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February 25, 2005

Jazz Saxophonist, Educator To Teach Master Classes, Perform At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person-a legendary recording artist who has played with jazz and soul greats such as Etta Jones, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton, and Horace Silver-will visit Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from March 2-5 to teach master classes in the SIUE Jazz Studies Program and to perform with faculty and students.

An internationally acclaimed jazz performer, Persons has recorded more than 75 albums under his own name for the Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, and Muse recording labels. He currently records for HighNote Records, including Dialogues, with bassist Ron Carter, and his latest, Social Call. Earlier recordings for HighNote made the No. 1 spot on jazz charts each year from 1998-2001.

Two of Person's recordings that he also produced-My Buddy: Etta Jones Sings the Songs of Buddy Johnson and Etta Jones Sings Lady Day-were finalists for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal category in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Pianist Phillip Dunlap, a student in the SIU! E Jazz Studies Program and president of the SIUE chapter of the International Society of Jazz Educators, was responsible for bringing Persons to campus. "Houston came here once before in 2000 as a replacement for Stanley Turrentine, who had become ill," Dunlap said, "but he was only here for one concert. It occurred to me that having Houston teach and perform here over two or three days would be very beneficial for the jazz students."

With the help of Bob Burnett, an SIUE alum and operator of Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis, Dunlap was able to bring about the 70-year-old Persons' return to SIUE. "It's going to be great having an important jazz performer on campus," Dunlap said. "He's going to play in a student combo and in a faculty combo. It will be a great experience."

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February 25, 2005

SIUE International Trade Center To Conduct Roundtable Series

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville International Trade Center, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Illinois Trade Office will co-sponsor a Business Roundtable series over the next several months, providing a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences about international trade. The trade center is operated by the SIUE School of Business.

The first meeting in the series, "Finding Export Assistance in Illinois," is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Monday, March 14, in the International Room of SIUE's Morris University Center. The forum will feature foreign market experts who will conduct in-depth discussions about specific market opportunities.

Representatives from the International Trade Center Network and the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide a complete overview of the various local, state, and federal programs available to assist Illinois exporters.

The following are some of the topics to be covered during the seminar:

• Local export assistance and counseling resources for international trade
• Federal programs to assist Illinois exporters
• State of Illinois programs to promote Illinois exports

Who should attend?

• Financing programs for Illinois exporters
• Meet the International Trade Center experts in the region
• Q & A session about the needs of Illinois exporters
• CEOs/presidents
• Vice presidents for international
• Export managers
• Distribution managers
• Administrative support staff
• Shipping staff and management
• International sales staff and management
• Those involved in international trade

Admission is free but registration is required. A continental breakfast and parking will be provided. For more information, please call the International Trade Center at SIUE, (618) 650-2452. Space is limited.

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February 25, 2005

SIUE Club Hockey Wins Second Gold Division Championship In A Row

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) For the second time in as many years, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Hockey Club won the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Division II Gold Tier Championship after defeating Robert Morris College 4-3 in sudden death overtime this past weekend in Springfield, Mo..The club won the Silver Division in 2003 and the Gold Division in 2004.

Coach Larry Thatcher said he is pleased with the growth of the club. "From roughly eleven guys in the first season to 44 this past year speaks highly of the organization," Thatcher said "As you know, not only did the varsity team just win its second MACHA Gold Division Title in as many years, but the team also won the Silver Division Title three years ago.

"I think another big story may be that the junior varsity team finished at .500 this season," Thatcher said. "They achieved the .500 mark in the last game of the season when they defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 7-0. Northwestern finished in 2nd place in the Silver Division for the season.

"All in all, great work by a great bunch of kids."

Chad Rodgers, assistant director of Recreational Programs for the SIUE Office of Campus Recreation, said SIUE hockey is quickly becoming one of the most recognized club programs in the nation. "The team continued their incredible! success last season by winning the 2003-2004 Regular Season a! nd Playo ff MACHA Championships for the first time in school history," Rodgers said.

"The club's success in winning the '01-'02 MACHA Regular Season title, '02-'03 MACHA Silver Tier Championship, the 2003 Big Muddy Tournament title and '03-'04 MACHA titles resulted in development of two teams. Last year, we gained national attention by participating in an invitation-only premier showcase tournament against some of the top Division II teams in the nation as well as being asked to play in Division I tournaments this year," Rodgers pointed out.

Rodgers also praised the loyal fans who made the four-hour drive to Springfield for the recent weekend tournament. "We were supported by a great crowd."

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February 21, 2005

SIUE School Of Pharmacy Granted Pre-Candidate Status By The ACPE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, poised to open its doors in August as the only Pharmacy doctorate program offered in downstate Illinois, has been granted pre-candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

SIUE Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon said the ACPE accreditation is a tribute to the advanced planning and strong commitment by the University in opening a Pharmacy program. "This also is a strong endorsement of the preliminary work being done by the faculty and staff in preparing for the August opening," Medon said.

"ACPE accreditation is a rigorous process, involving three steps," Medon said. He pointed out the ACPE evaluation team will return in spring 2006 for the second phase of the accreditation process- Candidate Status, which will consider elements of continued progress by the School.

"The final part of the process comes when the ACPE considers us for full accreditation," Medon said. "That occurs when the program is found to have met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class.

"The pre-candidate status is an important milestone in the history of the SIUE School of Pharmacy and granting this status reflects the ACPE's understanding of our plans and progress," the dean said. Medon praised former SIUE Chancellor David Werner and SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs and her staff for their efforts in laying the groundwork for the new school.

"They saw to it that preliminary planning for the Pharmacy program took place in the context of the University's mission of providing health-care related curricula," Medon said.

"ACPE evaluators were impressed with how the Pharmacy program fits with our other health care programs-the School of Nursing and the School of Dental Medicine," he said. "And, we continue to receive exceptional support from the current administration under Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, who believes strongly in the University's commitment to serving the citizens of Southern Illinois."

Medon said the pre-candidate status indicates that SIUE's planning has followed stringent ACPE guidelines in creating a Pharmacy doctorate program and also indicates that the School continues to follow ACPE guidelines in continued program development. "Pre-candidate status is not granted lightly by the ACPE," Medon pointed out. "Not all schools that apply are given such status by the ACPE."

The granting of pre-candidate status was based on several criteria, including the School's application addressing ACPE's 30 standards for accreditation, findings from a visit by an ACPE evaluation team, discussions with the faculty and staff, and discussions with Provost Hahs and Dean Medon. ACPE evaluators considered the School's planning papers, with an eye to such areas as faculty and staff recruiting, faculty development plans, student recruiting, and facilities available.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, which offers a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy, values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research/scholarship and service. The program of study is based on current knowledge and technology from pharmacy and other disciplines, and is delivered through a variety of innovative teaching strategies.

The School will collaborate with rural and urban health care institutions to meet the health care needs of Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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February 21, 2005

SIUE Technology Fair Set For March 3 In Morris University Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Faculty Technology Center and the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Initiative will offer the Third Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Fair on Thursday, March 3, with its theme of "Exploring the Digital Horizon, Without Falling Off the Edge."

SIUE faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend the event, to be offered from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in SIUE's Morris University Center.

The fair will feature panel discussions, poster presentations, workshops, and vendor booths. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Tom Peters, founder of TAP Information Services. The Keynote Address, "The Digital Convergence," is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. in the Mississippi/Illinois Room, on the second floor of the Morris Center.

Participating vendors will provide items for attendance prizes such as an MP3 Player, memory sticks, mini keyboard, digital cameras, Sony Walkman, iPod Shuffles, and photo finishing gift cards.

For more information, contact Jennifer Vandever, (618) 650-5697, or Cathy Santanello, (618) 650-3636.

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February 16, 2005

SIUE Black Theater Workshop Opens Feb. 25

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) In an effort to blend culture and history through the performing arts, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Black Theater Workshop director Kathryn Bentley is enthusiastic about presenting three one-act plays that chronicle the African-American experience during the past 100 years.

The Annual Black Theatre Workshop, produced each year by the SIUE Department of Theatre and Dance, opens at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and will continue at 7:30 p.m. that evening and at the same curtain time Saturday, Feb. 26, all in the Dunham Hall theater. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved and picked up through the Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

The plays-woven together by song, dance, and visuals, all under the theme of "The Color Connection"-include Zora Neale Hurston's Color Struck, Ted Shine's Contribution, and the premiere of St. Louis playwright Gregory S. Carr's A Colored Funeral.

"These three plays take the audience on a cultural journey," Bentley said, "making stops in 1900, 1969, and present day. They highlight self identity, the quest for freedom and social-cultural reflection."

The Color Connection is collaboration with SIUE's East St. Louis Performing Arts Center and the East St. Louis Charter School, with a performance ensemble that includes 11 SIUE students along with 10 students from the Charter School and the Performing Arts Center.

Bentley, a guest artist and an SIUE alumna, joins choreographer Theodore Jamison, director of the Performing Arts Center, for the production with Andrea Smythe as assistant choreographer and Associate Music Professor Reggie Thomas as musical director and accompanist.

Hurston's Color Struck deals with the issues of color among blacks in the early 1900s. Emma, a darker-hued woman struggles with her feelings of inadequacy and is unable to return the affection given by John, her lighter-skinned lover. "The play is one of the premier contributors to the Harlem Renaissance era," Bentley pointed out. "Although it is rarely performed, its issues are still relevant even in today's society.

Bentley said Contribution was written during the turbulent Civil Rights Movement, reflecting the turmoil that Blacks lived through as they struggled for freedom and equality. "Eugene is a college student who is participating in a sit-in with some of his colleagues in hopes of integrating a 'whites only' lunch counter," Bentley explained. "He believes that his grandmother is too old to participate in the freedom marches and sit-ins. She reveals t! o him that she, too, is making a contribution to the struggle-in her own way."

Carr's A Colored Funeral is a satirical, comedic, poignant and sometimes irreverent look at death in the African-American community, Bentley said. "The excerpts of this work that will be performed span from a monologue of a little girl killed by a drive-by shooting, a vaudeville spoof of a character actually being late for his own funeral, and a satirical spoof on a Black funeral.

"I hope everyone leaves the production having learned something, having felt something, having remembered something," Bentley said. "I want people to take what they've experienced and discuss it over dessert. Each audience member should become a teacher-letting someone else know about what they've learned.

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February 16, 2005

School Of Business Accounting Students To Offer Tax Preparation

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business accounting students will offer income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which over the past several years has aided hundreds of local taxpayers.

Students and low-income citizens are eligible to receive assistance from qualified SIUE students under the supervision of instructor James Dixon.

VITA student volunteers prepare tax returns for U.S. citizens filing only Forms 1040 EZ and 1040A. Students do not prepare Form 1040, known as the long form, and no dual state income tax returns can be prepared. A state return is prepared only if the individual worked and resided in a single state for the entire year. VITA personnel reserve the right to refuse to prepare any return based on a review of the situation.

Tax returns will be prepared in the SIUE Department of Accounting offices in Room 2114 of Founders Hall. Services are available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays through April 9. No service is available the week of March 6 -13. In addition, SIUE students will prepare tax returns at the Edwardsville Public Library each Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 9. Services are not available Saturday, March 12.

Individuals should bring Social Security cards and driver's licenses for themselves and all dependents, along with exemptions that are being claimed. They also should bring all supporting documentation, such as Forms W-2 and all relevant 1099s. Individuals also are encouraged to provide a copy of the previous year's tax return.

For more information, contact James Dixon, (618) 650-2622.

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February 16, 2005

35th Annual Antiques Show Set For March 19-20 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 65 dealers in antiques ! from the Midwest will display and sell a variety of items including furniture, fine glass, porcelain, china, tools, toys, and books Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, at the 35th Annual Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Antiques Show and Sale at SIUE's Vadalabene Center.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Lovejoy Library, will take place in the center's gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free informal appraisals with paid admission (2 item limit) will be offered Saturday from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door; tickets are good for both days. For a $10 fee, "early bird" patrons may enter the show between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday. Children under 13 years of age are admitted free. For more information, call the Friends of Lovejoy Library, (618) 650-2730.

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February 16, 2005

ICTM Mathematics Regional Contest At SIUE Feb. 26

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) More than 200 students from 12 schools will compete at the regional level of the 25th Annual High School Mathematics Contest to be conducted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday, Feb. 26, according to co-director Marilyn Hasty, an SIUE associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics.

Regionals will be conducted the same day throughout the state. Organized by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) with financial support from CNA Insurance Companies, the statewide event will involve 232 schools at 21 regional sites.

Winners of the SIUE regional will advance to the state finals at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on April 30. Skills to be tested include factoring logarithms, inequalities, logical reasoning, and creative analysis used in algebra through calculus.

Plaques and ribbons will be presented to individuals and schools with the best scores; an awards ! ceremony will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. at SIUE on the day of the competition.

The ICTM competition is open to any high school math teacher interested in observing, Hasty said. For more information, call (618) 650-2382.

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February 16, 2005

SIUE Dental School Hosts 2nd Annual Give Kids A Smile Day

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The SIUE School of Dental Medicine in Alton recently provided more than 320 children with oral health treatment during its Second Annual Give Kids A Smile Day for the Metro East region.

The number of children served was nearly double the number served the previous year, according to Dr. Randy Parmlee, the 2005 Give Kids A Smile Day regional chairperson. "An estimated $69,000 in dental care was administered before the end of that day," Parmlee said. "We are excited by the increase in turnout from the community. It really shows the need for Give Kids A Smile Day."

Additional children were able to attend the event, Parmlee said, in part because of support from The Meridian Society, a philanthropic group of women at the University. The society awarded a $3,400 grant for bus transportation from nine area school systems.

The care given at the event was administered by some 300 dental professionals of the Madison and St. Clair District Dental Societies, as well as faculty, students and staff from both the dental school and the Lewis and Clark Community College dental hygiene and dental assisting program. Other volunteers included many from various local service organizations, participating as escorts for children through registration, through X-ray and screenings, and, finally, to treatment.

Give Kids A Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children. Free dental care-including examinations, X-'rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and fillings and extractions-was provided to children who attended the event and who may not otherwise have received it.

Give Kids A Smile is meant to focus attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children and deliver the message that dentists alone cannot solve this problem without a solid commitment from government and society. It is a way to show that dentists care and are willing to do their part. This program also helps to communicate the dental profession's perspective that it is going to take a commitment on the part of the public and elected leaders to reach a true solution.

Dr. Ann Boyle, dean of the SIUE School of Dental Medicine, noted that the issue of providing better access to dental care is a pressing health concern. "Children with oral health problems can have severe infections and be in chronic pain," Boyle said. "They can have difficulty eating, sleeping, and paying attention in school.

"The result is that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to kids' dental illness," said Boyle. "Give Kids A Smile Day is a significant step toward addressing the issue. However, there is only so much that we can do in one day. Access to dental care is an issue that state and local government officials genuinely need to review."

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February 10, 2005

SIUE Open House To Showcase Future of Engineering

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering will conduct its 5th Annual Open House from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the SIUE Engineering Building. This year's focus is on the future of engineering.

Visitors may observe teaching situations and visit research laboratories throughout the School, while meeting with faculty and students to learn about the fields of engineering, computer science, and construction.

Some scheduled activities during the day include:

• A panel of representatives from leading St. Louis Metropolitan Area firms will explaining engineering projects taking place in those companies and will discuss future trends and career opportunities for new engineers in the Greater St. Louis Area.
• The SIUE solar-powered car will be on display in the Engineering Building lobby. This work-in-progress will be entered in the 2005 North American Solar Challenge race.
• Visitors also may operate one of the School's two roaming robots, Taz and Marvin.
• Assist Construction Management and Civil Engineering Faculty to explore what happens when an earthquake shakes a structure, and witness other tests in the Structures Laboratory.
• Demonstrations are scheduled for the School's powerful wind tunnel as objects are buffeted by tornado-like wind speeds.
• Demonstrations are planned to show how virtual reality technology will revolutionize engineering practice in the future.
• Visitors will find how computer engineers design and fabricate large-scale 100,000-transistor integrated chips.
• Participants may try their hand at packaging by entering the Egg Drop Contest conducted by the Society of Women Engineers.
• Demonstrations will show computer-operated robots and assembly lines as used in modern manufacturing facilities.

Campus-wide tours also will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Prospective students who visit all the exhibits will have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship to any SIUE School of Engineering program.

Anyone interested in learning how engineering will shape the future is invited to arrive early Saturday morning to enjoy all the events throughout the Engineering Building.

For more information, contact Tonja Smith, (618) 650-2541, or visit the School of Engineering Web site: www.siue.edu/ENGINEER.

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February 10, 2005

Board Approves Awarding Two Honorary Degrees At May 7 Commencement

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) One of the greatest female athletes of all time and an historian who edited and annotated the 19th Century journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will receive honorary degrees at the May 7 commencement at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, according to action taken today by the SIU Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, sports legend and philanthropist, and Gary Evan Moulton, retired Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, will each receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Moulton produced 13 scholarly volumes and a single abridged volume that contain the accounts written by members of Lewis and Clark's historic Corps of Discovery.

During the winter of 1803-04, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set up camp near what later became the city of Wood River, Illinois, as members of the expedition readied for exploration of the Louisiana Territory, newly acquired by the United States under then-President Thomas Jefferson. The president had charged the explorers with mapping the territory and also finding a Northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean.

Some 180 years later, Professor Moulton began the arduous and painstaking task of editing and annotating, for publication by the University of Nebraska Press, the various contemporary accounts written by the members of that historic expedition. To accomplish this feat, Moulton drew on several disciplines including botany, medicine, astronomy, cartography, as well as history.

In addition to winning three Olympic gold medals, Joyner-Kersee garnered one silver and two bronze, as well as four World Championship gold medals. Surviving poverty, racism, and sexism to succeed, Joyner-Kersee went on to a storied sports career and continues a winning lifestyle in philanthropy and volunteerism.

Joyner-Kersee raised more than $12 million to build a community center in her native East St. Louis, while her philanthropic foundation continues to award college scholarships to Metro East high school students.

She has been recognized with a variety of awards and honors, including the Jesse Owens Award, the Fair Play Award, and the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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February 10, 2005

BOT Approves Bids For $2 Million SDM Clinic Expansion

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has awarded bids totaling more than $2 million to five Metro East businesses for expansion of the Main Clinic at the SIUE School of Dental Medicine. The board also approved an increase in the project budget from $2 million to $2.6 million. The bids were awarded at the board's regular monthly meeting today at SIU Edwardsville.

The contracts-totaling $2,055,421-were awarded to: Hart Contracting Inc., Alton, for general contracting, $1,058,480; Wegman Electric Co., East Alton, for electrical, $237,460; Amsco Mechanical, Granite City, for heating and cooling, $237,500; Belleville Mechanical Inc., Belleville, for ventilation, $85,129; and GRP Mechanical Inc., Bethalto, for plumbing, $436,852.

The total budget for the project was re-set at $2.6 million from the original $2 million estimate because bids came in higher than expected, University officials said. The overall budget also covers $283,345 in architect and consultant fees, $8,248 for materials testing, $24,900 in construction observation, and $22,544 for technology costs.

The clinic addition, to be known as the Advanced Care Wing, will add about 6,000 square feet to the clinic on the Alton campus, providing space for 24 new clinical "operatories" and a classroom for 75 students. The additional space will allow the SDM to consolidate teaching in specialty disciplines-periodontal, endodontic, and pediatric, among others-and general dentistry in one location. The project is targeted for completion by the end of this year.

The cost of the project will be funded through the issuance of $2 million in Certificates of Participation to be retired by dental school tuition revenue, and $500,000 through an internal loan, to be repaid through tuition revenue over 10 years, and $100,000 from University operating funds.

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February 9, 2005

Editor, Scholar, Poet J. Ward To Conduct Workshop Feb. 15

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Editor and renowned scholar-poet Jerry Ward will conduct a workshop, "Words, Speech, History, and Musical Referents in the Poetry of Langston Hughes," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Room 1007 (Library, Building B) of the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Dr., East St. Louis.

Ward, a professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, is a renowned authority on African-American literature. He formerly served as professor and chair of the English Department at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. Ward also has written and lectured on Southern literature, novelist Richard Wright, and poet-cultural historian Margaret Walker. He also has authored or edited numerous creative and scholarly texts including "Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry" and a teacher's guide for "Richard Wright: BLACK BOY."

Earlier in the day on Feb. 15, at 12:30, Ward also will address students in the "Literature of the Third World" class in Room 3417 of Peck Hall on the SIUE campus. The class is taught by Eugene B. Redmond, an SIUE professor of English Language and Literature.

The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club is playing host for Ward's visit which is underwritten by the Langston Hughes National Poetry Project of the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Hughes (1902-2002) spent a part of his childhood in Lawrence.

The EBR Club is one of several organizations in the United States chosen to participate in a multi-year observance of Hughes's centennial. Howard Rambsy, a member of the Writers Club's Board of Directors and an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at SIUE, is facilitator for the local event.

For more information, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or the EBRWriters Club, (618) 277-8076.

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February 8, 2005

SIUE School Of Education To Meet With Prospective Grad Students

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University's School of Education will conduct an informational meeting for prospective candidates for a master of arts in teaching at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Room 1407 of SIUE's Founders Hall.

Participants must bring a résumé, unofficial copies of their transcripts, and two letters of reference.

For further information about the master's in teaching at SIUE and the informational meeting, contact David DeWeese, SIUE Secondary Education program director, by telephone, (618) 650-3432, or by e-mail: ddewees@siue.edu.

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February 8, 2005

NCERC Among Only Eight Groups To Receive STAC Grant

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) has been notified it is among eight awardees of funding from The State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC).

SIUE's award comes to $633,000, part of a total $6.4 million awarded for various energy research projects.

The NCERC will use the funding to develop ways to better utilize co-products of corn-based ethanol production to gain new markets. The NCERC and its research partners were among only four groups in the Midwest to receive funding as a result of STAC's Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy Science Solicitation.

"The funding will allow the NCERC, working with its research partners on this project, to better ensure the economic future of dry-grind fuel ethanol plants," says Martha Schlicher, director of the NCERC at SIU Edwardsville. The NCERC's research partners are Washington University in St. Louis, Emerson Process Management, and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.

Schlicher said the research project is made possible in part because of preliminary work funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Division of Renewable Fuels. The research focuses on Distiller's Dried Grain with Solubles, or DDGS, which is a co-product of dry-grind fuel ethanol production.

"Used as animal feed for cattle, poultry, and swine, DDGS is an important part of the overall economic value of dry-grind ethanol production," Schlicher explained. "This funding will help ensure the continued success of these ethanol plants that are located throughout this country, existing in rural communities across the Corn Belt."

The research being conducted by the NCERC will help to determine what factors in the ethanol production process influence the quality of the DDGS. With this information in hand, fuel ethanol plants and corn growers will have better information with which to ensure they are delivering the highest value products to the marketplace. In addition, livestock producers will benefit as a result of the research which will provide a better feed product.

Some 35 proposals totaling $29 million were competing for the STAC funding, but only eight were chosen, representing state and regional Department of Energy offices, state research institutions, public and private universities, and other qualified organizations in response to the STAC solicitation for proposals. STAC is a collaborative effort between federal and state agencies.

The NCERC was constructed with state of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and USDA Agricultural Research Services funds secured with the help of Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

The mission of NCERC's research is to assist in the long-term growth and sustainability of fuel ethanol production from corn by accelerating the commercialization of new technologies.

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February 3, 2005

SIUE Chosen As Host Of The 2005 Lincoln Academy Gala

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been chosen as the host of the 2005 Lincoln Academy convocation and investiture, black-tie reception, dinner, and ball on Saturday, April 30. More than 300 guests are expected to attend, including Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and many other Illinois dignitaries.

The gala event will take place in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Delyte W. Morris University Center. The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established in 1965 to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens who have brought honor to the state by their achievements.

"We are honored to be chosen to host this prestigious event on the SIUE campus," SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said. Vandegrift is currently pulling together a group of civic volunteers to help plan the event. "This is a great opportunity for the University to partner with the community in showing the entire state our Southern Illinois brand of hospitality."

Gov. Blagojevich recently announced that six world-famous Illinoisans-who have excelled in communications, business, education, sports, science, and social service-will receive the Order of Lincoln Medallion at the SIUE event. The award is the highest that can be bestowed by the state.

This year's Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois are: Edward Brennan, retired chairman, president, and CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co.; David S. Broder, Washington Post political correspondent who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary; Nick Holonyak Jr., head of the University of Illinois' Micro and Nano Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; George E. Inglett, innovator and marketer of corn and soybean-based weight loss and fat replacement products that have improved the health of millions of people around the world; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the Sports Illustrated "Female Athlete of the 20th Century" and Olympic gold medalist; and Stephanie Pace Marshall, an international leader, speaker, and writer on the issues of educational innovation, schooling re-design, gifted education, and mathematics and science education.

Lincoln Academy Chancellor John B. Simon of Chicago will preside over the April 30 ceremony. The traditional reception, banquet and ball will follow the ceremony.

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February 3, 2005

Ionesco's Gem, The Bald Soprano, To Run Feb. 16-20 At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.)Playwright Eugene Ionesco defined what he called "theater of derision"-which is commonly referred to as the "theater of the absurd"-when he introduced The Bald Soprano to the world in 1950. Southern Illinois audiences will be able to enjoy the play again when it runs Feb. 16-20 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

A Romanian, living in France and writing in French, Ionesco referred to The Bald Soprano (originally titled The Bald Prima Donna) as an "anti-play," a concept embraced by Peter Bukalski, director of this upcoming production of Ionesco's gem.

The English version of the play runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, Feb. 16-19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, all in SIUE's James F. Metcalf Theater, located behind the Vadalabene Center.

"I love The Bald Soprano because it works against our expectations of what a play should be," Bukalski said. The director, a professor of Theater and Dance at SIUE, may be remembered for his 1990 directorial effort at SIUE, The Three penny Opera.

Ionesco was a fervent believer in human rights and a longtime foe of political tyranny. His work conveyed what he viewed as humanity's struggle to survive in a society that he said formed barriers between human beings. Critics have said The Bald Soprano "satirizes the deadliness and idiocy of the daily life of a bourgeois society frozen in meaningless formalities." Bukalski said: "Ionesco labeled this work an 'anti-play' and it clearly satirizes theatrical traditions and the audiences' conventional expectations.

In this attack on the conformity and the banalities of everyday life, Ionesco demonstrates his belief that ordinary language has become 'fossilized' and devoid of significant meaning. He challenges us at every turn in The Bald Soprano, all the while reminding us that we are just watching a play, nothing more."

Bukalski also has made a statement of his own by introducing gender-bending among the characters. He also comments on society by using three different sets of actors to play the Smiths, the central characters. "The first Smith couple represents the 1950s; they're drinking martinis and smoking cigarettes. The second couple is the '60s, and they're smoking pot; while the third couple, from the '70s, snorts cocaine," Bukalski said.

"In keeping with Ionesco's satirization of bourgeois, everyday life, I'm trying to show that, although the times may change, couples pretty much stay the same. In society, we carry on with our mundane conversations and, whatever we think we are, at home we stay the same."

Why did he choose the Metcalf Theater instead of SIUE's Dunham Hall theater to stage the play? "It's an intimate space, which I think is perfect for this play," Bukalski said. "I think it will work well with Ionesco's juxtaposition of illusion against reality."

Tickets are $10; students, senior citizens, and SIUE employees, $6; and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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February 3, 2005

SIUE School Of Nursing To Offer Credit Courses On-Line

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Beginning in August, the Southern Illinois University School of Nursing will offer a 12-credit-hour program featuring online courses. The program is intended for registered nurses who supervise or provide direct care for older adults. Registration materials must be sent to arrive by July 1 for timely enrollment.

The SIUE program is designed to strengthen and expand the knowledge of registered nurses who work with the elderly in hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care, and other health care settings. Licensure as a registered nurse is required; nurses with an associate degree, diploma, bachelor's degree, or graduate degree are eligible to enroll.

The program will include four courses, each for three hours of academic credit. The courses will be delivered online with one or two classroom meetings in each course. Students need to possess basic knowledge of e-mail, internet, and word processing to participate.

Each course will be eight weeks in length; one course will begin at the start of the semester, the second will begin at mid-semester. Students enrolling in two courses each semester will complete the program in two semesters. Credit earned in this program may be transferable to the RN-BS program in the School of Nursing. Experienced nursing faculty will teach the courses.

Course content will include:

• The myths and stereotypes of aging;
• Normal aging process;
• Wellness approach to aging;
• Best practices with older adults;
• Geriatric syndromes;
• Commonly occurring chronic disorders;
• Family centered care;
• Social issues (depression, dementia, abuse);
• Culture change in long term care;
• Palliative and end-of-life care.

To save a spot in the new program, contact Mollie Fedor in the Department of Continuing Education, (618) 650-3215, or by e-mail; mfedor@siue.edu or Emily Coffin, (618) 650-3207, or by -mail: ecoffin@siue.edu.

The first class of the fall semester will begin the week of Aug. 22; registrants will be notified of a day, time, and location for an orientation session during that week.

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February 3, 2005

Applications Available For Carol Kimmel Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nomination-applications for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Carol Kimmel Scholarship are now available in the Kimmel Leadership Center on campus. Deadline for the nomination is Monday, March 14. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.

The annual scholarship was established to recognize students for their outstanding leadership and community volunteer service contributions, as well as academic excellence. The scholarship was named for Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who has dedicated her time and talent over the years to volunteerism.

For the scholarship, individuals may nominate a student, or students may nominate themselves, according to the following criteria:

• currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at SIUE, with sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate standing;
• an accumulative SIUE grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
• demonstrated volunteer contributions within the last two years in leadership, service, and/or citizenship, including leadership in a student organization or at least one elected office;
• and more than 30 hours of nonpaid service to a community agency or community organization.

In addition, a nominee must provide two letters of documented university service and leadership from university employees, as well as two letters documenting community service and leadership from external community members.

In order for a student to be considered for a second Kimmel Scholarship, documentation submitted for previous Kimmel Scholarships will not be reconsidered. The scholarship provides one full year of tuition at the SIUE in-state rate.

Winners will be recognized Wednesday, April 27, at the 16th Annual Kimmel Leadership Recognition Program. For more information about nomination procedures or for a nomination-application form, call the Kimmel Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

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February 3, 2005

Applications Available For Carol Kimmel Community Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The deadline for filing nomination applications for the Carol Kimmel Community Service Awards, sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

Nomination-applications for the awards are now available in the Kimmel Leadership Center, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. The award is co-sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat.

There are six award categories: education, social service-social welfare, environmental and civic betterment, regional leadership, agency/organizational concerns, and special populations. Winners will be recognized Wednesday, April 27, at the 16th Annual Kimmel Leadership Recognition Program at SIUE.

The awards were established to recognize outstanding community leaders for dedication and contributions to community volunteer service as exemplified by Carol Kimmel, a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, who has been very active in dedicating her time and talent to volunteerism.

Organizations, agencies, businesses, or individuals may nominate those who have been residents of Illinois or Missouri for at least two years and who are at least 16 years of age, and who have been a volunteer with at least one agency, organization, or business for at least two or more continuous years.

In addition, nominees must have demonstrated a variety of community service contributions for an extended period of time; demonstrated outstanding voluntary community service (outside of the applicant's regular job duties), as well as a commitment to the citizens of Southern Illinois or Missouri; and must document leadership roles and responsibilities.

Joint applications will not be accepted; prior recipients also are not eligible. Posthumous applications will be considered if the nominee has died in the past 12 months.

For more information about complete nomination guidelines, or for a nomination application form, call the Kimmel Leadership Center, (618) 650-2686, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2686.

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February 1, 2005

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

SIUE Dental School to Host Second Annual Give Kids A Smile Day

• What: More than 200 children will receive free dental care
• When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 (A media conference is set for 10 a.m.)
• Where: SIUE School of Dental Medicine, Alton

Congressman Jerry Costello plans to attend this event that will serve more than 200 area children who are expected to participate in "Give Kids A Smile Day," sponsored by the SIUE School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

The SIUE/SDM will serve as the host site for the Metro East region, bringing together members of the Madison and St. Clair District dental societies, as well as faculty, students and staff from both the School of Dental Medicine and the Lewis & Clark Community College dental hygiene and dental assisting programs. These oral health professionals will provide free dental care, including examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, for children who may not otherwise receive dental care.

Give Kids A Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children. The day is also meant to focus attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children and deliver the message that dentists alone can not solve this problem without a real commitment from government and society.

All children ages three to 13, who are eligible for public aid and/or the free lunch program, are invited to participate. Due to the need for signed parental permission and other documentation, Give Kids A Smile will serve only pre-registered children and children accompanied by a parent or guardian. While the event will continue until 3 p.m., parents wishing to ensure that their child will receive dental care on Give Kids A Smile Day should arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.

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February 1, 2005

SIUE School Of Education To Conduct Annual Open House Feb. 19

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University School of Education will conduct its second annual open house Saturday, Feb. 19, for prospective undergraduate students and their families.

"The event is a great opportunity for students interested in programs offered by the School of Education to tour and see specialized labs and equipment, while speaking with faculty, staff, and current students," said Julie Babington, director of Development for the School.

"They'll also have a chance to meet the 'Dean's Dozen,' a select group of students who have achieved academic excellence and have been chosen to help with student recruiting and serve as ambassadors on behalf of the School," Babington said. "Last year, we had more than 400 prospective students and family members, and we're expecting more this year."

Babington said visitors also will be able to meet with the School of Education Dean Elliott Lessen and associate deans, as well as department chairs, program directors and faculty. "They'll also be able to speak with SIUE admissions and financial aid counselors, while also generally exploring campus.

"In order to provide prospective students with the information that is of the most use, they also will be able to choose three separate breakout sessions in which to participate," Babington pointed out. "While at these sessions, the students will be able to obtain detailed information about prospective areas of studies."

The SIUE School of Education offers undergraduate programs in psychology, speech pathology/audiology, exercise wellness (kinesiology and health education), and the teaching fields of early childhood education, elementary education, special education, physical education, and secondary education.

For additional information and to pre-register, please visit the School of Education Web site: www.siue.edu/education, or call: (618) 650-3350.

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