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April 2007

·Area High School Students Honored In SIUE Writing Contest
·2007 SIUE Excellence in Teaching Awards Banquet Set For May 1
·Institutional Research And Studies Director Named At SIUE
·Volunteers Plant 'Medicinal Garden' For SIUE School of Pharmacy
·SIUE School of Pharmacy Student Receives National Honor
· SIUE Students To Plant Trees Today, Enjoy Fresh Air Tour
·SIUE Celebrates Arbor Day At The Gardens With Volunteers, Leaders
·St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament Rolls Into SIUE
·Mechanical Engineering Senior Assignments To Be Presented Thursday
·Sociology, Criminal Justice Clubs To Stage Event At SIUE
·UM-St. Louis Professor To Speak At SIUE Education Conference Friday
·SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean, Students Receive Honors
·Chancellor Vandegrift Addresses Students, Faculty , Staff At Candle Lighting Ceremony
·SIUE SECA Campaign Was Recognized Today In Springfield
·Poets, Writers, Community Ensemble Highlight April 28 Event
·Several Illinois Residents Are Recipients Of SIUE Kimmel Award
·SIUE Student From Springfield Wins Kimmel Scholarship
·SIUE Senior Project Showcase Recognition Event Slated
·2nd Annual Accounting Awareness Program Set For June 13-15
·SIUE Student From St. Peters Honored With Enterprise Award
·ELITE Organization Honored By Enterprise
·April Employee Of The Month
·SIUE Student From Matteson Honored With Enterprise Award
·School of Business Professor Receives Boeing Welliver Fellowship
·BOT Awards Contracts, Approves Projects For Edwardsville Campus
·Local Construction Foremen Complete Leadership Course At SIUE
·SIUE Recognizes Student Employee Of The Year
·Brad Cross Is Recipient Of Paul Simon Award
·SIUE Children's SummerArts Program Continues To Serve Area Youth
·SIUE Men's Basketball Names Lennox Forrester New Head Coach
·Engineering Professor Wins SIUE Teaching Excellence Award
·East St. Louis Charter School Students To March
· Big Love Comes To SIUE April 18-21
·Boeing Technical Fellow M. McCoy To Speak At SIUE April 9
·TechnoStress Is Subject of LIS Spring Symposium April 12
· SIUE School Of Pharmacy Students Educate Youth On Poison Dangers
· AIA Touts SIUE campus Among Great Places In Illinois
· The Graduate School Will Present Its Eleventh Annual Spring Symposium Today
· Weather Delays Cause Road To Remain Closed Until April 13


Area High School Students Honored In SIUE Writing Contest

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) ) Nine area students are winners of the 13th Annual High School Writers' Contest sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Lovejoy Library, a support organization for the SIUE library.

Contestants were high school juniors and seniors from the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, St. Clair, and Washington.

Organizers of the contest said there were 482 entries, with 148 nonfiction entries, 193 poems and 141 fiction entries. Winners were formally announced recently at an awards banquet on the SIUE campus. First place winners in the three categories received $500 each, while second and third place winners in each category won $300 and $100, respectively.

Cosponsors and contributors for the competition were the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Charitible Giving Program, the Belleville News-Democrat, and the Friends of Lovejoy Library.

First prize in the nonfiction category went to Mehreen Iqbal, a senior at Belleville West Township High School, for her essay, The Fire Within. Jessica Herren, a junior at Calhoun High School, was second prize winner in the same category for her essay, The Energizer Bunny, Prolo and Golf. Third prize was won by Zachary Foote, a junior at Granite City High School, for his essay, A Monumental Struggle: The Grapes of Wrath and the Theme of Oppression.

First prize in the poetry category was won by Jessica Nemec, a senior at Edwardsville High School, for "The Drifter." Second prize went to Megan Schmidt, a senior at Belleville West, for "Fr-ee-dom." Craig Johnson, also a senior at Belleville West, won third prize for "A Prince."

First prize in the fiction category was won by Megan Haeffele, a junior at Columbia High School, for her story, Four Years Gone. Second prize went to Tara Herrmann, a junior at Edwardsville, in the same category, for Gravity. Caleb Romoser, a junior at Edwardsville, won third prize for My Name is Adewale.

All award-winning entries have been printed in a booklet that is available for purchase. For information about purchasing booklets or about next year's competition, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.

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2007 SIUE Excellence in Teaching Awards Banquet

Since 1984, SIUE has sponsored the Excellence in Teaching Awards program to honor exceptional teachers throughout the Metro East. Each year, teachers receive awards in various content areas. This year, award recipients in the areas of elementary education, middle school/jr.high education, secondary mathematics education, and special education will be honored.

Teachers are nominated by their building or district administrator based on several factors, including the following:

  • Successful teaching experience
  • Leadership among peers and the ability to teach all children
  • Evidence of effect on student learning
  • Strong background in the subject matter taught
  • Evidence of continued interest and growth in the teaching field
  • Active involvement in the teaching profession

After nomination, candidates complete a portfolio showing evidence of these qualities. Each candidate's portfolio is then reviewed by a panel of university faculty members. The winner of the award in each category is chosen, along with two 2nd place recipients. Each award carries a cash prize of either $500 (award winner) or $250 (2nd place).

When: The banquet will be held May 1, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Morris University Center, Hickory-Hackberry Room

Award recipients:

Elementary Education

  • Joann Elliott, Highland Primary, Highland
  • Tiffany Hanslow, Brighton West elementary, Brighton
  • Mary Jane Hilden, Delores Moye Elementary School, O'Fallon

Middle School/Junior High School

  • Dale Shaw, Highland Middle School, Highland
  • Martha McFarland, Lincoln Middle School, Edwardsville
  • Patricia Berry, Coulterville Junior High School Coulterville

Secondary Mathematics

  • Lori Schieppe, O'Fallon Township High School, O'Fallon
  • Scott Hagin, Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville
  • Fames Loyet, Belleville East High School, Belleville

Special Education

  • Robyn Lewis, Belleville East High School, Belleville
  • Timothy Burns, Granite City High School, Granite City
  • Linda Malone, Liberty Middle School, Edwardsville

Sponsors are Bill Searcy, Interim Dean, School of Education; Paul Ferguson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Vaughn Vandegrift, Chancellor. For more information, contact Mary Weishaar, Associate Dean by e-mail: or by telephone: 650-3491.

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Institutional Research And Studies Director Named At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Phillip M. Brown, who has served since 2004 as associate director of the Office of Institutional Research and Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named director of that office effective May 1, according to SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson. Brown succeeds Sally Ferguson who had been director of the SIUE office for nearly 40 years.

In his new position at SIUE, Brown will be responsible for designing, conducting and coordinating studies of the University's students, staff, and patterns of resources used to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of SIUE's goals, policies and programs to better understand the University's characteristics.

Before joining SIUE, Brown had been assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs for Enrollment and Fiscal Policy at the University of Akron (OH). He also had been associate director for Fiscal and Policy and Analysis and assistant to the Provost for Policy Analysis, Assessment and Planning, both at Akron. In addition, Brown was special assistant to the Provost and a microcomputer manager, both at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

From 1978-1984 Brown served in the U.S. Navy as a reactor operator on the USS Atlanta, SSN 712, out of Norfolk, Va. He earned a bachelor's in English at Miami University in Ohio in 1989 and a master of science in management information systems at Case Western Reserve in 1999.

Brown resides in Edwardsville with this wife, Carol, and their two children, Emma and Robbie.

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Volunteers Plant 'Medicinal Garden' For SIUE School of Pharmacy

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students, faculty, staff and their families gave the school some solid roots from which to grow.

Establishing a unique component to the school, volunteers planted the first part of a "medicinal garden." The first leg of the process involved spray-painting outlines and marking off sections for the garden, and tilling dirt using motorized and old-fashioned equipment.

Julie Karpinski, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Mike Crider, chair of pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean of research, both with the SIUE School of Pharmacy, worked with Doug Conley, director of The Gardens at SIUE, and Julie Conley, a landscape architect, to design the layout and choose the plants.

"The medicinal garden is a demonstration area for medicinal plants in their natural environment," said Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon.

The first 2,100 square-foot, 70-foot long zone of the medicinal garden-one of three proposed zones-is going in this year. This zone will include the following plants, which are associated with aiding in the alleviation of the corresponding conditions:

  • Black Cohosh for mood stabilization;
  • Angelica for digestion;
  • Garlic for heart health;
  • Echinacea for immunity boosting;
  • Witch Hazel for wound care; and
  • Lavender and German chamomile for relaxation.

Photos of planting: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Student Receive National Honor

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Phuong Nguyen of St. Louis, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy student who is expected to graduate in 2010, has received one of 15 national American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Gateway to Research Scholarships to study obesity-mediated diabetes.

Mentored by Guim Kwon, assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the SIUE School, Nguyen joins a very distinguished group of men and women awarded AFPE Scholarships, which began in 1942. Kwon will supervise Nguyen as she conducts the study.

SIUE School of Pharmacy students have received three of 30 AFPE research scholarship awards in the past two years.

The Gateway to Research Scholarships were created to encourage faculty to identify promising professional degree pharmacy students or baccalaureate degree students and encourage them to consider advanced graduate education and careers in research.

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of students who undertake a faculty-mentored research program and decide to enroll in graduate programs leading to a doctorate in the basic, clinical or administrative pharmaceutical sciences as well as careers in industry, on faculties at schools and colleges of pharmacy or in related organizations.

For more information, contact Nguyen,

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SIUE Students To Plant Trees Today, Enjoy Fresh Air Tour

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will provide an opportunity for students, staff and visitors to take a deep breath in the Stratton Quadrangle at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, while enjoying the sounds of Jonathan Cour and CatchPenny during the Fresh Air Tour.

Those who attend the celebration also will have the opportunity to plant virtual trees in the Quad. Each time a virtual tree is planted a real tree also will be planted in a rainforest region.

The concert and tree planting event were organized in partnership with the Campus Activity Board. Virtual tree planting also can take place at or for free the first time by texting GOODSODA to 30644.

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SIUE Celebrates Arbor Day At The Gardens With Volunteers, Leaders

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A celebration of trees and the Earth will take place from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28, during a planting and education project on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to volunteer for tree planting, general clean-up and education programs in the 35-acre public garden, The Gardens at SIUE, on the University's campus. The gardens, a collaborative project with the Missouri Botanical Garden, is based on a master management plan and features woodlands, ponds, grasslands and sculptures.

"Volunteers will read children's books about the environment, remove invasive species and plant trees, shrubs and perennials throughout The Gardens," said Doug Conley, director of The Gardens at SIUE. "This will be a casual, "open house" atmosphere, with the emphasis on fun, friends and trees. All are invited to attend."

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to bring a friend and show up at 8 a.m. at the Gosehn Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, wearing work clothes and sturdy shoes, and with gardening gloves. For more information, or to register, call (618) 650-2686 or send an e-mail To Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt:

The event is sponsored by SIUE and the Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Services. Parking will be available in the Cougar Lake Recreation Area parking lot. For more information, call Conley, (618) 650-3788.

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St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament Rolls Into SIUE

More than 150 Ill.-Mo. middle and high school students to compete

  • Who: SIUE School of Engineering
  • What: Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament
  • When: Begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 28; seeding rounds begin at 10 and double elimination rounds begin approximately at 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Conference Center, on the second floor of the SIUE Morris University Center

More than 150 middle and high school students from Illinois and Missouri will compete in the Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament, sponsored by the SIUE Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and the Botball® Educational Robotics Program.

While the University often hosts robotics events on its campus, this is the first time it will host a regional competition for a national program. "This event will give us a chance to excite a few hundred bright students in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan Area," said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. "We hope that some of these students will consider engineering and science as career choices because of these types of experiences."

During the competition, teams must scramble to prepare their "island" from the impending destruction from a nearby rumbling "volcano." Robots will be programmed to harvest pineapples, compost leaves, place rooftops on houses, and clear away lava (game elements made of small pompoms and pvc pipes).

Created by KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Institute for Practical Robotics, a nonprofit organization based in Norman, Okla., Botball incorporates principles of mathematics, science, engineering, project management and technology. Each team of students spends about seven weeks building a robot for a Botball competition. For more information, contact Jerry Weinberg, (618) 650-2368, or by e-mail:

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Mechanical Engineering Senior Assignments To Be Presented Thursday

Graduating mechanical engineering students will be presenting their senior projects in front of a panel of judges from local industry and also Engineering faculty from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 26, in the Engineering Building lobby.

This year, some 28 graduating students undertook eight projects-one by an individual student and seven projects involving teams of the remaining students. "The Senior Assignment course, also known as the Senior Design course or Capstone Design course, serves as a bridge for the crossover from academia to work force, a stimulus for higher performance, and an indicator of confidence level and readiness to enter the workforce and become productive, said Tongele Tongele, a faculty member in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

"As a bridge, senior assignment provides students with opportunities to tackle real world projects that require, beside engineering knowledge and skills, qualities for teamwork, ability to understand the economical, societal and environmental impact of engineering decisions as well as professional responsibilities of an engineer. As a stimulus, the senior assignment fosters creativity and self reliance through which students gain control over their educational experience, and prove their readiness for professional life.

"Last but not least, the senior assignment allows students to show the products of their creativity and work," Tongele said, "demonstrating how confident they are, and how well they apply theoretical engineering concepts and principles to design, document, build, test, and demonstrate or simulate a working prototype."

The panel of judges includes: Steve Bright, of Basler Electric Corp.; Richard W Burns, of Boeing; Brad Korte, of Highland Machine & Screw Products Co.; Keqin Gu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and chair of that department; and Assistant Professor Ryan Krauss, also with the department.

SIUE's senior assignment program overall has been recognized as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report as well as the AASC&U.

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Sociology, Criminal Justice Clubs To Stage Event At SIUE

Crimes Victims, Violence and Mass Murder at Virginia Tech

  • Who: SIUE Sociology Club, the SIUE Criminal Justice Club, Making Waves, SIUE Police and the SIUE Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
  • What: Memory Wall for Virginia Tech victims, as well as information about crime prevention programs at SIUE and in surrounding communities. Also, a presentation will be made by Associate Professor Matthew Petrocelli about mass violence, with a focus on the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
  • When: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2004
  • Where: Goshen Lounge, SIUE Delyte W., Morris University Center

This event focuses on the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week, where more than 30 students and faculty lost their lives in a vicious attack. SIUE faculty and students are sponsoring this event to try and make sense of a senseless act.

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UM-St. Louis Professor To Speak At SIUE Education Conference Friday

Rebecca Rogers, associate professor of Teaching and Learning at UM-St. Louis, will be the featured speaker at the first ever Education Inquiry Conference, sponsored by the SIUE Department of Curriculum and Instruction, from 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Founders Hall.

With its theme of "Nurturing a Culture of Inquiry," the conference will include poster presentations by graduate students and an evaluation session. Rogers will speak about "Teacher Inquiry, Social Justice and Professional Development: A Portrait of the Literacy for Social Justice Research Group."

In addition to being a member of the UMSL faculty, Rogers also is a part of the Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the Literacy Roundtable and the Acting for a Better Community, both also in St. Louis. Her research concerns literacy development across a lifespan and currently she is studying how teachers learn to teach literacy.

Members of the SIUE Inquiry Conference Committee include Assistant Professor Gloria Reading, Assistant Professor Stephen Marlette, Associate Professor Stephanie McAndrews, Assistant Professor Ralph Cordova, instructor Cindy McAndrews and Associate Professor Randall E. Smith, all Curriculum and Instruction faculty.

"This conference features our students who are finishing their teacher certification program," Cordova said. "The conference will specifically highlight our graduate students (teacher-researchers practicing in the field), who will share with us their action-research projects as part of the culmination of their studies for a master of science in Education.

"As faculty, we would like to see this conference become a milestone each year, in which grads, and eventually undergrads, will come together to share inquiries developed in their practices, as they interact and learn from each other."

For more information about the conference, call Cordova, (618) 650-3427

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean, Students Receive Honors

(ALTON, Ill.) Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Dean Ann Boyle recently received the Thaddeus V. Weclew Memorial Award, statewide recognition for being an outstanding dentist.

The award is given by the Illinois Section of the International College of Dentists, based in Chicago.

SIU dental students also honored recently were:

  • Chad Drouin of Darien, recipient of one of two Chicago Dental Society's Outstanding Senior Dental Student awards. An award is given to an outstanding student annually at each of Illinois' two dental schools. It acknowledges students' classroom excellence and characteristics of professionalism;
  • Charles "Chuck" Schumacher of Sigel, who earned the American College of Dentists Student Leadership Award. Given to students who exhibit outstanding leadership as well as meritorious scholastic performance with potential to make an impact on the dental profession, Schumacher's award will be published in the American College of Dentists Journal;
  • Allison Chamness, of Royaltown, received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy, for leadership and dedication to the advancement of dental literature. Chamness also received the award because of her strong academic and clinical accomplishments at the School of Medicine.

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Chancellor Vandegrift Addresses Students, Faculty , Staff At Candle Lighting Ceremony

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift addressed a crowd of about 350 in Goshen Lounge at noon Wednesday, two days after the tragic shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. In addition to a slide presentation of photos of many of the students killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, the ceremony also included words of consolation from Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Student Body President-Elect Laurie Estilette; Rev. Paul Burden, director of the United Campus Ministry at the SIUE Religious Center; and SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson.

Below is the text of the address given by the Chancellor:

Today our university community joins others across the country in memorializing the lives of the 32 victims killed on Monday at Virginia Polytechnic and State University during a rampage that remains inexplicable. How and where do we find words to explain to those 32 families why this happened? How and where do we find words to console them; to assuage the grief suffered by their loss, or even to help the family of the shooter cope with this massacre? How and where do we find words to explain to our own families, to our own colleagues and friends and to our country why tragic occurrences such as this one seem all too frequent in our society?

And how do we deal with the egregious contradiction that, on a university campus, on ground that is designed, protected, and held by society to be a place where human potential is fulfilled, that human potential should be destroyed in such a horrendous and precipitous act? As we look at the candles that burn here today, how do we not think of the extinguishing of those flames and the loss to our society of the individuals who worked and studied at Virginia Tech? How do we not think of Ryan Clark*, a biology, English and psychology major preparing to graduate next month? A 4.0 student, Clark planned to study for a PhD in psychology and was well known for his work with special needs children and adults. How do we not think of Austin Cloyd*, a freshman majoring in international studies in French, pictured with her big smile on the Virginia Tech Recreational Sports Web site? Cloyd lived in Central Illinois prior to her move in 2005 to Blacksburg, Va., to attend high school. How do we not think of Daniel Perez Cueva*, an international relations major from Peru, shot while attending a French class. How do we not think of Liviu Librescu*, an engineering and mechanics lecturer who had survived the Holocaust and reportedly blocked the door of his classroom, giving his body to protect students inside? And how do we not think of the additional 28 stories like these, equally as moving, each one representing a person working daily to fulfill potential that has now been taken away?

As we reflect on this tragic occurrence, we must also ask: how and where do we get the answers that will ensure that this will never happen again? For many of us, those answers may be found in our faith. For others, they may be found in our constant work to find ways to help stop people from dealing with their own pain by inflicting pain on others. Others will search different paths to come to terms with what has happened. Nevertheless, I believe the initial step in finding those answers must be in our individual and collective will to never forget. To never forget that human potential is to be valued and nurtured. To never forget what it feels like to suffer such a loss. For our University it means never forgetting the maddening irony that these flames of humanity that we memorialize today were snuffed out on a campus created to light flames of human potential.

On this day of remembrance, all of us can commit in our own ways, using our own potential, here within our SIUE community and in our external communities, to support and promote understanding, to protect individual rights, and to uphold the sanctity of human life.

Today we, the SIUE community, offer our most profound sympathies, our heartfelt prayers and our deepest support to our brothers and sisters at Virginia Tech. We will never forget.

*Information on victims obtained from

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SIUE SECA Campaign Was Recognized Today In Springfield

The State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) Advisory Board and Charity Representatives are recognizing SIUE employees for outstanding achievement during the 2006 SECA Campaign.

SIUE is among 40 state agencies, commissions, universities and colleges being recognized today at an awards luncheon in Springfield at the governor's mansion. "In the past several years, the level of charitable giving here at SIUE has steadily grown," said Mark Bacus, co-chair of the SECA Camaign at SIUE. "Giving among SIUE employees is up almost 12.7 percent from what it was in 2001.

"It's a tribute to the generosity of our employees that out of hundreds of state agencies throughout Illinois, SIUE has been included among the top contributors."

John Farmer, SECA campaign manager, said the 2006 statewide campaign received contributions of $3,063,824.40. "That's about $16,000 more than the 2005 campaign," Farmer said.

"Since its inception, SECA has taken in more than $54 million in donations to nearly 2,000 charities locally, regionally and nationally. And, that's amazing when you consider the populations of state agencies are 20,000 fewer than when the campaign began."

Farmer commended state employees for their continuing generosity. He noted that the award luncheon recognizes the 40 campaigns throughout the state that reached or exceeded their 2006 goals. "State employees really see the need for charitable giving," he said. "They are saying: 'It makes sense for me to contribute.'"

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Poets, Writers, Community Ensemble Highlight April 28 Event

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Author Jabari Asim, senior editor at the Washington Post Book World and assistant editor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Drumvoices Revue, will headline "Fresh & Ancestral: New Xpressions from the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club" from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28, in Building D (Multipurpose Room) of the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Dr., East St. Louis.

Also appearing will be the East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble, a troupe of dancers and drummers, along with several area poets, educators, activists and "spoken word artists" including Michael Castro, Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman Fowler, Christienne Hinz, Kenita Jalivay, Charlois Lumpkin, K. Curtis Lyle, Patricia Merritt, Reginald Petty, Darlene Roy, Jeffrey Skoblow, Debra "Fo Feet Warren and Eugene Redmond, founding editor of Drumvoices Revue, published by the Writers Club and SIUE.

The program, free to the public, also will pay tribute to two late cultural-literary stalwarts: classical pianist-composer Eugene Haynes (1924-2007), who was Miles Davis' classmate at Lincoln High School in East St. Louis and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and poet Sheryl Johnson (1955- 2007), Writers Club board member and owner of Hatshepsut Gallery in St. Louis.

Johnson will be given the Club's Distinguished Native Daughter Award posthumously. Haynes, who received the Native Son Award several years ago, directed the Katherine Dunham Performing Arts Training Center in the 1980s.

Asim, a native of St. Louis, is a former member of the EBR Club who formerly wrote for the St. Louis American and St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspapers. His most recent book is The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why. Asim also is a poet, playwright and fiction writer whose work has appeared in Black American Literature Forum, Obsidian II, Painted Bride Quarterly, Catalyst and Shooting Star Review.

Photo exhibits, book sales (and signings) and an arts bazaar will also be part of the "Fresh & Ancestral" program. For information, call EBR Writers/SIUE English at 618 650-3991.

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Several Illinois Residents Are Recipients Of SIUE Kimmel Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Several Southwestern Illinois residents will receive Kimmel Community Service Awards at the April 25 Kimmel Leadership Recognition Program, sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Belleville News-Democrat.

The annual award was established to recognize outstanding community members for dedication and contributions to community volunteer service as exemplified by Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for many years gave freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.

This year there are winners in five award categories: education, social service-social welfare, regional leadership, agency-organizational concerns, special populations and SIUE faculty-staff.

Those nominated for the Kimmel Community Service Award must have been a resident of Illinois or Missouri for at least two years, and volunteered for at least one agency, organization, or business for at least two or more continuous years.

In addition, nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period and demonstrated outstanding voluntary community service, as well as a commitment to the citizens of Illinois or Missouri; and must document leadership roles and responsibilities.

This year's winners are (Click on name for photo):

Admission is free for the April 25 Kimmel recognition program-scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. For more information, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

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SIUE Student From Springfield Wins Kimmel Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Kendra Chapman-Small of Springfield, a senior majoring in biological sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named this year's recipient of the university's Carol Kimmel Scholarship. The scholarship program is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.

The annual scholarship was established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, in addition to academic excellence. It is named for Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who for many years donated freely of her time and talent to volunteerism.

Chapman-Small will be recognized Wednesday, April 25, at the Kimmel Leadership Recognition Program-scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. For more information, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

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SIUE Senior Project Showcase Recognition Event Slated

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Recognized for the past two years through U.S. News and World Report for the caliber of its senior assignment program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wants to demonstrate the significance of the designation to the campus community and beyond.

A Senior Project Showcase will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Morris University Center. Students' top projects in the areas of business, education, engineering, fine arts, humanities, natural science and mathematics, nursing and social sciences will be on display throughout the day through posters, portfolios, talks and presentations.

Door prizes, including an iPod Shuffle, University Bookstore gift certificates and Senior Project Showcase merchandise, will be awarded to attendees of different events.

An awards ceremony featuring SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Mississippi/Illinois room in the Morris Center. For more information, visit

The event is sponsored by the SIUE Excellence in Undergraduate Education fund, the SIUE Office of Student Affairs and SIUE Student Government.

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2nd Annual Accounting Awareness Program Set For June 13-15

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Department of Accounting is accepting applications for the Second Annual Accounting Awareness Program (AAP). The program will take place this summer from June 13-15 on the SIUE campus. The department is part of the SIUE School of Business.

AAP is a three-day, non-residential program designed to inform high school students about career opportunities in the field of accounting. The students will have two days of on-campus activities and one day of field trips to business offices in St. Louis. The on-campus activities include campus tours, presentations from the accounting faculty, interaction with student organizations, alumni, university administrators, and community business leaders.

While the program is targeted to students from underrepresented groups, it is open to all high school students who will be starting their junior or senior year in fall 2007 and to seniors graduating in May. Students who wish to participate must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, complete an application, submit a letter of recommendation and show involvement in school, community and/or church activities.

Twenty-five students will be selected to participate in this summer's AAP; those selected will receive a full scholarship for tuition, meals, supplies, and transportation over the three days. The only cost incurred by the student is a $25 application fee, charged only to those accepted into the program.

Financial assistance for the $25 application fee is available for students who need assistance. The application deadline is April 30. Applications may be obtained by asking a high school counselor to call: (618) 650-2107 with the name(s) and address(es) of interested students.

SIUE's accountancy program is designed to provide students with an educational foundation upon which they can grow professionally in the practice and study of accounting as they progress throughout their careers.

Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975.

SIUE's accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

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SIUE Student From St. Peters Honored With Enterprise Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nicole M. Grashoff, of St. Peters, Mo., a business major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was honored with the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Student Leader of the Month Award for April. In May, Grashoff will receive a bachelor of science in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.

The award recognizes students nominated for outstanding participation and leadership in campus organizations. Grashoff was given the award for her contributions to the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and to student life within the SIUE School of Business.

As president of Delta Sigma Pi, Grashoff played a vital role in the formation of the SIUE chapter of this professional fraternity. Under her leadership, the organization has built a strong foundation for future business students. Grashoff also is involved on campus in other organizations such as, Student Government Executive Board and Campus Activities Board.

In addition to campus activities, Grashoff is an assistant youth soccer coach and a volunteer for Hope Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues and adopts animals.

In response to the Enterprise award, Grashoff said, "Though I am very honored and happy to be recognized, Delta Sigma Pi would not be where it is without the dedication of all of the members. They are all invaluable."

Grashoff received a $50 stipend and certificate. In addition, Grashoff was recognized at a reception honoring all SIUE Enterprise Rent-A-Car award recipients. The reception provided business students with an opportunity to network with company executives.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975.

SIUE's accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

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ELITE Organization Honored By Enterprise

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The ELITE organization, Emerging Leaders Improving Through Experience, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was honored with the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Student Organization of the Year Award for the 2006-07 school year.

The award was given for the organization's activities that best supported its mission and stated goals. ELITE also had to demonstrate how its membership serves the organization and how the organization serves its stakeholders.

ELITE's Mission includes serving as a liaison among students, faculty, alumni and others affiliated with the SIUE School of Business. The organization helps organize, promote, and sponsor student interactions and activities throughout the university community. In doing so, ELITE strives to enrich and expand the experience of the student community both in and out of the classroom, as well as provide current students an opportunity to develop professional, communication, and leadership skills.

Timothy Schoenecker, interim dean of the SIUE School of Business and faculty advisor to ELITE, had this to say about receiving the award: "I'm very proud of all the members of ELITE; collectively they have put forth a great deal of time and effort on behalf of the School of Business."

Schoenecker continued, "Whenever we need assistance with a project, we've been able to count on ELITE to come through for the School. Receiving the Enterprise award is great recognition for all of this hard work."

During the 2006-07 year, ELITE put new programs into place: the first-ever ELITE Welcome Back BBQ, the First Annual ELITE Golf Tournament and ELITE Month. During ELITE Month they offered alumni speakers and a weekly event in which they served pizza, administered surveys and promoted events that ELITE is planning for the future.

ELITE President Josh Smucker had this to say about receiving the award, "We are very proud that our efforts in the '06-07 academic year have been recognized-keep an eye on us because some of the most promising world leaders of the future are ELITE!"

The award carries with it a $2,500 stipend. In addition, ELITE was recognized at a reception that honored all Enterprise Rent-A-Car award recipients and gave SIUE business students an opportunity to network with Enterprise executives.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975.

SIUE's accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

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April Employee Of The Month

Mike Reinhardt, an operations associate at Lovejoy Library, is recipient of the April Employee Recognition Award. Reinhardt (second from left) is shown here flanked by Kenn Neher, vice chancellor for Administration, and Claudia Davidage, head of Access Services for the Library, who nominated Reinhardt for the award. At far right is Jay Starratt, associate vice chancellor for Information Technology and dean of Library and Information Services. In addition to the plaque he received, Reinhardt was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to his office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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SIUE Student From Matteson Honored With Enterprise Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Leslie L. Jones of Matteson, a business major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was honored with the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Student Leader of the Month Award for March. Jones will graduate from SIUE this May with a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

The award recognizes students nominated for outstanding participation and leadership in campus organizations.

Jones' award is in recognition of her work with the SIUE Emerging Leaders Influencing Through Experience (ELITE) student organization. As an outstanding leader in this organization, she was instrumental in the production of the first ELITE newsletter that provides information and communication within the student population of the School of Business and others around the University.

In addition, Jones received an SIUE Johnetta Haley Scholarship for under-represented students who hold a high grade point average, and she has been on the Dean's List. Jones also is involved in the Student Government Finance Board and she has been vice president of the Organization for Minority Business Students.

In response to the Enterprise award, Jones said, "It is nice to be recognized and rewarded for my dedication and commitment to the SIUE School of Business. I would like to thank those who nominated me and worked so diligently on the newsletter with me." Jones received a $50 stipend and a certificate of recognition.

Jones also was recognized at a reception recently that honored all Enterprise Rent-A-Car award recipients, and provided SIUE business students with an opportunity to network with Enterprise executives.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975.

SIUE's accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

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School of Business Professor Receives Boeing Welliver Fellowship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Associate Professor Susan Yager, a member of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business faculty since 1999 and chair of the SIUE Department Computer Management and Information Systems, recently received notification that she was awarded the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship for summer 2007.

The Fellowship is designed to provide faculty with a better understanding of the practical industry application of engineering, information technology, and business skills. In addition, the Fellowship is designed to influence content of undergraduate education in ways that will better prepare tomorrow's graduates for careers in a global environment.

When she found she was a recipient, Yager said, "This is a great opportunity for me to learn more about what makes Boeing a successful company and bring insights back to students at SIUE. In addition, it has been 15 years since I have worked in the industry, so I am looking forward to updating my knowledge and experience."

In fact, faculty who participate in the program are asked to apply the knowledge and understanding they receive from the program to influence broader curriculum changes in a holistic way that addresses the needs of practitioners.

The fellowship will begin at a June workshop session with other Welliver Fellows in Long Beach, Calif., and will end in August at the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, the Fellows will present a collaborative report to Boeing officials that will contain both collective observations and suggestions for improvement.

Tim Schoenecker, interim dean of SIUE's School of Business, said, "In addition to being a great learning experience for Susan, her selection as a Welliver Fellow has strategic significance for the School and University as we attempt to strengthen our relationship with Boeing and other area businesses. We are very proud of her achievements and are confident that she will represent our School well."

Yager earned a doctorate at the University of Northern Texas. Her 20 years of industry experience includes various accounting positions and technical expertise in the agri-business and construction industries.

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BOT Awards Contracts, Approves Projects For Edwardsville Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today awarded contracts for two projects totaling more than $2 million and approved three other projects totaling more than $2.2 million, all for the SIU Edwardsville campus.

The board voted on the matters at its regular meeting conducted on the Edwardsville campus.

L. Keeley Construction Corp. of Sauget was awarded a $379,800 contract to build an asphalt parking lot on the north side of Circle Drive across from SIUE's Vadalabene Center. Pyramid Electrical Contractors of Fairview Heights was awarded a $134,340 contract to provide lighting for the parking lot.

Cost of the new lot will be funded from a change in the project description of the proceeds from the sale of 2006A bonds that were approved by the board in March 2006. That change in project description was approved at a BOT meeting in November. Debt service for the lot will be funded from parking and traffic revenues.

Demand for parking on the Edwardsville campus has escalated as full-time student enrollment has increased. University Police conducted a survey last fall that confirmed very few vacant parking spaces are available on campus to employees and students on numerous occasions during peak times.

The board also awarded $1.4 million in contracts to install replacement rooftop HVAC units and controls in up to three SIUE residence halls-Woodland, Prairie and Bluff halls. The replacement of HVAC units and controls will ensure better control of humidity.

The three contract awardees are: Hock Mechanical of Belleville, ventilation-$1,174,830; Wissehr Electric Inc., electrical-$179,120; and Amsco Mechanical of Granite City, heating-$58,000. Architecture and engineering fees (awarded by earlier board action) and contingencies bring the total for this project to $1,608,539.

Contractors have agreed to a two-stage implementation process. Unit and controls replacement will be completed at Woodland Hall and the results will be monitored. If successful, work will proceed in Prairie and Bluff.

In other business today, the board gave project and budget approval to three other projects on the SIUE campus: roof replacement and/or roof repair of the 62 buildings in Cougar Village Apartments at an estimated cost of $970,000; construction of a lighted sidewalk along Circle Drive-providing safe pedestrian traffic between Bluff, Evergreen (opening for fall), and Woodland halls-at an estimated cost of $800,000; and a $450,000 renovation of the School of Pharmacy building at 200 University Park Drive for additional office and student lounge space.

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Local Construction Foremen Complete Leadership Course At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 20 members of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), from the Twelve Counties Southwestern Illinois Laborers' District Council, recently completed the Construction Foreman Development Program sponsored by the Labor and Management programs through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business. Ron Shevlin, retired business manager of the District Council, was one of the original organizers of the annual foreman training program, along with Marvin Finkelstein, professor of Sociology at SIUE, who continues to coordinate the program. Participants attended 12 weekly sessions, with experts presenting topics of critical importance to foreman, including metric conversion and blueprint reading, principles of leadership and motivation, theory and practice of planning and control, and accident prevention and loss control. (SIUE Photos by Bill Brinson)

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  • Belleville area: In the back row:: Chris Captain, James Johnson, Sherman Voegtle, Bob Taylor, Henry Poole, Demond Taylor, Ron Shevlin, retired business manager of the District Council, and Glyn Ramage, business manager of the District Council. In the front row: Jack Reed, assistant regional manager of LIUNA, Steve Atkinson, Tim Ahle, Dee Austin, Dan Baglin, Jeff Beil and John Casey
  • Alton area: Reed, Bill Grill, Greg Stimac, Keith Zumwalt, Shevlin and Ramage
  • Edwardsville area: Reed, Scott Fenton, Jason Urban, Shevlin and Ramage
  • Florissant, Mo.: Reed, Ray Shlemmer, Kevin Washausen, Shevlin and Ramage
  • Greenville area: Reed, Rod Brewer, Shevlin and Ramage
  • Lebanon area: Reed, Jim Smith, Shevlin and Ramage
  • Mascoutah area: Reed, Chris Captain, Shevlin and Ramage

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SIUE Recognizes Student Employee Of The Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) When Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Kelly Bisso of Swansea commits to something, she sees it through.

No matter how many major projects she has going on at once, Bisso is able to carefully attend to her responsibilities and exceed expectations, said Lisa Israel, SIUE's assistant director for residential education. Because of this strong quality, Israel nominated Bisso as SIUE's Student Employee of the Year; an honor that was bestowed on the special education major this week.

"I feel very honored to be recognized," said Bisso, a Prairie Hall resident assistant (RA). "This is an amazing feeling. It's a complete surprise and it's exciting."

What also is pleasantly surprising is Bisso's level of enthusiasm and commitment to community oriented projects, and her successful execution of such projects, Israel said, noting in her nomination statement: "Kelly came to me last year with an idea to implement Cougars for a Cause, an unofficial student organization made up of freshmen students in Prairie Hall.

"I explained to Kelly that I would support her in this endeavor, but her required RA duties came first. She assured me that there would be no problem; that she was very committed to community service and that she would be able to balance both. Although I was hesitant, I agreed."

While maintaining her regular duties, Bisso also was able to organize events members of the Cougars for a Cause effort, which generated $1,500 through an Alzheimer's disease awareness walk. They also sold "ice cream to stop the screams" to raise money for an East St. Louis domestic violence shelter.

"She has such an ethic of care," Israel said.

Bisso has worked in some capacity with University Housing for the past three years. She started as a desk manager in Prairie Hall and now acts as a role model for other residents.

"I want to thank Lisa for nominating me," she said. She also thanked her coworkers and friends at Prairie Hall and through housing, and her family, whom she said "has supported me through everything."

"Kelly is one of our stars," said Michael Schultz, director of University Housing. "She exemplifies the commitment that all student workers have to residents of university housing

Click here for photo: Kelly Bisso, center, flanked by Lisa Israel, left, and Kim Durr, right, executive assistant to the chancellor, receives the Student Employee of the Year award at Prairie Hall.

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Brad Cross Is Recipient Of Paul Simon Award

Colleagues and students alike agree that Civil Engineering Professor Brad Cross is an excellent example of a teacher-scholar, one who collaborates well and also tries to include students in his research whenever possible.

These qualities, along with the research that Cross has done in structural design, earthquake engineering, and computer methods of analysis and design, have resulted in being chosen as recipient of SIUE's 2007 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award, announced recently by Stephen Hansen, associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School.

The Simon Award is presented annually to an SIUE faculty member in recognition of the role of research and creative activities in achieving excellence in teaching. The award confirms SIUE's belief that an individual must be a good scholar to be a good teacher. The Simon Award is sponsored by the Graduate School and presented by the SIUE Graduate faculty.

With the University since 1992, Cross also is chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Committee for Student Involvement, which was newly created in 2006 after an impressive showing by SIUE students under his supervision at a recent conference.

In his nomination statement, Cross said: "I believe that there is an important role for universities that promote excellence in education. I strongly believe that SIUE is an ideal place for a faculty member to work to help achieve that goal. While research and service activities are very important here, I believe they should contribute to the primary mission of excellence in education whenever possible."

Cross has sought external projects that directly enhance students' learning experiences. His funded projects from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and from the National Science Foundation (NSF) directly involved undergraduate and graduate students. Students have taken part in activities such as field experimentation on highway bridges, performing design and analysis computation in the laboratory, and developing a small shaking table earthquake display for the Children's Museum of Edwardsville.

Cross's external funding also is important to his areas of structural design and earthquake engineering. His experimental studies of Illinois highway loads for IDOT have led to a deeper understanding of the types of truck loadings experienced by bridges and the way those forces are distributed throughout the structures. He and his students have also worked-with funding from NSF and the Mid-America Earthquake Center-on producing three-dimensional computer simulations to view effects of earthquakes on buildings and to help understand upgrade procedures that might be used.

Much of his work has been accomplished in collaboration with faculty in the School of Engineering, such as Nader Panahshahi and Brent Vaughn of the Department of Civil Engineering, and Scott Smith of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Cross also has obtained assistance in hiring students from Ron Banks, assistant to the dean of the School.

Students are involved in all of Cross'research and scholarly activities to some extent. For example, Cross co-chaired the 2006 Structures Congress of the ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute. He helped bring this conference to St. Louis for the first time in its history; it was attended by more than 900 structural engineers from around the world. "For the first time, this conference strongly encouraged student participation," Cross said.

"Our student chapter of ASCE prepared an exhibit of undergraduate research being performed at SIUE for the exhibit hall, along with other schools in our area." This exhibit led to his selection as chair of a newly formed student involvement committee.

From 1999-2002 Cross was associate editor for Seismic Effects for the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Structural Engineering. He also is licensed as a professional engineer and a structural engineer, the highest level of structural engineering licensing available in the state of Illinois.

One scholar, in a letter of support, states, "Dr. Cross is an exceptional teacher and mentor who motivated his students to 'look at the big picture' and see how their research fit into the overall center [Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center] mission and objectives. Dr. Cross frequently featured and praised his students' accomplishments at the MAE Center Annual Meetings and the NSF Site Reviews."

A former student and now professional engineer stated that Professor Cross' "continued efforts for research have allowed him to publish many papers and provide himself with national recognition in the engineering community."

Another former student wrote, "I was a student of his several years ago, worked with him when I was a graduate student, have been a colleague of his for the past several years, and have worked with him as a co-investigator on an externally-funded field research project. In all of these roles he has impressed me with his devotion to teaching and how he has involved students, both undergraduate and undergraduate, as much as he could in the research projects that he was working on."

As recipient of the Simon Award, Cross will make a presentation at the Graduate School's Paul Simon Luncheon next year.

Click here for Photo: Brad Cross receives the Simon Award from SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.

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SIUE Children's SummerArts Program Continues To Serve Area Youth

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design's art education area will presents its Children's SummerArts Program beginning June 11 with workshops designed for children and teen-agers up to age 18. The summer offering is part of the University's SummerArts program.

At the junior and senior level (ages 13-18), workshops will be offered in drawing and painting, computer graphics, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, fiber arts and digital photography. Classes are scheduled to begin June 11, with offerings in primary children's art (ages 6-8), until July 27 with most offerings continuing two to three weeks.

According to Art and Design Professor Dennis Taylor, head of the department's art education area, the workshops provide quality, affordable art experiences for young students. "This is a special opportunity for participants to create and learn in a university studio environment," Taylor said.

For more information, call Darlene Darby, (618) 650-3183.

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SIUE Men's Basketball Names Lennox Forrester New Head Coach

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has selected Lennox Forrester-assistant coach at Bradley University for the past five seasons-as the new head coach of Cougar men's basketball.

Forrester was introduced to the media and the SIUE family Monday at a 4 p.m. news conference in the Vadalabene Center main lobby. "I am confident that Lennox has all the skill sets and the abilities to do an outstanding job," said Dr. Brad Hewitt, SIUE's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "As a coach and a teacher of the game, he has demonstrated his commitment to student-athletes on and off the court."

The new coach is charged with taking the helm of the SIUE basketball program, which will spend one more season in NCAA Division II play before making the transition to NCAA Division I action in the 2008-09 season. Forrester becomes the seventh men's basketball coach in school history and follows Marty Simmons, who left March 15th to become head coach at his alma mater, the University of Evansville.

SIUE has shed its "best-kept-secret" label over the past few years in Cougar basketball, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in two out of the last three seasons, including posting 25 wins and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2005-06 season.

After an exhaustive national search, Hewitt said the decision to offer Forrester the position came down to "a superior recruiting strength in our primary areas." Forrester will enthusiastically take "The 'e' " to the next level through his commitment and integrity, Hewitt said. "We decided a new basketball coach needed to reflect SIUE's commitment to excellence, academic integrity, service to the community and commitment to all its students," he said.

Last month, Bradley advanced to the second round of the Mastercard NIT. The 2005-06 season also saw the Braves advance to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen. Forrester also spent 10 seasons (1992-2002) as an assistant coach and an administrative assistant for the University of Evansville under Coach Jim Crews.

Forrester earned a bachelor of arts in sociology at Evansville in 1992. He was a junior college All-American at Parkland College before transferring to Evansville to finish his degree. He and his wife, Aretha, have a two-year-old daughter, Calaya.

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Engineering Professor Wins SIUE Teaching Excellence Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An informal style and a teaching philosophy that encourages students to think through problems rather than passively listen to class lectures led to Brad Noble as the choice for the 2007 Teaching Excellence Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It is the most prestigious teaching award a faculty member can receive at SIUE.

Noble, an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering for the SIUE School of Engineering, received a $2,000 prize as part of the recognition. He was among 10 nominees for the distinction considered by the Teaching Excellence Award Committee.

In addition, Teaching Distinction Awards were given to three other faculty members: Steve Klein, an instructor in the Department of Computer Science; Gregory Fields, professor of philosophy; and David Kaplan, assistant professor of physics. They each won $500.

Noble earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. He received a master of science in electrical engineering in 1992 and a bachelor of science in 1990, both in electrical engineering and both at SIUE.

Before joining the SIUE Engineering faculty in 1996, Noble had been a network engineer for Systems Engineering Solutions Inc. and a computer programmer and assistant to the project manager at Sachs Electric Co., both in St. Louis.

In his "dossier" to the committee, Noble said he tries to match his style of teaching to the personality and temperament of the students in a course. He also said engineering students tend to challenge new ideas and closely study ideas presented by the instructor. Noble points out an instructor must earn a student's respect.

"In light of these observations, teaching engineering students takes on its own unique challenges," Noble said. "In order to more effectively reach these students, I use the following set of principles … as a guide in my classrooms:

  • Work the hard problems in class, not just the drill problems in the textbook
  • Build on their (students) intuition
  • Relate the material to their everyday life as much as possible

"There are some principles that I feel are universal in the sense that I would apply them to

whatever class, topic or group I was teaching:

  • Be enthusiastic; it is contagious
  • It is OK to be demanding but only if you're fair
  • Have fun

"These observations and principles were developed through a combination of direct feedback from being in front of the classroom, pondering suggestions made by students on course evaluations and discussions with my colleagues," Noble said.

"Being a faculty member at SIUE has been, and continues to be, the most rewarding job I have ever had or could have imagined."

According to the committee's findings, Noble was the "near unanimous choice" for the award. "We were impressed with his breadth of knowledge and his obvious level of comfort in the classroom," the committee wrote in its recommendation. "His student evaluations of teaching and teaching philosophy reflect the rapport and level of engagement with his students."

In choosing Klein for a Teaching Distinction Award, the committee also noted rapport with students and an engaging style as a reason to cite the instructor. "It was felt that (Steve) is truly dedicated to teaching, and he enjoys his role in the classroom."

Fields was recognized by the committee for posing thought-provoking questions in class. "He (is) an enthusiastic facilitator who promotes thoughtful student-professor interaction," the committee wrote. "His focus on critically examined controversial topics allows students to not only develop their critical thinking skills, but to express them, both orally and in writing."

Kaplan engages students "to help make physics more approachable," the committee wrote. "David has taken the initiative to excel in his teaching by making use of numerous peer evaluations and classroom assessments. His national presentations on physics education demonstrate his commitment to teaching in the sciences."

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East St. Louis Charter School Students To March

Students from the East St. Louis Charter School and the TRIO Programs at the East St. Louis Center will participate in the March of Dimes' St. Clair County WalkAmerica at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in O'Fallon Community Park.

"More and more babies in America are being born dangerously early," said Patricia Merritt, assistant to the East St. Louis Center director. "Despite the best medical care, thousands don't get through the first month. Premature birth is growing at an alarming rate and affects one in eight babies. We support the March of Dimes research to give them a fighting chance."

Merritt said the general public may take part in the walk or donate to the March of Dimes. For information, to register or volunteer, call (618) 234-9445 or visit the Web site: to register.

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Big Love Comes To SIUE April 18-21

Award-winning playwright Charles L. Mee Jr. and SIUE director Chuck Harper bring us Big Love, Mee's take on The Suppliant Women by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus.

The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, April 18-21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, all in the theater at Katherine Dunham Hall.

Big Love tells the tale of 50 sisters who rebel against their arranged marriages to 50 cousins. This head-on collision between the sexes is presented as a theatrical free-for-all that combines classical philosophy and slapstick comedy. It's outrageously funny and brutally violent, and not suitable for children.

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

Photo: Cast members of Big Love include three brides in a tub (from front to back) Mandi Oefelein, as Olympia; Jordon Villines, in the role of Lydia; and Emma Peterson, playing Thyona. At right is David Whitacre as Giuliano.

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Boeing Technical Fellow M. McCoy To Speak At SIUE April 9

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Michael S. McCoy, a Technical Fellow in Operations Analysis at the Boeing Corporation and a 1975 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will speak at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the auditorium off the atrium lobby of SIUE's Engineering Building.

McCoy, who was a mathematics studies major at SIUE, will speak about "Operations Research Applied to Systems Engineering in the Aerospace Industry." Operations Analysis is the analytical arm of the systems engineering discipline, providing a foundation for identifying customers' needs, guiding and assessing engineering concept development, analyzing alternatives and providing independent, "honest-broker" decision support and value determination for systems.

After graduation from SIUE, McCoy went on to earn a master of science in systems science and mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate in multidisciplinary studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the staff of what was then known as the McDonnell Douglas Automation Company in 1980 as a simulation project leader and moved to Operations Analysis in 1984. McDonnell Douglas merged with the Boeing Company in 1997.

McCoy also taught math at the University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1981-84 and from 1998-2001. In addition, McCoy held teaching positions at Washington University and Saint Louis University. He also was a management science analyst for the National Steel Corporation from 1976-1980 and an econometrician for the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis from 1972-76.

For more information about McCoy's visit, call the School of Engineering, (618) 650-2541.

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Is Subject of LIS Spring Symposium April 12

David M. Levy, professor of information technology at the University of Washington's Information School, will be the keynote speaker at Library Information Services' (LIS) Spring Symposium from 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the John C. Abbott Auditorium, on the lower level of Lovejoy Library.

At the LIS symposium, with its theme of TechnoStress: Fighting Information Overload and Time Poverty, Levy, known as an "information environmentalist," will speak about how society currently is inundated with technology and information and how that situation affects everyone. He will be joined by panelist speakers Patricia "Gussie" Klorer, professor of Art and Design and director of the graduate Art Therapy program, and Peter A. Theodore, assistant professor of Educational Leadership.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Michelle Toohey, Ext. 2711, or by e-mail: The symposium is co-sponsored by the LIS Research, Projects and Development Committee, the Friends of Lovejoy Library and the SIUE Graduate School.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Educate Youth On Poison Dangers

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A group of local college students has visited area elementary classrooms to set the record straight on the dangers of poison.

First-year students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy visited area schools this month in collaboration with the Illinois Poison Control Center.

In honor of Illinois Poison Prevention Month, the pharmacy students received poison education training and talked to children-kindergarten through fourth-grade-about the importance of staying away from cleaning supplies, medications and other potentially hazardous items. The visits were part of a community education outreach initiative.

"Each year approximately 1 million phone calls are placed to poison control centers nationally by adults seeking help when children have swallowed something harmful," said Bill Wuller, director of experiential education and a clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice for the School of Pharmacy.

"This was not intended to be a short-term lesson, but a lasting experience."

The pharmacy students reached more than 8,000 children in Madison and St. Clair counties.

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AIA Touts SIUE Campus Among Great Places In Illinois

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) It's a great day to be a Cougar-and the campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a great place to be, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

SIUE's campus buildings recently were featured among the top 150 Illinois Great Places by the AIA Illinois Council. The campus ranks with such popular structures as the Illinois State Capitol, the Old State Capitol, the Sears Tower, Wrigley Field, the home of Abraham Lincoln and Cahokia Mounds.

According to the AIA Illinois Council, the original campus buildings were designed by architect Gyo Obata of the firm Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabum Inc. "with a common vocabulary of strong masonry volumes connected by concrete and glass." The council's Web site continued, "The original six buildings have been expanded over the years, and the landscaping has now matured to create a campus that is both suburban and urban."

SIUE celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1957, the University has grown from 1,776 students to nearly 13,500.

The 150 places designated were chosen by a selection committee comprised of architects in honor of the organization's 150th anniversary. For more information, visit the AIA Illinois Council Web site,

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Graduate School To Present Its Eleventh Annual Spring Symposium April 3rd

Grant writing expert Bob Lowman, an adjunct associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will present "Twelve Keys to Successful Grant Writing" from 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, as part of the 11th Annual Spring Symposium at SIUE.

He will schedule from 1:30-4 p.m. individual appointments with faculty and staff to discuss proposal writing and tips on how to obtain funding. Lowman also is associate vice chancellor for research at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award Luncheon that same day will feature a presentation by Professor Allison Funk, of the Department of English Language and Literature, who is recipient of the 2006 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award. The 2007 award recipient will be announced at the luncheon. Attendance at the luncheon is by invitation only.

For more information or to schedule an individual appointment with Lowman, contact Lil Manning, Ext. 3114, or by e-mail: To register for the workshop, contact Linda Skelton, Ext. 2958, or by e-mail:, as soon as possible. Refreshments will be served. Last minute attendees are welcome to the workshop as space permits.

Scholarly and creative publications by SIUE faculty and staff will be on display during the Symposium. University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Stephen Kerber and Archives Specialist Amanda Bahr-Evola will be on-hand to answer questions about the collection. Bibliographies of the works on display will be available.

The Graduate Student Research Symposium will be conducted from 8:30-11 a.m., featuring paper presentations and poster exhibits by graduate students and students in the Undergraduate Research Academy. A $200 prize will be awarded to the best presentation and to the best poster. The Graduate School will offer a prize drawing for any currently enrolled SIUE student who attends one or more student presentation. First prize is an iPod Shuffle, second prize is a $50 iTunes gift card, and third prize is an SIUE sweatshirt. Refreshments will be available throughout the morning presentations. This event is open to the public.

The Chancellor's Researchers' Reception, honoring faculty and staff who submitted external grants from March 1, 2006, through Feb. 28, 2007, will begin at 4:30. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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Weather Delays Cause Road To Remain Closed Until April 13

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Inclement weather has caused a two-week delay in the road project under construction at the intersection of North University Drive and New Poag Road on the north edge of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

Original estimates to re-open the road had been set at April 1.Project managers now say the work is expected to be finished April 13.

Earlier this year, the SIU Board of Trustees Executive Committee awarded a $296,588 contract to Keller Construction Co., of Glen Carbon, for improvements at the intersection. New construction of northbound lanes and placement of an overlay on the southbound lanes will provide a consistent surface.

In addition, a raised, curbed median is being constructed for landscaping to improve the appearance of the intersection. SIUE officials said the project is being paid for with money from the University's Operating Fund.

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