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May 20, 2005

SIUE SummerArts Workshops Continue To Serve Area Youth

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Since 1995, a total of 1,515 youngsters have attended workshops presented by the Department of Art and Design's Art Education program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The workshops are part of the SummerArts 2005 program.

Assistant Art and Design Professor Dennis Taylor is head of the department's art education area, which offers the "Children's Summer Arts Workshops" each year. The program actually dates back to 1975 when the "Summer Visual Art Workshops for Youth" began. That series was co-sponsored by the department and The Friends of Art.

"The purpose was to provide quality, intensive, affordable art experiences for young students in the metro area during the summer months," according to the program's history.

In the beginning, the program focused on primary and intermediate age workshops, Taylor said, "because of a lack of facility space until the new Art and Design Building was completed."

Now, the summer art workshop program offers sessions for primary ages through junior and senior high. One of the offerings for older students is the Jr./Sr. High Ceramics/ Sculpture Workshop. "It is being offered again because it is very popular," according to workshop Coordinator Chris Short. Other popular junior-senior high workshops include the Drawing-Painting session and the Computer Graphics session.

Each year, the workshops draw students from throughout the area including Granite City, Alton, Godfrey, Staunton, Dorsey, Mascoutah, Belleville, and Fairview Heights, as well as Collinsville, Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, Short said. "Each year, parents see the announcement in the paper and the phone starts ringing." Apparently, that's been going on for 30 years.

For further information about the workshops, please call the Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3183.

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May 13, 2005

School Of Business Entrepreneurship Center To Conduct Forum

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) .The Entrepreneurship Center, sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business, will conduct a May 25 forum, the second in a four-part series of forums with topics ranging from assisting entrepreneurs seeking equity investment to putting together a management team.

The May 25 forum, Getting the Most from Your Business Banking Relationship, will help entrepreneurs and current business owners learn how to utilize all the commercial banking services available in the region. The forum, set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. that Wednesday, at the Collinsville Holiday Inn, will feature banking professionals who will explain what services and banking products a business owner may expect from a lending institution.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes refreshments. For more information or for advanced registration, contact the center by telephone: (618) 650-2929. The series is co-sponsored by First Bank and the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network.

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May 11, 2005

SIUE Student From Springfield Receives Housing Scholarship

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) University Housing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has chosen Springfield native Kendra Chapman-Small as the 2005-06 James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship recipient. Chapman-Small is a sophomore studying Biological Sciences, with a 4.0 grade-point average.

The award is given annually to an academically motivated student with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) who has demonstrated civic leadership in community service and Housing activities.

In addition to being a resident assistant at SIUE's Bluff Residence Hall, Chapman-Small is a Springboard to Success leader, a STAR (STudents Assisting with Recruiting) in the Office of Admissions, a member of the SIUE Pre-Dental Association, a volunteer with the Kimmel Student Leadership Development Program, and chair for fundraising and volunteering with Women of Ambition, an SIUE student organization.

Chapman-Small also is very active in her church and plans to attend dental school after she graduates.

The James R. Anderson Housing Scholarship Award was created in memory of Anderson, a former associate director of University Housing at SIUE.

Recipients are granted a $500 per semester stipend. "We're pleased to be able to honor Jim in such a manner as this award," said SIUE Housing Director Michael Schultz. "Jim believed not only in the value of education in and out of the classroom, but also valued family, community involvement, and service."

For more information regarding the James R. Anderson Housing scholarship, call (618) 650-4628.

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May 11, 2005


Children Explore Tankers, Tractors At SIUE Vehicle DayEarly Childhood Center's Eighth Annual Event

  • Who: Staff and faculty of the SIUE Early Childhood Center (ECC) conducting the event for ECC children and their parents, OR any parent
  • and their child, to experience various modes of transportation
  • What: SIUE Vehicle Day
  • When: 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, May 13
  • Where: Parking Lot F, at the SIUE Student Fitness Center

More than 250 children are expected to explore vehicles of all types, including a 1918 Ford tank truck and the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Team mascot on a scooter, as well as dump trucks, tractors, a police motorcycle, a fire truck with a 100-foot extended ladder, and more.

More than 25 organizations have volunteered vehicles for the event, which is sponsored by the Advisory Board of the EEC.

For more information, contact the Early Childhood Center, (618) 650-2556.

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May 4, 2005

SIUE To Run The 'Cougar Cruiser' In The NASC This Summer

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Participants in the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (NASC) in July will make history as the first solar car racers to cross an international border. The upcoming race also sets a new standard for length-2500 miles, beating the 2001 and 2003 NASC races by more than 100 miles-and is still the longest solar car race in the world.

The race begins in Austin, Texas, July 17, 2005, and will finish July 27 in Calgary, Alberta. Teams from universities, companies, and organizations around the world will compete in what each hopes will be the fastest solar-powered car.

One of the entries is the Cougar Cruiser, the creation of a 15-person team of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Engineering students. It's not exactly something you'd see at your neighborhood car dealership. It's shaped like a flying saucer and runs close to the ground. "We got from 0 to 48mph in only two tenths of a mile in a recent test drive," said Jacob Van Roekel, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering and Solar Team advisor.

"When we get everything fine tuned and on the open road, we hope to coax the car up to 70mph." They'll need it.

The race follows U.S. Route 75 and the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1), with checkpoints in Weatherford, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma.; Topeka, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Fargo, N.D.; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brandon, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Medicine Hat, Alberta, before reaching the finish in Calgary.

NASC cars must be powered solely by sunshine. The racers use photovoltaic (solar) cells to convert sunlight into electricity to power the cars. Weather and energy management play important roles in the race. In general, the sunnier the day, the faster and farther the cars can travel. Brighter days also allow the cars to recharge batteries for cloudy or rainy days.

"We are extremely proud of the fact that we will have a competitive car with a total project cost of less than $50,000." According to Van Roekel, "it is not unusual for a team to spend several hundred thousand dollars on a solar car and then not even qualify for the race."

NASC sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Resources Canada, and the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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