth: Tanya Guell** (Women's Basketball)

Orono: Tina Talsma* (Volleyball)

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