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July 22, 2004

SIUE Friends Of Religious Center To Sponsor Christian Music Concert

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Three contemporary Christian music groups will be featured performers at an Aug. 7 fund-raiser for the Friends of the Religious Center (FRC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The three groups-Carl Zimmerman, Living Word, and On The Path-will perform at the concert, beginning at 7 p.m. in the dome of the SIUE Religious Center. They will present contemporary Christian and praise and worship music.

A suggested adult donation is $10 per person; no charge for children under age 12. All proceeds will go toward needed restoration at the SIUE Religious Center and for student and community programs offered there. Parking is free in Lot B, the attendant lot between the Religious Center and the Morris Center.

The FRC, formed four years ago, sponsors events each year to raise money to refurbish the 33-year-old Religious Center that is in need of repair. "We plan to continue to sponsor this concert, our Interfaith Awards Dinner in the fall, and also offer the Celebration of World Faiths in the spring to encourage interfaith dialogue," said FRC President Greg Fields, who is an Associate Philosophy Professor and coordinator of the university's Religious Studies minor.

"The FRC is a support organization dedicated to preserving the SIUE Religious Center-a geodesic dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and considered an architectural treasure-for the spiritual growth of SIUE students as the next generation of leaders, and for religious learning and fellowship within the community," Fields said.

More information may be obtained by calling the Religious Center, (618) 650-3246, or, toll-free from St. Louis, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3246. For information about the FRC, call Greg Fields, (618) 650-2461; St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2461.

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July 22, 2004

NPR's Keillor Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Season Of Arts & Issues

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) American humorist Garrison Keillor, whose popular public radio network show has kept audiences laughing for 30 years, will kick off the 20th anniversary season of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Arts & Issues series Sept. 21. The SIUE School of Education and Partners Bank of Glen Carbon are co-sponsoring Keillor's appearance.

Arts & Issues, which has a long-standing tradition of bringing world-class performers and noted speakers to Southwestern Illinois, has put together an exciting playbill for the upcoming season that also includes Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea, the powerful a cappella singing of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the thought-provoking political views of Marlin Fitzwater and Joe Lockhart.

And, in a special encore engagement from last year's sellout concert, The Blind Boys of Alabama will return to the Arts & Issues stage with their exciting "funkified" gospel music, as a result of overwhelming audience demand.

"For two decades the Arts & Issues series has been the benchmark of quality entertainment and distinguished speakers for Southwestern Illinois audiences," said John Peecher, coordinator of the series. "But this year, we've brought together a special anniversary season that continues our tradition as we enter the third decade of Arts & Issues.

"We are very thankful for the enthusiastic support from our patrons over the past 20 years and for the generosity of our donors, as well as the continued sponsorship of the university, making Arts & Issues a cultural staple of the region. " Peecher said. "Without such support, we would never have been able to provide such a quality series. This will be a season to make our sponsors very proud."

Storyteller Keillor, the host of NPR's wildly popular "A Prairie Home Companion," will appear at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. One of America's foremost humorists, Keillor will beguile the audience with remembrances of his "hometown," Lake Wobegone, Minnesota, in an unforgettable evening.

On the eve of the presidential election, political pundits Fitzwater and Lockhart-both press secretaries for former presidents-will offer provocative debate on critical issues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Meridian Ballroom. Fitzwater, who was press secretary for Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, has been a Washington insider for more than two decades. Lockhart, press secretary for Bill Clinton, is also an award-winning journalist.

Grammy winner Mattea, the popular singer-songwriter who brought us "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been?" will present an evening of musical delights that showcase her modern country sound sprinkled with Celtic influences at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, in SIUE's Dunham Hall theater. The delightful singer brings a touching array of emotions to her work.

To say "back by popular demand" would be an understatement for The Blind Boys of Alabama, who last year sold out faster than any other Arts & Issues event in recent memory. The singers will hit the stage "rockin' " with their special blend of gospel and blues at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in Dunham Hall theater.

The most noted practitioners of the a cappella style of singing born in the mines of South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2005, in Dunham Hall theater. As musical ambassador of its homeland for more than 25 years, the male chorus gained worldwide acclaim when it collaborated with American songwriter-singer Paul Simon on his landmark album-Graceland.

Other Arts & Issues 20th anniversary appearances include: the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Holiday Tour, 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, Dunham Hall Theater; The Acting Company with its rendition of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona in a 3 p.m., Sunday matinee, Feb. 27, 2005, Dunham Hall Theater; and the Dallas Brass, 8 p.m., Friday, April 22, 2005, Meridian Ballroom.

Subscription tickets are on sale with seven events offered for $115; students $57.50, or seven events plus the added attraction of the Blind Boys, $133, students, $66.50. More information is available by contacting John Peecher, (618) 650-2626, or by e-mail: Subscriptions also may be purchased at the Web site:

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July 22, 2004

Supreme Court Justice, SIUE Professor To Receive Alumni Awards

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate, whose judicial career has led him to become an Illinois Supreme Court Justice, and an SIUE assistant Chemistry professor will both be honored at SIUE's summer commencement on Aug. 7 in the Vadalabene Center.

Justice Philip J. Rarick III, of Troy, will receive the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Cristina De Meo, a member of the SIUE Chemistry faculty, will receive the 2004 Great Teacher Award. Both awards are sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, established in 1974, is given annually by the SIUE Alumni Association to honor graduates who have achieved distinction in a chosen field and who also have served the university. The Great Teacher Award is chosen annually through nominations from alumni association members.

Rarick, a 1962 SIUE graduate in Sociology, went on to earn a law degree at Saint Louis University. He was in private practice in Collinsville from 1966-1975. He was appointed an associate Madison County judge in 1975 and was appointed a Madison County Circuit Judge in 1980 and elected to the post in 1982, serving through 1987. The following year, Rarick was elected to the Fifth District Illinois Appellate Court and was retained in 1998, staying on through 2002 when he was appointed to the state's highest court, where he currently serves.

During his career as a judge, Rarick has presided over the criminal courts division of the Third Judicial Circuit on two separate occasions and has been chair of the Complex Litigation Study Committee as appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition, Rarick served on the executive committee of the Illinois Judicial Conference, also appointed by the Supreme Court, and was a member of the Illinois Courts Commission from 1992-97, serving as an alternate member in 2000.

In 1992, Rarick was a member of the Industrial Commission Division of the Appellate Court, where he heard appeals in workers' compensation cases, and also served as a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Judges Association.

Last fall, De Meo joined the SIUE faculty to teach biochemistry. Before coming to SIUE, she was a BLANCEFLOR Research Assistant, offered by the National Post-Doctoral Fellowship of Sweden, and completed at the University of Missouri-St. Louis from 2001-03. She earned a doctorate in Organic Chemistry at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, and completed a master of science in Bio-organic Chemistry at the University of Catania, Italy.

De Meo's research focuses on the development of new methods for the stereoselective synthesis of sialosides. Sialic acids are involved in a large number of biological phenomena, from the rolling of leukocytes to heal an inflammation, to the infection caused by influenza virus. The synthesis of these compounds has become one of the most important goals in the design of drugs and vaccines.

During her first year at SIUE, she has taught more than 80 students in a 400 level biochemistry course, in which most of the students are biology majors. De Meo's commitment to students is demonstrated, in part, by her willingness to spend many extra hours working in small groups to assist students in learning chemical concepts and processes. She has impressed students and colleagues with her innovative, creative, and stimulating teaching strategies.

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July 22, 2004

SIUE's Taylor To Lecture In Russia As Fulbright Scholar

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John A. Taylor, professor of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to lecture and perform research at Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University in Russia during the 2004-05 academic year.

Taylor, of East Alton, will lecture on colonial American history and research reactions in the Russian Orthodox Church to the current crisis in the Episcopal Church, USA. He is among approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the upcoming academic year through the Fulbright program.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. It is sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Taylor also traveled to Japan in 1999 as a Fulbright Scholar.

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July 15, 2004

Hendey Named Director Of Academic Counseling And Advising

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) William G. Hendey, who has been acting director of Academic Counseling and Advising at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the past year, was named director of that unit effective July 1.

Hendey was named acting director after the retirement of Terrell Martin, who headed the office for 16 years. Hendey served 11 of those years as assistant director under Martin.

Academic Counseling and Advising serves more than 5,000 SIUE students who have yet to declare a major, including students who are undecided regarding their academic objectives, students who are on academic probation, and, the largest group, students who are in the process of completing the declaration eligibility requirements of their intended majors.

As director, Hendey is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the counseling unit, while also serving on the university's General Education Committee, the Curriculum Council, the University Planning and Budget Council, and the University Staff Senate, to name a few.

During the past year, Hendey has helped oversee implementation of AdvisorTrac, a Web-based advising appointment scheduling system for students, and has initiated an advisor liaison system to bring about better communication and increased interaction between the unit and various academic departments within the university.

Before joining the SIUE staff, Hendey spent 17 years in academic advising at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. While at Ball State, Hendey also served as director of the university's liberal arts residential instruction program and designed an individualized baccalaureate program that was subsequently approved by the Indiana State Commission for Higher Education and currently in effect.

In addition, Hendey also had been assistant to the dean of the Honors College and coordinator of Academic Advising for the 1,300 students in the college. Before he was at Ball State, Hendey taught high school English and Social Studies in Indiana.

Hendey earned a bachelor of science in Social Studies in 1962, a master's in European History five years later, and, in 1979, a doctorate in Education Administration, all from Ball State. He also received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 1968 at the Summer Institute in Sociology.

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July 12, 2004

SIUE Nursing Dean Awarded National Fellowship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Marcia Maurer, PhD, RN, dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. Just 20 nurses nationwide were selected this year to participate in the three-year program.

Maurer is the only nurse from Illinois selected for this year's cohort and one of six academicians. The other 14 fellows hold administrative positions in health care agencies.

The award includes a $30,000 grant for a leadership project at SIUE/SON, as well as opportunities for educational and national exposure. Maurer's leadership project will focus on bringing more health care to underserved areas in communities surrounding SIUE through establishing partnerships with community leaders and by affecting health care policy in the areas.

"We're fortunate to have someone with Dean Maurer's energy and knowledge of the nursing profession," said SIUE Provost Sharon Hahs.

"Not only has she initiated positive changes in the SIUE School of Nursing, she is fast becoming a recognized leader in the region. I am confident that the Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship is the first of many national honors for Dean Maurer."

Maurer became dean of the SIUE School of Nursing in August 2003. She has been recently appointed to the External Advisory Committee for Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Before joining SIUE, Maurer was associate dean of academic programs in nursing at Loyola University Chicago. She has a long history of affecting health care policy for high-risk neonatal infants in Illinois, serving on the original regionalization planning committee for Level III Perinatal Centers.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the nation's largest philanthropy organization devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates its grant-making in four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.

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July 12, 2004

McElligott Named Development Officer for SIUE School of Nursing

(EDWARDSVILLE) Bob McElligott, who has 20 years of fund-raising experience, has joined the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing as development director.

McElligott, a graduate of the University of Illinois, most recently was development director at Beaver Dam Hospital in Wisconsin. Under his direction, the list of annual donors grew from 36 to 250, and more than $1 million was raised in two years. McElligott also developed a charitable gift annuity program for the hospital.

In six years with Freeport (IL) Memorial Hospital, McElligott initiated several major giving programs, raising $3.8 million. He also initiated the "Circle of Friends," an annual giving club that grew to almost 400 members.

McElligott became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 1997. He and his wife, Melinda McElligott, who grew up in St. Louis, reside in Edwardsville.

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