Enrollment has grown to 12,708 students, an increase of 266 students, or about 2.1 percent higher than fall 2001. The figure represents the highest enrollment since 1975.
Most of the enrollment increase is attributable to student retention. The number of continuing students is up about 270 over last year. Not only is enrollment up, but also there was an increase in full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE is based on the number of hours taken by all students. The number is then divided by 12 semester hours, the level at which a student is considered full-time.
SIUE's FTE jumped from 9,768 in the fall 2001 to 10,124, a 3.6 percent increase. Since 1998, FTE is up more than 14 percent. Director of Admissions Boyd Bradshaw said growing FTE levels have prompted discussion regarding stabilizing enrollment growth and also raising admission standards.
"Over the last several years, there has been a great deal of discussion on campus regarding enrollment and admission standards, prompting a change in admissions standards," Bradshaw said. "The higher FTE is a positive reflection of that change and puts SIUE at an optimum level in the size of our classes, the available classrooms, faculty load, and our ability to provide personal service for our students."
Bradshaw attributed the increases to a continued awareness of SIUE as an affordable institution that provides a quality education. "This growth continues what we've seen consistently for the past several years in both the fall and spring enrollment figures," Bradshaw said.
Corky Siegel, his harmonica, and his chamber blues style will grace the Arts & Issues stage Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Katherine Dunham Hall theater.
Called a harmonica master and proficient in blues piano, Siegel appears on stage with the West End String Quartet for a blend of classical music and blues stylings, a 30-year leap from the days of the Siegel-Schwall Band out of Chicago and its tour of the major rock palaces and clubs throughout the country.
That basic blues structure that Siegel honed as a young rocker has given way to a mature sound that takes the best of both worlds-classical and solid blues music-and now forms Siegel's new synergy that has come to be known as Chamber Blues.
Chamber Blues has been called groundbreaking and innovative and has earned tremendous acclaim throughout the country and continues to open new doors for classical and blues/jazz listeners alike. Chamber Blues won Billboard's Editors and Writers Top 10 Picks of the Year in 1998.
Siegel has written and performed works with the late Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His latest symphonic work, Blues for a Green Planet, was commissioned and performed by the Grant Park organization.
In addition, his music has been set to choreography by five international ballet companies and has been used for many national television specials and films as well as during the 1988 Olympic Men's Figure Skating competition, the 1997 World Championship Skating competition, a recent ABC-TV series, and two works for three PBS programs.
Continuing to perform as a soloist with major orchestras around the world, Siegel also has recorded several albums and has toured globally.
Climbing to the top is an easy metaphor for what goes on in a rock wall climbing gym, but there's no denying the sense of accomplishment upon reaching that goal.
And, faculty, staff, and students at SIUE can experience the same sense of accomplishment in the new rock climbing gym opened recently at the Student Fitness Center. The room was formerly handball/ racquetball court No.1, just across from Equipment Issue.
The climbing gym provides an "exciting form of activity" most wouldn't consider traditional, said Aimee Knitter, a coordinator for the Office of Campus Recreation. "This is a mode of exercise for those who are bored with traditional forms of exercise," she said.
"It's very challenging and it helps a person develop a sense of teamwork. And, for students, it's also a great way to meet new people."
Knitter said climbing to the top is like solving a puzzle and provides a sense of accomplishment upon reaching the highest point. "Even if you don't reach the top, you can still experience the thrill of the challenge."
Experienced climbers interested in using the room must first prove proficiency in climbing by performing a "quick check." Beginners must pass a two-hour course in climbing taught by an experienced Campus Recreation staff member. A card is issued to those passing either the test or the course and that card must be presented each time for use of the climbing room.
An annual fee is charged for use of the room: $35 for faculty and staff; $25 for Student Fitness Center members; and $10 for students. Use of the room also is extended to immediate family members who are at least 14 years of age. Fourteen- and 15-year- olds must be accompanied by an adult.
The room is open 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
Scoring back-to-back "touchdowns," the Book In Every Home (BIEH) campaign is ready to lead the next big scoring drive down the field.
The campaign recently received a $2,500 gift from the St. Louis Rams Foundation and also announced this year's honorary chair-Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was named Female Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated.
Moving into its seventh year, the BIEH campaign collects books to distribute to children in SIUE's Head Start program, the SIUE East St. Louis Child Development Center, and the SIUE Early Childhood Center, as well as children in the Riverbend Head Start.
"Things are getting off to a great start even though the campaign won't actually begin until Jan. 15," said Kay Werner, chair of the annual campaign. "The Rams Foundation is so generous in its dedication to literacy efforts and, of course, we all know of Jackie's devotion to kids. We couldn't be more pleased.
"And, we also are happy to include Wood River Printing Co. and Lewis and Clark Library System as our partners."
Werner said last year's effort was the largest in the organization's existence. "We gave away nearly 5,000 books last year and collected more than $4,000 in donations," she said. "We're determined to top that this year."
The St. Louis Rams community outreach team, which includes the St. Louis Rams Foundation, supports efforts and organizations that inspire positive change in the greater St. Louis area with an emphasis on youth in education, literacy, health, and recreation. Since moving to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams have contributed more than $3 million in cash, grants, merchandise and tickets to area charities.
One of ESPN's 50 Greatest Athletes of the Century, Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated the sport of track and field for more than 20 years; setting world and American records that still stand. The second of four children, she was born in 1962 in East St. Louis. Though lacking in material possessions, her family never failed to provide her with an abundance of love and support.
"That kind of family support is what we encourage with A Book In Every Home," Werner said. "Reading to children is one of the best things a parent can do for their early educational development."
After a match against Christian Brothers University (2-3) on Tuesday (9/17) at Korte Stadium, SIUE's men's soccer will take to the road to begin the quest for the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship.
The Cougars face GLVC foes Wisconsin-Parkside at 1:15 p.m. Friday (9/20) and Saint Joseph's on Sunday (9/21) at noon.
"Our ticket to the post-season is by way of the GLVC championship," said Coach Ed Huneke. "It's a new season in that regard and we look forward to it."
Last weekend, the Cougars dropped a 2-1 overtime decision against Truman State (3-1) at Korte Stadium. After a Truman State goal, SIUE answered with a Josh Hickam (Granite City) goal in the 55th minute to send the game into overtime. Truman's Nate Gaudreault scored eight minutes into the overtime period to give the Bulldogs the victory.
Wisconsin-Parkside (4-1) will come into the GLVC opener having lost four All-Region players from a year ago. Two of them were All-Americans. "Wisconsin-Parkside is always a top contender," said Huneke. "They have a very competitive side which requires us to be at our best."
Saint Joseph's (2-3-1) is only four wins away from matching last season's total. "We've had an advantage over Saint Joseph's in the past," said Huneke, "but they are off to a good start this season."
The Cougars are still plagued with injuries suffered in the preseason. Senior defender Ryan Harken (Bloomington) and junior defender/ midfielder Brian Horan (St. Louis) will not play Tuesday, but Huneke hopes they will be ready for this weekend's GLVC matchups.
SIUE defeated Northern Michigan and Ferris State but dropped a match against Grand Valley State at last weekend's GLIAC/GLVC Crossover in Allendale, Mich. The Cougars, 9-3, were the lone GLVC school to come away with a winning record during the two-day tournament.
"This was a huge weekend for our team," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober. "I'm thrilled we came back with two wins. It has positioned us well in regional rankings right now."
SIUE opened play against Northern Michigan in a thrilling five-game match. After losing games one and four, SIUE hit .438 to Northern Michigan's .077 in game five to close the match. The Cougars have yet to lose a game five this season.
Jennifer Trame (Highland) led the Cougars with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Voss (St. Rose), Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) and Heather Bonde (Millstadt) each contributed with double-digit kills. Allison Buss (Towanda) added 17 digs as the Cougars' libero.
Match two for SIUE was against 9-1 Ferris State on Saturday (9/14). The Cougars outplayed the Bulldogs in route to a 3-1 victory. Once again, Trame had a huge match, posting 25 kills and 26 kills. Buss added 19 digs.
Against Grand Valley State in the final match of the tournament, SIUE fell 3-0 to the fourth-ranked team in the nation.
The Cougars will play at Drury on Wednesday (9/18) before their GLVC opener Saturday (9/21) against Quincy at the Vadalabene Center. Match time is 1 p.m.
"Our schedule has been challenging, and that has helped us," he said. "Playing good competition points out our weaknesses, and we are fixing them."
In his first collegiate cross country meet, Brian Taghon (East Moline) led SIUE and finished second overall at the Cougar- Bearcat Challenge.
Taghon ran the 8,000-meter race in 26 minutes, 58 seconds, finishing second only to McKendree College's Araya Haregot. "Brian led the pack for our team," said Coach Darryl Frerker. "It was a very good effort to accomplish that as a freshman."
Nick Campbell (Charleston) finished third with a time of 27:00. Jason Olszowka (Lockport) ran a time of 27:31 to finish fourth.
No team scores were calculated. The Cougars will now look to the EIU Invitational to be held Saturday (9/21) in Charleston.
Amanda Bozue (Joliet) and Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) finished side-by-side to lead the pack in the 5,000-meter Cougar-Bearcat Challenge, which was hosted by SIU Edwardsville.
"Amanda and Carrie put together a nice, relaxed effort," said Coach Darryl Frerker. Officially, Bozue finished first with a time of 19 minutes, 27.05 seconds. Carducci came in a close second with a time of 19:27.44.
Noting the times, Frerker is pleased with his team's performance. Seven SIUE runners finished better than the fourth-place finisher at the same time a year ago. "This is the best start we've ever had," said Frerker.
No team scores were calculated. The Cougars will now look to the EIU Invitational to be held Saturday (9/21) in Charleston.
SIUE picked up wins against GLVC foes Kentucky Wesleyan and Quincy to improve their record to 5-2. Southern Indiana handed the Cougars only their second loss in GLVC play.
The Cougars blanked Kentucky Wesleyan 9-0 and defeated Quincy 7-2. Southern Indiana bettered SIUE by a 6-3 margin.
SIUE will now prepare for weekend GLVC matches at Saint Joseph's and Lewis.
Brittany Auld (Nashville) and Katie Farrell (Princeton) finished with matching scores of 172 at the Westerwinds Classic in Macomb. The SIUE golfers finished sixth out of eight teams.
Farrell and Auld each finished 21 strokes off the lead. Deanna Bock (Edwardsville) shot a 173, and Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) fired a 174 in the 36-hole event.
This weekend, the Cougars will compete at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational in Bloomington. The Illinois Wesleyan event has been a kind event to the Cougars in the past.
Farrell set the school record last season for 18 holes with a 75. Farrell and Bock tied for the school record with a 36-hole total of 156. As a team last season, the Cougars set a school record with a 36-hole score of 654.
SIU Edwardsville women's soccer will travel to Wisconsin- Parkside on Friday (9/20), then to Saint Joseph's on Sunday (9/22) as the Cougars open Great Lakes Valley Conference play after hosting a Tuesday (9/17) match against Washington (Mo.) University.
The Bears visit SIUE Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Korte Stadium. They enter the game with a 4-1-1 record.
SIUE currently sits at 3-2 after a 1-0 loss to Lindenwood on Saturday (9/14). Wisconsin-Parkside, who finished a school-best 17-2 a year ago, is 2-0 on the young season with wins against Concordia and St. Francis. The Rangers dominated both matches, winning them both 6-0.
Saint Joseph's is 3-3, but has a Friday matchup against Quincy before hosting the Cougars. Last season, Saint Joseph's finished fifth in the GLVC with a 6-4 conference record.
Students in grades 1 through 8 can enjoy a day of basketball Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Marty Simmons Basketball Academy. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.
The cost for the academy is $35 and includes a free T-shirt, a free basketball, a pass to two SIUE basketball practices, two special game ticket packages, and instruction from Coach Simmons and his staff.
The academy is designed to teach each player the fundamentals of basketball. For more information, contact SIUE Basketball at 618-650-2881.
Jennifer Trame hammered 10 kills while Tricia Winter added eight as the Cougars defeated McKendree College 3-0 at the Valadabene Center Tuesday (9/3) night.
SIUE (4-1) hit .345 compared to .049 for McKendree (0-2). Leading the way defensively for SIUE was Allison Buss with 12 digs, followed by Sarah Watts with 10.
SIUE controlled the first two games of the match, outlasting McKendree 30-17 in both. SIUE came from behind to take game three 30-20.
SIUE now will set their sights on the Nebraska-Kearney Tournament. They play St. Mary's Friday (9/6) at 2 p.m., then Nebraska-Kearney at 8 p.m. Saturday (9/7), they will face Midwestern State at noon and Chadron at 4 p.m.
With nine returnees and two transfers, Coach Darryl Frerker believes 2002 will be a breakout season for women's cross country.
"We're deeper than we've ever been," said Frerker. "It always seems like we end up with about four, maybe five (top runners), and if someone gets injured we're out of it. Right now, I think we have a very strong seven or eight."
Amanda Bozue (Joliet), Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) and Breanne Steffens (Moline) will lead the pack for the Cougars. Bozue, a senior, finished 15th overall at last year's Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships.
Carducci, a junior, has had success in both cross country and track this past year. She finished 29th in last year's GLVC Championships, then followed that performance by nationally qualifying in the 3,000-steeplechase in the outdoor track season. Steffens, a junior, was the top Cougar finisher GLVC last year, finishing sixth overall. She earned All-Conference honors with that performance.
Frerker believes this trio has what it takes to help the Cougars have a successful season. "The three of them are definitely going to lead this pack to some new heights for us."
Also returning for the Cougars is sophomore Mary Witte (Normal). She hopes to improve upon her successful freshman campaign that saw her finish 17th at the GLVC.
Erin McMullen (Salem), a transfer from Murray State University, should make an immediate impact on this year's squad. McMullen, a junior, finished 38th in the Ohio Valley Conference Championships for the Racers last year. Junior Maria Ewersmann (St. Paul, Mo.) also should be a significant part of this year's squad.
Frerker also is looking to newcomers Heather Zipparro (Mt. Prospect), Melissa Oglesby (Centralia), and Amanda White (O'Fallon) to provide some depth.
The season will get under way Sept. 14 as the Cougars play host to the Cougar-Bearcat Challenge. They will then travel to Charleston and the Panther Open. October will feature three big meets for the team as they travel to Chicago for the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, host the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars, then go to Kenosha, Wis., for the Great Lakes Valley Championships on Oct. 26.
"I'm really looking forward to the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational," said Frerker. "I think we'll see a good variety of schools, especially some Division II teams. The Illinois/Missouri Border Wars meet that we host also looks to be a real big meet for us this year."
Just a week into practice, men's cross country Coach Darryl Frerker believes his 2002 squad is one of his best yet.
The Cougars return five runners from last year's top seven and will add a handful of talented freshmen who should make an immediate impact on the team.
Senior Jason Olszowka (Lockport) is the most notable returnee for the Cougars. Olszowka was the top Cougar finisher at last year's Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, while finishing ninth overall. Frerker expects to see more of the same from Olszowka this season.
"Jason has been All-Region three years in a row," said Frerker. "I anticipate him getting back to that position this year. If he makes it 4-4, that will make it one of the best efforts that we've had from an SIUE athlete."
Outside of Olszowka, the rest of the top-seven is still undecided, which Frerker said could be attributed to the amount of depth on the roster.
"We had a lot of guys who knew it was going to be a competitive season and came back in great shape," said Frerker. Junior's Nick Campbell (Charleston), David Droege (Nashville), Darren Dinkelman (Nashville), Steve McNamer (Charleston) and Dustin Gentry (Charleston), along with sophomores Jonathon Sadowski (Springfield), Darren Pierce (Freeburg), Ryan Boyll (Normal) and Richard Skirball (Granite City) complete the list of returnees who should vie for a spot in the top-seven.
Five newcomers will join this year's squad to add even more depth to the team. Parkland College transfer Gary Parquette (Naperville) and freshmen Brian Taghon (East Moline), Trae Cotner (Springfield), Matt Davis (Williamsville), and Dane Shaw (Edwardsville) will all look to immediately contribute for the Cougars.
The season will begin at home Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Cougar-Bearcat Challenge. The Cougars then travel to Charleston a week later for the Panther Open. Frerker will use these two events to see who is going to step it up to the next level. "I think when it comes down to getting in the first couple of competitions, we'll start to get an idea of where things are going to spread out," said Frerker.
"Cross country is such a mental game. Just because someone practices well doesn't mean they are going to compete well, or vice versa," he said. "Some of the guys who don't practice so well end up competing very well."