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December 2008

·SIUE Workshop To Focus On Promoting Classroom Civility
·SIUE International Trade Center To Jointly Conduct S.A. Trade Mission
·Student Nurses Association helps local organization
·SIUE Student Wins Gilman Scholarship To Travel To India
·Original Works Sought By SIUE School Of Nursing For Research Day
·Pakistani Representatives Visit SIUE School Of Education
·First Group In SIUE Early Childhood Program Finishes Inaugural Semester
·BOT Meeting Yields Actions Pertaining To SIUE
·SIU Board Of Trustees Approves Alternative Tuition Rate
·State Recognition For SIUE's Kinesiology Student Association
·Space Still Available For FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 17 At SIUE
·Pre- Kwanzaa Expo, Celebration Set For Dec. 16 In East St. Louis
·Three Biological Sciences Faculty Members Win Illinois DNR Research Awards
·Regional Botball Season Gets Under Way; Also Big News For SIUE
·2009 Paul Simon Teacher-Scholar Award Goes To SIUE's Kauzlarich
·The Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis Comes To SIUE Campus
·SIUE Joins Voluntary System of Accountability Project
·Prestigious National Scholarship Awarded To SIUE Pharmacy Student
·SIUE Among RCGA's Top 50 Award Recipients For Second Year


SIUE Workshop To Focus On Promoting Classroom Civility

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) An event co-hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity will focus on enhancing the classroom environment and, when necessary, diffusing incivility in the classroom.

Cynthia Clark, professor of nursing at Boise State University, will present strategies for dealing with uncivil students and faculty during the half-day interactive program from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Multipurpose Room, Building B, at the SIUE East St. Louis Center. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

"We will welcome Dr. Clark, nationally noted researcher, who will provide background materials and a wealth of knowledge and lead SIUE faculty in tabletop exercises on the emerging issue of incivility in the classroom," said SIUE School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer.

Clark, an award winning professor, has published several works including "Student Perspectives on Incivility in Nursing Education: An Application of the Concept of Rankism" in Nursing Outlook and "The Dance of Civility and Incivility in Nursing Education," a published abstract from the 2008 Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Garden Grove, CA.

This topic emerged from a recent School of Nursing administrative retreat. In their observations of recent classroom behavior, both faculty and administrators have observed a trend towards new provocative behaviors from some students who might require additional strategies of classroom management.

Clark currently is researching the development of policy to address disruptive students in higher education, as well as conducting an international student incivility study on nursing education in Hangzhou China.

She has presented nationally on topics, including incivility, impaired nurses and adolescent mental health issues. She promotes student learning and contributions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

To register for the event, contact Kris Heather in the School of Nursing, 618-650-2551, or Advance registration is strongly recommended, as only 150 seats are available.

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SIUE International Trade Center To Jointly Conduct S.A. Trade Mission

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is inviting interested regional businesses to join the ITC's 12-day trade mission in March to four South American cities.

Registration deadline is Jan. 27 for the trip that offers a limit of four Southern Illinois companies opportunities to find or expand distribution channels for their products/services in these emerging overseas markets.

There are no registration fees for the trade mission, which leaves March 16 and returns March 27. Owners or representatives of the four companies may visit any or all of the countries and pay only their own travel related expenses.

The trade mission-to be conducted jointly by the SIUE Center and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's (DCEO) Office of Trade and Investment (OTI)-has the support of U.S. embassies in the target cities: Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Lima, and also the support of the local Chambers of Commerce. The four companies will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

During 2007, the Illinois SBDC-ITC at SIUE assisted in $41.7 million export sales from the region, the creation of nearly 60 jobs, retention of more than 430 jobs, and the counseling and training of nearly 400 clients. The SBDC-ITC, a not-for-profit export information center, is funded through DCEO and the University to serve exporters in the 45 southernmost counties of the state.

The SBDC-ITC provides:
o Free individualized export counseling and evaluation of a company's export readiness;

o Customized international market research;

o Identification of foreign buyers, agents, distributors and partners;

o Export finance assistance;

o Participation in trade missions and trade shows worldwide;

o Offers an extensive library of international trade publications and databases.

What to expect:
o Matchmaking-two days of customized, one-on-one business appointments with
prospective agents, distributors and representatives who have expressed interest
in Illinois company products or services;
-Interpreter service during all appointments
-Local transportation

o Export counseling-in-depth briefings by the U.S. ambassadors to the host country
-Export counseling and pre-trip briefing sessions to be provided by the SIUE
SBDC-ITC before making matchmaking appointments;
-Networking event in each country with the local business community

o Travel and Logistical Assistance-preferential rates in hotels;
-Logistical and on-site support
-Illinois companies will receive continuous follow-up assistance to ensure
marketing objectives are met in the targeted markets

For more information or to register, contact the SBDC-ITC, (618) 650-2452, by
e-mail: or via website at

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Local Organization Helped By SIUE Student Nurses Association

The SIUE School of Nursing Student Nurse Association chose to support families who are helped by Epworth Children and Family Services in St. Louis as their holiday project this year.

Ashley McFarland, secretary for SNA and the chair of the volunteer committee said that the choice of Epworth came about because members of the committee wanted to do something that would focus directly on children and families in need during the holiday season.

The student group encouraged the School of Nursing faculty, staff and other students to give to the effort, providing them with a Wish List that Epworth published, which included everything from comforters to toys to toasters.

"When we delivered the items to the administrative team at Epworth they were so pleased," McFarland said. "I know that they appreciated our efforts. They even called me the next day to thank me again."

Service is one of the goals of SNA and something that the group has spent more time in during the past couple of years. The project for Epworth Children and Family Services is just one of many service-minded efforts for the year. Other examples include serving meals at the Ronald McDonald house; helping local Girl Scouts earn Health Badges; raising money for and entering teams in Relay for Life and renovating the playground for the Crisis Nursery.

For more information on Epworth, visit

For more information about this project, contact SNA Advisor Karen Kelly, SIUE School of Nursing associate professor of primary care/health system's nursing at

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SIUE Student Wins Gilman Scholarship To Travel To India

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nathaniel Tallent will leave the United States for the adventure of a lifetime Dec. 27.

A highly competitive $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship will cover about half the cost for a trip to India, where Tallent will spend the spring semester studying and about another month learning more about the place of his birth.

Born in Calcutta, India, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville sophomore was adopted at the age of 8 months and raised in Decatur. He has no records that contain any information about his birth parents and he knows very little about his native country.

Tallent, who is majoring in early childhood education and plans to graduate in spring 2011, contacted SIUE's Office of International Programs. There he received help and guidance from Julie Beall-Marshall, study abroad coordinator, to locate alternative funding sources and other opportunities to make his study abroad dream come true.

He will study at the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India, taking courses on the cultural and historical aspects of the country.

"I've always wanted to study abroad," Tallent said. "Several of my cousins studied abroad and I thought I'd really like to study in India.
"I wasn't really expecting to get this scholarship. I applied for it and I hoped for it, because it's really helping out."

Tallent wrote an essay as part of the application process, in which he explained why he wants to make the overseas journey.

"It'll be interesting to experience life in an emerging economy such as India, where I was born and to get an idea what my life might have been like," he said.

Funding from the program-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education-will cover about half the cost of Tallent's trip. The remainder of the cost for his travels will be paid by loans that he will repay upon graduation.

Tallent is the second SIUE student to receive a Gilman Scholarship. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship see

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Original Works Sought By SIUE School Of Nursing For Research Day

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International are looking for original works, including oral presentations, poster and evidence based projects for the Annual Martha Welch Nursing Research Day this spring.

Abstracts for original works that demonstrate the development of nursing partnerships in research, practice and education must be submitted for consideration by Jan. 5, 2009. Oral presentations, poster displays and evidence based practice projects submitted electronically will be considered for inclusion in the day's events.

Partnerships: Weaving the Threads of Collaboration into Today's Nursing Research, Practice and Education will be the topic for the day, which will take place April 10, 2009 in the Morris University Center. Educators, clinicians, administrators and students are encouraged to submit abstracts that demonstrate collaborative efforts on the part of nurses and other health care providers in a variety of settings. Submissions will be reviewed and presenters will be chosen by a review committee.

The research day is named for Welch, a former SIUE nursing professor who died in 1993. As a clinical psychologist, she was one of the University's first graduate faculty members.

"Martha Welch was very involved in research," said Angie Peters, director of development for the SIUE School of Nursing. "The day was introduced in her honor out of regard for her and her research efforts, as well as our deep commitment to continue her legacy."

For submission guidelines or more information visit

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Pakistani Representatives Visit SIUE School Of Education

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Strengthening its global relations, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education recently hosted visitors from Pakistan.

University and government representatives recently toured the school to discuss developing a teacher accreditation system throughout Pakistan. The group, sponsored by UNESCO, also visited the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in Washington D.C., as well as Eastern Illinois University and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Professors and associate deans in the SIUE School of Education, Curt Lox and Mary Weishaar discussed with the officials their experiences with the NCATE accreditation process. Guests included Secretary of Pakistan's Accreditation Council for Teacher Education Irshad Ahmad Farrukh, UNESCO National Project Officer Nasreen Gul and Munawar Mirza, chairperson of Pakistan's accreditation council and vice chancellor for the University of Education in Pakistan.

Click here for a photo suitable for print. From left to right, Gul, Weishaar, Farrukh, Mirza, Pat Fewell from Eastern Illinois University, and Lox.

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First Group In SIUE Early Childhood Program Finishes Inaugural Semester

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The first group of students is completing the inaugural semester of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Early Childhood On Site teacher education program this fall.

Undergraduate and graduate students through the part time program are completing their time at the Marie Schaefer School in O'Fallon. The program allows SIUE School of Education students to achieve Illinois Teaching Certification Type 04, which involves training from birth through Grade 3, while they still pursue their current job.

Practicum hours are required; however placement and scheduling are flexible to fit working students' needs. Current students are employed by Head Start, as well as through private child care and school districts, which helps them balance work, family and school.

Class locations are based on proximity to students. Students working in early childhood settings might be able to finish some or all of their student teaching requirement in their current place of employment, while being paid.

New students will be admitted in fall 2009, which classes offered in the evenings and online. Students take two courses per semester.

For more information, contact Martha Latorre, SIUE associate professor of curriculum and instruction, 618-650-2223, or,

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  • Yvonne Mitkos joined the University Dec. 1 as director of Instructional Services.


  • Gloria Atkins, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration, effective Dec. 1, after more than 19 years of service.
  • David Clelland, a coordinator in the Department of Geography, effective Nov. 30, after more than 29 years of service.
  • Jerry Hoffee, assistant to the director of Research and Development for the East St. Louis Center, effective Aug. 1, after 11 years of service.
  • Kathleen Porter, an accountant in Administrative Accounting, effective Dec. 1, after more than 19 years of service.

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BOT Meeting Yields Actions Pertaining To SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Three projects, totaling more than $6.1 million, on the campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, are moving forward as a result of action today by members of the SIU Board of Trustees. Two actions were taken today by the full board and a third had been previously passed by the board's executive committee and announced at today's meeting at SIU Carbondale.

The full board approved roof replacement, totaling $4.8 million, for seven buildings on the SIUE campus-Founders, Alumni, Dunham and Rendleman halls-as well as the Vadalabene Center, the Supporting Services Building, located south of the core campus, and the 200 building in University Park, where the SIUE School of Pharmacy is located. Some 337,000 square feet of roofing material is expected to be replaced during the project which will be funded through an internal loan to be repaid by the Facilities Maintenance Fee.

The full board also approved installation of four vent condensers, totaling $300,000, at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center in SIUE's University Park. The project is being funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The vents, installed on the center's flash tank and on its four fermentation tanks, will better control vapor phase emissions and significantly reduce process vapor losses.

The board's Executive Committee announced that it had recently approved a project proposal and a $1.1 million budget to install synthetic turf on Guelker Field at SIUE's Korte Stadium. The committee approved the project and budget because the regular monthly board meeting of Oct. 16 was cancelled. The project, funded through internal operating funds, will remove the field's existing natural grass and replace it with a high quality turf suitable for college-level tournament soccer playing and training. The life of the synthetic turf is estimated at 15 to 20 years.

In addition, University officials said the new turf would open the door for other uses with minimal field expense and would open the field for year-round play. The field is now used between 80-100 days per year. Officials cited an NCAA study which shows "no major differences in the incidence, severity, nature or cause of injuries sustained on artificial turf or on grass."

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SIU Board Of Trustees Approves Alternative Tuition Rate

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today passed a measure that will provide an alternative tuition rate for high-achieving and talented out-of-state students. The passage took place at the board's regular meeting at SIU Carbondale.

Under the measure, which will take effect fall semester 2009, out-of-state students who are assigned discretionary tuition rates will pay 1.2 times the current in-state rate. Non-resident students now pay 2.5 times the current in-state rate. In 2007, the board approved a policy which allows the president and the chancellors to charge, upon approval by the board, alternative tuition rates for special situations and/or special populations of students. That approval improves recruitment of students who might not otherwise attend SIUE.

Today's expansion of that policy promotes geographical access and a campus climate of academic excellence to the benefit of all SIUE students.

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State Recognition For SIUE's Kinesiology Student Association

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Kinesiology Student Association recently excelled at a state competition in St. Charles.

Taking 1st and 2nd places in two Illinois Alliance for Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance Conference competitions against 14 other teams, SIUE's chapter showed "evidence of the high quality of students, faculty and programs" through the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, said E. William Vogler, professor and department chair.

The SIUE team took 1st place in the organization's annual Jeopardy trivia contest and 2nd in the team building competition. Kinesiology students Scott Mahring, a senior from Creve Coeur, Ryan Czyz, a senior from Ottowa and Sarah Konecek, a junior from Edwardsville, answered questions about anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports and cultural trivia.

Kinesiology students Alie Stach and Levi Mahon, seniors from Edwardsville, and Eddie Gonzalez, a senior from Berwyn, took part in the team building competition.

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Space Still Available For FOTAD Trivia Night Jan. 17 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Space is still available for the Ninth Annual Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) Trivia Night set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the James F. Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. FOTAD is a support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the game scheduled to begin promptly at 7. Proceeds from the event benefit FOTAD's student merit award fund for qualified SIUE students majoring in theater and dance at the University. Winners of the competition will receive 1st ($160), 2nd ($80), or 3rd prize ($40) for scoring the most points per table. Reservations may be made for tables of eight.

The evening will offer challenging trivia, during the regular question-and-answer sessions and during survivor trivia. Free popcorn and pretzels will be offered; also, candy bars and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 per person; a table of eight, $80. A $40 deposit must be received by Jan. 16 to guarantee a table will be held. Make checks payable to the SIUE Foundation and send it to Greg Conroy, 217 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL 62025-1740. To make reservations, call 618.692.0874; participants must arrive by 6:50 p.m. or their reservation may be given away, unless a 50 percent deposit has been received.

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Pre-Kwanzaa Expo, Celebration Set For Dec. 16 In East St. Louis

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature will present their 22nd annual holiday family Kwanzaa celebration Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the multipurpose room of Building D on the Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis. Kwanzaa: A (Continuing) Community Celebration begins at 6 p.m. and features a Kwansaba candle lighting ritual with the Soular Systems Ensemble-Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman L. Fowler, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy and Eugene Redmond, a professor emeritus of English Language and Literature at SIUE and founder of the EBR Writers Club.

The evening also includes poetry, dance, drumming, an open mic session, a bazaar with books, gifts and fabrics for purchase, and a performance by the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, coordinated and choreographed by Theo Jamison, program director of the performing arts center. A special tribute, A Suite of Kwansabas for Obama, will include Meshawn Deberry, Walter Robinson, Takia Yates, K. Curtis Lyle and Lena Weathers. The kwansaba, invented by the Writers Club in 1995, is a poetic form consisting of seven lines of seven words each with no word containing more than seven letters. Exceptions to the seven-letter (maximum) rule are proper nouns and some foreign words.

For more information about the event, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or write EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165.
The EBR Writers Club co-publishes Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural journal, with the SIUE English Department. EBR trustees include noted authors and poets Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Avery Brooks, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe and Lena Weathers. Past trustees included late celebrated authors Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Raymond Patterson (1929-2001) and Barbara A. Teer (1937-2008).

The event is cosponsored by the East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee, Drumvoices Revue, the Black River Writers Press and the Renaissance Literary Arts Press.

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Three Biological Sciences Faculty Members Win Illinois DNR Research Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Members of the biological sciences faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have received nearly $4,000 in research funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for two research projects.

Richard Essner and Peter Minchin, both associate professors in the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences, have been awarded $2,000 for their project, "A Multivariate Habitat Model for the State Threatened Cerulean Warbler and Other Neotropical Migrant Songbirds in Southwestern Illinois." The object of the study will include establishing 140 permanent vegetation plots on the SIUE campus and the adjacent Bohm Woods State Nature Reserve. Data is expected to be collected on the composition and structure of the forest community, looking at both woody and herbaceous plant species of the area. The study also includes a census of the area to generate baseline data for future efforts aimed at monitoring population trends within the designated area.

In their research application, Essner and Minchin wrote: "the forested bluffs of Southwestern Illinois attract large numbers of migrating songbirds .... These once extensive oak-hickory forests are now highly fragmented ...." They also wrote that the research will be used "to estimate population size and density for target species and will be combined with vegetation data to generate a predictive habitat model that will be used to inform future conservation and land use decisions in Southwestern Illinois."

Associate Professor Kurt Schulz was awarded $1,860 from the IDNR for his research project, "Comparison of Shrub Honeysuckle Eradication Techniques for Private Landowners," to help control escaped Asian honeysuckle species which are major threats to native woodland animals and plants throughout Illinois. "To control this species," Schulz wrote in his research application, "we must reduce the number of plants in the landscape contributing seed." Schulz's study will compare two safe "green" control techniques suitable for private citizens who wish to eliminate invasive honeysuckles from their property. The study also will evaluate how well these techniques perform during various parts of the growing season.

Schulz's project will be conducted on the campus of SIUE, involving undergraduate and graduate students in an active role. According to Schulz, teaching through research has been a hallmark of the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences for several years. "This project demonstrates the value added to college education by faculty research," Schulz said. "It also provides direct benefits to the citizens of our region and to the state of Illinois. "We greatly appreciate IDNR support."

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Regional Botball Season Gets Under Way; Also Big News For SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 2009 regional Botball season gets under way with teams attending a two-day Botball Educator Workshop at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1. After that the teams have eight weeks to design, build and test their robots before returning to SIUE for a head-to-head regional competition Saturday, April 25, which is free and open to the public. Botball is an educational program created by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics of Norman, Okla., a non-profit organization. These educational robots are created and programmed by students to complete certain tasks without the use of a remote control.

The 2008 Greater St. Louis Botball Regional-sponsored by KISS and the SIUE School of Engineering-attracted 17 teams from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. St. Mary's School of Edwardsville placed first in an exciting final round against Edwardsville High School.

But, SIUE Computer Science Professor Jerry Weinberg said the big news is that it has been announced recently that the SIUE School of Engineering and KISS will be sponsoring the 2010 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, featuring the International Botball Tournament, at SIUE in July of that year. "The Global Conference is produced by KISS as the culminating event to the Botball Educational Robotics competition season," Weinberg said. "In addition to the International Botball Tournament, the Global Conference is designed to give students an academic and professional experience that will encourage them to discuss technology-related ideas with their peers, promote college and careers in science and technology, and provide opportunities to interact with role models."

Students attend sessions presented by international professionals in robotics and technology related fields from academia, government and industry, he explained. "These breakout sessions are an opportunity for students, teachers, mentors, and other participants to exchange ideas in a professional conference environment," Weinberg said. "Discussions encourage original thinking on topics that range from technological innovations to ethics and robotics."

SIUE and KISS are the annual hosts to the Greater St. Louis Botball Regional robotics competition where hundreds of high school and middle school students from around the region test their engineering and computer programming skills in a head-to-head robotics competition. If you are interested in starting a Botball team or wish to sponsor a team, contact Weinberg, (618) 650-2368, or visit the Web site:

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2009 Paul Simon Teacher-Scholar Award Goes To SIUE's Kauzlarich

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) David Kauzlarich, professor and chair of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, recently received the 2009 Paul Simon Teacher-Scholar Award.

Kauzlarich has published four books and more than 30 articles and book chapters in critical criminology, state and corporate crime and international law. Five of the publications were co-authored by SIUE sociology students.

Widely regarded as an expert on the causes and victimology of mass governmental violence, Kauzlarich founded and edited a scholarly journal for the dissemination of SIUE sociology undergraduate and graduate student research. He also has served as a mentor for several SIUE sociology students who now are in the professoriate and has been a recipient of the SIUE Great Teacher Award.

Kauzlarich is past recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology Critical Criminologist of the Year Award and currently is a William and Margaret Going Endowed Professor in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

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The Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis Comes To SIUE Campus

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) It won't be the sound of Santa's sleigh on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday morning, but the unmistakable jingle of bells will welcome the season and show support for a cure for Arthritis.

Runners and walkers will participate in the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, which will kick off with registration at 7 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m. at SIUE's Alumni Hall.

Arthritis affects one in three adults and approximately 300,000 children, according to statistics provided by the foundation. The number of cases is expected to rise as the U.S. population gets older, said Denise Heidger, the event's organizers and the Arthritis Foundation's Metro East community development director.

She noted the event is being organized across the country on different days and at different locations to raise awareness of the disease, which is the nation's number one cause of disability. Two courses-one measuring 3.1 miles and the other measuring a mile-were designed for individuals to run or walk, depending on their individual level of physical fitness. Individuals will arthritis will lead the way.

Participation the day of the event is $20 for adults; $15 for children 14 and younger and $5 for participants in the "Tot Trot." Registration pays for a race packet, a shirt to wear the day of the event and a race number.

To participate in the run or walk, or to form a team, or for details about how to save $5 by pre-registering for the event, call 1-800-568-4056 or visit

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SIUE Joins Voluntary System of Accountability Project

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as part of a new and innovative national effort in higher education, is providing important information to students and parents about the quality and value of their education at SIUE.

SIUE has its snapshot featured on the College Portrait™ Web site, which is available through a partnership between the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU.)

"SIUE's College Portrait™ is an important accountability and information source for potential students and their families," said Victoria Scott, SIUE's director of assessment through the Office of the Provost. "We are doing good things at SIUE and we are excited about the ability to make it public."

Through the Web site,, visitors can compare information about student characteristics, cost of attendance, student experiences and learning outcomes for more than 300 public four-year colleges and universities.

"The College Portrait™ places America's four-year public colleges and universities at the forefront of the higher education accountability movement," said Peter McPherson, president of NASULGC. "College Portrait™ is designed to be a trustworthy source of reliable data for prospective students, families, policymakers and the general public. It becomes the only voluntary accountability program that includes student learning outcomes and easily comparable information for a majority of the nation's public four-year colleges and universities."

Since November 2007, nearly 60 percent of the 520 member institutions of the NASULGC and the AASCU have agreed to participate in the project, with 194 already posting a College Portrait™.

"No one should be surprised that public higher education has taken the lead on accountability," said Constantine W. Curris, president of AASCU. "Our institutions have a long history of commitment to public accountability and learning outcomes. College Portrait™ is being unveiled at a time when severe financial constraints for both families and state governments increase our obligation to provide dependable, accurate information in keeping with our public trust."

SIUE's College Portrait can be viewed at

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Prestigious National Scholarship Awarded To SIUE Pharmacy Student

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Lacey Gamblin of Granite City, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy student, is one of 15 national American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gateway to Research Scholarship recipients.

Gamblin, who is expected to graduate in 2011, will use the scholarship to study potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Through the project, she will develop and investigate specific chemical compounds to understand their ability to decrease the formation of beta-amyloid plaques, which develop in the disease. The ultimate goal is to develop potential drug molecules that could slow the disease's progression.

Mentored by Mike Crider, chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Research for the SIUE School, Gamblin joins a very distinguished group of individuals awarded AFPE Scholarships since 1942. Crider will supervise Gamblin as she conducts the study.

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

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

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SIUE Among RCGA's Top 50 Award Recipients For Second Year

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville again is being recognized among the region's top 50 by St. Louis Commerce Magazine.

As one of the 2008 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award recipients, SIUE will be honored in the magazine, as well as at an awards presentation dinner Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront.

In order to be selected, companies and organizations must show significant economic and civic impact on the region. The awards are presented by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), in collaboration with the St. Louis office of Deloitte. Along with Commerce, other sponsors include Ameren Corporation, Edward Jones, Southwest Bank and KMOX Radio.

SIUE is one of the largest employers in Madison County, with nearly 2,000 full-time employees. SIUE's total regional economic impact was $365 million in FY05. About 3,500 students live on the campus and the majority of its more than 13,600 students live in the region, contributing to the Greater St. Louis regional economy. Additionally, more than 60 percent of SIUE's nearly 80,000 alumni live within 50 miles of campus, contributing to the vitality of the economy.

"At SIUE, we develop solid citizens who graduate from this institution wiser than when they arrived, inspired to engage in public service and committed to a better world," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "Consistent with our vision, we produce exceptional leaders. Those leaders go on to have a significant, positive impact on the economic and civic prosperity of our region, leaving an indelible mark of excellence."

In 2007, SIUE was one of only two universities and one college named among the Top 50, which included a list of corporations and businesses including BJC HealthCare, MasterCard Worldwide, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Korte Company and Maritz Inc.

The Top 50 was started in 1996 to recognize technology-related companies. The number of notable companies across all industries prompted the expansion of the program in 2004 to include the recognition of companies and organizations in all areas of business.

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