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November 18, 2003

School of Business Takes Second In AACSB Award Competition

The School of Business recently took second in the 2003 Innovation in Leadership of Business Education Award competition conducted by the Mid-Continent East region of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB award recognizes curriculum innovation in university business education. SIUE was cited for its graduate level course, "Ethics and Corporate Responsibilities in the World of Enron, Andersen, and Worldcom: An Innovative Graduate Business Curricular Enhancement." The course was offered during this past Spring Semester.

The multifunctional and interdisciplinary course provided an overview of recent corporate misconduct and ethical lapses, and discussed the implications for individuals' personal business ethics, managerial decision making, and areas of corporate accountability.

"It's not just a matter of teaching our future executives to make wise choices," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the School of Business. "We need to teach students to better recognize an ethical dilemma. It could be that we've taken for granted that people know an ethical dilemma when they see it."

The course received funding from SIUE's Excellence in Graduate Education, a program that funds graduate program initiatives.

Management and Marketing Professor Madhav Segal organized the course with assistance from James Wilkerson, and Joseph Michlitsch, both members of the Management and Marketing faculty.

The full SIUE team included Professor Thomas King, Associate Professor J. David Mason, and Associate Professor Brad Reed, all of the Accounting faculty; Professor Bijoy Bordoloi and Assistant Professor Susan Yager, both of the Computer Management Information Systems faculty; Assistant Professor Chris Dussold and Professor Yuk-Chow "Jacky" So, both of the Economics and Finance faculty; and Associate Professor Ralph Giacobbe and lecturer John Gilbert, both of the Management and Marketing faculty.

"We intentionally took the multi-disciplinary approach," Segal said. "It gave us a chance to see the issues from multiple angles and with the benefit of varied backgrounds. It's not only an issue of what the regulations say, or how to properly develop an economic forecast. It is all those things and more-most especially, it is a managerial issue."

The award included recognition at the Mid-Continent East Association meeting in Chicago, and a prize of $1000.

Nigerian Scholars Visit Campus, East St. Louis Charter School Students

Teen-agers in Nigeria are similar to those in the United States, according to a group of Nigerian scholars who recently visited the East St. Louis Charter School. The scholars are part of an exchange through the SIUE International Programs unit. They are on a six-week visit to the university.

Professor Francis Egbokhare, of the Linguistics and African Languages department at the University of Ibadan, said many Nigerian youth have adapted aspects of American culture, including an interest in rap music and in "hip-hop" clothing. "Even the hand gestures and mannerisms are the same," Egbokhare said.

But there are differences. Dating is not allowed until the age of 18, a revelation that drew the most reaction from the Charter School students who met with the scholars. Nigerian teens "are preoccupied with enrolling in college before they begin dating," he said. "Education is greatly valued in Nigeria."

Remi Raji, an author and a poet who also is on the English faculty at Ibadan, has been a visiting faculty member through the International Programs in the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature since fall 2001. He pointed out another difference-deep respect for parents. "When children greet their parents, they lay prostrate on the ground and stay there until they are told to get up," Raji said. "Even when you are an adult, you have to do this."

The other visiting scholars are: Professor Remy Oriaku, of the Department of English at Ibadan; Demola Lewis, a graduate student in the Linguistics and African Studies program at Ibadan; and Ohioma Pogoson, from the Institute of African Studies at Ibadan.

Ron Schaefer, professor of English at SIUE and interim director of International Programs for the university; Rudy Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity; and Eugene Redmond, professor of English and East St. Louis poet laureate served as tour guides for the scholars during the Charter School visit.

"This is a university to university exchange," Schaeffer said. "We have sent faculty to Ibadan from the departments of Historical Studies, Archaeology, Sociology, English, and Geography. We try to learn from them about how African Studies can factor into our curriculum and they learn how American Studies can be factored into their programs at Ibadan.

"They are also helping us develop an African Studies minor here at SIUE," Schaeffer said. Funding proposals are in the works for such a program, he said. "This has been a very successful program so far; we're very pleased with the results."

Charter School Principal Anthony Neal said the scholars' visit was quite popular with the students. "Our students learn about other countries in their coursework and we enhance that learning if we can bring visitors to the school who actually lives in these countries," Neal said. "These opportunities help students connect their learning in the classroom with real life situations.

"It's a great opportunity for the students to broaden their horizons, deepen their understanding of other cultures, and to help them think critically about various issues."

SIUE School of Business Names Five Winners Of The Annual FBOY

Five businesses-two from Illinois and three from Missouri-were announced recently as winners of the 2003 Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Awards, given by the SIUE School of Business to honor the growth and success of outstanding family businesses.

The winners received the awards earlier this month at a black tie dinner and ceremony at the Starlight Roof of the Chase Hotel in St. Louis. School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino was on hand to congratulate the winners. "These businesses exemplify all that is important and good about family businesses in this region and throughout the country," Giamartino said.

"The SIUE School of Business conducts this program each year in support of our goals to educate future business and community leaders."

Lynn Furniture Company
In 1914, two brothers from Sparta, Illinois, took a risk-they quit their jobs with the railroad and opened a furniture and funeral business. When the brothers divided the businesses into separate operations in 1938, Wyman Lynn became the sole owner of Lynn Furniture Company, with his daughter, Lucille, and her husband, Klondis Pirtle, who also joined the business. Pirtle ran the company for 40 years. Lynn Furniture is Sparta's oldest family business. Three generations have continued the commitment to service that has made Lynn Furniture successful. Today, Pirtle's son, Klondis T., is president of the company.

Lutesville Motor Company
Roy B. Underwood, owner of Lutesville Motor Company in Marble Hill, Mo., died suddenly in 1957. As a result, the entire family rallied to save the business. Roy's wife, Margie, went to work at the dealership, making her one of the first female Ford dealers in the country. In 1972, Margie turned the dealership over to her children, Rick Underwood and Mary Thomas. The family knows of no other Ford dealership passed from mother to daughter and son. Mary and Rick now employ more than 26 people. Mary's husband, Dave Thomas, has been general manager for 38 years. Mary's daughter, Mitzi Thomas Rhodes, the first female salesperson to sell used vehicles, now handles advertising and customer relations. Rick's son, Nick, is parts and service director.

Budnick Converting, Inc.
When Mark and Ann Wegmann purchased a lathe slitter in 1986 for their company, Budnick Converting Inc., they quickly discovered a niche market for specialty conversion of adhesive tape products. The company, which began in 1952 as a distributor of tools and accessories, has grown to meet the demand of that niche market, expanding its locations, technology, and staff. Ann's father, "Bud" Schwartz- who founded the company with partner Nick Cutlich-retired in 1982, and Ann and Mark took over company operations. Other family members working in the business include Mark's brother, Mitch, vice president of operations, and his brother Matt, sales manager. Budnick operates a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and employs 115 people. The company plans to open a new 100,000-square-foot facility in 2004.

The R. J. Liebe Athletic Lettering Company
Robert Liebe and his wife started out in 1923 with a pair of Singer sewing machines, embroidering letters and sewing them onto jerseys when they formed the R. J. Liebe Athletic Lettering Company in the basement of a St. Louis home. The Liebe Company now manufactures lettering for nearly all of the Major League Baseball teams, as well as professional basketball, hockey, and football organizations. Robert Liebe's son, Robert Jr., developed and patented the first fusible high-gloss vinyl used for lettering that made the names and numbers easier to read on television. Robert III and brother, Bill, have continued the tradition of quality and innovation. Robert III heads the lettering division and Bill leads the Webster Fabric division.

Four Seasons Group
Four Seasons Group at Lake Ozark, Mo., began when Harold Koplar, son of St. Louis hotelier Sam Koplar, opened The Lodge of the Four Seasons in 1964. In 1989, Susan Brown, Harold's daughter, became president of the lodge. Together with her husband, Paul, they slowly built the business into a thriving, year-round resort and development company. They are one of the largest employers in the community, supporting more than 600 employees in six businesses. Paul and Susan Brown's three sons have leadership roles in the company. Mark is the vice president of the lodge; Peter Jr. is president of Four Seasons Realty and Four Seasons Homes; and David is a part-time manager with Four Seasons Homes division, also serving as a full-time firefighter for Lake Ozark.

There were no nominees in the category of Illinois large companies.

SIUE Tabbed Host of Cross Country Regional

After a long tradition of hosting national caliber track meets, SIUE will get the chance to do so at the cross country level. SIUE has been named the host institution for the 2004 NCAA Division II Cross Country Great Lakes Regional Championships.

The event is scheduled for November 6, 2004, at the cross country course on SIUE's campus. "I think we have one of the best cross country venues in D-II athletics," Cross Country Coach Darryl Frerker said. "For us to have it on campus is great for both training and competition."

The 2003 event was held at Hudsonville, Mich. It included 136 male runners and 20 competing schools and 134 female runners and 19 competing teams. The last time SIUE played host to an NCAA cross country regional was 1991 when the Cougars also played host to the national championships, which will be held at Southern Indiana in 2004. "We're excited to bring it back to campus," Frerker said.

Men's Basketball Plays Host To Bellarmine, KWC

After starting conference play with a 1-1 record, SIUE men's basketball will look to push its early Great Lakes Valley Conference record over .500 when it entertains Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan this week at the Vadalabene Center.

Bellarmine comes to town Thursday (12/4) evening for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Cougars then welcome Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday (12/6) afternoon for a 3 p.m. start.

Bellarmine, who has a non-conference tilt with Illinois State on Tuesday (12/2) night, was eliminated from post-season contention last season when the Cougars topped Bellarmine 84-76 at the Vadalabene Center in the last regular season game for both teams.

SIUE's defense will be tested, as Bellarmine (1-4, 0-2 GLVC) boasts four players who average double-digits in scoring. As a team, Bellarmine averages 78.4 ppg.

"Defense has been a big part of our game since I got here," Coach Marty Simmons said. "That is one of the reasons we won at St. Joseph's."

Kentucky Wesleyan (1-1, 0-1 GLVC), who played in last year's NCAA-II Championship Game, has reloaded once again and is ranked 12th in the NCAA-II pre-season national rankings. "The history of their program speaks for itself," Simmons said.

SIUE is coming off a win at Saint Joseph's and a loss to Indianapolis to open the GLVC season. Tyler Hackstadt (Okawville) poured in a career-high 28 at Saint Joseph's. Calvin Sykes' (Chicago) 12 points led the team in the losing effort at Indianapolis. "Hackstadt stepped it up last weekend and Sykes played really well,"

Simmons said. "Ron Jones (Kankakee) was also solid for us." With his 28 at Saint Joseph's, Hackstadt is now averaging 11.4 points per game, second only to Jones' 12.0 ppg. "Tyler is getting better and better and will continue to improve as the season goes along," Simmons said. "He can shoot it off the dribble and he has been consistent on defense. Tyler is a big part of what we are trying to do."

Cougars Open Homestand

SIUE's women's basketball team will open a three-game homestand this week with Great Lakes Valley Conference matchups against Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Cougars, 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the GLVC, play host to Bellarmine at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (12/4). Kentucky Wesleyan comes to town Saturday (12/6) for a 1 p.m. tilt.

Bellarmine, 5-0 overall and 2-0 in GLVC play, will invade the Vadalabene Center boasting the top offense in the GLVC. Four players are averaging double-figures on a team that has averaged more than 90 points a contest. "They have reloaded," Coach Wendy Hedberg said. "It is always a good game with them. We really need to put up our intensity."

Kentucky Wesleyan is 2-4 on the young season and fell to Southern Indiana in its only conference game of the season. The Cougars are coming off a win at Saint Joseph's and a loss to Indianapolis. Jessica Robert (Carlyle), who missed the first three games of the season with an injury, scored 14 points off the bench to lift the Cougars to a nine-point victory over Saint Joseph's. Robert followed that performance with a 17-point effort at Indianapolis.

Freshman Julianne McMillen (Pana) recorded the team's first double-double of the season in the loss at Indianapolis. "Julianne just loves to play and knows no other way but to play hard," Hedberg said. "She gives us great hands down low."

Track To Open Indoor Season

SIUE's track and field team will send a handful of throwers to Saturday's (12/6) Early Bird Open at Illinois State, kicking off the 2003-2004 indoor track and field season.

"Due to the fact the throwers have been training all fall, we have an opportunity to have national qualifiers out of this meet," Coach Darryl Frerker said.

On the women's side, Callie Glover (Bartlett) and Holly Noller (Pawnee) will look to achieve qualifying marks in both the shot put and the weight throw. For the men, Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo.) will participate in both the shot put and weight throw. Steve Landers (Auburn) will attempt to qualify in just the shot put. "This is a chance to get some experience and get that first meet under their belt," Frerker said.

Voss Named Honorable Mention All-America

The volleyball season for SIUE''s Andrea Voss (St. Rose) has ended, but the awards have not. Voss was named honorable mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The senior broke SIUE's career record for block assists (471) and became the fourth player in school history to record 1,000 kills. Her .307 career hitting percentage is second all-time.

A first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and first-team All-Region selection, Voss tied for the top hitting percentage in the league at .358 and led all players in blocks at 1.70 per game. Her 3.79 kills per game was seventh-best this season in the GLVC. "It's a great cap to a great career at SIUE for Andrea," said Coach Todd Gober. "She was the most dominating blocker in our league."

Women's Basketball Opens Conference Play

After starting its season with a 2-1 record, the SIUE women's basketball team will open Great Lakes Valley Conference play with road contests at Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis.

The Cougars, who have topped Illinois-Springfield and Southeastern Oklahoma, but lost to West Texas A&M, will have something to prove as both Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis were ranked above SIUE in the GLVC pre-season poll. "Every game is important for us to go out and try to prove something," Coach Wendy Hedberg said.

The Cougars play at Saint Joseph's in the GLVC opener for both teams Saturday (11/29) afternoon. The Puma's have lost two straight games after opening the season with a 131-35 triumph over Calumet College. "Saint Joseph's beat us twice last year, so there is a little more to this game," Hedberg said. "They are a very quick team and are guard-oriented."

SIUE will turn around and face last season's GLVC Champion Indianapolis Monday (12/1) evening. The Greyhounds are 1-1 on the season after a win against Gannon and a loss to Ashland. SIUE was victorious last season on Indy's home floor, and Hedberg is hoping for the same this year. "We were one of the few teams that caught them early last season," Hedberg said. "They are a very competitive team and they have good shooters inside and at the perimeter."

SIUE has four players averaging double figures in points on the young season. Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.) leads the squad with 17.3 points per game. Sarah Schweers (Chatham) and Amber Wisdom (Geneseo) follow with 14.7 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Freshman Julianne McMillen (Pana) is averaging 11.7 points per game off the bench for the Cougars. Guell was named to the All-Tournament team at the Candlewood Suites Tournament.

SIUE's top returning scorer, Jessica Robert (Carlyle), has yet to see time on the floor due to an injury suffered in the preseason.

Cougars Face Murray Before Opening GLVC Play

The 1-1 SIUE men's basketball team will open Great Lakes Valley Conference play this weekend, but not before a stop at Division I Murray State. The Cougars face Murray State on Wednesday (11/26) and will then travel to Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis for GLVC contests on Saturday (11/29) and Monday (12/1).

Murray State, a perennial contender in the Ohio Valley Conference, is 2-0 on the season with victories against Wagner and West Florida. They are led by first-year head coach Mick Cronin. "It will be another challenge for us," SIUE Coach Marty Simmons said. "They'll press us for probably 40 minutes. We need to take care of the basketball and hopefully that will create scoring opportunities."

The Cougars face a Saint Joseph's team that is off to a 1-1 start. The Puma's play non-conference foe Lake Superior State on Tuesday (11/25) night. SIUE then does battle with Indianapolis, off to a 3-0 start and one of the hottest teams in the league. The Greyhounds open GLVC play Saturday (11/29) against Quincy. "We are just looking one game at a time," Simmons said. "Playing in this league is a marathon, not a sprint."

Dan Lytle (Edwardsville) leads the Cougars with 16.5 points per game and 8.5 boards per game. Joel Jaye (Chicago) has contributed 12.0 points per game off the bench. Ron Jones (Kankakee) follows with 11.5 points per game. "We obviously want to get off to a good start, and playing on the road isn't always easy," Simmons said. "This team is resilient and will continue to grow all season long."

Cougars Second In All-Sports Trophy Standings

Through the fall sports, the SIUE Cougars are in second place in the All-Sports Trophy standings for the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE won the GLVC title in women's golf and earned second-place points in men's soccer, women's cross country, and men's cross country.

Southern Indiana is the leader with 53 points, followed by SIUE with 50.5 and defending champion Indianapolis with 47. The next points awarded will be at the GLVC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament in Evansville, Ind., next March.

The remaining sports to garner points toward the All-Sports Trophy are men's track and field, women's track and field, men's golf, men's tennis, softball, and baseball.

SIUE SAAC Plans "Kids Night Out"

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is planning a "Kids Night Out" for Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center. The cost is $5 per child.

SAAC is planning games and activities, including movies and giveaways. For more information, contact the SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics office at (618) 650-2871.

Taghon, Steffens Ready For Nationals

The wait is just about over. Breanne Steffens (Moline) and Brian Taghon (East Moline) will be the first SIUE cross country runners to run in the NCAA Cross Country Championships when the meet gets under way Saturday morning (11/22) at Cary, N.C.

The women's race begins at 11 a.m., followed by the men's race at noon. "It's an exciting time in the program right now," Frerker said.

For Steffens, a senior, the meet will be extra special as it will be her last collegiate cross country competition. "This meet is a culmination of all her hard work and determination throughout her career," Frerker said.

Steffens, the Great Lakes Valley Conference individual champion, qualified for the meet after finishing second at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals, where she ran the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 42.9 seconds. That time shattered her own school record that was set earlier in the season.

Taghon, a sophomore, promises to gain valuable experience that he will be able to use throughout his career. "It will be great experience for a successful future," Frerker said. Taghon's 10,000-meter time of 31:41.1 was good for second-place at the regional meet and an automatic bid to the national meet. "We have trained all year to peak at nationals," Frerker said. "We started to peak at regionals, and the athletes know you can hold a peak for several weeks. They have been consistent all year, and this will be a culmination of a great season."

Cougar Women's Golf Signs Connaway

SIUE women's golf coach Larry Bennett has announced that Natalie Connaway (McLeansboro) has signed a national letter of intent to attend SIUE and play golf for the Cougars.

Connaway played on the boy's team at Hamilton Country High School since the school did not have a girl's team. She posted a 41.6 scoring average while playing from increased yardages. "Natalie has been playing longer yardages, and these will reflect the yardages she'll play in college," Bennett said.

She was named the No. 1 girl's golfer in the tri-state area by the Evansville (Ind.) Courier. She tied for second at the regional tournament with an 84 and placed second in the sectional behind the eventual state champion. Connaway tied for 58th at the 2003 IHSA state tournament. "She is a hard worker," Bennett said. "She has played with the boy's program in high school so she's used to more intense competition."

Men's Basketball Opens With Home Contest

The SIUE men's basketball team officially will start its 2003-2004 campaign when Harris-Stowe State College comes to the Vadalabene Center on Wednesday (11/19). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars will have 11 new faces when they hit the hardwood, and second-year head coach Marty Simmons is eager to see how the team progresses. "With 11 new guys playing, it takes time," Simmons said. "It will be a team that continues to get better as the season goes along. I like this team; we just haven't been together that long."

Harris-Stowe, an NAIA squad out of St. Louis, plays in the American Midwest Conference. Other teams in its conference includes McKendree, Illinois-Springfield and Missouri Baptist. "Harris-Stowe is an athletic team and have great quickness," Simmons said.

SIUE is coming off a 70-48 defeat against Bradley, an NCAA Division I school, in its only game in the preseason. "We'll hopefully play much better against Harris-Stowe. Our transition defense wasn't where it needed to be in my mind. We are much better shooting team than that, and we need to be better at getting to the boards."

Simmons indicated he did see some positives at the Bradley game. "Bradley is an outstanding team," he said. "Overall, the defense competed hard against a great Bradley offense."

Women's Basketball Begins Four-Game Roadtrip

The SIUE women's basketball team will travel to Emporia, Kan., for the Candlewood Suites Classic, where it will play neutral site games against West Texas A&M and Southeastern Oklahoma on Friday (11/21) and Saturday (11/22).

It will be the last tune-up before Great Lakes Conference play begins Nov. 29 at Saint Joseph's. Friday's game will be the first of the season for West Texas, who finished 20-10 last season and are led by returning junior forward Celeste Stevenson. Stevenson led the squad in points and rebounds last year.

"We are going to need to focus on our defense," Coach Wendy Hedberg said. "We need to pick it up a notch and get in their face and not be afraid of being beat."

Southeastern Oklahoma, who opens its season Tuesday (11/18) against Washburn, will play tournament host Emporia State on Friday (11/21) before facing the Cougars. Last year, Southeastern Oklahoma finished the season 10-15 and just missed advancing to the Lone Star Conference Tournament.

SIUE is coming off an 88-76, season-opening victory over Illinois-Springfield at the Vadalabene Center. A balanced scoring attack that included five players scoring in double figures paced the Cougars to the victory. Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.) scored all her game-high 21 points in the second half.

"When she got the ball, Tanya was able to convert," Hedberg said. "That is what we will look for from her. Hopefully, it will boost her confidence."

Amber Wisdom (Geneseo) was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double, as she poured in 15 points and tied a career-high with 10 assists. "Amber had an all-around good game."

Wrestling To Face Tough Competition At Missouri Open

Historically, the Missouri Open is always a strong tournament for SIUE's wrestling team. This year will be no different, according to Coach Booker Benford.

SIUE will wrestle against tough competition this weekend when the Cougars travel to Columbia, Mo., on Sunday (11/23) for the University of Missouri Open. "It will be a strong tournament," Benford said. "We need to have some guys win and place high. It will be a confidence builder for much of the team if that happens."

One of the wrestlers that will look to compete at a high level is redshirt freshman Joe Rujawitz (Belleville). Rujawitz has gotten out to a fast start in the 141-pound weight class, wrestling to a 7-1 record. "Joe is really physical and full of energy," Benford said. "He has the 'don't give up' attitude and will wrestle hard to the last buzzer."

SIUE has a 1-0 dual record on the season after defeating McKendree College 21-18 last Wednesday (11/12).

Sharon Berry Named Director Of Office Of Student Financial Aid

Sharon Berry of Bridgeton, Mo., associate director of the SIUE Office of Student Financial Aid, was named director of that office effective Nov. 1, according to Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management.

Berry has been acting director of the office since March 1 when former Director Marian Smithson retired after 10 years of service to the university.

In her new position, Berry is responsible for the management and student-centered delivery of federal, state, and university financial aid and scholarship programs that supports the university's enrollment and retention goals, and insures compliance with current regulations and policies. .

Berry had been associate director of Student Financial Aid from 1999-2003. Before joining the SIUE staff, Berry was director of Financial Aid and Student Employment at what was then known as Belleville Area College. She also had been director of Financial Aid at Harris-Stowe State College in St. Louis.

She earned a bachelor's in Psychology and a master's in Psychology, with an Industrial/Organizational emphasis, both from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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