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August 2009

·Alcohol Awareness Program, 'One Night,' Set For Sept. 1 At SIUE
·A. Martin Named Employee Of The Month For August
·SIUE Highlighted By U.S.News As A Leader 'In Innovative Changes'
·SIUE Prepares To Welcome Back Students
·SIUE & Professor Tout Green Initiatives At State & Federal Levels
·Lightning Strike Caused Extensive Damage To SIUE Residential Building
·Shimkus Presents Grants To SIUE's SIAM And NCERC To Support Efforts
·SIUE Political Scie nce Student Attends Presidential Advisory Board
·Funding Expected For SIUE School Of Nursing Regional Carbondale Office
·SIUE International Trade Center Contributes To Economic Growth


Alcohol Awareness Program, 'One Night,' Set For Sept. 1 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An award-winning college alcohol awareness program, One Night, will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Several University departments have joined to host the program that was initiated by Missouri State University in 1999. Co-sponsoring at SIUE are: University Housing, Counseling Services, Health Service, the Office of Admissions, Campus Recreation, Kimmel Leadership Center, University Police, the School of Nursing, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

A variety of local area organizations also have donated time and resources to the program. "For the past 10 years, this program has won regional and national awards for its impact on students concerning alcohol consumption," said Jessica Vanderwood, one of two program co-coordinators. Cathy Passananti, the other coordinator, said: "The idea for this program is a new twist on an old idea. Many universities have some type of alcohol awareness program, and many perform docudramas (car crash re-enactment scenes) to make a dramatic point about the dangers of drunk driving."

Vanderwood and Passananti agreed this particular awareness program puts the students in regular situations they may encounter when consuming alcohol, and then presents an extreme change of events to show how easy it can be for a fun evening to have a tragic ending. "The goal of the One Night program is to shatter the students' beliefs that they are invincible to the consequences of alcohol consumption," Vanderwood said, "and force them to reconsider how their decisions concerning alcohol could land them in a hospital, a morgue or in jail."

All University students and personnel are invited to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts at a reflection table at the end of the program. A variety of door prizes will be raffled off throughout the program, including a PS3 Slim, iPod Touch, digital camera, gift certificates and more.

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A. Martin Named Employee Of The Month For August

Anthony "Tony" Martin, an assistant in the Office of Human Resources, is the August recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. In the photo, Martin is flanked by Sherrie Senkfor, director of the Office of Human Resources, and Jayne Markus, an associate director of Human Resources. At far left is LaVontas Hairston, payroll manager in Human Resources and Martin's supervisor, who was one of two people to nominate Martin. Paula Caveny, office support specialist in the Department of Music, who is not shown in the photo, also nominated Martin. At far right is Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher, who presented the award. In addition to the plaque he is holding, Martin was awarded a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant or other Dining Services locations, as well as parking close to his office for the month. (SIUE Photo by Denise Macdonald

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SIUE Highlighted By U.S. News As A Leader 'In Innovative Changes'

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been cited by its peers and reported in U.S.News & World Report as an "up and coming school firmly focused on improving the job they're doing today." The listing is in the magazine's Best Colleges of 2010 issue that hit newsstands today. In addition, for the fifth consecutive year, SIUE was listed in the senior capstone experience category, among 17 universities-including Yale, Harvard, MIT and Princeton-for its comprehensive program 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.

Also, according to the U.S. News rankings released today, SIUE is among the top 15 public universities in the Midwest-Master's category for the third consecutive year and also is in the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern universities. The overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education. SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said he was "extremely pleased" with the new rankings. "To have SIUE among the top three public universities in the Midwest in a category that touts innovation is a credit to this institution," Vandegrift said. "We owe this recognition to a committed faculty of teacher/scholars as well as to strong programs, excellent staff support and a shared sense of community. It all adds up to a great educational experience at SIUE," Vandegrift said.

U.S. News, which labels the category "Top Up-and-Coming Schools," includes six other schools but SIUE is among only three public institutions in the Midwest listing, with the other two Grand Valley State University in Michigan and Truman State University in Missouri. "For prospective applicants, we believe the schools on this list offer the reassurance that ... they're firmly focused on the job they're doing today," the article stated. "These 77 colleges and universities (throughout the country) were singled out as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities," U.S. News reported.

Vandegrift said SIUE is moving forward with innovative change, pointing to improvements made in the general education curriculum to enhance the educational experience as well as the newly constructed Student Success Center-with all of its "Green" energy-saving features-that will greatly improve the way student services are delivered. He also cited the University's transition to NCAA Division I in Intercollegiate Athletics as another indicator of excellence. "The e continues its strong commitment to providing a quality and affordable education to our students."

SIUE's Senior Assignment initiative has been recognized on several occasions as a model for other institutions across the nation. The Association of American Colleges and Universities has lauded SIUE's program as an effective tool in gauging the comprehensiveness of academic offerings. "This recognition speaks to the hard work, innovation, and commitment of the SIUE students and faculty," said Victoria Scott, director of assessment at SIUE. "The Senior Assignment optimizes the role of a capstone experience by engaging students in an open-ended, holistic and authentic assessment of discipline specific outcomes as well as general education competencies. "We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the fifth consecutive year."

In response to SIUE's U.S. News rankings, Paul Ferguson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, commented, "this national recognition from our peers and national associations strongly supports the commitment of SIUE to continuous quality improvement and academic innovation 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 Prepares To Welcome Back Students

Click here for a picture of SIUE Admissions Counselor April Bauer, right, and Cale Henke, assistant vice president and center manager for TheBANK of Edwardsville's Glen Carbon 157 location. Starting this week, the University and the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon communities are welcoming students to the region for fall semester.

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SIUE & Professor Tout Green Initiatives At State & Federal Levels

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Bill Retzlaff, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently co-hosted a discussion group about sustainability initiatives to reduce oils, metals and pollutants in storm water systems. Green Roofs and Permeable Pavement was the topic of the group discussion at the Sustainable University Symposium in Palos Hills. The event was sponsored by the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council through the state of Illinois.

Retzlaff talked about the 16,000-square-foot green roof on the new Student Success Center on campus and the results of research projects and the educational programs that have developed out of SIUE research programs. As a University, SIUE has taken important steps to introduce sustainability measure on campus, as well as ways to monitor the success of such initiatives. A partner of ENERGY STAR® through the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the University has committed itself to:

• Measuring and tracking the energy performance of its facilities whenever possible by using ENERGY STAR® tools;
• Developing and implementing a plan to achieve energy savings, in line with the ENERGY STAR® Energy Management Guidelines;
• Spreading the word among the SIUE community about the importance of energy efficiency;
• Supporting the national call-to-action through the ENERGY STAR® Challenge by improving the energy efficiency of the campus' commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more;
• Highlighting the University's achievements through ENERGY STAR® recognition.

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Lightning Strike Caused Extensive Damage To SIUE Residential Building

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Edwardsville Fire Chief Brian Wilson said today the fire that gutted an eight-unit residential building in Cougar Village Apartment Complex at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville early Monday morning was caused by a lightning strike. University officials said late Monday a preliminary estimate shows that the damage will total approximately $1 million. A final dollar estimate and a decision whether to repair or replace the unit at 529 Cougar Village will come later. The 30 students who were scheduled to live in the unit for the Fall Semester have been re-assigned to other space in the apartment complex.

Two students already living in the unit got out of the burning building largely thanks to SIUE Police Officer Dan Murphy who spotted the fire and pounded on the front doors of the building to roust anyone who may have been inside.

Wilson said Monday that early evidence showed lightning may have caused the fire because of burn patterns and other evidence indicating the blaze started in the attic. It was also noted Monday that there was no one cooking in the building at the time nor was there evidence of combustibles. "I've now made the determination that it was lightning and I believe the evidence supports that finding," Wilson said today.

A University risk management official and an insurance company adjuster were at the scene Monday surveying the damage. K. Chris Glidewell, director of University Risk Management, was at the scene most of the day Monday. "We are going over the evidence and we hope to come to a complete damage estimate and a decision about where to go from here by the end of this week," Glidewell said.

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Shimkus Presents Grants To SIUE's SIAM And NCERC To Support Efforts

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, (R-Collinsville,) today presented grants totaling roughly $598,000 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville programs that stimulate the economy, help local businesses improve processes and become more efficient, and provide retraining and jobs for dislocated workers.

The grants totaled $360,000 for the National Corn-to-Ethanol-Research Center and $238,000 for the Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing (SIAM) Center. SIAM is a partnership between the SIUE School of Engineering and Lewis and Clark Community College.

From a podium in the lobby of the SIUE Engineering Building, Shimkus talked about the relevance of both programs.

"I am pleased that these two projects were successful in our federal appropriations process," Shimkus said. "The (NCERC) is important to our corn farmers, as it continues to develop better processes for processing ethanol. It is also important for our nation to continue domestic, renewable energy.
"The (SIAM) Center helps make our domestic manufacturers optimize their current practices, test new technology and maintain good-paying manufacturing jobs. I appreciate all that SIUE brings to the region and our nation."

The funding to the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) will allow it to continue offering workforce training opportunities in biofuels production. NCERC, located in SIUE's University Park, partners with University departments to provide internship opportunities to students and has an analytical lab, fermentation lab and pilot-scale ethanol production process.

The Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing (SIAM) Center received a $238,000 grant to continue helping companies streamline processes and save money. Its experts in the areas of manufacturing, industrial, mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, computer engineering and computer science, are faculty and students from the School of Engineering.

"Both of these programs are vital to the region's economy," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "It doesn't matter where you look. Everyone is trying to do more with less and we are all looking for ways to go green, reduce reliance on non-renewable resources and embrace technology. This funding is an investment in our future and we thank Rep. Shimkus for his continued support of this important work."

At the end of 2008, there were 175 ethanol production plants in 25 states across the country, with more than $66 million in revenue generated by the biofuels industry, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. Additionally, there are more than 500,000 people employed in the biofuels industry in the U.S., with 28,000 new jobs created in this area in 2008. Since Jan. 2007, NCERC has trained more than 400 people for employment within the ethanol and biofuels industry.

SIAM's annual regional economic impact exceeds $3 million in nearly 500 jobs retained and created, cost savings to companies, productivity improvements and quality enhancements. The center's return-on-investment ratio exceeds $18 for every $1 spent on SIAM projects. The center has helped more than 90 companies on projects in Illinois, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Arkansas.

"Congressman Shimkus has been a tireless advocate for Southern Illinois University," said SIU President Glenn Poshard. "In no small measure to Mr. Shimkus' continued efforts, SIUE has made meaningful gains in its ability to transfer technology and research in biofuels and manufacturing processes to the region's employers."

Clients from both centers were available to talk about their experiences with NCERC and SIAM.

Click here for a photo of John Caupert, (center), director of NCERC, flanked by Rep. Shimkus, left, and Chancellor Vandegrift, right, holding a giant reproduction of a check symbolizing the center's grant from FY09.

Click here for a photo of Kevin Hubbard, director of SIAM and associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, flanked by Rep. Shimkus, left, and Chancellor Vandegrift, right, holding a giant reproduction of a check symbolizing the center's grant from FY09.

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SIUE Political Science Student Attends Presidential Advisory Board

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John Hanson, a senior majoring in political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently attended a Presidential Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health in Cincinnati.

The advisory board, which is appointed by the President of the United States, is charged with advising the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. Hanson, who is as a research assistant for Denise DeGarmo, chair of SIUE's Department of Political Science, presented recently uncovered information about former atomic weapons workers at the former Dow facility in Madison.

Click here for a picture of Hanson, center, who is surrounded by (from left to right) Larry Elliot, director of the Office of Compensation Analysis and Support (OCAS,) National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH;) Jim Neton, also from OCAS and Paul Ziemer, Presidential Advisory Board chair.

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Funding Expected For SIUE School Of Nursing Regional Carbondale Office

The office of U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) recently announced that $500,000 for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is included in the federal fiscal year 2010 budget.

The proposal recently was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. If enactment of the FY2010 budget takes place, the money will be part of a $5.2 million allocation for health and education projects for the state of Illinois through the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations.

The allocation would enhance the regional initiative by providing funding to hire nursing faculty and staff, implement a marketing and recruitment plan and purchase sophisticated patient simulators for the nursing program's foundation courses.

The SIUE baccalaureate nursing program will be headed by Marcia Maurer, dean of the SIUE School of Nursing, who points out it will be identical the program offered on the Edwardsville campus.

"Applicants interested in SIUE's nursing program at SIUC can enroll in a pre-nursing curriculum during their freshman year at Carbondale," Maurer said.

Since the SIUE School of Nursing-fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-is the official home of the program, a BSN would be conferred by SIUE even though a student is taking program classes at SIU Carbondale.

The SIUE School of Nursing is a well established program on the Edwardsville campus, recently achieving 10-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The regional and national need for qualified, well-trained nurses inspired the School of Nursing in Edwardsville, the official home of the program, to work closely with its sister campus to introduce the regional option.

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SIUE International Trade Center Contributes To Economic Growth

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) When you're enjoying those blueberries on your cereal in November from Argentina, or you've been eating asparagus from Peru during these summer days, you can probably thank the Illinois Small Business Center (SBDC)/International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and its associates, including the state of Illinois. By the same token, some businesses in South America have benefited from companies in the St. Louis region that are sending goods south of the border. Thanks again to the SBDC/ITC, which coordinated travel earlier this year for some local shippers, farmers and manufacturers who went south for a trade mission.

The SBDC/ITC, along with the state, has been helping pave the way for exporting and importing for the past 25 years under the auspices of the SIUE School of Business. With the guidance of ITC Director Silvia Torres and her staff, the University's trade program has made a large contribution to economic growth throughout the Southern Illinois region and in other parts of the state. "The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, through its Latin America Office and our SBDC/ITC, organized the Southern Illinois Trade Mission to the 'Southern Cone' to visit Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru for 12 days in March," Torres explained. "The mission was geared toward small to mid-sized companies seeking distribution channels and end-users in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Three companies and two organizations participated in this trade mission, four from Southern Illinois," Torres pointed out. "And, they made the trip at a much lower cost than they would have if they had done this on their own."

But, don't take her word for it. Talk to Larry Taylor from Mid-America Airport in St. Clair County. "We visited five cities and met with representatives of 40 companies," Taylor said. "The level of professionalism every step of the way was great." His main goal was to provide a delivery and/or departure point for shipments to and from the U.S. and other countries. "Mid-America does a brisk business in air cargo shipping." Taylor said he had in-depth conversations with specialists in each country. "There was always a clear understanding of what we needed," he said. "The 40 companies we met with fit our needs perfectly. I've been on these trade missions before and they have been less than 100 percent effective. "But, the missions with the University's ITC program and the state of Illinois' trade offices are 110 percent effective."

Pam Wildermuth, a sales-marketing representative for B. Deo-Volente (BDi) Inc. in Galesburg, and Steve Gillis, president of BDi, agreed that the trip was very much worthwhile. "It was quite an experience," Wildermuth said. "This trip was one of the best things to happen to our business." BDi makes stainless steel mesh screens that can be used in the ethanol industry, the sugar refining industry and in gold mining-all of these types of industries have operations in South America. "We're planning a return trip to Brazil where we had interest in our product," she said. "And, there's a company in Peru interested, too."

Lisa Stephens, assistant city manager and economic development director for the city of Greenville in Bond County, also attended the trade mission as a representative of businesses in Greenville. "I represented Buchheit's (a home center store), which also manufactures farm equipment, and InBev as well as several other companies," she said. "I was instructed what to ask and acted as a liaison for them with the businesses in South America."

All participants said they were impressed at how much preparation the ITC and the state provided. "They did so much legwork beforehand that we immediately began meeting companies as soon as we arrived," Stephens said. "We didn't waste any time." Torres explained that the Illinois Foreign Trade and Investment Offices are located in Brussels, Belgium; Wanchai, Hong Kong; Warsaw, Poland; Johannesburg, South Africa; Mexico City, Mexico; Tokyo, Japan; Toronto, Canada; Shanghai, China; and Jerusalem, Israel. "The Illinois SBDC/ITC at SIUE is a member of the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment," she said. "These relationships provide our clients access to foreign market experts, NAFTA trade specialists and international trade offices."

The Illinois SBDC/ITC can be reached by calling (618) 650-2452, or by, or visit the Web site:

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