Just as SIUE showed off it 2001-2002 basketball teams this past Sunday night at Midnight Madness, university officials also had another introduction in store.
Intercollegiate Athletics revealed a new Cougar logo Sunday evening, announced director of Athletics Cindy Jones. The first 500 students who showed a valid SIUE ID Sunday night at Midnight Madness received a T-shirt with the new Cougar logo.
"It is time for a new identity," Jones said. "We had players and coaches who desired a logo which was more alive and would create some energy and excitement." Jones said the logo change also reflects the University's movement toward enhancing campus life and Athletics' move to becoming increasingly competitive in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.
SIUE's University Graphics created the logo after a meeting earlier this year with the Athletics Department. "The objective was to project an image that would reflect the winning attitude of the athletics department," said Greg Myers, director of University Graphics.
Midnight Madness began at 11 p.m. Sunday at the Vadalabene Center, with members of the men's and women's basketball players and coaches on hand to mingle with students, faculty, staff, and fans. At midnight, the two teams were introduced and participated in their first official practice for the 2001-2002 season.
Eugene Redmond, professor of English Language and Literature-as well as poet laureate of East St. Louis, best-selling author and award-winning lyricist-was the guest speaker for the Annual Training Day at the East St. Louis Center.
Chancellor David Werner also spoke at the training session. He commended the Center staff on its previous work record and recognized Center Director Patricia Harrison as an excellent manager who will guide her staff "toward greater excellence in the new millennium."
Editor of the university's multicultural literary journal Drum voices Revue, Redmond's topic was "Saddling Drum voices & Riding the Soular System from the Basement to the Stars!" in which he spoke of "a poetry-punctuated, autobiographical 'souljourn' from the south end of East Saint Louis through the halls of higher Education-and the villages and capitals of the world." Redmond said he is on a pilgrimage of an "accidental" academician who never lost sight of home, "self," or his "debt" to the cultural matrix that informed and formed him.
Also on the program was Remi Raji-Oyelade, a Nigerian scholar, poet, and a visiting faculty member in the SIUE English department. Both Redmond and Raji-Oyelade read samples of their work.
During the training session, 20 East St. Louis Center employees were recognized for their outstanding work during the year. Employees receiving awards were Jamila Ajanaku, Doris Adams, Wanda Barber, Sandy Biver, Bernice Coleman, Venise Davis-Scott, Anitra Brown, Rosie Hurst, Renee' Smith, Maggie Rodgers, Debra Shepard, Bernice Wilson, Margene Jerrolds, Charles King, Barbara G. Williams, Loretta Haynes, Joann Tucker, Yvonne Jeffries, Vernell Nixon and Delois Jackson.
The training session, an annual event for staff development at the East St. Louis Center, offered 19 workshops. "Education is the cornerstone foundation here at the East St. Louis Center," Harrison said. "All year we are engaged in educating our clients in hopes of enriching their capabilities and expanding their possibilities.
"The Center has the same attitude when it comes to its staff. It's just as important that we remain knowledgeable in the area of our expertise."
An "on-line happening" is in store during an Art EAST exhibition, (r)Evolutionary (e)Books: the Electronic Artwork of William Harroff, to be shown from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, Oct. 20-23, at the Lewis and Clark Library System office, 425 Goshen Road, Edwardsville.
Curated by Associate Professor Charlotte Johnson of Lovejoy Library, who calls herself an "eBook evangelist in the current electronic book movement." The exhibit is billed as a "cutting edge, 1960s-style on-line happening" and will include a digital gallery, using computer monitors as frames to showcase electronic works from around the world.
"Many new digital book reading devices also will be available for adults to examine along with eBooks aimed at children and young adult readers," Johnson said. "Dozens of William Harroff's 'bookworks' will be exhibited, including the premiere of several brand new works an an interactive 'Flipbook' of his award-winning artist amps."
Johnson said the purpose of the event is to show the public what the future holds in electronic publishing. "We hope they will never think of a book in the same way again," she said, "and that they will realize the creative potential of the book in electronic form.
"Exhibited works will explore significant issues such as the evolution of books, literacy, preservation, the future of information delivery, digital rights management, and the redefinition of the reading, writing, and artmaking processes."
An hors d'oeuvres reception for the artists is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the library system office.
Mildred Dresselhaus, professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the featured speaker for the Ninth William C. Shaw Memorial Lecture on Oct. 17.
Scheduled in Room 3114 of the Science Building at 7:30 p.m., Dresselhaus will speak about "Big Prospects for Small Science," presenting her perspectives on opportunities in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Physics and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Referred to as a "solid-state physicist," Dresselhaus is one of 12 active Institute Professors at MIT. Joining the MIT faculty in 1960, she holds appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and in the Department of Physics.
Nearly 30 years ago, Dresselhaus and a colleague organized the first Women's Forum at MIT as an annual seminar exploring the roles of women in science and engineering.
Shaw was a dedicated physicist and educator long associated with SIUE, where he was professor of Physics from 1959-1973 and professor emeritus until his death in 1977. After his death, Shaw's family and friends established the William C. Shaw Memorial Fund at SIUE, proceeds from which funded the construction of the Shaw Skylab on the north end of campus, used by students and keeping alive Shaw's love of teaching astronomy. The lecture series also is supported by the fund.
Admission to the Shaw Lecture is free but seating is limited. For more information, call the Department of Physics, (618) 650-2472.
Things could not be any better for the 11th-ranked men's soccer team. The Cougars earned the No. 1 seed for the GLVC Tournament and play host at Korte Stadium on Nov. 3 and 4.
SIUE leads the GLVC with a conference record of 9-0-1 and an overall record of 14-1-2. The Cougars have completed their regular season conference schedule but still have one regular season game this Friday (10/26) playing at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
"It is important that we bounce back after last weekend," said Coach Ed Huneke. "Right now we have great momentum and we want to keep that going." After that, it is on to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. SIUE will play the winner of the GLVC quarterfinal game between Northern Kentucky and Quincy on Saturday, Nov. 3, at noon. The championship game is set for Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m.
The Cougars are coming off a very successful weekend. SIUE downed St. Joseph's 6-0 on Friday and edged the Wisconsin-Parkside 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday. Josh Richardson (Mt. Vernon, Ind.) scored two goals, and Cal Thomas (Rochester) did his part by contributing two assists in the win over St. Joseph's.
"The Parkside game was one of the biggest and most important games that have been played at Bob Guelker Field in years," said Huneke. "The game had a lot of significance on our future this year and further on down the road."
The tie breaking shot came 106 minutes 54 seconds into the game. Senior, Justin McMillian (Granite City) scored a goal assisted by David Mwendapole from 2 yards out. "It was a hard fought game that we were fortunate enough to win," said Huneke. "It was a very emotional game, and we just need to get back into our focus for what is ahead."
The women's and men's basketball teams will show off their 2001-02 teams on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The women's scrimmage starts at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 7 p.m.
The event is for Cougar Kids Club members and their families. Players will be available for autographs. There will be face painting and free hot dogs and soft drinks. For more information about joining the Cougar Kids Club, contact SIUE Athletics at (618) 650-2871.
Basketball fans can secure the best seats to watch the Cougars by buying season tickets. Blue seats are available for $80 each. A season pass is $55 for the general public and $45 for faculty and staff or senior citizens.
A Family Plan, which includes four passes, is $35 per person.
Corporate season ticket packages also are available. For more information, contact the SIUE Athletics at (618) 650-2871.
The SIUE women's soccer team was not able to end the regular season on the positive note they desired. SIUE lost a pair of one-goal games to St. Joseph's 1-0 on Friday (10/19) and 2-1 to Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday (10/21). The Cougars hold an overall record of 9-5-1.
The Cougars, who are sixth in the GLVC standings, begin postseason play on Oct. 31 at third-seeded Missouri-St. Louis. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Don Dallas Field in St. Louis. The Cougars lost 2-1 to UMSL in their regular-season matchup on Sept. 23.
Despite their losses, freshman goalkeeper Jessica Brown (St. Louis) was able to earn six saves last weekend. Angela Light (St. Louis) scored the lone goal of the weekend unassisted. Colleen Creamer (St. Louis) is the Cougars' leading goal scorer with six for the season. She was followed by Sara Decker (St. Louis) with five goals. Light and Lindsey Eubanks (Rochester) both have four for the season.
Freshman Ann Crawford (St. Louis) leads the team in assists with six. Brown has 69 saves for the season.
A pair of student-athletes named All-American more than once were named the Most Outstanding Athletes for the 2000-2001 in a halftime ceremony on Sunday (10/21).
Misi Clark (Paris) and Mark Bugger (Edwardsville) accepted the female and male awards. Clark completed her four-year career by setting numerous career records and finishing with 2,164 points. Bugger broke the NCAA Division II record for hits with 257 in helping SIUE to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA-II Tournament.
Chad Opel (Edwardsville) and Rebecca Mays (Springfield) were introduced as the Sportsmanship Award winners. Opel, a member of the baseball team, and Mays, a member of the women's soccer team, were selected as student-athletes who displayed team leadership, significant contributions to the team's success, a good image on and off the competitive field and community service.
David Mims (O'Fallon) and Amy Vandervinne (Moline) accepted the awards from the SIUE Alumni Association as the Scholar-Athletes. This award goes to the senior with the highest grade point average. Mims is a member of the men's tennis team. Vandervinne was a member of the SIUE softball team.
The Most Valuable Players, which were voted on by team members, were Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) for women's cross country; Jason Olszowka (Lockport) for men's cross country; Sara Decker (St. Louis) for women's soccer; Nonie Ehlke (Highland) for women's golf; Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.) for men's soccer; Lindsay Rust (Belleville) for volleyball; Nick Hartwig (South Wayne, Wis.) for men's basketball; Clark for women's basketball; Manny Herrera (Chicago) for wrestling; Missy Koenig (Mapleton) for softball; Amber Stanley (Effingham) and Kim Mulherin (Belleville) for women's tennis; Bret Giaudrone (Gillespie) for baseball; Dan Walden (Springfield) for men's track; and Sarah Turpin (Belleville) for women's track.
Presenting the awards were Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs; John Meisel, faculty representative to the NCAA; Cindy Jones, director of Intercollegiate Athletics; and Martie Duffett, faculty academic advisor for athletics.
SIUE baseball Coach Gary Collins and softball Coach Sandy Montgomery received distinguished awards for their 700th and 500th victories, respectively.
Ryan Stoddart (Springfield) was given the Jack Blake Award at a halftime ceremony Sunday (10/21) at Korte Stadium. The Blake Award is a prestigious award given to a men's soccer player who exhibits the traits displayed by former SIUE All-American Jack Blake.
Stoddart, who scored the game-tying goal in SIUE's 2-1 double overtime win on Sunday against Wisconsin-Parkside, was the fifth recipient of the award. SIUE Coach Ed Huneke said Stoddart was chosen for the award because of his commitment as a player, having been a walk-on his freshman season.
The Jack Blake Award is given to a player who displays intensity, dedication, fitness, and leadership. Blake was an NCAA Division I All-American in 1970 and was a member of the 1971 Pan-American Soccer team and a member of the 1972 Olympic team.
The only chance left for an NCAA bid for the SIUE volleyball team is to win next month's Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament. SIUE Coach Todd Gober is focusing his attention on that chance.
SIUE travels this week to Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday (10/26) at 7 p.m. and Bellarmine on Saturday (10/27) at 1 p.m. The Cougars defeated both teams at the Vadalabene Center earlier this season and hope to match that effort on the road.
"We need to come out of this week with a 10-3 record in the conference," said Gober. "We're going to Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine with the focus of putting ourselves in position for the postseason."
The Cougars are 16-11 overall and 8-3 in the GLVC after having its six-match winning streak broken at Truman State in a five-game thriller. SIUE won the first two games, but Truman State swept the next three games for the win. SIUE defeated Washington University in St. Louis in four games and Saint Joseph's in three games.
Washington was ranked No. 3 in the nation among NCAA Division III schools. The win over St. Joseph's gave Gober and the Cougars a perfect 8-0 record at home. The Cougars are on the road the rest of the season.
SIUE has improved its team hitting percentage to .191. Andrea Voss (St. Rose) leads the Cougars with a .283 hitting percentage. She also leads SIUE in blocks at 1.26 per game. She is followed closely in blocks by Stephanie Trame (Highland) and Kelly Schaill (Princeton). All three Cougars are among the top 10 in the GLVC in blocks per game.