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September 28, 2004

SIU/SDM Class Of 2008 Takes Part In White Coat Ceremony

Serving as the keynote speaker for the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2008, Dr. Kevin Nelson offered an overview of the dental profession, especially with regard to the professionalism, integrity, and ethics necessary in the field.

He made the remarks at the annual ceremony for new students of the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

The event serves to impress on the students the high standards of integrity and professionalism required in the healthcare profession, as well as a sense of the commitment that they have made by choosing dentistry as their profession.

The ceremony also marks the beginning of clinical training for the students. Nelson, who is chair of the Illinois Section of the American College of Dentists, gave the address at the ceremony conducted recently in the Hatheway Cultural Center of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

"This particular garment represents much more than a simple clinic jacket," Nelson told the audience. "It is a cloak of compassion and an oath of integrity. It is a commitment to competence and a pledge to professionalism."

Dr. James DeClue, acting associate dean of the School, once again was emcee, orchestrating the program for the students and families in attendance. The Class of 2008 was represented by all 49 students in the class.

Following Nelson's comments, Dr. Allen Otsuka, faculty student adviser for the class, called the students individually to the stage. Drs. Russell Williams and Brent Wohlford, 1975 SDM graduates and members of the dental school faculty, helped the students into their white coats.

Dr. Ann Boyle led the students in the recitation of the Professional Oath. Jason Aleman, Year IV student and President of the Student Body, also offered remarks to the entering class.

First Nursing Scholarship Walk Raises Nearly $4,000

Seventy-five walkers raised nearly $4,000 for the first Scholarship Walk sponsored recently by the SIUE School of Nursing.

Development Director Bob McElligott said more than $3,800 raised by the volunteer walkers will be used for scholarship funds for pre-clinical, clinical, and graduate nursing students at SIUE. "Through scholarship support," McElligott said, "students will be able to focus more of their energy on nursing education, rather than holding down a job while attending school."

McElligott said more than 100 T-shirts were distributed to nursing students, faculty, staff, and those who raised donations.

The walk also was designed to increase public awareness of the nursing shortage, and what the SIUE School of Nursing is doing to address the problem. Graduates of the school's basic program earn a four-year BSN degree that develops and supports critical thinking skills, clinical decision-making abilities, and nursing values and ethics.

Two major sponsors of the Walk were Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. The publicized goal was to raise at least $10,000 in scholarships for nursing students. "Even though we did not reach this goal," McElligott said, "we will continue to seek donations to help our students become the nurses that current and future patients depend on for personal health care.

"We set the goal high because that is the need and opportunity. We are grateful for the work and generosity that the $3,800 in donations recognizes."

During the past five years, the SIUE School of Nursing has graduated 681 baccalaureate-level (BSN) nurses and 231 master's and advanced-practice (e.g., Nurse Practitioners) nurses. Most SIUE graduates tend to come from-and return to work in- Southern Illinois and in the St. Louis region.

SIUE graduates also are teaching at SIUE and in other nursing schools around the country. Nearly 4,000 nursing students have graduated during the school's 39-year existence.

McElligott said enrollment at the School is up significantly. "From fall 2003 to fall 2004, undergraduate nursing enrollment of sophomores, juniors, and seniors increased from 191 to 262; up 37 percent," he said.

"The RN to BSN program grew from 54 to 64; up 19 percent. Graduate nurse enrollment increased from 140 to 214; up 53 percent."

Fur Will Fly When Left Meets Right On A&I Stage Oct. 13

On the eve of the presidential election, former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and well-known conservative political pundit Tony Blankley will offer lively debate as part of the Arts & Issues series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Meridian Ballroom.

Dean and Blankley replace Marlin Fitzwater and Joe Lockhart on the Arts & Issues 2004-05 bill because of scheduling conflicts.

Arts & Issues, which began in 1985 at SIUE, has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois. "Howard Dean and Tony Blankley have a great deal of political savvy and will have much to say about the upcoming presidential election," he said.

" Both Dean and Blankley continue our tradition of bringing provocative speakers to the Arts & Issues podium."

Appearing on the covers of Time and Newsweek, all eyes were on Howard Dean earlier this year as he mounted an influential campaign as a candidate for the 2004 Democratic nomination for President.

Dean, a medical doctor, has previously shared a private practice with his wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg Dean, in Vermont. He earned a bachelor's at Yale and received a medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

He was a member of the Vermont General Assembly from 1983-85 and was elected lieutenant governor of the state in 1986, gaining re-election in 1988 and 1990. He became governor upon the death of Gov. Richard A. Snelling in August 1991 and was elected to a full term in November 1992, gaining re-election in 1994, 1996, 1998, and in 2000.

Blankley served for seven years as press secretary for then-U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In that role, Blankley became the leading spokesman for the "Contract with America." Before his career on Capitol Hill, Blankley had served as a speechwriter and senior analyst for President Ronald Reagan.

After leaving Gingrich's staff in February 1997, Blankley joined George magazine as a contributing editor. He currently is a regular panelist for the McLaughlin Group and he also appears regularly on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, as well as CNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Rivera Live, The News with Brian Williams, and MSNBC.

In June 1999, Blankley joined the Washington Times as a weekly political columnist; he also is a popular columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Tickets for the Oct. 13 Arts & Issues event are $12; students, $6. A season brochure is available by contacting John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or by e-mail: Individual tickets also may be purchased at the Web site:

The remaining Arts & Issues season includes: Windham Hill Winter Solstice Holiday Tour (Nov. 19) is SOLD OUT; Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea (Jan. 21, 2005); The Acting Company with its rendition of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (Feb. 27, 2005); the powerful a cappella singing of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (March 19, 2005); the exciting sounds of the Dallas Brass (April 22, 2005); the special appearance of the "funkified" gospel music of The Blind Boys of Alabama (Feb. 4, 2005) is SOLD OUT.

MLK Competition Applications Available At Kimmel Center In MC

Nominations are being sought for the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship awards to be given at the 23d Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon in February.

Nomination applications are available in the Kimmel Leadership Center, on the first floor of the Morris University Center, and must be completed and returned by Friday, Nov. 5.

Entries also are being sought for an essay, poetry, and visual arts competition for high school students. Guidelines for this competition have been sent to all area high schools. Winners of the high school competition will receive a $100 honorarium and a plaque of recognition.

The awards are given each year to recognize those who exemplify the philosophy of nonviolent social change as demonstrated by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An SIUE employee and a resident of Illinois are each eligible for the Humanitarian Award, while a current SIUE student is eligible for the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award.

Complete criteria for eligibility for the high school competition, the Humanitarian Award, and the Scholarship and Humanitarian Award are contained in nomination packets at the Kimmel Center. For more information, call the center, (618) 650-2686.

Second Annual Awards Dinner Recognizes Professor, Local Pastor

A Caseyville pastor and an SIUE faculty member will be honored Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Second Annual Interfaith Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Friends of the Religious Center (FRC). The event is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the SIUE Religious Center.

The Rev. Douglas Cripe, coordinator of the Metro-East Interfaith Partnership, and Assistant Historical Studies Professor Rowena McClinton, who is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Cherokee Nation, will receive the Friends of the Religious Center 2004 Interfaith Leadership Award.

Reservation deadline is Sept. 30; tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner and free parking.

The FRC established the awards to recognize religious leadership and interfaith cooperation in the region. "Rev. Cripe has shown great dedication to his faith and has encouraged dialogue in the region among many faiths," said SIUE Associate Philosophy Professor Greg Fields, who is president of the FRC board and coordinator of the SIUE Religious Studies Program.

"Dr. McClinton's work with Cherokee history is a great contribution to the Cherokee people, and also is a resource for all Americans who wish to gain a fuller understanding of historical encounters between native spiritual traditions and Christianity," he said.

"The FRC is honoring these two recipients so that the community at large can learn about the good work they do."

Fields said the FRC, formed more than three years ago, sponsors two main events each year to raise money to refurbish parts of the 33-year-old Religious Center that is in need of repair. "We offer this Interfaith Awards Dinner in the fall and also the Celebration of World Faiths in the spring to encourage interfaith dialogue," he said.

"The FRC is a support group dedicated to preserving the SIUE Religious Center as a significant contribution to architecture and as a place for the spiritual growth of SIUE students, and for religious learning and fellowship within the community."

Cripe, pastor of the Crossroads Christian Church in Caseyville, is coordinator of the Metro-East Interfaith Partnership. The organization is dedicated to promoting peace, respect, and understanding among people of all faiths in the Metro-East area, while providing a timely public voice on issues of common concern.

He also serves on the boards of the Area Agency for Aging of Southwestern Illinois and the Beacon of Belleville, an interdenominational organization for helping those in need. In addition, he also is president of the Belleville Area Clergy Association.

In addition to scholarly research regarding the Cherokee culture, McClinton served this past year on the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee at SIUE and was instrumental in bringing Native American speakers to campus to discuss Indian sovereignty.

She also is very active as a member of the board for the Illinois chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, serving as historian and archivist for the group. The chapter is currently mapping the historic trail in Illinois for future interpretive center sites. McClinton also is one of two representatives from Illinois on the National Trail of Tears Association.

Dinner reservations may be made through the SIUE Religious Center, (618) 650-3246, or, toll-free from St. Louis, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3246, or, by calling Greg Fields, (618) 650-2461; St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2461.

Noises Off Is 'Spot On' Comedy; Runs Oct. 13-17

Unlike some plays that have deep intellectual levels of meaning upon meaning, Noises Off has none of that.

It's just plain fun and that may be why audiences have been roaring for nearly 20 years at Michael Frayn's jaunt through the foibles and mistakes of a traveling theater troupe. If properly staged, Noises Off can induce the kind of laughter that will result in audience members sliding off their seats.

And, SIUE's upcoming performance, directed by Johanna Schmitz, promises to be "spot on," as the Brits say. Noises Off runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, all in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

The three-act comedy is of the play-within-a-play genre but that's about the only thing to be said about it in an intellectual manner. "This play has no intellectual pretense whatsoever," says Schmitz, an assistant professor of Theater and Dance.

The play, based on a revised script published by Frayn in 2000, chronicles a hapless theater troupe performing the fictional British door-slamming sex farce Nothing On: first at final dress rehearsal; then behind-the-scenes at a matinee on tour a month later; and finally, seven weeks after that, another matinee.

Practically everything that can go wrong does. The conflict comes as we find most of the characters, including the director and the stage manager, involved in romantic trysts, which set up a destructive dynamic fueled by jealousy and ego.

The result is something beyond slapstick. "It is just the funniest play I've ever seen," Schmitz said. To work, the actors must perform choreographed movement with precision, and Schmitz and her cast have been working diligently on that aspect. "We had to mount the basic set much earlier than we would any other play because we needed to begin work immediately on the timing of the action.

"In this play, when one door opens, another door literally slams shut."

Schmitz said directing Noises Off is a complete 180-degree turn from her last effort at SIUE -directing Oedipus the King last spring. "It's a joy and a new challenge for me to direct this very demanding farce," Schmitz said. "The comedy in Noises Off comes from the funny situations and the play's increased momentum as it continues to move faster and faster, becoming more complicated," she explained.

The play also gives students a chance to hone their comedic skills. "Not only does the play give them a chance to show off their training, but they also get to be in a cast that includes two of our faculty members," she said. Associate Professor Peter Cocuzza will be playing the part of Selsdon Mowbray, the elderly has-been Shakespearean, while Assistant Professor Chuck Harper will portray the role of the director, Lloyd Dallas.

"Peter has been teaching a comedy technique class and he wanted to try his hand at this comic part," Schmitz said, adding that both faculty members will lend some "maturity" to the characters they play.

"There's a lot of exaggeration and repetition, which also makes it very funny," Schmitz said. "And, there are a lot of cheated expectations-you think one thing is going to happen and then something else happens instead."

For reservations, contact the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

Women's Golf Finishes Third In GLVC

SIUE's women's golf team went to defend its Great Lakes Valley Conference title but came up short finishing third at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth on Sunday (10/3) and Monday (10/4).

The Cougars shot a two-day total of 636 finishing 13 shots behind conference champion Northern Kentucky. Southern Indiana, which also had a team total of 623, lost the GLVC title in a playoff.

Sophomore Kallie Harrison (Decatur) led the way for SIUE shooting 76 on the first day and a 79 on day two. Harrison finished in sixth place with a score of 11-over-par 155. Harrison came into the GLVC tournament with the seventh best scoring average in the nation at 77.38.

Freshman Rachel Roberg (Rice Lake, Wis.) finished two shots behind Harrison coming in at ninth place for SIUE with a two-day total of 157. Roberg had entered the tournament having the 28th best scoring average in the region.

Brittany Hood (Coulterville), Natalie Connaway (McLeansboro), and Jessie Tiffe (Brookfield, Wis.) all tied at 17th place shooting a score of 163 for the Cougars.

The tournament concluded the fall portion of the women's golf season.

Huneke Garners 200th Career Win

SIUE's 2-0 win over 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday (10/1) gave men's soccer coach Ed Huneke the 200th victory of his career. In his 19th season with SIUE, Huneke has amassed a record of 201-142-23.

The Cougars were road warriors over the weekend picking up two shutout wins over the Rangers and Saint Joseph's on Sunday (10/3).

The Cougars, ranked 12th in the latest NSCAA national poll, have won eight games in a row outscoring their opponents 24-1 since a loss to Findlay on Sept. 5. SIUE is first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 6-0 mark and an 11-1 record overall.

In the triumph over the Rangers, the Cougars connected on two goals in the last 25 minutes of the contest to propel them to victory.

"Those types of games aren't going to be high scoring so you know that every goal is crucial," said Huneke. "Obviously in those games getting the first goal is important. It was a battle and fortunately we came out on the right side of it."

Forward Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis) recorded both of the Cougars' goals during the win over Wisconsin-Parkside tying him for the team lead at five.

On Sunday, SIUE outlasted Saint Joseph's 1-0 with the lone goal by junior Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles) at the 87:11 mark. Forward Mike Banner (Upper Marlboro, Md.) assisted on the goal.

"We were pounding at the door, and we knew that it would come eventually," said Huneke. "It was a shot in a crowd off of a corner kick that found its way in the net. I was proud of the way our team continues to persist under tough circumstances."

The win continues the Cougars' 17-game winning streak in GLVC regular season play. Goalkeeper Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles) helped continue that streak as he notched his fourth shutout of the year in the win over Wisconsin-Parkside. Frasca has a 6-0 record on the season with a 0.33 goals against average.

Goalkeeper Greg Crook (Columbia) had the team's other shutout in the victory over Saint Joseph's. Crook made two saves to preserve the win.

SIUE will look to keep their 5-0 road record perfect when visiting Lewis this Sunday for a GLVC match at noon.

SIUE's Cacciatore, NKU's Thompson Named Co-Players Of The Week

SIUE junior Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis, Mo./St. Mary's) and Northern Kentucky University freshman Chris Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) have been named Great Lakes Valley Conference "Co-Players of the Week" for their efforts over the weekend.

Cacciatore, a forward, scored a pair of assisted goals as the 12th-ranked Cougars blanked 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside 2-0 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Cacciatore penetrated what had been the No. 1 defense in the country entering the game. The Rangers had given up just one goal previously this season.

Cacciatore is tied for the SIUE team lead with five goals and five assists for 15 points. As a team, SIUE improved to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with its 17th consecutive GLVC regular season victory on Sunday in a 1-0 win over Saint Joseph's.

Thompson, a forward, scored three goals, including a pair of game-winners, as the Norse swept Southern Indiana and Missouri-St. Louis. Thompson scored on a breakaway 15 minutes into the second half Friday to give NKU a 1-0 win over Southern Indiana.

On Sunday, he added two goals to lead NKU to a 3-1 victory against Missouri-St. Louis. Thompson's three goals in two games helped NKU improve to 8-2-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the GLVC.

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Women's Soccer Rebounds From First GLVC Loss

SIUE women's soccer may have had its six-game winning streak ended over the weekend, but the Cougars are looking to start another one. SIUE was shut out by 15th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside 2-0 on Friday (10/1) before defeating Saint Joseph's 1-0 on Sunday (10/2).

The Cougars allowed two goals in the first 15 minutes of play against the Rangers and could not recover.

Junior Kelly Dill (Florissant) netted her second goal of the season at the 16:49 mark of the first half in the win over Saint Joseph's. Sophomore Christina Stremlau (St. Louis) had the assist on Dill's goal. Stremlau ranks third on the team in scoring with eight points, and Dill is not far behind tied for fourth place with five points.

Freshman goalkeeper Kim Roady (Granite City) shut out the Pumas making nine saves for her fourth shutout of the season. Roady has a 0.17 goals against average this year.

SIUE is tied with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars and the Norse each have 5-1 marks in conference play. SIUE is 8-4 overall on the season.

While winning seven out of their last eight, the Cougars have outscored their opponents 20-3, including six shutouts.

SIUE will battle McKendree in a non-conference game at Korte Stadium on Wednesday (10/6) at 7 p.m. The Cougars will travel to Lewis for a match on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

Volleyball Looks To Bounce Back

All the focus for SIUE's volleyball team is now on continuing to win Great Lakes Valley Conference games after losing a tough match 3-0 to Southern Indiana on Wednesday (9/29). The Cougars bounced back with 3-0 win over Bellarmine on Saturday (10/2) afternoon.

"Southern Indiana was a big match, and they played very well," said SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober. "We didn't play quite as well as we had hoped in the match. It was a tough one to swallow, but that happens sometimes."

The Cougars now have a record of 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the GLVC.

"The girls did a good job bouncing back in practice," said Gober. "It was gone (the loss), and there was no dwelling on it. We played the way we should play against Bellarmine."

Junior Allison Buss (Towanda) was the difference for SIUE in the match against the Knights. Buss had 22 digs and five service aces for the contest.

"Allison is the top defensive player in our conference," said Gober. "She can actually shut down hitters, and I am very happy with her serving."

Tricia Happe (St. Louis) continues to have a solid year for SIUE. Happe is fourth on the team with 0.57 blocks per game and fifth the squad with 75 kills.

Setter Krystal Majernik (Normal) continues her solid play with 24 assists in the win over Bellarmine. "She is clearly one of the keys to this team," said Gober. "When Krystal is on, we will take our chances against anyone in the country."

The Cougars have won eight of their last 10 matches for third place, one match behind first-place Southern Indiana. "I like our play, and I like the direction we are heading as a team," said Gober.

SIUE will look to be ready as they go on the road this weekend to play Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside. "Everybody is good at home in this conference," said Gober. "I expect it to be a really focused and intense match against both of those teams."

Game time for the match against the Flyers is set for 7 p.m. on Friday (10/8). After that the Cougars take on the Rangers on Saturday (10/9) afternoon at 1.

Boyll And Taghon Continue To Impress

The SIUE men's and women's cross country team had strong showings at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago.

The Cougars, ranked 21st among NCAA-II schools, finished 13th out of 25 teams at a mostly Division I meet. Senior Ryan Boyll (Normal) finished 10th at the meet with a time of 24 minutes, 55 seconds, which stands as the third-fastest time ever at SIUE at 8,000 meters.

Junior Brian Taghon (East Moline) also set notched his name on the record list with his 13th-place finish at 25:01 for the fifth-fastest time. Freshman Erik Steffens (Moline) continued his string of strong performances placing 90th out of 249 competitors with a time of 26:28.

The women's team finished 15th of 34 teams in the meet. Freshman Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen) paced the Cougars with a 33rd-place finish at 19:29 in the 5,000 meter event. Senior Mary Witte (Norman) finished 50th out of 381 runners with a time of 19:54.

The Cougars will host the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars on Saturday (10/9) starting at 10 a.m. on the SIUE cross country course. More than 50 men's and women's teams are expected to be at the meet, which is a precursor to SIUE playing host to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Women's Tennis Gears Up For GLVC Tournament

SIUE's women's tennis team finished the regular season sixth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a record of 4-5. The Cougars will take on Southern Indiana on Friday (10/8) in the GLVC Tournament in Indianapolis.

SIUE will look to rebound against the Screaming Eagles after losing to them 9-0 last Friday (10/1) at the SIUE tennis courts. The Cougars did finish off the regular season strong by defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 8-1 on Saturday (10/2) at home.

Chrissy Yingst (Belleville) battled for a tough 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 win at No. 1 singles. While Allison Coats (Belleville), Gina Wohltman (Effingham), Lisa Warner (Arlington Hts.), and Katherine Ferry (Springfield) all cruised to two-set victories over the Panthers.

The Cougars finished off their regular season by winning three out of their last five matches.

SIUE will look to upset second-seeded Southern Indiana as the two meet Friday (10/8) morning at 9. Indianapolis is the top seed in the six-team tournament which will be played at the Indianapolis Tennis Center.

Cougars Down Saint Joseph's

(RENSSELAER, Ind.) Kevin Thibodeau scored the game's only goal as 12th-ranked SIUE defeated Saint Joseph's 1-0 in men's college soccer.

SIUE improved to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Saint Joseph's fell to 1-10-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the GLVC. The Cougars, who have won 17 consecutive GLVC regular-season games, next travel to Lewis next Sunday (10/10).

The Cougars had trouble finding the back of the net as Thibodeau scored on an assists from Mike Banner at 87:11. SIUE outshot its opponents 22-4. Greg Crook recorded the shutout in goal for SIUE. He had two saves. Dan Ford was the losing goalkeeper despite seven saves.


SIUE Blanks Saint Joseph's

(RENSSELAER, Ind.) SIUE regained a share of the lead in the Great Lakes Valley Conference on Sunday (10/3) by defeating Saint Joseph's 1-0 in women's college soccer action.

Kelly Dill scored the game's only goal at 16:49 on an assist by Christina Stremlau.

SIUE improved to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, equaling the best league record with Northern Kentucky. Saint Joseph's fell to 2-6-4 overall and 2-3-1 in the GLVC.

Kim Roady recorded her fourth shutout of the season with nine saves. Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Katie Awerkamp had six saves.

SIUE now returns home for a Wednesday matchup at Korte Stadium against area rival McKendree. Game time is 7 p.m.


Women's Golf Sits In Third After Day One

(FORSYTH) SIUE is 21 shots back after day one of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Golf Championships at Hickory Point Golf Course.

As a team, SIUE shot 321 in the opening round of the 36-hole event. Southern Indiana holds the lead at 300, a one-round GLVC record breaking the mark set last season at 301 by SIUE. Northern Kentucky is currently in second at 307.

Kallie Harrison leads SIUE with a four-over-par 76. The sophomore is tied for fourth place after day one. Alisha Luigs of Southern Indiana shot a three-under-par 69 to lead the field. Rachel Roberg added a 79 for the Cougars. She was followed in the SIUE lineup by Brittany Hood (82), Natalie Connaway (84) and Jessie Tiffie (84).

The final round will be played Monday (10/11).

Cougars Win Battle Of Ranked Teams

(KENOSHA, Wis.) Pete Cacciatore scored a pair of unassisted goals as 12th-ranked SIUE defeated 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside 2-0 on Friday afternoon (10/1).

The Cougars won their seventh straight game and 16th straight Great Lakes Valley Conference contest. SIUE's season record stands at 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the GLVC.

Wisconsin-Parkside, which came into Friday's contest with the No. 1 defense in the country having given up one goal in its previous nine games, fell to 7-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the GLVC.

Cacciatore and the Cougars had trouble scoring early but finally got the eventual game-winner at 65:11. He added an insurance goal with 30 seconds left in the game. SIUE Coach Ed Huneke and the Cougars now travel to Rensselaer, Ind., for a battle on Sunday (10/10) with Saint Joseph's. First touch is noon.

Six-Game Win Streak Halted

(KENOSHA, Wis.) SIUE watched its six-game winning streak fade with a 2-0 loss at Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday (10/1).

Wisconsin-Parkside, ranked 15th in the nation in the latest national poll, picked up early goals from Tamara Buntrock at 5:04 and Charissa Weiher at 14:14. Abbigale Wild earned the shutout for the Rangers.

SIUE fell to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Wisconsin-Parkside improved to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the GLVC.

SIUE's next action is Sunday (10/10) at Rensselaer, Ind., where the Cougars meet the Pumas in a 2:30 p.m. contest.

Volleyball Match To Feature Oasis Benefit

Come out and watch SIUE's volleyball team take on Southern Indiana and also help support the Oasis Women's Center.

Admission will be free to the SIUE-USI volleyball match on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m in the Vadalabene Center to anyone who brings a toiletry item to be donated to the Oasis Women's Center. The center is an Alton-based shelter for abused women.

Items needed by the center include shampoo and conditioner, hair care products (gel, curl, straightener), lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes, baby bottles, baby lotion, shampoo, tampons, bedding, new socks and underwear for women and children, small clock radios, plates and dishes, kitchen utensils, silverware, and pots and pans.

The benefit is co-sponsored by SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics and the SIUE Women's Studies Program.

SIUE Men's Soccer Ranked No. 12

It's back in the national rankings for the SIUE men's soccer program-the Cougars are No. 12 in the nation n the latest national rankings from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). .

SIUE made the biggest leap forward of any team in all of the Division II. SIUE coach Ed Huneke and his Cougars hold a 9-1 record overall and a Great Lakes Valley Conference-leading 4-0 mark in the league play. SIUE's latest win was a 2-1 overtime win over then-17th-ranked Northern Kentucky at Korte Stadium on Sunday (9/26).

"That is going to be looked back on as being a big one for us later on," said Huneke.

The Cougars' next action is Friday (10/1) at 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside at 1:15 p.m. in Kenosha, Wis. SIUE is ranked No. 2 in the Great Lakes region ahead of Wisconsin-Parkside and just one slot behind GLVC rival Lewis, which is No. 2 in the nation.

SIUE Women's Soccer Gains Regionally, Nationally

The SIUE women's soccer team garnered votes in the latest national poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) but not enough to break into the top 25.

The Cougars are coming off an impressive 2-0 victory over then-10th-ranked Northern Kentucky, handing the Norse their first loss in regular season Great Lakes Valley Conference play since the 1999 season. It was the second top 10 team SIUE has defeated this season. The other was ninth-ranked Ashland, who SIUE defeated 1-0 in Ashland, Ohio.

SIUE, 6-3 overall, are 4-0 in the GLVC and are in first place after two weeks of league play. The Cougars also moved up to fourth in the Great Lakes region poll by the NSCAA.

Armstrong Named GLVC Women's Soccer Player Of The Week

SIUE sophomore forward Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters, Mo./Francis Howell North) earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week accolades for her efforts in two Cougar victories over the weekend.

Armstrong scored two goals and two assists as the Cougars gained sole possession of first place in the GLVC. Armstrong scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in SIUE's 3-0 win over Indianapolis. Armstrong had both assists in the 2-0 victory over 10th-ranked Northern Kentucky, which hadn't lost a GLVC regular season game since 1999. For the week, Armstrong had seven shots with three on-goal.

The Cougars are currently 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the GLVC. The team has won five straight and will face non-conference opponent William Woods on Wednesday before traveling to games at Wisconsin-Parkside and Saint Joseph's.

Zaegel Named GLVC Men's Soccer Player Of The Week

SIUE sophomore back Mike Zaegel (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College H.S.) scored the game-winning goal 70 seconds into the overtime period as the Cougars defeated 17th-ranked Northern Kentucky 2-1. Zaegel's efforts earned him Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week honors.

SIUE improved its record to 9-1 and a GLVC-best 4-0. Zaegel has been a major force in SIUE's defense, allowing just one goal so far in conference play. In four games, SIUE opponents have been outshot 98-15. The Cougars will defend their six-game winning streak at Wisconsin-Parkside and Saint Joseph's this weekend.

9-1 Soccer Cougars Continue Winning Ways

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's soccer continued its stellar play over the weekend with wins over Indianapolis and 17th-ranked Northern Kentucky. The wins improved the Cougars' record to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

SIUE soccer coach Ed Huneke knows that the 2-1 overtime win over the Norse on Sunday (9/26) was a big one. The Cougars outshot Northern Kentucky 31-2 for the contest. "That game was very pivotal in terms of being psychological as well as for the rankings and post-season implications," said Huneke.

"That is going to be looked back on as being a big one for us later on."

Sophomore Mike Zaegel (St. Louis) netted the game-winning goal in overtime against the Norse, his first of the season. "It was a great shot that found the upper corner," said Huneke. "It was very gratifying because statistically everything about that game was to our advantage. For as good of forwards as we have it is nice that we can rely on a defender to win the game."

Junior Mike Banner (Upper Marlboro, Md.) came through big for SIUE with a goal in each game of his first two games as a Cougars over the weekend. "He has very good individual skill and speed so that he can beat people one on one," said Huneke. "When he does so he creates some nice opportunities."

In the Cougars' other contest, they defeated Indianapolis 6-0 at Korte Stadium on Friday (9/24) night. Forward Victor Pacheco (San Luis, Brazil) led the way with a goal and two assists. Pacheco ranks second in the GLVC with 15 points this season.

Michael Burgund (Bethalto) added a goal and an assist against the Greyhounds as the Cougars won for the 15th straight time in GLVC regular season play. SIUE now has six players with three or more goals this season. "We have so many people that are a threat up front," said Huneke. "We are going to continue to see good numbers all year long."

The Cougars have outshot their opponents 98-15 in the four Great Lakes Valley Conference contests this season. SIUE travels to Wisconsin-Parkside to take on the Rangers at 1:15 on Friday (10/1), before heading to St. Joseph's to finish out the weekend trip.

Cougars Halt Norse's Streak

SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers did something on Sunday (9/26) that no team had done in a Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season game since 1999.

The Cougars defeated 10th-ranked Northern Kentucky 2-0 to improve their record to 6-3 overall and 4-0 in GLVC play.

"That is as good as it gets in the regular season," said Bowers.

SIUE's win ended a streak that had seen the Norse compile a record of 40-0-5 during GLVC regular season play since the Cougars defeated the Norse 3-1 five years ago.

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peters) led the way for SIUE over the weekend. Armstrong had two goals in the Cougars 3-0 shutout of Indianapolis on Friday (9/24) night, and she assisted on both of the SIUE goals on Sunday (9/26). "She has done a lot of things that an average spectator does not see," said Bowers. "She is just doing the right things right now. I can see that she is such a valuable player on the field."

Along with Armstrong, the Cougars have received solid play from senior Ann Crawford (St. Louis), who had two goals including the game winner over the Norse on Sunday (9/26). She leads the team with six goals on the season, and that ties her for third in the GLVC. "She has had some great opportunities so far, but some of the teams have just made outstanding saves against her," said Bowers.

"This last weekend has given her a ton of confidence. It was great to see her score this weekend."

The Cougars have recorded four shutouts in their last five games that have led to a five-game winning streak. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Brown (St. Louis) picked up her first shutout of the season against Northern Kentucky. "She was really begging to play the (Northern Kentucky) game," said Bowers. "I knew that she would really be ready for the game. She has really stepped up so far this year."

Freshman Katie Yearian (Waterloo) netted her second goal of the season against the Norse. "She has a lot of speed," said Bowers. "If I need to counter speed I will just put in Katie."

Juniors Kelly Dill (Florissant) and Lindsey Kampwerth (Highland), and sophomore Kayla Fromme (New Berlin) played well for SIUE in the two contests.

The Cougars will play William Woods at Korte Stadium on Wednesday (9/29) at 7 p.m. before traveling to Wisconsin-Parkside and St. Joseph's on Friday (10/1) and Saturday (10/2) afternoons.

Volleyball Cougars Using Balanced Attack

SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober has led his team to seven wins in their last eight games including a big 3-2 win over Northern Kentucky on Friday (9/24) night.

The Cougars now have a record of 13-4 overall and 4-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

"It was a huge match and going to Northern Kentucky is always a tough place to play," said Gober. "We had a number of different heroes throughout the match. It was a fun match to watch."

During the match against the Norse, SIUE had four players with 14 or more kills. Junior Heather Bonde (Millstadt) had team high 17 kills and a 4.67 hitting percentage. Middle hitter Tina Talsma (Ontario, Canada) had 15 kills, and Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) and Tricia Happe (St. Louis) had 14 kills each.

For Happe, that was a career high in kills. "Tricia stepped up and had a great game in one of the toughest matches of our season," said Gober.

Krystal Majernik (Normal) recorded 63 assists against the Norse.

"She did a great job because the offense hit .306," said Gober.

"She really makes it tough for a team to defend you when you have five girls with 30 or more attacks."

SIUE won its two other matches last week defeating McKendree and Kentucky Wesleyan, each 3-0. Sophomore Jamie Jones (Flanagan) led the way in the win over Kentucky Wesleyan. She had a career-high 14 kills and a .346 hitting percentage. "She was huge for us coming off the bench and doing a good job," said Gober.

Freshman Sadie Zurliene (Aviston) and junior Jenny Heimann (Germantown) combined for 24 assists in the win over the Panthers. "Sadie and Jenny did a great job in that game," said Gober. "I am really happy with the weekend overall, and getting the two victories."

The Cougars will be at the Vadalabene Center on Wednesday (9/29) night to take on Southern Indiana in a match up of two teams who are tied at the top of the GLVC. Game Time is set for 7. "This game is going to be a slugfest because both teams are middle dominated," said Gober.

Following the game against the Screaming Eagles, the Cougars will be at home to face Bellarmine on Saturday (10/2) at 1 p.m.

Men's Cross Country Ranked No. 22

The SIUE men's and women's cross country team hope to continue posting strong times as they compete in the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago this Saturday (10/2).

The Cougars, ranked No. 22 in the latest national coaches poll, after finishing third out of seven teams at the Eastern Illinois Twilight meet.

Senior Ryan Boyll (Normal) finished third at the meet with a time 24 minutes, 58.08 seconds, which stands as the third-fastest ever at SIUE at 8,000 meters. Finishing not far behind Boyll was junior Brian Taghon (East Moline). Taghon finished sixth at 25:27.37 for the ninth fastest time in 8,000 meters in school history.

Freshman Erik Steffens (Moline) finished with eighth fastest time for a freshman in SIUE history placing 11th in 25:57.62.

The women's team finished fourth of seven teams at Eastern Illinois. Senior Mary Witte (Normal) finished 12th with a time of 18:59.12 in the 5,000 meters. Freshman Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen) placed 17th at 19:17.20 for the 13th fastest time for a freshman in school history. Senior Lee Ann Lomax (Georgetown) came in at 31st with a time of 20:05.39.

The Cougars' meet will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday (oct. 2) in Chicago.

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