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March 2007

SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Educate Youth On Poison Dangers
·AIA Touts SIUE Campus Among Great Places In Illinois
·SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosting Free Diabetes Information Program
·The Graduate School Will Present Its Eleventh Annual Spring Symposium April 3rd
·Weather Delays Cause Road To Remain Closed Until April 13
·SIUE Faculty Take Part In Research Conference At UM-St. Louis
·SIUE School of Nursing Set To Recognize "Jewels" At Excellence Gala
·West Coast Poet Reginald Lockett Comes to SIUE, East St. Louis Center
·SIUE Announces 2007 Distinguished Research Professors
·Canadian Curator To Speak About Repatriation Practices In Manitoba
·31st Annual Coffee Concerts Series Ends Its Season April 2
·'Celebration Of World Faiths' Set For April 14 At Religious Center
·Notre Dame Philosophy Professor To Speak At SIUE For Marti Lecture
·2006-07 Season For The Child Ends With The 'Next' Hansel And Gretel
·SIUE Students Raise Their Voices On Environmental Issues
·SIUE Children's SummerArts Program Continues To Serve Area Youth
·SIUE Environmental Resource Training Center Recognizes Women
·SIUE's Indian Student Association Hosts A Wedding, Activities
·Simmons To Leave SIUE for Evansville
·SIUE Spring Faculty Symposium To Be Offered March 28
·Former Assistant Dean/Professor Emeritus Coy Dies
·SIU School of Dental Medicine Receives $100K To Promote Excellence
·SIUE's Brett Stamps' New CD Is A Tender T-Bone Feast
·March 23 North Carolina Dance Theatre A&I Event Sold Out
·Emeritus Chancellor Werner Named To National CHEA Committee
·January, February, March Employees Off The Month
·Stanford Professor, Author Visits Economics And Finance Faculty
·UCM Sponsors March 13 Appearance Of 'missFlag' At Religious Center
·'God And Nature' Is Topic Of March 14 WoRKS Dialogue
·Twenty-Fourth Annual SIUE Summer Writing Camp Set For June, July
·SIUE School of Education Grant Program Celebrated At State Level

·SIUE Business Student Recognized With Enterprise Leadership Award
·SIU Board Approves SIUE Athletics' Move To NCAA Division I
·SIU Board Of Trustees Considers Increase In Tuition
·SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Changes Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees
·Korte Stadium Repair, ·Early Childhood Center Expansion Approved
·New Student Fees Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees


SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Educate Youth On Poison Dangers

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A group of local college students has visited area elementary classrooms to set the record straight on the dangers of poison.

First-year students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy visited area schools this month in collaboration with the Illinois Poison Control Center.

In honor of Illinois Poison Prevention Month, the pharmacy students received poison education training and talked to children-kindergarten through fourth-grade-about the importance of staying away from cleaning supplies, medications and other potentially hazardous items. The visits were part of a community education outreach initiative.

"Each year approximately 1 million phone calls are placed to poison control centers nationally by adults seeking help when children have swallowed something harmful," said Bill Wuller, director of experiential education and a clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice for the School of Pharmacy.

"This was not intended to be a short-term lesson, but a lasting experience."

The pharmacy students reached more than 8,000 children in Madison and St. Clair counties.

Caption: Pharmacy Student Kristy Ritcher educates a student at John Renfro Elementary School in Collinsville about the potential danger of poisons. Students from the School of Pharmacy talked to more than 8,000 in March, which has been named Illinois Poison Prevention Month.

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AIA Touts SIUE Campus Among Great Places In Illinois

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) It's a great day to be a Cougar-and the campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a great place to be, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

SIUE's campus buildings recently were featured among the top 150 Illinois Great Places by the AIA Illinois Council. The campus ranks with such popular structures as the Illinois State Capitol, the Old State Capitol, the Sears Tower, Wrigley Field, the home of Abraham Lincoln and Cahokia Mounds.

According to the AIA Illinois Council, the original campus buildings were designed by architect Gyo Obata of the firm Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabum Inc. "with a common vocabulary of strong masonry volumes connected by concrete and glass." The council's Web site continued, "The original six buildings have been expanded over the years, and the landscaping has now matured to create a campus that is both suburban and urban."

SIUE celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1957, the University has grown from 1,776 students to nearly 13,500.

The 150 places designated were chosen by a selection committee comprised of architects in honor of the organization's 150th anniversary. For more information, visit the AIA Illinois Council Web site,

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Hosting Free Diabetes Information Program

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is hosting a free diabetes information program at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

The school is collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to offer the event at the SIUE School, 200 University Park Drive, Suite 200, Edwardsville. The Diabetes Association's mission is "to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes."

The event will feature speakers from the school's faculty, including Jessica Kerr and Christopher Lynch, assistant and associate professors of pharmacy practice, respectively. The educational opportunity is a chance for the association and SIUE to become partners in the effort.

"We will be presenting topics in the area of management for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus," Kerr said. "We currently work together with patients in trying to optimize drug therapy, manage blood sugar and decrease the risk for complications of their condition."

Those who attend the event will receive an education about the history of diabetes and hear about new research initiatives and medications.

A diabetic-friendly breakfast will be served. Vendors will be on hand for an education fair and a question and answer session with diabetes experts will be conducted. For more information, call 1-888-DIABETES, ext. 6830, or e-mail

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The Graduate School Will Present Its Eleventh Annual Spring Symposium April 3rd

Grant writing expert Bob Lowman, an adjunct associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will present "Twelve Keys to Successful Grant Writing" from 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, as part of the 11th Annual Spring Symposium at SIUE.

He will schedule from 1:30-4 p.m. individual appointments with faculty and staff to discuss proposal writing and tips on how to obtain funding. Lowman also is associate vice chancellor for research at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award Luncheon that same day will feature a presentation by Professor Allison Funk, of the Department of English Language and Literature, who is recipient of the 2006 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award. The 2007 award recipient will be announced at the luncheon. Attendance at the luncheon is by invitation only.

For more information or to schedule an individual appointment with Lowman, contact Lil Manning, Ext. 3114, or by e-mail: To register for the workshop, contact Linda Skelton, Ext. 2958, or by e-mail:, as soon as possible. Refreshments will be served. Last minute attendees are welcome to the workshop as space permits.

Scholarly and creative publications by SIUE faculty and staff will be on display during the Symposium. University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Stephen Kerber and Archives Specialist Amanda Bahr-Evola will be on-hand to answer questions about the collection. Bibliographies of the works on display will be available.

The Graduate Student Research Symposium will be conducted from 8:30-11 a.m., featuring paper presentations and poster exhibits by graduate students and students in the Undergraduate Research Academy. A $200 prize will be awarded to the best presentation and to the best poster. The Graduate School will offer a prize drawing for any currently enrolled SIUE student who attends one or more student presentation. First prize is an iPod Shuffle, second prize is a $50 iTunes gift card, and third prize is an SIUE sweatshirt. Refreshments will be available throughout the morning presentations. This event is open to the public.

The Chancellor's Researchers' Reception, honoring faculty and staff who submitted external grants from March 1, 2006, through Feb. 28, 2007, will begin at 4:30. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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Weather Delays Cause Road To Remain Closed Until April 13

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Inclement weather has caused a two-week delay in the road project under construction at the intersection of North University Drive and New Poag Road on the north edge of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

Original estimates to re-open the road had been set at April 1.Project managers now say the work is expected to be finished April 13.

Earlier this year, the SIU Board of Trustees Executive Committee awarded a $296,588 contract to Keller Construction Co., of Glen Carbon, for improvements at the intersection. New construction of northbound lanes and placement of an overlay on the southbound lanes will provide a consistent surface.

In addition, a raised, curbed median is being constructed for landscaping to improve the appearance of the intersection. SIUE officials said the project is being paid for with money from the University's Operating Fund.

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SIUE Faculty Take Part In Research Conference At UM-St. Louis

Six faculty members from the SIUE School of Education and one from the College of Arts and Sciences presented their research at the Sixth Annual Qualitative Research Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis earlier this month.

They shared research from two initially separate studies, one in the undergraduate elementary education program and one with experienced elementary teachers working with the support of the Mathematics and Science Leadership Grant Initiative (a federally funded grant program).

The faculty members are: Assistant Professor Ralph Cordova, Associate Professor Ann Taylor, Associate Professor Susan Breck and Assistant Professor Stephen Marlette, all of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Associate Professor Laurel Puchner, of the Department of Educational Leadership; and Assistant Professor Kathleen Fick, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The SIUE team is beginning to make connections across these two projects as they study the span of teacher development. The research has found that teachers at both undergraduate and graduate levels are working with a strategy of inquiry known as "lesson study." The elementary education program has chosen lesson study as a process to support teacher candidates building inquiring stances or dispositions to their teaching.

Their program is unique nationally in using lesson study as an inquiry process to provide a vehicle to study teaching. The uniqueness also lies in elementary education faculty collaboratively developing a theoretical process and approach to studying the impact on candidate learning.

Click here for a photo of the faculty involved in the research (from left): Ann Taylor, Barbara O'Donnell, Kathleen Fick, Laurel Puchner, Susan Breck, Ralph Cordova and Stephen Marlette.

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SIUE School of Nursing Set To Recognize "Jewels" At Excellence Gala

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Nursing will recognize 2007 awardees at the annual Jewels of Nursing Excellence Gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Holiday Inn Collinsville.

The evening will begin with a social hour, featuring a cash bar and a silent auction, and will continue with dinner and an awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. A live auction will follow at 8:30 p.m.

This year's award recipients include the following:

  • Outstanding Hospital or Health Care Agency-Alton Memorial Hospital;
  • Outstanding Friend to Nursing-Sam and Geri Winston;
  • Outstanding Nursing SIUE Alumnus-James Cato, a 1978 graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing; and
  • Outstanding New Nurse SIUE Alumna-Gretchen Henderson, a 1999 graduate with a master of science in nursing.

Tickets are $50 per person, with seating for 10 at each table; $500 for a sponsorship, which includes special recognition as a Sapphire Sponsor in the gala program. Cocktail attire is required.

Advance ticket sales only are available, with a purchase deadline of April 20. Each ticket is deductible up to $20, or $260 per table with a receipt from the SIUE Foundation.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Kris Heather in the School of Nursing, (618) 650-2551, or by e-mail:

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West Coast Poet Reginald Lockett Comes to SIUE, East St. Louis Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) California poet Reginald Lockett, winner of the PEN Oakland/ Josephine Miles Literary Award for his book, The Party Crashers of Paradise, will give poetry readings and a writing workshop at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and at the SIUE East St. Louis Center on April 3.

Lockett, author of Good Times & No Bread, Where the Birds Sing Bass and Random History Lessons, will read at 12: 30 p.m. in Room 3417 of SIUE's Peck Hall. Also that day, he will present a 6 p.m. reading workshop in Room 1007, Library-Building B, of the East St. Louis facility, 601 J. R. Thompson Dr.

The reading workshop is co-sponsored by the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and the University. Both events are free and open to the public.

Lockett is a member of the WordWind Chorus, a word-music performance ensemble, and co-founder and vice-president of PEN Oakland, the first multicultural chapter of PEN in the United States. Lockett's poetry, reviews and stories have appeared in more than 50 journals, textbooks and anthologies, including Black Fire (the Black Arts manifesto collection edited by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal) and SIUE's Drumvoices Revue.

While he was a student at Oakland's McClymonds High School, a word from Lockett's poem, "The Black Flamingo," helped launch the school's first literary magazine, Flamingo. As part of the San Francisco cultural arts and activist scene, Lockett was a member of Black Arts West and the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s.

A former board member of the National Poetry Association, Lockett has taught English and creative writing for 33 years at the College of Marin, San Francisco State University and San Jose City College, where he currently is a professor of English. He has appeared at the World Stage in Los Angeles, River Styx at Duff's in St. Louis, California State U-Sacramento's Third World Writers and Thinkers Symposium and Le Petit Prince in Paris, France.

Lockett's last appearance in Metro East was in 1996 as a guest of the EBR Writers Club. According to Club President Darlene Roy, "We're delighted to have Reginald back with us and look forward to great readings and a vigorous workshop under his direction."

Other sponsors of the April 3 event are the SIUE Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Cultural and Social Diversity, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English Language and Literature, and the Black Studies Program. For more information call (618) 650-3991.

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SIUE Announces 2007 Distinguished Research Professors

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professors recently were recognized for their outstanding scholarly work and pursuits, said Stephen Hansen, SIUE's associate provost for research and dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Rik W. Hafer, a professor and the chair of the Department of Economics and Finance in the School of Business, and Krzysztof Jarosz, a professor and the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, have been recognized as this year's Distinguished Research Professors for their scholarly contributions to their disciplines and to SIUE.

Both professors were chosen based on a decision by Hansen and SIUE's Committee of the Graduate Faculty. Driving the decision were each recipient's quality of research publications, the extent of grant activity, student mentoring and other scholarly initiatives.

"The Distinguished Research Professor rank recognizes professors' contributions to their disciplines and to SIUE," Hansen said. "Members of the faculty who have made outstanding contributions to research as a result of their continued commitment to scholarship after their promotion to professor are recognized."

Before coming to SIUE as a faculty member in 1989, Hafer was a research officer with the Federal Reserve banks of Atlanta and St. Louis, and held teaching positions at Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also was a visiting associate professor and then adjunct associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

His research initiatives include the study of monetary policy in the U.S. and abroad, specifically how monetary policy actions influence the economy. Hafer has published 27 articles, three books and received 13 grants and contracts.

"I approach research as a means to answer interesting questions," he said. "Research activity should be defined broadly, extending beyond publishing articles in academic journals, writing books and participating in professional meetings.

"While such output provides a foundation to gauge someone's success in research, I think that other research-based activities also merit attention."

Jarosz has been with SIUE since 19880. His area of research interest is modern analysis, which is a new line of research of international significance that incorporates mathematic concepts involving Banach and topological algebras and function spaces to solve long-standing, open problems. He has published dozens of articles in top mathematics and statistics journals.

He also has received 10 grants and contracts with which to study from such prestigious sources as the International Exchange Board, the Endowment for the Humanities, the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Jarosz has presented his research and collaborated with other professionals at the the University of Cantabria, the University of Madrid and the University of Granada; as well as four Italian universities, five Indian universities and universities in Estonia and Poland.

"I strongly believe that the researchers, especially the more senior ones, have an obligation not only to contribute directly to the advancement of knowledge by conducting scientific investigations and publishing research papers, but are also responsible for making indirect impact on the discipline by serving as editors, organizing international meetings, delivering research lectures and mentoring students," he said.

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  • Margaret Bertels, a secretary for International Student Services, effective March 1 after more than nine years.
  • Barbara Brooks, business/administrative associate at the School of Dental Medicine, effective Feb. 1 after more than 30 years.

  • Roger Diepholz, a shipping/receiving clerk for the Office of Purchasing, effective Feb. 1 after nearly 19 years.
  • James Royston, an officer in University Police, effective March 1 after more than 33 years.
  • Lloyd Schleyhahn, a building service sub-foreman for the Office of Facilities Management, effective Feb. 1 after nearly 22 years.
  • Anthony Traxler, director of the Gerontology Program and a professor in the School of Education, effective March 1 after more than 37 years.

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Canadian Curator To Speak About Repatriation Practices In Manitoba

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Kevin Brownlee, first national curator of archaeology for the Manitoba Museum in Canada, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, about how archaeologists in Manitoba are working successfully with native Canadian communities in the research of native artifacts. The event is co-sponsored by student activity fees, the SIUE Anthropology Club and the SIUE Department of Anthropology.

In the United States, some archaeologists and anthropologists have criticized the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) that was passed into law in 1990. It requires that archaeologists in this country ultimately return artifacts to native peoples after research has been completed. Some anthropologists contend NAGPRA is a hindrance to complete research.

Brownlee-appearing in the Mississippi Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris Center-will speak about "A Win-Win Model for Repatriation: First Nations/Archaeology Relations in Manitoba Today." He maintains that Canadian archaeologists have found a way to work with native peoples on the subject of artifact research and repatriation.

Brownlee refers to the "struggle under NAGPRA" but that at least in Manitoba there are "model relations" between archaeologists and native peoples.

Light refreshments will be available from 3-3:30 p.m. and after Brownlee's presentation from 4:30-5 p.m.

Click here for a photo of Kevin Brownlee

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31st Annual Coffee Concerts Series Ends Its Season April 2

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 31st Annual Coffee Concerts Chamber Music Series comes to a close Monday, April 2, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with the music of Mozart, Schumann, Tann and Juon.

The evening of music is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris Center. Proceeds from the Coffee Concerts series supports the SIUE music scholarship fund. Sponsors include the SIUE Department of Music; the SIUE Friends of Music, a support organization for the department; and the Morris Center.

Selections for the April 2 event include the Trio in C Major, K. 548, for Piano, Violin and Cello by Mozart; Nothing Forgotten for Violin, Cello and Piano by Hilary Tann; Trio Miniaturen for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Paul Juon; and the Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47, for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello by Robert Schumann.

Featured performers include violinist Lenora-Marya Anop, an associate professor of music; violist Victoria Brannan, instructor; clarinetist James "Mac" Hinson, associate professor; pianist Linda Perry, professor of music; and cellist Marta Simidtchieva, an assistant professor, all of the SIUE music faculty.

Tickets are $10; senior citizens, $9; and students, $5. Admission includes a dessert and beverage served during intermission, and convenient parking in the visitors' lot adjacent to the Morris Center.

For ticket information or to make a reservation, call the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3900.

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'Celebration Of World Faiths' Set For April 14 At Religious Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of the Religious Center (FRC), a support group for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center, is sponsoring its Fifth Annual A Celebration of World Faiths (CWF) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the domed center, located on the SIUE campus between the Morris University Center and the Art and Design Building.

This year's program theme is "Religion, Nature and the Environment."

Various world faiths are represented at the CWF, and this year there will be three: Judaism, the Sikh faith of India, and Baha'i. Speakers from each faith will address the topic of nature and the environment in their tradition. Each group will give a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer discussion, all moderated by Lucian Stone, an SIUE professor of philosophy and Religious Studies. Presenters will include: Galit Greenfield, Prithvi P. Singh, M.D., and Craig Loehle.

Greenfield is emissary from Israel for the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois and has been involved with other events at the Religious Center.

Singh is a medical doctor who shared the following quotation from the Sikh scriptures: "The material body is overflowing with falsehood and deception and man therefore commits sins. The godly person practices devotional worship by which the celestial music swells up. Without this devotional worship worldly filth cannot be removed," he said. "Nanak says: 'Such a blessed person sheds selfishness and conceit from within and is dear to beloved Lord.'"

Loehle earned a doctorate in mathematical ecology and has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and also for the Argonne National Laboratory. He has authored 62 scientific papers, 33 technical reports and two books, and currently is owner of Loehle Enterprises, a scientific software and consulting firm in Naperville. He has been a member of the Baha'i faith since 1978.

A variety of refreshments with ethnic themes will be served at the April 14 event, which is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot B on South Circle Drive between the Religious Center and Morris University Center. For more information or directions please contact (618) 650-3246 or go to .

The goal is an evening of learning and fellowship, and an opportunity to tell visitors more about the Friends of the Religious Center and about the WoRKS Group-Edwardsville project. The FRC is dedicated to preserving the Religious Center as the place on campus for serving the spiritual needs of SIUE students, as well as preserving its architectural importance.

" WoRKS is an acronym for World Religions, Knowledge, and Science," explained SIUE Professor Gregory Fields, chair of WoRKS and the grant's principal writer. The WoRKS Group meets during the academic year, and conducts a study group and a distinguished speakers' series, inviting influential thinkers for public presentations and open discussion.

Fields said WoRKS is an initiative of the Metanexus Institute "which seeks to encourage thoughtful and dynamic exploration of the interrelationship of science and religion, to promote greater appreciation of these issues, and to enhance increased cooperation between science and religion." The group's co-chair is SIUE Emeritus Physics Professor George Henderson.

The SIUE Religious Center is a geodesic dome in the form of a transparent replica of planet Earth. It was designed in 1971 by renowned theorist and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. "The Religious Center is dedicated to keeping religious faith and experience in dialogue with higher education, and serves both the campus and the regional public," Fields said.

The FRC was formed seven years ago as a support group for the center, Fields pointed out. "The FRC board of directors is made up of about a dozen members of the university community and the surrounding community at-large. Also included in the group are the two ministerial directors headquartered at the center.

"We all share an interest in the Religious Center for its programming available to the university community and for its architectural significance."

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Notre Dame Philosophy Professor To Speak At SIUE For Marti Lecture

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A professor from the University of Notre Dame-considered one of the leading figures today in the study of contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of religion-will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, for the 32nd Annual Fritz Marti Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Peter van Inwagen, Notre Dame's John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy, will speak about "We're Right, They're Wrong" in the Oak-Redbud Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris Center. A reception is scheduled with Inwagen at 4 p.m. that day in the same location. After the talk, time is allotted for comments and discussion until 6:30 p.m.

Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Inwagen taught for many years at Syracuse University. He earned a doctorate at the University of Rochester, where he studied with Richard Taylor and Keith Lehrer.

Some scholars say that Inwagen's An Essay on Free Will (Oxford University Press, 1983) renewed the discussion of libertarianism and free will within the study of analytical philosophy. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Marti Lecture was established in spring 1976 to honor the memory of then Philosophical Studies Emeritus Professor Fritz Marti, who taught at SIUE from 1966-1971. For more information, call the Department of Philosophy, (618) 650-2250.

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2006-07 Season For The Child Ends With The 'Next' Hansel And Gretel

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Hansel and Gretel, who now work for the Fairy Tale Crisis Hot Line, will be the center of attention as A Season for the Child presents Hansel and Gretel: The Next Generation at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

A Season for the Child, closing its 18th year of presenting family-oriented theater to Southern Illinois audiences, features professional theater troupes from St. Louis that stage adaptations of various children's stories using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents but also provide a learning experience.

Hansel and Gretel: The Next Generation is an original musical created by the Imaginary Theatre Company of St. Louis and will be staged in the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall as part of the family series offered each year by the Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD), a support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. FOTAD offers a variety of events each year to raise money for scholarships for qualified SIUE students in the theater and dance program.

The action of the March 24 play involves a child who is "trapped" in multiple fairy tales and needs rescuing. It's the next chapter of the original Hansel and Gretel story in which we discover that scary places don't have to be so bad and that everyone has the ability to find the strength to get through life's scary times and back to a happy place.

Tickets are $5 per person and may be obtained through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774.

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SIUE Students Raise Their Voices On Environmental Issues

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will raise their voices, tackling environmental and other issues through Project Dirty Laundry from April 2-6 on campus.

Events are sponsored by numerous SIUE student groups, including Raise Your Voice, the Sociology Club, the Student Social Work Association, the Political Science Association, the Interfaith Varsity Coalition, Making Waves, Sexual Orientation and Transgender Alliance and the Residence Hall Association.

Activities throughout the week will include:

• A Clothesline Display presented through Project Dirty Laundry from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Stratton Quadrangle, featuring information about social and economic injustices and providing visitors an opportunity to express concerns in writing about the presented topics to win environmentally friendly prizes;

• Project Dirty Laundry table displays open to visitors from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with the eARTh Conscious Art Bazaar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The tables and the bazaar will be presented in the Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris Center. Also, a brief showing of the film, Inconvenient Truth, will be offered in Goshen Lounge from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; a full showing in Meridian Ballroom, also on the first floor of the Morris Center, from 2-4 p.m., with a brief discussion to follow from 4-5 p.m.;

• The College of Arts & Sciences will present Thinking About The Environment-an environmental colloquial with paper presentations and break-out sessions-throughout the day from 10-2 p.m. in the Goshen.

• The environmental colloquial will continue from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Goshen Lounge. Also, Hunter Lovins, founder of National Capitalism Solutions and an internationally known advocate for economic and environmental energy and climate-protection initiatives, will speak from 1-2 p.m. and take part in a book signing in the Goshen from 2-3:30 p.m. Information about Lovins is available at

"We are really excited about these events because this provides an avenue for many communities, disciplines and people of all ages to come together and share their thoughts about the environment," said Leah Orwig, a second-year SIUE graduate student who is pursuing a master's in social work.

"We are at a point now, where the public is beginning to take notice of what scientists are saying about global warming before politicians choose to take action."

Orwig, 23, is the graduate assistant to the SIUE Student Leadership Development Program and Volunteer Services.

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SIUE Children's SummerArts Program Continues To Serve Area Youth

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design's art education area will presents its Children's SummerArts Program beginning June 11 with workshops designed for children and teen-agers up to age 18. The summer offering is part of the University's SummerArts program.

At the junior and senior level (ages 13-18), workshops will be offered in drawing and painting, computer graphics, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, fiber arts and digital photography. Classes are scheduled to begin June 11, with offerings in primary children's art (ages 6-8), until July 27 with most offerings continuing two to three weeks.

According to Art and Design Professor Dennis Taylor, head of the department's art education area, the workshops provide quality, affordable art experiences for young students. "This is a special opportunity for participants to create and learn in a university studio environment," Taylor said.

For more information, call Darlene Darby, (618) 650-3183.

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SIUE Environmental Resource Training Center Recognizes Women

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Heather Wierciak, 33, of Caseyville needed a career that allowed her the earning power to take care of her 12-year-old son after her divorce.

She found that career path through a year-long drinking and wastewater treatment program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. With job postings of entry level positions starting at $15-$20 per hour, Wierciak said she was ready to take the plunge by enrolling in the program at the Environmental Resource Training Center (ERTC), part of the SIUE School of Engineering.

"I realized that as a teacher, I didn't make enough money," she said. "My father heard about the program and told me about it. It's math and science based, and those are subjects I enjoy."

The ERTC is celebrating Women's History Month in March by acknowledging the efforts of its female students. ERTC Director Paul Shetley explained the program is aimed at people of all ages who are seeking a vocational certificate in drinking and wastewater treatment.

The SIUE center is the only one of its kind providing the necessary training to professionals in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

Wierciak, who earned an associate of science from Southwestern Illinois College, taught pre-kindergarten students in Madison County for seven years. She qualified for some Pell grants, allowing her to shift gears and take part in the certification program. She now is preparing for two, five-week internships-one with the Caseyville Township Wastewater Treatment Plant and the other with the city of Collinsville Water Treatment Plant. Upon completion, she will earn her certification and then graduate July 26.

"Female water operators are not a new phenomenon in the water industry, but they are in the minority," Shetley said. She also pointed out the program promises to prepare students with valuable tools to enter a potentially well-paying career field.

"Without such training like we have at the ERTC, we very well might not have safe drinking water, and there would be wastewater polluting rivers, lakes and streams."

Currently there are 19 students involved in the training program in the state-three of them are women. The SIUE program has offered specialized training in drinking and wastewater management since 1979, Shetley said, adding that the concept for the center was born out of the U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972.

The ERTC provides classroom and hands-on laboratory training, while students learn to operate the Center's 30,000 gallon-per-day, training-scale water treatment plants, Shetley said. The Center also offers workshops, short school programs and special events held throughout the state as continuing education opportunities.

For more information, call the ERTC, (618) 650-2030.

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SIUE's Indian Student Association Hosts A Wedding, Activities

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The theme of this year's India Week celebration is MEHFIL: Celebrating India Together, and activities have been planned to bring Asian culture, cuisine and customs to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

"'Mehfil' means celebrating India together," said Nagendra Vakeel, a graduate student studying electrical engineering through the School of Engineering, and the Indian Student Association (ISA) president. "We are hoping to show a good representation of the Indian community and culture to others."

Wedding bells will be ringing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, as the ISA invites the campus community and visitors to a mock wedding service in Morris University Center's Goshen Lounge. Two already married SIUE student-members of the ISA will exchange vows and celebrate their union at a reception to follow.

Asian foods will tickle taste buds on campus from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Stratton Quadrangle. Indian, Chinese, Thai, Pakistani and Afghani cuisines will be available for purchase to benefit the organization.

Activities will take place in the Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, kicking off with Music: Essence of Life, a presentation of Indian classical music by Jyotsana, who is an SIUE student, and featuring Indian games and dancing. The Goshen also will be the center for the sale of Indian goods and services, including jewelry and henna tattoos.

India Night will take place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center. The night will feature live music, exotic Indian cuisine, a fashion show and dance performances. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for students.

For more information call (618) 650-5555.

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Simmons To Leave SIUE for Evansville

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Marty Simmons, who led Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to its first Elite Eight appearance in men's basketball in 2006, immediately will resign his position at SIUE to take the head coaching position at the University of Evansville.

SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said an immediate search would begin to find a replacement for Simmons. Hewitt said the Cougars will be looking for a head coach who can build on Simmons' record and off his success as SIUE prepares to make the transition into NCAA Division I athletics.

"While we would rather not see Marty go, we recognize how great of an opportunity this is for him and his family," said Hewitt. "Marty has propelled SIUE's men's basketball program to a new level, and we are thankful for all that he has done."

Simmons returns to his alma mater to lead the Purple Aces, where he previously was an assistant coach from 1990 to 1996 and 1997 to 2002. Simmons also was named among the top 15 players of all-time at Evansville in 2005.

Simmons coached at SIUE for five seasons and led the Cougars to an 88-59 record during his stay. He took SIUE to the NCAA Tournament in his third season as head coach in 2004-2005; the Cougars' first time in 15 seasons. SIUE returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2005-2006, winning the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight after breaking the school record for wins with 25.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Coach of the Year in 2004-2005, Simmons helped SIUE to appear in the NCAA Division II national rankings in 16 weeks over the past three seasons.

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SIUE Spring Faculty Symposium To Be Offered March 28

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Dan Bernstein, a professor of psychology at Kansas University and director of KU's Center for Teaching Excellence, will be the keynote speaker during Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Spring Faculty Symposium, March 28, with its theme of faculty as "a collective body with ownership of the curriculum."

Bernstein's keynote at 1:30 p.m. that day-Collective Responsibility of Faculty for Student Learning-will be followed by a poster presentation of SIUE faculty drawn from the Classroom Instructional Research Program Scholars.

That in turn will be followed by a comparison and discussion of collective and individual curriculum responsibility led by Bernstein and Paul Gaston, provost of Kent State University and formerly an associate provost at SIUE.

Bernstein earned a bachelor's in psychology at Stanford in 1968 and a doctorate in psychology at the University of California at San Diego in 1973. He was a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1973-2002 when he took his current position at KU. His primary research focuses on human motivation and learning, including work with adults and children in non-laboratory settings.

Gaston earned a doctorate and a master's in English at the University of Virginia, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a DuPont Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow. He is author of two books and of more than 40 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from interart analogies, the poetry of George Herbert and the fiction of Walker Percy, to academic strategic planning, the Higher Education Act and the assessment of educational outcomes.

The entire symposium program begins at 1 p.m. in the Conference Center, on the second floor of the Morris University Center. All faculty members are invited to attend the four-hour event.

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Former Assistant Dean/Professor Emeritus Coy Dies

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Richard E. Coy, professor emeritus and former assistant dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, died Tuesday, March 13, at Eden Village Retirement Center from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 81.

Originally from New Kensington, Pa., Coy began his career in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving from 1943-45 as a hospital corpsman on the U.S.S. Currituck AV-7 for the U.S. Navy. He spent part of his time while in the service as a dental officer in the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

Coy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine, earning a B.S. degree in 1949, a D.D. S. in 1951 and an M.S. in prosthodontics in 1959. He married Grace McKallip in 1957; she and the couple's two children and five grandchildren survive.

Coy maintained a private practice and taught at his alma mater until 1970.

He taught at the SIU School of Dental Medicine from December 1970 until he retired as the assistant dean and a professor emeritus in September 1985.

The author of dozens of articles in dental journals and a national and international lecturer for post-graduate and continuing education programs, Coy was appointed a professor and head of the removal of prosthodontics at Washington University's School of Dentistry in St. Louis from 1985-1988. He was in private practice in Belleville until 2001.

While there will be no visitation ceremony a memorial service will take place to honor Coy at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Eden United Church of Christ in Edwardsville.

Internet visitors can sign a guest register online at

Memorials are suggested to the SIUE Foundation to benefit the School of Dental Medicine or the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine.

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Receives $100K To Promote Excellence

(ALTON, Ill.) A $100,000 endowment gift to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine will mean continuing education opportunities for dental school faculty members, paving the way to enhance an already rigorous and challenging curriculum for students.

Cliff Neill taught at the School of Dental Medicine in Alton from 1974 to 1985. He and his wife, Virginia Neill, currently live in Carbondale, where Neill practices dentistry. A natural educator, Neill still serves as an adjunct faculty member at the school.

Neill said he and his wife are committed to the continuing education of dental medicine professionals, noting, "The SIU School of Dental Medicine is already recognized as being of outstanding quality. Our intention is to acknowledge-as is true in all professions-the rate of change and growth in dentistry.

"With that thought in mind, we must be prepared to make constant change and never accept the status quo. In the words of G.V. Black, one of the founders of modern dentistry, 'The professional man or woman has no right to be anything other than a continuous student.'"

The couple requested that the gift be used to support faculty training activities at the School of Dental Medicine. Neill expressed a particular interest in supporting courses that would promote a comprehensive understanding of the entire masticatory system, which includes the organs and structures of the jaw and its related muscles, the temporomandibular joints, the tongue, the lips, the cheeks and the mucous membranes. Neill further asked that the Dean determine the scope of the courses and attendees.

"While the use of these dental techniques among our faculty members is prevalent, it is not universal," said Ann Boyle, dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. "Dr. and Mrs. Neill's faculty development endowment will provide yet another tool for our faculty to help us in our efforts to consciously and continuously advance our promise of excellence in dental education."

As a Christmas gift, other members of the Neill family, including their son, Mike, and daughter, Cindy Belmont, contributed an additional $5,000 to the endowment.

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SIUE's Brett Stamps' New CD Is A Tender T-Bone Feast

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The moment you hear the first track of Brett Stamps' new CD, In Your Own Sweet Way (Victoria Records), you know you're in for a mellow, but exciting, experience of virtuoso trombone melodies and riffs. And, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Jazz Studies Program director says he's literally playing the music of his life on these recordings.

"This is the music I listened to coming up," Stamps said. "These are the standards I've added to my repertoire throughout the years, tunes I've listened to for 30 or 40 years." He's talking about old favorites such as "I Remember You" and "Sweet Georgia Brown," as well as "I Can't Get Started" and a samba version of the Tommy Dorsey classic "I'm Getting' Sentimental Over You" that has a nice groove to it.

There's also the latin version of the title track, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way," redefining the tune very nicely. "This CD is a tribute to (trombonists) Dorsey, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana," Stamps explained. "These are the musicians I've listened to throughout my career and who have influenced my playing."

Stamps came up through the U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors and later the Stan Kenton organization, two groups for which he performed, recorded and arranged. He was with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band and also taught at the Miami-Dade Community College New World Center before coming to SIUE in 1979 to establish the University's Jazz Studies Program.

He earned a bachelor of music at the College of William and Mary in 1970 and a master of studio music and jazz pedagogy at the University of Miami in 1975. He has performed in many venues throughout the St. Louis area including the Fox and the Muny, and has conducted various jazz clinics on both sides of the Mississippi River.

"But, this is my first album," Stamps said. He has appeared on several CDs as part of various ensembles but this is his first recording on which he fronts the band. "I've been on a lot of recordings, so I thought it was time. Bill Becker of Victoria Records and I had talked about a project in the past and we decided to do it."

Becker agreed to let Stamps pick the musicians and make the recording, while Victoria would create the pressings. "Bill made a donation to the University to use our recording studio," Stamps said. "We laid down the tracks over three evenings, about seven hours; most of the cuts were done in two takes. We didn't even use a metronome and we stayed on tempo throughout. It was amazing."

He's joined on the CD by colleague and long-time friend Rick Haydon, the SIUE guitar professor and proponent of the seven-string guitar who released a CD of his own last year with guitarist Johnny Pizzarelli Jr.; bassist Zeb Briskovich; and drummer Miles Vandiver. Vandiver, who played in an SIUE combo when he was 14, went on to earn a bachelor's in music and later became the adjunct trap set instructor in the University's music department.

"By the way, all three of these guys are graduates of the SIUE Jazz Studies program."

In fact, Stamps and Haydon have been playing together since 1980, while Vandiver came on board in the mid-1990s. It's not difficult to believe-these three are playing on the CD as if they're reading each other's minds. "Rick's a great accompanist and all of these musicians are great to play with," Stamps said.

The CD is available at Webster Records, 117 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo.; on-line:; or through Stamps by calling (618) 650-2026.

In the CD's liner notes, Stamps writes: "The game plan for this CD was to keep it simple and swing hard." Mission accomplished.

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March 23 North Carolina Dance Theatre A&I Event Sold Out

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The March 23 performance of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, part of the 2006-07 Arts & Issues series at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is sold out.

"We are happy with the response to the North Carolina Dance Theatre's appearance and we're sorry not everyone will have the opportunity to see this wonderful troupe of dancers," said Karen Bollinger, acting coordinator of the series for the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.

"We're providing this information about the sold out concert so that other patrons will not make an unnecessary trip to campus for tickets."

The April 28 appearance of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the final show of the 2006-07 season, also is sold out.

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Chancellor Emeritus Werner Named To National CHEA Committee

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors recently named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Emeritus Chancellor David Werner to its nationwide Committee on Recognition.

Serving a one-year term as part of a staggered term structure on the nine-person committee, Werner will help review and make recommendations to the CHEA board regarding accreditation procedures. He was among 87 nominations considered by the board.

An educator for nearly 40 years at SIUE, Werner also has been a long-time advocate and participant in accreditation organizations during his educational career. During the 2005-06 academic year, Werner served as interim president of Mansfield University in Pennseylvania. He also served a brief stint in Japan consulting with educators there about accreditation procedures.

"CHEA is one of two groups that 'recognizes' college and university accrediting agencies," Werner explained. "The other is the U.S. Department of Education. Unlike Education, CHEA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose members are primarily the universities and colleges in the U.S.," he said.

"In effect, the universities, through CHEA, recognize (or give legitimacy) to the accreditors. My job, as part of the Recognition Committee, is to help review currently recognized or applicant accreditors to determine if they meet the standards for recognition by CHEA."

CHEA is considered a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation procedures. The association consists of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities, and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. SIUE is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

In addition to Werner, members of the committee represent the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools, Alcorn State University, Connecticut State University, the Education Policy and Leadership Center, Florida State University, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, Kaplan University and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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January, February , March Employees Of The Month

Johnnie Soto, a supervisor in the Food Services area, is recipient of the January Employee Recognition Award. Soto is shown in the photo with Bill Canney, assistant director of the Morris Center in charge of Dining Services, who nominated Soto for the award. In this photo, Gale Hoedebeck, administrative secretary for the dean's office in the School of Business, is recipient of the February Employee Recognition Award. Hoedebeck is flanked by Judy Woodruff, the School's Development director who nominated Hoedebeck for the award, and Tim Schoenecker, interim dean of the School. At far left is Kenn Neher, vice chancellor for Administration. In the third photo, Leah Wildhaber, a secretary in the Department of Anthropology, is recipient of the March Employee Recognition Award. Wildhaber (second from right) is shown here with (from left) Wendy Shaw, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Julie Holt, chair of the department who nominated Wildhaber for the award; Carl Springer, associate dean of CAS; and, at far right, Kent Neely, dean of the College. All three of the winners each received a $25 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore, a parking spot close to his or her office for one month, and two complimentary lunch coupons to the University Restaurant. (SIUE Photos by Denise Macdonald)

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Stanford Professor, Author Visits Economics And Finance Faculty

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) John Taylor, the Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, participated in a wide-ranging dialogue with the Department of Economics and Finance about teaching economics to undergraduates.

Taylor brings a wealth of expertise to the topic. He was the founding director of Stanford's Introductory Economics Center. He also is author of a best-selling principles of economics text.

An award-winning teacher, Taylor and the SIUE faculty exchanged ideas about making economics more accessible in a variety of classroom settings. He stressed that regardless of the delivery method, the approach "must have the student in mind." Since not all students learn in the same way, he suggested a "combination approach" to the subject. According to Taylor, that concept would include standard lectures but also the use of in-class experiments.

Taylor also took time to discuss his experiences as an economist making public policy. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs. As Under Secretary he was responsible for U.S. international finance policies, which included overseeing the financial portion of the fight against terrorism. Taylor's recent book, Global Financial Warriors: The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post-9/11 World, chronicles his time as head of Treasury's international division.

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UCM Sponsors March 13 Appearance Of 'missFlag' At Religious Center

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) missFlag, an alternative rock band from Israel, will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Religious Center. The event is sponsored by the United Campus Ministries (UCM) and presented by the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois with support from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.

Billed as the most popular band on the Web site, the Boston Globe said missFlag "brings a beautiful shambling sensibility to the epic chord changes and winsome melodies." The five-piece band from Jerusalem has been compared with Coldplay, another popular international group.

The band boasts "hundreds of thousands" of plays on the Web site and can be heard at The March 13 concert is free and open to the public.

The UCM, with offices at the SIUE Religious Center, represents the American Baptist Churches USA, the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the Church of the Brethren. UCM integrates fellowship, service, study, and worship for students, faculty, and staff, "to provide a place to grow and to be challenged, with acceptance and love."

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'God And Nature' Is Topic Of March 14 WoRKS Dialogue

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "God and Nature" is the topic of a March 14 presentation by the World Religions, Knowledge, and Science (WoRKS) Group, Edwardsville, which offers dialogues about religion and science for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community and surrounding communities throughout the academic year.

SIUE Philosophy Professor Gregory Fields will conduct the dialogue at 7:30 p.m. in the SIUE Religious Center, the geodesic dome designed by famed theorist R. Buckminster Fuller at SIUE. WoRKS also conducts a Distinguished Speakers Series.

The March 14 presentation and dialogue is part of the WoRKS Study Group series which is discussing the book When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers or Partners? by Ian Barbour. Readings are optional, and participants may attend any or all of the monthly dialogues.

WoRKS Group events are free and open to the public. Parking is available for $1 per hour in Visitor's Lot B, between the Religious Center and the Morris University Center.

The WoRKS Group-Edwardsville is one of approximately 240 science and religion dialogue groups worldwide supported by Metanexus Institute, which seeks to encourage thoughtful and dynamic exploration of the interrelationship of science and religion.

The group's initial three-year series of events is funded by a grant from the Metanexus Institute, with matching funds provided by the SIUE Graduate School, the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, the University Religious Council and the Friends of the Religious Center.

For more information, contact Greg Fields by telephone, (618) 650-2461, or by e-mail:, or visit

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Twenty-Fourth Annual SIUE Summer Writing Camp Set For June, July

(EDWARDSVILLE, ILL.) The 24th Annual Summer Writing Day Camp at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been set for two sessions Monday through Friday, June 18-June 29 and July 9-20.

Enrollment per session is limited to 50 students, ages eight through 18, according to Camp Director Susan Garrison, an instructor in the Department of English Language and Literature.

The camps are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with several hours of classroom development activity, plus recreation periods for softball, swimming, volleyball, bowling, billiards, board games, and nature exploration, among others. In addition, older students will have opportunities to explore other aspects of SIUE campus life, such as attending classes in session, and visit facilities, such as WSIE-FM.

Garrison said writing periods have an excellent pupil-teacher ratio-about eight to one-with development of skills articulating thought in the sentence, the paragraph, and the short essay, as well as, by means of collaborative effort, in such creative forms as drama and fiction. Students at all grade levels will use computers extensively in the composition process, but participants do not need prior experience with computers to do well in the program.

She also pointed out that individual instruction in grammar, spelling, and punctuation and other basics of language usage is provided as needed but she also said this is not the total objective of the program. Garrison will be assisted at the day camp by recreational counselors, as well as area elementary and secondary teachers and university lecturers.

The fee for either of the day camp sessions is $190, which includes a non-refundable $15 enrollment fee upon registration. The $175 balance is due no later than June 14 for the first session or July 5 for the second session. For more information, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-2060, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2060.

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SIUE School of Education Grant Program Celebrated At State Level

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education faculty and partner agencies will receive recognition this week in the state capitol for the success of a grant program aimed at enriching educators in the areas of mathematics and science.

Some local elementary school teachers have been using summer vacations to beef up their math and science teaching skills, thanks to SIUE's Mathematics and Science Leadership Initiative (MASLI) grant.

The annual Capitol Showcase for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships, held in Springfield on Thursday, March 8, will allow classroom teachers, scientists, mathematicians, engineers and higher education experts to share experiences and research findings with professionals across the state.

Last summer, 30 elementary school teachers from Collinsville and Granite City school districts took part in the grant program, which is a partnership between SIUE School of Education faculty members and staff members of the Madison County Regional Office of Education. Faculty from the University's College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering organized learning programs featuring geometry and environmental education concepts.

Patsy Conway and Nina Maddox of the Collinsville Intermediate School will present the findings of a study, Water Works, while Annette Heth, Donna Moody and Sherry Piffner of Summit Elementary School in Collinsville will highlight a lesson plan promoting better understanding of geometric concepts, Tetrominoes Cover-up.

Money from federal legislation through the No Child Left Behind program mandates the formation of mathematics and science partnerships throughout states, said Barbara O'Donnell, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education.

"During the past three years, the partnerships have provided outstanding opportunities for professional development in mathematical inquiry and problem-solving, scientific inquiry and technological design," she said. "The partnerships have emerged from local districts, colleges and universities and a wide diversity of science, technology, engineering and mathematics leaders from our local communities.

"At SIUE the partnership has afforded an additional benefit. Many of the teachers involved in the grant serve as cooperation teachers for SIUE's Elementary Education Program. This provides teachers with an insight into the program and gives us common ground: providing the best instruction for the students in their classrooms as well as their teacher candidates."

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SIUE Business Student Recognized Enterprise Leadership Award

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Victoria A. Harris of Richton Park, a business major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was honored with the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Student Leader of the Month Award for January.

Harris will graduate from SIUE this May with a bachelor of science in business administration, with a focus in human resources.

Harris' award is in recognition of her work as a member of the SIUE chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which seeks to engage and educate students and the community regarding the importance of the human resource profession.

Ashley McNeil, president of SHRM, said, "Victoria is not only active in student organizations, but she also is an outstanding community member. SHRM is proud to nominate Victoria and feels no one deserves this award more than her."

As vice president of SHRM, Harris is required to schedule speakers for monthly meetings and network with local professionals. Other duties include monitoring the organization's progress toward national SHRM Annual Merit Award.

In addition to her campus activities, Harris volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, which serves to enrich, encourage and empower children through safe, fun and positive mentoring relationships. Harris has been matched with a "little sister" and meets with her twice a month.

In response to the news that she won the Enterprise award, Harris said, "This is really an honor. More than anything, I am grateful for the many opportunities that the SIUE School of Business has provided and for the outstanding faculty."

The award carries with it a $50 stipend and certificate. In addition, Harris will be recognized at a reception in the spring that will honor all Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation award recipients, providing SIUE business students an opportunity to network with Enterprise executives.

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 15 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a seal of approval that the SIUE School has earned each year since 1975. SIUE's accountancy program also is accredited through AACSB. Less than 33 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools hold an accounting accreditation.

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SIU Board Approves SIUE Athletics' Move To NCAA Division I

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars have been given approval to apply for reclassification to NCAA Division I for all sports in the SIUE program. SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics currently participates at the NCAA Division II level.

The SIU Board of Trustees passed the resolution Wednesday at its regular monthly meeting conducted on the SIU Carbondale campus.

Commenting on the vote by the board, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift thanked the SIU Board of Trustees for its support. "I appreciate the board's confidence and forward thinking in this matter," Vandegrift said. "We now have several steps to follow before we apply for reclassification. "During the board meeting, Vandegrift told board members the University must:

  • Immediately seek a new conference affiliation (SIUE currently is in the Great Lakes Valley Conference);
  • Appoint a reclassification work group during March to assist in all aspects and tasks related to reclassification;
  • Inform the GLVC in May of SIUE's intention to join a new conference; and
  • Apply to the NCAA for reclassification to Division I by June 1.

"I'd also like to thank the University community and the external community for all the support of this decision," Vandegrift said. "We will continue to seek support as we move through the steps needed to become a Division I athletics program."

The Chancellor said he formulated his recommendation for reclassification to Division I after taking into consideration the findings of the Intercollegiate Athletics Task Force (IATF)-made up of SIUE students, faculty, staff, alumni, and residents of the surrounding communities to study the future of the SIUE athletics program.

He also said he considered information gathered from the University community and members of nearby communities, as well as comments gathered by the IATF during various open forums.The IATF spent 16 months analyzing the pros and cons of moving to Division I, creating a hybrid program of Division I and Division II sports, or staying within Division II. For information about the process, visit the SIUE Athletics Web site.

Intercollegiate Athletics Director Brad Hewitt pointed out that the Cougars finished fourth overall nationally during the 2005-06 season among the NCAA Division II institutions in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup. "After the fall season we were 29th and we expect to significantly improve on that ranking position given the success of women's basketball, men's and women's indoor/outdoor track, softball and baseball.

"I have no doubt that we can be competitive at the 'mid-major' DI level. "Hewitt also said he is excited by the process. "Personally, I am very excited about this whole process," Hewitt said. "It's very assuring that the IATF's work and the SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics Committee will help guide Intercollegiate Athletics to its next step."

SIUE has won 16 national championships in its history, including two in men's soccer (1972, 1979), seven in men's tennis (1978 through 1984), three in wrestling (1984-85-86) and four in women's tennis (1986-87-88-89). The 1979 men's soccer team won the championship as a Division I program.

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SIU Board Of Trustees Considers Increase In Tuition

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Under a proposal considered Wednesday by the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, new undergraduate students entering SIU Edwardsville this fall would pay $469.50 more in annual tuition than new students who entered the University in fall 2006. The proposal is part of the University's guaranteed tuition plan, under which students pay their entering tuition rate for four years.

The proposal, given first reading at the board's regular meeting at SIU Carbondale, would create an annual tuition rate of $5,227.50 for new undergraduate students entering this coming fall. Students who entered SIUE in fall 2006 currently pay a $4,758 rate. The proposal will see a final vote at the board's April 12 meeting on the Edwardsville campus.

The SIUE plan also calls for $14,520 annual tuition rate for the SIUE School of Pharmacy and and $19,960 annual tuition rate at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. Pharmacy students currently are paying $13,200 annually and dental students currently are paying $18,150 annually.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, the only such school in downstate Illinois, opened its doors in fall 2005 and currently enrolls more than 160 students. This year, the number of applicants for fall 2007 has substantially increased, with more than 80 percent of them residents of Illinois.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine has been serving the healthcare needs of Southern Illinois for more than 30 years by graduating quality dental care professionals, many of whom practice in downstate Illinois.

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SIUE Fee, Rental Rate Changes Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Wednesday gave first reading to fee-related changes that will affect the SIU Edwardsville campus, including changes in the student fees for Information Technology, for Textbook Rental and for the Student Academic Success Center.

Other student fees considered for change include those for the University Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Student-to-Student Grants, the Student Fitness Center and Welfare and Activity.

The changes were offered as information items to the Board at its regular meeting conducted at SIU Carbondale. Board members will offer a final vote at their April 12 meeting.

The Academic Success Center fee would change from $30 per semester to $55.20 beginning in fall and would represent the second phase of a plan to fund the proposed center to accommodate services for the needs of a growing student population. The center would provide 58,000 square feet of space for all student services in one central location. In FY09, the fee would drop to $37.20 in its final phase.

Under the Textbook Rental fee proposal for undergraduate students, the change would mean the average SIUE student (enrolled in 15 credit hours) would pay $144 in one semester as opposed to the current fee of $128.25. With textbook costs continually increasing, often resulting in hundreds of dollars in expense at other schools, the SIUE textbook rental program is popular among students.

The Information Technology fee would change from $6 per credit hour to $6.20, resulting in the average SIUE student (enrolled in 15 credit hours) paying $93 per semester as opposed to $90 per semester currently. This fee helps defray the costs of supporting computing resources and networking infrastructure on campus.

Below is a chart of proposed changes in other student fees:

Per Semester (for a full-time student)

FY07 FY08 Change

SWAF*: $ 76.75 $ 86.55 +$ 9.80

Athletics: $ 62.20 $ 71.20 +$ 9.00

Student-to-Student Grant Fee:
$4.00 $6.00 +$ 2.00

MUC: $143.65 $148.00 +$ 4.35

Student Fitness Center
$55.30 $62.30 +$ 7.00

The Board also considered for first reading changes in SIUE's housing rental fees effective in fall and a change in the Housing Activity Fee effective summer term.

Under the proposals, rental rates for a shared room at Woodland, Prairie and Bluff residence halls would be $2,085 per semester compared with the current charge of $1,985. A deluxe single room would cost $4,170 compared with $3,970 now. Housing rates at the newly constructed Evergreen Hall would be $2,325 for a shared apartment compared with $3,100 for a private apartment. A studio apartment would be assessed at $4,350 per semester while a private suite rate would be $2,630.

Meal plan fee changes for students in the residence halls will range from $40 more per semester for Plan A (most popular) to $50 more per semester for Plan B.

Upperclassmen residing in Cougar Village Apartments will pay $1,730 per semester for a shared room compared with $1,645 paid currently, while a single room would cost $2,570 compared with $ 2,445 now. A deluxe single room would be assessed at $3,460 per semester compared with $3,290 now.

Families in Cougar Village, now paying $815 per month for a two bedroom unfurnished apartment, would pay $855 per month in fall 2007 and $880 in fall 2008. The same family paying $955 per month now for a furnished apartment would pay $1,000 per month in fall 2007 and $1,030 in fall 2008. Families in a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment now paying $915 per month would pay $960 per month in fall 2007 and $990 in fall 2008; a three-bedroom furnished is now $1,065 per month and would be $1,120 in fall 2007 and $1,155 in fall 2008.

Under a separate proposal, the Board also considered today a change in the Campus Housing Activity fee for family residents at SIUE during summer term from $26.50 to $40 per term, effective this summer. This fee supports programming, activities and services at the Family Resource Center at Cougar Village.

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Korte Stadium Repair, Early Childhood Center Expansion Approved

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a repair and renovation project for Ralph Korte Stadium at SIUE Edwardsville at an estimated cost of $1.5 million to be paid with a combination of University operating funds and/or a university loan.

The board gave the project and budget approval at its regular meeting conducted on the SIU Carbondale campus.

Repairs and renovations at the Stadium, on the west side of campus, will be made to prevent future water leaks, repair current water damage and resolve structural and maintainability issues. The Stadium was constructed in 1994-95.

The Board also approved some $30,000 in planning funds for expansion of the Early Childhood Center, which would need separate approval by the board. The expansion is expected to cost approximately $2 million.

The Early Childhood Center currently has facilities for 76 children with a waiting list of more than 130. According to planners, the lack of available quality childcare has become a recruitment and retention issue for faculty members and students who need this service. In addition, the current space limitations are not conducive to learning.

The renovation and expansion project would provide additional space for more than 30 students, provide observation and seminar areas for students and provide a large storm shelter in the basement of the building at Circle Drive and Northwest Road.

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New Student Fees Considered By SIU Board Of Trustees

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Wednesday considered two new fee-related items that will affect the SIU Edwardsville campus: a Facilities Maintenance fee and a Nursing program fee.

Both fees will go into effect fall semester. The board will offer a final vote at its April 12 meeting. Wednesday's meeting was conducted on the Carbondale campus; the April 12 meeting is scheduled on the Edwardsville campus.

Under the Facilities Maintenance fee proposal, the average SIUE student (enrolled in 15 credit hours) would pay $236.25 per semester for repairs and renovations in the "core" University buildings-Lovejoy Library, Peck Hall, Founders Hall, Alumni Hall, Dunham Hall, Rendleman Hall and the Science Building.

A 2004 study of the condition of major campus buildings indicates that deferring maintenance past a building's economic life will only cause repair costs to rise rapidly, becoming an unnecessary drain on funding resources. Such practice also would fail to make the buildings adaptable to changing user demands.

The seven buildings identified for renovation and repair were constructed between 1965 and 1979. The Illinois Board of Higher Education recommends that buildings be renovated at least every 50 years.

In addition, bleachers in the Vadalabene Center are badly in need of replacement, while the building also needs additional classroom and storage space. The fee also would help with a utilities shortfall because of rising costs of electricity and gas.

To better address the nursing workforce shortage in Illinois, the SIUE School of Nursing has considerably increased its enrollment. The Nursing program fee has been proposed to address the significant costs of clinical courses. Historically, the School of Nursing has absorbed these costs.

While graduate and students in the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program will pay the $220 fee per clinical course beginning in fall, the fee will be phased in for all other nursing students. Graduate and ABSN students are not included in the University's guaranteed tuition plan.

As an example of the full four-year impact under the new fee, freshmen entering in fall would not be assessed. When they become sophomores they will pay $440 in program fees. As juniors and seniors, they will pay a total of $880 in program fees each year. Nursing upperclassmen take more clinical courses than sophomores.

A study shows that even with the increase in fees, SIUE's Nursing program would still be the least expensive when compared with five other Nursing Schools at public and private universities in the state, including the University of Illinois.

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