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October 26, 2004

Fannie Belle Lebby To Be Featured In Tribute To Prof. Redmon In U. City

Woodie Award nominee Fannie Belle Lebby will perform her one woman show, Ladies of the Blues, including portrayals of blues artist Alberta Hunter and comedienne Moms Mabley, at a tribute for poet and author Eugene B. Redmond on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd., in the University City (MO) Loop.

Redmond is an SIUE professor of English Language and Literature and poet laureate of East St. Louis. He also is the author of 12 books, six plays and is founding editor of the multicultural literary magazine, Drumvoices Revue. He is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an inductee in the National Literary Hall of Fame for writers of African Descent.

The Oct. 30 event is a fundraiser for the documentary Arkansippi Bard, a biographical film about Eugene Redmond. Also performing is the Soular System Ensemble, a poetry touring troupe of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club.

An avid photographer, Redmond's photo exhibit, Visualizing Black Writers: An Extra-literary Exhibit from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection, is currently touring and has been on exhibition at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Simone de Cyrene Productions, Inc., producer's of the film about Redmond, is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to chronicle diverse Midwest artists who have contributed to the Black Arts Movement and globally enriched the cultural landscape.

Two performances will take place Saturday-3 p.m. and 9 p.m. VIP tickets are $40, which includes a reception at 2 and 8, respectively, while general admission is $25 for each performance only.

Tickets may be purchased through MetroTix: (314) 534-1111 or (800) 293-5949, Monday thru Sunday. Mastercard/VISA/American Express/Discover cards are accepted. For more information, call Sheryl Johnson, (314) 550-5599.

SIU Board Approves Change Of Scope For Boiler System

The SIU Board of Trustees voted recently to explore its options in light of a decision by Illinois Power Co. (now AmerenIP) to terminate a 33-year agreement between the utility and SIU Edwardsville under which natural gas has been provided.

Under the current agreement, IP monitors the university's use of natural gas through a single "master meter," while owning and maintaining the gas lines that service the university's hot water and boiler systems.

IPC announced in March its decision to terminate the agreement. That decision left the university with three options to consider: 1) allow the utility to meter each of the buildings so that IPC continues to own and operate the existing distribution lines on campus; 2) leave the existing master meter in place and SIUE purchase the existing distribution lines from IPC; or 3) leave the master meter in place and SIUE replace the existing IPC distribution with one owned and operated by the university.

Today's board action calls for an engineering study to make recommendations about what the best course of action is for SIUE. If the second option were chosen, the matter would again come before the board.

In December of last year, the SIU board voted to discontinue use of the campus-wide boiler system and provide gas-fired, hot-water boilers and domestic water heaters in each of the core campus buildings as a cost-cutting measure. Because of favorable bids on the base project, the cost of today's proposed change in scope will be funded from within the original approved amount.

Five Companies Are Awarded Bids To Build New Pharmacy Facility

Construction contracts totaling $3.26 million have been awarded to five Southwestern Illinois companies for a new facility to house the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

The action was taken recently by the SIU Board of Trustees Executive Committee, which authorized the awarding of contracts to L. Wolf Company of Granite City, for general contracting ($2,006,001); Pyramid Electrical Contractors of Fairview Heights, for electrical ($333,970); France Mechanical of Edwardsville, for plumbing ($446,300); Hock Mechanical Inc. of Belleville, for ventilation ($421,845); and Bi-State Fire Protection, for fire prevention ($49,135).

The project, which includes construction of a new 15,000-square-foot facility, was approved by the board at its September 2003 meeting. The board also earlier this year gave the executive committee authority to award bids if it would expedite the project's completion by the beginning of Fall Semester 2005.

The project calls for construction of the building adjacent to 200 University Park Drive, where the School of Pharmacy administrative offices are currently located in SIUE's University Park. The new facility will provide labs, classrooms, and office space for the School.

The entire plan calls for additional funding to further renovate 15,000 square feet of additional space in the existing building at 200 University Park Drive for more classrooms and offices. Bids on the renovation aspect of the project are expected in the coming weeks.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $5 million and will be funded through issuance of certificates of participation to be retired with revenue generated by tuition from Pharmacy students. The entire project must be completed by the beginning of the 2005-06 academic year.

NCERC's Martha Schlicher Named Director Of SIUE Research Center

Martha Schlicher, who has more than 16 years of experience in developing and commercializing new technologies for agriculture, has been named director of SIUE's National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC).

As the NCERC becomes operational, Rodney Bothast, previously the facility's director, and Schlicher have rearranged the management structure to allow Bothast to focus exclusively on the research aspects of the facility, while Schlicher assumes responsibility for day-to-day operations and implementation of the center's strategic plan.

Schlicher has been the NCERC's associate director for Administration and Finance since January.

The NCERC was created with $14 million in federal funds and $6 million from the state of Illinois. Research at the center is focused on finding ways to ensure the sustained growth of fuel ethanol markets by improving the economics of its production.

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other feedstocks. Its use improves the environment, provides jobs for rural America, creates new markets for agricultural crops, and enhances energy security.

While the NCERC has been educating visiting groups on the benefits of biobased fuel since construction began, the facility will open its doors to commercial clients this fall. Laboratory and computer modeling research has begun on two grant-funded projects, while the final plant commissioning and testing is occurring to meet the project needs of the initial commercial clients.

From 1988 to 2002, Schlicher held a number of significant positions-spanning research to sales and marketing-at Monsanto Co. in St. Louis, including regional business director, strategic business director, registration and regulatory sciences director, and environmental sciences director, to name a few.

In 2002, she joined the staff of Divergence in St. Louis, where she was responsible for market definition and strategy, regulatory, manufacturing, partner identification, and market development for the company's agricultural projects under development.

Schlicher earned a bachelor of science at Indiana University and a doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

She is recipient of numerous technical and leadership awards including two Monsanto Achievement Awards, a Monsanto Technical Excellence Award, and a YWCA Women in Leadership Award. Schlicher led Monsanto's University Outreach programs with the U of I for a number of years and was an Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-a-Scientist designee.

School Of Business Center To Conduct Series

The Entrepreneurship Center, part of the SIUE School of Business, will conduct a Nov. 10 forum, the first in a four-part series with topics ranging from assisting entrepreneurs seeking equity investment to putting together a management team. It's part of the center's Entrepreneurship Forum Series.

The Nov. 10 forum, Capital Formulation, will teach entrepreneurs and current business owners how to present a business concept or business expansion to investors. In addition, the series will provide opportunities for individuals to communicate business ideas to others who might have an interest in partnering or in funding a business plan.

Nov. 10 panelists Jack Cranley, an attorney, and Trevor Gonterman, a venture capitalist consultant, will discuss "tricks of the trade" for approaching and attracting equity investment. They will provide tips on where and how to seek equity investors, how to protect a business idea, and how ideas can be turned into assets.

The first forum is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Fairview Heights; cost is $25 per person, which includes refreshments. For more information, contact Center Director Jim Mager by telephone: (618) 650-2669 or by e-mail:

Illinois Lt. Gov. Quinn Visits Alton Campus To Promote New State Mandate

To promote a new state statute that requires grade school students to receive dental exams-as they do mandatory health exams-Illinois Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn recently visited with faculty and students at the the SIU School of Dental Medicine. The visit was part of the state's Healthy Smiles Week, designed to promote the new statewide policy.

Under the new state statute, children entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades, in public and private schools, must receive an oral health exam. "Tooth decay is the number one chronic illness in children," Quinn told the media at a news conference on the Alton campus.

He also noted toothaches are a leading cause of school absences. "This new school mandate will affect hundreds of thousands of children statewide and is aimed to address the growing epidemic of dental disease among young children."

For the Healthy Smiles Day event at the SIU dental school, 200 children from Horace Mann and West Elementary schools in Alton were given exams throughout the day.

Dr. Debra Schwenk, head of the dental school's Community and Preventive Dentistry program, coordinated the event. Dr. Debra Dixon helped cover the screenings of the 200 secod and third graders who came through the clinic.

Additionally, 14 SDM students helped facilitate the event by providing screenings and also offering oral health education lessons for the elementary school students. Several of the SIU dental students also supervised and played oral health education games with the children.

Dr. Ann Boyle, dean of the School, welcomed Quinn, Illinois Sen. Bill Haine, and Lisa Bilbrey, Special Projects administrator of IFLOSS, to the event. "These exams are a critical and necessary first step toward improving the oral health of Illinois children," Boyle said. "In turn, we know better oral health leads to better overall health."

In 2000, a study of access to oral health care for Illinois low-income children showed only 33 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program utilized oral health care during the year. The study also found that only 34 percent of active general and pediatric dentists were enrolled as Medicaid providers.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently signed the legislation, sponsored by Illinois Rep. Miller, a Democrat from Dolton. He is the General Assembly's only dentist. Students would have to show proof of certain immunizations and tests (confirmation of a dental exam) upon starting that school year.

Quinn further expressed hope that the Healthy Smiles Week initiative would become an annual state health initiative to promote awareness of the importance of oral health.

School Of Nursing To Offer Management Program

The School of Nursing will begin offering a 12-credit-hour nurse management program in January. The program will feature online courses for nurse managers and nurses who want to move into management positions. Registration deadline is Nov. 19.

The program is designed to strengthen and expand the management skills of registered nurses in hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care, and other health care settings in which registered nurses serve as managers. Enrollment is for registered nurses with an associate degree, diploma, bachelor's degree, or graduate degree. The program will include four courses, each for three hours of academic credit.

The courses will be delivered online with one or two classroom meetings in each course. Students must have basic e-mail, internet, and word processing skills to use the online format.

Duration of each course will be eight weeks, with the first course beginning at the start of spring semester and the second beginning at mid-semester. Students enrolling in two courses each semester will complete the program in two semesters. Credit earned in the nurse management program may be transferable to the RN-BS program or the graduate program in the SIUE School of Nursing. Experienced nursing faculty will teach the courses.

Course content will include: The dynamic role of the nurse manager in the health care organization; principles of nursing management; leader and management theories, skills and behaviors; and leadership concepts including power, teamwork, collaboration, planning, empowerment, motivation, and decision making, to name a few.

For more information, contact Doris Davis in the School of Nursing by telephone: (618) 650-3960 or (800) 234-4844, or, by e-mail:

Participants may register on the first night of class, but a spot must be reserved by Nov. 19 to ensure enrollment.

The first class of the spring semester will begin the week of Jan. 10. Students will be notified of a day, time, and location for an orientation session during that week.

Men's Basketball Heads To Assembly Hall

When your opponent is picked to win the Big Ten and selected No. 1 preseason in the nation by Lindy's, that might be enough to make a coach worried.

For SIUE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons, the Cougars' exhibition game at Illinois on Friday (11/5) at 7 p.m. is a good way to assess his team's skills. "Our main focus is on us," said Simmons. "We're looking for how we respond."

Simmons said he will be watching to see how SIUE responds to the press defense, how well the team blocks out and how effective the team screens. It's going to be the little things that matter to Simmons and not necessarily the information on the scoreboard at Assembly Hall.

SIUE also plays at Western Illinois on Wednesday (11/3) and at Indiana next Friday (11/12). "After playing those three teams, we should be a better basketball team going into the season," Simmons said.

SIUE returns two of its top leading scorers in guard Calvin Sykes (Chicago) and forward Joel Jaye (Chicago). SIUE was 16-12 last season and picked to finish fourth in the 11-team Great Lakes Valley Conference this season.

The Cougars begin the regular season at home Nov. 15 against Lincoln Christian at 7:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season

With three exhibition games against NCAA Division I schools to start the season, SIUE women's basketbal coach Wendy Hedberg said she's ready to start of the 2004-2005 season.

The Cougars plan to use the exhibition games as an opportunity to get better. "I want to see where we are defensively as a ballclub," said Hedberg. "The games may expose our weaknesses because of the quality of play."

SIUE begins its exhibition season at Bradley on Saturday (11/6) at 2 p.m. The Cougars face Western Illinois next Monday (11/8) at 7 p.m. and Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. "With these games, you are just trying to play somebody different to prepare for the season," said Hedberg.

SIUE opens its regular season on Nov. 16 at home against Robert Morris. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer Set For Conference Tournament

It seems like there's always a big men's soccer game between Quincy and SIUE in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

In fact, this will be the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams have met in the conference tournament. SIUE won last season 4-0 and again in 2001 by the score of 2-0. Quincy won the GLVC Tournament match 1-0 in 2000. "Here we go again," said SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke.

The two teams tied 0-0 this season on SIUE's field, one of two ties for the Cougars. SIUE is 14-2-2 heading into the GLVC Tournament.

SIUE is the host institution for the conference tournament, having secured the best record in the GLVC. SIUE plays Quincy at 7:30 p.m. The No. 2 seed Wisconsin-Parkside faces third-seeded Lewis in the other semifinal game at 5 p.m. The championship game will be play at 2 p.m. Sunday (11/6).

Huneke said he doesn't see much difference between the Quincy game earlier this season and the one about to be played. "We just have to key in on certain players," he said.

The Cougars completed the regular season Saturday (10/30) with a 2-1 victory over Truman State. The game was played on the artificial turf at Washington University in St. Louis.

Huneke said he knows his players felt the sense of urgency in the Truman State game. "That was a big win for us trying to obtain the first-round bye in the (NCAA) regionals," said Huneke. "There was a lot riding on that."

The top three teams as selected by the NCAA advance to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Tournament. The top team earns a bye waiting for the second and third seed to fight it out. The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 11 at a site to be determined.

Women's Soccer Travels To GLVC Tournament

SIUE and Northern Kentucky will meet in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Kenosha, Wis., on Friday (11/5).

The outcome of the game may have NCAA implications, one fact that should motivate both ballclubs. "They have a lot of motivation to defeat us. They'll be gunning for us," said SIUE Coach Lynda Bowers.

SIUE became the first team in the GLVC to defeat Northern Kentucky during the regular season since Oct. 9, 1999. SIUE defeated NKU 2-0 at Korte Stadium.

Northern Kentucky has won five of the last six GLVC Tournaments and have a 16-0-1 record all-time in tournament play. "They have been on a roll lately," said Bowers of Northern Kentucky. The Norse defeated sixth-seeded Missouri-St. Louis 4-1 Sunday (10/31) in the GLVC Tournament quarterfinals.

The GLVC Tournament will be played in Kenosha, Wis., at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which earned the No. 1 seed through the league's tiebreaker system. Wisconsin-Parkside, SIUE, and Northern Kentucky all finished the GLVC season with 9-1 records in league play.

SIUE faces NKU at 11 a.m. followed by Wisconsin-Parkside against fifth-seeded Bellarmine, which earned its spot in the GLVC Tournament by defeating Saint Joseph's 1-0 in overtime Sunday (10/31).

The Cougars head into the GLVC Tournament with one of the top scorers in the league. Ann Crawford (St. Louis) leads SIUE with nine goals and three assists. SIUE's goalkeeper combination of Jessica Brown (St. Louis) and Kim Roady (Granite City) have posted a school-record 11 shutouts.

Volleyball Enters Final Weekend Of GLVC Play

A strong finish to the regular season and a possible bye in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament is what the SIUE volleyball team aims to accomplish this weekend.

The Cougars, 22-6 overall and 12-2 in GLVC regular season play, face Quincy on Friday (11/5) at 7 p.m. and Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (11/6) at 1 p.m. It is the final weekend of play in the GLVC. "We can't take either Quincy or Missouri-St. Louis lightly," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober. "I expect those teams to play better on their home court than they did at SIUE.

The Cougars defeated both Quincy and UMSL earlier this season in three games.

SIUE is one match behind Southern Indiana for first place and one-half of a match ahead of Northern Kentucky for the No. 2 seed. The top six teams advance to this year's GLVC Tournament with the top two seeds earning a bye into the semifinals.

The Cougars head into the final weekend with the top defense in the league. Opponents are hitting just .159 against the Cougars. SIUE is third in offense with a .257 hitting percentage.

SIUE middle hitter Heather Bonde (Millstadt) is seventh in the GLVC in hitting percentage at .321. She also leads the Cougars in kills with 371.

Cross Country Plays Host To Region

SIUE will showcase its cross country course Saturday (11/6) as it plays host to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championships.

There will be 21 men's teams and 22 women's teams competing in the meet. The men's race begins at 11 a.m. with the women's race to follow at 12:15 p.m. on SIUE's cross country course.

SIUE Coach Eileen McAllister said her teams were apprehensive about hosting a third meet this season but have changed their minds at the prospect of the championships taking place on their home course. "Now they are actually excited about a home meet. They don't have to worry about traveling for this meet," McAllister said.

The top four women's teams and the next two individuals advance to the cross country national meet on Nov. 20 in Evansville, Ind. The top three men's teams and the next two individuals also advance to the national championships on the campus of Southern Indiana.

McAllister said she wants her team to gain experience from the meet. "I just want them to end the season on a positive note," she said.

Regular Season Ends With A Win

John Matthews headed in a corner kick from Victor Pacheco with 19 seconds left in the first half for the game winner as SIUE went on to a 2-1 victory over Truman State.

Truman State and SIUE fans were on unfamiliar turf with the game moved on Friday (10/29) evening to Washington University's Francis Field in St. Louis. The artificial turf field provided a fast pace and a number of scoring chances.

SIUE, 14-2-2 and the No. 1 seed for the Great Lakes Valley Conference, scored first as Michael Burgund buried a shot past Truman State goalkeeper Nate Gibson from point-blank range. Gibson had saved one shot from Matthews and a second from Burgund during the play. Burgund controlled the rebound and scored the goal.

With time running out in the first half, SIUE converted a corner kick from Pacheco. Matthews took the ball at the near post and slipped the ball in the net.

Despite only an 11-9 advantage in shots, SIUE dominated the play near the goals with nine corner kicks to Truman State's zero. Paul Link provided some confidence at 63:17 scoring from 15 yards out on an assist from Drew Vogt. Truman State pressed in the second half but couldn't get another goal past SIUE goalkeeper Nicholas Frasca, who had four saves.

SIUE now awaits its opponent for the GLVC Tournament semifinals at Korte Stadium next Friday (11/5). The Cougars will play the lowest remaining seed after tomorrow's quarterfinals.

SIUE will play either fourth-seeded Quincy, fifth-seeded Northern Kentucky or sixth-seeded Indianapolis if the Greyhounds pull off an upset against third-seeded Lewis.

Cougars Aiming Higher For 04-05 Season

Coach Marty Simmons sits in his Vadalabene Center office knowing that his SIUE men's basketball is going to be a good team.

He knows it. His fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference coaches acknowledged it when the Cougars were picked to finish fourth in the league. Still, Simmons knows hours and hours more of practice and repetition are the only thing that can truly make those beliefs true.

SIUE finished 16-12 last season, the school's first winning campaign since the 1998-1999 campaign. The Cougars were 11-4 a season ago at home; the first time SIUE had double-digit victories at the Vadalabene Center since the 1993-1994 season.

"Overall, we're faster, bigger, and more athletic," said Simmons. "But I'm not ruling anything out right now. It may be the guys playing hardest in practice who are out there."

To achieve that faster, bigger, and most athletic look, the Cougars hit the recruiting trail hard again during the off-season. SIUE added freshman J.B. Jones (Belleville) as well as transfers Michael Sams (Mt. Zion), Pat Readus (Memphis, Tenn.), Martel Mahon (Chicago), and Cordell Jeanty (Toronto, Ontario).

Simmons said the newcomers figure to make an impact right away. Finding the right mixture of players may be Simmons' biggest obstacle.

Simmons said he would look to senior guard Calvin Sykes (Chicago) for more after Sykes posted 11.8 points per game last season along with a team-leading 109 assists.

"We're looking for more leadership out of Calvin," Simmons said. The Cougars expect Sykes to make the transition to the off-guard position. It's a more natural position for Sykes, and it opens up a spot at point guard for J.B. Jones (Belleville) and redshirt freshman Anthony Jones (Centralia).

"J.B. Jones is a leader out there. He finds a way for his team to win," Simmons said of the 6-foot-2-inch freshman who played last season for Belleville West High School. "A.J. (Anthony Jones) is an outstanding shooter who is quick with the ball and fast off the dribble," Simmons said. Simmons also has his eye on 6-4 Mahon and 6-1 Readus at the guard position. Both add speed to the lineup.

The Cougars also will have a great deal of flexibility with his lineups. Several players can play multiple positions.

Kris Crosby (Belleville), a 6-5 forward, returns for his senior season after scoring 2.5 points a contest last season. Crosby can play three different positions, noted Simmons. SIUE also looks to Sams, a 6-6 guard-transfer from Illinois State as a multi-dimensional player, and Jeanty, who exhibited the ability to post up defenders at John A. Logan College to the tune of 24.2 points per game.

Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) returns for his senior season after leading the Cougars in rebounding with 5.3 per game last season. A strong defender and a much-improved offensive threat, Bauersachs earned his spot in Simmons' lineup through hard work in practice and at game time.

Joel Jaye (Chicago) averaged 10.7 points per game without a starting assignment last season. He led the GLVC in three-point shooting last season at 50.9 percent. "Joel has worked hard in the preseason at getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line," Simmons said.

The Cougars also return a stronger center in 6-11 Dan Heimos (Waterloo). "Dan added some muscle during the offseason. We need him to make those 15-17 footers to open more things up inside," said Simmons. Heimos already established himself as one of the GLVC's top shot blockers with 47 blocks last season.

Forward Justin Ward (Moline), a former GLVC Freshman of the Year, also will battle for playing time. "He's a good scorer and an exciting player to watch," said Simmons.

SIUE also added 6-9 redshirt freshman Doug Taylor (McClure). "He has a good shooting touch and gets up and down the floor." The Cougars are hoping the additional 25 pounds Taylor added over the last season will help lift his play as the Cougars get ready for a rigorous schedule.

The Cougars have an outstanding road exhibition season planned beginning with Illinois on Nov. 5 followed by Western Illinois on Nov. 10 and Indiana on Nov. 12.

SIUE opens the regular season at the Vadalabene Center on Nov. 15 against Lincoln Christian. The GLVC season opens Nov. 26 at home against Lewis.

Cougar fans also can follow the team to Hawaii for a special two-game set in Honolulu. SIUE faces Dominican (N.Y.) on Dec. 19 and Washburn (Kan.) on Dec. 20.

Youthful Team Lifts SIUE Women's Basketball

Experienced" is not going to be the first word out of the mouth of SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg as she describes her 2004-2005 team.

With two seniors on the team, neither of whom have been regular starters over the last three seasons, the Cougars will look to a young team. Some of those players are battle-tested in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and others are a solid group that has been highly successful at other levels.

"Every player can contribute to this team," said Hedberg. "We're going to start three different lineups during the exhibitions and take a look at who plays better with who."

Seniors Annie Miller (West Salem, Wis.) and Sara Unterbrink (Madison, Mo.) have a combined five starting assignments in six combined years with the Cougars. Hedberg said both Miller and Unterbrink are playing the best basketball of their careers right now. Both see their senior season as a chance to finish well.

Hedberg won't be looking in any one person's direction when talking about leadership. This year's Cougars have a handful of players eager for a breakout season.

Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.), a 6-foot-1-inch junior, is the team's top returning scorer with 13.0 points per game and second in rebounds with 4.3 per contest. "We're looking for her to be a force down low," said Hedberg. "She is very capable with good moves around the basket."

Julianne McMillen (Pana) was averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding before a mid-season injury cut her effective playing time. She rallied to average 10.1 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game.

Hedberg thinks the sophomore is capable of being only the second Cougar player in the last 25 years to average a double-double over the course of a season. The last player to do that was Kim Lowe in 1997-1998. Lowe was an All-American the next season.

Amber Wisdom (Geneseo) returns for her junior season after leading the Cougars in assists with 96 in 2003-2004. "I think this is the best preseason Amber has had since she arrived," Hedberg said.

Jamie Kennedy (Colfax) also returns looking for playing time in the backcourt. She played in 24 games last season and averaged 2.1 point per game.

Hedberg will look to a talented group of newcomers to add some spark to the lineup.

Tiffany Sproat (Fairview Hts.) and Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) played high school basketball last season just miles from one another at Belleville East High School and Granite City High School, respectively. "Sproat attacks the basket and the offensive boards," said Hedberg. "Sykes is a great shooter, but I think her best attribute is her passing."

Amy Austin (Jeffersonville, Ind.) joins Sproat and Sykes in the Cougars' freshman class. Austin was an All-Stater in Indiana for Jeffersonville High School. Hedberg said she'll be a combination point and off guard who is a very athletic defender.

Lindy Carey (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) is a transfer from IUPU-Ft. Wayne. Hedberg said Carey is an offensive-minded player with a good three-point range.

Alisa Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif.) is a transfer from Orange Coast College, a junior college in California. Carrillo was a team Most Valuable Player last season after averaging 17.2 points per game.

The Cougars are coming off an 11-17 record. SIUE struggled in losing five of its final six games but played one of its best games of the season in a 53-49 GLVC Tournament loss to Quincy, which went on to compete in the NCAA Elite Eight.

This season, the Cougars are courting a high-challenging schedule. SIUE opens the exhibition season on Nov. 6 at Bradley followed by trips to Western Illinois on Nov. 8 and Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 12.

SIUE opens the regular season on Nov. 16 at the Vadalabene Center against Robert Morris. The Cougars begin the GLVC season at home on Nov. 26 against Lewis.

SIUE has two tournaments planned on opposite ends of the country. The Cougars play Concord on Nov. 19 and Fairmont State on Nov. 20 in Athens, W.V. On Dec. 19, SIUE faces West Texas A&M followed by Harding on Dec. 20. Both of those games will be played at the Hoops N' Surf Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Nov. 2 'Fan Jam' Will Highlight SIUE Basketball

SIUE basketball fans will get their first look at the 2004-2005 Cougars on Tuesday, Nov. 2, when the teams present "Fan Jam."

Cougar fans of all ages are invited to the free event. The festivities get under way at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza and soda. The Cougars have a number of games planned including the Prize Putt, a free- throw contest, a three-point contest, a lay-up contest and a dribbling contest for children.

SIUE women's coach Wendy Hedberg and her Cougars take the court at 7:45 p.m. and will warm-up before playing a 20-minute scrimmage. SIUE men's coach Marty Simmons and his Cougars will play a 20-minute scrimmage at 8:20 p.m.

The SIUE exhibition season begins Nov. 5 when the SIUE men's team travels to Champaign to face the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall.

For more information about Fan Jam, call SIUE Athletics at (618) 650-2871.

Simmons, Hedberg Featured At Coaches Clinic

SIUE men's and women's head basketball coaches Marty Simmons and Wendy Hedberg will be the featured instructors for the free Coach it Right! coaches clinic at the Vadalabene Center this Saturday (10/30).

The instructional clinic takes place from 1-4 p.m. and is hosted by SIUE, the St. Louis Sports Commission's Sports for Kids program, and the Taco Bell Coaches Club.

Simmons and Hedberg will show coaches how to properly teach basketball fundamentals and techniques to their young athletes. Coaches will receive tips on half court and transition defense, set plays on offense, the fast break, sportsmanship, and much more. David Strickfaden, managing partner of Fitness Designs Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, also will be on hand to talk about training, nutrition, and conditioning for basketball.

Every coach who attends the clinic will receive a free Sports for Kids clipboard, perfect for organizing practices, rosters, diagrams, and plays.

Simmons enters his third season at SIUE. His team notched a fifth-place finish in the Great Lakes Valley Conference last season and was selected to finish in the final four this season. Before coming to SIUE, Simmons was an assistant coach at the University of Evansville.

Hedberg is entering her 26th year as coach at SIUE. She has compiled a record of 391-298 and four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. Her teams have had a 111-69 mark in GLVC action since 1994.

To register by telephone, call (314) 992-0689, or, visit the Web site:

SIUE Volleyball Blanks Washington U.

SIUE collected 47 kills and overpowered Washington University 30-19, 30-27, 30-26 in women's college volleyball on Tuesday at the Vadalabene Center.

The Cougars improved to 21-6 overall. Washington U., the No. 4-ranked team in NCAA Division III, fell to 20-5.

SIUE led the distance in the match, puzzling the Bears defense in game one. The Cougars recorded a solid games two and three behind junior setter Krystal Majernik's 38 assists. Kindra Westendorf, who led all players with six blocks, led the offense with 12 kills. Heather Bonde and Shannon Winkeler added 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Emilie Walk powered the Bears offense with 10 kills. As a team, the Bears collected 12 blocks.

SIUE now heads to Louisville, Ky., for a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup against Bellarmine. Match time on Friday (10/29) night is 7.

Men's Soccer Changes Truman Game To Saturday

SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke announced today that the game at Truman State scheduled for Thursday (10/28) at 2 p.m. will now be played on Saturday (10/30) at noon.

Cougar Men's Soccer Clinches No. 1 Seed

SIUE men's soccer took care of business last Saturday (10/23) by wrapping up the No. 1 seed for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament semifinals and finals on Nov. 5-7.

The Cougars' 3-0 win over Bellarmine clinched the top seed and a first round bye in the tournament. The quarterfinals are this Sunday (10/31). "It's nice accomplishment, and it feeds into some other nice benefits for the postseason," said SIUE soccer coach Ed Huneke.

For the second year in a row, SIUE finished GLVC play undefeated with a 8-0-2 record, 13-2-3 overall. The Cougars are unbeaten in their last 21 GLVC regular season games.

SIUE will do battle with regional rival Truman State on Saturday (10/30) for its final regular season game of the year. "They always have a good team," said Huneke. "It will be a good challenge for us, and I expect a quality game on both sides."

In the win over Bellarmine, Mike Banner (Upper Marlboro, Md.) recorded two goals, including a breakaway goal from midfield. The sophomore has four goals in nine games for SIUE, and he leads the conference in shots per game at 4.22. "I was really pleased with Mike's play," said Huneke. "We benefit greatly when he plays well."

Senior Michael Burgund (Bethalto) netted the Cougars' other goal in the win over the Knights to give him four goals on the season. "He has been a real steady player for us as a defender, but he has also picked up some nice goals," said Huneke."

SIUE has seven players on the team with 10 or more points. The Cougars are first in the GLVC with 18.24 shots per game, and SIUE is third in the conference in goals (39), goals per game ( 2.29), assists (38), assists per game (2.24), points (6.82), goals allowed (9), and goals against average (0.50).

Women's Soccer Finishes GLVC Season Tied For First

The SIUE women's soccer team has won 12 of their last 13 games and in the process finished the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season tied for first. The Cougars have a record of 13-4 overall, 9-1 in GLVC play.

"One of our goals was to try and finish first," said SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers. "It is nice to accomplish one of your goals."

The Cougars will finish off their regular season schedule Thursday (10/28) with a home match against Southeast Missouri State. Game time is 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium. "It will be a tough test for us," said Bowers. "I hope that we rise to the occasion and build our momentum going into the conference tournament."

Heading into the game against SEMO, SIUE has won seven in a row at Korte. The Cougars have not allowed a goal at home in 704:14 since they gave up a tally on against Grand Valley State on Sept. 5. "These girls have gotten better every game, and our leadership has been great this season," said Bowers.

The Cougars outlasted Bellarmine over the weekend 2-0. For the second game in a row, Christina Stremlau (St. Louis) had the game winner. Lindsey Kampwerth (Highland) added a late insurance goal to seal the win for SIUE.

The win not only improved the Cougars conference mark but also goalkeepers Jessica Brown (St. Louis) and Kim Roady (Granite City) set the record for shutouts in a season with 11. Roady has given up just one goal in more than 762 minutes of playing time this season.

Senior Ann Crawford (St. Louis) had an assist in the contest as she leads the team with 21 points. "She has played good all season long for us," said Bowers.

Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio) also added an assist against the Knights, and she has netted two goals and added two assists in her last four games. "She has really come on strong to end out the season," said Bowers.

Padra Bencini (Carbondale) has been solid all year leading a Cougar defense that allows only 8.7 shots per game. "She has been so good this year," said Bowers. "She works so hard on her game, and it has paid off."

Volleyball Looking For A Strong Finish

The SIUE volleyball team has its sights set on ending the season on a high note. The Cougars are one game behind Southern Indiana for first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Cougars hold an 11-2 GLVC mark, 20-6 overall. SIUE has three conference road games remaining against Bellarmine, Missouri-St. Louis, and Quincy.

SIUE defeated then fifth-place St. Joseph's and third place Indianapolis each 3-0 this past weekend to put them in second place. "We had two strong wins, and we want to continue to play well," said SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober.

The Cougars will battle Washington (Mo.) on Tuesday (10/26) at home. The Bears are ranked fourth in Division III volleyball. "This is going to be a fun match," said Gober. "This is a game we need to win to keep our momentum going."

Leading the way for SIUE this past weekend was middle hitter Heather Bonde (Millstadt) who added 33 kills to her team-leading 347. "Heather is doing a really good job," said Gober. "She is quick, she jumps well, and she is very strong."

SIUE middle hitter Tina Talsma (Orono, Ontario) is leading the GLVC with 95 total blocks and is second on the team with a .289 hitting percentage. "Tina has been doing a great job blocking," said Gober. "She always is in good blocking position."

Krystal Majernik (Bloomington) has been steady as the team's setter with 11.66 assists per game. Majernik picked up seven kills in the win over St. Joseph's. "She is consistent and confident, and that is the kind of performance we need from our setter."

On defense, Allison Buss (Towanda) is the GLVC leader in digs with 5.24 per game. Buss and the Cougars have held their opponents to a GLVC leading .158 hitting percentage this season. "Allison has got to be one of our most valuable players," said Gober.

After facing the Bears on Tuesday night the Cougars will travel to Louisville, Ky., to take on Bellarmine on Friday (10/29) at 7 p.m.

USI Picked To Win Men's GLVC Title; Bellarmine, Indy Pace Women's Race

The University of Southern Indiana men are a clear choice to capture the 2004-05 Great Lakes Valley Conference basketball crown, while no less than four teams will battle for the women's title in a vote of league coaches.

USI (28-7, 15-5), last year's NCAA Division II runner-up, totaled 96 points and captured six first-place votes. The Screaming Eagles outdistanced Kentucky Wesleyan (22-8, 14-6), which totaled three first-place votes and 87 points and Northern Kentucky (16-15, 9-11), with two first-place votes and 78 total points.

The Panthers, however, are barred from postseason play by the GLVC and are not eligible for the GLVC and NCAA Tournament this season. While KWC's games will count in the regular season standings, that gives USI-ranked No. 5 in the pre-season Division II poll-a seemingly comfortable role as favorites in the poll.

SIU Edwardsville (74 points), Indianapolis (70) and Quincy (52) will join NKU as Southern Indiana's strongest challengers, while St. Joseph's (46), Lewis (42), UMSL (23), UW-Parkside (21) and Bellarmine (19) complete the field.

While the men's race seems clear, the women's is a toss-up with four different teams registering first-place votes. Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Quincy, and Northern Kentucky are all viewed by some coaches good enough to capture the conference championship.

Bellarmine (21-9, 15-5) and Indianapolis (23-9, 14-6) tied for the favorite role with 86 points apiece, but the Knights tallied four first place votes to the Greyhounds' two. Quincy (29-5, 17-3) registered three first-place votes and is a point behind with 85 points, while Northern Kentucky (17-11, 12-8) captured two first-place votes and 77 points.

Southern Indiana (69 points) and Lewis (57) are next, followed by UW-Parkside (48), SIU Edwardsville (33), UMSL (26), Saint Joseph's (18) and Kentucky Wesleyan (17).

The poll did not allow coaches to vote for their own teams.

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