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August 2007

· Arts & Issues Highlights MRF As SIUE Celebrates 50th Birthday
·Meet The New Faculty
·School of Business Faculty Member Appointed to State Advisory Committee
SIUE's Lovejoy Library Will Host Traveling Exhibit
· School of Nursing Alumni Heritage Walk Saturday, Sept. 15
· SIUE Announces Opening Of 42-Year-Old Time Capsule
· SIUE Co-Hosted Recent Lincoln Symposium In Springfield
· SIUE Moves Into Top Ten Public Midwest Schools in U.S. News Rankings
· SIUE, City Join To 'Rock the Block' At The Welcome Back Block Party
· SIUE Group Experienced Life In Turkey For One Month
· SIUE And The City Of Edwardsville Welcome Back Students
· 50th Anniversary Plans Underway
· SIUE Nursing Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship From AACN
· New Freshman Welcome and Convocation
· SIU/SDM Associate Professor Gives Back To Jamaica
· Marketing Survey Shows SIUE Has Moved Ahead In Three Years
· Engineering Professor Recognized By International Publication
· Social Work Chair Named Asst. Provost For Faculty Development And Diversity
· Construction Researchers Awarded Grant To Study 3D Lasers
· SIUE Commencement Set For Aug. 4 At The Vadalabene Center
· Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood Program Will Serve High School Girls Through The East St. Louis Center


Arts & Issues Highlights MRF As SIUE Celebrates 50th Birthday

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Legendary folk singer-composer Judy Collins, who graced the stage under the Mississippi River Festival (MRF) big tent five times at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, makes a triumphant return to SIUE on the Arts & Issues stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in "An Evening with Judy Collins."

Collins will make her appearance in Meridian Ballroom just five days after the University kicks off its yearlong 50th birthday celebration Sept. 24-SIUE Founders Day. Meridian Ballroom is on the first floor of the Delyte W. Morris University Center. Collins' appearance is co-sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy Inc. and the SIUE Alumni Association.

Arts & Issues, which has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, presents another terrific season that also will include the return of Arlo Guthrie-who appeared at the MRF four times-at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008. His "Solo Reunion Tour-Together At Last" will be staged in Meridian Ballroom. His appearance is being sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.

"We're proud of SIUE and we're going to celebrate throughout this academic year," said Dixie Engelman, chair of the 50th Birthday Celebration Committee. The University began classes in Alton and East St. Louis in fall 1957. "With the Arts & Issues series offering two of the biggest stars of the Mississippi River Festival, as well as a full line-up of performers and speakers, the campus will be the center of attention throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area."

Grant Andree, coordinator of the Arts & Issues series, echoed that sentiment. "What an exciting season we have planned as we honor SIUE's 50 years and continue the tradition of Arts & Issues," Andree said. " Arts & Issues has been a big part of this University for nearly half of its history.

" Arts & Issues enters its 23rd season of bringing exciting performers and provocative speakers to Southwestern Illinois audiences," Andree said. "Happy Birthday, SIUE."

Considered one of the major interpretive folksingers of the 1960s, Judy Collins trained classically but turned to folk music at age 15, recording her first album- A Maid of Constant Sorrow-at age 22. Her first gold record came in 1967 with Wildflowers, which contained the ever popular Both Sides Now, written by a young composer who would later come into her own right-Joni Mitchell. Collins' later career included forays into more mainstream music, scoring hits with Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns, and with her own pieces, My Father and Born to the Breed.

As a composer-folksinger, Arlo Guthrie has furthered the legacy of his father, Woody Guthrie, but with a more modern sound within American string traditions. Whereas his father, the itinerant folksinger who traveled around the country championing the cause of the poor and the downtrodden worker, Arlo preferred to forge his own style that has endured.

The younger Guthrie recently created a program of symphonic arrangements of his own songs and other American classics, An American Scrapbook. By the end of this year, Guthrie will have performed in more than 40 concerts with 27 symphony orchestras throughout the United States, including a broadcast on PBS's Evening at Pops.

Other Arts & Issues performers include the high-energy swing band whose music puts the "zoot" in "zoot suit"-Big Bad Voodoo Daddy-at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Meridian Ballroom. Billed as "revived big band music for the '90s," BBVD concentrates on the swinging days of the '40s and '50s, borrowing some Rat Pack lingo, while infusing old-school jive and a lively horn section. BBVD's show is sponsored by The Cassens Companies.

Sandra Reaves-Phillips brings her saucy singing act- The Late Great Ladies of Blues & Jazz-back to the Arts & Issues stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. Audiences will love the way Reaves-Phillips renders her versions of some of the greatest blues and jazz singers in history-Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters and Billie Holiday, to name a few.

Arts & Issues speakers during the 2007-08 season will include retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, a frequent commentator on national television about the military and whose topic will be "The War on Terrorism," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Meridian Ballroom, sponsored by Commerce Bank; Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, professor and performance artist, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Meridian; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Anna Quindlen, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Meridian, sponsored by National City Bank.

A season brochure will be available to the public next week and may be found at several locations throughout the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area or by calling (618) 650-5194. The brochure will contain information about the events and subscription sales for the 2007-08 season. For additional information about the series, call Grant Andree, (618) 650-2626.

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Meet The New Faculty

During SIUE Cougar Welcome, we not only welcome new and returnng students, but we also enjoy meeting new faculty and staff. Below is a list of new faculty members and a little bit about each one:

Barbara Astorino received a BSN and an MSN, both from the Barnes College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1997 and 2006, respectively. She has taught at Midwest Institute, St. Louis Community College at Meramec and the Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her clinical experience includes floor nursing, home health and school nursing. Plans include pursuit of a doctorate.

Dr. Jeff Banker, who has been teaching part time at the SIU School of Dental Medicine this past year, has joined the SDM full time. He joined the SDM faculty last year after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Banker earned a DDS at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1986 and a master's in oral biology and a certificate in prosthodontics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Banker, his wife and two sons reside in O'Fallon.

Michele Beatty is teaching life span, growth and development as well as care of persons with complex health needs in the School of Nursing. She received an MSN from SIUE and a BSN from St. John's College of Nursing. Her area of specialization is teaching strategies using simulations.

Earlier this year, Bette S. Bergeron joined SIUE as dean of the School of Education. Most recently, Bergeron was an associate dean and director of the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus, where she was instrumental in developing the School and its academic programs. Her administrative experiences also have included chairing the Teacher Education programs at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Ind. The dean's research interests include early literacy instruction, teacher preparation and program assessment. Bergeron earned a master's and a doctorate at Purdue University, and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Maine. She entered the education profession as a second grade teacher in Veazie, Maine.

Serdar Celik, who has joined SIUE as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, received a doctorate from SIU Carbondale in 2007, a master of science from Istanbul (Turkey) Technical University and a bachelor of science from Yildiz Technical University, also in Turkey. His research interest is in thermal science and acoustics. Celik also was an engineer in the Arcelik A.S. R&D Center and Guven Klima Ltd., in Istanbul. Celik and his wife, Esra, had their first child, Faruk Ilgaz, last October.

Radhika Devraj earned a doctorate in pharmacy administration at Purdue University. She received a master's in social and administrative pharmacy at the University of Toledo and a BPharm at the University of Bombay.

Bryan Duckham, who is teaching theory and practice in the Department of Social Work, received a doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago and a master's from Saint Louis University. Duckham's scholarly interests include substance abuse and addictions, religion, spirituality and theory and philosophy, and ethnic trauma. Other interests include singing and guitar playing, tennis and running. He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Ian, Graham and Sophie.

Chris Eubank is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. He earned a master's in music education at Eastern New Mexico University. Eubank joined the SIUE music faculty teaching music education courses and conducting a choral ensemble. His scholarly interests are vocal development and music education as well as the student teaching experience. Other interests include singing, playing the piano, theater, racquetball, swimming and pets.

After several years of part-time service to the SIU School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Gary Fischer was named director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program June 1. A 1982 graduate of the SIU/SDM, he received a general practice residence certificate from the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., in 1983. Dr. Fischer and his family reside in Collinsville.

Carly Hayden Foster earned a doctorate at the University of Kansas; her dissertation title is Public Opinion on Welfare Policy. As a member of the SIUE Department of Political Science faculty, Foster teaches women and politics. Her scholarly interests include welfare policy and women's political participation. Other interests include her children and bicycling.

Susan Gallagher, who has joined the School of Nursing faculty, has been a registered nurse for 11 years. Areas in which she has additional experience include nursing management, staff development/education, quality assurance and consultant roles. Gallagher received a master's in gerontology from Saint Louis University and a BSN from Barnes College at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She also has American Nurses Credentialing Center-certification in geriatrics and is a geriatric clinical nurse specialist. Gallagher teaches geriatric nursing assessment, foundations assessment lab and clinical rotations.

Medha Gautam, who has joined the School of Dental Medicine to teach pharmacology, earned a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. at the University of Bombay in India. Before becoming a member of the SIU/SDM faculty, Gautam came from Saint Louis University Medical School, where she taught and performed independent research. She and her family reside in St. Louis.

Chris Gordon, who has joined the Department of Construction in the School of Engineering as an assistant professor, received a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of science and a master of science in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. In his research, Gordon investigates applications of emerging technologies in the construction domain. His teaching interests include project management, construction methods and materials, and computing in construction.

Helena Gurfinkel is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in critical theory and Victorian literature in the Department of English Language and Literature. She earned a doctorate in English at Tufts University, a master's in English at Northeastern University and a master of science in publishing at Pace University. Scholarly interests include literary and cultural theory, Victorian literature and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies and film. Other interests include reading, film, music, the arts and travel.

Kendra Henske joined the School of Nursing after serving as an obstetrics nurse clinician at Alton Memorial Hospital. Beginning her career as an LPN, Henske graduated from F.W. Olin School of Practical Nursing in Godfrey in 1984. In 1992, she earned an associate degree in nursing at Lewis and Clark Community College. Eleven years later, she obtained a BSN from McKendree College and continued her education at SIUE, where she earned an MSN in nurse education. Henske's primary interest lies within the maternal infant field of nursing, from which she has gained experience with families, providing total nursing care for mothers and infants. Her primary focus is prenatal education and lactation.

Dr. Christa Hopp joined the SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty on a part-time basis in February 2006 and recently became a full time member of the SIU/SDM faculty. Dr. Hopp is a 2003 graduate of the SIU/SDM and completed its residency program in advanced education in general dentistry in 2004. Dr. Hopp and her family reside in Glen Carbon.

Musonda Kapatamoyo received a doctorate and a master's in mass communications from Ohio University. He joined the SIUE Department of Mass Communications to teach multimedia and Web design. Earlier this year, Kapatamoyo served as master of ceremonies at the 20th anniversary of Communication and Development Studies (CommDev) Conference and also is online editor of Information and Communication Technology for Zambia Research and Development Center. Last year, Kapatamoyo also chaired a session for the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference.

Frances Karanovich recently joined the Department of Educational Leadership after serving as a teacher, principal and school superintendent in both Illinois and Georgia. In 2005, she was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. She has also served as a leader in numerous organizations such as the Governor's Educational Task Force in Illinois, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Women Administrator's Organization and Phi Delta Kappa.

Patricia Kelly, who has been teaching adult medical/surgical clinicals part time in the SIUE School of Nursing, joins the faculty this fall as a full-time member. She currently is teaching an IS class, "Contemporary Health Care Issues," as well as two senior nursing medical/surgical clinicals. Kelly has served the adult medical/surgical arena for 21 years and continues part-time on an adult medical floor at an area hospital along with teaching at SIUE.

Stefanee Keth started her nursing career in 1997 as a nurse in the Special Care Nursery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After a year, she transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She is a certified extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and cardiac specialist, as well as a preceptor and mentor to other nurses. She received a BSN from Jewish Hospital College of Nursing in 2000. Keth recently graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an MSN as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is part of the SIUE School of Nursing faculty in conjunction with a nurse practitioner position at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

Dr. Dan Ketteman, who has been a part-time faculty member at the School of Dental Medicine since 2005, joined the SDM faculty full time in February. He received a D.D.S. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1981 and was in private practice until becoming a full-time faculty member at SIU/SDM. Dr. Ketteman resides in St. Louis.

Carol Lark earned a doctorate in applied psychology and art therapy at the Union Institute and a master's in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in Art Therapy, from Lindenwood University. Scholarly interests include social dreaming as a visionary and social process for artist-community dialogue; art, movement and psychodramatic enactment as integrative action methods in the treatment of trauma with adults; the art therapist's role formation in community arts practice; and the continuum of art therapy practice. Other interests include recreational kayaking and sailing (crew); photography; travel, sightseeing, and cross-cultural encounters; and creative writing, to name a few.

Shonda Lawrence received a doctorate in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work; an MS in Corrections/Criminal Justice from Chicago State University; and an MSW from UIC. She teaches research and policy in the Department of Social Work. Her scholarly interests are child welfare and the corrections system; impact of parental incarceration on children and families; and father involvement among African-American men.

Faith Liebl received a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's from SIU Carbondale. She joined the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences, where she is teaching cell and molecular biology, contemporary biology and neurobiology. Her scholarly interests include synapse development, learning and memory. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, and is an avid football fan.

Min Liu, who earned a doctorate at North Dakota State University, has joined the SIUE Department of Speech Communication, teaching communication theory, communication research methods and health communication. Her scholarly interests include safe sex behaviors among Chinese women and mediated government messages on issues of sexual health and the gay community. Other interests include cooking, traveling and reading.

Rebecca Luebbert, who has joined the School of Nursing to teach the psychiatric/mental health nursing course for undergraduate nursing students, is an American Nurses Credentialing Center-certified clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric/mental health nursing. She completed her MSN in psychiatric nursing and is a doctoral student in nursing at Saint Louis University. Luebbert is at work on her dissertation with an anticipated graduation date of 2008. Her area of interest is human subject protection and issues of risk to coercion and informed consent in vulnerable populations.

Dennis Mares earned doctorate and master's degrees in Criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as well as a master's in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University. At SIUE, Mares is teaching courses in police and methods for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. His scholarly interests include neighborhood dimensions of violence and the history of crime and justice.

Adrian Matejka joined the Department of English Language and Literature this fall. He enjoys college basketball games and believes in supporting athletics.

Christine Mattingly, Ph.D.(c), RN, who has joined the School of Nursing faculty, returned to school at age 33 to continue her education in hopes of completing her journey with a doctorate. Mattingly has practiced in many areas of nursing and has finally "reached her passion"-teaching others to be nurses.

Theresa McCullough received a Pharm.D. from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy as a clinical assistant professor and assistant director of experimental education.

Marcelo Nieto, who joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor, earned a doctorate in chemistry at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina.

Christopher Pearson, who joined the Department of Philosophy, received a doctorate from the University of Washington. He teaches courses in philosophy of science, critical thinking, epistemology and environmental ethics. Pearson's current scholarly interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and environmental ethics. Other interests include running, triathlons, wine and reading.

Dr. Kenneth Rawson comes to the SIU School of Dental Medicine upon completing his pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Nevada SDM. Dr. Rawson is a 2005 graduate of the SIU/SDM. Dr. Rawson, his wife and three children reside in Glen Carbon.

Dr. Elio Reyes joins the SIU School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor upon completing his periodontal residence with Saint Louis University. As part of his residence, Reyes was a part-time instructor with the SIU/SDM. In 1992, he received a dental degree in Mexico, where he also practiced dentistry from 1993 until 2003. Dr. Reyes resides in St. Louis.

Katie Ronald, who joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy as a clinical assistant professor, received a PharmD from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

MARY Z. ROSEMary Z. Rose, who has joined Lovejoy Library's Technical and Access Services, earned a master's in civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Scholarly interests include information seeking behavior, faceted classification and subject thesauri. She enjoys camping, reading and music.

Christopher Rosnick, who joined the Department of Psychology to teach developmental psychology and the psychology of aging, recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Laboratory at Brandeis University. He earned a doctorate in aging studies and an MPH in biostatistics at the University of South Florida. Rosnick's dissertation focuses on the association between stress and cognitive performance in older adults. Rosnick is a frequent presenter at annual meetings of the Gerontological Society of America and American Public Health Association.

Jeffrey Sabby, who joined the Department of Physics to teach astronomy and physics, received a doctorate and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His scholarly interests include spectroscopic eclipsing binaries, telescope automation and exoplanet research. Other interests include bicycling, hiking and canoeing.

Yulonda Sano, who has joined the Historical Studies faculty, is a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University, expecting to graduate this year. She received a master's from the University of Kentucky. Scholarly interests include history of medicine and the age of Jim Crowism. Other interests include tennis and photography.

Marc Schapman received a doctorate and a master's, both in music, from Indiana University. He joined the SIUE Department of Music to teach song literature, diction, vocal pedagogy and the department's opera workshop. Schapman's scholarly interests include the operatic works of Gaetano Donizetti and Giacomo Puccini. His avocational interests are football, weightlifting, movies, traveling and family. Marc and his wife, Nicole, and their daughter, Lucy, reside in Edwardsville.

Joe Schober, who joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor, earned a doctorate in biology at Saint Louis University and a master's at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Stacy Skelton, who joined the SIUE School of Nursing to teach care of the person with complex needs, care of the older person, and transition to role, received an MSN from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a BSN from Barnes College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She also is a certified clinical transplant coordinator. Skelton's special interest is organ transplant.

Clay Williams earned a doctorate in management information systems (MIS) at the University of Georgia. His dissertation topic is "Coordinating in Federated Information Technology Governance Structures: A Longitudinal Process Perspective." Research interests include understanding the impacts and interactions of information technology and organizational design with a focus on structuring of enterprise processes to achieve business outcomes. He enjoys running, hiking, travel and snow skiing.

Nathalie Williams, who has joined the SIUE School of Nursing, has taught nursing for more than 20 years, spending the last eight years living and working with childbearing and parenting women in a rural area of the Missouri Ozarks. Williams also lived and worked in the New Orleans area, earning a master's in parent child nursing at Louisiana State University. She currently is completing a doctorate in nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Williams' research interest include the health and wellbeing of childbearing women and their children, with a particular interest in rural and underserved populations. She hopes that her dissertation, Missouri Ozark Women's Experiences of Living with Postpartum Depression Symptoms, is only the beginning of a program of research with rural and underserved populations in Missouri and Illinois.

Jason Yu, who has joined the SIUE Department of Mass Communications, teaches courses in fundamentals of advertising, media research methods and media planning. He is expected to receive a doctorate in mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also received a master's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Yu's scholarly interests include communication theory; advertising effectiveness; and consumer heavier and marketing. Other interests include photography.

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School of Business Faculty Member Appointed to State Advisory Committee

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Rik W. Hafer, chair of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Economics and Finance in the SIUE School of Business, has been appointed to the Illinois State Treasurer's new External Investment Policy Committee.

The committee provides the state treasurer's office with independent advice and outside opinion on the department's investment activities. "A key objective of the committee is to increase the transparency of actions taken by the Treasurer's office in its investing of state funds," Hafer explained.

"The makeup of the committee is broad and diverse, with its nine members coming from both the public and private sectors." Hafer said four members come from the Illinois General Assembly, while the other five are chosen by the Treasurer's office from other occupations.

Hafer has had experience with the Treasurer's office in the past. For several years he has made presentations to the Public Investors Financial Forum conducted in Springfield. "The symposium brings together representatives from municipalities and counties throughout the state," he said. "The purpose is to provide them with updates on changes in investing, financial markets and the economy.

"This is a great opportunity and responsibility. I am honored to be chosen and to represent SIUE in this new endeavor," Hafer said. "I hope to take much of what I am learning back into the classroom."

Tim Schoenecker, interim dean of the SIUE School of Business said Hafer's expertise regarding financial markets and the banking system makes him perfectly qualified for this appointment. "I'm confident that he will serve the State Treasurer well in this capacity," Schoenecker said. Before joining the School of Business in 1989, Hafer was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In 1999 he was named director of the Office of Economic Education and Business Research at SIUE and he has been chair of the Department of Economics and Finance since 2001. This past spring Hafer was named Distinguished Research Professor at the University.

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SIUE's Lovejoy Library Will Host Traveling Exhibit

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Lovejoy Library has been chosen as the site for a traveling exhibit, Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries, which will run Tuesday, Sept. 4-Friday, Oct. 6.

Designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, the collection consists of images and information gathered by Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library.

A reception to kick off the display will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the Sullivan Lounge on the second floor of the Lovejoy Library. Speakers will include SIUE Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul Ferguson, John Celuch of Inlandesign and SIUE Professor Ivy Cooper, art and design.

The project is funded by the Illinois State Library, which is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Money from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act and Booth Library.

For more information, contact Kyle Moore, director of development, (618) 650-2714.

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  • Retirements
    Barbara Avent, project specialist/teacher for University Services to East St. Louis, effective June 1 after nearly 24 years of service.
  • Elena Badjie, a faculty associate for University Services to East St. Louis, effective June 1 after nearly six years of service.
  • Judith Bartel, assistant director of Admissions, effective July 1 after 34 years of service.
  • Kathlyn Behm, an associate professor at Lovejoy Library, effetctive July 1 after more than 15 years of service.
  • Steven Bender, a University Police sergeant, effective Aug. 1 after more than 23 years of service.
  • Ruby Ferrell, project specialist/teacher aide for University Services to East St. Louis, effective Aug. 1 after 25 years of service.
  • Sharon Flaugher, a secretary in the Department of Special Education and Communications Disorders and a former receptionist in the president's office on the SIUE campus, effective July 1 after nearly 34 years of service.
  • Lynn Heidinger-Brown, director of Continuing Education, effective July 1, after more than 27 years of service.
  • Catherine Juneau, a nurse for Health Services, effective June 1 after more than 12 years.
  • Sharon Kaufman, payroll assistant manager for Facilities Management, effective Aug. 1 after 23 years of service.
  • Michael Mason, curator for The University Museum, effective July 1 after more than 32 years of service.
  • Rebecca Nimmo, a dental clerk, effective June 1 after 29 years of service.
  • Mike Reinhardt, a Lovejoy Library Operations associate, effective Aug. 1 after more than 30 years.
  • Helen Thurman, a project specialist/teacher aide for University Services to East St. Louis, effective June 1 after more than 12 years of service.
  • Barbara Watts, project specialist/teacher for University Services to East St. Louis, effective Aug. 1 after nearly 24 years of service/
  • Christina Wilson, instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, effective Aug. 1 after 24 years.
  • Luerine Wright, a project specialist/teacher for University Services to East St. Louis, effective June 1 after 18 years of service.
  • Steve Zika, assistant registrar, effective July 1 after 35 years of service.

  • Noell Birondo, assistant professor of Philosophy, left the University March 13
  • Melanie Brimer, assistant professor of Special Education and Communications Disorders, left the University May 15.
  • Anthony Cheeseboro, associate professor of Historical Studies, has been named chair of that department.
  • Peter Cocuzza, associate professor of Theater and Dance, has been named chair of that department.
  • Dana Collins, assistant professor of Special Education and Communications Disorders, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a similar position at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
  • Elizabeth Delfert, an assistant professor at Lovejoy Library, left the University May 25.
  • Theresa Ebeler, director of the Small Business Development Center in the School of Business, left the University May 31 to accept a position with TheBANK of Edwardsville.
  • Marko Grunhagen, assistant professor of Management and Marketing, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Keqin Gu, professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named chair of that department.
  • Alexander Haskell, assistant professor of Historical Studies, left the University May 15 to accept a position at the University of California at Riverside.
  • Asao Inoue, assistant professor of English Language and Literature, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Myunghee Kim, assistant professor of Political Science, left the University May 15 to accept a similar position at the University of Central Florida.
  • Larry LaFond, associate professor of English Language and Literature, has been named chair of that department.
  • Zi-Qing Lin, assistant professor of Bioloigical Sciences, has been named director of that department's Environmental Sciences program.
  • Greg Luttrell, assistant professor of Civil Engineering, left the University May 15.
  • Eric Malina, assistant professor of Chemistry, left the University May 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Kyle Moore joined the University Aug. 6 as director of development for Lovejoy Library.
  • Randall Pearson, professor of Geography and chair of that department, will continue as chair.
  • Ann Riley, assistant professor at Lovejoy Library and director of the Library's Technical/Access Services unit, left the University May 31 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Donyell Roseboro, assistant professor of Educational Leadership, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Nader Saniei, professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, left the University April 30 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Kimberly Shaw, associate professor of Physics, left the University Aug. 1 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Rachel Singpurwalla, assistant professor of Philosophy, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Lesa Stern, director of assessment in the Office of the Provost, left the University June 30 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Zixue Tai, assistant professor of Mass Communications, left the University July 31 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Anne Valk, associate professor of Historical Studies, left the University May 31 to accept a position at Brown University.
  • Jeffrey VanCleave, assistant professor of Speech Communication, left the University Aug. 5 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Richard Woffel, assistant professor of Geography, left the University Aug. 14.

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School of Nursing Alumni Heritage Walk Saturday, Sept. 15

Who: School of Nursing alumni, faculty, staff, students,
family members, supporters

What: A walk to celebrate Nursing Alumni Weekend
When: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007
Where: North lawn of Alumni Hall on the SIUE campus
Why: To celebrate Nursing Alumni Weekend and the caring and dedication of nurses to health care; to raise money for nursing student scholarships.

Registration is $25 for alumni and friends of nursing; $15 for current SIUE students. This fee includes breakfast the morning of the event and an event T-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Nursing Alumni Heritage Award. Scholarships are awarded annually to one undergraduate nursing student, one RN-to-bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) student, one advanced BSN student and one graduate student.

Tours of the campus and the School of Nursing's Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences will take place during the event. Attendees also may visit hospital and healthcare agency booths with health care information.

For more information, call Angie Peters, director of development for the School of Nursing, (618) 650-3906, or Kris Heather, special events coordinator, (618) 650-2551.

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SIUE Announces Opening Of 42-Year-Old Time Capsule

WHO: Students, staff, retirees, members of the community and community leaders
WHAT: Time Capsule Opening, the opening of a 42-year-old time capsule
WHERE: Stratton Quadrangle on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus WHEN: noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23
WHY: The event will be held as a pre-50th Anniversary celebration

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An SIUE School of Business alumnus recalls walking across campus in 1965 and stumbling on a time capsule burial ceremony. To his amusement at the time, he was asked to write a note to be included in the capsule.

He wrote the note and now 42 years have passed. Darwin May, an SIUE graduate who earned a bachelor's in business management, no longer remembers what his note said. He will fly from his home in Los Angeles, Calif., to his alma mater for the capsule ceremony in the hope of reading again after all these years.

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and Dixie Engelman, emerita dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the SIUE 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, will speak at the event.

For information about upcoming 50th Anniversary events, visit

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SIUE Co-Hosted Recent Lincoln Symposium In Springfield

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Adventure of the American Mind program (AAM) recently co-hosted the Learning with Lincoln (LWLI) symposium at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Along with Eastern Illinois University's AAM/Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program, SIUE co-hosted the symposium earlier this month. Participants were joined by Vivian Awumey, coordinator of the TPS program of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The symposium included special "behind the scenes" tours of the library and its archives, as well as an opportunity to visit the Lincoln Museum. Seven teachers from the Edwardsville community participated in the event.

AAM is funded through the Library of Congress and awarded in Illinois through the efforts and support of U.S. Sen. Richard J. "Dick" Durbin (D-IL) in summer 2002. K-12 in-service teachers from EIU and SIUE institute programs met at the symposium after attending seminars held on their respective campuses.

At SIUE, the AAM program is administered by the School of Education. Bette Bergeron, dean of the School, notes that the LWLI program "provides teachers with the invaluable opportunity to integrate primary historical sources into lessons in order to make history 'come alive' to students." She said the collaborative endeavor "is a model for motivating students and their teachers to share in the excitement of our country's rich history."

The symposium is designed to enhance content knowledge, assist in identifying best instructional practices in teaching with digital primary sources, and supports the development of teacher lesson plans integrating the Library of Congress' digital collections. The SIUE/EIU symposium allowed participants from both campuses to collaborate and share the lessons created during the symposium.

The symposium is proudly endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; visit the Web site: For more information about the symposium, visit www.eiu/~eiutps/lwli or contact Amy Wilkinson, SIUE AAM program director for the School of Education, (618) 650.3777.

For more information about the AAM/TPS, visit:

Beautifully situated on 2,660 acres, SIUE is a public institution offering a broad choice of degrees and programs ranging from liberal arts to professional studies. Nearly 13,500 students choose SIUE for undergraduate and graduate education just 25 minutes from St. Louis. SIUE celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2007-2008.

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SIUE Moves Into Top Ten Public Midwest Schools in U.S. News Rankings

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) For the first time in its history, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has moved into the top 10 in the Top Public Universities Midwest-Master's category, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings released today.

SIUE moved up nine positions in the Midwest-Master's rankings, among public and private universities, since last year. There is no Illinois public university ranked higher than SIUE in that category. The overall scores are based on several criteria including a peer assessment by university administrators who this year gave SIUE the highest score in its category of any Illinois public institution.

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said he was "extremely pleased" with the new rankings. "A committed faculty of teacher/scholars, strong programs and staff support, combined with a shared sense of community, make for a great educational experience at SIUE," Vandegrift said.

"The 'e' continues its momentum as we look forward next month to starting our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration and as we begin the next half-century."

In addition, SIUE was heralded by U.S. News for a third consecutive year in the senior capstone experience category, among 13 elite universities-including Harvard, MIT, Brown, Duke and Princeton-for its comprehensive programs measuring the competency of graduating seniors.

At SIUE, the program is called senior assignment and is required curriculum for all seniors to demonstrate their degree of general education knowledge, as well as knowledge within their disciplines prior to graduation.

SIUE's senior assignment program has been recognized on several occasions as a model for other institutions across the nation. In a report from The Association of American Colleges and Universities last year, SIUE's program was lauded as an effective tool in gauging the comprehensiveness of academic programs. "The Senior Assignment is the hallmark of a baccalaureate education at SIUE," said Victoria Scott, director of assessment at SIUE. "It is all-encompassing in that it weaves together evaluation of program outcomes and general education goals.

"While involved in the senior assignment, students are actively engaged in their education," she pointed out. "Each senior assignment is unique because departmental faculty determine the desirable characteristics that each program graduate must demonstrate.

"For example, the senior assignment in Computer Science may involve software design with input from external professionals; in Chemistry, students may conduct basic research which is presented to the faculty and at national meetings; in Special Education, students complete a portfolio related to student teaching demonstrating classroom impact of children with disabilities."

In response to these recent rankings, SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson commented, "this national recognition from our peers and national associations strongly supports the commitment of SIUE to continuous quality improvement in all of our academic programs and is a wonderful affirmation of the excellence of our faculty, staff and students."

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SIUE, City Join To 'Rock the Block' At The Welcome Back Block Party

(EDWARDSVILLE)The Smash Band, featuring lead singer, Smash-a/k/a popular My 103.3 FM radio personality Asher Benrubi-leads the late-summer fun and entertainment as they "rock the block" at the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets for the eighth annual Welcome Back Block Party in Edwardsville on Aug. 24, sponsored by the city of Edwardsville and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Smash returns for a third year by popular demand, with music from 8-midnight that Friday for dancing. The Smash Band knows how to rock the new tunes, but also swings the oldies while adding a touch of the big band era.

SIUE students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to start the party at 6 p.m. with no admission charge. "This is a great way for our students to become acquainted with the downtown Edwardsville business district," said Barbara O'Malley, executive director of Marketing and Communications for the University. "There will be Edwardsville restaurants and shops with food and clothing booths at the block party to give students a taste of Edwardsville.

"In addition to activities for students, however, we'll have inflatable games and activity booths for the entire family, so that everyone can join in the fun," O'Malley said. The Block Party has grown since its inception in 2000, with some 3,000 people attending last year throughout the evening.

The event is co-sponsored by the SIUE Campus Activities Board (CAB) and SIUE Student Government, SIUE Campus Recreation, the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, J. F. Electric, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, SIUE Marketing and Communications, SIUE University Relations, Pepsi, Apple Computers, OfficeMax, National City Bank and TheBANK of Edwardsville.

Editor's note: The Welcome Back Block Party later was cancelled because of inclement weather. The Block Party Committee said high winds and lightening made it a matter of safety concerns. The committee said the event could not be rescheduled because it wouldn't be feasible to gather all of the elements together at a later date.

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SIUE Group Experienced Life In Turkey For One Month

Turkey(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) With one foot in Europe and one foot in Asia, a group of a dozen Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students recently spent a month immersed in everyday life in Turkey.

Touring mosques, museums, ancient relics and local stores, visiting local marketplaces for exotic spices and goods, witnessing the electoral process and Turkey's recent presidential election firsthand, and cooking authentic cuisine, Lucian Stone, SIUE assistant professor of philosophy, said the experience was "multifaceted."

Because Turkey is positioned in both continents, the country is rich with European and Asian influences, Stone said. "We were resident scholars; not just tourists," said Stone, who accompanied the students and taught two junior-level philosophy courses in conjunction with the trip: Islam and Modernity and Islamic Aesthetics.

Stone said he assigned reading material that "the students were able to apply to their surroundings and experiences."

The group of students-majoring in such diverse areas as philosophy, history, political science, special education teaching, Spanish and engineering-focused on art and architecture, religion, literature, music, painting, food, film, dance, poetry and other aspects of culture, as well as the history and politics of the country.

Classes were taught at Yeditepe University, a private university established in southeast Istanbul in 1996, on the Asian side of the city. Students lived in dorms at the university, which acted as the host institution for the travel abroad experience, Stone said.

The experience was supported by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the SIUE Center for International Programs.

Students can take part in travel abroad opportunities throughout the year. Certain requirements must be met. For more information about international programs, call the SIUE center, (618) 650-2419, or visit the Web site:

Click here for a photo of students visiting a spice bazaar in Istanbul. The spice bazaar was one of the central markets in Istanbul offering for sale spices, tea, coffee and Turkish delicacies and pastries.

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SIUE And The City Of Edwardsville Welcome Back Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and area merchants are preparing to welcome back some 13,500 students attending SIUE who will begin returning to campus Aug. 17. Cougar Welcome 2007 activities begin Aug. 20, continuing through Aug. 30, including the Annual Welcome Back Block Party in downtown Edwardsville on Aug. 24. Classes begin Aug. 20.

A schedule of Cougar Welcome activities, with its theme of "Happy 50th Anniversary: Not Getting Older…Getting Better!" may be found on the official Web site: "This year we're expanding our welcoming opportunities so that students will have even more time to transition back to school," said Cheryl Heard, assistant director of SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center.

"Activities are designed to greet new and returning students to SIUE and to promote an atmosphere of welcome and involvement," Heard said.

She also said a special invitation is extended to the University community to join SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur for a complimentary six-ounce Dairy Queen® Blizzard during the annual Merchants' Fair and Ice Cream Social at noon Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Goshen Lounge on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center.

"Cougar Welcome will be filled with lots of other fun and exciting events and activities such as free food, games, contests, prizes and free T-shirts," she said.

Other activities include a resource and job fair, student organization information booths, a student employment booth, a poster sale, the 15th annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and lunchtime entertainment at the Staff Senate Ice Cream Cabaret on Friday, Aug. 24, in the Conference Center on the second floor of SIUE's Morris Center.

This week, SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing staff went into the community to distribute "Welcome SIUE Students" signs to businesses in the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon area. "It's

such a pleasure to work with the community to welcome new and returning students to campus," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of SIUE Academic Marketing Services.

"It must be a great feeling for SIUE students to walk or drive through the major arteries of town and find the Welcome SIUE Students signs in practically every window.

Bollinger said the Admissions office and Academic Marketing "work hard" throughout the year to meet, recruit and engage students to choose SIUE. "We try to throw out the red carpet for students to help them know SIUE and the surrounding community is their home away from home."

Cougar Welcome activities include the annual Block Party from 6 to midnight Friday, Aug. 24, in the 100 blocks of St. Louis Street and Second Street in downtown Edwardsville, adjacent to the Madison County Courthouse. The event, with its theme of "Rock The Block," will feature live music by the Smash Band, as well as food and beverages from popular Edwardsville restaurants and other organizations. More than 2,500 SIUE students and residents of the community are expected to attend.

Click here for a photo suitable for print of one of the Welcome Students signs being given to Bob Moggio, owner of Mojo's Music in downtown Edwardsville. At right is Kelley Brooks, an SIUE admissions counselor.

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50th Anniversary Plans Under Way

Click here to view a picture taken In the Wabash Room of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris University Center. Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift helped with preparations for SIUE's 50th anniversary. The chancellor is joined by students: (from far left to right) Christie Brinkmann, a junior political science major, Tristan Nesbitt, a senior majoring in English, Sophomore Kassie Eaker, a speech communication major and Levi Locke, a graduate student in the public administration program. This week, volunteers have been stuffing envelopes with 50th anniversary celebration invitations. Invitations are coming soon to a mailbox near you.

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SIUE Nursing Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship From AACN/AfterCollege

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nursing student with hopes of one day becoming a nurse educator is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AfterCollege program.

The AACN awards scholarships four times annually. Jamie Rosenthal, a senior in the accelerated bachelor's of Science in nursing program, is the latest baccalaureate recipient. She said she plans to pursue a nursing career upon graduation, and then later to become a nurse educator.

"My education in the field of psychology will help me sympathize with and understand patients of all ages and backgrounds," said Rosenthal, who already holds a bachelor's in psychology.

AfterCollege-a leading employment website for nursing and allied health care students, and the AACN-a national advocacy group for bachelor's and higher-degree nursing education programs, have teamed to offer the scholarship program for students who are actively pursuing bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in nursing.

"Jamie is the only undergraduate nursing student in the nation to receive this scholarship in this round of awardees, and we, in the SIUE School of Nursing, are so proud of her achievement," said SIUE School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer. "This scholarship opportunity generated a great deal of interest and there were many strong applicants. This speaks to the quality of students we admit to our nursing program."

Scholarship applicants must write an essay highlighting their career plans and financial needs, and have at least a 3.25 grade-point average.

For more information on AACN's partnership with AfterCollege, see

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New Freshman Welcome and Convocation

WHAT: New Freshman Welcome and Convocation
WHEN: ALL DAY, Saturday, Aug. 18
WHERE: SIUE Vadalabene Center
AGENDA: 8:30-10 a.m.-Alumni Breakfast, with a new freshman class photo
to be taken at 9:30 a.m.

  • 10-11 a.m.-Convocation Ceremony
  • 11-11:30 a.m.-Success Session at SIUE
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.-Faculty Breakout Sessions
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.-Lunch, with exhibits open from noon-2:30 p.m.
  • 1:30-3 p.m.-Academic Advising Presentations; Many University offices will be open
  • 7-8:30 p.m.- Playfair, featuring interactive getting-to-know-you activities

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SIU/SDM Associate Professor Gives Back To Jamaica

(ALTON, Ill.) Eight years ago the health care mission began as a way for Dwight McLeod to give back to the country in which he grew up. Today it is a community effort, orchestrated by him, which fills the associate professor and chair of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) with pride and hope.

Originally from Cedar Grove in the parish of West Moreland-17 miles south of Montego Bay-McLeod, who now lives in Florissant, Mo., wanted to give back to his native country. He organized a dental mission in 2000 during a summer break week that included a handful of dental students, some area professional and community volunteers, and some donated supplies.

In 2006, McLeod received the SIU Edwardsville Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty-Staff Humanitarian Award, because of his philanthropic efforts to raise money and generate volunteer support for the effort.

The philanthropic effort has grown to include more than 60 volunteers, including dentists and dental professionals, students, community members and now faculty and students from the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

In the early days of the health care mission, volunteers-including faculty, students, community health care professionals and concerned citizens-had to pay their own way on the trip, said Poonam Jain, associate professor at the SDM and the director of community dentistry. Today, students can take advantage of funding through an Excellence in Undergraduate Education grant to help pay for the trip and lodging. Non-student volunteers still must cover their own expenses.

"All the volunteers and dentists and professionals who go on the trip break out

into three teams; two teams set up at existing public health clinics and the third team sets up at Kew Park (in West Moreland), which is a school for children," Jain said. "That is where Dr. McLeod went to school." McLeod explained the ages range from preschool to 14 or 15 years old.

Jain recalls the faces of the children and adults in Kew Park; the faces of people she treated during a recent trip there to provide free dental health services. "It's wonderful to have the opportunity to help these people," Jain said, noting that she and many of the other repeat volunteers have adopted the same love for the people of the region as McLeod.

"The nearest dentist to most of these people is an hour away, and most of them don't have cars. They have nobody. They come to us and we are their dentists. We provide cleanings, fillings, (tooth) extractions, minor surgeries. We provide comprehensive dentistry."

For the past four years, Jain and the other professionals have been the only dentists. This year the group included some faculty and students from the SIUE School of Pharmacy. The pharmacists and student pharmacists dispensed medications and counseled patients on their proper use, and conducted medication assessments for patients on multiple long-term medications.

A total of 1,242 people were treated this year; up from about 879 people treated in 2006, Jain said, adding, "It gives us so much satisfaction to do this."

The groups are provided a space at each of the three locations. Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Long lines of patients wait to receive treatment from sun up to sundown.

The Montego Bay East and the Savanna La Mar Rotary clubs provide fans for cooling, since the locations do not have air conditioning. The clubs also help with other support and through advertising. McLeod works throughout the year to gain donated material such as useful diagnostic and treatment equipment.

"I have been a pharmacist for 14 years, including 12 years spent as a clinical pharmacist at Charity Hospital in New Orleans," said J. Christopher Lynch, associate professor of pharmacy practice and southern regional coordinator for the School of Pharmacy.

"This was without a doubt the most rewarding professional experience I have ever had. In a very few days, we were able to positively influence the health care of many hundreds of patients."

Lynch said during the visit, representatives from the School of Pharmacy visited the pharmacy program at the University of Technology in Kingston. "We were able to meet with faculty, administrators and students, as well as the president of the university," he said.

"We hope that this will lead to future collaborations between the two programs."

For more information about this health care mission effort, contact McLeod: (618) 474-7023: Jain, (618) 474-7129; or Lynch: (618) 650-5139.

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Marketing Survey Shows SIUE Has Moved Ahead In Three Years

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Recent marketing survey results for SIUE indicate that in three short years, SIUE is a typical freshman's first-choice institution; known for its quality programs.

That could be one reason that SIUE has more than 7,000 freshman applications for a freshman class of about 1,850 this fall.

The survey-comparing SIUE with other universities on 10 college-choice factors of location, academic quality, reputation, quality faculty, academic experience, student life, campus environment, financial aid, good value and career preparation-ranked SIUE No. 1 in nine out of 10 categories.

"We are delighted that the word is getting out about SIUE's quality programs and services," said Barbara O'Malley, SIUE's executive director of marketing and communications. "We've known for a long time that SIUE offers incredible value, now prospective students and parents are realizing this, too."

Todd Burrell, director of admissions for SIUE, said there is still plenty of room for transfer students. "Our freshmen enrollment is over the top this year," Burrell said. "We are a hot school for freshmen, but we have room for transfer students at all levels." Transfer students may call (800) 447-SIUE to inquire about future enrollment availability.

SIUE offers the second lowest tuition in the state of Illinois, and is recognized on a national level for its quality programs. For the third consecutive year, it has moved up in US News & World Report rankings. In 2007, The Association of American Colleges & Universities ranked SIUE as one of 16 universities nationwide as an exemplary model for its senior assignment program.

Earlier this year, the University made the bold announcement that it is taking its Intercollegiate Athletics programs to NCAA Division I.

With nearly 80,000 alumni, "SIUE is a growing force," O'Malley said. "From our academic programs to our economic impact, we are making a huge footprint on the Metro East and on the state of Illinois."

When SIUE began back in 1957, only three percent of the population had college degrees. Today, more than 20 percent have college degrees.

SIUE celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2007-08; the University has 13,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is located just 25 minutes from St. Louis. Once known as a commuter campus, SIUE will open its fourth residence hall this fall and is now considered a primarily residential university.

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Engineering Professor Recognized By International Publication

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) SIUE Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Majid Molki recently received the Omar Khayyam Award from Scientia Iranica, the international journal of science and technology. Molki received the prestigious award for his "valuable services and many endeavors" to promote the journal and to "enhance its credibility worldwide."

The recognition will be featured soon on the journal's Web site: Molki often provides editorial assistance to the journal and will soon have a paper published in the journal.

Molki, who is head of the graduate program for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, earned a BS in mechanical engineering in 1975 at Sharif University of Technology, an MS in mechanical engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979 and a doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1982.

Joining the SIUE School of Engineering faculty in 2000, Molki spent more than 21 years teaching and researching in thermal-fluid sciences at several universities. Before coming to SIUE, he performed extensive research in boiling and condensation of refrigerants, CO 2 heat transfer in microchannels and control of frost by electric fields while at the University of Maryland, College.

His current research is in flow boiling of refrigerants in plate evaporators with application to automotive air-conditioning. Dr. Molki is performing and overseeing research conducted in the closed-circuit wind tunnel. He is also involved in extensive computational modeling of fluid flow and heat transfer using FLUENT.

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Social Work Chair Named Asst. Provost For Faculty Development And Diversity

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Venessa A. Brown, professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, it was announced recently by SIUE Provost Paul Ferguson.

This position has been redesigned from the previous role of Rudy Wilson, assistant provost for Cultural and Social Diversity, who retired April 1 after serving the University for nearly 40 years. In this new role, Brown will work with the Provost to create more extensive programs supporting faculty development in addition to promoting a diverse faculty.

Joining the Social Work faculty as assistant professor in 1995, Brown has contributed extensive service to the campus during the past 12 years in such roles as MSW Admissions Director, MSW Program Director, and department chair in addition to roles on the Faculty Senate, Graduate Council and the College of Arts and Sciences Planning and Budget Committees.

Brown's scholarly focus concerns child welfare practice and she serves on several editorial boards including the Illinois Child Welfare Journal, the Caribbean Educational Journal, and Black Women, Gender and Families. Under her leadership, the Department of Social Work's Master's Program recently was reaccredited for a maximum eight-year term.

Throughout her career, Brown has participated in numerous regional, national and international organizations to promote social and cultural diversity such as the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators, Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis, Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the Human Relations Board for the Bureau of Federal Prisons and the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference Board of Directors for which she serves as president.

She has traveled to the Caribbean, South Africa, Central America and Europe to examine child welfare issues, study language and participate in student abroad programs.

Brown earned a doctorate in Social Work, Planning, Administration and Social Science at Clark-Atlanta University in 1994, a master of Social Work at Atlanta University in 1985 and a BA in Social Work at Greenville College in 1983. During this time, Brown also obtained considerable professional practice experience in social services and health care.

Brown was selected following an internal search chaired by Anne Perry, a professor of Nursing.

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Construction Researchers Awarded Grant To Study 3D Lasers

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Three researchers in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Construction have been awarded a $150,000 grant to study the use of 3-D laser scanning technology in construction applications.

Part of the SIUE School of Engineering, the department recently was notified of the grant, which comes from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through its Illinois Center for Transportation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The two-year project will identify cost-effective means for IDOT to implement state-of-the-art laser scanning technology in highway construction projects.

The research project will be headed by Construction Department Chair Dianne Kay Slattery, with Assistant Professor Kerry Slattery and Assistant Professor Chris Gordon as co-principals as co-principal investigators who will perform the experimental design, field work, data analysis and software development, Slattery said

Laser scanning is a relatively new addition to traditional land surveying technology, allowing a user to quickly produce a 3-D representation of objects and surfaces by accumulating data on the X, Y, and Z coordinates of millions of points in the vicinity of the laser scanner, she explained.

"One goal of the project is to evaluate the feasibility of using laser scanning to survey 'before' and 'after' terrain surfaces and compute the volume of the difference in order to determine the basis of payment for earthwork contractors."

The technology promises to improve the speed and accuracy of traditional quantity measurement methods employed on earth-moving projects, Slattery said. "The research team will develop software to import terrain models from familiar, industry-standard software programs into a program to plan where to take scans, and to compute the total volume of earth moved during the project."

The Department of Construction purchased a laser scanner in January, using funds donated by the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP), construction companies and individuals. The scanner had been used as a demonstration model by St. Louis-based Seiler Instrument Co.

"The purchase, the largest single expenditure ever made by the department, reflects a conscious move toward the more computer-savvy construction industry of the 21st century," Slattery said.

"The laser scanning equipment has been incorporated into several undergraduate courses, continuing education short courses for industry and faculty research, and was demonstrated to high school students attending summer engineering programs."

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SIUE Commencement Set For Aug. 4 At The Vadalabene Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 550 students are expected to graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during summer commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

Some 558 eligible graduate candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing will receive diplomas.

Keith Alper, CEO, co-founder of and executive producer at Creative Producers Group Inc. (CPG) and a 1984 graduate of SIUE, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the SIUE Alumni Association during the ceremony. Alper, who earned a bachelor of science in Mass Communications, has chaired that department's advisory board and has served on the SIUE School of Business Advisory Board. CPG also helped SIUE with a new branding launch in 2005.

Alper is founding chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) and became YEO's international chairman in 1998. He served as chapter chairman for the St. Louis Young Presidents Organization and now acts as YPO's Strategic Planning chairman. Alper also devotes time to local business groups and non-profit organizations, serving on the boards of Enterprise Financial Clayton Bank, St. Louis County Enterprise Centers, KWMU-FM, the St. Louis International Film Festival, and Korte Construction Co. He also has served as president and chair of the Saint Louis Advertising and Marketing Association.

Also sponsored by the Alumni Association, Barbara Regnell, professor emerita of mass communications, will be honored with the Great Teacher Award. SIUE alumni nominate candidates for the award by mail or through the association's Web site ( and then the association's Activities Awards Committee chooses from among the nominations.

Regnell retired from SIUE in 1997 after a 30-year career in education. She earned a bachelor of science in speech, with an emphasis in radio and television, at Syracuse University in 1957. A year later, Regnell married a military man whose career took the family to several posts before she was able to earn a master's in speech education in 1966. Regnell then spent a year teaching high school in Syracuse before joining the faculty at SIUE.

During the 1974-75 academic year, Regnell became a visiting professor at the University of Maryland's branch in Teheran, Iran. While there, she also served as professor at the National Institute of Television and Cinematography and also as a master program consultant for National Iranian Radio and Television. Returning to SIUE in 1975 as an assistant professor, Regnell became an associate professor of mass communications in 1980 and seven years later was named chair of that department, a post she held until her retirement.

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Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood Program Will Serve High School Girls Through The East St. Louis Center

(EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.) High school females will become more self-confident, develop strong interpersonal skills and increase self love through a new program developed and offered by the SIUE East St. Louis Center TRIO Program, Educational Talent Search.

Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood is the new program and brainchild of Tasha Williams, Educational Talent Search program coordinator. Williams had noticed that many female students in the TRIO Program seemed to be emotionally restless. "Several young ladies came to me and said they wanted an outlet to express themselves," said Williams. She believed in the need so much that she began the program without a budget in 2005.

Later, SIUE's Meridian Society gave the TRIO Program a grant to fund Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood. The Meridian Society is an organization of women in philanthropy dedicated to supporting a variety of SIUE programs.

Now in its second year of operation, Williams recruited Catrice Woods and Kristopher Fields, Upward Bound counselors, to serve as Sisters Obtaining Sisterhood program advisors. Together, they are committed to providing a wholesome think tank setting that engages intelligent dialogue, constructive criticism and inner conflict solutions. "The atmosphere is centered on learning about consequences, choices and responsibilities," Fields said.

In addition, the program puts emphasis on addressing symptoms of peer and societal pressures. "Everything around them focuses on dating," Woods said. "Everyone at school is dating; the kids on TV are dating, and their parent is dating. They are surrounded by pressures to have a boyfriend." After identifying these concerns, the staff addresses the pressures and consequences, and places importance on sexual responsibilities.

"Overall," Fields concluded, "the desired outcome is to help young women become strong women."

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