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November 2012

SIU School of Dental Medicine Breaks Ground on Simulation Lab

30 November 2012, 4:14 pm

School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Rotter, SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and SIU President Glenn Poshard break ground for new simulation lab.

SDM Simulation Lab Ground Breaking Video

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard, SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Rotter broke ground today for the SDM's new simulation laboratory. Nearly 50 supporters gathered in the mild autumn afternoon on the site located at 2800 College Avenue on the Alton Campus.

The $9.5 million facility will serve as a primary site of instruction for approximately 100 predoctoral dental students. Along with the simulation lab, the 18,000 square foot addition includes a ceramic reconstruction room, x-ray room, casting and dispensing areas, and the replacement of the school's fitness center.

"The School of Dental Medicine is a major healthcare provider in southern Illinois, because it is one of only two dental schools in the state," Poshard said. "This project was necessary, because the current lab isn't large enough to house the necessary current technologies for our students. This project signals a recommitment of SIU to deliver excellent and progressive healthcare.

"The mark of a great University is cooperation, communication and continuity. Chancellor Furst-Bowe has tenaciously worked to complete the project begun by her predecessor Vaughn Vandegrift. Provost and Vice Chancellor Ann Boyle helped bring the School of Dental Medicine to prominence. Dean Rotter is already taking the School of Dental Medicine to greater heights."

"This new pre-clinical laboratory promises our dental students a more authentic simulation of patient treatment experiences," Furst-Bowe said. "This lab is critical to the continued successful delivery of the dental education curriculum in an increasingly sophisticated field. The School of Dental Medicine is poised to continue to provide outstanding dental education for our students for many years to come."

"We are grateful for the educational opportunities that will be afforded by this new lab," Rotter stated. "This will only enhance our students' preparation to be outstanding healthcare providers."

Among the dignitaries attending were Jim Underwood, executive director of the Illinois Capital Development Board, State Rep. Dan Beiser, (D-East Alton) and Illinois Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton).

Christine Brewer Recital, Monday, Dec. 3

30 November 2012, 9:21 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host world-renowned soprano Christine Brewer for a recital Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Morris University Center's Meridian Ballroom.

The Grammy award winner will be performing works by Richard Wagner, Aaron Copland, William Bolcom and other American composers. It is anticipated that Brewer will feature three sets: an American music set, followed by Wagner and completed with holiday music.

Admission is free! Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear one of the most accomplished singers of our time. A Lebanon, Ill., resident, Brewer has been named by BBC Music as one of the top 20 sopranos in history. More information is available on Brewer's website.

Soprano Christine Brewer.

For more information on Monday's performance, contact Dr. Marc Schapman at (618) 650-2034 or

SIUE Dedicates Lukas Athletics Annex

29 November 2012, 3:47 pm

Lukas Annex Dedication Video

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt dedicated the new Lukas Athletics Annex today. An enthusiastic throng that consisted of University Foundation board members, University administrators, faculty, staff and student-athletes crowded into the main lobby for the ribbon-cutting.

The $5.4 million facility, which is connected to the Vadalabene Center on campus, was made possible through a $4.2 million donation by the Charles S. and Mary L. Lukas Estate. The late couple's nephew, Bill Lukas, and his wife, Janet, joined in the celebration.

"First, I must thank the family of Charles and Mary Lukas for their generosity and their trust in SIUE's stewardship," Furst-Bowe said. "We appreciate this special gift and the opportunities it offers for faculty, staff and students.

"This Annex is a tangible reminder of the expansion the University is undergoing in both academics and athletics. It's important to our standing within the NCAA and the Ohio Valley Conference that our facilities reflect our dedication to excellence."

In remarking about the beauty of the new facility, Hewitt reminded everyone that the Annex embraces the Lukas' formal wishes, noting, "Their support is always to be used to build, renovate or improve any University facility and express their belief in the everlasting impact of an education."

"If Charles and Mary could be here today, they would be beaming with pride," Bill Lukas said. "My uncle never had the chance for a formal education, so his financial support to provide educational opportunities for others makes up for that."

Head cross country coach Eileen McAllister provided an athletics department staff perspective. "I can't begin to express how much this means to all of us," she said. "Our productivity has increased 100-fold. Our camaraderie is stronger than ever, and we've already experienced the impact on our recruiting visits."

Cougar Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Clark Schmidt was excited and proud to represent his fellow student-athletes. "Positive change has occurred within the department during my career," stated Schmidt, who is a senior on the Cougars golf team. "The people change as new and more talented recruits arrive every year. The facilities have grown and improved. We listen to Dr. Hewitt's philosophies about being successful in Division I, so we believe that we can win; we know we can win; and we will win."

The three-level Annex has more than 29,000 square feet available for programming and office space. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics moved into the ground floor in late October. The top floor will provide teaching, research and computer laboratory needs for the Department of Kinesiology. The bottom floor will house a strength and conditioning area. They are scheduled to be completed during summer 2013.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, Bill and Janet Lukas, and SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt cut the ribbon at the new Lukas Athletics Annex on campus.

SIUE's School of Business Attends Wells Fargo Development Fair

29 November 2012, 9:29 am

Professionals from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business attended the Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA) Development Fair on Thursday, Nov. 1, at WFA's downtown St. Louis campus. The fair's purpose was to provide WFA team members with internal and external resources for personal and professional development.

SIUE Director of Executive Education Sandra Hindelang and Academic Advisor Shelley Williams represented the School of Business at Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA) Development Fair.

Director of Executive Education Sandra Hindelang and Academic Advisor Shelley Williams attended on behalf of the school. They visited with WFA team members who had earned post-graduate degrees and were interested in seeking additional educational opportunities.

"We were delighted to discuss SIUE's educational opportunities with WFA employees," said Hindelang. "Many do not realize that the University is so close, offers competitive pricing and a wide range of educational opportunities."

WFA is a strong supporter of SIUE's School of Business, as well as its executive education activities in project management. The company holds a seat on the University's Project Management Advisory Board and provided a featured presenter during the Nov. 16 project management symposium on campus.

The SIUE School of Business was represented in its own booth along with nearly 50 other non-profit organizations, volunteer agencies and universities in the St. Louis area. Other organizations included Big Brothers Big Sisters, FOCUS St. Louis, the United Way's GenNext program and Webster University.

"It is our desire that the team members will take advantage of these opportunities, so that it better helps with their overall development," said Wells Fargo Field Perspective Consultant Oluchi Lisa Uwah.

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 296 business schools in the U.S. and abroad for the seventh consecutive year. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 23,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit:

SIUE's Marketing Association Hosts Motivational Speaker

28 November 2012, 4:49 pm

Motivational speaker Jim Reed presented to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students and faculty members November 12 -16.

Reed, an organizational development consultant and motivational speaker, was brought to campus by the SIUE chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA.) The campus wide seminar was titled "Key Insights to Landing a Job."

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Morris University Center, Jim Reed's Career Corner was the attraction. Students were able to learn interview and resume writing techniques, as well as engage in skills validation and relevant strengths assessment.

"It's not business as usual when they are getting their education," said Reed. "Students have to focus on their skill set and create a brand that will get them solidly into this highly competitive workforce."

Reed visited student organizations and presented to several classes during his time on campus, including management classes taught by Jenni Hunt, a marketing and management instructor. Hunt describes Reed as someone who pushes the envelope.

Motivational speaker Jim Reed (center) receives a gift basket from SIUE business students.

"It's good for students to hear from others besides their professors," she said. "It provides students with the chance to network and get different perspectives. He has so much experience and knowledge to share. He reinforces concepts and ideas that we talk about during the semester."

Reed said he made an initial contact with the AMA in the 1980s. The event marked the third time he has been to the SIUE campus. Wednesday evening he conducted an exclusive seminar with members of SIUE's AMA chapter to discuss organizational development.

Junior CMIS major and Executive Vice President of the AMA chapter, Adam Arras of Collinsville, said he liked Reed's level of engagement, noting the professional approached his audience with fresh ideas and tailored his presentation to fit the audience's specific needs.

"If I had to describe Jim in one word, it would be dynamic," Arras said. "Jim has unmatched enthusiasm for motivating young adults and molding them into tomorrow's business people. It's impossible not to be energized by his performance."

SIUE is one of eight colleges Reed will visit this academic year. After his stint at SIUE, Reed went on to California State University-Long Beach and then will visit three campuses in Puerto Rico.

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 296 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit:

SIUE School of Nursing and SIU School of Medicine Hold Collaborative Retreat

28 November 2012, 2:00 pm

On Nov. 19, 2012 the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine held a retreat to begin discussions on working collaboratively through Inter Professional Education (IPE) to develop activities that will benefit both medical and nursing students.

The goals for the retreat were to discuss current literature about successful IPE strategies; how these disciplines could develop clinical experiences and simulations to improve interprofessional communication; and to continue promoting teamwork and mutual respect. Ultimately, the objective is for all health care providers who graduate from the schools to practice at the optimal level and, therefore, positively impact patient outcomes.

"One of the outcomes of this retreat was to look at how we can conduct activities and simulations collaboratively with the SIU School of Medicine this upcoming spring," said Dr. Roberta Harrison, assistant dean for undergraduate and alternative programs in the School of Nursing. "We are working to set the stage for the spring when an IPE conference will be held on SIUE's campus and additional conversations with other health sciences will occur."

The retreat planning committee consisted of: Dr. Jerry Kruse, Dr. Chris MacDowell and Tracey Smith from the SIU School of Medicine; and Dr. Rhonda Comrie, Dr. Chris Durbin, Valerie Griffin, Dr. Roberta Harrison, Dr. Kathy Ketchum and Dr. Becky Luebbert from the SIUE School of Nursing.

SIUE Developing Model Hospice Training Program

27 November 2012, 1:19 pm

Nearly 300 SIUE students signed up to be hospice volunteers.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosted one of the largest hospice volunteer training sessions on record Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Morris University Center. Nearly 300 students signed on for the SIUE Hospice Volunteer Initiative.

Chris Herndon, associate professor in the SIUE School of Pharmacy and advisor for its Class of 2015, marveled at the turnout. "We are incredibly proud of this project," Herndon said. "After checking with the national hospice leadership, we believe that's a record number of participants in a training session. The students, who led the charge, should be commended for their organization and dedication."

The overall goal is to increase hospice volunteerism among young adults to provide volunteer services to hospice organizations outside of the typical volunteer duties such as sitting with patients. SIUE volunteers have helped staff parades, fundraisers, and eventually will assist in providing video diaries, art and music therapy along with administrative clerical tasks.

"Our hope is to greatly increase the number of hospice volunteer hours provided to local hospices in the St. Louis region," Herndon said. "We will rely on the efforts of our extraordinary, civic minded SIUE students to increase these hours."

The hospice volunteer training is typically a full two-to-three days of on-sight, live training at the individual hospice programs, which generally have their own training overlapping with the students' program.

Because the target audience is busy college students, training is streamlined to focus on the required competencies to provide the skills necessary for different levels of hospice volunteering. Some college students wish to help, but do not believe they are capable of sitting with or interacting with a dying patient. As a result, "training-lite" was created. It consists of six web videos and accompanying assessments that are each approximately 10 minutes in length. A live one-hour "kick-off" event follows to solidify and confirm the volunteers' competencies.

SIUE's approach to hospice volunteer training is setting a standard. Herndon said the University of Maryland is seeking to replicate SIUE's model.

The student organizations executing the program include the School of Pharmacy Class of 2015 and the SIUE student chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). Dr. Miranda Wilhelm, clinical assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, is the faculty advisor for the ASCP chapter at SIUE and played a significant role organizing the project.

Class of 2015 president James Langley has convened a committee consisting of classmates and ASCP members. They are Lauren Breden, Sarah Cooper, Adam Gummersheimer, Audra Hipsher, Amanda Jarrett, Lauren Kormelink, Nathan Lindley, Keith Marry, Laura Olsen, Shana Stein and Deni Trone.

The student volunteers fill a compelling need. Under Medicare guidelines, hospice programs must show that a minimum of five percent of all hours provided towards patient care come from certified hospice volunteers. Because of this, all hospices have robust volunteer training and deployment programs, but frequently lack the sufficient numbers or right match of volunteers for specific tasks. SIUE's diverse student body not only meets, but also overcomes this challenge.

Additionally, the Department of Computer Science has chosen this project for its senior capstone project. Three seniors are developing a "smart phone" app streamlining communication between SIUE's partner hospices and the trained student volunteers.

The Meridian Society provided a generous grant to fund the training videos, outreach efforts and shirts for the volunteers.

School of Engineering Signs 2+2 Agreement with Lewis & Clark CC

26 November 2012, 4:08 pm

In September, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Engineering signed a 2+2 Program agreement with Lewis and Clark Community College.

The agreement allows a student to spend the first two academic years at Lewis and Clark followed by two years at SIUE to obtain a bachelor's degree in civil, computer, electrical, industrial, manufacturing or mechanical engineering. The agreement also facilitates the exchange of student information between the two institutions to allow accurate and efficient advisement of students.

"The cooperation between the two institutions for the success of the students is exemplary," says Cem Karacal, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering.

The objective of the program is to offer a highly structured curriculum at both institutions to better serve the needs of the student. One benefit of the dual admission is that students' academic progress is monitored by both institutions, which will improve their success rates.

"The curriculum is coordinated between the two institutions to make sure that students receive proper advisement in a timely manner from the beginning through graduation, said Hasan Sevim, dean of the School of Engineering.

"A great number of our pre-engineering students are already transferring to SIUE's School of Engineering," Lewis and Clark President Dale Chapman said. "This agreement helps make a seamless transition for Lewis and Clark students, and they will ultimately reach their goals faster."

This is the third agreement SIUE has signed with area community colleges. The first two agreements were with Kaskaskia College in fall 2009 followed by St. Charles Community College in fall 2011.

SIUE School of Nursing Faculty Member Receives Pinnacle of Nursing Leadership Award

26 November 2012, 1:15 pm

Dr. Karen Kelly, director of continuing education for the SIUE School of Nursing, was one of 25 recipients of the Pinnacle of Nursing Leadership Award at the Power of Nursing Leadership event in Chicago on November 2, 2012. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing, the 15th annual awards luncheon brought together some of the most innovative nurse leaders from education, health systems, government, entrepreneurship and businesses throughout Illinois.

Susan Swart, executive director of the American Nurses Association (ANA)-Illinois, nominated Kelly for the award. "Dr. Kelly's leadership during the development of ANA-Illinois resulted in a calm approach to a very emotional decision to restructure our 111 year old professional association," Swart said. "Her style of leading by example unequivocally made Dr. Kelly a natural choice as a Pinnacle Leader at the 2012 Power of Nursing Leadership."

An associate professor in the School of Nursing since 2002, Kelly currently serves as the president of the ANA-Illinois.

Dynamic Speakers Highlight Sold-Out Project Management Symposium

21 November 2012, 9:37 am

The St. Louis Zoo's David McGuire opened the day-long agenda, while Lt. General Darren W. McDew closed the program as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business entertained more than 400 attendees at its sold-out 2012 Project Management Symposium. The event was Friday, Nov. 16 at the Morris University Conference Center on the SIUE campus.

"Attendance grew by approximately 100 from a year ago," said Sandra Hindelang, director of the SIUE School of Business' Executive Education Division. "More than 120 different companies from the St. Louis metropolitan area participated."

The Executive Education Division of the School of Business hosted the annual Symposium. The theme was "The Art and Science of Project Management."

The program began with an address by McGuire, St. Louis Zoo vice president of Architecture and Planning, describing the successful project to build the Sea Lion Sound. He highlighted the transition from being an entertainment facility to becoming a conservation and education institute.

McGuire enjoyed SIUE's symposium, because it reached such a wide range of companies in the St. Louis area. His desire was for the attendees to understand the importance of accomplishing a project and doing it in a way that is efficient and saves money in a challenging economy.

"I hope people take away the concept that there are quite a few components in creating a project management team," McGuire stated. "There are several committees that must be considered for an effective team."

McDew, Commander 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base, served as the keynote speaker. His topic was "A Strategic Approach to Leadership." He enjoyed the opportunity to talk about leadership and being an effective leader.

"The main thing I wanted people to take home was that at the core of your business is a person trying to help you accomplish your goal," said McDew, who went on to describe the importance of project management. "Most people don't have the skill set to work through the problems. Project management gives them the tools they need to accomplish their goals."

A personal branding consultant, Lethia Owens, participated in break-out sessions entitled "Average to Awesome: Taking Your Project Management Skills to the Next Level." She conveyed that in today's market, project management is important to be cost effective and efficient in everything we do.

Owens particularly enjoyed the diversity of her audience. "Since there are people from different companies, it makes me feel as if I'm making a difference by sharing this with the St. Louis metro area," she said, while dispensing a variety of tips. "What makes you unique makes you valuable, and what makes you valuable makes you wealthy. Don't lose yourself along the way."

Dannette McKellar from Edward Jones and Akash Malhotra from Maritz were both enthusiastic attendees. "You get a lot of great information packed into one day," said McKellar, who returned for her second straight symposium after being impressed by the 2011 event.

"Lt. Gen. McDew's presentation gave me insights into the different categories of people," McKellar said, explaining what she learned. "It helped me to realize the importance of spending time with people.

After the event was recommended by a colleague, Malhotra attended and wasn't disappointed. "I found the 'Average to Awesome' (personal branding) workshop and Lt. General McDew's leadership grid/cube to be particularly useful," he said.

Malhotra would recommend the symposium to others in the future, "The event brought inspiration from knowledgeable and powerful speakers, helped shift thinking through great brainstorming sessions during lunch and provided a mass of professionals for good networking."

Hindelang said the symposium is designed to provide a forum for project management practitioners in the St. Louis metropolitan area to network and exchange ideas, knowledge, and strategies for resolving challenging project management issues.

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 296 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit:

SIUE Assists in Hosting International Engineering Conference in Turkey

20 November 2012, 3:49 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Engineering combined with Atilim University (Turkey) and Ankara University (Turkey) to host the second International Engineering Education Conference (IEEC2012) during the first week in November. The focus of the event, which was held in Antalya, Turkey, was "New Trends and Expectations."

Dr. Cem Karacal, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, served as a conference co-chair and led a group of four SIUE participants. Karacal chaired the section on "Engineering Education and R&D Relations."

"The conference was definitely a step toward increasing the SIUE School of Engineering's name recognition and visibility in Turkey," Karacal said. "Turkey has a fairly large and extremely competitive higher education market. Being an organizing partner and attending the event as a group left a lasting impression on several Turkish and international academicians who were in attendance."

SIUE's Dr. Ryan Fries and Dr. Sohyung Cho were among the invited speakers. Cho, an associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering (IME), spoke about lab simulation to teach supply-chain optimization. He was the SIUE School of Engineering's IME Excellence Award winner in both 2009 and 2011.

Fries, an assistant professor of civil engineering, spoke about innovative approaches to engage students in the classroom. He was the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2011 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2011 Chi-Epsilon James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award.

Karacal also presented within the section on "Pedagogical Approaches and Assessment in Engineering Education" regarding maximizing resources of both the University assessment office and the School of Engineering in program assessment for accreditation purposes. Within that same section, Dr. Chris Gordon, associate dean of the School of Engineering, also had a presentation regarding drawing assessments to measure student perceptions of diverse fields in an engineering school.

Before traveling to Antalya, the SIUE contingent made a stop in Istanbul and participated in new student orientation for the Istanbul Technical University (ITU)-SIUE dual diploma program. Students enjoyed interacting with SIUE engineering faculty.

Dr. Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, pointed out the importance of international exposure for SIUE through its faculty, "Having a large contingency of Turkish students in our dual-diploma program in industrial engineering makes this trip so much more meaningful," he stated. "Our faculty team represented us at an international conference and saw the ITU campus that produces our dual diploma students."

Furst-Bowe is Keynote Speaker at Malaysian Conference

19 November 2012, 1:23 pm

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe will spend the first week of December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as the keynote speaker at the Zairi Institute conference on competing in the digital economy. The Institute is sponsoring Furst-Bowe's appearance.

The focus of the event, which will take place Dec. 5-7 at the Palace of the Golden Horses, will be on determining how excellence can prepare organizations for modern competitiveness and sustainable performance. Furst-Bowe will speak on "Driving Excellence in Higher Education: How to Avoid Swimming Against the Tide." She also will lead a workshop titled "How to Become a World Class University: Excellence Capability Through the Malcolm Baldrige Framework."

According to information made available by the Zairi Institute, the conference was designed "to bring relevance to the meaning of excellence and quality in a modern economic context." The event will focus on defining the new economy-first as it has made globalization and business competitiveness the norm for the delivery of products and services. Another focus will be on managing customer experiences through incorporating the use of technological advances.

The literature states that competition in a digital economy will be assisted by the technological revolution. Three new important, emerging resources will be examined for their ability to govern organizational behavior. These resources include the connectivity cloud, which allows for the transfer of information; the resource cloud, which enables data storage; and the social cloud, which facilitates networking and collaboration.

For more information, visit the Zairi Institute,

SIUE University Housing Staff Recognized at Regional Conference

15 November 2012, 12:06 pm

Woodland Hall Community Director Jamie Matthews.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Jamie Matthews, Woodland Hall community director, was selected as the Outstanding New Professional of the Year for Illinois at the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The conference took place November 2-4. In addition, SIUE University Housing received the Presidential Outstanding Service Award for a Large School.

The Outstanding New Professional of the Year is presented to an entry-level professional who has had four or fewer years of full-time employment in the housing profession. Matthews began working at SIUE in July 2010 as Woodland Hall's community director. The award recognizes an individual's excellent job performance including displaying initiative and creativity. Additionally, the recipient demonstrates contributions to the housing profession and promotes experiences that foster inclusiveness and student development.

"Jamie Matthews is an ultimate professional and the Woodland Hall residents are fortunate to have her working with them on a daily basis," said Mike Schultz, director of University Housing.

University Housing at SIUE received GLACUHO's Presidential Outstanding Service Award for a Large School. The honor goes to a member institution that has provided exceptional support to the association. Receiving the Presidential Service Award demonstrates that SIUE is recognized by its colleagues as a leading Housing department.

"I am ecstatic that GLACUCHO recognizes our talented and dedicated staff," Schultz stated.

For more information on GLACUHO, contact Mallory Sidarous at 618-650-0546 or

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

Furst-Bowe Appoints SIUE Strategic Planning Team

13 November 2012, 4:56 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe has appointed Paul Rose, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology in the School of Education, as chair of the Strategic Plan Update Committee and Tim Schoenecker, associate professor of Management Marketing in the School of Business, as vice chair.

During her initial address to the campus community in October, Furst-Bowe pointed to updating the University's strategic plan as one of five key institutional initiatives. SIUE is in the 10 th year of a strategic plan that was developed in 2001 after the University enrolled in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission.

"SIUE's Strategic Plan is now due for an overall review and update," Furst-Bowe said. "We need to ensure that current and future planning will continue to enhance the University's contributions to higher education in Southern Illinois."

A team of individuals, representing all areas of the University, has been assembled to begin this important work. Rose and Schoenecker will lead a committee that includes:

Director of Annual Giving Julie Babington, University Foundation

Staff Senate President Keith Becherer, Campus Recreation ,

Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Venessa Brown

Assistant Professor of Speech Communication Wai Cheah, College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Senate President Rhonda Comrie, School of Nursing

Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance and Student Services Jaci Declue

Assistant Professor Nathalia Garcia, School of Dental Medicine

Bev George, Alumni/Parents /Community

Associate Professor, Chair of Construction Engineering Chris Gordon, School of Engineering

Director of Financial Affairs Dave Heth ,

Associate Professor Lydia Jackson, Library and Information Sciences

Associate Provost for Research and Graduate School Dean Jerry Weinberg

Associate Professor Ken Witt, School of Pharmacy

Student Body President Erik Zimmerman

"I am confident that Dr. Rose will direct this talented, diverse group of committed University leaders to update our strategic plan, so that it will guide SIUE through our next 10 years of institutional growth and academic achievement," Furst-Bowe said. "They understand the importance of this review and the impact their work will have upon our entire University community."

Included among the topics that the strategic planning team will consider are Furst-Bowe's other four main points from her October address:

- Reviewing the on-going enrollment management plan

- Striving to increase retention and graduation rates

- An academic plan that includes expansion of online courses and programs

- Increasing globalization on campus

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

SIUE Welcomes Speaker on Social Media in Globalization

13 November 2012, 4:08 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Center for International Programs hosted a presentation last week titled "The Evolving Role of Social Media in Globalization," featuring keynote speaker William Moner, an educator, designer and researcher of digital, web and social media.

Moner is a Ph.D. student and lecturer in the communication design department at Texas State University -Austin. He spoke to a crowd of faculty members, students and other attendees gathered in the Morris University Center Illinois-Mississippi Room. He talked about how humans shape and use technology. He put into context the phrase "Twitter Revolution," which is used to describe the use of social media to generate and promote social movements.

"The term 'Twitter Revolution' gives Twitter too much power," Moner said. "The revolutions that are going on across the world-in the Middle East, in Tunisia, in Syria and in other countries-these are the front lines where people are living and fighting for their freedom and equality. These places don't have equal access in a lot of ways and calling them the 'Twitter Revolution' takes away from these networks of people who are trying to find their voice. It gives Twitter too much credence."

He pointed out that people with access to the use of social media to post photos and status updates pertaining to the aggression others are facing doesn't completely tell the whole picture of what's happening.

"Twitter is a good tool to get the discussion going, but it doesn't capture the aggression people are facing," stated Moner. "I have a problem with elevating Twitter to being tightly linked as a revolutionary force. Twitter is not a revolutionary force. People are the revolutionary force."

Moner stressed to the audience the importance of examining the powerful interests that shape not only public policy in the U.S., but also foreign policy. These are important tools, he said, in changing the face of global terrorism, as well as revolutionary forces that threaten to spark continued unrest and oppression.

School of Nursing Faculty Presented at National Pain Management Seminar

13 November 2012, 10:44 am

Paul Darr, assistant Nurse Anesthesia program director for the SIUE School of Nursing, spoke recently at the American Associations of Nurse Anesthetists' Jack Neary Advanced Pain Management Educational Seminar. This course is offered annually for qualified Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who wish to become more educated and skilled in providing chronic pain management procedures to their patients.

Darr spoke about the "Physiologic Mechanics and Pain Conduction in the Management of Pain," as well as "Anatomy & Physiology of the Spine and Building of Comparative Spinal Views for Injection Techniques." His instruction included eight hours of cadaver courses in order to teach proper techniques in radiation safety, caudal, translaminar, and gutter approach epidurals, SI Facet Joint, and transforaminal epidural techniques.

"The SIUE School of Nursing would like to congratulate Paul for being recognized by his peers for his expertise in pain management and for playing such an instrumental role in training other nurse anesthetists in these essential clinical procedures," said Dr. Laura Bernaix, professor and chair for the Department of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing.

School of Nursing Senior to Present on Spiritual Awareness

8 November 2012, 3:16 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing senior, Tyler Rueter will be hosting a Spiritual Awareness in Health Care event from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in SIUE's Science Building, room 3114. This free event is open to the public.

The Spiritual Awareness in Health Care event is part of Rueter's senior assignment (SRA) and will be the result of months of planning and research. During the event, Rueter, the Centralia native will explain how to be involved in spiritual assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation in a health care setting. In his research, Rueter has discovered that many medical institutions and higher education programs promote a level of holistic health care, but few teach how to properly administer the spirituality aspect of holistic medicine. The event's goal is to bring awareness to spirituality, how it can be supported and given to patients.

The SRA is the culmination of a baccalaureate education at SIUE. The SRA demonstrates a connection between the student's major area of study and the full extent of general education skills and competencies that one has acquired.

During senior year, nursing students enroll in courses dedicated to Senior Assignment activities. The purpose of the formal classes is to synthesize and refine the portfolio document, write a scholarly paper, and develop a 15- to 20-minute oral presentation that represents the culminating experience that will be judged by the faculty.

Rotter Named SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean

8 November 2012, 1:47 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees met at the Edwardsville campus today and appointed Dr. Bruce Rotter as dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. His appointment is effective Nov. 9.

"Searches for highly qualified deans are extremely competitive, and we were fortunate to have our most qualified candidate already on campus," SIUE Interim Provost Ann Boyle said. "Dr. Rotter possesses the range of experience in education, research, service and administration to guide the School of Dental Medicine as it continues to excel."

Rotter stated his fundamental educational philosophy: "The entire foundation of a properly run School of Dental Medicine must be based on a sound vision of educational quality. As chief educational officer, the dean must be the facilitator of that vision, constantly aware that providing educational excellence to our students is our primary mission."

"The dental profession is encountering changes and challenges at a rapid pace, including rapidly evolving materials and technology, regulatory concerns, and access to care and workforce issues," Rotter said. "It is imperative that the dental school curriculum remain contemporary. It must be proactively assessed and revised based on the demands of the profession and the marketplace."

An SDM alum and Glen Carbon resident, Rotter was associate dean for Academic Affairs for six years prior to serving as interim dean since June 2011. He joined the SDM faculty previously as an assistant professor in 1993, was named associate professor in 1997 and a professor in 2009. During that time frame, Rotter created and administered one of the first implant fellowship training programs in the country. That program led to the creation of a freestanding implant clinic, which he designed, helped develop and directed.

While at the School for Dental Medicine, Rotter also has served the Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Education in two roles. First, he was an adjunct associate professor in the Graduate Endodontics Program from 1996-2000. Since 2000, he has been a clinical associate professor in the Graduate Periodontics Program.

Throughout his academic career, Rotter has continued to be active in the private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery in order to maintain his knowledge and skills while bringing that experience to the academic setting. He has worked with Southern Illinois Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd., in Belleville and Glen Carbon since 2002. He also has served the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in St. Louis as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and/or consultant since 1994. In addition, Rotter has contributed his expertise in support of the dental specialty programs in Endodontics and Periodontics that SIU-SDM shares with St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education since 1996.

Rotter earned his D.M.D. from SIU SDM in 1982. He achieved a certificate in general practice residency in 1983 at Ehrling-Bergquist U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. He went overseas in 1989 to Arhus University Hospitals in Arhus, Denmark for international exchange training in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Rotter earned both a master's degree, and an oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate in 1990 from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He achieved a fellowship certificate in 2000 from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.

A member in 15 dental professional associations, Rotter has been elected to fellowship by the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Rotter has been associated with more than a dozen hospitals throughout his career including current affiliations with Belleville Memorial Hospital, Healthsouth Surgical Center in Belleville and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in St. Louis.

Rotter is licensed by the State of Illinois for General Dental, Specialty-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia.

SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Rotter.

SIU BOT Approves Naming of Fulginiti Indoor for SIUE Softball

8 November 2012, 1:30 pm

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today at its meeting on the Edwardsville campus approved the naming of the new indoor softball facility as Fulginiti Indoor. The board approved a budget to build out the top and bottom floors of the Charles and Mary Lukas Athletic Annex. The board also approved development of plans and cost estimates to build a new workshop onto the existing Engineering Building.

Fulginiti Indoor recognizes Cheri Fulginiti's gifts and pledges to the SIUE softball program. The gifts accounted for more than 50 percent of the new facility's cost and will be used for future purchases of softball equipment for the Cougars' program.

During its July meeting, the board approved planning for the Charles and Mary Lukas Athletic Annex Build Out. Plans were to review designs and costs to finish the facility's top and bottom floors. The upper level will accommodate offices for an academic department and an intercollegiate athletics special events center. The lower level will accommodate a strength and conditioning center for Cougar student-athletes.

The estimated cost of the project is $2 million, of which $1.5 million will be funded from the facilities fee and $500,000 will be funded from University Plant Funds. A Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process was used to select Hurford Architects of Glen Carbon as the consultant for the building design. Final award of contracts will require further board action.

Once both floors are completed, space in the Vadalabene Center currently occupied by academic units will be available as swing space to support other campus renovations.

Adding the Student Project Design and Fabrication Workshop onto the Engineering Building would provide Engineering student design teams necessary space to work on various projects used in academic competitions. Activities in the space would include the building of competition autos such as Baja, formula and solar vehicles along with structures from steel, concrete and other materials. The space also will be used for capstone senior design team projects that require fabrication and assembly.

A QBS process will be used to select an architect consultant for the project. The consultant will help determine the extent and the estimated cost of the work. Final project and budget approval and award of contracts will require further Board action.

Student Nurses Association Hosted Float in Halloween Parade

8 November 2012, 9:09 am

The SIUE School of Nursing's Student Nurses Association (SNA) participated in the Edwardsville Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Approximately 80 SNA members participated to hand out candy in their signature red scrubs. The parade was hosted by the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce and drew in an estimated 25,000 spectators.

SNA's float featured a large face and stethoscope with signs promoting the group. SNA reflected the theme of this year's parade,"Oh, the Places You'll Go," which encouraged participants to share their goals and dreams. The parade ran northeast from Lincoln Middle School to the Edwardsville City Hall .

The Halloween parade has been an Edwardsville tradition for nearly 95 years and features more than 100 floats, marching bands, school groups and organizations taking to the streets of downtown Edwardsville.

New and Improved Morris Trail Extension Under Construction

7 November 2012, 2:35 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is constructing a safer Morris Bike Trail Extension to be completed by the end of the fall semester. As a result, the Morris Trail is closed at North University Drive due to the construction.

The Delyte W. Morris Bike Trail runs 2.3 miles through SIUE from the Madison County Transit Bluff Trail on the west side of campus to New Poag Road on the north side of campus. However, a 0.6 mile portion between North University Drive and New Poag Road consists of dirt and gravel, has steep hills and tight turns, and is not suitable for normal bicycling.

The Morris Trail Extension will replace the unpaved portion of the trail with a safer, more accessible trail open for bicycles and foot traffic. It will enhance the well-being of University community members and Edwardsville residents who choose to connect to SIUE via this trail. The 0.6 mile long replacement section of paved trail will run parallel to, but separate from, North University Drive from the Morris Trail to New Poag Road.

The project is being funded by SIUE, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Metro East Park and Recreation District. IDOT awarded the $407,821 contract to Keller Construction, Inc. of Glen Carbon in September. Although shown on Madison County Transit Bike Trail maps, the Delyte W. Morris Bike Trail is owned by SIUE.

Upon completion of the Morris Bike Trail Extension, the University will close the existing unpaved trail section. Barriers will be placed at either end with signs directing trail users to the new trail extension. Existing drainage culverts and a small wood bridge on the trail will ultimately be removed. The existing unpaved trail will no longer be maintained.

Morris Bike Trail Extension FAQs

Why is the University going to close a portion of the existing Morris Trail?

The existing trail will no longer be maintained by SIUE, since the trail is not suitable for most bike riders. The existing drainage culverts and wood bridge on the trail will deteriorate without maintenance and become safety hazards and liabilities for the University. The trail will eventually become overgrown by bushes and trees.

Why didn't SIUE simply pave the remainder of the existing Morris Trail?

The currently unpaved section of the Morris Trail has extremely steep hills and tight turns. Construction of a safe, shared-use bike trail would have been expensive and even destructive to this forested area.

Will SIUE prohibit public access to the trail?

SIUE does not prohibit public access to the campus roads and grounds, but any use of the unmaintained trail will be at an individual's own risk.

Could the trail be maintained for use by the SIUE cross-country teams and other walkers, runners and off-road bikers? Morris Bike Trail Extension

SIUE already maintains a cross-country course in another area on campus, and a private bike club already maintains a network of off-road bike trails on campus. Along with the Morris Bike Trail though campus and Madison County Transit Nature and Bluff Trails which border the campus, the SIUE community has many other safer and better opportunities for walking, running and biking.

Siemens Mobile Showcase Visits The NCERC at SIUE

6 November 2012, 4:29 pm

The Siemens, Inc., mobile showcase visited The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Tuesday, Nov. 6. To view the story, click here.

The 53-foot tractor trailer features a fully functioning instrumentation demo on wheels. It has made more than 100 stops spanning 18,000 miles across the United States as part of its "Measuring Success" tour. Siemens occupies leading market and technology positions worldwide with its business activities in the energy, healthcare, industry, infrastructure and cities sectors.

RCGA Tabs SIUE Among St. Louis' Top 50

2 November 2012, 2:32 pm

The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among its 2012 Greater St. Louis Top 50. Winners were recognized and presented an award at the RCGA's annual dinner on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

"We take great pride in being considered a key contributor to the regional economy," SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe said. "With nearly 50,000 alumni working in the St. Louis metropolitan region on a daily basis, SIUE has a major influence in business at all levels."

The Greater St. Louis Top 50 is presented by the St. Louis RCGA in conjunction with RubinBrown. Other sponsors include Ameren Corp., BMO Harris Bank, Edward Jones, Thompson Coburn LLP, KMOX Radio, St. Louis Business Journals, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and

Fifty winning companies are selected based on their significant contributions to the St. Louis region and how they have positively affected the future of the business community. There are several ways a nominee's economic impact is measured. These include, but are not limited to, growth in number of employees, community enhancement, revenue growth, acquisitions, green/sustainable efforts and expansion/development of facilities.

SIUE is one of the largest employers in Madison County, with more than 2,000 full-time employees. Its total regional economic impact is nearly $500 million. Approximately 3,500 students live on the campus and the majority of its more than 14,000 students hail from the greater St. Louis area. Additionally, nearly 50 percent of SIUE's more than 90,000 alumni live in the St. Louis metropolitan area, enhancing the vitality of the regional economy.

SIUE is in the midst of its largest building phase since the initial construction of the campus began in 1963. Since 2007, the University has completed nearly $300 million in construction and infrastructure improvement, adding new state-of-the-art buildings, and enhancing and expanding existing structures.

SIUE encourages environmental preservation and stewardship. Sustainability initiatives on campus include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certifiable construction projects in its buildings along with the campus bike share and recycling programs.

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