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July 29, 2003

Campus Of Learners Program Helping Others


Many programs exist to assist families living in public housing and people need to simply utilize them, says Sheron Stepney, a former participant in SIUE's Campus of Learners program.

"The Campus of Learners program has helped me in so many ways," Stepney said. "I am furthering my education as well as reaching my professional and personal goals." Stepney said she was living in public housing and in dire financial straits just 17 months ago. The mother of three said she joined the program and turned her life around.

The Campus of Learners and Family Self Sufficiency Program is one of 15 programs offered by the East St. Louis Center. The program is designed to assist families living in East St. Louis Public Housing by enhancing their financial status to free them from government support and to help them ultimately secure private housing.

Armed with a high school diploma, Stepney enrolled in a technology class through Campus of Learners and will soon receive an associates degree in Computer Information Systems from Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

The Campus of Learners program does not take sole credit for Stepney's success. Dress for Success and Wheels for Success programs also provided clothes and a car. "The program helped get my credit back in good standing and currently I am at zero balance with my creditors," Sharon added. "Dress for Success suited me so I could look professional when going out on job interviews, and around September of last year I was awarded a Bonneville (automobile) from Wheels for Success."

She was hired as an Outreach Specialist for the Campus of Learners program. "I meet people at their houses and assist them with their career plans, furthering their education, or achieving their personal goals. Basically, I help people like Campus of Learners helped me."

Stepney plans to continue her education and is working toward her own personal goal-to purchase a home so that she can move her children out of public housing. As for her career goals, she wants to stay with Campus of Learners so she can assist those who are less fortunate and ultimately provide them a similar opportunity.

When asked what advice she would give to those who are in the same situation she was a year ago, she said: "Stay positive. Keep yourself focused on your goals. As long as you are willing to succeed, it can happen."

SBC Executive, SIUE Professor To Receive Awards

An SIUE graduate who is now an executive with SBC (formerly Southwestern Bell Corp.), and another SIUE graduate who is now a special education professor at the university, will both be honored at Summer Commencement on Aug. 9 in the Vadalabene Center.

Lendell Phelps, vice president of Global Accounts for SBC, will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Debra Reichert Hoge, professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders, will receive the 2003 Great Teacher Award. Both awards are sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, established in 1974, is given annually by the SIUE Alumni Association to honor SIUE graduates who have achieved distinction in a chosen field and who also have served the university. The Great Teacher is chosen annually through a vote of alumni.

Phelps, a 1971 Mass Communications graduate of SIUE, will give the commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. More than 560 students are expected to graduate that day.

A former member of the SIUE Alumni Association Board and its president in 1978, Phelps began his career in radio marketing, including a stint at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, and later worked in marketing for Breckenridge Hotels. He also was a national account manager for SBC. In 1983 he began an 18-year career with AT&T, where his largest account was Anheuser-Busch brewery.

He returned to SBC in 2000 to take his current position. Among his accounts are: MasterCard International, Anheuser-Busch, Nestlé Purina PetCare, and Emerson (formerly Emerson Electric). Phelps also is founder and chair of the St. Louis CIO (formerly Chief Information Officer) Board. Phelps recently was named a member of the SIUE Foundation board.

A native and life-long resident of St. Louis, Hoge earned a master of science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1976 and a doctorate in Instructional Process in 1985, both at SIUE. Joining the SIUE faculty in 1980, Hoge has taught classes in speech-language pathology and early childhood special education, in addition to supervising clinical practicum students in the SIUE Speech-Language-Hearing clinic and various off-campus sites.

Infants, toddlers, and young children with special needs and their families are of particular interest to Hoge, who has published and presented across the country about her area of expertise. Other areas of special interest include syndromes and augmentative communication.

Active learning, case method instruction and interdisciplinary teaming are all techniques that Hoge utilizes. She believes adult learners are unique in their learning styles, and strives to individualize for each and every student.

Some of her former students agree. "Dr. Hoge shared the most practical knowledge in a fun and interactive manner," said one respondent. Other comments from alumni included: "She actually made learning exciting" and "she goes beyond the classroom to help students achieve success."

Family Business Of The Year Award Nominees Sought

Family businesses are the "every day heroes" that keep our American economy thriving. The SIUE School of Business is seeking nominations for family businesses in the bi-state area to be honored as Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Award winners-recognizing them for their important role in keeping our nation's economy and work ethic healthy.

Gary Giamartino, dean of the School of Business, said that the university has recognized family businesses for the past nine years for their proven success as a family and as a business. "Their strong commitment to family values is the catalyst that inspires them to be 'every day heroes,' striving for healthy communities through successful business practices," Giamartino said.

"The importance of family businesses to our nation's economy is evident when you consider that they produce more than 50 percent of our national gross domestic product."

The Family Business Awards are presented to three Missouri and three Illinois family businesses in categories of large (250 or more employees), medium (50 to 249 employees), and small (less than 50 employees).

The awards will be presented at the Starlight Roof at the Chase on Friday, Nov. 7, at the School of Business Gala 2003.

Past Family Business of the Year and Legacy winners include Paris Beacon Publishing Co., Schuette Stores, Inc., Weber Chevrolet Company, Cassens Transport, Moto, Inc., Sachs Electric, Watlow, Schnuck's Markets and A.G. Edwards & Sons.

Also, two previous companies were recognized for their achievements in the MassMutual Financial Group-sponsored National Family Business of the Year Awards: Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab Inc., of Alton, received the first-place award in its category in the national competition, while French Gerleman, of Maryland Heights, Mo., was named a first runner-up.

"If you know of a successful family business that has thrived through two or more generations of family leadership, we welcome their participation in this program," Giamartino said.

Applications may be obtained by calling Cheryl Camp in the School of Business: (618) 650-3363.

East St. Louis Center Staff Settles In To New Home

Boxes have been unpacked, telephone lines transferred and new work areas assigned as the SIUE East St. Louis Center settles into its new home at 601 James R. Thompson Blvd. in East St. Louis.

As of July 7, all the Center's 15 programs were relocated in buildings A, B and C at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus.

"Staff members are excited about the new facilities," said Patricia Harrison, East St. Louis Center director. "I'm glad we're nearing the end of this transition and are in the process of winding down. We can now return all of our attention to programmatic needs, thereby ensuring excellent service to our students and clients."

"These facilities are very impressive and certainly more appropriate and accommodating for the types of programs and services we offer," Harrison said. "But we will miss our old building, which holds so much of our history and has served us for many years. It was, in some way, a good friend to us. We fondly remember those days and look expectantly to our future."

Headquartered in Building A on the new campus are the TRIO programs: Upward Bound Science Awareness, Upward Bound II, Math & Science Academy and Educational Talent Search; as well as the East St. Louis Charter School, GEAR UP, Jobs for Illinois Graduates, Project Success, PALS/Latchkey, The Campus of Learners and Family Self Sufficiency Programs, and the director's office. In Building B are the Educational Opportunity Center and the Computer Training and the Technology staff. The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start and the East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts are located in Building C.

Still located at the old Center site, 411 E. Broadway, are the SIU School of Dental Medicine clinic, the East St. Louis Eye Center and the offices of the SIUE Community Nursing Services. These health facilities are expected to be relocated to Building D of the new campus sometime in fall, which will complete the move.

Also located in Building D will be a new childcare initiative daycare center, the Institute for Urban Research, the SIUE Small Business Development Center, and office of the assistant vice chancellor for Administration.

J. Bryden Is Fifth Recipient Of Hoppe Professorship

John Bryden, assistant professor of Mathematics and Statistics, is the fifth recipient of the Hoppe Research Professor Award. He was chosen for his research about the application of methods within the subject of stable homotopy theory-a subspecialty of algebraic topology.

The award recognizes and supports individual agendas of research or creative activities. This program is funded by the Hoppe Faculty Research Endowment; the SIUE Graduate School; the SIUE schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Nursing; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works and to submit externally-sponsored grants.

This award is partially made possible through an endowment established by the late Joseph W. Hoppe, who was originally from Carlinville. He created this endowment with the SIUE Foundation because he believed in the university's mission, including the value of faculty research.

Bryden said his work is part of a quantum field theory, which has not been successfully developed as yet. During the past 15 years, the search for a quantum field theory, which would lead to new advances in almost every branch of modern science, has taken a radical new turn into the mathematical study of topology.

"To envision what modern topologists study, think of a rubber sheet, which represents a simple two dimensional topological space," Bryden explained. "Suppose a number of individuals were to deform this sheet in any way they choose. What interests topologists are the properties of the space that remain invariant under this deformation.

"It turns out that many important properties of physical systems can be described by considering such invariant quantities."

The Hoppe Research Professorship is unlike any other award within the University. It is designed to support a significant portion of a faculty member's larger research agenda. As a Hoppe Research Professor, Bryden will be appointed for a two-year period, during which time he will receive 50 percent assigned time for research each academic year, the services of a one-quarter time graduate assistant (for nine months per year), and $1,000 for support.

Bryden is working with a distinguished mathematician, Vladimir Turaev, research director of the Institute for Advances in Mathematical Research of the National Center for Scientific Research in Strasbourg, France. They are collaborating to develop a theory which supersedes the present day subject of topological quantum field theory developed primarily by Turaev over the past 15 years.

Successful completion of Bryden's Hoppe research would lay a solid foundation for a long-term research project that could receive external funding and contribute substantially to the development of quantum field theory.

"This award will give me the opportunity and the time to concentrate on my research at a level that has not been possible in recent years," Bryden said. "I thank the committee members and the university for giving me this fantastic opportunity."

Business Student Wins Award From WSJ

Outstanding business schools are defined not only by their achievements, but by their student's achievements as well. This spring, the SIUE School of Business celebrated excellence when a senior pursuing a bachelor's in Accounting, was honored with the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award.

Sarah C. Coulter was selected as an outstanding and worthy student by many faculty of the Department of Accounting. "I believe Sarah has distinguished herself above peers both academically and personally," Associate Professor John David Mason said.

"Sarah is the type of student who has that rare combination of high academic ability coupled with a down to earth desire to always make a positive difference in every sphere of life."

Michael Costigan, department chair and associate professor, added: "Sarah was nominated because she is both a great student and a committed student leader." Further validation came from Professor Thomas E. King: "From the perspective of 30 years of university teaching, I would view Sarah as being one of the very best students."

The Student Achievement Award is a collaborative effort between the university and the Wall Street Journal in order to honor an exceptional student. Since the establishment of the program in 1948, hundreds of schools across the country have given this respected award to distinguish their most accomplished students. Every participating college or university may only nominate one winner. The school sets the criteria for those students honored.

Coulter graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with an associates degree in 2001. While attending SIUE full-time and maintaining her cumulative 4.0 GPA, the 21-year-old student still finds time to be involved with several organizations. Coulter is an active member of the SIUE Accounting Club, where she served as president for the 2002-2003 school year. She also is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting society, and will serve as vice president of reporting in the school's upcoming year.

She is recipient of several other prestigious awards, including the Competitive Graduate Award and the Financial Executives International (FEI) Award. She also was named Outstanding Senior Accounting Student of 2002.

Coulter, who plans to graduate in August and complete a master of science in accountancy by August 2004, said she "feels privileged" to receive the award. "I have begun my graduate work this summer by taking personal tax planning," she said. "I have been working at the Missouri Athletic Club since May 2002 in the accounting department.

"I really enjoy working there and believe it is preparing me for a career after SIUE. I plan to work in St. Louis at one of the large accounting firms and am considering pursuing a Ph.D. after I get a few years of experience under my belt."

SIU Board Approves FY05 RAMP Guidelines

The SIU Board of Trustees recently approved operating and capital Resource Allocation and Management Program (RAMP) documents for FY 2005, including guidelines for certain programming costs and increases for support costs at SIUE.

The RAMP guidelines essentially are a roadmap for final FY05 budget requests-for all SIU campuses-to be submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education by Sept. 1 of this year. Adoption of the guidelines took place at the board's regular monthly meeting conducted earlier this month at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

The FY05 guidelines for SIUE include $3.39 million for specific programs and $310,459 for operation and maintenance of new space. The guidelines also allow for increases in support costs over FY04-3 percent increases for general items, 12 percent increases for library materials, and a 4 percent rise in utilities costs.

Under maintenance and operation of "new space" at SIUE, the guidelines call for $179,055 for the National Corn-To-Ethanol Pilot Research Plant in University Park, $53,779 for the IT Technical Training Center, and $77,625 for University Park. SIUE also would receive $167,106 in deferred maintenance funds under the RAMP guidelines.

A total of 22 priority programs at all campuses would need a budget of $12.8 million, including $3.39 million for such programs at SIUE. The SIUE portion of that request includes:

Recruitment, retention of critical faculty and staff $1,230,532
School of Pharmacy implementation 650,000
Enhancing Dental Medicine Program 159,800
Meeting enrollment growth needs 895,000
Academic Quality Improvement Project initiative 185,000
Improving technology 150,000
Enhance University Development initiatives 120,000

Total $3,390,332

Funding requests for capital projects will be developed with attention paid to the need for upgrading existing buildings, replacing obsolete structures, repairing structural and utility support systems, and making campus site improvements. Those requests will be submitted to the SIU Board at its September meeting.

M. Maurer Named Dean Of The School Of Nursing

Marcia C. Maurer RN, MS, PhD, of Chicago, has been named dean of the School of Nursing, effective Aug. 1, according to SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs.

For the past nine years, Maurer has been associate dean in Nursing and director of Graduate Programs at Loyola University in Chicago, and has more than 20 years experience in higher education. She has been a member of the faculty of Maternal Child Health Nursing at Loyola since 1983.

She taught at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center approximately 12 years, and while there, established the first Master of Science offered in High Risk Perinatal in the state, as well as conducted summer workshops for RNs on the Care of the High Risk Neonate.

Maurer also held positions as staff nurse and eventually head nurse in pediatrics before beginning her teaching career, which included a year at Cook County Hospital School of Nursing. In addition, she was only one of three nurses on the state regionalization committee for Perinatal Medicine and Nursing. Maurer also enjoyed national recognition as a Perinatal nurse specialist frequently sought for consultation and presentations nationally.

She also has made numerous presentations in the area of Perinatal Nursing and higher education and has published widely on perinatal nursing topics.

Maurer earned a bachelor of science in Nursing in 1967 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master of science in Nursing in 1970 from the University of Colorado in Denver, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Loyola in 1993.

She is a member of the American Nurses' Association, the Illinois Nurses' Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and previously was a member of the March of Dimes Chicago Chapter board and a member of the Kathy Klauseger Memorial Scholarship Committee. In addition, she held several leadership positions during her 20-year tenure at Loyola.

R. Walker Takes Part In Leadership St. Louis

Richard Walker, assistant to the vice chancellor for Administration, recently enrolled in the Leadership St. Louis Program for emerging and established leaders offered by FOCUS St. Louis. He will graduate in spring.

Walker is among 62 professionals who join a prestigious list of more than 1,450 community leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception 28 years ago. FOCUS St. Louis is dedicated to "creating a thriving, cooperative region by engaging citizens in active leadership roles and by influencing positive community change," Walker said.

Leadership St. Louis helps regional leaders explore such issues as economic development, education, poverty and social services, arts and culture, and the criminal justice system. "The cutting-edge curriculum includes site visits to key areas of the bi-state region, face-to-face dialogue with regional decision makers, and valuable opportunities to enhance self-awareness of leadership approaches," Walker said.

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