When the executive recruiter for Target Stores called Jean Paterson, SIUE's director of the Career Development Center, to his office, she had no idea it was to hand her a check for five grand.
However, she had no trouble deciding what to do with the donation. As a result, the CDC has expanded and upgraded its Career Resource Center in order to provide better service to both students and alumni.
And Scott Taubenheim, the one wielding the monetary muscle for the Dayton Hudson Corporation store, said the donation signals appreciation for the University and the CDC. "SIUE and its Career Development Center have been great partners with Target," said Taubenheim. "We've had a number of talented executives come to our stores as a result of our relationship with the school, and we wanted to reward the Center for its work in the past and our continued good relations in the future."
SIUE's CDC is a comprehensive center for the development of career objectives and direction for students and alumni. The center assists students and alumni in relating their academic majors to career fields, the exploration and confirmation of career and major choices, and the development of job search strategies.
Noting that SIUE was at the top of the list of the 10 schools Target honored from a six-state region, Taubenheim said of the six, only three schools were recognized with grants.
Says Paterson: "Receiving this unexpected gift from Target has allowed us to move ahead in offering expanded and improved resources for our students and alumni." The Target contribution is the first such gift to the CDC that Paterson could recall. Once she got over her initial surprise, she set about improving the Career Resource Center by adding eight computer stations that allow students and alumni to do job searches, run career guidance software, and search for information on employers throughout the world.
The expanded center, which is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, also should prove a boon to alumni who do not have computer access at home.
For more information on the Career Development Center, call 618/650-3708.
While everyone is talking about the Y2K bug, let's not forget that it's also time to be considering another well-known bug-the flu variety.
And, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services is once again ready to help in the fight by offering free flu immunizations to full and part-time employees and retirees covered by a state-sponsored HMO, POS, or the Quality Care Health Plan. Dependents are not eligible.
The fifth "Book in Every Home" campaign, headed by Beverly Sanders, wife of SIU President Ted Sanders; Kay Werner, wife of SIUE Chancellor David Werner, and Nancy Jackson, wife of SIUC Chancellor John Jackson; continues through Nov. 19.
Books collected during the campaign are given to preschoolers enrolled in SIU's Head Start programs. In four years, more than 14,000 books have been collected. This year's goal is 3,000 books. SIU operates 17 Head Start programs in Jackson, St. Clair and Williamson counties.
The programs focus on meeting the social, intellectual, emotional and physical needs of preschool children in low-income families. "Head Start recognizes the importance of parents as their child's first and most important teacher," Sanders said. "It supports family literacy efforts and encourages parents to read to their children. The first step in developing a love of reading is to have books available in the home."
Donors can put books in specially marked boxes located in libraries, student centers, lobbies, offices and residence halls on the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses as well as at the East St. Louis Center, the School of Dental Medicine in Alton and the School of Medicine in Springfield. The books will be handed out in December.
In choosing books for children ages 2 to 6, pick books with large, colorful illustrations and large print. The books should tell stories that are easy to follow and understand. Books written in both Spanish and English are acceptable.
Rudy Wilson calls them "kids" and is optimistic when he speaks about his unique role in the sentencing of four men convicted of a hate crime.
Wilson, who is known for his cultural awareness and diversity training programs for employees, said he was surprised to learn that Madison County Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner had put these men in his care as part of their sentencing.
Assistant provost for cultural and social diversity for SIUE, Wilson said he had never before planned a court-related program, but would use his techniques as models to provide positive lessons to the men. "I'm not going to preach to them, I'm not going to use scare tactics," Wilson said. "I will be there to help them help themselves."
He refers to the men as "kids," even though they are in their late teens and early 20s. "They have behaved like children, but we are going to help them discover some things about themselves," Wilson said.
When asked if he holds animosity toward the men, Wilson emphatically shakes his head. "I want to create a series of dialogues with these men to take a look at how they've arrived at this type of behavior. We all have biases but we need to learn how to deal with these feelings in constructive ways. When we act on those biases to hurt others, that's where the problems begin."
SIUE's Pathways to Harmony program, conducted by Wilson, is a series of sessions to help participants become aware of differences and to embrace those differences as part of everyday life. The program recently was selected for inclusion in the Western Justice Center's free online database listing more than 1,000 professional associations, educational institutions and community organizations providing training or resources in intergroup dialogue, cross-cultural collaboration, mediation, or other conflict resolution skills.
Wilson said he will conduct the sessions for the four men at an off-campus location within the communities where the men reside. "I want this to be a community experience and not related to the university."
As part of their punishment, Keshner also ordered the men to watch films, such as Schindler's List, with themes of racial prejudice and injustice, to pay $500 each toward an educational trust fund for the daughter of the Glen Carbon family at whose home the incident occurred, and to perform 100 hours each of community service.
It's hard to imagine sophomore Amanda Bozue as not a very good runner in high school. But that's the way she classified herself.
She is being modest. At Joliet Township High School she holds the 800-meter record with a time of 2 minutes, 18 seconds, and was a four-state qualifier named All-Conference, All-Regional and All-Sectional all four years.
And, at SIUE, Bozue leads the women's cross country team as the top finisher in all three meets this season; as a freshman, she was the top finisher in five of the seven meets for the Cougars including the NCAA Regionals.
Bozue broke an eight year old SIUE record for top freshman in the 5,000 meter at the All-Missouri/Border State Championships with a time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds last year. Her performance there also earned the No. 8 spot on the women's cross country top overall 5,000-meter performers at SIUE. In the first year of the women's 6,000 meter, she finished No. 1 and 2 on the list of SIUE top freshman in the 6K. Bozue also earned the No. 2 spot on the top overall 6K list with a time of 23:24, which she set at the 1998 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships.
"My parents bribed me to get a scholarship to run by saying they would buy me an Eclipse," said Bozue with a bit of embarrassment. "And I still don't have an Eclipse." Bozue said her parents wouldn't even give her a car for school. "I am a very family-oriented person, so I miss home a lot. They're afraid if I have a car, I will come home all the time," said Bozue laughing.
But, it wasn't the promise of a new car that got Bozue running to begin with. It was her family, more specifically her siblings. "I have seven brothers and sisters. The first one started running and then we all just followed. And, I thought since I was the last of seven, I would keep up the tradition."
Sitting on the steps outside the Vadalabene Center, she is quick to admit she is "goofy" on meet days. "I am pretty much the peppy one on the team, everyone else is usually telling me to be quiet," said Bozue. "I just get goofy. Most people get really serious, but I just look at the (meet) as an opportunity and I am lucky to be out here."
Her laid back approach on meet days, doesn't mean she forgets to prepare. "I focus the night before and think about what I am going to do during the race. If I sit and focus before the race, I am going to get nervous and it is not going to help," said the Joliet native. "If I am having fun and loving what I do, then I am going to perform well."
You will get no argument from her coaches when it comes to her leadership on and off the course. "The most important thing she has done is gathered the freshman on the team and taken them under her wing both on and off the course," said assistant coach Kenny Hammel. "She is an unspoken leader in both practice and meets, always consistent and the most dedicated person on the team."
Bozue had her pick of a number of Division I schools, but decided against it after some visits to the schools. "It seemed like a lot of the girls were there for the money and recognition and were not having fun with it (running)," explained Bozue. "But here they are having fun with it."
Majoring in human resource management with a minor in sports management, Bozue is juggling practice, meets and 18 credit hours this semester. "I am outgoing and like to have fun, but right now I am more concerned about school." But for now, she is happy just to be running. "I am just out here because I love it, I don't need the recognition."
Marian Smithson, director of Student Financial Aid at SIUE, continues to receive national recognition. This time the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has slated her for its annual Leadership Award.
Smithson has been at the helm of SIUE's financial aid office since 1993. She will receive the award in October at the midwest NASFAA conference in Cleveland.
The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession at the national, regional, and state levels over a sustained period of time. Criteria for the award includes exhibiting high integrity and character; showing creative leadership; and inspiring and encouraging others to participate actively in professional development activities.
Smithson has served nine years of her 25 years of service in the financial aid profession as an officer or executive committee member in the Ohio, Illinois, and Midwest region financial aid administrators associations. During the past year, she has made presentations about student loan issues at two national meetings. She also has served on several committees at the state, regional, and national levels.
For the past two years, Smithson has chaired the National Direct Student Loan Coalition, an alliance of 1,200 Direct Loan schools in the country. In this role she has represented the group's interests to Congress, other higher education associations, and to the U.S. Department of Education. Last spring, she chaired a customer service task force for the department and served as a negotiator for the Higher Education Action Act Negotiated Rulemaking.
"I am honored to join others in my profession who have been recognized by NASFAA," Smithson said. "My colleagues and I are committed to making college possible for all students by working toward more financial aid program legislation and appropriations. Educating the public about college financing options has also been very important to me."
Mary M. Gallagher-Polite, who has been associate dean for Academic Programs in the School of Education since 1997, recently was named dean of the school.
She succeeds Gary Hull, who retired after 11 years in the position.
Before her duties brought her to the SOE dean's suite, Polite had been associate professor of Educational Leadership for eight years. Before coming to SIUE in 1989, she had been a magnet and elementary school principal for Decatur Public Schools.
Polite earned a bachelor's in elementary education in 1975 from Augustana College, a master's in educational administration in 1980 from Illinois State University and a doctorate in the same discipline from ISU in 1989.
SUSPICION: With the Salem, Mass., witchcraft trials of 1692 as a backdrop, Arthur Miller created a fascinating tale in his award-winning play, The Crucible, which will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, all in Katherine Dunham Hall theater. When The Crucible opened on Broadway in 1953, audiences immediately saw a connection between action in the play and the ongoing McCarthy hearings in the U.S. Senate. Events in the play spiral out of control with strict Salem law fueling the hysteria. Shown here are Randall Middleton of Overland, Mo., as John Proctor, who must confess to witchcraft if he wants to live, and Sarah Maxfield of Highland as Abigail Williams, with whom Proctor had an affair which now threatens to destroy his marriage to Elizabeth, played here by Regina Hankins of Granite City. Tickets are $7; students, SIUE faculty and staff, and senior citizens, $5. For ticket information, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774. (SIUE Photo)
JAZZIN': Veteran St. Louis musicians Russ David and Dottye Bennett were on hand recently at the Jazz Supper Dance, the annual Friends of Music event to benefit music scholarships at SIUE. Also there to sing the night away was the "diva of jazz," Mae Wheeler (below), a mainstream entertainer who has been a staple on the St. Louis jazz scene for many years. Pianist David held forth for decades on St. Louis radio with his weekly Pevely Playhouse, while singer Bennett was a regional star in her own right, also entertaining for many years on St. Louis radio and at local night spots.