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October 2010

SIUE Head Start Parents And Teachers Quilt from the Heart

29 October 2010, 5:21 pm

Parents, teachers and students of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start recently spent a morning getting to know one another, all while fashioning a homemade quilt under the encouraging eye of noted fabric artist, Edna J. Patterson-Petty.

Patterson-Petty instructed the would-be quilters at Bluffview Head Start Center to interview their partners and then create symbols representing their interests and fitting their profiles. The symbols were fastened to red hearts and the more than 30 felt fabric pieces were glued to a white Unity Quilt. "The project, From the Heart, expresses and represents what unites parents, teachers and the community in which we live," said Ada Malvin, teacher at Bluffview Head Start. Kathleen Appleby is the Center Coordinator.

Art is an opportunity to bring people together, said Patterson-Petty, who devised the idea when asked to develop an arts and crafts project. "Everyone really got involved in both learning about their partners and in expressing their creativity," she said. Patterson-Petty, an East St. Louis resident, is a multi-media artist and one of nine artists chosen to create designs that will be replicated in art-glass triptychs for freestanding glass wall partitions in the Lambert St. Louis International Airport's A and C concourses. The artwork is scheduled for installation sometime between May and August of next year.

The nine art glass triptychs are the first public art commissions for Lambert as part of the Airport Experience Program. The Public Art and Culture Project is an art initiative to create gathering places and visual high points by commissioning permanent artwork installations and rotating exhibitions in the airport, Patterson-Petty said. All nine artists will go (in two groups) to Munich, Germany, on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 to work at the world-renowned Franz Mayer, an architectural glass, mosaic studio established in 1847.

Photos at right: Photo 1: Fany Barrios (right) Bluffview Head Start parent reaches for material to add to her heart about her partner, Nancy Dunn (left), while Ms. Dunn cuts ribbon to be used on the heart for Ms. Barrios. Fany's two-year-old daughter, Ariana (seen in background), busily works on her arts and crafts project as well. Not shown is Ms. Dunn's four-year-old son Armandre.

Photo 2: Putting the finishing touches on her heart is Akia Moore (right) Bluffview Head Start parent, while her four-year-old daughter, Jayden, carefully crafts her contribution to the quilt.

Photo 3: Proudly displaying their finished product is the Bluffview Head Start team: (from left to right) Ana Liza Gonzales, teacher assistant; Ada Malvin, teacher ; Kathleen Appleby, Center Coordinator; Edna Patterson-Petty, celebrated fabric artist; and Diana Dykyj, art enrichment graduate student at SIUE.

Reservations Being Accepted For Renaissance Madrigal Dinner

29 October 2010, 4:03 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir will present entertainment during a renaissance madrigal dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Sunset Hills Country Club.

Along with entertainment a five-course meal will be served. The event is being held to support the SIUE Music Scholarship Fund.

Reservations can be made by calling (618) 650-3900. Tickets are $65 per person, with $25 from the sale of each ticket going toward the music scholarship fund.

Cougar Village Hosted Successful Breast Cancer Awareness Run-Walk

29 October 2010, 2:11 pm

More than 100 participants took part in the 5th Annual Cougar Village Breast Cancer Awareness Run-Walk recently on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

The number of people involved in the event each year has more than doubled, taking the event outside Cougar Village into the campus community, said Stephanie Matteson, event planner and general assistant in University Housing.

"We have seen an increase in participants and donations the past few years," she

said. "This year there was an increase in participation from student organizations, which was exciting.

"We experienced a lot of support from the community and look forward to the next few years as the event grows."

Sarah Kirkpatrick, assistant director of Residence Life for Cougar Village, commented on the educational piece of the event, saying: "Over the last five years, this event has definitely grown and expanded beyond the Cougar Village community and into the larger SIUE community.

"It is great to be able to make a contribution to Susan G. Komen, but I also like that we are educating students on breast cancer and providing a way for them to be involved."

Participants met at the SIUE Arboretum by the Alpha House to run and/or walk The Gardens at SIUE and trails. Participation was free, but donations were accepted. More than $200 was donated to the Susan G. Komen Society and donations still are being collected. For more information, contact Matteson, 650-2163, or Rex Jackson, 650-2961,

Regional Conference Being Co-Hosted By SIUE University Housing

29 October 2010, 1:48 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville University Housing is co-hosting the regional Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) Annual Conference Sunday-Tuesday, Nov. 7-9.

The event will take place at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. The regional association is comprised of housing professionals from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The purpose of GLACUHO is to better prepare housing officers to meet the diverse and changing needs of college students.

This year's GLACUHO conference is a joint effort between SIUE, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Eastern Illinois University. More than 330 delegates are expected to attend. More than 70 educational program sessions will be offered, along with two keynote speakers talking about partnerships with faculty and the economic impact on student housing. About 35 exhibitors will showcase their products during the conference, and the traditional Monday Night on the Town event will take delegates to the St. Louis Arch.

"The GLACUHO annual conference is a great time for new and seasoned professionals to come together for professional development," Amanda Stonecipher, conference co-chair and assistant director of University Housing at SIUE. "Our seasoned members enjoy re-connecting with colleagues and giving back to the association through program presentations and mentorship. The newer members of our association will find many opportunities for continued professional and personal development."

For more information, contact Stonecipher,, (618) 650-4627.

SIUE To Host The Third Annual Holiday Reception In Springfield

29 October 2010, 1:13 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift are hosting the Third Annual SIUE Alumni Holiday Reception at the Illinois Governor's Mansion on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Attendees will enjoy an evening of cocktails and appetizers in the elegant Governor's Mansion, 410 E. Jackson, which will be decorated in holiday decor. "This event will be a great opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, SIUE administrators and Alumni Association board members," said Steve Jankowski, director of SIUE Alumni Affairs

"The Illinois Governor's Mansion provides us with a beautiful backdrop for SIUE alumni to celebrate the holiday season, become acquainted with individuals who could very well have been their classmates, and enjoy a wonderful evening of great food and memories," he said.

The reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 for Alumni Association members and $40 for non-members. Admission includes the appetizer buffet and host bar. Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, (618) 650-2760, or in person at B. Barnard Birger Hall, 30 Circle Drive, on the SUE campus.

University Housing staff member awarded Regional Recognition

29 October 2010, 1:09 pm

Mallory Sidarous, University Housing Marketing Specialist at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, recently was awarded the August regional National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Faculty/Staff Of The Month (OTM) award.

Sidarous was nominated by Jamie Matthews, Woodland Hall Community director. After being recognized as the campus winner, the nomination was submitted regionally. The region includes campus winners from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

NRHH, which supports monthly recognition of student staff, programs, professional staff and faculty, is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).

Cathy Passananti, NRHH Advisor for SIUE, commented on the recognition process, saying: "(These) awards are the main recognition tool of NRHH on a campus. Students, staff and NRHH members have the opportunity to nominate an individual who has made an outstanding impact on some aspect of Residence Life.

"All OTMs are voted on at each nominating campus. Winning awards on each campus are submitted to a regional board where they are voted on once again. Regional winners, like Mallory, are few and far between and have the great honor of national submission. Nominations are touching to nominees and a testament to the quality of working coming from SIUE's campus and University Housing."

Matthews nominated Sidarous because of her involvement in quality service training, collaborative attitude and enthusiasm.

"As a new community director, I especially appreciated Mallory's enthusiasm and team spirit on opening day," Matthews said. "Throughout the day she communicated with staff members across campus to ensure things were going smoothly.

"From doing an interview for a web clip, to talking with anxious parents or reminding hall staff to take a break for lunch, no task/detail was too small or large for Mallory to assist with on opening day. Mallory's commitment to University Housing and SIUE is unending and evident in all that she does."

For more information about NRHH and OTMs, contact Passananti,, (618) 650-4652.

SIUE Plans For Teaching, Research Nature Preserve

28 October 2010, 12:05 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift, in his annual address today to the University Community, announced plans to turn part of the SIUE campus into a 380-acre nature preserve for teaching and research purposes, pending approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. Vandegrift said the SIUE Nature Preserve would feature a dedicated location for scholarship activities, including externally funded faculty research, student research and projects, and course opportunities such as field trips, lab and class projects.

According to the Chancellor, the site would be home to Sweet William Woods and the Whiteside Prairie, along Whiteside Road down to Stadium Drive, featuring a relatively intact mature bluff forest and a restored prairie. Distinctive native Southern Illinois plants currently populate the region. The Western Habitat Corridor, along the west side of campus and bordered by Whiteside, Stadium and Old Poag Road, Vandegrift pointed out, would provide access to aquatic and other habitat features in the wooded area.

Under the proposal, the area would better contribute to the University's sustainability and energy plans, and would be protected from construction that interferes with ecosystem functions. It also would offer community green spaces, while complementing other on-campus areas of regional and historical significance, including The Gardens at SIUE and the former Mississippi River Festival site.

The 2,660-acre Edwardsville campus includes a core campus, which is home to the schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing and Pharmacy; the Graduate School; the College of Arts and Sciences; Lovejoy Library; and three classroom buildings. The University also includes the SIUE East St. Louis Center and the School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

Some 3,500 students are housed in four residence halls and also the Cougar Village Apartment Complex, providing family and student housing. The Edwardsville campus also is home to The Gardens at SIUE, 35 acres that have been designated a signature garden by the Missouri Botanical Garden.

SIUE Chancellor: Achieving National Recognition During The National Recession

28 October 2010, 11:59 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor VaughnVandegrift delivered his annual address today, highlighting the important role SIUE is playing in enhancing the economy, attracting students and increasing the diversity of its student body. Vandegrift's address, Achieving National Recognition During the National Recession, was presented in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom this morning. He said that since 2005, the University has increased the size of its incoming freshman class by 18 percent-from 1,748 to 2,065 students-while maintaining an average ACT score of 22.5.

The number of minority students at SIUE has increased along with the overall student population growth.

On the heels of achieving record enrollment for fall 2010 at 14,133 students-up 5 percent from fall 2005-Vandegrift mentioned that for the second consecutive year SIUE received national recognition among 68 universities in the "Top Up-And-Coming Schools" category by U.S.News and World Report America's Best Colleges edition. For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News lists SIUE among 15 universities-including only four public institutions-for its outstanding capstone experiences, known at SIUE as a senior assignment program, which require students to integrate and synthesize what they have learned during their college experience.

"Our senior assignment program has contributed greatly to our emerging national recognition," Vandegrift said. "Additionally, and for seven consecutive years, we are ranked in the top tier of all Midwestern universities, including among the top 20 public Midwestern master's universities." He continued that the University has gained recognition nationally through its many rankings-as the 21 st safest campus in the nation in the on-line national news magazine, Daily Beast; ranked eighth nationally by Washington Monthly among 551 master's universities for its amount of research expenditures for federal work-study hours spent on service category; and the University's growth in faculty research during the last five years, increasing from $3.1 million to $7.9 million.

Nearly 40 percent of SIUE's full-time faculty has applied for and received grants and contracts, he said.

Vandegrift also commented on the University's regional economic impact, citing a study from the faculty in the SIUE School of Business through the Department of Economics and Finance. The study of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area revealed the University has a $471 million economic impact per year on the region, indicating a 32-percent increase from five years ago.

He also pointed out that the University is the second-largest employer in the Madison-St. Clair County region, with nearly 2,500 full-time employees, while boasting a payroll of more than $130 million. Furthermore, Vandegrift remarked on the completion of more than half of a $250 million campus construction and infrastructure improvement plan, and the remaining work to be done.

"SIUE expenditures in the region for goods and services totaled nearly $66M during FY10, and we brought more than 100,000 people into the St. Louis Metropolitan Area to visit, attend athletics events, conferences and shows," he said. "But our impact on the region is not only in direct spending. Our presence generates almost 9,000 additional jobs and over $250 million of labor income in the area. We also increase state and local tax revenues by almost $23 million, and students living on campus are responsible for nearly $400,000 of state reimbursements to the city of Edwardsville.

"Furthermore, each dollar of state appropriations creates about $5 of local spending and almost $7 of economic impact."

According to the fiscal year 2010 study, more than 9,000 SIUE students indicated they are in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area because of SIUE. Also, more than 43,000 SIUE alumni live in the St. Louis area. "In short, while our buildings and land are valued at almost $900 million and our economic impact on the region is $471 million per year, perhaps the greatest impact is what we do to improve the living and working environment of our region," Vandegrift said. "When you consider the impact of the Edwardsville campus, the East St. Louis Higher Education Center and the School of Dental Medicine, SIUE plain and simple is a good deal for taxpayers."

With a recent $4.2 million gift to the University from the Lukas estate, Vandegrift explained the University will make further revisions to the Vadalabene Center to provide office space and a state-of-the-art weight lifting and conditioning center in support of the University's transition to NCAA Division I, adding space for the SIUE Department of Kinesiology and health Education. "The addition to the Vadalabene Center will coincide with the completion of our transition to Division I and the certification process we are now undergoing from the NCAA," Vandegrift said.

Starting in spring 2011, Vandegrift said that upon approval by the SIU Board of Trustees the University will renovate part of Cougar Village to create a living and learning residential community for its fraternities and sororities. It is anticipated that about 175 students will reside in the renovated buildings allowing greater contributions by Greek organizations on campus.

He also talked about the groundbreaking of the Science Building project, which is expected to be completed in fall 2012; a proposed $14 million addition to the Art and Design Building, and a $12 million addition to the Engineering Building.

Also announced were plans for the proposed SIUE Nature Preserve; a 380-acre expanse of natural area along the western edge of the campus between the campus core and along Stadium Drive and New Poag Road. The area will be protected from development and available for faculty and student research, and educational opportunities. "The preserve will be unique in the region and will position SIUE faculty to compete for research funds," Vandegrift said. "This faculty-led initiative will also facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration and joint projects with other universities, research foundations and government agencies.

"The SIUE Nature Preserve will be another example of our University value of citizenship, which includes environmental stewardship."

SIUE's Dance In Concert 2010 Opens Nov. 10 In Dunham Hall

27 October 2010, 5:23 pm

Dance in Concert 2010, produced annually by the dance program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, doesn't have a theme as in past years. However, there will be a focus on four guest artists-more than the program has ever featured. "I'm capitalizing on the fact that these guest artists are all working professionals and local choreographers, who can share their personal experiences with our students in addition to their choreography," says Kristin Best Kinscherff, an instructor in the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance.

The concert opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 13 at the same time, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, all in the theater at SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. The concert promises to be an exciting evening of fluid creative movement onstage, featuring SIUE dance students choreographed by SIUE dance faculty in addition to the guest artists.

"One of the artists owns a dance studio, another is a performer and an arts administrator, one is a company manager and two others are university professors-here at SIUE and at Lindenwood (University in St. Charles)," Kinscherff said. "They all have careers outside of teaching and choreographing, which has been an added bonus (during rehearsals) to our students who are trying to decide their own career paths. They have learned a lot from these artists."

Although Kinscherff has performed in Dance in Concert (DIC) as an SIUE dance student and then choreographed for the program after graduation, this is her first time as DIC artistic director. "I really wanted to highlight the talent we have at SIUE; the technique we work so hard to develop in our dance students," she said.

"I wanted to showcase how the students have worked so hard on their technique rather than the artistry of the choreography alone."

This year's pieces include:

Moments of Inertia -a "partnering piece," that Kinscherff says is "not just guys lifting girls; it's also girls lifting girls and guys lifting guys. It's a very interesting piece by guest artist Diana Barrios, who is company manager of ATrek Dance Collective in St. Louis. Many of our dancers don't really have experience at partnering in dance onstage, so this has been very good for them," Kinscherff said. "And, there are a lot of beginning dancers in this piece."

Little Black Book-a dance choreographed by Dianna Andrews Gaither-who owns Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Maryville-that Kinscherff calls "borderline musical theater; it's the most theatrical piece of the evening. It also features some great blues music."

conSOULed-five women dancers choreographed by Loryl Breitenbach-a dance performer in the area-and who use masks and move to Latin-style music. "There is a lot of dancing during the whole concert," Kinscherff said, "but this one has a great amount of movement. It also has a feeling of empowerment for women."

Kai Mana-choreographed by Kinscherff herself with some 15 dancers. "I've never choreographed that many dancers in one piece before," she said. "It's about the ocean and was inspired by trips I've made to Hawai'i. It seems we do a piece with a large number of dancers each year, so this year I decided it was my turn."

Reverie-a piece by dance student Shannon McCarkel that won the 2010 SIUE Choreography Award. "Usually we choose a piece from the annual student dance concert," Kinscherff pointed out, "but this year we saw Shannon's piece in our informal spring concert (BYOD-Bring Your Own Dance) and we were just blown away by it. It's another really strong piece."

A Floydian Slip-is choreographed by guest artist Lindsay Kelly Stewart, an adjunct professor at Lindenwood, to the Vitamin String Quartet's tribute to Pink Floyd. "It's a very classical piece; it is ballet," Kinscherff said, "which is something we don't see very often in Dance In Concert. It's strictly modern."

Moving On-Choreographed by SIUE Associate Theater and Dance Professor Kerry Shaul, this dance is based on the hit series Lost that just ended a wildly popular six-season run earlier this year.

Tickets for Dance in Concert 2010 are $10; senior citizens, $8; non-SIUE students with valid ID as well as SIUE employees, retirees and alumni, $8; SIUE students with valid Cougar ID, no charge, courtesy of the Arts for All program funded through the SIUE Campus Activities Board.

SIUE School Of Nursing Professor Receives $167K NIH/NINR Grant

25 October 2010, 8:00 pm

Pam Newland, an assistant professor of primary care and health systems nursing, has been awarded a $167,000 National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research post-doctorate grant for her proposal, "Characterization of Symptom Occurrence in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)."

Considered a highly competitive grant, not only for Professor Newland but also for the SIUE School of Nursing, Department Chair Laura Bernaix said: "In addition to reviewing the quality of the proposal and the principal investigator's potential for success, the principal investigator's institution is evaluated for its ability to support such a grant."

Newland said she is honored to receive this Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship. "The importance of understanding how symptoms may occur together (symptom clusters) can assist nursing and other healthcare providers to manage and improve care in the lives of those with MS," Newland said. "The future promise of discovering symptom clusters holds promise for future assessment and therapies for specific subgroups of persons with MS."

Bernaix also applauded Newland's effort. "We are so excited for Pam and extremely proud of this major achievement. Her tenacity in pursuing her dream, as well as the commitment to contribute to nursing science," Bernaix said, "is indeed admirable and inspiring."

Nov. 16 SIUE Jazz Concert To Feature Big Band Music

25 October 2010, 7:55 pm

Big Band music will be featured at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music's Annual Fall Big Band Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the theater in SIUE's Katherine Dunham Hall. The evening will feature the SIUE Concert Jazz Band directed by Brett Stamps, director of SIUE's Jazz Studies Program, and the SIUE Jazz Lab Band, directed by Nick Jost, a Jazz Studies student.

The evening will showcase talented SIUE students performing arrangements from the Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and Clayton Hamilton big bands. The concert also will feature a premiere performance of Mike Dee's arrangement of Kenny Garrett's Sing a Song of Songs, with the vocal stylings of SIUE students Zelina Bott-Goins, Nicole Jonas and Barry Moton.

Admission to the Nov. 16 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.

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

25 October 2010, 7:49 pm

Who: SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift

What: Chancellor's Report to the University

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28

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- "Achieving National Recognition during the National Recession"-will focus on the University's economic impact, the proposed SIUE Nature Preserve and several construction projects. Each year the Chancellor's speech examines the institution's mission, vision and values, and highlights immediate and future plans.

An informal media conference will immediately follow the address.

SIUE School Of Nursing Adopts New Look For Student Uniforms

25 October 2010, 4:32 pm

The SIUE School of Nursing has adopted a new look to create a clearer sense of individuality by "shedding" the maroon student nurse uniforms and replacing them with SIUE red. Over time, many of the area hospitals, in which the students complete their clinical education, adopted a maroon uniform for specific personnel. "At BJC, for example, the assisted care technicians wear maroon scrubs similar to the current uniform in which the SIUE student nurses are attired," Dean Marcia Maurer said. "In many instances, this created confusion in the workplace."

The SIUE regional nursing program on the SIU Carbondale campus also has adopted the new uniform color. A distinctive look was necessary on the SIUC campus due to the current dental hygiene students wearing maroon," Maurer pointed out.

SIUE current nursing student leadership was consulted for their selection of color. "Red was chosen because it shows school spirit and it stands out from the crowd," said Rachel Holtgrave, president of the SIUE Student Nurses Association. "There is no doubt that SIUE nursing students will be a standout," she said, "not only in their performance in the clinical, but in their 'look' as well."

The SIUE School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the gold standard for baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs. With a dynamic environment to learn and study the profession of nursing, the School has proven its commitment to providing students with educational excellence through teaching and curriculum, mentoring, simulation, clinical experience and student service.

In the photo at right, Septembre' Williams (far left), a sophomore nursing student, and Rachel Holtgrave (far right), a senior nursing student, model the new and the old nursing uniforms at SIUE. They are with School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.

Internationally Known Ballet Dancer Instructs SIUE East St. Louis Youth

25 October 2010, 12:23 pm

Sandra Organ Solis, founder of her own dance company and one-time international ballet dancer, spent two weeks recently teaching East St. Louis Center for Performing Arts youth how to keep on their toes. "These are some of the best young people I've trained during this trip," Solis said. "They are well trained and very disciplined." Solis said she enjoyed sharing her expertise with students in the after school performing arts program at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center.

The feeling was mutual, according to Theodore H. Jamison, program director of the SIUE East St. Louis Center for Performing Arts. "When we told our students that Ms. Solis would be able to teach ballet classes in East St. Louis, while she was here doing dance workshops, they were very excited." Solis met with the students for two, two-hour classes.

"Hopefully, I was able to help give them a better appreciation for ballet as one of the forms of dance that will help them reach their goals in dance," said Solis.

Solis was the first African-American ballerina with the Houston Ballet Company. She enjoyed an international career with the Houston Ballet Company and then founded her own company, Earthern Vessels, The Sandra Organ Dance Company, in 1995.

In the photo at right, Sandra Organ Solis encourages Antonio Mosley during a ballet sequence. Other SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts students from left to right: Gia Mosley, Shakrya Payne and Ahmah Gladney.

SWIC, SIUE Offer Dual Admission Program; Help To Achieve Goals

25 October 2010, 11:47 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southwestern Illinois College offer a Dual Admission Program to help students in their first year at SWIC make transferring to SIUE as seamless as possible when the time comes. "We created this program as a framework to help qualified students complete an associate's and a bachelor's in four years," said Darlene Wagen, assistant coordinator of the program through the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach.

"The program is designed to help students achieve their goals in higher education."

According to Wagen, students who are in their first 30 hours at SWIC-with a 2.0 GPA or higher-may qualify for the Dual Admission Program. "Benefits of the program include admission to SIUE while still attending SWIC," Wagen said, "as well as waiver of the $30 SIUE application fee, and a greater likelihood of completing associate's and bachelor's degrees in timely fashion."

An informational open house is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, on the SWIC Belleville campus. Those interested may visit the website to RSVP: For more information, call Wagen, (618) 650-2630.

Portable Electrothermal Analyzer Invented By Two SIUE Faculty Members

20 October 2010, 4:31 pm

A prototype developed by two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville faculty members will allow clinical samples to be tested for toxic heavy metals, like mercury and lead.

The portable electrothermal analyzer was showcased recently at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Technology and Innovation Expo Fall 2010. SIUE Associate Professor Brad Noble from the department of electrical and computer engineering and SIUE Assistant Professor Edward Navarre from the department of chemistry collaborated to produce the inexpensive, portable device, which will be used for clinical applications such as blood and urine testing.

"The target cost of the completed instrument is less than $10,000, which is several times less expensive than most commercial instruments," Navarre said. "Inexpensive instrumentation will generate a wide variety of analysis and teaching opportunities."

Navarre continued that his collaborative work with Noble was inspired by the need to improve the timeliness of testing and implementation of treatment efforts to combat blood poisoning from lead and other toxic metals. The instrument will have national and international significance, Navarre said, adding that the device will allow more people to be tested, as well as reduce the cost of testing.

"We are trying to automate blood analysis so that the test operator doesn't need as much training to get viable results," he said.

Unlike traditional elemental analyzers, which are limited to laboratory environments and require highly skilled operators, the device can function in areas where traditional instruments cannot be used due to lack of sophisticated laboratories, funding or infrastructure.

Kindermusik Classes Begin Saturdays in January

20 October 2010, 4:00 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Suzuki Program will begin offering Winter/Spring 2011 Kindermusik in January.

Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children ages birth through 7. Classes provide a holistic musical and learning experience for young children and their families. Guided by a proven methodology combing music and childhood development, the program provides an opportunity to enhance the child-parent relationship and enhances of lifelong love of music and learning.

The Village Class, an 8-week course for infants through 18 months, offers stress-free play and relaxation techniques that strengthen mind and body development during a 45-minute session. Parents can take materials home and incorporate activities into their daily routine. The semester theme is The Rhythm of My Day.

Our Time Class, a 10-week course for children ages 18 months to 3 years, allows children to meet many animal characters through books, activities and songs, chosen to meet a child's emerging interests and physical skills. Children will develop rhythm through interactive play and enhance their language skills.

Classes begin Jan. 15. The Village class will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. and two sessions of the Our Time Class will be held; from 10-10:45 a.m. and again from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Tuition for the Village Class is $132, which includes an at-home material package. Tuition for the Our Time Class is $155 and includes an at-home material package. For more information, call (618) 792-6190, e-mail or visit

SIUE Engineering Career Fair: More than Just Landing a Job

20 October 2010, 3:23 pm

Nearly 300 engineering, construction and computer science students made rounds to 43 employers in the SIUE Meridan Ballroom on Oct. 8 at a Career Day for the School of Engineering. While full-time, co-operative, and internship positions were available, the fair offered students more than job placement.

According to Tammy Dugan, assistant director for employer relations, in the Career Development Center, the fair served a purpose for all students even if they were uninterested in obtaining co-ops, internships or full-time jobs.

"The career fair is an excellent opportunity to network. We have found that, in general, many students fear networking. Networking is a skill, and it must be developed," Dugan said. "The fairs give students opportunities to enhance interview techniques, as well. When employers talk with students one-on-one, these interactions are essentially mini-interviews, which is excellent for skill-building."

Although not at the fair for jobs, Dean Hasan Sevim and Associate Dean Cem Karacal, of the School of Engineering, also strolled through the fair to assess student and employer attendance and greet company representatives.

"Considering the state of the economy, I am very pleased with the turn out," commented Sevim. "The School looks forward to working with the Career Development Center to attract even more companies for the next fair."

SIUE Schools of Business, Engineering to Participate in Business Council's Mentor Network

20 October 2010, 2:02 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will again be participating in the St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) mentor network. A network kick-off reception, set for Wednesday Oct. 27, will be an opportunity that creates professional connections between the region's most successful CEOs, top students and community leaders. Small group discussions with RBC executives, students and young professionals will focus on emerging opportunities in education, engineering, government, health care, and science and technology.

The kick-off reception is part of the RBC's higher education collaboration that has created partnerships with business and engineering schools at of leading colleges and universities in the St. Louis market. Every academic year, SIUE and other participating universities each recommends six students, based on academic performance, to participate in the RBC Mentor Network. These students are then individually paired with a CEO of an RBC company to receive practical, "real world" knowledge and post-graduate opportunities.

The purpose of the collaboration is to attract and retain a talented pool of employees in the region by giving students a direct link to our business community, and giving mentors an understanding of those entering the workforce.

Hundreds Of Students Expected To Attend Regional Fair At SIUE

18 October 2010, 4:14 pm

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. 19, 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.

Marcia Hoagland, 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.

School of Business Offers Panel Discussion on Accounting Fraud

18 October 2010, 3:28 pm

The SIUE School of Business presented a panel discussion breakfast: Law & Order Forensic Accounting Unit on Oct. 8, in B. Barnard Birger Hall. The panel was composed of three alumni from the School: John Saric (MBA '81), senior manager of audit for the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis; Christina Rother (BSA '04/MSA '05), audit manager at KMPG; and Scott Stringer (BSA '84), director of forensic and litigation services at Ostrow, Reisin, Berk & Abrams Ltd. The panel spoke to an audience of students, faculty and community guests.

With a presentation focus on accounting fraud, panel members spoke candidly about how they deal with accounting fraud in their respective professions. They provided examples of how fraud occurred and referenced the three major factors in most fraud cases: pressure, opportunity and rationalization. The breakfast concluded with a Q&A session in which participants learned more about this specialized field. Continuing education credit was offered to participants.

School of Business Alumni Panel Discussion- Accounting Unit

SIUE Featured in the Princeton Review's "The Best 300 Business Schools:2011 Edition"

18 October 2010, 3:21 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its book, The Best 300 Business Schools (Random House).

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president for publishing, "We are pleased to recommend SIUE to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book."

The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile about SIUE, Princeton Review editors describe the school as: "convenient and affordable." They quote from students attending SIUE who say "SIUE is relatively inexpensive for the type of education you get. This is great for students who want a great education but cannot afford to pay inflated tuition."

In a "Survey Says . . . " sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that SIUE students it surveyed were in most agreement about. The list includes: "Good peer network, solid preparation in general management, communication, interpersonal skills and doing business in a global economy." The 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans and their schools' academics, student body and campus life.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 300, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the Top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on the book's surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.) Conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data. (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.) The lists are posted at

The edition also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than165 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The line includes The Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition, which also published earlier this month, and has 11 ranking lists of Top 10 schools largely based on surveys of students attending them. Other Princeton Review books include an annual guide to the best medical schools, plus guides to graduate school admission exams and application essays. The Princeton Review is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

SIUE Engineers Without Borders Gaining Local Exposure

16 October 2010, 3:47 pm

The SIUE School of Engineering chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) gained recognition in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article ( The article highlights the significance and value of the work EWB did within the Pimenta community in Honduras earlier this year. View "Taking It on the Road" here.

SIUE Presents Jazz Combos In Concert

14 October 2010, 2:03 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Music Department will present the second Fall 2010 Jazz Combo Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the theater in Dunham Hall.

Select SIUE students and jazz faculty will be showcased in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and independent study ensembles, including the Graduate Combo Music featuring vocalists Zelina Bott-Goins, Nicole Jonas and Barry Moton; the Marty Morrison Combo and the Reggie Thomas Combo. Music to be performed has been pulled from American Song and jazz repertoire.

SIUE Jazz Faculty Rick Haydon, Reggie Thomas, Jason Swagler and Brett Stamps are coordinators of the concert. Admission is $10; $7 for seniors. SIUE students with a student ID are admitted for free, compliments of Arts-for-All.

Tickets can be purchased through the SIUE Fine Arts Box Office. For more information, contact the music department, (618) 650-3900 or Stamps, (618) 650-2026.

Saturday Studio Returns To SIUE Art & Design Department

14 October 2010, 1:30 pm

The "Saturday Studio" morning art workshops for primary, intermediate, middle school students and high school students-conducted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design-continue Oct. 16-Dec. 11 in SIUE's Alumni Hall and the SIUE Art and Design Building.

According to SIUE Assistant Professor Alyssia Ruggiero, head of the art education area 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., Room 2102, Art and Design Building.

No studio classes will be held Saturday, Nov. 27. 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.

Jan-Patrick Schmitz Speaks At SIUE Power Breakfast Series

13 October 2010, 12:27 pm

School of Business Power Breakfast Video - Jan-Patrick Schmitz
Jan-Patrick Schmitz (MBA '94), president and CEO of Montblanc North America, visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Thursday to speak as part of the Sixth Annual Power Breakfast series, sponsored by the SIUE School of Business The goal of the Power Breakfast series is to re-connect prominent SIUE alumni from around the country with their alma mater.

Schmitz spoke candidly to an audience of 95 people-including students, faculty and alumni from the School-about his experience at the University and his international work experience. He also emphasized the importance of communicating and cultivating people skills in addition to gaining knowledge of the increasing global marketplace as factors in becoming successful in a career.

Schmitz, a native of Germany, came to SIUE in 1992 as a graduate assistant in the School's MBA program. Before coming to the University, Schmitz had earned an undergraduate degree at the International Business School in Lipstadt, Germany. He said he chose SIUE for graduate school because his undergraduate university had an international partnership with SIUE.

After graduating from SIUE, Schmitz joined Montblanc, a global company known for creating fine writing instruments, in 1994. He served as CEO of Montblanc in Japan for six years before being named president and CEO of Montblanc North America in 2003. Schmitz currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

International Night 2010 Dinner Comes To SIUE

13 October 2010, 11:13 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville International Night 2010 Dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom on campus.

Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. SIUE international students and friends will present international music, dance and entertainment. The event is co-sponsored by the International Student Council, Campus Activities Board and Student Government.

Tickets for the dinner are $12 for students; $13 for faculty, staff and the general public and will be on sale starting next week.

Also, professional performances by local international groups will take place in the Morris University Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2-4. During that time international student association members will be positioned in booths showcasing the cultures of their home countries.

For more information, contact the Center for International Programs, (618) 650-3785.

SIUE SBDC Announces Selection Of Director Mister As State Star

12 October 2010, 4:03 pm

The National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) recently named Kwa Mister, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, one of the Association's 2010 State Stars.

Mister was among a select group from across the country recognized by the Association for demonstrating "exemplary" performance, "making significant contributions to … SBDC programs, and showing a strong commitment to small business." Mister and other winners were recognized at a special awards reception honoring the ASBDC 2010 State Stars in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with ASBDC's 30 th Annual Conference.

"I am delighted to make this announcement, and to recognize Kwa for extraordinary contributions to the work of the Illinois SBDC at SIUE and to small businesses throughout the region," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business.

"It is an honor to accept this award," Mister said, "and to have the opportunity everyday to assist so many entrepreneurs achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business." The ASBDC Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and enhance their own businesses.

The Illinois SBDC at SIUE is a service to the community supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the SIUE School of Business. The SIUE SBDC enhances Southwestern Illinois' economic interests providing one-stop assistance to individuals by means of counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures and existing small businesses.

In the above photo, Kwa Mister (third from right) is shown receiving the award. From left are: Charles "Tee" Rowe, president/CEO, Association of Small Business Development Centers; Jerry Cartwright, state director, Florida SBDC; Mister with his award; Antonio Doss, associate administrator, Office of Small Business Development Centers, U. S. Small Business Administration; and Jim Mullery, vice president, ACT! Sales, Sage North America.

Kenyan Ambassador Is Guest At SIUE

12 October 2010, 10:27 am

Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S. Elkanah Odembo will be on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for a 3 p.m. tea reception Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Engineering Building atrium.

The ambassador will be available for an informal chat, which is being held to strengthen the University's ties with Kenya. The Kenyan community of St. Louis is invited to attend.

The event is being hosted by the SIUE Center for International Programs.

Rwandan Ambassador Is Guest At SIUE Lunch

12 October 2010, 10:16 am

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda W. Stuart Symington will be on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for lunch from noon-2 p.m. today, Oct. 12.

The ambassador will be available for an informal chat in the University Club next to the University Restaurant on the second floor of the Morris University Center.

Symington is an attorney and joined the Foreign Service in 1986. He has served in Spain and Latin America, including as a political officer in Honduras, Ecuador and Mexico. From 2001-2003 he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niger.

From 2006-2008, Symington served in Iraq as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti. He has served in his current capacity for Rwanda since 2009.

Beauty Products Entrepreneur Turns To ITC For Export Advice

12 October 2010, 10:15 am

Sherry Brianza of Carlinville began creating a new line of multicultural beauty products just about the time the U.S. economy tanked, but that didn't stop the determined entrepreneur from following through with her dream. She persisted and eventually negotiated a contract with Sears to carry her line of cosmetics for women of color-cleanser, toner, skin color correction, moisturizers and lotions. She's now negotiating with other major outlets in the United States.

But, when she realized that her products could be useful to women overseas, Brianza turned to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center-International Trade Center (SBDC-ITC) late last year for help in exporting Brianza Bella LLC beauty products to various countries. And, now, things are beginning to happen.

"Within a few months, Brianza Bella was introduced to several offices of the Illinois Trade Network abroad," said Silvia Torres-Bowman, director of the SBDC-ITC at SIUE. "By spring of this year, Sherry received her first export interest from Mauritania, North Africa." Brianza said that arrangement is currently pending and it looks promising. Since then, Brianza also has explored trade with China, the Middle East and Brazil. "Sherry recently got back from a major cosmetics/skin care show in Sao Paulo, where she met with prospective distributors." Torres-Bowman and her staff helped arrange for Brianza to attend the show, just one of the services offered by the SBDC-ITC.

"As part of the ITC's International Consulting Project Series, participating clients receive at no cost a detailed international marketing plan for two countries that includes an analysis of the client's product potential, barriers and entry strategies for the target markets," Torres-Bowman said. "The target markets are chosen through a combination of global market research and client input.

"The relationships we can facilitate through our service give our clients free access to foreign market experts, industry specialists and international trade offices," Torres-Bowman said. "One of our clients, Natural Enrichment Industries (NEI), was the 2009 recipient of the Governor's Export Award in the category of New Exporter. NEI Vice President Bill Kuzma started working with us since the early days of NEI and has been able to participate in various trade missions to Europe, Latin America and Africa organized by the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment."

A successful entrepreneur, Brianza has been in the cosmetics industry more than 20 years, with Montgomery Ward in Chicago and then on to Revlon, eventually starting her own cosmetics brokerage firm. That work allowed her to make connections and expand her business base throughout the country. "A manufacturer I knew in California told me one day that I should start my own line," she said. "I was inspired by the idea that there is a need in the marketplace for a treatment line that will appeal to all women of color.

"The other inspiration in my life is the memory of my grandmother, a strong Italian immigrant who embraced life." In fact, it was a decorative picture on the wall that hung in her grandmother's home for many years that became the inspiration for the Brianza Bella logo, which depicts a woman in a flowing gown seated in front of a dresser and mirror, holding a cosmetics jar.

"Working with Silvia Torres and her staff has enabled my relatively new company to think globally, not just domestically," Brianza said. "It is so important in tough economic times to be able to find new revenue streams. We hope to be opening the Brazilian market within a year and that is something I would have never thought possible even six months ago.

"The SIUE center has helped me with determining which world markets show the best potential for my products, referred me to freight forwarders, attorneys to help us with trade agreements, financing and much more. The opportunity to export is not only good for my company but good for Illinois."

SIUE School Of Engineering Graduate Skyrockets In Career

8 October 2010, 3:19 pm

Joshua Butcher, a 2005 electrical engineering graduate who has been at The Boeing Co. since then, was recently presented with the Boeing Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award. The award is one of the highest recognitions given to NASA and industry employees for dedication to quality work and flight safety.

Joshua is part of the Electronic Power System team working on the International Space Station at Boeing in Houston. As a reward for his hard work, Joshua will visit a space facility as a NASA VIP and will have the opportunity to attend a shuttle launch alongside NASA executives and members of the Astronaut Corps.

Engineering Freshman Class Average ACT Math Score At Historically High Level

8 October 2010, 3:17 pm

The SIUE School of Engineering-reporting its second year of record high enrollment-currently has 138 first semester freshmen with average ACT Math and ACT Composite scores of 27.7 and 26.2, respectively. While the average high school ranking of the freshman class was at 76.7 percent, 36 of these students were at 90 percentiles in their high schools. In addition, 36 students scored 30 and above on the ACT Math test.

Of the total 1,243 engineering students currently enrolled, 1,002 are undergraduates and 241 are graduates. Dean Hasan Sevim credits team effort and excellent teaching by the School's faculty for attracting so many well-prepared students.

When asked the reason for attraction to the SIUE School of Engineering, Sevim said, "Recent successes of the University in all aspects of the collegiate life continue to bring increased numbers of well-prepared students to the campus to explore our programs. Once they are on campus, our faculty, staff, and students show extraordinary care and passion in introducing our programs, and in showcasing our facilities and student projects. Members of student chapters and design teams thoroughly enjoy presenting their projects to prospective students and convincing them that this is a University and School that they will enjoy attending to earn a valuable degree."

Art & Design Department Presents Sculpture On Campus At SIUE

7 October 2010, 12:23 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design will showcase student art during the annual sculpture walk at 4 p.m. Friday in front of the Art & Design Building on campus.

This year's display includes the artwork of 12 students that dot the campus landscape, including art students Rae Downing, Emily Dunlap, Rebecca Grant, Andy Magee, Tar Morton, Manda Remmen and Lauren Witschie. Internationally known sculptor Alice Aycock is acting as this year's guest juror.

The event is being held this year in memory of Nathan Miller, a sculpture student who graduated with his bachelor of fine arts from SIUE in 2008 and was the recipient of the Thomas D. Gipe Sculpture Award in spring 2007. His work was featured in the 2007-2008 Sculpture on Campus collection.

The generous support of the Gateway Foundation has enabled the Sculpture on Campus program to invite guest jurors and award cash prizes to the artists. The prize structure includes: $1,000 for Best Sculpture; $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

A banquet and awards ceremony will follow later in the evening. For more information contact the department, (618) 650-3071. To view the student artwork, visit

SIUE Women's Studies Hosts The Women Reigned Then

7 October 2010, 12:17 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Women's Studies program will present a speaking engagement; The Women Reigned Then: the Female Artist in 18th Century Europe, from 11-12:15 p.m. on campus Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Peck Hall, room 1302.

Assistant Professor of Art and Design Katie Poole will be the event's featured speaker.

Women's Studies, a growing interdisciplinary field, emphasize gender perspectives and contributions of women. The program explores attitudes and values and the role of men and women in society. For more information visit

SIUE Prairie Portal And Garden Nearly Complete

5 October 2010, 2:42 pm

The Gardens at SIUE is alive and full of fall beauty, and visitors are welcome to take in the scenery Sunday, Oct. 10.

Discover The Gardens at SIUE, with family friendly activities and the sounds of man and nature, will come to life from 11 a.m.-5p.m.

Guests are welcome to come to The Gardens anytime throughout the day. Activities will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., including Watershed Nature Center and Children's Museum projects and events hosted by the Early Childhood Center. Garden discovery strolls, plastic pot recycling, birdhouse projects, a Prairie Maze and more will take place in the Family Garden.

A pancake brunch provided by The Friends of The Gardens will be held from noon-1:30 p.m., followed by the dedication of the Prairie Portal from 1-1:30 p.m. The University Dance Organization will be on site from 1-4 p.m., while the Suzuki Strings will perform from 1:30-2 p.m. and Tai Chi and Tai Yu Sword Demonstrations will take place from 2-2:45 p.m. Bob & Perry and The Original Mojo's will perform classic rock from 2-5 p.m.

Staff and volunteers have been busy planting and cultivating the Missouri Botanical Garden-recognized Shaw's Garden East Signature Garden. More than 200 new trees and shrubs dot the landscape and add to the site's aesthetic appeal. Thanks to a gift from the Rotary Club of Edwardsville, The Prairie Portal and Garden is now the largest display garden featured in the 35-acre attraction.

Also a new feature of the garden is Plants that Inspired Shakespeare, made possible through a collaborative partnership between The Gardens, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and faculty member Diane Sol of the Department of Theater and Dance. Benches now line President's Way, recognizing the terms of past SIUE Foundation presidents.

SIUE Hosts Study Abroad Fair

5 October 2010, 2:39 pm

Students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville can explore international educational opportunities at the annual SIUE Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge.

Information tables at the event will be staffed by representatives from the following organizations:

• The American Institute for Foreign Study;

• The Cultural Experiences Abroad;

• John Cabot University in Rome;

• Language Link Spanish Immersion Schools in Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador;

• Monterrey Tech University in Cuernavaca, Mexico;

• Salzburg College in Austria;

• Swansea University in Wales;

• SIUE faculty-led programs to Syria, Italy and Spain 2011;

• SIUE Health Education Internship Program in Ghana 2011;

• SIUE School of Business programs to Germany and China 2011;

• SIUE School of Business Semester-Long Exchange programs;

• SIUE faculty-led program in International Public Relations in France and Romania, combined, proposed for summer 2012;

• SIUE Office of Financial Aid;

• Passport Health St. Louis Office, which is a travel medical service provider.

For more information on study abroad and the fair, contact Julie Beall-Marshall, or (618) 650-2419.

Prijedor: Lives From The Bosnian Genocide, Exhibit On Display At SIUE

5 October 2010, 2:37 pm

Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide, an exhibition and multi-media presentation of first-hand survivor interviews, is being presented on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus in Morris University Center's Gallery and Mississippi-Illinois room now through Nov. 3.

An opening reception will take place at 5 p.m. with a presentation following at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. For more information contact the Department of Art and Design, (618) 650-3183.

October Career Fair 2010 For Students, Alumni, Partners Comes To SIUE

5 October 2010, 2:31 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host October Career Fair 2010 Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 6-7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

The event is open to SIUE students and alumni, as well as partnering schools.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and non-teaching candidates in the School of Education are invited to attend Wednesday's fair. Those affiliated with the School of Engineering are encouraged to attend Thursday.

Students attending events are required to wear professional attire and bring current copies of their resumes.

For more information, visit the SIUE Career Development Center web site:


5 October 2010, 2:16 pm

Retirements (effective Aug. 31, 2010)

• Gary Denue, associate dean of Library and Information Services at Lovejoy and former dean of the library, after nearly 29 years of service.

• Roger Hill, professor of physics, after nearly 40 years of service.

• Laura Perkins, professor of speech communication, after nearly 22 years of service.

Sharkey's In St. Charles To Play Host To Jazz Benefit For WSIE-FM

5 October 2010, 8:51 am

The Original Sharkey's Restaurant, overlooking the majestic Mississippi River in St. Charles, Mo., will play host to Jazz at Sharkey's, a benefit Sunday, Oct. 24, for WSIE-FM (88.7) The Jazz Station, the NPR affiliate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Three jazz bands, featuring several students who are part of the SIUE Jazz Studies program, will be featured at various times from 2-6 p.m. at the restaurant, where food and beverages will be available for purchase. Appearing are Tom Byrne & Co., the SIUE Student Jazz Combo and the Eric Slaughter Trio.

A $20 donation per person is suggested and all proceeds go to the radio station, which recently celebrated 40 years on the air broadcasting from the lower level of SIUE's Dunham Hall. WSIE Interim Director Greg Conroy said the event will not only be musically exciting but it will take place at the perfect time for fall colors. "What a great time of year to enjoy America's artform played by very talented performers," Conroy said. "And, it's that time of year when the river's magnificent fall foliage will be in full force.

"I'm not sure it gets any better-a relaxing afternoon in comfortable surroundings, on Sharkey's deck overlooking the river, good friends and the fall colors, not to mention live Modern American Jazz. It will be the perfect afternoon for a fall drive and a great destination," he said.

To reach Sharkey's, 601 N. Shore Drive, take I-270 to Missouri Highway 370 west, about five miles to Missouri Highway 94, then about seven miles to Blaze Station Road; after about two miles, left on North Shore to Sharkey's. For more information, call (636) 250-3300, or visit the website:

Jumping Frogs; Hard Landings

5 October 2010, 8:18 am

By Tim Dickison

Frogs belly flopping and face planting is not just funny to watch-it is interesting science with major implications. Just ask the world of biology. Right now, the buzz is all about these belly flopping and face planting frogs.

Talk escalated when SIUE Assistant Biological Sciences Professor Rick Essner submitted an article for review and publication. Naturwissenschaften, a German multidisciplinary journal, accepted and published the study. The study began as an examination of landing abilities of basal frogs, according to Essner. However, his interest stemmed from work as a master's student at Southeast Missouri State University and as a post-doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

There, Essner's interest grew toward an obscure group of frogs in the family Leiopelmatidae. These "primitive" frogs are still found in the Pacific Northwest (Tailed Frogs) and New Zealand (New Zealand Frogs). "The evolutionary split between "primitive" and "modern" frogs occurred over 200 million years ago prior to the breakup of the giant supercontinent Pangaea," Essner stated. Following this breakup, the Tailed Frog lineage was carried northward into North America while the New Zealand Frogs became isolated as New Zealand broke away from Australia.

Despite the great passage of time, "Tailed Frogs and New Zealand frogs held on to a number of ancestral anatomical features that were lost by other frogs. These include extra vertebrae, free ribs, a 'tail-wagging' muscle and a cartilaginous pad in the pelvic girdle," Essner continued.

Given this primitive anatomy, Essner wondered if the behavior of Leiopelmatidae frogs might be equally primitive. "Previous researchers noted that these frogs share unusual swimming behavior, moving their legs asynchronously, in a crawling-type gait, rather than flexing and extending their legs in unison like other frogs," Essner observed. However, no one had previously studied their jumping behavior. Essner thought comparing the jumping behavior of Leiopelmatidae frogs with more advanced frogs might provide insight into the evolution of jumping.

Essner and his graduate student, Dan Suffian, traveled to the Pacific Northwest to collect Tailed Frogs and brought them back to the lab at SIUE. Like most biologists interested in frog locomotion, Essner's focus began with the launch phase of jumping. However, as they began to film the frogs jumping with high-speed video, they soon realized that it was the unusual landing behavior of Tailed Frogs that set them apart. Other frogs are known to land on their forelimbs using them as a pivot to bring their flexed hind limbs into position beneath the body so that they are ready to jump again immediately.

In contrast, the Tailed Frogs kept their legs extended throughout the jump and never landed on their forelimbs, resulting in a belly flop or face plant landing. Essner contacted Phil Bishop, a researcher from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and verified that the New Zealand frogs exhibited similar landing behavior. Based on this evidence, they concluded that frogs evolved jumping in a stepwise manner, with controlled landings appearing after the split between "primitive" and "modern" frogs.

This observation gave Essner the direction he needed to push outside the box. "[His] work is one of those forehead slapping, gee-whiz! why didn't I think of that? moments," according to Paul Brunkow, department chair and associate professor at SIUE. Essner's observations and study will become part of textbooks soon, he added. It has great potential to add to base knowledge. Landings in smaller animals is not as important as they have less inertia when they fall. But when larger animals fly, landing safely and efficiently becomes much more important, he concluded.

Essner plans continuing work on this issue. He and several researchers from Ohio University and the University of Otago, New Zealand, are continuing a collaboration in order to push farther. The researchers will work to fill gaps between the "primitive" and "modern" frogs. The hope is to show how the evolution of frogs progressed. "The goal is to provide additional evidence that (evolution) occurs in a step-like pattern," said Essner. "Each step in the evolution of complex locomotion builds on prior steps," he said.

There are also undergraduate students working with Essner in his lab at SIUE. With guidance from Essner, the students will explore differences among frogs in their aquatic landing behavior. "The frogs keep us busy during experiments, as they are prone to not cooperating with us," said biological sciences major Andrew Bulla. "It's always interesting working in Dr. Essner's lab, whether it's doing experimental design, data collection, or analysis. It's exciting to be able to work on a project that may lead to a better understanding of anuran evolution."

MEDIA ADVISORY: SIUE School Of Nursing To Offer Health Day Oct. 13

4 October 2010, 2:33 pm

SIUE School Of Nursing To Offer Health Career and Education Day: Three State Legislators Plan To Attend

Who: SIUE School of Nursing

What: Health Career and Education Day For Seventh and Eighth Graders

When: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13

Where: SIUE Morris University Center

The purpose of the Health Career and Education Day is twofold: (1) to introduce students to the many health careers via a health fair activity and (2) to provide age-appropriate health education and health promotion activities. The program is aimed at providing students with an understanding of the options they have related to health careers, and encourage them to enroll in high school classes that will best prepare them for college courses in the health professions.

Both university and community college programs from the area will be represented at the Oct. 13 event. Illinois Sen. Deanna Demuzio (D-49 th District), Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-112 th District) and Illinois Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson Sr. (D-114 th District) plan to attend the event. They are expected between 11:30 a.m. and noon. In addition, Ocheng Jany, associate director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and IBHE Assistant Director for Diversity and Outreach Richard Tapia plan to attend.

The Oct. 13 health education program will focus on health issues, such as nutrition, activity and exercise, as well as drug and alcohol use. Activities will be taught by teams of faculty and students. Scheduled participating schools include Millstadt Consolidated Schools and East St. Louis Middle School. Some 180 students, teachers, guidance counselors and parents also are expected to attend.

SIUE, Entrepreneurship Center Launch Cougar Enterprises

4 October 2010, 2:02 pm

Students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are taking part in a pilot program that will help them gain an entrepreneurial edge upon graduation.

Nine students were selected to take part in Cougar Enterprises, a new focused interest community at SIUE. The students live in the same building in University Housing's Cougar Village and participate in an independent study opportunity in the area of entrepreneurship.

SIUE has been promoting entrepreneurship in the surrounding counties for many years with the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center located on campus, directed by Kristine Jarden. Now, SIUE and Jarden have teamed up to extend entrepreneurial guidance to its students. The opportunity goes beyond the classroom setting and teaches these young entrepreneurs about what it takes to further their ideas to promote successful businesses. Another purpose of this initiative is to create long-lasting partnerships among participants.

The students will use a special study lounge and resource center to work on homework and their business ideas in privacy, allowing them to capitalize on their creativity. The class, led by Jarden, focuses on building the basics of starting a business enterprise, from deciding if a business idea is feasible to writing a business plan. Participants also will hear from many prominent speakers and professionals who can advise them along the way.

The inaugural members of Cougar Enterprises include:

• Robert Bobbitt, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, who hopes to start his own engineering firm;

• Andrew Foster, a junior economics and finance major, who plans to make valuable contacts with fellow students and regional leaders;

• Charles Johnson, a sophomore computer engineering major, who welcomes the opportunity to spend time with like-minded individuals and gain access to the many resources available to participants;

• David Kling, a sophomore computer engineering major, who plans to make connections and learn new skills to help him run a major computer company;

• Ecem Kulaksiz, a sophomore industrial engineering major from Istanbul, Turkey. She plans to start her own business;

• Ryan McCullough, a junior marketing major, pursuing a minor in mass communications, who wants to further an entrepreneurial career in music through enhanced knowledge in business skills;

• Matthew McElwee, a sophomore business administration major, who wants to use the opportunity to network with individuals with the same goals and passion and increase his own drive to succeed;

• Carlos Reyes, a senior with dual majors in marketing and public relations, who also is pursuing a minor in mass communications. He plans to learn the skills necessary to start a fashion company;

• Jacob Waltrip, a sophomore marketing major, who plans to learn the skills necessary to take over his family's Real Estate company Waltrip Real Estate.

University Housing established focused interest communities, such as Cougar Enterprises, after the fire in Cougar Village in Building 529 in summer 2009.

Those interested in applying for Cougar Enterprises or who would like more information should contact Jarden, (618) 650-2166,

Learning Beyond the Lecture Hall

4 October 2010, 12:20 pm

For students in the SIUE School of Engineering, learning occurs well beyond the four walls of the classroom. Recently, industrial and manufacturing engineering students in the Engineering Problem Solving course packed the Engineering Building atrium with their team-designed catapults. The students gave their best efforts in launching tennis balls a distance of 25 feet to hit a 2-feet-by-2-feet-square target, but this assignment aimed to do more than hit a target.

Engineering graduate assistant Nkere Eneyo helped facilitate the mass launching session. He commented, "This task was not about just hitting a target. It was meant to give students more of an understanding about what it takes to complete an engineering project from start to finish."

According to Adjunct Professor Ted Luhrs, the project fostered teamwork amongst students and taught them that a project must perform consistently while being aesthetically appealing and remaining within budget, which was $10 for this particular design task. Luhrs said, "It's an opportunity for students to work together and create something. Engineers have a tendency to want to do hands-on work. If everything happened to be theory in this class, the students would miss out on something."

SIUE Homecoming Set For Saturday, Oct. 9

4 October 2010, 11:15 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will present the University's traditional Homecoming on Saturday, Oct 9. To kick off the day, the SIUE Club Football team will play The Ohio State University Club Football team from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SIUE's Korte Stadium. the game will be broadcast live on KSLZ-FM (Z107.7).

Homecoming Cougar Fest-the new community festival that will fill the SIUE soccer fields with alumni reunion tents, local businesses, children's activities, games and more-is set from 2-6 p.m. The festival will feature live music from three area bands: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (2-2:45 p.m.); Sheila Shahpari (3:15-4 p.m.); and Mr. Wizard (4:30-6 p.m.). The main stage will be sponsored by Liberty Mutual. SIUE students, alumni and community members may visit vendor booths to buy merchandise, food or participate in an activity. Vendors include: Washington Kettle Corn; Domino's; Caffé Avanti; and Cold Stone Creamery. Attendees may also enjoy free face painting and an appearance by Izzy the Grizzlie.

At 6 p.m., the Ninth Annual Chili Cook-off will start at Korte Stadium. The day will end with the SIUE Cougar men's soccer team playing Bradley University at 7 p.m., to be broadcast live on WSIE-FM (88.7) the Jazz Station, with a pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. The 2010 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at half-time.

More information may be found on the website:, or by calling (618) 650-2762.

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