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October 2009


·IDHR Makes First Stop At SIUE To Highlight Sexual Harassment Law
·SIUE To Host Second Preview For College-Bound Students, Parents
·Sexual Harassment Focus Of State Law During SIUE Media Conference
·FOTAD Presents 'A Ghostly Mystery' With A 'Transparent Hero' Nov. 1
·SIUE Nursing Student From Peoria Studies In China, At Mayo Clinic
·SIUE Faculty, Piasa Bluffs Fellows Return From Stanford University Meeting
·SIUE International Week: "One World, One Flag, Together We Stand"
·38th Annual SIUE Holiday Crafts Fair Set For Dec. 2-3
·SIUE Chancellor's Address: Material Progress Toward National Recognition
·Tickets Still Available For 'Cinder bottom'; Kickoff Of 2009-10 Season
·Summer Financial Management Institute Brings German Students to SIUE
·MEDIA ADVISORY: Annual Chancellor's Address Will Take Place Wednesday
·State Restores MAP Funding For Students This Spring
·Study Abroad Program Offers SIUE Students New World Perspective
·Pharmacy Class Of 2009 Achieves 97.26 Percent NAPLEX Pass Rate
·Early Childhood Center To Conduct Open House In Renovated Facility
·SIUE Asst. Professor Receives Grant To Study New Drugs For Alzheimer's
·Join In A Celebration Of Place During Discover The Gardens At SIUE
·Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional Fair At SIUE
·Changes
·SIUE Graduate Wins IAS Paper Competition
·Gov. Quinn Holds Rally For MAP At SIUE
·Celebration Of World Faiths' Set For Oct. 24 At CSS
·The University's ERTC Receives Funding For Renewable Energy Needs
· Oct. 21 Jazz Concert To Feature Wide Spectrum Of Music
·SIUE To Host Two Previews For College-Bound Students And Parents
·SIUE Business School Ranked Among Princeton Review's 301 Best
·Ecolifestl.com Video Offers Chance At Green Scholarship; Features SIUE
·SIUE To Mount Play With Good 'N' Plenty Laughs
·SSC Dremuk Conference Center Provides Space For International Programs
·SIUE Art & Design Department Continues Saturday Studio
·Illinois Export Finance Seminar To Take Place At SIUE
·Entrepreneurship Center Brings Programs For Business Leaders To SIUE
·Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House
·Author, Early Childhood Professor To Speak At SIUE Oct. 15

11/2/09

IDHR Makes First Stop At SIUE To Highlight Sexual Harassment Law

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps visited the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus this morning, making his first stop in the state to highlight a law that protects students from sexual harassment.

About 25 staff, faculty and students turned out for the director's visit to find out more about legislation that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Governor signed into public act on Aug. 18.

Claps discussed a new measure that requires universities and institutions of higher learning to display posters explaining sexual harassment laws and policies in prominent and accessible areas for all students. The notice explains what sexual harassment is and what students can do about it. The Director was joined by Paul Pitts, assistant chancellor for Institutional Compliance at SIUE in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom pre-function area.

"Students have the right to learn in an environment that is free of sexual harassment," Claps said. "Our goal is to ensure students are aware that sexual harassment is never OK and there is a law that protects them.

"I thank SIUE for allowing us the opportunity and assisting us in our outreach efforts."

The amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act calls for colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning to display posters in common areas including, such as residence halls, administration buildings, student unions, cafeterias and libraries. College campuses can also satisfy the posting requirement by providing each student an electronic copy of the sexual harassment laws and policies at the time that registration materials are emailed.

Illinois higher education institutions affected by this law must be in compliance on or prior to Nov. 17, 2009.

"I would like to welcome Director Claps to SIUE as he announces this new important law," Pitts said. "In addition to the work we do here at SIUE to assure a harmonious campus climate of tolerance throughout the entire University Community, this amendment provides our students an additional source of information for understanding their rights under law."

For questions about protections against sexual harassment in higher education and to see all required postings visit the Department's website at www.state.il.us/dhr or call 217-785-5100.

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10/30/09

SIUE To Host Second Preview For College-Bound Students, Parents

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) PREVIEW SIUE, an opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the beauty of the campus, visit with faculty and staff and obtain answers to their questions in one visit to campus, will be conducted Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. The first PREVIEW SIUE this year was conducted on Columbus Day, Oct. 12. "We like to get to know the students and their parents, while at the same time offering them the information they'll need to make sound decisions about a college choice," said Ryan Downey, assistant director of the SIUE Office of Admissions. "Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that include participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting," Downey said.

"At PREVIEW SIUE, our faculty and staff take an active role in talking with prospective students and introducing them to the academic opportunities available at SIUE."

During the Nov. 11 event, Scott Belobrajdic, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Delyte W. Morris University Center. Students may speak one-on-one to department representatives at the event during the information fairs in the Goshen Lounge, also on the first floor of the Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The opening PREVIEW session, SIUEssentials, will cover information on admission requirements, financing an education, and University Housing options. Students then will have opportunities to tour the central campus, meet with faculty and staff at the information fair, or attend an informational session of their choice. All academic units will play host to the informational sessions for students interested in their respective program.

Also, prospective students may attend a panel session made up of current SIUE students. Similarly, prospective parents also may attend a panel of parents of current SIUE students. Informational session topics include A 'Major' Decision, Transferring to SIUE and Extreme Financial Aid as well as academic sessions presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Morris University Center. It is recommended that interested students pre-register online at the Web site: www.siue.edu/prospectivestudents, or by telephone: (800) 447-SIUE.

Tours of the campus and residence halls will be offered until 2 p.m., while campus offices will remain open until 4:30 p.m. PREVIEW parking will be available at Korte Stadium, on Stadium Road just west of the main campus at the bottom of the bluff. Shuttles will bring guests to SIUE's Morris Center. There is no charge for the event.

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10/26/09

Sexual Harassment Focus Of State Law During SIUE Media Conference

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco Claps will be on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, to talk about efforts to protect students from sexual harassment in higher education.

The event will take place in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom pre-function area. Claps will discuss a new measure that requires universities and any institution of higher learning to post an IDHR notice that explains sexual harassment and what students can do about it.

"Sexual Harassment is never OK," Claps stated in a letter on the IDHR Web site. "I believe that we share a common goal in making sure that students have the ability to learn in an environment that is free of sexual harassment. This new law helps to inform students of their rights and of the help available should they have a need."

More information is available at http://www.state.il.us/dhr/.

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10/26/09

FOTAD Presents 'A Ghostly Mystery' With A 'Transparent Hero' Nov. 1

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Mysterious shenanigans will take center stage Nov. 1 as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) present The Ghost of Lovejoy Library, where mystery and hilarity join forces in this tale of a shy ghost who knows 'whodunit' at FOTAD's 12th Annual Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction. FOTAD is the support organization for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance. Proceeds from the Nov. 1 event will benefit the organization's scholarship fund for SIUE theater and dance majors. Reservations must be made by Oct. 29.

Written by FOTAD Board Member S.J. Morrison of Edwardsville, The Ghost Of Lovejoy Library will be performed by board members and several community supporters seen locally on stage. For those who aren't familiar, Lovejoy Library is the SIUE main library on the Edwardsville campus. The question of whether it's haunted ... well, maybe for one night.

The "whodunit" will be performed in the Conference Center, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris University Center. Doors open at 6:15 for viewing auction items, the play starts around 7 p.m. and dinner is served shortly thereafter. Morrison promises it's all in fun and will add up to an evening of laughs and good food. FOTAD President Gregory J. Conroy said it will be "the perfect evening" to combine a nice dinner with shopping for that unique Christmas gift. "And, if you have ever entertained the urge to play detective, this is your big chance because each table can guess 'whodunit' and go home with free
tickets to one of the shows in FOTAD's annual family theater series, A Season for the Child," he said. Conroy also pointed out that several "fabulous" attendance prizes also will be awarded throughout the evening.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a full dinner; part of the cost is tax deductible. For reservation information, or to make a reservation with a credit card, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.

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10/26/09

SIUE Nursing Student From Peoria Studies In China, At Mayo Clinic

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) With a keen interest in traditional Chinese medicine, nursing student Breanna Closen of Peoria decided to take summer (2008) for a travel study project in the People's Republic of China right after her sophomore year at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing. She received a $1,000 travel study grant from the School and also used some savings. Closen spent seven weeks in the Yunnan Province, mostly in the city of Kunming. She was among medical and nursing students from impressive institutions such as Harvard and Yale, but she held her own during the trip. "I found I was just as prepared as them, so I feel good about the nursing education I'm getting here at SIUE," Closen said.

But that's not really the story she wants to tell here.

During the China trip, Closen encountered an herbalist who was being studied by doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who also were doing research in Chinese medicine. The doctor's research impressed Closen so much she chose the Mayo Clinic as her destination for a summer (2009) externship just after her junior year at SIUE.

And, that's what has her so excited these days.

She wanted a chance to study Chinese medicine and Western medicine to make her a better nurse. "Traditional Chinese medicine is based on what the Chinese call the Chi (energy) Channels in the body," she explained. "Chinese medicine involves the use of herbals, moxibustion (an herb therapy) and acupuncture in conjunction with massage to maximize the body's 'chi channels,' or energy, and to balance the elements of Ying and Yang. "I learned how Chinese medicine is catching on in the United States, so I wanted to take what I'd learned in China and bring it back here to try and find out how I can apply some of that to the kind of Western medicine we learn in America."

Which brings us to the Mayo Clinic. "I had no 'plan B'; it was the only place I wanted to study for the summer because I was so impressed by those doctors who had traveled to China to research various philosophies." There were 800 applicants for the externship at the Mayo Clinic this past summer and Closen was among 200 accepted. "It was very gratifying to be a part of it," she said. The Mayo Clinic paid for Closen's trip to Rochester and she spent 10 weeks immersed in classes about Western medicine and Chinese traditional medicine. The Mayo Clinic is actually part of three health care institutions in a cluster- the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital and Rochester Methodist Hospital. "There are 90,000 people who actually live in Rochester and, of them, a third are employed by the clinic-it's huge.

"By the time patients come to the Mayo Clinic they are very sick," Closen explained. "Most people there need the Western medicine and technology to achieve health, but we studied how others could be helped with the Chinese traditional medicine. But, when your liver is in danger and you are that close to death, you can''t rely on acupuncture. Western medicine is still very necessary. But at the Mayo Clinic, there are researchers who are studying the Chinese methods to see how they can tie in to help provide more efficient patient care. "It's an amazing place," she said. "I wish every nursing student could study there at least for a summer."

According to Closen, Chinese traditional medicine involves a change in how we think about medicine. "I had acupuncture for an old sports injury in my shoulder while I was in China," she said. "The Chinese physician treated my shoulder, which resulted in no pain afterwards for two months. They also bled out the muscles in that shoulder and the blood was black. They explained old injuries tend to attract the blood to the muscles and the blood can stagnate. It was quite amazing."

SIUE School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer said Closen exemplifies what the "new generation" health professional is learning. "Specifically, that there is no 'one way' to provide health care," Maurer said. "We can assist patients by combining the best of what Western health care has to offer, complemented by traditions from other cultures such as the Chinese. "Patients today are demanding that the health care provider offer the best of western health care blended with other traditions to improve their outcomes. Breanna is already at the cutting edge of learning and applying complementary health care initiatives. Indeed, she will have a dynamic approach to her patient care situations."

Closen has returned to SIUE for her senior year of nursing study and she was recently accepted to the University's Undergraduate Research Academy, where undergraduates are able to do the kind of research usually reserved for graduate students. She is researching "Student Beliefs Related To Complimentary and Alternative Medicine."

"We're surveying students in classes in the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing and Dental Medicine, as well as an interdisciplinary course," Closen explained. "The research is looking at how students feel about Western medicine and how we could do more to embrace the Chinese methods and intertwine them with accepted practices in this country. We won't be able to change people's attitudes unless we start with educating healthcare students. There are 5,000 years of what you might call clinical trials in regard to Chinese medicine," she said. "The methods work. They might not work miracles every time or even work in a way that Western science understands, but they are important enough to learn about them and use them. If it's been around that long, there must be something to it."

During her 10 weeks in Rochester, Closen learned much about the institution and found that it is a research institution on a level with, say, a Johns Hopkins. "We learned the basics and applied the research. It's all tied together. It represented the foundation of evidence-based practice. And, now I've come back here and I'm able to do my own research at SIUE.

"The Mayo Clinic is very progressive in how they approach medicine; every member of the healthcare team there teaches. They focus on a professional team approach supported by evidence-based practice to improve patient care, and facilitate an academic environment," she said. "It's a whole new level of health care there and they are very very forward thinking in their philosophies."

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10/23/09

SIUE Faculty, Piasa Bluffs Fellows Return From Stanford University Meeting


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Three faculty members in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education and four fellows from the SIUE Piasa Bluffs Writing Project have formed a research partnership with Stanford University's Design-Thinking School.

Thanks to an SIUE School of Education grant, Associate Professor Susan Breck, Assistant Professor Ralph Cordova and Associate Professor Ann Taylor, all from the SIUE Department of Curriculum and Instruction-as well as the Piasa Bluffs fellows: Jacqueline Green, Patricia Swank and Renee Greenlee-attended a research meeting at Stanford.

The goal of the partnership is to bring design-thinking into SIUE classrooms, Cordova said. Cordova described design-thinking as teachers "moving away from just designing the 'ideal lesson plan,' to viewing ourselves as creating multiple iterations of an ideal lesson plan.

"It involves the belief that the best lesson plan is not developed in a vacuum in one sitting out of the mind of one person. Rather, when we learn to develop creative confidence in ourselves as thinkers," Cordova said, "(we) engage with others ... in a creative collaboration using multiple perspectives to solve problems."

He added: "We have a dynamite teacher education program and talented faculty and students, with the talent to push and innovate teaching and learning far into the 21st century," Cordova said. "Ultimately, the lessons learned from the (Design Thinking) School's success urge us to consider re-thinking how we collaborate with our students, faculty and industry partners in the larger community.

"We are developing a research partnership and know that the SIUE community would learn a great deal about design-thinking and how it interfaces with our current School of Education Curriculum and Instruction initiatives," he said.

"At the undergraduate level, teacher candidates have already begun to harness the power of the School of Education's Teacher-Inquirer approach in action and strengthening it through the lenses of Design Thinking.

To learn more, visit the Web sites: www.siue.edu/education/thecollaboratory and www.stanford.edu/group/dschool.

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10/23/09

SIUE International Week: "One World, One Flag, Together We Stand"


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "One World, One Flag, Together We Stand" is the theme of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's International Week activities, set to take place Monday-Saturday, Nov. 2-7, in the Morris University Center (MUC.)

The event, sponsored by the International Student Council, will feature international student organization booths with clothing, cultural artifacts, books, music and demonstrations representing different countries from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2-6 in the MUC Goshen Lounge.

The week of activities will close with International Night '09 from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the MUC Meridian Ballroom. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event will be filled with an eclectic mix of international foods, music, dancing and entertainment.

Tickets are $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and the general public; $12 for students and can be purchased by calling (618) 650-5555 or stopping by the MUC information desk. For more information, visit www.siue.edu/STACTV/ISC or contact Dennis Doddigarla, ddoddig@siue.edu.

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10/22/09

38th Annual SIUE Holiday Crafts Fair Set For Dec. 2-3

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 38th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2-3, in SIUE's Morris University Center. Vendors may rent booth space, based on a juried evaluation of arts and crafts to be exhibited and space available. Those interested in becoming a vendor should do so soon because spaces tend to be rented quickly.

Sponsored by the Morris University Center Print and Design Shop, the fair will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. There is no admission charge to attend the fair and the public is invited. Items at the fair will include original works produced by local and regional artists and crafts persons. Many types of handmade goods will be available for purchase, including ceramics, wood, weaving, fiber, metal and glass, among others. Selections for purchase will include many articles suitable for holiday gifts. For more information about obtaining booth space or about the fair itself, call Tom Ostresh in the Print and Design Shop, (618) 650-2178.

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10/21/09

SIUE Chancellor's Address: Material Progress Toward National Recognition

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(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) In his sixth annual address to the University community, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift delivered a status update of the University's key goals set in 2004, while also reveling in the national attention SIUE has been attracting in the past few years. He pointed out that for the first time this year, U.S.News & World Report ranked SIUE nationally among 77 "up and coming schools firmly focused on improving the job they're doing today."

In his report, Material Progress Toward National Recognition, Vandegrift talked about the good news regarding SIUE and its future. He spoke today in Meridian Ballroom to about 400 members of the University community and guests. He said the University is now viewed as a first-choice, first-tier institution by its peers and was recognized nationally in 2006 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for its Senior Assignment program. The AAC&U called SIUE's program an effective tool in gauging the comprehensiveness of academic offerings. Senior Assignment is required for all seniors at SIUE to demonstrate their degree of general education knowledge, as well as knowledge within their disciplines prior to graduation. In addition to the AAC&U, the program has been recognized by U.S. News for the past three years as a model for other institutions across the nation.

In addition, Vandegrift pointed out, U.S. News has ranked SIUE in the top 15 public universities in the Midwest-Master's category for the fourth consecutive year and also is ranked in the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern universities by the magazine. In his report, Vandegrift also examined the University's progress on the three initial goals set in October 2004, which include aligning the University's enrollment management program to attract a student population that is characteristic of a premier Metropolitan University; positioning the University as a premier Metropolitan University in the marketplace of ideas by establishing a brand in the higher education community; and developing the University's resource base.

An example of material progress in the area of enrollment management-with a record 13,940 students enrolled-is the significant growth the University has seen in full-time students, Vandegrift said, thanks largely to the SIUE School of Pharmacy, an increase in residential capacity with the addition of Evergreen Hall on campus in 2007 and the predominate enrollment of full-time commuting students. Through a more than 119 percent increase in media exposure, the University has made successful progress in establishing a solid brand in higher education.

"In 2004 we determined that the 'manifestation of our institutional vision would not be solely dependent on the level of state funding.' In addition to our efforts to enhance state funding, we committed ourselves to 'attract more grants and contracts and raise more funds from private, corporate and foundation donors.'" Vandegrift referenced progress made in the area by pointing out the passage of a state capital bill this past summer that included $78.9 million for SIUE to renovate its existing Science Building and to construct an 80,000-square-foot science lab facility. "President Poshard played a significant statewide role in this accomplishment, serving as a spokesperson for higher education with regard to capital construction projects," Vandegrift said. "He continues to assist us as we work with the State Capital Development Board to enable our project to be among the first to be constructed in the state."

When talking about the University's resource base, Vandegrift referenced a report from the Office of the Associate Provost for Research, which stated in FY09 that SIUE faculty and staff received more than $29 million in grants and contracts for research, academic instruction and support, and public service projects, representing a 56 percent increase from FY04. The report also stated an increase in extramural funding, from $2.4 million in FY04 to $8.5 million in FY09. Vandegrift also reported SIUE is ranked 211 among 662 listed institutions by the National Science Foundation for research and development expenditures.

SIUE is home to the schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, Nursing and Pharmacy, the Lovejoy Library, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the East St. Louis Center and University Park. Academically, Vandegrift stressed that producing tomorrow's citizen-leaders begins today in the classroom and on campus. He acknowledged the contributions of the SIUE faculty, noting that strengthening programs is essential to sending competent graduates into the world to take on leadership roles. He also pointed to the newly constructed Student Success Center on campus, an addition that houses student services and centers contributing to the retention and graduation of students including International Student Services, Health and Counseling Services, Disability Support Services, Student Government, and the Career Development Center. These programs previously had been scattered throughout campus.

Editors: Click here for a current photo suitable for print of Vaughn Vandegrift

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10/19/09

Tickets Still Available For 'Cinder bottom'; Kickoff Of 2009-10 Season

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Tickets still are available for the 20th anniversary season kickoff of A Season for the Child (SfC), the family-oriented live theater season sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD), TheBANK of Edwardsville and Ameren Illinois Utilities. It's the delightful musical, Cinder bottom, based on the tried and true fairytale, Cinderella, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the theater at Katherine Dunham Hall.

SfC features professional theater troupes from St. Louis staging adaptations of various fairytales, staged for children in grades Pre-K through 3rd, using interactive techniques that not only delight children and parents, but also provide a learning experience. Cinder bottom, to be performed by Piwacket Theater for Children, extols a message of kindness in the story about the young girl with the wicked stepmother and her equally wicked daughters.

FOTAD, a support group for the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, uses proceeds from the family theater series to help fund merit awards for talented SIUE theater and dance students. The support organization also has an endowment to help fund the merit scholarship program. Those interested in donating to the endowment may contact Greg Conroy, (618) 692-0874.

Subscription tickets for A Season for the Child are $16 for four shows, a $4 savings, and may be purchased Oct. 24 at the door before Cinder bottom opens. Individual tickets are $5 and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774. The holiday production of the 2009-10 season is Bah! Humbug! at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

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10/19/09

Summer Financial Management Institute Brings German Students to SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A summer program that has been held for a few years allows faculty from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business to work closely with students from Fachhochschule Hannover, a university in Hannover, Germany.

Mechanical engineering students from Germany spend roughly a month in the U.S. learning about corporate finance, financial accounting, managerial accounting and duties, and taxes in an intensive program.

Organized by SIUE School of Business faculty Mary Sumner, associate dean for Executive Education Programs, and Janice Joplin, associate dean for International Programs, the program faculty includes Brad Reed, professor of accounting; Michael Costigan, chair and professor of accounting, Rakesh Bharati, professor of Economics and Finance, and Tim Schoenecker, professor of Management and Marketing. The Institute is funded by students' employers, including Volkswagen, Johnson Controls, WABCO, Continental Tire and other Hannover-based automobile industry firms.

Through site visits, students learn about U.S. automotive manufacturing practices, marketing trends and competitive industry factors. Sites visited include Mitsubishi in Bloomington; Continental Tire in Mt. Vernon, and the Auffenberg Auto Network. Speakers representing Volkswagen USA, General Motors, Olin Brass, and Autohaus, a St. Louis-based dealership, discussed sales and marketing strategies, industry trends and external factors affecting the automobile industry.

The German students also had the opportunity to meet with SIUE students majoring in Business, and SIUE students served as mentors.

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10/19/09

MEDIA ADVISORY: Annual Chancellor's Address Will Take Place Wednesday


Who: SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift
What: The Chancellor's Report to the University
When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21
Where: Meridian Ballroom, SIUE Morris University Center

Chancellor Vandegrift will address the University community and guests, during his Annual Report to the University. This year's speech-his fifth address-will focus on the changes and progress that have occurred during the last five years he has been at the helm of SIUE. Each year the Chancellor's speech examines the institution's mission, vision and values, and highlights immediate and future plans.
An informal news conference will immediately follow the address.

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10/16/09

State Restores MAP Funding For SIUE Students This Spring


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) At the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation putting about $200 million back into the state's budget-roughly $4.5 million of which will directly benefit Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students.

The money will support the Illinois' Monetary Award Program (MAP), which helps more than 138,000 students across the state pay for college each year, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the organization that administers the funding.

"MAP funding is a critical piece of financial support for about 1 in 4 undergraduate students on this campus," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. "I am so impressed with the dedication that was shown by the SIUE student body and leaders in getting this important legislation passed by the state legislature. These students shared their personal stories, made banners and signs in support of this legislation and traveled to Springfield for Lobby Day to encourage legislators to reinstate the funding. They made this issue a top priority and in so doing, they made it a top priority among the state's legislative body.

"Citizenship is one of this institution's values. We instill in our students the importance of being good citizens and taking social, civic and political responsibility. Their involvement in this worthy cause is a wonderful example of how we produce citizens of the world and the leaders of tomorrow."

Over the last month, Quinn visited several college campuses across the state in support of reinstating the funding. Thousands of students representing Illinois' colleges and universities turned out to the rallies, some offering testimonials and others supporting friends who benefit from the money.

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10/16/09

Study Abroad Program Offers SIUE Students New World Perspective


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) "Just like (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) is known for its geese, Istanbul is known for its wild dogs," said Robyn Deterding, matter-of-factly, while discussing a recent trip with the University's Study Abroad program.

She recalled feeding the dogs during the day on the campus grounds of Yeditepe University, where she and the other students in the program studied.

Deterding, who is a graduate assistant in the Study Abroad office, is pursuing a master's in the SIUE School of Education in Learning, Culture and Society. A couple years ago, while earning bachelors' degrees in History and Spanish, she took a trip to Barcelona, Spain, as part of the Study Abroad program. She was hooked.

During her most recent trip with six SIUE undergraduate students and Lucian Stone, assistant professor of Philosophy, she said she enjoyed eating the cuisine, taking in the scenes and learning about the city's rich cultural past.

She and the other students took numerous photos to capture the city's vast aesthetic appeal. "Every mosque had a chandelier, she said. "Every classroom had a picture of (Mustafa Kemal) Ataturk (the Republic of Turkey's first president)." Deterding said her Study Abroad experiences have definitely influenced her direction in life.

For more information about Study Abroad opportunities, contact the office, (618) 650-2419, visit www.siue.edu/studyabroad or check out the program's Facebook page. A link to the page is available on the Study Abroad Web site.

A Study Abroad Fair for those interested in learning more about upcoming trips will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of the SIUE Morris University Center Goshen Lounge. Information about the fair is available on the Web site: www.siue.edu/studyabroad/fair2009.

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10/15/09

Pharmacy Class Of 2009 Achieves 97.26 Percent NAPLEX Pass Rate

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 2009 graduating class of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy achieved a 97.26 percent passing rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) between May 1 and Aug. 1, nearly two percentage points above the average nationally for all those taking the exam. Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon said the rate during that time period included nearly all of the current graduating class. "This is exciting news for our program, and clearly indicates we have not only great students but that our curriculum is sound and also well taught by a talented and dedicated faculty," Medon said.

"I am very pleased with this outcome, for the faculty and for the students," he said. The news of the pass rate comes on the heels of the announcement in July that the SIUE School of Pharmacy was given full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). That announcement and the news that the students had a high pass rate on the NAPLEX exams are yet other significant achievements in the School's young history. The School has been called a national model for other new schools of pharmacy.

The NAPLEX examination is necessary to determine that a candidate for pharmacy licensing has the knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively practice pharmacy. The exam is required by all 50 state boards of pharmacy and is continually reviewed and revised by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to ensure the exam remains current with best pharmacy practices. Those taking the NAPLEX exam must show their ability to perform the following services competently: assure safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes (this consists of 54 percent of the total exam); assure the safe and accurate preparation/dispensing of all medications (which covers another 35 percent of the exam); and the remaining 11 percent covers an exam candidate's knowledge of health care information as well as proficiency in promoting public health.

The national passing rate overall was 95.03 percent for all takers and 97.50 percent for first time candidates. Overall there were more than 10,000 examinees during the May 1-Aug. 1 time period.

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10/13/09

Early Childhood Center To Conduct Open House In Renovated Facility

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Early Childhood Center (ECC), at the corner of Circle and Northwest University drives on campus, will conduct an open house from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, to feature the ECC's new $2 million, 4,400-square-foot addition and renovation. The renovation and expansion of the ECC allows it to accommodate an additional 30 children, bringing the center to a capacity of more than 90.

In the past, the center has had a waiting list of more than 125 but ECC Director Rebecca Dabbs-Kayser said the additional space will not only alleviate some of the waiting list but also allows more efficient use of the center's floor plan. "In addition to the extra square footage, the renovation included remodeling existing classrooms, making better use of the space," Dabbs-Kayser said. "We also added ADA accessibility and a storm shelter in the building.

"As you look around this building you will realize you are standing in a state-of-the-art facility, where the environment is one of beauty and carefully chosen aesthetic design," she said. "It fosters an interest in and deep appreciation for the natural environment with interesting angles, spaces and light to engage the children. And, the rooms are painted rich colors that reflect nature."

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10/13/09

SIUE Asst. Professor Receives Grant To Study New Drugs For Alzheimer's


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A $250,000 National Institutes of Health grant will help an assistant professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy study the effectiveness of new drugs in treating Alzheimer's disease.

The funding will be available from now until 2011 for Ken Witt, assistant professor of pharmaceutical science. Witt will investigate the use of novel drugs to encourage the breakdown of amyloid beta accumulation. This accumulation is associated with a reduction or reversal in the ability to learn, as well as memory loss that is characteristic with Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that diminishes patients' memories and cognitive abilities. The disease progression is due to the dysfunction and death of neurons as a result of the amyloid beta accumulation.

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10/13/09

Join In A Celebration Of Place During Discover The Gardens At SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A celebration of place hosted by The Friends of The Gardens will take place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

Discover The Gardens at SIUE will feature free, family friendly activities, including performances by the Suzuki Strings and Taiko Drummers, children's book readings and nature explorations in The Gardens. The Gardens, a 35-acre public botanical garden that has been designated a Missouri Botanical Garden Signature Garden, is comprised of woodlands, water features, grasslands and sculpture.

"This year has been a remarkable year for establishing The Gardens as a place for education, engagement and enjoyment," said Doug Conley, director of The Gardens at SIUE. "Constructing The Lantern, adding flower pots and renovating perennial gardens are a tribute to our donors and volunteers and their commitment defining our place."

Convenient free parking is available in Cougar Village or Parking Lot 10, which is the swimming pool parking lot.
Information is available online at siue.edu/gardens/discover.shtml or call (618) 650-3070.

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10/12/09

Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional Fair At SIUE

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Representatives from approximately 100 colleges, universities and branches of the military, and as many as 2,000 high school students and their families are expected to converge at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, for the annual Illinois College Exposition (ICE) Regional College Fair. The ICE Fair, sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), will be conducted in SIUE's Morris University Center. It is a result of a collaborative effort among area high school counselors and college admission professionals to best serve area students who are in the process of choosing a college or university.

Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. Free parking is available in campus lots P4-P9. Additional information is available in local high school guidance offices and in community college counseling centers. The ICE Fair is a consolidated opportunity to explore a wide variety of higher education options. Pam French, ICE On-Site chairperson, said: "the regional college fair concept continues to support its ultimate goal to help students learn more about post secondary education options. Designed for high school juniors, seniors and community college transfer students, the ICE Fair gives students and parents an opportunity to speak with nearly 100 private and public educational institutions in a well-structured setting." French said.

Virginia Sparks, guidance counselor at Roxana High School, likes the regional concept. "The ICE Fair is the ideal scenario for high school students to speak with representatives of colleges and universities both in and out of state," Sparks said. "Speaking one-on-one with these representatives helps the students to attain information beneficial for final college selections. This is an event that should be attended by both students and parents," Sparks said.

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10/12/09

Changes


Personnel

  • Christine Bergan, an assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, left the University Aug. 15 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Suzanne Cataldi, a professor of Philosophy, was named chair of that department effective Aug. 16.
  • Patrick Murphy, professor of mass communications and chair of that department, left the University July 31 to accept a position elsewhere.
  • Susan Seibert joined the University June 24 as associate director of the Career Development Center.
  • Emily York, assistant director of admissions, left the University July 27.


Retirements

  • Margaret "Peg" Simons, a professor of philosophy, effective Aug. 31 after nearly 33 years of service.

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10/11/09

SIUE Graduate Wins IAS Paper Competition


Elizabeth O'Malley Conzelman, who graduated earlier this year with a bachelor of science in Anthropology, recently was named winner of the 2009 Illinois Archaeological Survey's (IAS) Jeanette Stephens Paper Competition, the fifth consecutive year an SIUE anthropology major has won the competition. The awards were announced recently at the IAS Annual Meeting in late September in Springfield. The IAS is a society of professional archaeologists, and other technical professionals, dedicated to identifying and preserving important archaeological resources throughout the state.

"Liz and another alum, Angela Cooper (BA, 2009), both presented their senior projects at the IAS meeting and they both did a wonderful job," said Julie Holt, an associate professor of anthropology at SIUE and chair of that department. "After the presentations, I received several compliments about the undergraduate program we have developed here at SIUE. I also might point out that faculty member Greg Vogel and I, Liz and Angela, as well as other alumnae Lori Belknap and Miranda Yancey, and current student James Powers were authors of six of the 17 papers presented at the conference," Holt said. The conference and banquet were hosted by the Illinois State Museum.

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10/9/09

Gov. Quinn Holds Rally For MAP At SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn made a stop at SIUE this week, part of a whirlwind tour of college and university campuses throughout the state, as he brought his message of support for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP). The Illinois Student Assistance Commission received only half of its usual funding for the MAP, which resulted in funding of MAP for the first semester of the 2009-10 academic year but not for the second semester. Quinn cited the need to restore the funding during the upcoming veto sessions in Springfield.

The governor said the MAP grant helps thousands of students each year attend college in Illinois, but many of them may not be able to attend if the MAP is not reinstated, he said. "The only way we're going to have good jobs in this century in Illinois is with smart people," Quinn said. "We have to have a well-educated workforce in Illinois. Hundreds of thousands of Illinois citizens have benefited from the Monetary Award Program during its 50-year history in Illinois," he pointed out. "It has made a great deal of difference to the economy in Illinois, to our way of life in Illinois."

MAP helps about 138,000 students annually in Illinois. The mean taxable income of MAP recipients was just $23,558 last year. More than three-quarters of these students had household incomes of less than $40,000 per year and just under half reported less than $20,000 in household income. These students range in age from just out of high school to adults and dislocated workers returning to school to gain new skills, or to rebuild their lives. The funding means a critical piece of financial support for about one in four undergraduate students on this campus who receive between $500 and roughly $2,500 per semester.

As part of his remarks to more than 200 people in Goshen Lounge, Quinn also urged students to travel to Springfield for Lobby Day, Oct. 15, to show support for the MAP. The veto sessions are scheduled from Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 28-30. "It's really, really important to have a grass roots effort to win the day," Quinn said, "not only for the second semester of this academic year but for the future." He also reiterated his goal to raise the income tax to help with MAP funding for the future and other needs for the citizens of Illinois.

"Education is the most powerful force in our society for equal opportunity," he said. "We believe in the future; we're all custodians of the future. "We believe in you, the students; you are the hope for the future."

After his remarks, the Governor signed a petition banner that was hanging behind the lectern in support of MAP. At left is a video of the remarks made by the Governor, SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, SIUE Student President Brandon Rahn, of Lincoln and a junior studying economics and political science; SIUE senior business major and MAP recipient Corrine Boynton, of Decatur; SIUE junior Chase Newson-Jones, of Chicago, also a MAP recipient and a business major; MAP recipient Marcy Lewis of Louisville, who attends Greenville College; and Braden Posey, of Bolingbrook, the McKendree University student president. (SIUE Video by Chris Bray)

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10/9/09

'Celebration Of World Faiths' Set For Oct. 24 At CSS

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Friends of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability (FCSS), a support group for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville CSS, is sponsoring its Seventh Annual A Celebration of World Faiths (CWF) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the domed center, located on the SIUE campus between the Morris University Center and the Art and Design Building. The center was formerly known as the SIUE Religious Center. This year's program theme, "Taoism: An Ancient Way for Modern Times," will be presented by Tim Bruewer (Zhong Xu), director of the St. Louis Taoist Association and 26th generation Wudang Longmen Sect Taoist, direct disciple of the 25th generation Wudang Longmen priest Yun Xiang Tseng.

Each year, the CWF presents various views about world religions and their relevance in today's world. Zhong's presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. "Zhong Xu will speak about Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophy and religious tradition that helps many people find more peaceful and healthy ways to live," explained Greg Fields, a professor of philosophy at SIUE and head of that department's Religious Studies program. "In Zhong's presentation, we'll experience a special Taoist ceremony and learn about topics such as Taoist health practices (Taiji, Qigong, meditation) and ancient Taoist scriptures and philosophies."

Refreshments will be served at the Oct. 24 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. According to Fields, the goal of the CWF is to provide an evening of learning and fellowship, and an opportunity to tell visitors more about the Friends of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability. "The FCSS is dedicated to preserving the Center as the place on campus for serving the spiritual needs of SIUE students through educational programming and spiritual guidance," Fields said. "It also is interested in preserving the Center's architectural importance and promoting the environmental philosophies of the building's creator, R. Buckminster Fuller."

The SIUE CSS is a geodesic dome in the form of a transparent replica of planet Earth. It was designed in 1971 by Fuller, a renowned theorist and inventor. "The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, and as the Religious Center in the past, has always been about keeping religious faith and experience in dialogue with higher education, serving both the campus and the regional public," Fields said.

The FCSS was formed eight years ago as the Friends of the Religious Center, support group for the center, Fields pointed out. With the name change for the Center, the FRC became the FCSS. "The FCSS board of directors is made up of 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. For more information about the Oct. 24 event, contact Fields, (618) 650-2461, or by e-mail: g fields@siue.edu.

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10/8/09

The University's ERTC Receives Funding For Renewable Energy Needs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) and the Illinois EPA are co-funding the $416,000 cost of a wind-powered generator and solar panels to supply the Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with renewable energy. The ERTC, located just off New Poag Road on the north side of campus, specializes in providing technical training for water and wastewater operators and is part of the SIUE School of Engineering.

In April, the ERTC was notified that it would receive approximately one-half of the funding for the project from the ICECF and, later in the year, the IEPA agreed to fund the remainder. The engineering firms Oates Associates and Bric Partnership are writing specifications and plan to proceed with the project this month. In addition to the wind-powered generator, some 150 photovoltaic (solar) panels will be assembled; the expected completion date is spring. "The electrical power generated by the project will be used to operate the Center's training-scale wastewater and drinking water treatment plants, laboratories and offices," said ERTC Director Paul Shetley. "The wind-powered generator and photovoltaic panels will be incorporated into the training of water and wastewater operators and into the curriculum of the School of Engineering," Shetley said.

"This project also will demonstrate to operators of water and wastewater systems throughout the state that alternative energy generation is a viable source of electricity that can be utilized to reduce energy costs." For more information, call Paul Shetley, (618) 650-2030.

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10/7/09

Oct. 21 Jazz Concert To Feature Wide Spectrum Of Music

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Music drawn from the history of American song and jazz repertoire will be featured at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music's first Jazz Combo Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. "This concert will showcase select SIUE students and jazz faculty drawn from a variety of graduate, undergraduate and independent study ensembles," said Brett Stamps, a professor of music and director of Jazz Activities for the University. "Performances will reference a broad spectrum of music drawn from the American song book and jazz repertoire."

The concert-coordinated by SIUE Jazz Studies faculty members Rick Haydon, Reggie Thomas, Jason Swagler and Stamps-will showcase the music of songwriting legends George Gershwin and Jerome Kern as well as jazz luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis. Admission to the Oct. 21 concert at SIUE is $10; senior citizens and those 18 and younger, $7. SIUE students with a valid Cougar ID will be admitted free, compliments of Arts-For-All, a program sponsored by the SIUE Office of Student Affairs. For tickets, call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774; for more information, call the department, (618) 650-3900, or Brett Stamps, (618) 650-2026.

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10/6/08

SIUE To Host Two Previews For College-Bound Students And Parents

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill) The 2009-10 academic year includes the largest new freshman class and the highest overall enrollment since 1970 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Each year more and more students have been considering SIUE as a first-choice, first-tier school and the University welcomes potential students and their parents for a campus open house in October and November. This fall's PREVIEW SIUE-an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the beauty of the campus, visit with faculty and staff and obtain answers to questions-is set for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12, and Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. "We like to get to know the students and their parents, while at the same time offering them the information they'll need to make sound decisions about a college choice," said Ryan Downey, assistant director of new student and campus visit programs in the SIUE Office of Admissions.

"Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that include participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting," Downey said. "At PREVIEW SIUE, our faculty and staff take an active role in talking with prospective students and introducing them to the academic opportunities available at the University."

At both events, Scott Belobrajdic, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of SIUE's Delyte W. Morris University Center. Students may speak one-on-one to department representatives at each event during the information fairs in the Goshen Lounge, also on the first floor of the Center, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At both PREVIEW opportunities, the opening session-SIUEssentials-will cover information on admission requirements, financing an education, and University Housing options. Students then will have opportunities to tour the central campus, meet with faculty and staff at the information fair, or attend an informational session of their choice. All academic units will play host to the informational sessions for students interested in their respective program.

Also, prospective students may attend a panel session made up of current SIUE students. Similarly, prospective parents also may attend a panel of parents of current SIUE students. Informational session topics include A 'Major' Decision, Transferring to SIUE and Extreme Financial Aid, as well as academic sessions presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine.

Check-in and on-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Morris University Center. It is recommended that interested students pre-register online at the Web site: www.siue.edu/prospectivestudents/visit, or by telephone: (800) 447-SIUE. Tours of the campus and residence halls will be offered until 2 p.m., while campus offices will remain open until 4:30 p.m. PREVIEW parking will be available at Korte Stadium, on Stadium Road, just west of the main campus at the bottom of the bluff. Shuttles will bring guests to SIUE's Morris Center. There is no charge for either event.

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10/6/09

SIUE Business School Ranked Among Princeton Review's 301 Best

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business has been ranked as a Best 301 Business School in the 2010 edition of The Princeton Review, a New York based education services company. Results are based on student surveys and institutional data from 2009. The Princeton Review noted students surveyed indicated they were drawn to the SIUE School of Business because of its reputation and its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-International.

Students also said they were attracted to the School's "convenient evening hours" and weekend classes "to better manage the work-life-school balance" as well as the school's affordability-the most affordable tuition in Metropolitan St. Louis. "We are pleased that The Princeton Review has confirmed that our School ranks among the country's best," said SIUE School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino. "It's very gratifying to see how our students rank us and how much they recognize the good work we're doing at SIUE." SIUE MBA students also stated in the survey that "professors are very understanding and respectful of working MBA students ...."

The SIUE School of Business is among an elite 10 percent of business schools worldwide that have earned the prestigious seal of approval from the AACSB. Only 30 percent of business schools in the United States are accredited by the organization. The Princeton Review is known for its test-preparation courses, education services, and college and graduate school admission services.

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10/6/09

Ecolifestl.com Video Offers Chance At Green Scholarship; Features SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Through Emmis Communications of St. Louis, Blake Salger, a graduate of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Mass Communications coordinated efforts with an SIUE faculty member to present campus green initiatives in a YouTube video commercial to introduce future college students to a unique scholarship opportunity.

The video includes clips from the SIUE campus, as well as from St. Louis Community College. High school seniors preparing to enroll in college and study for a "green collar" career are encouraged to apply for a $10,000 scholarship giveaway from Emmis Communications, through ecolifestl.com, and Neighbors Credit Union.

Viewers might have already seen the commercial on E! Entertainment Network, the ABC Family Channel, HGTV, Lifetime and TLC aimed at educating high school seniors about the special scholarship opportunity, said Bill Retzlaff, associate professor and chair of biological sciences.

Retzlaff, who has worked closely on many of the area's most successful green roof projects, was consulted on the coordination of the video. He and his students, Dan Murphy, a graduate student in biological sciences, and Roxane Krutsinger, a senior undergraduate biological sciences student, are featured in the spot.

The video and competition details are available for viewing by clicking on the YouTube link or by visiting www.ecolifestl.com.

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10/6/09

SIUE To Mount Play With Good 'N' Plenty Laughs

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Wintersville High School's hip new social studies instructor, Richard Miller, uses Good & Plenty candy as "contraband" in a "drug game" for his students in 1976-comedy ensues, as they say. Drug abuse among teens was no laughing matter back then and, of course, it's still relevant today, but playwright Jeffrey Hatcher uses that scenario as a backdrop for making comedy about this country's system of justice. Hatcher's Good 'N' Plenty is a comedy in which a civics lesson goes bad as instructor Miller tries to teach his students about the system and they end up experiencing the real thing.

Its an interesting point that Hatcher chose to set the play in 1976, the country's bi-centennial year," Director Peter Cocuzza said. The play was written in 2000. "And, it's also an interesting approach to understanding the constitution. The teacher, Miller, is intending to teach the constitution in a more provocative way, but it backfires," says Cocuzza, an SIUE professor of theater and dance and chair of that department. The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 14-17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, all at the theater in Katherine Dunham Hall.

Hatcher's play is full of comic characters as he draws an evening of laughs from a social problem. However, he also manages to make a point about the constitution as a living document. Cocuzza says the show's energy comes from the characters and, he points out, his actors are up to the task. "The students in the class and the teachers in the school or, to say the least, a bit wacky, but that's where the comedy comes in." For example, there's a Bulgarian exchange student who learns English by studying American pop song lyrics and the girl who collects paper products as research. And, there are the teachers-one is the poetry teacher who lisps. "It's all very funny," Cocuzza said. "It will be an entertaining show and, if you look close enough, it has a message, but not one that will hit you over the head."

Aside from the political and social messages, we are left with an entertaining cast representing students and faculty working together to educate, learn and to make a difference. ""Perhaps it can be all summed up by the last few lines of the play spoken by Miller who says, referring to the Constitution: 'We write it and re-write it. We try to get it perfect.'"

Costume Designer C. Otis Sweezey said his concept for the play was to bring back the clothes that made the 1970s unique. "As the play starts, I want the audience to immediately say to themselves: 'I wore clothes like that!' Actually, some of the clothing consists of items I actually wore in the '70s and later donated to the department." Sweezey said the '70s were an interesting time when plaid bell-bottoms and paisley dresses were all the rage. "With the Equal Rights Amendment in the forefront, women wore pants and men wore lacy shirts," Sweezey points out. "Leisure suits were made of a wonder fiber-polyester-which never needed ironing." Sweezey said the SIUE costume department contains a large collection of clothing from that era. "Almost all of the clothing the audience will see on stage is vintage."

Tickets for Good 'N' Plenty are $10; senior citizens, non-SIUE students and SIUE faculty and staff, $8; SIUE students, free admission with valid Cougar ID. Call the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, to reserve tickets or for more information. The Sign Languages Study Program at Southwestern Illinois College is providing two sign interpreters for the Saturday, Oct. 17, evening performance.

Click here for a photo of cast members: The hip new civics teacher at Wintersville High School, Richard Miller, is in the center of things here in a scene from Good 'N' Plenty. Alex Kowalchik portrays the beleaguered Miller (at center) whose experiment in teaching the U.S. Constitution is derailed when reality takes over. The comedy is filled with zany characters, some of which are shown in the photo. At far left is Curtis Lewis, of Rock Island, as Tyrell Mayberry. From left, in the front row, are: Claudia Clark, of Godfrey, as Margie Scovronski; Allie Kauling, of Belleville, portraying Kim McQuown; Chey Pribel, of Northbrook, as Cindy Hlivko; Kowalchik, of Glen Carbon, as the teacher; Marissa Panzeri, of St. Louis, as Alberta Kundrat; and Jesse Askew, of East Peoria, as Roanne Parker. From left, in the back row, are: Deontae Hayden, of Wichita, Kan., as Ronald Bridges; Kenny Long, of Staunton, as Randy Kettlewell; Dana Szarzinski, of Roscoe, as Andy Kettlewell; Tyler Hunt, of Jerseyville, as John Hunt; and Brady Clifton, of West Frankfort, as Elvis Crothers. (SIUE Photo by Bill Brinson)

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10/5/09

SSC Dremuk Conference Center Provides Space For International Programs


As shown in the photo, Richard and Patricia Dremuk recently were honored for their generosity and support of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Center for International Programs by having a conference center named after them. The Dremuk Conference Center in the new Student Success Center provides international students, program staff and faculty the opportunity to gather and discuss curricular enhancements and other issues that focus on international student affairs.

Richard Dremuk, who retired from the University in 1998 as the assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management, and his wife have actively supported campus international programs, having established the Richard and Patricia Dremuk Scholarship/Leadership Fund in 2006.

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SIUE Art & Design Department Continues Saturday Studio


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The "Saturday Studio" morning art classes for primary, intermediate, middle school students and high school students-conducted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design-continue Oct. 10-Nov. 21 in SIUE's Alumni Hall and the SIUE Art and Design Building. According to SIUE Assistant Professor Alyssia Ruggiero, head of the art education division of the department, the studio experience is intended to stimulate the creative and aesthetic growth of students through the use of media and generating ideas for creative expression. "Students will learn about the development of themes and methods of creating art," Ruggiero said.

The Saturday morning art education program consists of three classes-Primary Children's, Ages 6-8, Room 3200 Alumni Hall, and Intermediate Art, ages 9-12; Room 3201 Alumni Hall, both from 9- 11:30 a.m.; and Drawing/Painting Jr./Sr. High, Ages 13-18, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ages 13-18, Room 2102, Art and Design Building. More information about registration, class fee, availability of space, what each class offers, and scheduling may be obtained by calling the SIUE Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3183, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3183, or, by writing the department at SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1764.

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10/1/09

Illinois Export Finance Seminar To Take Place At SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A program focusing on trade finance and reducing international risks to expand sales will take place from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Hickory-Hackberry Room in the Morris University Center.

The Illinois Export Finance Seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Main topics at the seminar will include short-term working capital loans for exports; export credit insurance programs; international payment methods; letters of credit, foreign exchange and risk protection. The event will feature success stories in international marketing and financing, and meeting and networking opportunities with international leaders, trade professionals and other exporters, as well as discussion about how to move forward with confidence as a business in the challenging global market.

Registration for the program will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon and a reception following the program from 5-6 p.m.

The cost of the program is $75 per person, which includes meals, parking and all related materials. For more information, or to register, call (618) 650-3851 or e-mail International-Trade-Center@siue.edu. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

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10/1/09

Entrepreneurship Center Brings Programs For Business Leaders To SIUE


(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Three programs through the Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business will address intellectual property, search engine marketing and patenting.

Intellectual Property will be the topic of a seminar that will take place from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the SIUE Morris University Center (MUC) Missouri Room. The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch. Attendees will learn the basics of copyrights, trademarks and product licensing.

The second program, Search Engine Marketing, will take place from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the MUC Board Room. The cost is $40 and the focus will include optimizing Web sites to attract more customers.

The final program, Basics of Patenting, will take place from noon-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in the MUC Board Room. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. Attendees will learn the process involved in patenting innovations.

For more information or to register for any or all of the programs, contact Kristine Jarden, director of the Entrepreneurship Center, (618) 650-2166, or kjarden@siue.edu.

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10/1/09

Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Applying to graduate school may seem daunting but Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will help take away some of the mystery during an open house in two sessions from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. SIUE's Third Annual Graduate Programs Open House will give prospective students the facts about the 40 graduate programs offered at SIUE.

The open house will be conducted in Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, providing information about graduate admission requirements such as deadlines and standardized tests, as well as graduate education financing options, graduate assistantships, competitive graduate awards and graduate scholar awards. Graduate programs at SIUE are available in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing, according to Stephen Hansen, associate provost for research and projects and dean of the Graduate School. "SIUE offers a unique learning environment where students have the opportunity to be mentored by distinguished faculty who are engaged in their scholarship.

"Our students also gain practical knowledge, as well as practice in their chosen fields."

According to U.S.News & World Report, SIUE is among the top 15 public universities in the Midwest-Master's category for the third consecutive year and also is in the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern universities. The overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education. "SIUE offers opportunities far beyond an undergraduate education," said Shelly Robinson, coordinator of graduate recruitment and the open house coordinator. "In addition to some of our more popular graduate programs, like the MBA and public administration, we offer some very specialized programs, such as art therapy counseling and a master's in marketing research, one of just a few in the nation.

"A few more years of study can make a world of difference to a career."

Free parking for the Oct. 15 event is available in Lot B, next to the Morris University Center.

10/1/09

Author, Early Childhood Professor To Speak At SIUE Oct. 15

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of Taking Back Childhood (Hudson Street Press, 2008), will be the featured speaker at the Early Childhood Reception Oct. 15 sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education. The event is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. that Thursday in the University Restaurant on the second floor of SIUE's Morris Center. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. There is no cost to attend the event, but a reservation is requested by Oct. 9.

Carlsson-Paige, a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University, has written and spoken extensively about the impact of violence, especially in the media, on children's lives and social development. Her response is to focus on how children learn the skills for caring relationships and positive conflict resolution. At the SIUE event, Carlsson-Paige will speak about the importance of play, healthy relationships and what she refers to as the commercialization of childhood. "Childhood is dramatically different today than it was just a generation ago, but children still need an environment that encourages healthy play, a sense of security and strong, loving relationships," Carlsson-Paige said.

"Whether you are a parent or teacher, my goal is to help you prepare and succeed in supporting children's optimal growth in these challenging times."

Elizabeth Sherwood, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the SIUE School of Education and coordinator of the Oct. 15 event, said Carlsson-Paige is a distinguished educator in her field. "It is quite an honor that she has agreed to join us for this event," Sherwood said. "SIUE has been central to the development of early childhood programs throughout the region and statewide for the past 35 years. This event gives the School of Education the opportunity to continue support of the area's early childhood community," Sherwood said. "It's not often we get an early childhood speaker of Dr. Carlsson-Paige's caliber in our region. It should be a special evening and of interest to anyone involved with children from birth through third grade."

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, (618) 650-3082, or, Elizabeth Sherwood by e-mail: esherwo@siue.edu. Click here for a photo of Carlsson-Paige suitable for print.

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