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August 2, 2002

SIUE's 'Arts & Issues' Series Begins Eighteenth Season

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) - Southwestern Illinois audiences have come to expect quality entertainment and provocative presentations from entertainers and newsmakers from around the world thanks to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Arts & Issues series ( Entering its 18th season, University officials have announced the 2002-2003 roster of artists and speakers.

The season begins Friday, Sept. 6, with pre-eminent Native American flutist and Grammy nominee R. Carlos Nakai performing an evening of enchanting music. Nakai performs music inspired by his Navajo-Ute heritage and is joined by avant-garde Tibetan musician Nawang Khechog who draws his musical inspirations from the spiritual traditions of his culture.

Described as both "irresistible" and "scandalous," Corky Siegel and his harmonica will bring Chamber Blues to SIUE for a performance on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The groundbreaking and innovative Chamber Blues sound has earned acclaim throughout the country and continues to open doors for classical, blues and jazz listeners alike.

Celebrating the music of his Ugandan culture, Samite will perform in concert Thursday, Nov. 21. Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo once said, "When you hear the music of Samite, the soul of Africa is revealed to you," and such will be the case in this presentation of traditional and contemporary sounds performed on African instruments.

The National Theatre of the Deaf presents the rollicking romantic comedy, "Oh, Figaro!" on Tuesday, Jan. 28. A contemporary take on two classic Beaumarchais farces, this evening of theater is presented in the NTD's signature performance style that allows audience members to see and hear every word.

Physician, scholar and lifelong public health advocate, David Satcher will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Only the second person to have simultaneously served in the positions of surgeon general and assistant secretary for health and human services, Satcher will offer his observations on "Politics, Opinions and Public Health," derived from his term under the Clinton administration.

One of the women's movements most important figures, Gloria Steinem will speak on Wednesday, March 19. Steinem's voice and ideas have shaped the direction women are moving today, and she'll review where she has come from - and where she is going.

The world-renowned Takacs Quartet comes to SIUE for an evening of Haydn and Beethoven on Thursday, March 27. The Chicago Tribune has acclaimed the ensemble as "four of the best string alchemists on the planet."

A fixture of the White House pressroom for more than 40 years, award-winning reporter and columnist Helen Thomas closes out the 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series on Tuesday, April 8. This indomitable doyenne of the press corps brings her perspectives, experiences and opinions on the White House and the Presidency to SIUE for a fascinating and memorable evening of politics and history.

All Arts & Issues events are presented at 7:30 p.m., either in the Meridian Ballroom of the Delyte W. Morris University Center or in the Katherine Dunham Hall theater.

A free brochure is available for the 18th annual Arts & Issues season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Season tickets are available at $96 for all eight events; students, $48.

For a brochure or ticket information, call 618/650-2626, or, from St. Louis toll-free, 888/328-5168, ext. 2626; visit the series' Web site at; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Campus Box 1608, Edwardsville, IL 62026; or by e-mail, Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Katherine Dunham Hall.

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August 8, 2002

Shimkus To Talk Trade At SIUE, To Honor Two Local Companies

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) APT Instruments, a Litchfield-based company, and Essex PB&R, based in Edwardsville, will be recognized for their export achievements by the U.S. Department of Commerce at an Aug. 21 seminar at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The seminar is sponsored by the SIUE International Trade Center.

Congressman John Shimkus (R-19th District) will be on hand to discuss trade policy and to help honor the two companies. The workshop and ceremonies, scheduled from 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, will take place in SIUE's B. Barnard Birger Hall.

Bruce Blakeman, deputy assistant secretary for Domestic Operations with the U.S. Department of Commerce, will be on hand to award the two companies the department's Export Achievement Certificate. The certificate recognizes businesses clients of the department's U.S. Commercial Service that have used the service to make an export sale or open new foreign markets.

APT, established in January 2000, is a manufacturer of data loggers and other testing equipment. As a result of its export strategy, APT has reported that since October 2000, it has established distributors in England and Mexico and made sales to France, England, Canada, and Mexico.

Essex employs 64 people and is considered the leading provider of emergency portable and rescue life support systems. Essex has made significant sales to airlines and aircraft manufacturers, as well as to fire departments. As part of their export strategy, the company participates in overseas trade shows. Exposure at these events have helped Essex PB&R develop export sales that now account for nearly 11 percent of its overall business.

The U.S. Commercial Service is a Commerce Department agency that helps small and midsize U.S. businesses sell products and services globally. The Peoria and St. Louis Export Assistance Centers are part of the agency's worldwide network, which includes 108 U.S. Export Assistance Centers throughout the United States and more than 150 international offices.

To register for the seminar, contact Shari Stout, U.S. Department of Commerce, (309) 671-7815, or by e-mail:

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August 8, 2002

Trade Center Seeks Businesses For International Consulting Project

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the SIUE School of Business are seeking area businesses to participate in the International Senior Consulting Project

The project gives teams of senior students an opportunity to put their knowledge to practical use, while companies receive hundreds of hours of targeted international marketing research.

Trade Center Director Silvia Torres said students will meet with client businesses at least once as a team and individually as required by the demands of the research. "Upon completion, each client receives a written international marketing plan for two countries," Torres said. "The plans will include analyses of the client's product potential, barriers, and entry strategies for the target markets."

Torres also said target markets are chosen through a combination of global market research and client input. "On average, the client will receive more than 300 hours of student work, in addition to the supervision by SIUE faculty and staff," she said.

A $50 fee will assist in covering the costs of the program, such as travel fees, long-distance telephone charges, FAX-es, copying, etc., Torres said.

For more information, contact the SIUE International Trade Center by telephone, (618) 650-2452, e-mail:, or by FAX, (618) 650-2647.

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August 14, 2002

R. Carlos Nakai Opens 2002-2003 SIUE 'Arts & Issues' Series

Tibetan Flutist Nawang Khechog To Be Featured in Sept. 6 Concert

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) - R. Carlos Nakai, pre-eminent Native American flutist, is joined in concert by guitarist William Eaton, percussionist Will Clipman, and Tibetan musician and composer Nawang Khechog in the season opener of the 18th annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Arts & Issues series, Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dunham Hall Theater.

"Our audience can look forward to an evening of enchanting music," said John Peecher, assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of the Arts & Issues series. "Carlos Nakai's music captivates listeners with the ethereal music of his Navajo-Ute heritage, and Nawang draws his inspirations from Tibetan spiritual traditions."

The ensemble brings together two of the world's leading ethnic flutists - Nakai and Nawang - while Eaton and Clipman - long-time colleagues of Nakai - provide a musical setting for their interplay.

Yet the group is more than talented musicians making music for the pleasures of the ear. It also continues Nakai's and Nawang's desire to use the artistic elements of their cultures in different settings and to explore the making of new traditions. Both artists are exemplars of the dynamic of working within and stretching the boundaries of their cultures to create new ways of seeing and being. The ensemble of Nakai, Eaton, Clipman and Nawang's latest album, "In A Distant Place," was a 2001 Grammy nominee for best new age album.

R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premiere performer of the Native American flute. His first album, Changes, was released in 1983, and since then he has released seventeen more recordings. His third collaboration with Eaton, Ancestral Voices, was a Grammy Award finalist in Best Traditional Folk Music, and his collaboration with Eaton and Clipman, Feather, Stone & Light, spent 13 weeks on the Billboard charts. He holds a Master's degree in American Indian studies from the University of Arizona, and has been awarded both the Arizona Governor's Arts Award and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University.

William Eaton began playing stringed instruments when he was given a ukulele as a boy. He built his first guitar in 1971, and has spent years refining his craft as a teacher and administrator at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, where he continues to design and build avant-garde stringed instruments. He holds a Master's degree in business administration from Stanford.

A drummer since the age of three, Will Clipman has performed on over 30 recordings. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, and his book Dog Light is published by Wesleyan University Press. In addition to his work with Nakai, Eaton, and, Clipman performs with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, the William Eaton Ensemble, Stefan George & Songtower, and as a soloist in Global Village Musical Story Theater.

Born in Tibet, Nawang Khechog spent his earliest years as the child of nomads. In his boyhood he first learned to play the bamboo flute, an ancient instrument popular in rural villages throughout his country. Following the invasion of Tibet by Chinese Communists in 1949, Nawang and his family escaped to India. There he studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy, a path he followed as a monk for eleven years - four of them as a hermit. In 1986, he immigrated to Australia where he first performed, and his recordings achieved bestseller status. His live performances with Philip Glass, Paul Winter, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, and Baba Olatunji have received international acclaim.

Following Carlos Nakai on the 2002-2003 Arts & Issues series is Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues on Sept. 24. Ugandan musician and storyteller Samite performs in concert on Nov. 21, and the National Theatre of the Deaf presents its contemporary take on two classic Beaumarchais farces - "Oh, Figaro!" - on Jan. 28. Public health advocate and former surgeon general under the Clinton Administration, David Satcher, speaks on "Politics, Opinions and Public Health," on Feb. 11. Gloria Steinem - feminist, writer, and co-founder of Ms. magazine - addresses "What You've Always Wanted to Know About Feminism and Been Afraid to Ask" on March 19. The world-renowned Takacs Quartet come to SIUE on March 27, for an evening of Haydn and Beethoven, and Helen Thomas - a fixture of the White House pressroom for more than 40 years - concludes the season on April 8, offering her "Wit and Wisdom From the Front Row at the White House." A free brochure is available for the 18th annual Arts & Issues season.

Tickets for R. Carlos Nakai are $16; students, $8. Season tickets for all eight events are $96; students, $48.

For a brochure or ticket information, call 618/650-2626, or, from St. Louis toll-free, 888/328-5168, ext. 2626; visit the series' Web site at; write: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Campus Box 1608, Edwardsville, IL 62026; or e-mail Admission includes free parking in the lots behind the Morris University Center or Katherine Dunham Hall.

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August 16, 2002

Pianist Ian Hobson To Perform Chopin's Solo Piano Works At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The complete solo piano works of Chopin will be performed-over a seven-month period in nine recitals at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-by the renowned pianist Ian Hobson.

The recitals will be performed in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Sept. 8-9; Monday, Nov. 18; Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 22-23; Wednesday-Thursday, March 19-20; and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 1-2.

Musicologist Allan Ho, a professor of Music at SIUE, said complete works are rarely performed anywhere. "It's an honor for us to have Ian Hobson perform the cycle here," Ho said. The title of the nine-recital series is "Frédéric Chopin: Evolution of a Genius."

Ho explained that the cycle will be performed chronologically, following stages in the Polish composer's life and career. "Chopin remains one of the most popular composers of all time," Ho said. "Many of his works are famous, yet others seldom heard."

The series will include more than 200 compositions, Ho explained, tracing Chopin's development as a composer. "It will include all of his familiar works, as well as many new discoveries for our listeners," he said. "It will be a fascinating musical journey."

A professor of Music at the University of Illinois, Hobson maintains an active performance, conducting, and recording schedule. In recent seasons, Hobson has performed at Wigmore Hall, London, Alice Tully Hall, the "Mostly Mozart Festival" in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

He also has performed the Chopin and Moscheles concertos at the Bard Music Festival, and has presented recitals in the United States, England, and Europe, featuring diverse works such as Beethoven's complete sonatas and Schumann's major piano works.

A native of Wolverhampton, England, Hobson studied at the Royal Academy of Music, at Cambridge, and at Yale. He won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 1981, after already garnering silver medals at both the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions. He also has been on the juries of international piano competitions, such as the Van Cliburn, and is known worldwide as a pianist, conductor, and teacher.

Hobson has recorded more than 35 compact discs of works, including piano concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns, as well as Liszt transcriptions and the complete Beethoven sonatas, Brahms variations, Chopin etudes, Hummel sonatas, and Rachmaninoff preludes, etudes-tableaux, and transcriptions.

Subscription tickets for the Chopin cycle at SIUE are $60; students and senior citizens, $45. Individual tickets for each of the nine recitals are $7; students and senior citizens, $6. For ticket information, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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August 16, 2002

SBDC To Be Host Sept. 10 Of Small Business Conference At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center and The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center will be host of "Small Business Opportunities," an all-day conference Sept. 10 at the Crown Hotel next to the Casino Queen on the East St. Louis riverfront.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and exhibits are open until 5 p.m. The cost of the all-day conference is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Admission includes lunch.

The conference will address small business topics, such as HUBZones, SCORE, SBA Exchange, working with the Illinois Department of Transportation, loan programs, and bonding. For more information call the SIUE Small Business Development Center (618) 650-2929.

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August 20, 2002

'Grounds' For Celebration - Starbucks Coffee Opens On SIUE Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) - Coffee cravers and java junkies in the Metro East area - particularly those enrolled at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - have reason to rejoice: Starbucks Coffee has come to town!

As part of the $19 million renovation of SIUE's Morris University Center, Starbucks Coffee, the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, has opened a café on the first floor of the center. A grand opening ceremony - with free coffee and tastes of a variety of café treats - will be held at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, August 21.

"When we began planning for these renovations, we asked students in focus groups what they wanted in terms of new offerings," said Mary Robinson, director of the Morris University Center. "Overwhelmingly they wanted a coffee café. We immediately thought of Starbucks and have been so pleased to be working with them on this project."

The new café has taken shape in what was formerly the center's Opapi Lounge. The Morris University Center Starbucks is just one of over 800 licensed stores in North America, and of a total of 5,000 retail locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim for the company - but it will be the first such location in an Illinois college or university.

The SIUE Starbucks offers 1,800-square-feet of comfortable, casual café space, with seating for approximately 42. Data ports will soon be available for students to plug in their laptops. Creation of the new coffee café is one of the first undertakings in the renovation project.

"In addition to Starbucks Coffee's beverage line, we'll be offering pastries, five different sandwiches and three salads," said Robinson. "In order to be a part of Starbucks 'lunch program' we had to 'audition.' Our staff practiced making sandwiches and salads that were then express shipped to the company's Seattle headquarters." SIUE passed with flying colors.

"Having Starbucks on campus is more than just another entertainment option for students," said Robinson. "This is a great opportunity for student employment. It takes 40 hours of classroom and in-store training to become a Starbucks 'barista.'"

The SIUE Morris University Center's Starbucks Coffee is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight. Robinson anticipates that hours may be adjusted in the future to accommodate demand.

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August 30, 2002

SIUE Foundation Creates Council For Gift Support

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The newly created Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation Planned Giving Council has approved a Charitable Gift Annuity program, which members of the council hope will "capture the attention" of alumni and friends of the university. It was the council's first official action since it was convened earlier this year.

Planned Giving Director Harold Melser said the Foundation's gift annuity program will provide annual income ranging from six to 12 percent on annuities of $5,000 or larger. "We hope to capture the attention of many alumni and friends of SIUE," Melser said. "We believe this program is the place to start in building a larger base of financial support for the university." Melser said the rates are particularly attractive because part of the income is tax-free.

Gathering several area financial experts in recruiting the new council, Melser said the group is an ad hoc committee of the SIUE Foundation. "We have been very busy-since the council was formed in April-contacting SIUE alumni and others in an effort to improve their financial plan with this gift program," Melser said.

Al Hagemann, chair of the council, is a 1963 graduate of SIUE and a retired CPA from the Kansas City area. He said the council's purpose is to provide leadership in securing financial support for the Foundation, and ultimately SIUE, through planned gifts. "SIUE is nearly 50 years old and we are beginning to see a tradition forming," Hagemann said. "Look at the makeup of the council. Many of the members are alums or they are parents of students currently attending the university.

"Plus, many of these members are financial planners or have ties to financial planning," Hagemann pointed out. "We are taking a multi-faceted approach in presenting the financial plans available through SIUE. The council members have various levels of experience in finance and can answer most questions."

Hagemann said he was happy to join the council because his SIUE degree has helped open many doors during his career. "It's payback time," he said. "If not for SIUE, I would never have been able to afford a college education. And that SIUE degree helped my career in countless ways. So, I believe it's time for me to give something back.

"Harold is to be commended for gathering so many impressive people who have ties to the university," Hagemann said. "I'm excited about the future of this council and our programs. I believe it's a great opportunity and I also believe the leadership we have now in the Foundation will be doing great things for the university."

Members of the SIUE Foundation Planned Giving Council are:

Al Hagemann, chairman* (BS '63), Retired CPA, Overland Park, Kan.
Ralph Korte, vice-chairman* (BS '68), Highland/St. Louis
Jane Coffey (BSA '95), TheBANK of Edwardsville, Edwardsville
David Gerber, Kasten Gerber, Edwardsville
Gordan A. Johnson (BS '82; MBA '84), Investment Counselors Inc., St. Louis
Mary Kane* (BA '67; MS '00), Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., Swansea
Brian Keister (BA '75; MBA '85), Brian E. Keister & Associates, Bethalto
Larry Lexow (BS '75), Lexow Financial Group, Edwardsville
Jim Maher, Merrill Lynch Private Client Group, Swansea
Patrick Mathis, Mathis, Marifian, Richter & Grady-Belleville
Kevin McKeon, DESCO Group, St. Louis
John North* (BS '75), US Bank Private Client Group, Clayton, Mo.
David Oates* (MS '00), Oates Associates, Collinsville
Ted Prehn, TL Prehn Properties, Alton
Peter Racen, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Kirkwood, Mo.
Clinton Rogier*, Madison Mutual Insurance Co., Edwardsville
Gerald Schuetzenhofer*, Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors, Edwardsville
Michael Wenzel (BS '70), Wenzel & Associates, Belleville

* Member of SIUE Foundation Board of Directors\

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