Meteorology is a fascinating science and, according to many aficionados, the Upper Mississippi River Valley is the place to be when it comes to watching the weather.
Students enrolled in climatology and meteorology classes at SIUE are in agreement and they've been given a chance to take part in hands-on training, thanks to Assistant Geography Professor Mark Hildebrandt, who has obtained the National Weather Service's stamp of approval for a supplemental Cooperative Weather Station on campus.
An $8,729 grant from the SIUE Excellence in Undergraduate Education fund has helped purchase equipment to create a fully-operational, nationally-recognized weather station at SIUE. "It's not very exciting to look at," Hildrebrandt said, "but this station-on a plot of land maintained by the Environmental Sciences program-records daily meteorological conditions, including maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity, precipitation, and evaporation."
Hildebrandt said he is currently writing a grant for an additional $5,000 to purchase wind-measurement equipment. "There are very few wind measurement facilities in Madison County and the National Weather Service is interested in our creating one here in Edwardsville," he said.
As part of the agreement with the NWS, meteorology and climatology students at SIUE (there are about 200 of them each semester) are charged with taking measurements once every 24 hours and then transmitting that information daily to the NWS. "This is a great leaning tool for our students," Hildebrandt said. "Many of these students are interested in careers in climatology and meteorology and this will give them invaluable experience."
Even though the SIUE weather station is what's known as a "cooperative" station, Hildrebrandt said the information is still important to the National Weather Service at St. Charles, Mo. "I'm excited about this for the students," he said. "Because of this station, there are several of our students who are now interested in becoming certified weather observers for the NWS.
"Students will apply what they have learned in the classroom to the actual operation of the weather station. Not only will the weather station serve as a unique learning and teaching tool, it will also serve the community as an official measuring stick of climatic conditions in Edwardsville."
Pink message slips are a thing of the past at SIUE. It's been more than three years since we've had to tape those things to the lamp on the boss's desk. A funny thing happened to SIUE on the way to the phone store in 1998-voice mail.
Hate it, love it, voice mail is here to stay, because on this campus no one gets an annoying busy signal and we know that's even worse than talking to a recording. "At least with the voice mail, the caller makes a contact," says Angela Imming, director of Telecommunications for the university.
"It's much more efficient and it's more professional," she said. Imming said SIUE's digital phone system also provides several other services, such as six-way conferencing, caller ID, two phone lines for every phone at no additional cost, speed dialing, and a hands-free feature. "And the recurring charge for the phone is still at $25, which is what it was before we went digital."
But, by far, the biggest value is voice mail, Imming said. In the past, a voice mail system was available at an additional cost of $7 per month per telephone, a cost that was prohibitive to larger offices. "When a caller can make a connection to a voice, they feel better than hearing a raucous busy signal," Imming said.
"And, we no longer have to worry about if the pink slip messages will get lost on someone's desk."
There is phone system training available by calling Pat Rzewnicki, training manager, x3404, or, by e-mail: email@example.com
Jay Starratt, associate vice chancellor for Information Technology, said the telephone system offers several services and office configurations to make SIUE's offices operate more professionally. "For example, voice mail offers a very flexible system that can include message distribution and message queues," he said.
"Voice mail also can be used to notify the caller that the person will be off campus for a few days, which I find extremely helpful. I call several campuses regularly in my role here and I'm surprised how often I'm not able to leave messages with the person I am trying to reach. It's frustrating."
They were fighting like cats and dogs last week at SIU Carbondale. Well, actually, it was the Southern Illinois University Salukis and the SIU Edwardsville Cougars matching up for the first time in an intramural/intra campus flag football challenge.
Although the three Cougar teams lost each match by a touchdown or less, organizers said the SIU Challenge last week was a success. "Both sides were very enthusiastic and we plan to make it an annual event, said Chad Rodgers, coordinator of intramural sports at SIUE.
The challenge consisted of three matches with the SIUE co-ed recreation team known as the Brahma Bulls, the Freakshow, the men's team from SIUE, and SIUE's Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity team, the Sphinx. The Carbondale teams did not have names, Rodgers said.
"This was our effort to get into the spirit of President James Walker's call for more collaboration between the SIU campuses," Rodgers said. He said one of his student workers proposed the idea and it was approved by Mick Ostrander, director of campus recreation at SIUE, and Bill McMinn, director of Campus Recreation at Carbondale. There was a rumor that the two directors had dinner riding on the challenge outcome.
"Not as many attended the matches as we had hoped, but we want to do it annually," Rodgers said. "Next year it will be in Edwardsville and we are planning it as a large social event with food and other activities. We believe this event can grow."
Rodgers also is considering adding intramural basketball and volleyball as events between the two campuses. As to the outcome? "Just wait till next year."
Like they say: "It's OK to have butterflies in your stomach, but getting them to fly in formation is key." The SIUE Speech Center knows how to train butterflies.
Most students who have little or no experience making speeches know that feeling-that emptiness in the pit of the stomach when asked to speak in front of a class. The SIUE Speech Center can help, says Jenita Hladyshewsky, a graduate student who is director of the program for the Department of Speech Communication and the College of Arts and Sciences.
"The center was created by SIUE students for SIUE students, and funded by an Excellence in Undergraduate Education grant from the university and through CAS," Hladyshewsky said. "We provide one-on-one assistance with all aspects of speech organization and delivery," she said.
To help accomplish those goals, the center has a videotaping room where the client may be recorded for critique by the trained staff. The center also has a Power Point training program. "In addition, we can provide assisted research of speech topics and help with speech outlines, as well as help with organization of speech content."
Hladyshewsky said many of the students who come to the center need help with speech organization. "Some organization can be gained by using Power Point as a supplement to the speech, but we don't want the technology to overcome the presentation."
And, then there are those who are petrified at the thought of facing an audience. "We offer help in how to overcome nerves," she said. "We can show them how to turn that nervousness into excitement. But they can only learn that by practicing and that's what we offer-opportunities to practice and hone speechmaking skills."
E. Duff Wrobbel, associate professor of Speech Communication and acting faculty coordinator of the center, said the program evolved over several years from a series of studies and projects conducted by Speech Communication students in the Senior Assignment course.
"Beginning with an initial needs assessment of students and faculty, our majors did virtually 100 percent of the designing, setting up, staffing and evaluating of the center," Wrobbel said. "We continued with financial support from Doug Eder and the Office of Undergraduate Assessment, until we were able to secure funding through the EUE grant program and through CAS.
"Students even helped prepare the EUE grant, which was written in such a way as to leave the center in the students' hands as much as possible," he said. "It is this peer approach that has made the center effective, and we didn't want to 'punish' our students for their success by taking the center away from them once it became fully funded."
The center is located in Room 3323 of Alumni Hall and this semester it is open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The center is closed on Fridays and weekends. For information, call the center, 650-3085.
Sandra Haas of Creve Coeur, Mo., formerly development director for Missouri Goodwill Industries, was named director of Development for the SIUE School of Business on Oct. 8, according to Robert Carver, dean of the School.
Haas, a 1984 graduate of SIUE in Speech Communication, has 15 years of fund-raising experience, including positions with Goodwill, The Saint Louis Society, the American Heart Association in St. Louis, the Alzheimer's Association, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
"It is exciting to see the growth that has taken place at the University and in the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area since I graduated in 1984," Haas said. "The campus and surrounding communities have doubled in population and economic activity during that 17 years.
"I look forward to helping SIUE expand its capabilities by increasing its fund-raising revenues through my contacts and knowledge of the St. Louis metropolitan community," Haas said. "I am proud to be part of SIUE's fund-raising team, as the institution continues to develop its role as the major resource for economic growth in the rapidly expanding region."
Haas is the mother of three sons: Tim Haas lives in Belleville with his wife, Jen, and daughter, Abbey; Jamie Haas lives in south St. Louis with his wife, Charity, and their son, Caleb; and Mike Haas is a student at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
SIUE men's soccer is off to the NCAA tournament. The Cougars will face the Lewis University Flyers in the opening round of the 16-team tournament on Sunday (11/11) at 1 p.m., in Romeoville.
The Cougars are coming off a 2-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament loss to Lewis on Sunday (11/4). SIUE holds an overall record of 15-2-3 and the Cougars hope to hand Lewis its first loss of the season as the Flyers enter the match with a 20-0-1 mark. The tie was against SIUE on Sept. 14 in Romeoville.
The Cougars are anxious to give Lewis another try, said SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke. "The game will be a huge challenge, but it is one that we will be up for," said Huneke, the 2001 GLVC Coach of the Year. "We are very motivated and cannot wait for Lewis to bring it on."
Despite the second-place finish to Lewis in the GLVC tournament, Huneke is very proud of his team for accomplishing so much. "We have a great record, and the NCAA bid is a great accomplishment," said Huneke. "Of course we are sad about the loss, but the big picture still looks very good."
The Cougars have featured a strong offense and a tight defense all season. Matt Evers (Edwardsville) was SIUE's goalkeeper in the GLVC Tournament and figures to continue that role into the NCAA Tournament. Evers holds a 1.07 goals against average and has 55 saves.
The offense is led by seniors Justin McMillian (Granite City) and David Mwendapole (Nairobi, Kenya). Both were named first team All-GLVC last week. McMillian, who has scored 15 goals and six assists, also was tabbed the GLVC's Player of the Year. Mwendapole posted statistics as strong with 11 goals and 11 assists.
Juan Martin Devoto scored the game-winning goal with less than seven minutes to play as Lewis University edged SIUE for the 2001 Great Lakes Valley Conference men's soccer title Sunday (11/4) at Bob Guelker Field.
SIUE, ranked No. 11 in the NSCAA/NCAA Division II poll, fell to 15-2-3 and suffered its first Great Lakes region loss of the season. The Cougars are hoping Sunday's loss won't have a factor in earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament starting next weekend. Lewis and SIUE may match up again in the first round of the 16-team NCAA Championships.
"We came up a little bit on the short end," said SIUE Coach Ed Huneke. "But we weren't short on heart and intensity."
Lewis, 20-0-1 and ranked No. 2 in the nation on the NSCAA/NCAA Division II poll, scored the game's first goal at 25:06 as John Thompson scored with an assist from Carlos Stremi.
SIUE couldn't counter until 79:44 when Cress Maddox headed the ball in off a throw-in from Matthew Horan.
Huneke said his Cougars have come from behind before and were playing calm, patient soccer in the game's final minutes. "We've been down before and come back. We have confidence in those situations," said Huneke.
Lewis, however, closed the scoring with Devoto's goal at 83:13. Devoto scored from five yards out on a crisp pass from 40 yards out from Rob Green. The Flyers, 12-11 ,outshot SIUE. Cougar goalkeeper Matt Evers had four saves while Lewis goalie Jordan Gustman recorded six saves.
Justin McMillian was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and Ed Huneke was named the league's Coach of the Year.
McMillian (Granite City) made the most of his final season by leading the GLVC in scoring heading into the conference tournament this weekend. McMillian has 34 points, including a GLVC-leading 14 goals.
Huneke led his Cougars to a 14-1-3 record heading into the weekend. SIUE is the host institution for the GLVC Tournament and plays Quincy at Bob Guelker Field on Saturday (11/3) at noon. The other semifinals pits Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside with game time set for 2:30 p.m.
Three other Cougars joined McMillian for All-GLVC honors. David Mwendapole (Kenya) was a fellow first team selection. The forward, who transferred at the beginning of the year from Lincoln Memorial, has 11 goals and is tied for the GLVC lead with 10 assists. Cress Maddox (Springfield) and Chris Camacho (Quincy) were named to the second team as backs. It was the third time Maddox had been voted to the All-GLVC and the first for Camacho.
Amber Stanley (Effingham) and Laura Zeeb (Greenville), members of the women's tennis team, were named All-Great Lakes Valley Conference by a vote of the league's 11 coaches.
Stanley, a sophomore, was named All-GLVC for the second straight season. She played No. 1 for the Cougars and amassed an 8-4 record, including a 6-3 mark in the GLVC.
Zeeb, a junior, split time at No. 2 and No. 3 while compiling a 9-2 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the GLVC.
The duo also was doubles partners during the fall season. The team earned a 9-5 record in doubles play.
It was a must-win match as Coach Todd Gober saw it. SIUE needed to defeat Indianapolis on the road last Friday (11/2) to secure the No. 2 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.
His Cougars won the match in five games, 30-27, 30-19, 23-30, 27-30, 15-11, and then lost to Northern Kentucky the next day, finishing the regular season with a 20-12 record and an 11-4 mark in the GLVC.
Northern Kentucky is the host and No. 1 seed for the eight-team GLVC Tournament. SIUE faces Missouri-St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (11/8) in the first round. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. UMSL won the first match in five games. SIUE won the next two matches in three games.
"Anything can happen," admitted Gober, "but we have a 6-1 record against the teams on our side of the bracket."
SIUE's side of the bracket includes third-seeded Southern Indiana and sixth-seeded Indianapolis. The other four teams in the tourney are top-seeded Northern Kentucky, fourth-seeded Lewis, fifth-seeded Quincy and eighth-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside.
Gober said he believes his team is playing good volleyball right now, but the key is to play consistently. "When we play consistent, we win," said Gober. "There have been moments in every match where we have had some type of a lapse, either in communication, defense, or offense, and we have to eliminate that this time around and focus."
Gober said SIUE played its best defensive game of the year against Indianapolis. Sophomore Sarah Watts (Sherman) had what Gober calls the biggest "stuff block" of the year. "Watts can really be credited with creating a change in momentum with that play; it was a huge turning point against Indianapolis," said Gober.
"Kari Karban (Belleville) also had good serving games against both Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky," said Gober. Karban is seventh in the GLVC for service aces.
With a large group of Bradley Braves fans waiting to cheer on their team, the SIUE men's basketball team just will be looking for the right combinations.
Coach Jack Margenthaler said he isn't going into Saturday's (11/10) 3:15 p.m. exhibition game with a set lineup. He expects to play numerous combinations. "We want to find the five guys who look the best together," Margenthaler said.
He expects to play 10 players in the game by substituting two and three players at a time. Health concerns will be prominent for both teams. Margenthaler said both clubs are waiting for players to return from injury. He also expects Bradley to highlight their young talent.
"Bradley is talented in the fact they have some great guards, and they have some size," he said.
SIUE returns four starters from last season's 7-19 finish and are led by 6-foot-10-inch senior Marty Perry (Jacksonville). The forward averaged 16.3 points per game last season. The Cougars have had an influx of new players. SIUE has eight newcomers on the 2001-2002 roster.
The Cougar women's basketball team faces its first full game this weekend after travelling to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to play Southeast Missouri State in an exhibition game. Game time is at 7 p.m.
SIUE will use this exhibition game as a test to see where the Cougars are, said Coach Wendy Hedberg. Hedberg feels that her team matches up well with the Division I team according to size. She is anxious to see how the Cougars react in playing conditions and who works well together. "We just need to make sure that we are all on the same page," said Hedberg.
The Cougars return two starters from last year's 20-9 season. SIUE lost in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament last season. SIUE returning starters are sophomore guard Jessica Robert (Carlyle) and junior forward Liz DeShasier (Carrollton). Robert is the top returning scorer at 10.0 points per game.
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) won the 174-pound weight class at the Lindenwood Open, giving SIUE its lone championship at last Saturday's (11/3) Lindenwood Open.
Omari Johnson (Chicago) placed fourth for the Cougars at 165 pounds. Heavyweight Aaron Wiens (Cicero) and 157-pounder Nathan Graumenz (Vandalia) lost in the consolation semifinals.
"Everyone won a match except for one wrestler," said SIUE Coach Booker Benford. "They got a taste of victory."
Benford said he was happy with the team's performance but wanted to see more intensity and focus. "Guys still aren't staying intense for the full seven minutes," said Benford.