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January 2014


SIUE School of Engineering Excites Triad Middle School Students

31 January 2014, 4:07 pm

[IMAGE: KarlKatumu-Triad_students]Sixty Triad (St. Jacob) Middle School students visited the Southern Illinois University School of Engineering last week.

Jenna Gorlewicz, assistant professor in mechanical and industrial engineering, introduced the group to the Intelligent Mechatronic, Haptic and Robotic Systems (IMeHRS) lab. They were able to test demonstrations of various research projects involving medical and educational robotic systems. Gorlewicz also provided an insightful presentation about mechanical engineering to excite them about the field.

“Engaging and reaching out to local students to excite them about the engineering field is a fantastic experience for both faculty and graduate students,” Gorlewicz said. “As educators and researchers, we have the opportunity to remember why we’re doing the things we’re doing, and the chance to inspire future engineers. We hope to see many of them come through SIUE’s engineering program in the future!”

The group was comprised of 30 sixth graders, 15 seventh graders and 15 eighth graders. They all participate in an after-school program called Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA).

“Students are invited to join IMSA based on test scores, grades, student essays and teacher recommendations,” said Angela Richter, who teaches math, science and social studies at Triad. “We meet once a week for two hours and complete math activities and science experiments using inquiry and problem based learning.”

The students gave positive feedback on the experience. “I learned that with the progression of mechanical engineering, we could help the blind learn with a tablet device,” said Dani Lee. “I also learned that mechanical engineering is often used in the medical field. The field trip made me realize that mechanical engineering is important in today’s society.”

[IMAGE: StephanieKafer_ZachTonn]The “Falcon,” a force-feedback haptic device, particularly fascinated the students. They were able to interact with virtual objects displayed on a computer, but it felt as if they were actually touching the virtual object in real-life.

A sphere of different textures such as honey, ice or a golf ball was displayed on the computer. The students used the “Falcon” to actually feel the sphere and its properties. The honey felt sticky, ice felt slippery and the golf ball was bumpy.

“I liked the ‘Falcon,’ because it was so cool feeling the remote ball,” Ryan Larson said.  “If it was a rough thing on the screen, you can feel it. It was the coolest thing!”

“I thought their work with haptic feedback was very interesting,” Jacob Metcalf said. “It was interesting to see how they are planning to make it so you can feel textures instead of just the glass on touch screens.”

“I love seeing the lab and knowing our future is in the hands of people who love to change the world,” added Katie Chase.

Photos:

Upper Right: SIUE School of Engineering Graduate Assistant Karl Katumu demonstrates for Triad Middle School students (left to right) Sami Bruss, Stephanie Kafer, Sammy Maddox, Rebecca Byrd and Steven Nungesser.

Lower Right: Stephanie Kafer and Zach Tonn experience the “Falcon.”




The LehrerDance Co. Performs Saturday in Dunham Hall Theater

31 January 2014, 2:47 pm

[IMAGE: Jon Lehrer Dance Concert practice with local dancers DH2015 01-30-14]

The LehrerDance Co., directed by Jon Lehrer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Dunham Hall Theater.

Approximately 30 dancers from various dance studios in the area formed a community group. Lehrer, who has rehearsed with the dancers for the past week, taught one of his choreographed dance routines to the group.

LehrerDance, an inspiring and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, N.Y., showcases Lehrer’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. He has extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms. His choreography is organic, artistic, accessible and often humorous. It also reflects life experiences and the human condition.

[IMAGE: Jon Lehrer Dance Concert practice with local dancers DH2015 01-30-14]

The community dancers came from the following studios: Turning Point Academy of Dance in Maryville, Jane Mannion School of Dance in Highland, Dance Station in O’Fallon, Premiere Performance in Edwardsville and The Beat School of Dance in Carlyle.

For tickets and information, visit the SIUE Dunham Hall Arts & Issues Box Office, the SIUE Morris University Center Information Booth, artsandissues.com or call (618) 650-5774.

This engagement is sponsored by Commerce Bank and supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council.

[IMAGE: Jon Lehrer Dance Concert practice with local dancers DH2015 01-30-14]

The Arts & Issues series brings artistic excellence to the SIUE campus through an eclectic blend of speakers and performers. For more than 29 years, SIUE’s Arts & Issues series has showcased some of the world’s finest artists. Each season, thought-provoking speakers inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. Thanks to the underwriting of SIUE, corporations, foundations and individual donors, tickets are often discounted as much as 75 percent.

Arts & Issues is tied to the academic mission of the University and offers unique opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the community, to engage with performers and speakers through master classes and special sessions.

Photo Information:

Jon Lehrer rehearses with dancers from area dance studios. The community group will perform one of Lehrer’s unique choreographed numbers.

 




SIUE Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex Achieves LEED Silver Rating

30 January 2014, 1:01 pm
[IMAGE: Pictured is the SIUE Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex.]

Pictured is the SIUE Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex, located adjacent to the Vadalabene Center, as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building.

It is the third structure on the SIUE campus—the second academic building—to achieve LEED distinction. Along with an apartment building in Cougar Village being awarded a LEED-certified residential award, the Art and Design Building Expansion was the first academic building to be named, achieving LEED Gold certification last September.

LEED certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED-rating systems as created and maintained by the USGBC. The certification program is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

“As a University, we have a recognized commitment to excellence inside and outside the classroom,” said SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. “The sustainable features in our LEED-certified and LEED-certifiable structures on campus are a testament to that commitment. We support an environment that fosters an enhanced educational experience for our faculty and students.”

SIUE’s Lukas Annex construction review submission resulted in the building achieving silver certification. The following categories were scored:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Materials and resources
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Innovation and design
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Regional priority credits

SIUE is second in the region for the number of LEED buildings on university campuses, placing behind Washington University in St. Louis. Once all eligible SIUE buildings attain LEED certification, the University will tie with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for first in the state, each with seven LEED buildings.

The $5.4 million structure was made possible in part due to a $4.2 million gift from the Charles S. and Mary L. Lukas Estate. The project added 29,100-square-feet of space for Intercollegiate Athletics offices and the SIUE School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. As an NCAA Division I program, SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics provides academic opportunities for deserving student-athletes, including many first-generation college students. The Annex brings distinction to the University and excitement to campus life through the highest level of intercollegiate competition and academic excellence.

SIUE is awaiting LEED certification for four more buildings, including:

  • The new Science Lab Building West
  • The renovation to the existing Science Lab Building East
  • The SIUE School of Engineering Annex
  • The School of Dental Medicine Multidisciplinary Simulation Lab in Alton.

LEED Silver is mandatory for all Illinois State buildings over 10,000 square feet.




SIUE Women’s Basketball Annual Pink Zone Game Feb. 8

30 January 2014, 11:10 am

[IMAGE: SIUE v Austin Peay Women's Basketball Pink Zone Chancellor 2/16/13 Bill]SIUE basketball fans can join the women’s team in the Pink Zone to help create awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research.

A week of events culminates with a Saturday, Feb. 8 game at 4 p.m. against UT Martin. Funds raised from the week’s events will be donated to the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Events Schedule:

Snack & Speaker – Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. at Evergreen Hall Large Group Room on the SIUE Campus. Learn the importance of breast cancer awareness and healthy living from a Susan G. Komen grantee. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Admission is $5. FREE for SIUE students.

Pink Zone Reception – Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton in Collinsville. Join SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher and the basketball staff at the Pink Zone reception to celebrate and raise money for breast cancer research. Raffle items will be displayed and tickets may be purchased for the first time at this event. Complimentary appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Pink Zone Game – Saturday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center on the SIUE Campus. The 2014 Pink Zone Basketball game features the Cougars taking on UT Martin. Breast cancer survivors will be honored at halftime. Raffle tickets will be on sale and winners drawn during the men’s game following at 8 p.m. Survivors get a free ticket to the game, plus one complimentary guest pass by calling 855-SIUE-TIX.

WAYS TO GIVE

  • Coaches Challenge:  Head Women’s Basketball Coach Paula Buscher challenges you to match her pledge of $25 per three-pointer the Cougars make during the Pink Zone game. To sign up for Coach Buscher’s Challenge email NaDean Schroeder at nschroe@siue.edu.
  • Running in Remembrance: A total of 12 runners/walkers will compete for your pledges on the day of the Pink Zone basketball game. They will exercise in honor of a person or group of their choice. Help support Susan G. Komen and pledge the runners by filling out a pledge form at siuecougars.com. Runners this year include: Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt, Chair of the Kinesiology and Health Education Department Dr. Curt Lox, former Head Women’s Basketball Coach Wendy Hedberg, Assistant Chancellor for Institutional Compliance Paul Pitts and more!
  • Bucket Raffle: Fans can put $1 tickets in the jars of various raffle items. Drawings will be held during halftime of the men’s basketball game at 8 p.m. Raffle items include St. Louis Cardinals tickets, 2014-15 SIUE men’s and women’s basketball season ticket packages, SIUE gear, gift cards for local establishments, scratch-off lottery tickets and more!
  • T-Shirts: Pink Zone T-shirts are $5. The T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Feb. 3, Feb. 6, and Feb. 8 SIUE basketball games while supplies last.
  • Donate Online: On the day of the Pink Zone basketball game, you will find a link at siuecougars.com that will bring you to an electronic donations form through Susan G. Komen.
  • Attend the 2014 Pink Zone Game: Tickets range from $5-$25, order TICKETS here. Breast Cancer Survivors receive two free tickets (survivor and guest) to the game by calling 855-SIUE-TIX.

Photo: Eddie the Cougar (on floor) and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe (fourth from right) join cancer survivors during the 2013 Pink Zone game at the Vadalabene Center.




Some SIUE Students Weigh In: Does Fashion Fold in the Bitter Cold?

29 January 2014, 4:33 pm

[IMAGE: cold weather fashion 01-29-14]

This morning, in the 22-degree temperatures, many students could be seen walking briskly in and out of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Morris University Center.

“I’m not worried about how I look when it’s cold,” said Scott Stewart, a freshman majoring in computer science. Stewart was dressed for the below-freezing weather in a shirt, a hoodie, “a fake leather coat” and a hat fashioned after an “indeterminate species.”

“It could be a squirrel or a chipmunk. I don’t know what it is. I’m dressing to keep warm,” said Stewart, who rides his bicycle to campus.

Freshman Malika Fort-Bolar said she bundles up for the weather, but still wants to look fashionable.    [IMAGE: cold weather fashion 01-29-14]

Today she was donned in jeans with black lace leggings peeping through the tears. “I’m not that cold,” said the business management major. “Yesterday I had a long pea coat.”

Fort-Bolar’s friend, junior Derica Frazier, agrees that she likes looking stylish—even in freezing temperatures.

[IMAGE: cold weather fashion 01-29-14]

“Most times I try to look fashionable. But it depends on how early I get up for class,” said Frazier, an exercise science major. “And when going out, I try to bundle up.”

Keeping the cold at bay is crucial for Tory Knight, a freshman majoring in biology.

[IMAGE: cold weather fashion 01-29-14]

“When it’s cold, I wear a lot of layers. Most days I wear sweat pants,” said Knight. “Staying warm is my main concern. Being fashionable is a bonus.”

Freshman Allyson Armstrong said she concentrates on layering to keep warm. The nursing major said she expresses her fashion sense through her coats, scarves, gloves and head accessories.

[IMAGE: cold weather fashion 01-29-14]

“I’m not a fan of the cold,” said Armstrong, in her red Nautica pant coat.

When asked the question about fashion and the cold, freshman Brendon Jablonski replied: “It never occurs to me to try to be fashionable.

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“Even when it’s warm, fashion is not high on my list,” said the English major.

But for Miercoles Bell, fashion is not only a high priority; it is partly a career choice. Bell is a freshman majoring in nursing. He wants to minor in fashion merchandising.

“I try to be fashionable at all times. It’s very important,” he said. “But I’m freezing right now.”

[IMAGE: cold weather fashion 01-29-14]

About SIUE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.

 

 




SIUE Grad Student Gillespie Featured in Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

29 January 2014, 3:20 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate student Sarah Gillespie was featured in the Tuesday, Jan. 28 issue of the Journal Gazette & Times Courier newspaper.

Gillespie, who is studying and teaching art at SIUE, will have her artwork featured in galleries in Illinois and Missouri throughout February.

The complete article is available online.




EdGlen Chamber Tabs SIUE’s Vandenberg as Young Professional of the Year

28 January 2014, 4:40 pm

[IMAGE: Chandler Vandenberg portrait]SIUE’s Chandler Vandenberg is the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. Vandenberg is the assistant director of annual giving within University Advancement.

Vandenberg’s primary responsibility is to manage the University’s Student Call Center. A Glen Carbon resident, he also works to enhance the university’s online giving, stewardship and creating a philanthropic student organization.

Reporter Steve Horrell writes about Vandenberg in the Edwardsville Intelligencer.




Brain Maintenance and the Quilt Code: Lifelong Learning Topics this Week

28 January 2014, 1:40 pm

Tomorrow’s line up of Lifelong Learning events through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Office of Educational Outreach includes a discussion on maintaining your brain and a review of the Underground Railroad Quality Code.

The first event, “Maintaining your Brain,” featuring Darrell Coons, Illinois outreach coordinator from the Alzheimer’s Association, will focus on the key elements that help individuals maintain a healthy, vital and functioning brain. Sponsored by Stillwater Senior Living, the discussion will take place from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Wednesday, in the SIUE Center for Spirituality and Sustainability.

“Numerous recent studies have shown the possibility of enhancing brain health through management of lifestyle,” said Cheryl Brunsmann, assistant director of Educational Outreach.

Later tomorrow, “The Underground Railroad Quilt Code,” with Jan Copeland, owner of Patchwork Plus will take place in the same location from 1:15-2:30 p.m. This discussion also is sponsored by Stillwater Senior Living.

“Jan will share how an original quilt design inspired from the book by Jacqueline Tobin and Dr. Richard Dobard, “Hidden in Plain View,” shows how it may have been possible for enslaved men and women to use encoded quilts to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad,” Brunsmann said.

The cost to attend each of the sessions is $2 for Lifelong Learning members and $5 for non-members. Those visiting campus to attend the events can pay to park in Lot B, which is most accessible to the event location. The fee for parking is $1 per hour.

Lifelong Learning members, who are able to attend sessions at a reduced fee, also are eligible to receive a parking code that will enable them to park on site for the entire day of programs at a total cost of $2. Those individuals who already have an SIUE parking tag are not eligible to take advantage of the code. Campus maps are available for review at www.siue.edu/maps.

To register for non-credit classes or find out how to become a Lifelong Learning member, contact the Office of Educational Outreach at 618-650-3210.




SIUE Black Theater Workshop Presents And the Verdict Is . . . A Campus Response to Trayvon Martin Case

28 January 2014, 9:12 am

[IMAGE: Jasmine French]

The SIUE Black Theater Workshop (BTW) will present And the Verdict Is . . . A Campus Response to the Trayvon Martin Case at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p. m. Saturday, Feb. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Metcalf Theater.

Admission is free and open to the public.                                                                                                                         [IMAGE: Ashley Dozier and Rodrick Robins]

This original work is created by SIUE students under the direction of Kathryn Bentley, associate professor in the Department of Theater and Dance. It features original poetry, monologues, scenes, songs and dances that speak to the issue of social justice.

The ensemble of performers is comprised of SIUE students majoring in various disciplines including theater and dance, music performance, nursing and elementary education. They bring unique perspective that gives voice to frustrations, questions and revelations they experience as young people, who are navigating through the ambiguous maze of various issues of justice.                                              [IMAGE: Kenneth Coleman]

One scene is written by Cassandra Sampson, an SIUE alumnus and former student director of BTW. It highlights how one fictitious family deals with the emotions evoked by the Martin case.

Other short works within the play include an original spoken-word piece written and performed by first- year Theater Performance major Kenneth Coleman. The poem deals with justice in America.

Caleb Butler, a senior sociology major who is minoring in Black Studies, wrote a piece that examines his white privilege.

And the Verdict is…A Campus Response to the Trayvon Martin Case is a celebration of empowerment.     [IMAGE: Alleah Moore (left) and Amanda Hyde]

The BTW is able to perform excerpts from the production. For more information, please contact Bentley at kbentle@siue.edu or 618-650-2436.

For ticket and general information, call the box office at 618-650-2774 or email at theater-tickets@siue.edu.

Black Theater Workshop is an annual performance event that celebrates the voices and visions of SIUE’s diverse student population. The workshop, founded in 1998 by Lisa Colbert, has been under the artistic direction of Bentley since 2005.

[IMAGE: Domonique Armstrong]

Metcalf Theater is located on the SIUE campus. This is a handicapped accessible facility. Free parking is available on lot E just behind Dunham Hall. Visit, www.siue.edu/maps/.

About SIUE Black Theater Workshop

SIUE’s Department of Theater and Dance presents four main season plays and one dance concert along with the BTW and Cougar Theater Company during its October through April season. All productions are open to the community at large. The Department of Theater and Dance is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Visit siue.edu/artsandsciences/theater/or email tickets@siue.edu.

 




SIUE Alum Palmer’s Business Featured on Channel 5

24 January 2014, 3:54 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus Michael Palmer was featured Wednesday, Jan. 22, on KSDK News Channel 5.

Palmer, whose company, Code Red, received Arch Grants funding last fall, was interviewed about curriculum he developed to help people—particularly St. Louis area youth—gain computer coding skills to fill lucrative, high-demand technology jobs.

For more information about Code Red, visit www.CodeRedEducation.com.




SIUE Student-Athletes Mentor Middle School Students

23 January 2014, 5:41 pm

[IMAGE: mentoring2]An SIUE Department of Athletics mentoring program, now in its third year, continues to pay dividends not only for local middle schools, but also SIUE student-athletes.

SIUE student-athletes engage in monthly mentoring conversations with students from Edwardsville Liberty and Lincoln Middle Schools. The goal of the community service initiative is to open a dialogue on relevant topics to young teenagers such as bullying, stress, exercise, self-esteem, and drugs and alcohol while participating in interactive games and activities on SIUE’s campus.

“SIUE is a great resource for our students at Liberty and Lincoln,” said Mark Tschudy, a prevention counselor at Lincoln Middle School. “Building a relationship with the athletes not only is something the students look forward to, but also is a great way to introduce our students to positive role models.”

The mentoring program seeks to provide positive role models for area youth, to give back to the community, to form a lasting bond, and to present ideals in sync with the University’s values of citizenship, excellence, inclusion, integrity and wisdom.

“Our golfers had a great time playing pool and ping pong with the kids,” said SIUE Director of Golf Coach Derrick Brown. “We feel that this program provides a positive influence for the kids in the after school program. It is an event we always look forward to.”

The men’s golf, women’s golf and wrestling teams participated in the most recent January event. SIUE student-athletes and coaches from all of SIUE’s 18 sports also have committed to mentoring dates in February through April.

“This program introduces our students to an age group they may not typically associate with,” Tschudy said. “Wednesday’s activity helped our students become more familiar with college-aged students and showcased the leadership skills of the athletes.”

For more information about the program, contact the SIUE Athletics Department at 618-650-2871.

Photo: SIUE student-athletes play ping-pong with local middle school students in the Morris University Center.




SIUE Observes 31st Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday: Tuskegee Airmen and Award Recipients are Part of Festivities

23 January 2014, 4:36 pm
[IMAGE: Emily Koester, a sophomore French major at SIUE, is the recipient of this year's MLK Scholarship. She will be honored Feb. 4 during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on campus.]

Emily Koester, a sophomore French major at SIUE, is the recipient of this year’s MLK Scholarship. She will be honored Feb. 4 during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on campus.

Tuskegee Airmen will be guests at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Tuesday, Feb. 4, during a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.

“Breaking Barriers: Building Blocks of the Dream” will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. As part of the luncheon celebration, two local high school students and an SIUE student will be recognized. The airmen, from the Hugh J. White Chapter in St. Louis, will speak at 12:30 p.m.

“We look forward to hearing from Tuskegee Airmen,” said Sarah Laux, director of civic engagement in the Kimmel Student Involvement Center. “It will be exciting to hear what they have to say about the changes they have witnessed in American society through the decades.”

A high school writing competition and visual arts competition are held annually in connection with the event. The students selected as winners are honored during the celebration.

Da’Vyne Moncure, a senior from Belleville West High School, is being honored with the visual arts award. Samantha Parish is the recipient of this year’s high school essay contest. Parish, of Godfrey, is a sophomore at Alton High School.

An SIUE student also is selected to receive the MLK Scholarship Award. The award comes with a plaque and a tuition waiver for a semester of study. The student is chosen based on recommendations, as well as a personal interview and essay expressing their commitment to the values and beliefs of King, and their future goals.

Emily Koester, a sophomore from Tolono, received the MLK Scholarship Award. Koester has a 4.0 grade point average. She is majoring in foreign language and literature with a focus in French, and is pursuing teacher certification.

“Each year, this event is held to celebrate Dr. King and his legacy of non-violent social change,” Laux said. “We are pleased to recognize the talent of this year’s winners in our annual essay and visual arts competitions, as well as our SIUE student scholarship recipient.”

Tickets to the luncheon are available for $15 for students and $20 for general admission. Reservations must be confirmed by Monday, Jan. 27.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (618) 650-3210. Tickets also can be purchased online at http://outreach.siue.edu/mlk.html.

The event is part of SIUE’s “We are One; We are the E” campaign, which is a campus wide effort to promote diversity and inclusion.




2nd Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Kicks off Feb. 22

23 January 2014, 2:03 pm

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville again is offering young girls exposure to the field of engineering.

Girls from grades 5-8 are invited to attend “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2014.” The daylong event will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the SIUE School of Engineering Building.

This year’s activities will reflect an amusement park theme. Attendees will build simple circuits and construct parachutes. Small groups will use teamwork to design and create miniature roller coasters, and much more. Each activity is expected to last about 45 minutes.

“This is to give them an idea of civil and structural engineering,” said Alexis Brown, a senior at SIUE majoring in mechanical engineering.

Again this year professional women engineers and SIUE students will be on site providing support and guidance to program participants as they take part in each of the activities. Following the completion of each activity, the professional engineers and the SIUE engineering students will offer engineering analysis and ask the participants probing questions about the project.

During the event, the creative problem solving aspects of engineering will be discussed and explored. The participants will work collaboratively on projects, and be encouraged to ask questions and use their imagination.

The program will be led by volunteers through SWE. The group is anticipating double the crowd of last year’s event, said Sofia Chkautovich, a junior civil engineering major. Last year’s activities drew 115 girls to campus.

“Participants will complete a total of five activities, covering the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and computer science engineering,” said Chkautovich, the chair of the SWE committee hosting the event. “During its first year, we had such an overwhelming, positive response to our event, from both the school and the community. For this year, we hope to accomplish the same excitement and hope to have even more positive feedback from the participants, SIUE, the community and even the engineering students.”

There is a $15 registration fee, which includes all activities, lunch and a T-shirt for each girl. Those interested can register at https://sites.google.com/site/swesiue/igeday. Registration is limited to the first 250 participants. For more information, contact the SIUE SWE at swesiue@gmail.com or by visiting www.facebook.com/swesiue.




SIUE’s Robert Ware Appears on PBS Newshour Discussing Potential Terrorism at Sochi Olympics

22 January 2014, 5:38 pm

SIUE’s Robert Ware, professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, appeared on the PBS Newshour Wed., Jan. 21. Hari Sreenivasan conducted the interview. The topic concerned security pressures being high for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, because of the location’s bloody history. Sochi was the site of a massacre 150 years ago. It potentially provides fresh symbolism for vengeful insurgents. View the interview at pbs.org.




SIUE Arts & Issues Presents the Unique Choreography of Jon Lehrer

22 January 2014, 4:50 pm

[IMAGE: Jon Lehrer]

[IMAGE: The Alliance 2]

[IMAGE: Here In This Eden 2 - Letitia Doyle]

A New York dance company that is artistic, athletic and humorous is coming to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The LehrerDance Co., directed by Jon Lehrer, will explode onto the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in Dunham Hall Theater. Also performing under the direction of Lehrer will be a community group consisting of students from area dance studios. The area dancers will perform a number choreographed by Lehrer.

“Our performance will make the audience laugh, take their breath away, and ultimately inspire them with the company’s trademark breathtaking physical excitement,” said Lehrer. “We will be presenting works that were just performed around the world. We are just coming off tours to Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Russia, where the audiences were brought to their feet night after night.”

LehrerDance, an inspiring and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, showcases Lehrer’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. Lehrer has extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms. His choreography is organic, artistic, accessible and often humorous. It also reflects life experiences and the human condition.

The company is made up of eight dancers who bring their own unique skills, such as break-dancing, modern, ballet and gymnastics. For more information, visit LehrerDance (http://www.lehrerdance.org/company/).

“SIUE concert-goers are going to love this uniquely amazing dance company that is quickly becoming world-renowned,” said Grant Andree, assistant director in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. “Jon Lehrer is a talented choreographer who we are privileged to have here on campus.”

Lehrer will arrive in the area early to teach a community outreach class and a group of SIUE Theater Department of Theater and Dance students, said Kristin Best-Kinscherff, assistant professor and director of the Dance Department.

“It is with tremendous excitement that I will be bringing LehrerDance to SIUE,” Lehrer said. “Over the past several years, I have come to SIUE and taught master classes, as well as getting to work with SIUE dance students. I have created great relationships with the faculty and students, and now I get to come back to a place I love and bring my company.”

Best-Kinscherff coordinated the outreach program that will be part of the Feb. 1 performance. Approximately 30 students from the following studios will participate in the number: Turning Point Academy of Dance in Maryville, Jane Mannion School of Dance in Highland, Dance Station in O’Fallon, Premiere Performance in Edwardsville and The Beat School of Dance in Carlyle.

Lehrer will practice with the community group from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27-Thursday, Jan. 30 in Dunham Hall room 2015. He also will offer some dance instruction to SIUE dance students.

Dance Magazine is quoted as saying of Lehrer’s dance company: “LehrerDance took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer’s strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles.”

For tickets and information, visit the SIUE Dunham Hall Arts & Issues Box Office, the SIUE Morris University Center Information Booth, artsandissues.com or call (618) 650-5774.

This engagement is sponsored by Commerce Bank and supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council.

The Arts & Issues series brings artistic excellence to the SIUE campus through an eclectic blend of speakers and performers. For more than 29 years, SIUE’s Arts & Issues series has showcased some of the world’s finest artists. Each season, thought-provoking speakers inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. Thanks to the underwriting of SIUE, corporations, foundations and individual donors, tickets are often discounted as much as 75 percent.

Arts & Issues is tied to the academic mission of the University and offers unique opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the community, to engage with performers and speakers through master classes and special sessions.

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Jon Lehrer

LehrerDance Company

 




NCERC’s Trupia Slated for Sorghum Talk at International Conference

22 January 2014, 3:24 pm

[IMAGE: Research & Creative Activities Sabrina Trupia NCERC 3-14-13]The NCERC at SIUE Research Director Dr. Sabrina Trupia will present her findings on the use of sweet sorghum as an ethanol feedstock this week at an international conference in Orlando.

The Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association invited Trupia to deliver her presentation, “Sweet Sorghum Inclusion Rates in Ethanol Production,” during its annual conference Jan. 23-25. She joins other nationally recognized researchers during a panel on sorghum research and development.

“The use of sweet sorghum for biofuels and biobased products is an exciting area of research,” Trupia said. “We are seeking continued collaboration to unlock the potential of this feedstock.

“Our work with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program demonstrated how to optimize corn ethanol yields by incorporating sweet sorghum sugar streams, but there is more work to be done. I look forward to connecting with other researchers in Orlando to discuss how we can extend upon this research.”

Trupia’s 2012 breakthrough conversion of corn kernel fiber to cellulosic ethanol cemented her reputation as a leader in the fermentation of cellulosic feedstocks. Her expertise on emerging advanced biofuels feedstock continues to attract interest from trade organizations, government agencies and research groups.

During 2013, Trupia was called upon to present at a USDA workshop and delivered presentations at leading biofuels conferences and symposiums.

“We are thrilled that Sabrina’s research is generating attention from industry leaders and opening the doors to new research collaborations,” NCERC Director John Caupert said. “Our work with sweet sorghum, corn kernel fiber and other cellulosic materials demonstrates the NCERC’s feedstock flexibility and expertise in advancing all generations of biofuels research.”




SIUE School of Engineering Receives IDOT Grant

22 January 2014, 3:05 pm

A team of faculty members from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) has received a nearly $225,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to investigate alternative solutions for controlling storm water run-off.

Dr. Abdolreza (Reza) Osouli, assistant professor in the SIUE Department of Civil Engineering, serves as the principal investigator. Drs. Laurent Ahiablame and Jianpeng Zhou, also from SIUE’s Department of Civil Engineering, and Mark Grinter from the SIUE Department of Construction, and UIUC’s Dr. Timothy D. Stark from Civil and Environmental Engineering are the co-principal investigators.

The three-year IDOT grant, which was made possible through the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) will allow the team to investigate and determine effective Best Management Practices (BMP) to infiltrate or retain the first one-inch storm water run-off on site.

“Design of structures to handle storm water is a complicated problem,” said SIUE School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim. “It has to safely accommodate a huge volume of water in a short period of time, while being economically feasible.

“SIUE researchers have been building a great reputation in bringing solutions to environmental and transportation engineering problems in Illinois and Missouri, and in the nation over the last several years. This project is another example in recognition of their talents.”

Important factors to be examined will include site geotechnical investigation; longevity of practiced BMPs, and geometry and appropriate sizing, and their performance during and after storm events.

While there are multiple reports and a great deal of research on the use of BMPs to reduce pollutant load, there is limited information on the effectiveness of these practices for infiltrating/retaining storm water run-off. Findings from this research will provide IDOT guidance on application of the BMP practices for Illinois highways.




Congressman Davis Visits SIUE School of Business

21 January 2014, 4:52 pm

[IMAGE: Navin-John_Davis-Rodney_sm-2]Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R, 13th District) visited the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus Tuesday, Jan. 21. Davis toured the School of Business facilities, including the Cougar Business Resource Center and the International Trade Center.

School of Business Interim Dean John Navin and Davis discussed a variety of issues such as economic development, entrepreneurship, student financial aid and student placement.

“We truly appreciate Congressman Davis taking time out from his busy schedule to see the wonderful things that are happening at SIUE,” Navin said.  “We are thankful for his support and grateful for the opportunity to discuss important issues with him.”

Jim Pennekamp, executive director of University Park at SIUE, and Patrick McKeehan, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIUE, also visited with Davis.

Photo: SIUE Interim School of Business Dean John Navin (left) visits with Congressman Rodney Davis.




SIUE’s International Trade Center Dir. Receives NASBITE Credential

20 January 2014, 1:49 pm

[IMAGE: Torres_sylvia]Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Director of the International Trade Center Silvia Torres Bowman has been designated a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). The National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE International) awarded the high credential on Jan. 13.

Torres joins an elite, worldwide group of only 1,664 professionals who have passed a rigorous written examination. The exam, testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a global executive, took place in mid-December.

Torres believes the credential acknowledges her years of experience in the field. “This certification provides a fair recognition of my knowledge and solidifies my commitment to professional development and international business education,” she said.

CGBP credentialed individuals have met a series of standards set by the international organization. Those standards include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated competency in global commerce and a commitment to service to small and medium-sized businesses conducting international trade activities.

“My goal is to further develop our international trade programs and implement new projects that can better serve our School of Business faculty, students and the business community in general,” added Torres. “It also is my hope that SIUE gets to be added to the exclusive list of accredited CGBP training programs in the country.”

NASBITE International President Laura Wolff said the credential was created to assure expertise in all areas of business rather than a specific segment. “The credential requires expertise across global marketing, global management, supply chain and trade finance,” added Wolff.

Wolff is an instructor in the SIUE Department of Economics and Finance. She said Torres’ recognition provides SIUE and the School of Business with an expert in the practice of international business.

“For the University, it means we have access to a person who knows the global business practices,” said Wolff. “If we do global business better, there will be more business, which is an important goal for our economy, especially at this time.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with other trade organizations around the world to advance the practice of international business,” added Torres.

NASBITE International is a professional organization for the global business community. Their mission is to advance global business practice, education, and training around the world.

The Illinois International Trade Center at SIUE has been in operation since 1984 providing trade assistance and resources to Illinois exporters. The ITC reported over $186 million in economic activity for the southwestern region as a result of the export assistance provided in the last two years, having contributed to the creation of 117 jobs and over 400 jobs have been retained. Learn more by visiting the ITC website.

Photo: Silvia Torres, director of the SIUE International Trade Center.




SIUE School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Teaching Fellowships

20 January 2014, 1:20 pm

[IMAGE: Michelle Beatty, Nursing]Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Michele Beatty and Stacy Skelton, both School of Nursing instructors, have received Nurse Educator Fellowship Program Awards.

Beatty and Skelton teach in the Department of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing. They are among 22 nursing faculty in Illinois colleges and universities selected by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for the honor.

“The School of Nursing is extremely proud of Michele and Stacy for being recipients of this competitive fellowship,” said Dr. Anne Perry, SIUE School of Nursing interim dean. “It is a great opportunity that will contribute to the retention of these two extremely skilled and compassionate faculty members.”

The State of Illinois faces shortages of both well-trained nurses and highly qualified nursing faculty to educate students. The Nurse Educator Fellowship Program serves as a retention tool to keep nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award nursing degrees. Beatty’s and Skelton’s fellowships will be used to supplement their salaries.

[IMAGE: Skelton, Stacy]

“The IBHE Nurse Educator Fellowship Award is highly competitive,” said Dr. Andy Griffin, interim chair of the SIUE Department of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing. “So, it is an honor for both faculty members and our School of Nursing.

“Through this program, our awardees will be able to expand their skills as teacher-scholars. They will participate in several seminars and conferences related to health profession and nursing education. Ultimately, SIUE nursing students will benefit from their increased level of expertise.”

Illinois institutions of higher learning with a nursing program nominate the fellows. The programs must be approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).

Photos: Upper right Michele Beatty; middle Stacy Skelton,




SIUE Hosts Accreditation Visit, Seeks Public Comment

20 January 2014, 11:29 am

[IMAGE: e (2)]Southern Illinois University Edwardsville seeks comments from the public regarding the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, its regional accrediting agency. SIUE will host a site visit beginning Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

SIUE has been accredited by the Commission since 1969. The Commission’s team will review the University’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding SIUE:

Third Party Comment on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The Higher Learning Commission

230 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 7-500

Chicago, IL  60604-1411

The public my also submit comments on the Commission’s website at ncahlc.org. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the University or its academic programs.

All comments must be received by February 21, 2014.




SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Lubsch to Lead Pediatric Pharmacy Initiative

17 January 2014, 2:53 pm

[IMAGE: SOP School of Pharmacy Dean's Report Cardinal Glennon Lisa Lubsch]The SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Dr. Lisa Lubsch has been appointed to lead the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group-University (PPAG-U) initiative. As part of her role beginning in spring 2015, Lubsch will direct section leaders from 15 areas of expertise in the field of pediatric pharmacy.

“I have had the pleasure and honor working my way through the ranks of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, which has been an integral part of my professional development,” said Lubsch, a clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice. “I am thrilled to be developing the first programs of the PPAG-U and to see my pediatric colleagues become recognized by board certification in our specialty area as they improve the care of children across the country.”

The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group is dedicated to providing leadership in preparation for pediatric board certification through educational opportunities and programming. The newly created PPAG-U will be a central hub for educational courses, conferences, programs and information designed to support the educational goals of pediatric pharmacists.

“It is commendable that Dr. Lubsch has been recognized to head the PPAG-U initiative,” said Gireesh Gupchup, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy. “It is an indication that she is recognized nationally as a thought leader in the area of pediatric pharmacy.”

The PPAG board of directors appointed Lubsch reflecting her position as an educator at SIUE and a clinical pharmacy specialist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis.

Photo: Dr. Lisa Lubsch with a patient.




SIUE’s International Hospitality Program Seeks Donations for New Students

17 January 2014, 9:25 am

The International Hospitality Program (IHP) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking donations of gently used and new items to welcome the campus population of international students and help them adjust to life in the United States.

“The need for items is great at this time,” said Dr. Ron Schaefer, director of the SIUE Center for International Programs and a distinguished research professor at the University. “There are some unmet requests from our new, spring semester international students. The assistance the IHP provides each year demonstrates the warmth and generosity of the community.”

By providing items such as sofas, recliners, coffee tables, computer desks and more, the outpouring of support cultivates a spirit of friendship and inclusiveness for international students, Schaefer continued. He added it allows the international community on campus to feel more comfortable in their new environment.

Mattresses, beds, vacuum cleaners, dishes, pots and pans, blenders, silverware, blankets, sheets, towels, wash cloths and basic kitchen utensils are among some of the other items needed.

For information about the variety of items that are needed, or to make arrangements to have items collected, contact Susan Jernigan at sjernigan@charter.net, or 618-304-3443, or John Kautzer at kaut@ameritech.net, or 618-980-4415. Questions also can be directed to Schaefer at 618-650-3728.




SIUE East St. Louis Charter School Students Enroll in their First University Course

17 January 2014, 9:25 am

[IMAGE: Seniors taking SIUE Psych class]

Anthony Wilmington, a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS), is sitting in his free hour reading the first chapter of Psychology (10th Edition in Modules) by D.G. Myers.

The textbook is for the SIUE course, Foundations of Psychology, taught by Dr. Andy Pomerantz, a professor of psychology through the School of Education.

“I was happy to hear about the course and was eager to take it,” said the 17-year-old student. “Psychology is something I want to major in. I want to be a psychiatrist.”

He is one of six CHS students enrolled in the SIUE psychology course for college credit, according to Staccy Lampkin, school counselor. Also registered in Pomerantz’s class are: Starr Gibson, Angelica Howard, Aleisha Latta, Taylor Luster and Kamia Suggs. CHS students were selected based on their grade point average and ACT scores and all of them met the eligibility requirements for admission to SIUE.

The result of the initiative began with CHS instructors and staff discussing the possibility of creating dual credit courses with SIUE.

“I tried to find a class that would transfer to any school and to any major,” Lampkin said. “I found that psychology and sociology were good choices.”

The psychology course will fit into the 17-year-old Taylor’s plans of majoring in pre-medicine. “It will help me understand how the brain functions,” she said. “And I might minor in psychology.”

Equally important in the initiative was connecting CHS students with the University, according to SIUE School of Education Dean Bette Bergeron. “By actually being on campus with other undergraduate students and taking a course for college credit, the CHS students will have the opportunity to really experience college life, while gaining critical academic skills that will be invaluable in the future,” she said.

“The School of Education is so proud of these students who have demonstrated both academic success in high school,” Bergeron added, “and the willingness to take the risk to expand their educational opportunities.”

Taylor was nervous the first day of class, but said she felt better after hearing the instructor’s willingness to help answer questions.

“This initiative would not have been possible without the support, of not only the incredible staff at the Charter High School, but also several units across SIUE,” Bergeron said. She credited the program’s success to the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Office of Admissions, Enrollment Management, the Office of the Registrar and the Department of Psychology.

The new program also will mean an increased number of CHS students entering college after high school, said Gina Washington, CHS program director. She concluded: “I am elated that our students are making history.”

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville  (http://www.siue.edu/) provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.

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A group of SIUE East St Louis Charter High School students show off their Cougar identification cards. From left to right: Angelica Howard, Starr Gibson, Aleisha Latta, Anthony Wilmington, Kamia Suggs and Taylor Luster.

 




Gov. Quinn Announces $1.7 Million for SIUE Chiller Plant Renovation

16 January 2014, 4:38 pm

[IMAGE: Quinn_Pat]Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $1.7 million to renovate Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s chiller plant.

The project is part of Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. The SIUE project is part of Quinn’s commitment to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“Our investment will help provide a better and more efficient learning environment at this world-class institution of higher learning,” Quinn said. “The project also will employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”

The project involves renovating SIUE’s central chiller plant, which provides air conditioning to the campus. This includes increasing the plant capacity, installing a third lake water pump, upgrading switchgear, removing an absorption chiller, and upgrading pumps and controls.

“These improvements will make a real difference on the SIUE campus,” SIU President Glenn Poshard said. “When combined with the other SIU-related projects in the governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! Program, this will continue to demonstrate the state’s commitment to the University. Chancellor (Julie) Furst-Bowe and I look forward to the start of this project and to future investments in our campus.

“While a new air conditioning system may not be the most thrilling construction project in the university’s history, this is a commitment to maintain the existing standard of a quality environment to attract and keep the great student body and faculty at SIUE,” said Illinois State Senator William Haine (D-Alton.)

Kane Mechanical, Inc. of East Alton was the lowest of four bidders for the heating and air conditioning part of the work at $1,171,500. Wissehr Electric, Inc. of Belleville was the lowest of four bidders for the electrical work with a quote of $572,600. The Illinois Capital Development Board will oversee the project.

Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

Photo: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.




SIUE Pharmacy Professor Awarded US Patent

15 January 2014, 4:15 pm

[IMAGE: SOP School of Pharmacy Dean's Report Ron Worthington 8-15-12]For his invention to protect against bacterial contamination, specifically in industrial processes, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Ronald Worthington was awarded a U.S. patent.

Worthington is a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy. His invention relates to compositions and methods. His work obtained United States Patent No. 8,563,293.

“Our goal was to address the inappropriate use of antibiotics in industrial processes,” said Worthington. “There are various scenarios where antibiotics are being used, and it’s imposing huge problems in the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains.”

Use of antibiotics to control bacterial contamination in industrial production operations is widespread, but suffers from a major drawback – acquired immunity to antibiotics over time, reducing the effectiveness of the antibiotics.

Worthington’s invention uses a systems biology approach to develop a co-resident microbial population that can produce proteins with bactericidal properties. It can be used in various fermentation applications in which bacterial contamination is a problem.

“Ethanol biofuel production is the most prominent commercial application, where lactic acid bacteria contamination can reduce production efficiency,” said Worthington. “Other potential uses can be found in alcoholic beverage production and other fermentation processes, preservation of foods, and possibly as topical antibiotics for human and animal use.”

Dr. Gireesh Gupchup, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy, praised Worthington’s contribution to providing a novel solution to real problems that will help our region.

“Dr. Worthington is to be commended for the work that he has done to control lactic acid bacterial growth,” said Gupchup.

Worthington joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy in 2005. His research interests include pharmacogenomics and bioinformatics. He earned both bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

Following postdoctoral appointments at Washington University in St. Louis, G.D. Searle and Texas Tech University, Worthington assumed a faculty position in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He later held positions at G.D. Searle and Divergence, Inc. as a senior research scientist before joining SIUE.

Photo: Dr. Ronald Worthington, SIUE School of Pharmacy.




NCERC Adds Post-Doctoral Fellow Athmanathan to Research Team

15 January 2014, 11:33 am

[IMAGE: Athmanathan_Arun_mug]The NCERC at SIUE is expanding its research team with the addition of Dr. Arun Athmanathan, a postdoctoral fellow specializing in cellulosic and advanced biofuels research.

“Following a national search that generated candidates from premier research institutions across the country, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Athmanathan to the team,” NCERC Director John Caupert said. “Arun’s expertise is cellulosic biofuels research. His studies under biofuels pioneers such as Nathan Mosier, Mike Ladisch and Nancy Ho make him an excellent complement to our research division.”

Athmanathan has a broad range of experiences in the characterization and fermentation of many cellulosic and advanced feedstocks, including corn stover and sweet sorghum bagasse. Both are likely feedstocks that the NCERC research team will explore. He earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and SIUE partnered to provide seed funding for NCERC’s postdoctoral fellowship program. The funding came after the Center’s recent breakthroughs in corn kernel fiber conversion and feedstock characterization. Athmanathan and an additional postdoctoral fellow will work under Research Director Dr. Sabrina Trupia to extend upon the Center’s existing research and identify new areas of study.

“The NCERC continues to be an incredible asset to public and private researchers, and the biofuels industry as a whole,” ICMB Chairman and Okawville farmer Larry Hasheider said. “From accelerating the commercialization of new technologies to increasing production efficiency and developing value-added co-products, the NCERC has defined the cutting edge of biofuels research for more than a decade. We believe this investment will yield tremendous dividends for the biofuels and agriculture industries through continued research breakthroughs.”

In addition to the postdoctoral fellows, the NCERC also is expanding its research capabilities through a new faculty fellowship program. University faculty can apply for course buyouts in order to conduct collaborative research with the Center.

“We have already received tremendous interest from the University community in partnering on research projects,” Trupia said. “From biology to chemistry to economics to history, the response from SIUE faculty has been exciting. I encourage interested researchers in any department to continue contacting us with research proposals and to learn more about the Center’s capabilities.”

The Center is currently engaged in a search for a second postdoctoral fellow. That position is expected to be filled in early 2014.

Photo: Dr. Arun Athmanathan, a postdoctoral fellow at the NCERC at SIUE.




University Park at SIUE and Illinois SBDC Partner on Business Plan Competition

15 January 2014, 8:32 am

[IMAGE: Print]Entrepreneurs and new business start-ups are invited to compete in the Metro East Start-Up Challenge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s first regional business plan competition.

The Start-Up Challenge is sponsored by University Park at SIUE and the Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Challenge seeks to identify, reward and support entrepreneurs across the SBDC’s nine-county service area.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber and PNC Bank are supporting the competition as award sponsors. SIUE’s School of Business, the SBDC’s host organization, will assist with facilitating the competition.

The first-place winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The second-place winner will receive $5,000. Both awards also include an array of in-kind professional services. In addition, the Challenge winner may be eligible for low-cost office accommodations in University Park.

Patrick McKeehan, director of the SBDC in Edwardsville and East St. Louis, believes the Challenge will generate a number of regional benefits. Those include increasing the interest in and excitement for business start-ups along with identifying “high-impact” start-ups for possible location in the Metro East.

“The Challenge will help generate a greater awareness of SBDC’s services and resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout our region,” McKeehan said.

Jim Pennekamp, executive director of University Park, points to the competition targeting key goals for the Park. It advances the academic mission of the University by strengthening relationships with private enterprise, while expanding learning opportunities for both students and faculty.

“The SIUE Metro East Start-Up Challenge creates the opportunity to engage with the region in cultivating an important economic development strategy,” said Pennekamp. “This is the first time a regional business plan competition supporting entrepreneurship and innovation has been held throughout greater Southwestern Illinois.”

The Metro East Start-Up Challenge competition invites entrepreneurs and start-up business with business ideas from the following three industries: information technology, manufacturing and health care. In order for an existing small business enterprise to be eligible, it must have been established after Jan. 1, 2011. Existing business enterprises must also be headquartered in the nine-county St. Louis Metro East region of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph. For pre-venture entrepreneurs, proposed new business operations will need to be located within the same nine counties.

The Start-Up Challenge will complement SIUE’s “Other 40” business plan competition, which is annually hosted by the School of Business and open solely to students. The title speaks to the fact that although 60 percent of new businesses do not succeed, the other 40 percent do.

The Metro East Start-Up Challenge includes three rounds, beginning with a questionnaire and executive summary submittal that is open to all applications that meet the eligibility guidelines.

In round two, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full business plan.

The third round is the “final pitch,” open only to successful second-round participants.

“PNC Bank has a history of supporting entrepreneurial initiatives, so it appreciates the opportunity to partner with SIUE on a new business plan competition centered on Southwestern Illinois,” said Michael Scully, PNC Bank regional president for St. Louis.  “We believe our sponsorship is just another signal of PNC’s commitment to serving the needs of small businesses throughout the region.”

Apply at siue.edu/metroeaststartup. The entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 14. Semi-finalists will be announced Friday, Feb. 28, with winners announced Monday, April 28.

The Metro East SBDC is a service to the community supported, in part, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the SIU Edwardsville School of Business. SIUE operates two Small Business Development Centers and the International Trade Center. All Centers provide resources, information and support to entrepreneurs, small business owners, service providers and the University community.

University Park at SIUE is a 330-acre technology park located on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The Park offers business and industry an ideal suburban location on a thriving university campus. Tenants are close to valuable human resources, including a capable base of student interns, a highly skilled pool of potential employees and faculty researchers.




Spring Welcomes a New Roster of International Speakers at SIUE

14 January 2014, 3:05 pm
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Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, pictured, spoke at SIUE in October. She will return Jan. 22 to present “Winners and Losers: Women in the Arab Spring” as part of the SIUE International Speakers Series.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Center for International Programs welcomes a new roster of professionals for its spring installment of the International Speaker Series beginning this month.

“We are extremely excited to offer another group of speakers who will bring valuable global insights to our extended campus community,” said Ron Schaefer, director of the SIUE Center for International Programs. “Last fall, our International Speaker Series presentations generated a great deal of dialogue among students, as well as staff and faculty members, and those in the community.

“I’m confident that our spring line up will result in even greater discourse and discussion, as well as the continued cultural enlightenment and engagement of those who attend as they explore subjects that stretch beyond U.S. borders.”

Dr. Haleh Esfandiari is the director of Middle East Programs at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. She will present “Winners or Losers: Women in the Arab Spring” from 10-10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Hickory-Hackberry Room in the Morris University Center.

Esfandiari spoke at the University this past fall. She shared her compelling personal story of her 200-day imprisonment in Iran and the state of Iran today. She authored “My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran.”

From 10-10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Adam Garfinkle, from the Hans Arnold Center of the American Academy in Berlin, will speak on “The Syrian Civil War: Stake and Consequences.” He will deliver his talk in the MUC’s Redbud-Oak Room.

The series will conclude with Lucy Wanjiru, from the Bureau of Development Policy at the United Nations. She will discuss “Gender Environment and Climate Change” from 10-10:50 a.m. Monday, March 24 in the MUC’s Mississippi-Illinois Room.

Members of the University and surrounding communities are welcome to attend the events. If entire classes plan to attend a series, the faculty member leading the class is asked to contact International Programs at rschaef@siue.edu, or 618-650-3278 or dschill@siue.edu, or 618-650-3785 to ensure sufficient seating is available.




SIUE Student-Athletes Post 3.0 GPA for 15th Straight Semester

10 January 2014, 12:12 pm

[IMAGE: Print]SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics is relishing a new milestone. Cougar student-athletes have compiled 15 consecutive semesters of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) better than 3.0.

SIUE student-athletes completed the 2013 fall semester with a 3.097 GPA. Among the 265 SIUE student-athletes, 60.9 percent completed the term with a GPA of 3.0 or above and 31.3 percent finished the fall semester as members of the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

“I commend our student-athletes for their continued success in the classroom,” said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. “SIUE is committed to academic excellence for our student-athletes and will continue to provide a structure in which all can fulfill their academic goals.”

The women’s golf team finished with the highest team GPA for the third-consecutive semester with a 3.598. They were followed by women’s cross country (3.545), women’s soccer (3.321), softball (3.262), men’s golf (3.26), men’s tennis (3.233), women’s tennis (3.222), men’s soccer (3.130), women’s track and field (3.121), volleyball (3.108), women’s basketball (3.103) and baseball (3.03).

“At SIUE, this is a team effort aimed at achieving success both on and off the playing field,” said Hewitt. “It begins during the recruiting process and continues well after our student-athletes graduate.”

Hewitt credited the Academic Support Staff and the strategies implemented since SIUE completed certification to NCAA Division I status.

“We have an outstanding study space for our student-athletes in the Vadalabene Center which gives them the necessary resources to aid their education,” said Hewitt. “Our Academic Support Staff continually monitors the progress of each student-athlete. They make sure each individual stays on track not only during the semester, but also as they progress toward their degree.”

Hewitt said success begins with recruiting student-athletes who share SIUE’s vision of academic success.

“Our coaches continue to recruit top notch student-athletes, who are committed to academic success as well as athletic success,” Hewitt continued. “The academic success of our student-athletes is a reflection of the academic resources the university provides, the outstanding faculty and support of university leadership.”




SIUE Educational Outreach Programs Kick Off the New Year

10 January 2014, 9:55 am

The cold weather will not stand in the way of Lifelong Learning opportunities through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Office of Educational Outreach. The office is collaborating with several campus entities to bring an eclectic mix of programs to delight all audiences.

“We are excited to be partnering with a variety of different campus entities to bring so many worthwhile educational opportunities to SIUE,” said Cheryl Brunsmann, assistant director of community education programs in the Office of Educational Outreach. “There are so many fun and engaging things to do on the SIUE campus. We hope to see you here.”

The education will begin from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 in B. Bernard Birger Hall on the SIUE campus with “Getting Fiscally Fit!,” a seminar featuring Susan Young, a certified public accountant, and Chris Brefeld, a financial advisor. The duo will help attendees learn how to make simple changes to save up to $1 million in 30 years and much more. The event is being presented by the SIUE Alumni Association and Educational Outreach. To learn more, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 618-650-2762, or email siuealumni@siue.edu.

Two internationally focused events will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22:

  • “Winners or Losers: Women in the Arab Spring,” with speaker Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. It will take place from 10-10:50 a.m. in the Morris University Center’s Hickory-Hackberry room. Esfandiari will be the first speaker in the spring installment of the International Speakers Series, sponsored by the SIUE Center for International Programs and supported in part by Educational Outreach. There is no cost to attend the event, which is open to the public.
  • “A New Myth in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema,” will be presented later that day by Dr. Carolina Rocha, associate professor of Spanish in the SIUE Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. The event will take place from 1:15-2:30 p.m., also in the Hickory-Hackberry room. There is a $2 fee for Lifelong Learning members to attend. The cost for non-members is $5.

Educational Outreach also will launch two non-credit classes, both starting Jan. 22 and taking place Wednesdays through April 30. The cost to participate in each of the sections is $99 when individuals sign up by Wednesday, Jan. 15. Registration after that date is $114 per section. No classes will be held Wednesday, March 12, in observance of the University’s spring break. Registration is required to participate in these non-credit classes:

  • Piano for Beginners will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in SIUE’s Dunham Hall, room 0160.
  • Piano for Adults, Level 2 will follow in the same location from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

A free Diabetes Education Program will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the MUC, sponsored by the SIUE School of Pharmacy. Educational Outreach is helping the School promote the event, which will feature speakers, vendors, screenings, one-on-one counseling with healthcare professionals and more. Register by emailing jekoehn@siue.edu or calling 618-650-5164. Registration is required by Saturday, Jan. 18.

To register for non-credit classes or find out how to become a Lifelong Learning member, contact the Office of Educational Outreach at 618-650-3210.




SIUE School of Pharmacy’s McPherson has Textbook Positively Reviewed

9 January 2014, 3:28 pm

[IMAGE: Pharmacy Faculty Tim McPherson 7-19-13]Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Professor Timothy B. McPherson published the textbook “PharmDceutics: Applied Biopharmaceutics for Clinical Pharmacists” in 2012. The text was positively reviewed in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 77, Issue 8.

Reviewer Dr. Venkata K. Yellepeddi says that while ‘the target audience is students in the professional pharmacy program (PharmD), this book can be a useful primer for practicing clinical pharmacists providing medication therapy management (MTM), educators in the fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and other allied clinicians involved in drug therapy.”

Yellepeddi is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy located in South Jordan, Utah.

Yellepeddi highly recommends the book to be used as a textbook for a first course in biopharmaceutics for Pharm.D. students.

“It is an excellent contribution to the pedagogy of pharmaceutics in Pharm.D. curriculum,” Yellepeddi said. “Dr. McPherson’s unique blend of experience in both basic science and pharmacy practice has allowed him to develop a book which translates biopharmaceutical concepts into useful tools for clinical decision-making.”

For the complete review, visit ajpe.org.

McPherson is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences. He earned a bachelor’s in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmaceutics from Purdue University.

Following a postdoctoral appointment in the Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center at Purdue, McPherson joined the St. Louis College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmaceutics. He came to the SIUE School of Pharmacy in 2005.

McPherson’s research interests include pharmaceutical and nutraceutical tablet and capsule formulation development, emulsions as drug delivery vehicles and compounding in the independent community pharmacy




SIUE Community Nursing Services in East St. Louis Responds to the Changing Health Care Landscape

9 January 2014, 11:03 am

[IMAGE: Amelia Perez nursing SON faculty 9_8_10 Bill]The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing Community Nursing Services Clinic is responding to the changes in the national health care system. Its East St. Louis clinic’s business and care model is evolving to meet the needs of its patients and adopting a name change. Effective immediately, the nurse-managed, primary care clinic in East St. Louis will be the “SIUE WE CARE Clinic.”

“Health care is changing, and the SIUE WE CARE Clinic is changing with it,” said Dr. Anne Perry, interim dean of the SIUE School of Nursing.

Perry emphasized that the mission of the School and the Clinic remains the same – providing affordable primary care, educational and wellness services in St. Clair and Madison counties. However, the Clinic’s leadership recognized the necessity to make changes to prepare for an increase in patients. The name change was given to the Clinic to better reflect the changes and the broad commitment of the Clinic to care, education and wellness.

“The SIUE WE CARE Clinic provides services across an individual’s lifespan that promote health and well-being to people living in the Metro East,” said Dr. Kim White, clinical director of the SIUE We Care Clinic and assistant professor or nursing. “Our services include well-women exams, men’s health, pediatric care for children two-years-old and up, treatment of stable chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, health risk assessments and drug screenings.”

The Clinic was established in 1990 and was formally known as the Community Nursing Services Clinic. It continues its commitment to improving the health of the community by providing comprehensive, evidence-based primary care.

The Clinic’s professional nursing staff consists of advanced practice nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialist faculty. They work with residents, health care providers and agencies to identify health needs in the community, as well as to develop and implement plans to meet those needs. The SIUE WE CARE Clinic also provides educational experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.

The SIUE WE CARE Clinic is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. It is located on the SIUE East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., Building D, Suite 2015, East St. Louis, Ill. For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-482-6959 or visit siue.edu/nursing/siue-community-nursing-services.shtml.

Photo: Dr. Amelia Perez, SIUE assistant professor of primary care and health systems nursing, with a patient.




SIUE Invites the Community to Attend Fiscal Fitness Program

8 January 2014, 4:06 pm

Today marks the last day to register for “Get Fiscally Fit with Financial Experts”—a program being presented from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Affairs and the Office of Educational Outreach. The event will take place in the special events room in SIUE’s B. Bernard Birger Hall.

Susan Young, a certified public accountant, and Chris Brefeld, a financial advisor, are leading the program, which will address timely financial topics, offering a perfect start to the New Year.

The facilitators will examine topics, including:

  • How can simple life changes earn individuals up to $1 million in 30 years?
  • How can people continue making their money work for them?
  • How can those investing their hard-earned money keep more of it, while satisfying tax obligations?

SIUE students can attend the program at no cost. There is a $20 attendance fee for SIUE alumni and friends. Registration is available online. Each paid adult registration allows for the attendance of up to two dependent children at no additional charge.

For more information, contact the SIUE Alumni Association at 618-650-2762 or email lhoppin@siue.edu. SIUE students must contact the Alumni Association to register. Individuals planning to bring their dependent children must provide the names of the children to lhoppin@siue.edu. Light refreshments will be provided during the event.




New Fulbright Student Program Offers Students Opportunities

8 January 2014, 3:14 pm

[IMAGE: Tower Bridge 1.8.14]Undergraduate students looking for an exciting storytelling opportunity through National Geographic and the U.S. Department of State are encouraged to explore the options available through a new Fulbright Student Program. The application deadline for those interested is Feb. 28.

The National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and provides students the chance to spend an academic year overseas engaged in digital storytelling in as many as three countries. Students chosen to participate in the program will tackle a globally significant social or environmental topic.

Fellowships are made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

“The accessibility of new digital media tools and platforms has afforded individuals from all fields of study the chance to tell stories and share those stories with audiences on a global scale,” said Ron Schaefer, director of the SIUE Center for International Programs and distinguished research professor of English language and literature.

According to the Fulbright website, “Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.”

Benefits of receiving the fellowship include funding for travel, as well as a stipend and health insurance, and instruction by National Geographic editors in digital storytelling techniques, such as blog writing, video production and photography.

Applications are being sought for the following themes: Biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans and water. More information is available at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-nat-geo-fellowship#faq.

Learn more about Study Abroad opportunities available by viewing the video on SIUE’s YouTube channel.




U.S. News & World Report Ranks SIUE School of Nursing Among Nation’s Best

8 January 2014, 12:07 pm

[IMAGE: Anne Perry interm Dean of School of Nursing 8-8-13]U.S. News & World Report highly ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing in their Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list released on Jan. 8. The School was ranked 65th among the top 95 schools nationally. View the complete rankings.

The School of Nursing’s online graduate degree programs include a post-master’s doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and master’s degrees in health care nursing administration (HCNA) and nurse educator (NE).

Dr. Anne Perry, interim dean of the School of Nursing said the U.S. News rankings reflect the School’s continued commitment to providing academic excellence in the rapidly evolving health care field.

“It is an honor to be recognized nationally for our online graduate nursing programs,” said Perry. “Our online learning opportunities provide students with a high-quality education through the use of small online classes, small online clinical groups, and strong faculty mentoring and support.”

Rankings for the top distance learning programs were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

Photo: Dr. Anne Perry, interim dean of the SIUE School of Nursing.




SIUE Announces Kimmel Student Involvement Center

7 January 2014, 5:41 pm

[IMAGE: Karnes_KellyJo_mug2]The SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center has officially changed its name to the Kimmel Student Involvement Center. The name change is effective immediately and indicates the center’s efforts to increase awareness of the wide variety of leadership, campus life and volunteer opportunities available to all SIUE students.

“The new name is a better reflection of the comprehensive services and programs that we offer,” said Kelly Jo Karnes, student involvement director. “We want students to know that even if they don’t consider themselves a student leader yet, there are opportunities for them to get involved and grow within this community. We focus on much more than leadership.”

Through student organizations, volunteering and structured leadership programs, the Kimmel Student Involvement Center fosters a life-long appreciation of diversity, involvement, responsible decision-making, and professional and personal development among SIUE students.

The Kimmel Student Involvement Center oversees SIUE Student Government, Campus Activities Board, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, the Student Leadership Development Program, Community Engagement and Student Legal Services.

“We are working to develop active, involved students at SIUE,” Karnes said. “When students are engaged on campus, their efforts contribute to the community, the University and their own academic achievement.”

In 1990, the then Student Leadership Development Center was named in honor of Carol Kimmel, a member of the SIU Board of Trustees from 1977 to ‘89, in recognition of her dedication to the University and commitment to education, service and citizenship. Through the newly named Kimmel Student Involvement Center, her contributions to the University will continue to be recognized.

The Kimmel Student Involvement Center will remain within the division of Student Affairs under Karnes’ direction.

Photo:  SIUE’s Kelly Jo Karnes, student involvement director at the Kimmel Student Involvement Center.




SIUE’s Holt Receives Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award

3 January 2014, 3:24 pm

Julie Zimmerman Holt, Ph.D., has been named the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2014 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award recipient. Holt is a professor in the Department of

[IMAGE: Research and Creative Activities Julie Holt Archeological Dig 6-19-13]Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The highly competitive award is given annually to a faculty member who has a proven record of combining scholarship and teaching. It emphasizes SIUE’s commitment to the prospect that faculty members must be good scholars in order to be good teachers.

Holt is being honored for contributing to original research and creative activities, while integrating those contributions with her teaching practices. She has consistently demonstrated that these two aspects of the teacher-scholar model, which are linked in her publishing, her leadership of the SIUE archaeological field school and collaboration with students.

“Throughout her career at SIUE, Julie has remained highly active in all aspects of research, from original data collection and analysis to procuring funding, to disseminating her work in diverse venues,” said Jennifer Rehg, Ph.D., and chair of the Department of Anthropology. “Her students have been involved in or benefitted from every component of these activities. Not only has she maintained an active research agenda, but her contributions also have expanded in scope to address fundamental theoretical perspectives in her field.”

The Barnhart, Mo. native achieved a bachelor’s in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis before earning both a master’s and a doctorate in anthropology from New York University. She studied European archaeology for a year before deciding Midwestern archaeology was more interesting.

“I love teaching and working with students, who are mostly from the area where I grew up,” said Holt, who joined the SIUE faculty in 2000. “I am interested in the prehistory of Western Illinois, particularly the American Bottom, the portion of the Mississippi River Valley that stretches from Alton to Chester, and the Illinois Valley.”

“I have observed that Dr. Holt has a particularly close relationship with students,” said Distinguished Research Professor Richard B. Brugam. “She also is a fine scholar doing ground-breaking work on pre-Columbian society in the American Bottoms.”

Kathryn Chapman is one of Holt’s many former students who have expressed appreciation for the professor’s impact on their education and careers. “Dr. Holt is an exemplary educator and continues to seek answer to questions within the field of archaeology,” Chapman said. “Her published works are useful to archaeology students. Her continued participation within the field has kept her well-informed and a great example of the professionalism her students should emulate.”

Holt’s specialty is zoo archaeology, specifically the archaeology of animal remains. “Animal remains obviously give information about the environment and human diet in prehistory,” she said. “However, they also can tell us about prehistoric socioeconomies and ancient belief systems.”

Cory Willmott, Ph.D., associate professor in the SIUE Department of Anthropology commented on her colleague’s contributions to the field of anthropology, noting, “Her article on pioneering methodology in zoo archeology was translated into Chinese and published in China by a curator at the National Museum of China. This shows that her scholarship transcends her topic specialization and contributes to the discipline as a whole.

“In addition, Dr. Holt made a major contribution to archaeological theory in her celebrated paper on Cahokia as a theater state. By thinking holistically through cultural anthropology theory, she cast a fresh new light on an old topic.”

Holt’s 2009 article, “Rethinking the Ramey State: Was Cahokia the Center of a Theater State,” was published in American Antiquity, one of archaeology’s preeminent journals.

A the time of her nomination for the Simon award, Holt had presented papers at conferences 18 times since 2000 and had been published 16 times in major archaeology journals or books, including American Antiquity, World Archaeology, Illinois Archaeology, Illinois Antiquity and Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology.

During 2010, Holt led a team of SIUE faculty to gain a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant, which included members of SIUE’s anthropology, biological sciences and chemistry departments. She was part of a team of investigators that, from 2008-2009, received an SIUE Multidisciplinary Research Team Grant. That same year, she received an SIUE University Research Grant.

Photo: SIUE’s Julie Zimmerman Holt at the archeological dig on campus.




SIUE Basketball Teams Hosted Special Olympians

2 January 2014, 8:29 am

[IMAGE: Forrester_SpecialOlympians]

The SIUE men’s and women’s basketball teams welcomed some special guests to the Vadalabene Center on Dec. 30th. The Cougar hoopsters hosted a free Special Olympics clinic from 5:30-7 p.m.

“We were excited about the opportunity to host a clinic for Special Olympians,” said SIUE women’s basketball Head Coach Paula Buscher. “We feel it is extremely important to give back to our community and working with fellow athletes is a great fit for us. These athletes work hard and the opportunity to interact with our men and women was a win for all of us.”

The clinic included drills, healthy living information, pictures with Eddie the Cougar as well as SIUE team pictures and autographs.

Photo: SIUE men’s basketball coach Lennox Forrester speaks to Special Olympians in the Vadalabene Center.




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