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October 7, 2003

Center of Attraction: SIUE Celebrates Refurbished Morris University Center

The new walls are up, the construction dividers are down and the Delyte W. Morris Center has a $20 million facelift.

The center's grand re-opening will include activities throughout the week of Oct. 13, including:

• Oct. 13: Ribbon cutting for the center, noon
• Oct. 14: Ribbon cutting for Auntie Anne's pretzel shop, 10 a.m.
• Oct. 15: Alumni and retiree reception, noon

"It's been a lot of work, but well worth it," said the Center Director Mary Robinson. The work included new study and computer labs, expanded seating in the Food Court, a new kitchen and servery in the Food Court, renovations to the recreation area, remodeling of Meridian Ballroom, expanded outdoor dining areas, ADA accommodations, renovated offices for the staff and student organizations housed in the building, expanded Union Station convenience store, relocation of the information desk, a new look for Cougar Den, and the addition of Starbuck's and Auntie Anne's. The University Restaurant on the second floor also was remodeled.

Robinson said she didn't realize just how much work had been done and what a difference it made until the construction partitions came down and she had a clear view of the renovations.

Three years after students voted for a fee increase to make improvements to the 200,000-square-foot center, the work is virtually complete, with only some finishing touches remaining. "We have consulted students all along the way in the process," Robinson said. "From the beginning to the grand re-opening and beyond, students have been and will be consulted as to how the center can best serve their needs."

Students were surveyed twice to determine their preferences and expectations. The renovations were based on students' expectations. "Students told us they wanted more retail options," Robinson said. "Specifically, they wanted a 'cyber café.' In response, we entered into an agreement with Starbuck's that made us the first university-run Starbuck's in the state and only the third in the nation.

"Our students also wanted more hours and more space for Union Station and more places to study and do their research-needs that are accommodated by our additional computer and study spaces."

Robinson is particularly proud of the Food Court, where the space is more open, seating capacity has nearly doubled, and there's a new kitchen and servery. New, more colorful floor tiles, new furnishings and the removal of several walls give the space a brighter, more open atmosphere. In contrast, in Cougar Den just across the hall, renovations and new decorations give the space a "darker and moodier" feel, Robinson said.

"Cougar Den is more like what you might think of as a 'Friday night hangout,'" Robinson said, "or, where you might go to listen to a band on the weekends."

Woolpert LLP is the architectural firm that designed the renovations, with assistance from WTW Architects. Poettker Construction was the general contractor. The work was done in three phases, beginning with roof replacement in the fall of 2001.

Dark of the Moon Brings Mysterious Tale To Dunham

There are many versions of the 17th Century Scots song, Barbara Allen, but it took two New York playwrights-Howard Richardson and William Berney-to bring the story to the American stage and provide a vehicle for several actors who later went on to fame and fortune.

Richardson and Berney's mysterious play, Dark of the Moon, finds "Barb'ry Allen" thrown in with witches, the supernatural, and all sorts of mountain legends in the North Carolina Great Smoky Mountains of Southern Appalachia. The Department of Theater and Dance will bring the rich and moving play to the main stage under the guidance of Director Peter Cocuzza, associate professor of Theater and Dance.

The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 15-18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, all in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

In all the versions of the centuries-old folk song, one theme comes through-Barbara Allen has spurned a lover and the man dies because of it. "The play is rich in the folklore of North Carolina myths and legends," Cocuzza said. "These very colorful and interesting characters give this play such life; I think the audience is going to love it."

The play-which is actually based only loosely on the ballad-is about the Witch Boy who falls for the lovely Barbara Allen. Because he wants to marry her, the Witch Boy asks "the conjure folk" to make him human. But there's a hitch-she must remain faithful for one year or the Witch Boy returns to the supernatural.

The conjure folk grant him the wish but then do everything they can to bring him back.

Dark of the Moon has a rich and interesting production history. Performers such as Paul Newman, Shelly Berman, Betsy Palmer, and Marge Champion have held lead roles with the show on Broadway and the show has been performed around the world in every capital city.

There also is superstition associated with Dark of the Moon, which supposedly began in the Broadway production. It is said that one of the actors died in the wings and another suffered a heart attack in the revival scene. A petition was circulated asking that the Bible used in the show be replaced. On the night it was replaced by a copy of Gray's Anatomy, the show's closing notice was posted backstage.

"Dark of the Moon reminds us of a time that has gone by and that we're in danger of losing," Cocuzza said. "This oral tradition of folklore and legend is rich with stories that are tailor-made for a stage play.

"This play can serve as a reminder of that rich tradition." According to the director, the SIUE cast contains about 14 freshmen who are energetic, but, nevertheless, have never been on the SIUE main stage. "They are proving to be quite exciting actors and it's been a treat to work with them," Cocuzza said.

"I like the idea of exploring the oral traditions of the Appalachian culture on stage," Cocuzza said. "And, the fact that we're doing it just before Hallow'een is perfect.

"It's the season for spookiness."

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

Cougars' Win Streak Extends To Nine

A nine-game winning streak will be on the line as No. 11-ranked SIUE men's soccer team enters this week's action that will include matches against Rockhurst, as well as Great Lakes Valley Conference battles with Southern Indiana and Kentucky Wesleyan.

SIUE, 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the GLVC, will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday (Oct. 15) for a make-up game with Rockhurst. The two teams were supposed to meet at the Soccer Bowl in Quincy in the first week of the season, but the game was postponed because of rain. "It is an advantage we are playing them now because we are a better team than we were at the beginning of the year," Coach Ed Huneke said.

SIUE then plays host to Southern Indiana on Friday night (10/17) at Korte Stadium. Game time is 7:30.

Southern Indiana (8-4, 7-0 GLVC) leads SIUE by one-half game in the GLVC standings. The winner of the game takes sole possession of first place. "Conference standings don't lie," Huneke said. "It is an important battle for both teams. USI also is hot on our heels in regional rankings."

SIUE wraps up its busy week with a Sunday (10/19) matchup against Kentucky Wesleyan at Korte Stadium. The Panthers enter the week with a 1-10-1 overall record and a 0-6-1 mark in conference play.

The Cougars are coming off shutout wins at Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis. The Cougars allowed only eight shots in the two contests, something Huneke attributes to a back line that consists of Tim Velten (St. Louis), Mike Burgund (Bethalto), Sean Huneke (Glen Carbon), John Lamping (Barnhart, Mo.) and Brian Horan (St. Louis). "They are doing a great job in that the defense is not allowing many chances for other teams to score," Huneke said. "They do the important things that do not show up in the box score."

Volleyball Fans Can Support Oasis At Oct. 15 Match

SIUE volleyball fans who attend the Cougars' home contest against UM-St. Louis on Wednesday, Oct. 15, can receive free admission by donating items for the Oasis Women's Shelter in Alton, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Items needed include: shampoo and conditioner, hair care products, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes, baby lotion, baby bottles, new socks and underwear for women and children, and kitchen utensils. Items also may be dropped off at the Department of Anthropology, Room 0230, Peck Hall, for those who cannot attend the game.

For more information, contact the SIUE Women's Studies program, (618) 650-2744, or the SIUE Office of Intercollegiate Athletics, (618) 650-2871.

Cougars' Win Streak Extends To Nine

A nine-game winning streak will be on the line as No. 11-ranked SIUE men's soccer team enters this week's action that will include matches against Rockhurst, as well as Great Lakes Valley Conference battles with Southern Indiana and Kentucky Wesleyan.

SIUE, 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the GLVC, will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday (Oct. 15) for a make-up game with Rockhurst. The two teams were supposed to meet at the Soccer Bowl in Quincy in the first week of the season, but the game was postponed because of rain. "It is an advantage we are playing them now because we are a better team than we were at the beginning of the year," Coach Ed Huneke said.

SIUE then plays host to Southern Indiana on Friday night (10/17) at Korte Stadium. Game time is 7:30.

Southern Indiana (8-4, 7-0 GLVC) leads SIUE by one-half game in the GLVC standings. The winner of the game takes sole possession of first place. "Conference standings don't lie," Huneke said. "It is an important battle for both teams. USI also is hot on our heels in regional rankings."

SIUE wraps up its busy week with a Sunday (10/19) matchup against Kentucky Wesleyan at Korte Stadium. The Panthers enter the week with a 1-10-1 overall record and a 0-6-1 mark in conference play.

The Cougars are coming off shutout wins at Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis. The Cougars allowed only eight shots in the two contests, something Huneke attributes to a back line that consists of Tim Velten (St. Louis), Mike Burgund (Bethalto), Sean Huneke (Glen Carbon), John Lamping (Barnhart, Mo.) and Brian Horan (St. Louis). "They are doing a great job in that the defense is not allowing many chances for other teams to score," Huneke said. "They do the important things that do not show up in the box score."

Volleyball Cougars Play Host To UM-St. Louis

Fresh off a victory against Quincy that improved its conference-best record to 6-1, the SIUE volleyball team will play host to Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday (10/15) in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup at the Vadalabene Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

SIUE has an 18-3 overall record to go along with its impressive conference mark. Missouri-St. Louis enters the game 6-9 overall and 3-4 in GLVC play. Earlier this season, the Cougars defeated UMSL in a three-game sweep in St. Louis, despite hitting .157 as a team. "We came out with a tough win at UMSL. They are a scrappy team who can give you fits," Coach Todd Gober said.

"We are playing with confidence. I think the girls are realizing that if we keep working hard, great things can happen."

A pleasant surprise for the Cougars has been the play of freshman libero Beth DeGreeff (Oakville, Mo.). DeGreeff is second on the team with 217 digs, but Gober said it is the things that do not show up in the statistics that have made her a successful player. "I knew we were getting a polished volleyball player in Beth," Gober said. "But she has exceeded my expectations. She has probably been our unsung hero to this point of the season. I give her a lot of credit for our success."

Krystal Majernik (Normal) is third in the GLVC with 11.99 assists per game. She has played in all 70 games for the Cougars.

"Krystal is having a great year," Gober said. "She is leading the offense that has the best hitting percentage in the conference. She has good work ethic and is self-motivated, which is why she is excelling right now."

Andrea Voss (St. Rose) leads the team in kills (252) and blocks (119). She also leads the team and the GLVC with a .399 hitting percentage.

Cougars Face USI, KWC

The SIUE women's soccer team will look to snap its four-game losing streak when it welcomes Southern Indiana and Kentucky Wesleyan to Korte Stadium this weekend.

SIUE, which holds a 7-5 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at Northern Kentucky last weekend before falling 3-0 to Indianapolis. The Cougars have lost their last four games after starting the season 7-1.

"After our good start, we were hoping to be atop our region, which we were for a while," Coach Lynda Bowers said. "Now, our focus is to just get into the conference tournament."

The Cougars are currently ninth in the conference standings with four conference games remaining. The top eight teams make it to the conference tournament. "Each team guns for each other in this conference," Bowers said. "On any given day, anyone can win. There has been so many crazy games this year."

Southern Indiana (5-7-1 overall, 2-5 GLVC) is one spot ahead of the Cougars in the conference standings. Friday's game time against the Screaming Eagles is set for 5:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan is 2-8 on the season and has an 0-7 conference record. Game time against the Panthers is Sunday at noon.

Bowers insists that the Cougar midfield must improve its play down the stretch to give the Cougars hope. "We cannot have any offense if we don't have any ball-winning out of our midfielders," she said.

Ann Crawford (St. Louis), who scored SIUE's goal at Northern Kentucky, leads the team with four goals on the season.

Cross Country Begins To Prepare For GLVC Meet

The SIUE men's and women's cross country teams will have an extra week to prepare for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, which will be held Oct. 25 in Romeoville.

The Cougars are coming off the Missouri/Illinois Border Wars, where the women finished second out of 21 schools. The men's team was seventh out of 22 schools. "The Border Wars was good preparation for us, more so for the regional meet than the conference meet because it was a bigger meet as far as numbers," Coach Darryl Frerker said.

On the women's side, SIUE finished second to GLVC-rival Southern Indiana. Breanne Steffens (Moline) led all GLVC runners in the 5,000 meter with a third-place time of 18 minutes, 15.56 seconds. That time is the seventh-fastest 5,000-meter time in school history. "Breanne has been our front-runner all season," Frerker said, "and I do not expect her to back down."

On the men's side, SIUE finished seventh overall and fourth among GLVC schools. Southern Indiana won the meet with Indianapolis and Lewis also finishing ahead of the Cougars. SIUE's top finisher was Ryan Boyll (Normal), who ran the 8,000 meter in a time of 26:13.67, which was good for 12th overall. Nick Campbell (Charleston) finished with a 29th-place time of 26:44.66.

SIUE Women's Tennis Faces McKendree

Even though the conference season is over for the SIUE women's tennis team, the Cougars will welcome McKendree on Saturday (10/18) at 10 a.m.

The Cougars, who finished fifth at last weekend's Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, will be using the match to prepare for their spring season.

After falling to Southern Indiana in the opening round of the conference tournament, the Cougars topped Missouri-St. Louis and Bellarmine to secure fifth place. The Cougars completed GLVC play with a 5-4 overall record. "This was one of the toughest year's in the GLVC as far as competition is concerned," Coach Bill Logan said. "But we played close in every match."

Coryn Reich (Newton) was the lone member on the Cougars' roster to be named to the All-GLVC team. "I was happy she was honored in the strongest All-Conference team we've had yet," Logan said. "She always plays against our toughest competition. She is a great athlete."

SIUE Softball Readies For Benefit Golf Scramble

The SIUE softball team is planning its annual benefit golf scramble to be held at Clinton Hill Country Club on October 24th at Swansea.

The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The entry fee of $100 per person includes a round of golf, lunch, dinner, drinks and great prizes. All proceeds benefit the SIUE softball program.

Tee sponsorships also are available for the benefit at $100 each.

For more information about playing in the event, contact SIUE softball Coach Sandy Montgomery at (618) 650-2870 or by e-mail:

Cougar Women's Golf Captures First GLVC Crown

Kallie Harrison (Decatur) and Katie Farrell (Princeton) each picked up All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors as SIUE shot 615 as a team en route to its first Great Lakes Valley Conference title.

SIUE, which broke the GLVC record for 36-hole score at the league tournament by an incredible 32 strokes, outdistanced second-place Southern Indiana at the 2003 championships by 17 strokes.

Indianapolis finished third in the tournament, which was held at 5,814-yard, par 72 Timber gate Golf Course. Defending champion Northern Kentucky took fourth, 24 shots behind the Cougars.

On top of her All-GLVC honor, Harrison also was tabbed Freshman of the Year. SIUE Coach Larry Bennett was awarded Coach of the Year honors.

Farrell, the leader after day one with a GLVC and school-record 70, shot an 80 in day two to drop her to third place with a 6-over par 150. Harrison finished second after shooting a four-over par 148 in the 36-hole event. She shot a 73 in the final round, a career best. Her 148 also is a new 36-hole individual record for the Cougars.

Kim Keyer-Scott, of Northern Kentucky, walked away with the championship trophy with a 147.

SIUE's Brittany Hood's 160 was good for 13th place in the tournament. Kacy Gruenkemeyer, last year's individual champion, shot a second-day score of 77 to vault her into a tie for 15th.

Rounding out the scoring for SIUE was Brittany Auld's 167, which was good for a tie for 21st.

The GLVC Tournament marks the end of the fall season for the Cougars. SIUE, ranked 22nd in the nation, returns next spring aiming to return to the NCAA Tournament.

Women's Tennis Grabs Fifth Seed In GLVC Tourney

The SIUE women's tennis team enters this weekend's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament as the fifth seed and will play fourth-seeded Southern Indiana Friday (10/10) morning in Indianapolis.

"I hope it is our weekend," Coach Bill Logan said. "We definitely have the potential to win. With everyone playing well, good things can happen."

The Cougars (6-4 overall, 5-4 GLVC) will prepare for the GLVC Tournament by playing host to a non-conference match Tuesday (10/7) against Greenville. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. at SIUE's tennis courts. "We need to have good practices during the week and play well against Greenville to help us prepare for the conference tournament," Logan said.

SIUE has had sound performances in its double play all season, and Logan hopes that continues at the GLVC Tournament. The Cougars have a 22-8 doubles record as a team.

Coryn Reich (Newton) and Chrissy Yingst (Belleville) make up the No. 1 doubles team, which has posted a 6-4 record on the season. The No. 2 doubles combo of Laura Zeeb (Greenville) and Lisa Warner (Arlington Hts.) have posted an 8-2 record on the season. Gina Wohltman (Effingham) and Allison Coats (Belleville) also have played to an 8-2 record.

SIUE Cruising Through GLVC Play

The SIUE men's soccer team continues to climb the ladder of national rankings after defeating Saint Joseph's and Wisconsin-Parkside last week to stretch its Great Lakes Valley Conference record to a perfect 4-0.

The Cougars, moving up to 11th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II poll, will be tested again this weekend when it travels to Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis for GLVC matches. SIUE enters the matches with a seven-game winning streak.

"We have always had close games with these two teams," Coach Ed Huneke said. "I do not expect it to be any different this weekend."

One reason why SIUE has an undefeated conference record has been the play of its defense. The Cougars have posted three shutouts against GLVC opponents and have only allowed 14 shots on goal in the four games behind goalkeeper Bret Richardson (Mt. Vernon, Ind.).

"Defense is a team obligation," Coach Ed Huneke said. "However, more responsibility lays on our back four and the goalkeeper. Our group is very good."

On offense, Cal Thomas (Rochester) scored three times last weekend, including an overtime game-winner against Wisconsin-Parkside. Thomas leads the GLVC in scoring with eight goals and two assists. "Cal has been on a hot streak," Huneke said. "Goal-scoring is like other aspects in sports in which momentum is important. He has the hot-hand right now, and I hope he keeps it up."

Addae Rique (Trinidad & Tobago), who assisted on Thomas' game-winning goal, leads the squad with six assists.

Cougar Women's Soccer Travel To NKU, Indy

SIUE's women's soccer team will try to put a halt to its two-game losing skid when it travels to Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis for two Great Lakes Valley Conference games this weekend.

SIUE dropped home contests to GLVC foes Saint Joseph's and Wisconsin-Parkside last weekend to fall to 1-3 in conference play. "The effort is there and our work-rate is good," Coach Lynda Bowers said. "We are doing everything else right, but we are just not putting the ball in the net."

Northern Kentucky enters the week atop the GLVC standings with a 9-2-1 overall record and a 5-0 conference mark. "NKU is a very fast team," Bowers said. "I do think it is a game we can win."

Indianapolis is fifth in the GLVC standings thanks in part to the play of Jenna Silverman, who leads Indy and the GLVC with 12 goals on the year. "She is a dangerous front-runner," Bowers said. "If we can contain her like we have other front-runners we've played against, then we will be successful."

Bowers indicated she has been pleased with the play of her two freshman marking backs, Padra Bencini (Carbondale) and Kayla Fromme (New Berlin). "Padra and Kayla have done a fabulous job," Bowers said.

Sara Decker (St. Louis), Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio), Kristine Armstrong (St. Louis) and Ann Crawford (St. Louis) all have a team-high three goals. Decker's four assists gives her the team lead with 10 points.

SIUE Cross Country Presents Border Wars

The SIUE men's and women's cross country teams will enter its final warm-up before the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships on Saturday (10/11) when it plays host to the Missouri/Illinois Border Wars.

A women's 5,000-meter run gets under way at 10 a.m. The men follow with an 8,000-meter run at 10:45 a.m. "We'll go head-to-head with other conference schools at this meet," Coach Darryl Frerker said. "This will give us a chance to look at what we need to do to get ready for conference."

SIUE is coming off the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. SIUE's men placed eighth out of 34 teams in its division. The women's squad finished fourth out of 35 teams. "I was very pleased with what we accomplished," Frerker said. "We did everything I was looking for in preparation for the conference and regional meet."

Leading the way for the women's side was Breanne Steffens (Moline), who finished 21st in a time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds. Brian Taghon (East Moline) led the men with a 24th-place time of 25:17.

SIUE Volleyball Seeks Revenge Against Quincy

All focus for the SIUE volleyball team this week will be on Saturday's (10/11) return match with Quincy as Lady Hawks invade the Vadalabene Center for a 1 p.m. match. The Cougars' lone conference loss came in a four-game match at Quincy.

"We will be up for the game against Quincy," Assistant Coach Melanie Mueller said. "We'll be ready to play."

Quincy, who plays Missouri-St. Louis on Friday night, enters the week with a 13-5 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Mueller said one of the keys to defeating Quincy is to play consistent, something the Cougars did not do in their first meeting.

"We need to keep the ball in play and minimize our errors," she said. SIUE (17-3 overall, 5-1 GLVC) is coming off conference wins at Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine.

The Cougars handed NKU its first conference loss of the season after sweeping the Norse 3-0 on their home court. "The win at NKU will definitely bring some excitement to the program," Mueller said.

Heather Bonde (Millstadt) led the way for the Cougars with 13 kills against Northern Kentucky. She added a solo block and had six block assists. Andrea Voss (St. Rose) and Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) had 12 and 10 kills, respectively.

SIUE leads the GLVC with a .289 hitting percentage (.289) and 2.78 blocks per game. Voss is the conference leader with a .398 hitting percentage and a 1.82 blocks per game average.

Family Weekend Scheduled For Oct. 17-19 On Campus

A chili cook-off and homecoming soccer games are just a part of the full weekend of activities to be offered Oct. 17-19 during Family Weekend 2003.

Family members and friends of SIUE students are invited to visit the campus and enjoy family events or plenty of free time with students. The majority of these events are free and open to all ages. Scheduled meals are available through SIUE Dining Services at reasonable prices. Students may use meal cards to pay for guests.

Students, friends, and families also are invited to use the Student Fitness Center and the Morris University Center Recreation Center any time during the weekend; passes and information will be available at all official Family Weekend events.

Here are some highlights:
• 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Korte Stadium-Chili Cook-off. A $2.50 fee allows each person to taste a variety of chili and vote for a favorite.
• 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Friday Oct. 17, Korte Stadium-Women's and men's soccer teams play Southern Indiana.
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Katherine Dunham Hall theater-Dark of the Moon.
• 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Morris Center-Casino Night
• 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Student Fitness Center-5K Poker Run
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Morris Center Recreation Center-Family, Friends, and Fun Bowling Tournament.
• 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Morris Center-Comedian/hypnotist Daniel James
• 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Katherine Dunham Hall theater-I.
• 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Bluff Residence Hall-"ET and Ice Cream."
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Morris Center University Restaurant-Family Weekend Brunch.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Katherine Dunham Hall theater-Dark of the Moon.

For more information, visit the Family Weekend Web site: or call SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

Homecoming Set To Begin With A Roar October 13

With a "Roar Like Never Before," the university's Annual Homecoming festivities are about to get under way on Monday, Oct. 13, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 18.

This year's activities include the addition of Red and White Spirit Day, SIUE Squares, The Cougar Challenge, and a Pep Rally/ Tailgating event.

On the first day of Homecoming, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear red and white to show Cougar Spirit. Also that first day, the first Outrageous Spirit Contest will be held in the Morris Center's Center Court at 11:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing and accessories that show they truly have outrageous school spirit. Prizes will be awarded.

Voting for Homecoming King and Queen will take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13-14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Morris Center. On Tuesday, campus "celebrities" will attempt to answer SIUE trivia during the SIUE Squares game show, beginning at 11 a.m. in Goshen Lounge.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, students will be able to show off their singing talents in the Cougar Karaoke contest, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Goshen. A panel of three judges will determine who wins prizes.

Student organizations will compete Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Cougar Challenge. This new addition to Homecoming Week will pit organization against organization in five "wild and crazy" games. The Cougar Challenge begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Goshen. All participating and winning teams will receive spirit points.

On Friday, Oct. 17, the Homecoming Pep Rally/Tailgating event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. at Korte Stadium. At 5 p.m., the Family Weekend Chili Cook-off begins, followed by the women's soccer game at 5:30 p.m. After the game, the 2003 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned. The men's soccer game begins after that ceremony.

For a complete list of Homecoming events, visit the Web site:

Who Knows What Equinox Lurks In The Crossing? The Shadow Knows

Crowded around the new artwork, The Crossing-just east of the Engineering Building-spectators waited for the appointed moment: solar noon of the Autumnal Equinox.

They were waiting to see if the Chicago-based artist Evan Lewis and his collaborators got it right. The Crossing, a 36-foot-tall sculpture, was constructed as artwork but also as a simple form of scientific instrument to mark the equinoxes and solstices of the Earth's yearly travels around the sun.

The piece is situated just east of the Engineering Building, a spot chosen with the help of Randy Pearson, chair of the Department of Geography, who used GPS satellite tracking equipment; University Museum Director Eric Barnett, chair of the Art in Architecture Committee on campus; and Rich Walker, assistant to the vice chancellor for Administration.

Lewis constructed the artwork earlier this year on the 90th Meridian, which runs through campus. The piece is oriented so that sunlight through a stationary marker-mounted on the artwork frame-casts a pattern of light and shadow every day at sun transit time upon bronze plates set in the base of the sculpture.

Open areas between bronze plates indicate annual equinoxes and solstices. So, the question loomed: Were Lewis and his calculations correct? At solar noon at that particular longitude, 12:52 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 23, they got their answer-the pattern created by the sun at that moment fell perfectly dead center in the spot on the base to indicate the Autumnal Equinox.

"I wasn't really worried," said Lewis who was present among the spectators that day. "I'm not a perfectionist; I leave that to others. I was hoping it would be at least close, though," he said with a chuckle.

Barnett, who also was there for the observance, said he was pleased to see so many people come out for the autumn event. "You couldn't have asked for more perfect weather," he said. "This project required the cooperation of many people at SIUE along with the artist, his staff, and local contractors to be completed.

"The fact that faculty, staff, and students from such a variety of departments are enjoying this work is further testament to the value of interdisciplinary education."

The upper domed part of the artwork-reminiscent of the nearby SIUE Religious Center-is made of burnished stainless steel and aluminum, and includes mobile elements that will constantly show wind direction and velocity. The piece was funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board through the Art in Architecture program, which sets aside funds from construction of state-funded buildings-in this instance from the music addition to Katherine Dunham Hall, the Art & Design Building, and the Engineering Building.

Lewis' other permanent outdoor pieces may be found at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; Denver, Colo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; East Lansing, Mich.; and in Westlake, Ohio. His work is exhibited frequently in major sculpture exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Lewis also had several pieces commissioned by Warner Brothers Studio and more existing pieces rented for the 1995 film, Twister.

BIEH Brochure Encourages Literacy Interaction Between Parents, Pre-School Children

Parents and teachers of pre-school children in the region now have a "flip-chart" brochure for encouraging reading and writing skills, thanks to SIUE's Book In Every Home (BIEH) literacy campaign.

BIEH not only has placed more than 30,000 books in homes of young children in St. Clair and Madison counties, it also encourages parents to read to their children.

The brochure, which contains suggestions for interaction between pre-school children and their parents and teachers, was developed by the BIEH Curriculum Committee under the guidance of Committee Chair Stephanie McAndrews.

McAndrews, an assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the university, said the publication-Having Fun With Literacy: A Family's Guide to Reading and Writing-is an important resource for parents and teachers. "I have not seen this sort of reader-friendly publication in pre-schools before," McAndrews said.

"It is a unique resource for parents of pre-school children as well as their teachers. This stair-step brochure provides parents with a quick reference of reading and writing activities and resources."

The publication is divided into six sections: Songs and Finger Plays, Book Titles and Authors, Talking With Your Child, Reading With Your Child, Writing With Your Child, and Family Resources. "Each section contains suggestions based on a child's age level. The purpose of this brochure is to help parents and teachers enhance children's literacy development through fun and interactive activities."

McAndrews teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in emergent literacy and reading diagnosis. "I teach how to identify and meet the needs of students with reading and writing disabilities," she said.

Kay Werner chair of the BIEH board said 5,000 publications were printed and distributed to SIUE Head Start sites throughout St. Clair County and to sites in the Riverbend Head Start and Family Services. It also has been distributed to the SIUE Early Childhood Center, to the pre-school programs at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, and to other literacy programs in the St. Louis area. The cost of the publication was underwritten by the St. Louis Rams Foundation, a BIEH partner.

"We have made this literacy publication available to several thousand children, parents, and students, and we anticipate having to print more," Werner said. "This project complements the primary objective of the BIEH which is to promote literacy through the distribution of age-appropriate books to children in the area.

"We're thrilled with the efforts of Stephanie and the committee and to the SIUE professional staff who all worked together to produce this publication," Werner said. "We encourage interaction between parents and children to strengthen literacy skills and this project will go a long way in helping to achieve our goals."

Those interested may request copies of the new publication by calling (618) 650-2020, or by e-mail:

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