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October 2012

Nursing Faculty Elected as National Chair

30 October 2012, 1:56 pm

SIUE School of Nursing faculty member Valerie Griffin, interim coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, has been elected chair of the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Content Expert Panel (CEP). Her term as chair will run from January 2013-December 2014. The CEP, a select group of nurse experts from across the country, is responsible for developing the specialty's American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination.

Griffin first became involved in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner CEP through an invitation from the ANCC in 2008. After her application to join was accepted and she attended a meeting as a guest, she applied to become a member of the panel.

"As the chairperson of this panel, I have specific duties, including attending and chairing all content expert panel meetings, facilitating communication among the panel members, serving as a liaison between the CEP and the Commission on Certification, and between the CEP and ANCC staff, and providing expertise as needed to the ANCC staff," Griffin said. "I am honored to be elected to this position and look forward to contributing to the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner profession."

"We are very proud of Valerie Griffin's newly elected role," said Dr. Virginia Cruz, chair of the Department of Family Health and Community Health Nursing. "Griffin is a valuable professional to the School of Nursing and to the larger professional community of practitioners."

The American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification Department provides staff support for the chair and assumes overall responsibility for the administration of ANCC's certification programs.

SIUE PRSSA Chapter Earns Three National Awards

29 October 2012, 12:31 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) received three awards at the 2012 PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco in mid-October.

"The recognition of our students at the PRSSA national conference clearly shows not only the increasing quality of our students, but also the hard work of our faculty mentoring them," said SIUE College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero. "This is testimony that our teacher-scholar model drives results that will translate into excellent graduates ready to make a difference in their communities and the world.

The SIUE Chapter won a Star Chapter Award. Qualifications for the honor include a chapter participating in several national initiatives including ethics training, PRSA/PRSSA relationship building and community service.

The chapter's community service projects included participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, earning the Spirit Award and raising more than $3,000. They also participated in the St. Louis Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's, where they raised more than $6,000.

Five Speech Communication Department students attended the conference: Natalie Pitzer, Laynie Richardson, Sarah Rohner, Jeni Ross and Heidi Wickenhauser. They are all senior public relations majors.

Rohner, one of the executive members of the SIUE chapter, was recognized with the prestigious Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations that includes a $1,500 prize. According to PRSSA officials, the field for the Foster Award was the most competitive in its history.

Foster Award applicants were required to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to achieving excellence as a public relations professional. Rohner had to submit a wide-ranging essay that defined excellence in public relations and her plan to achieve it. She also described the ethical and work standards that are required of public relations professionals and her plan to excel in those areas. Additionally, she identified the most important public relations leadership qualities essential to success.

Rohner also was runner-up for the John D. Graham Scholarship which carried a $1,000 prize. Graham applicants submitted a formal application which also included an essay component. Applicants were judged on the following criteria: Exemplary writing skills serving as the primary criterion; academic achievement in public relations and overall studies; demonstrated leadership; practical experience such as internships; and commitment to public relations.

"The Speech Communication Department is extremely proud of Sarah and our PRSSA chapter for putting our program and the department on the national radar," said Dr. Isaac Blankson, chair of the department. "What is most impressive is that they won this prestigious national award in their second year of attending the national conference, which had hundreds of chapters in attendance.

"Our PRSSA students have demonstrated that when you work hard, put your soul into what you believe, and offer yourself to help others, good things happen to you," Blankson stated. "I also commend our faculty for instilling the value of excellence in our students."

The PRSSA conference was held in conjunction with the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) 2012 International Conference. A major function of attending the conference involved networking opportunities with public relations professionals.

"The focus of the public relations industry is relationship building," said SIUE PRSSA Faculty Advisor Stacey Howard. "It's what drives success, and the same is true for our students. They see their own success being fostered through the relationships formed with professionals in the field.

"Relationship building is one of the reasons we have seen our chapter grow and become much more active," Howard added. "The students are seeing a return on their investment."

SIUE PRSSA President Jeni Ross valued the experience. "National conference was a chance to meet other PRSSA chapters and public relations practitioners along with developing my skills," she said. "I networked with professionals and admission counselors for graduate school. I realized that our chapter's hard work has paid off, and that I will continue to push to succeed"

College of Arts and Sciences: As the foundation of SIUE's exceptional liberal education, the College of Arts and Sciences offers students access to more than 50 accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. SIUE professors teach students how to think, helping them develop problem-solving skills needed for success in the global economy. Through study abroad and service-learning programs, SIUE students are better prepared to help our region's businesses succeed and become leaders in our communities.

SIUE PRSSA member Sarah Rohner won two awards at the annual PRSSA national conference in San Francisco.

SIUE Student-Athletes Ahead of the Curve

25 October 2012, 3:51 pm

SIUE student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than their peers around the nation as well as their peers on campus.

The NCAA announced the latest data about student-athlete success in the classroom Thursday. SIUE student-athletes earned high marks.

The SIUE graduation rate for freshmen who entered SIUE during the 2005-2006 school year is 70 percent compared to the rest of the SIUE student body which stands at 52 percent. Further, the Student-Athlete Academic Success rate for SIUE is 82 percent. The graduation rate for all-student athletes nationally is 65 percent.

"Our commitment to excellence begins in the classroom, continues on the playing field, and is not complete until student-athletes earn their degrees," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "We have made a considerable investment in making certain that our student-athletes have the resources needed to graduate on time."

SIUE, which is in its first year as a full-fledged NCAA Division I member, is part of the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report for men's soccer and softball. Those sports were fast tracked two years in advance of the rest of SIUE's sports.

The data from men's soccer and softball also shows that SIUE student-athletes are ahead of the curve.

For men's soccer, the GSR nationally is 79 percent while SIUE's rate is 85 percent, the second best among Missouri Valley Conference schools. For softball, the GSR nationally is 86 percent while SIUE's rate is strong at 94 percent, the fourth best in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The GSR assesses student success of Division I student-athletes who graduate within a six-year period of first attending an institution. Adjustments are made for transfer students, non scholarship students, mid-year enrollees, and those who have left an institution before exhausting initial eligibility.

The NCAA developed the GSR nearly a decade ago as part of its academic reform initiative to assess student-athlete academic success. Complete GSR data will be available for all 16 of SIUE's sports in next year's NCAA report.

"Timely graduation is a focal point of the mission for SIUE Athletics. The University's support structure continues to reinforce the exceptional achievements of our student-athletes in the classroom," said Hewitt.

SIUE School of Pharmacy Garners Awards at Annual IPhA Meeting

25 October 2012, 2:57 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy picked up three awards at the annual Illinois Pharmacists Association Awards presentation in late September at the Lisle, Ill., Hilton Hotel.

School of Pharmacy advisory board member Randy Malan received the Bowl of Hygeia. The award honors a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service, which apart from his specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession. To qualify, the candidate must be licensed in Illinois, be an IPhA member, must not have previously received the award and must not be currently serving or have served, within the past two years, as an officer of IPhA. The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim .

"Randy has been an asset to the School of Pharmacy since its inception," said School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup. "With his vast contributions to the practice of pharmacy in the state, he has been able to help the school with many areas in our curriculum."

School of Pharmacy Associate Professor Scott Bergman, Pharm.D., received the Excellence in Innovation award. This honor goes to a practicing pharmacist within the specified geographic boundaries and who has demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care. The award is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories.

"Scott has helped IPhA develop several programs to train pharmacists as coaches in disease management" Gupchup stated. "This innovative approach has been duly recognized."

Fourth-year School of Pharmacy student Ryan Birk received the Alan Granat Memorial Scholarship. The award was established as a memorial tribute to Alan Granat, who served as Executive Director of IPhA from 1979 until his death in 1989. The IPhA Foundation presents the award annually to a pharmacist or pharmacy student who has exhibited a commitment to pharmacy and community, as evidenced by membership and participation in pharmacy organizations and community involvement. Eligible students must be entering their third year of a Pharm.D. program, be student members of IPhA, and have their permanent residency in Illinois. The recipient also is required to contribute an article to IPhA's journal Illinois Pharmacist.

During Birk's SIUE academic career, the Waterloo, Ill., native has served as chapter president of the SIUE American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists; director of the Student Pharmacists Instilling Legislative Leadership (SPILL); and student director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association State Board of Directors.

"Ryan has been an excellent student leader," said Gupchup. "His involvement at the state level has helped drive several changes, and I am extremely happy that IPhA has recognized his services."

The SIUE School of Pharmacy celebrates American Pharmacists Month (APhM) throughout October. The American Pharmacists Association (APA) takes time to recognize its own for vital contributions made in health care by improved medication use and advanced patient care. The APA promotes pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team.

Former SIUE Faculty Chair's Gift to Provide Geography Scholarship

25 October 2012, 1:51 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero has announced an estate gift of $476,000 from Melvin E. Kazeck. Romero plans to establish a geography scholarship program in Kazeck's name as the gift continues the University's efforts to define excellence. Kazeck, who started the SIUE Department of Geography and later served as department chair, passed away in February 2012.

Kazeck had every intention of seeing the SIUE geography department flourish when he arrived in 1958. During the next two decades, he succeeded in these efforts and left a lasting legacy with the department. Although Kazeck's priority was teaching earth sciences and planning, his goal of developing an entire geography department was realized. By his retirement in 1976, Kazeck's one-man operation had grown into a unit with 20 faculty members. He left SIUE with a thriving geography department filled with great promise, and the department continues to flourish today.

Gillian Acheson, associate professor and chair of geography, found it unusual to receive such a generous gift, because it is unexpected for a geography department. "It was surprising," said Acheson. "Geography is a unique field. There are not a large number of geography departments across the United States. To have a gift of this amount is fantastic. We are so grateful for Mel's generosity."

The donation will support two full-time graduate student assistantships. "This legacy gift is so thoughtful, because it will directly benefit students," Acheson said. "His gift will provide a wonderful educational opportunity for graduate students to participate in research with faculty. It also will allow successful recruitment of top-notch students from a larger geographic area and create growth for our graduate program."

Robert Lewis, '76, is a graduate alumnus of the geography department and former Kazeck student. Lewis is a principal with Development Strategies in St. Louis and has only wonderful memories of the former department chair. He was not surprised to hear of Kazeck's gift.

"Mel was a great guy," said Lewis. "He welcomed me into the program in 1974 and was truly pleased that I was there. You could tell that he loved interacting with the students. Mel was always willing to help and was supportive in every way possible. I can only imagine that Mel is thrilled he was able to help the geography department that he founded."

College of Arts and Sciences: As the foundation of SIUE's exceptional liberal education, the College of Arts and Sciences offers students access to more than 50 accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. SIUE professors teach students how to think, helping them develop problem-solving skills needed for success in the global economy. Through study abroad and service-learning programs, SIUE students are better prepared to help our region's businesses succeed and become leaders in our communities.

SIUE's Beta Alpha Psi Recognized as Superior Chapter

25 October 2012, 8:37 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's national honorary accounting society, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), was recognized as a Superior Chapter by its national organization for the 2011-2012 academic year. In order to receive this recognition, chapters must excel in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership.

"Getting the recognition demonstrates to the business community that SIUE accounting students are engaging in professional and service activities at a superior level as judged by the Beta Alpha Psi national organization," said BAP Advisor and Assistant Professor of Accounting Allen Hunt, Ph.D.

According to Hunt, the society requires all members to participate in service activities and professional meetings throughout the academic year. This is meant to provide the students with a professional education and community involvement.

"Professional hours are mostly made up of our weekly meetings where accounting professionals are invited to give insight about the profession," said BAP President Hayley Schnieder of Breese, Ill. "Volunteer hours come from the various service projects the students participate in. For the past few years, we have assisted with Making Strides, Walk to End Alzheimer's and served as the treasury committee for the Relay for Life at SIUE."

In previous years, BAP has been recognized as a Distinguished Chapter, but wanted to strive for the highest level possible - the Superior Chapter.

"Our students were already doing the work in previous years. We just needed that extra "oomph" to push to the top," said Schnieder.

The recognition brings a $275 award sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. BAP plans to use this money toward a new computer with QuickBooks, but Schnieder says that's not the most important part. "The most important thing is that such a large, prestigious firm such as KPMG recognized our SIUE BAP Chapter for all its hard work, dedication, service and achievement."

Schnieder says BAP plans to achieve superior status again this year. "Superior is the highest recognition we can receive, so we will strive for it again this year. We will all need to work together in order to obtain superior again in 2013."

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

SIUE's national honorary accounting society Beta Alpha Psi becomes recognized as a Superior Chapter.

NURSE Hosts Wacky Wellness Fair in Carbondale Nov. 2

24 October 2012, 4:31 pm

A Wacky Wellness Fair will be held at The Science Center inside University Mall in Carbondale, on Friday, Nov. 2. The event will be held from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and is open to kids in grades 1-5.

Nursing Undergraduate Recruitment and Student Education (N.U.R.S.E.), an organization dedicated to the advancement of nursing within the SIUE Nursing Program on the Carbondale campus, is hosting the event.

Children will be able to participate in a variety of unique educational situations on such topics as outdoor safety, healthy eating and first aid. Admission to the event is $4.

"We are so happy to be able to reach out to the kids of Carbondale," said Chelsea Green, a senior nursing student from Champaign, Ill. and N.U.R.S.E. president. "We are extremely excited to teach them healthy lifestyle tips at an early age."

Founded in 2010 by nursing students on the Carbondale campus, N.U.R.S.E.'s mission is to reach out to undergraduate nursing students from the pre-nursing level to the senior level and continue relationships with alumni. The group hosts at least one community service event each semester. These include nursing speaker events designed to help members learn valuable skills in the field as well as social events such as homecoming tailgates and Christmas parties.

More Wacky Wellness Fair information can be found at To learn more about N.U.R.S.E, contact Chelsea Green at

EdGlen Chamber of Commerce Exec Speaks to SIUE Marketing Students

24 October 2012, 11:06 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's American Marketing Association (AMA) student organization hosted EdGlen Chamber of Commerce Interim Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Desiree Bennyhoff as a guest speaker on Oct. 3. Bennyhoff focused on the importance of being a well-rounded professional for those aspiring to careers in the marketing field. .

"Though not a SIUE School of Business graduate, she received a bachelor's of Liberal Studies and Art/Art Studio in 2006 and has pursued a career in marketing," said AMA President Matt Gamez. "She also has management experience. Most members join AMA to develop their professional skills. Therefore, it was beneficial for her to share insights on what to prepare for after leaving the University."

Bennyhoff started the presentation by discussing her current position and what it entails. The marketing and communications director works with a myriad of people including photographers, writers and designers. She shared the importance of tackling the basics before taking on an advanced skill set.

"Learn the history of what you're doing, and it will help you succeed," said Bennyhoff.

The presentation ended with a question-and-answer period. Students asked such questions as how to prepare for internships, what to include on resumes and how to conduct oneself during interviews.

"Having a great mentor is absolutely priceless," said Bennyhoff. "We're in the business of making connections. Make them!"

"We will continue to bring in guest speakers from the Chamber of Commerce and local organizations," said Gamez. "This will help give our members a sense of what's happening in the community."

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

EdGlen Chamber of Commerce Interim Exec. Dir. of Marketing & Communications Desiree Bennyhoff speaks to SIUE's American Marketing Association.

SIUE School of Nursing to Host Senior Citizen Sexual Education Program

23 October 2012, 12:55 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Nursing will be hosting a program promoting safe and healthy sex for senior citizens, and to educate participants about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).The event will be held on October 23, 2012 from 10am-11am at 201 North Church Street, Belleville, Ill.

The Senior Citizen Sexual Education Program encourages older adults to know their partner, maintain a monogamous relationship and take precautions by using condoms during sexual intercourse. The goal of this program is to address the issue that sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS impact older adults.

"According to the Illinois Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS/STD Monthly Surveillance December 2011 update, 1,535 individuals were diagnosed with AIDS after the age of 50 years in St. Clair County from 2005-2011," said Dr. Kim White, clinical assistant professor of nursing. "Of these AIDS cases, 16.5 percent were through heterosexual intercourse. The percentages of cases for HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis have all increased in the past year for the 50 years and older age group. Part of the problem is that women in this age group do not see a need to have their partners use condoms since pregnancy is not as much of an issue."

The event will include a reduced lunch for $2. Reservations for this event are required as seating is limited. To register for the program, call the St. Clair County Office on Aging at (618) 234-4410, ext. 7081 or 7044.

SIUE School of Nursing Presents Award to Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center

23 October 2012, 12:50 pm

The SIUE School of Nursing presented the Marion Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center a Nursing Partnership award and plaque for their outstanding, continuous support of the SIUE Regional Nursing Program at Carbondale. The award was presented by School of Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Sandra Schlager, associate chief nurse, accepted the award on behalf of the Marion VA.

"This award means a great deal to us," said Schlager, RN, MSN. "The SIUE nursing students who are in the VA for clinical rotations are attentive, engaging and have the ability to impact patient care in a very positive way." Other VA representatives in attendance at the award presentation were Dr. Charles Guernsey, chief of education, Dianna Williams, nurse educator and Shayla Ramos, education technician.

The Marion VA has shown its support of the SIUE Regional Nursing Program by eagerly accepting SIUE nursing students into their health care facility and assuring that they receive the best possible clinical experiences. In addition, master's prepared nurses from the VA have served as clinical faculty to the nursing students, providing them with not only expert knowledge, but also real-time nursing experience as they bring to life for the students their own clinical practices.

"The collaboration between the Marion VA and SIUE has created a 'win-win' situation for both organizations," Maurer said. "We are so thrilled to be partners with the VA and be able to participate in the care of our nation's veterans."

SIUE's Sumner Wins MABDA Innovation in Business Education Award

22 October 2012, 3:40 pm

The MidAmerica Business Deans Association presented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Professor Mary Sumner, Ph.D., with a runner-up award for Innovation in Business Education. At its October meeting in Chicago, the MABDA recognized Master in Health Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Program for Healthcare Professionals, which is a collaborative project with BJC Healthcare.

The MABDA sponsors an annual competition to highlight innovative practices in business education. The program seeks to encourage innovations in the pursuit of excellence in business education by recognizing creative, unique strategies or programs that advance the quality of education and the management of resources in business schools with MABDA. The award being a $750 cash prize to Sumner and a matching amount to the SIUE School of Business.

"The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has called for a national healthcare information infrastructure, including electronic health records, by 2014," said Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business. "Our collaboration with the BJC certificate/master's program is an example of how our School helps organizations meet market needs with specialized educational programs."

Sumner is currently a professor in the computer management and information systems (CMIS) department. She was formerly the associate dean of Executive Education for the School of Business when the collaboration began.

In spring 2010, the BJC Healthcare System asked the SIUE School of Business to develop a certificate program in health and clinical informatics to meet the professional development needs of its clinicians and healthcare professionals. Given SIUE's commitment to outreach and professional education, a team consisting of School of Business faculty and BJC Healthcare professionals worked to develop a 15-week certificate program. The first certificate program was launched in spring 2009.

A total of 83 BJC Healthcare professionals have completed the certificate program. Planning has been completed for a 2013 program. The 15-week certificate program used current CMIS faculty as the teaching team, along with several BJC Healthcare professionals. BJC initiated discussions to develop a Master's Program in Health Informatics in fall 2010 as a result of their satisfaction with the program and their desire to offer more in-depth informatics education.

CMIS faculty in the SIUE School of Business led the development of the master's program in health informatics with a team representing the computer science program in the SIUE School of Engineering and the SIUE School of Nursing. The original team worked with an advisory board of BJC Healthcare professionals to further define the competencies for the graduate program.

The collaborative nature of the project was further enhanced with the addition of competencies in statistics, organizational design and instructional design. As a result, additional SIUE faculty representing the School of Education's psychology and instructional technology departments joined in along with faculty in the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis in SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences.

There are four components of the program that contribute to its uniqueness: it is competency-based; its interdisciplinary approach; the capstone experience which takes advantage of participants' knowledge of the healthcare industry; and the assessment of learning outcomes.

As the use of technology in healthcare dramatically increases, the need for healthcare informatics professionals is essential. A properly trained healthcare clinician can be instrumental in improving patient outcomes.

BJC employees completing the program will be able to enhance patient care by:

  • Managing information safely, securely and legally
  • Translating scientific discovery into practice
  • Improving collaboration between clinical practice and information technology
  • Assessing selecting, implementing, evaluating and maintaining information systems
  • Leading health informatics projects
  • Using technology to improve patient care, health care outcomes and cost-effectiveness
  • Educating members of the healthcare team in the use of technology
  • Interpreting and reporting the results of data analyses to support evidence-based healthcare

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

SIUE Professor Mary Sumner, Ph.D.

SIUE Chancellor Supports 10th Annual Sustainability Day

22 October 2012, 1:25 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe underscored her support for the sustainability initiatives at the campus' 10 th annual Sustainability Day on Friday morning. Before a crowd of 200 in the Morris University Center's Goshen Lounge, Furst-Bowe stood beside student leaders to confirm the administration's stance to enhance long-term sustainability on campus.

"SIUE takes the issue of sustainability seriously," Furst-Bowe stated. "We are committed to excellence in all areas of the University, including sustainable practices, policies and curricula."

Furst-Bowe noted SIUE green initiatives that have become role models for other campuses and drawn national recognition:

SOS President Kim Lee speaks at SIUE Sustainability Day after presenting a petition to Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.

  • The distribution of water bottles to entering freshmen and the availability of refill stations in academic buildings across campus resulting in nearly 230,000 refills during the last year, saving money and the environment.
  • The three-year-old Bike Share program has grown in popularity with more than 900 checkouts in fiscal year 2012.
  • A 120-foot wind turbine and 140 solar panels have been installed.
  • More than 17,500 square feet of green roof space has been developed for both sustainability and research.

Furst-Bowe also pointed out that all campus buildings offer green features and are either Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified or certifiable. She asserted that sustainability initiatives have been a focus during the University's nearly $300 million infrastructure improvement plan.

"I am happy to announce today that the establishment of a Sustainability Faculty Fellowship is now in progress," Furst-Bowe advised. "This position will focus on curriculum development, interdisciplinary academic workshops and the existing Mississippi Project (faculty workshop on incorporating sustainability into the curriculum)."

Mark Veverka, vice president of the Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS), began the session by advising students, faculty and staff to "work together as a global community to provide quality of life for generations to come."

Following Furst-Bowe's presentation, SOS President Kim Lee gave the chancellor a petition containing more than 1,500 signatures requesting the creation of an Office for Sustainability on campus. Lee went on to describe a variety of SOS initiatives.

Kevin Adkins, SIUE's sustainability officer, acknowledged the significance of Furst-Bowe's presence. "It is uncommon to see a University chancellor or president take a public stance on this issue in front of the student body," he said. "It is extremely important to our campus sustainability efforts to have her strong backing."

The event was sponsored by SOS and the University's Sustainability Advisory Group (SAG).

Furst-Bowe Elected to Innovate St. Louis Board

18 October 2012, 12:46 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe has been elected to the Innovate St. Louis Board of Directors. Innovate St. Louis is a catalyst for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Louis through a variety of initiatives, keeping the entrepreneur at the center of its focus.

Furst-Bowe joins a board that is chaired by Dr. William A. Peck, director of the Center for Health Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. Innovate St. Louis began its work in mid-2007 to accelerate successful innovative entrepreneurship in the St. Louis region with three goals:

- To communicate the progress of the entrepreneurial movement in St. Louis to the larger public to celebrate collective successes and stimulate additional startup activity and capital formation.

- To help to create vibrant entrepreneur centered communities where entrepreneurs, investors and relevant stakeholders can connect to accelerate the success of new ventures.

- To develop and assist entrepreneurs through two flagship mentoring programs, Innovate Venture Mentoring Service (IVMS) and the IT Entrepreneur Network (ITEN).

"It is essential that SIUE be represented by progressive entities such as Innovate St. Louis as we foster entrepreneurship opportunities for both SIUE students and faculty," Furst-Bowe said. "We also want the region to know University Park as a place where entrepreneurial businesses have access to faculty expertise, student talent and University programs to help them grow and prosper."

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.

"With nearly 50,000 alumni contributing to the St. Louis metropolitan region's economy on a daily basis, SIUE has a major influence in business at all levels," Furst-Bowe noted. "So, our institution needs to be connected to the region's business leaders. This is a valuable network with the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships."

In an Oct. 12 St. Louis Business Journal story, Nicholas Redden reported that SIUE ranked among the top 10 producers of chief executive officers in the region. The SBJ survey covered 350 of the largest public and private St. Louis-based companies across a representative sample of industries. "That is just indicative of the influence of SIUE alums at both the policy-making and decision-making levels," Furst-Bowe said.

Furst-Bowe is among six regional university leaders on the 25-member board that includes: William A. Danforth, M.D., chancellor emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis; Thomas F. George, chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Henry Givens Jr., chancellor, Harris-Stowe State University; Elizabeth J. Stroble, president, Webster University; and Mark S. Wrighton, chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis.

Furst-Bowe joins five women on the board, including Webster's Stroble along with: Maxine Clark, chief executive, Build-A-Bear Workshop; Marilyn Gannon, president and CEO, Innovate St. Louis; Brenda Newberry, chairman, The Newberry Group; and Donna Wilkinson, president, The Wilkinson Group

Other regional leaders on the board include: F. Gilbert Bickel III, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Advisors; Sam Fox, chairman and CEO, Harbour Group; Tom Hillman, founder, FTL Capital Partners; Michael R. Loynd, Dunn & Miller PC; Heschel Raskas, Raskas Consulting, LLC.; Joe Reagan, president and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association; Joe Schlafly, senior vice president, Stifel Nicolaus & Co.; Scott Schnuck, president and CEO, Schnuck Markets, Inc.; Mark Showers, chief information officer, Reinsurance Corporation of America; Frank Stokes, former CEO, Innovate St. Louis; Donald Suggs, president and publisher, St. Louis American; Kenneth Teasdale, chairman, Armstrong Teasdale, LLP; George Herbert Walker III, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary; and Doug Yaeger, former chairman, president and CEO, The Laclede Group, Inc.

SIUE Highlights Hecht and Schober During American Pharmacist's Month

17 October 2012, 10:41 am

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy celebrates American Pharmacists Month (APhM) throughout October. The American Pharmacists Association (APA) takes time to recognize its own for vital contributions made in health care by improved medication use and advanced patient care. The APA promotes pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team.

Two SIUE School of Pharmacy faculty making a difference are Dr. Joseph Schober and Dr. Keith Hecht. The importance of sharing research findings with students is not overlooked by Schober and Hecht. This is especially true when the subject matter - cancer - affects each and every one of their students' families or friends: cancer. Schober and Hecht, both experts in oncology, are faced daily with the effects that cancer has on society, though they approach the subject matter in very different ways.

Each spring, Schober and Hecht co-teach Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics: Oncology/Hematology to third-year pharmacy students. Schober, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and an expert in cancer cell motility, leads the first section of the class. His focus lies in the mechanics of the drug and the physiology of the disease as a whole.

Hecht, clinical associate professor of pharmacy and expert in oncology pharmacy practice, leads the second section of the class. He features the clinical and practical knowledge of chemotherapy and therapeutic drugs.

In addition to co-classroom teaching, Schober and Hecht conduct research individually with an ultimate goal of limiting the number of people that cancer effects.

Schober's research focuses on cell biology, specifically cell movement. "In cancer, cells need to move," he said. "The big problem with cancer is cell metastasis, or the spread of cells from the place where it first started to another place in the body. If we can have a deeper understanding of cell movement and how it works, then maybe we can figure out how to stop it. If we can stop it, then maybe we can stop cancer."

On the other end of the spectrum, Hecht researches ways to help patients who are currently receiving cancer treatments. "The most common side effect of chemotherapy is vomiting," he said. "There are various medications approved to help prevent this side effect, but they aren't necessarily utilized because health care providers are unaware of where they fit in a medication plan. We want to make sure we are using these medications appropriately and not exposing patients to unnecessary risks."

By combining research and clinical knowledge, the School of Pharmacy provides an extremely valuable tool to help students improve medication use in society and advance patient care.

"The role of pharmacists in treating cancer has expanded more than most other areas for pharmacy," Hecht said. "Our School is preparing pharmacists to understand the science behind cancer and to educate patients on how to fight their disease. We are not only focusing on the patients' side effects, but making sure the student pharmacists are providing the education their patients need."

Drs. Joseph Schober (left) and Keith Hecht.

Chancellor Furst-Bowe Delivers SIUE's Next Steps

16 October 2012, 4:14 pm

2012 Chancellor's Report to the University Video

During her first official address to the campus community this afternoon at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe specified the important next steps the institution must take to channel its positive momentum.

From the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom, Furst-Bowe greeted a receptive crowd of more than 500. Her list of initiatives included:

  • Updating the University's strategic plan
  • Reviewing the on-going enrollment management plan
  • Striving to increase retention and graduation rates
  • An academic plan that includes expansion of online courses and programs
  • Increasing globalization on campus

"Whether you are a faculty member, a staff member, student or a member of the greater community, you are a stakeholder in the success of this institution," said Furst-Bowe during the address. "You play a key role in determining where we go from here, and I invite all of you to become involved in our strategic planning process in the next few months.

"We need everyone's help to recruit high quality students for next year and the years to come," she added. "Perhaps most critically, we need everyone to focus on increasing our student retention and graduation rates by enhancing what we do for our students in and out of the classroom-teaching, mentoring, encouraging, guiding and directing students to the many support services offered on campus."

Furst-Bowe noted the institution's goals are consistent with those of SIU System President Dr. Glenn Poshard. They include increasing retention and graduation rates along with online course offerings and completing the Science Building project, as well as the internally funded additions to the Engineering, Art and Design, and Vadalabene Center buildings.

One of the greatest challenges facing the institution, she added, includes declining state funding, which has dropped from 46 percent of the total operating budget in fiscal year 1999 to 26 percent in fiscal year 2011. She praised the faculty and staff for managing significant efficiencies that have safe-guarded SIUE's financial position.

Among the other high points, Furst-Bowe reported that SIUE received 207 grant awards totaling more than $43,000,000 in FY12. She added the University received a record 17,060 applications for the current fall term, including 10,600 from freshmen-a three percent increase from last year. The new freshman class has an average ACT of 22.8, which ties the previous high, and includes approximately 550 merit and need-based scholarship recipients with an average ACT of 27.

SIUE Joins Public Colleges, Universities in Project Degree Completion

12 October 2012, 10:42 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has teamed with SIU Carbondale and more than 480 public colleges and universities as part of a combined effort committed to Project Degree Completion: A Public University Initiative.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe recently inked the initiative on behalf of the University. The initiative is a pledge by higher education to increase the number of undergraduate bachelor's degrees granted by public colleges and universities by 3.8 million between now and 2025.

According to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities ( APLU), the focus is placed on renewing partnerships among public higher education institutions, and the federal and state government, to work toward achieving the following goals:

• To strive for the "best in the world" degree status for America

• To reach out to former students who have attended SIUE, but have not completed a bachelor's degree

• To assure that educational quality is enhanced, not compromised, in an effort to increase degree attainment

• To increase student access, success and diversity

• To reduce the average time to degree for SIUE students

• To constrain per-student educational expenditures, while pursuing enhanced quality

• To work closely with P-12 systems and community colleges, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and other areas of critical need

• To support economic growth in the region, state and country, including in the areas of research and innovation, commercialization of technologies and economic development

Concerning the initiative, the AASCU website stated, "Education, including research, is the only public investment that provides both a social and an economic return. Policymakers need tangible evidence that public higher education is transforming to meet economic and educational needs. Achieving these commitments will ensure greater economic security for America and the next generation of citizens."

SIUE School of Nursing Hosts 8th Annual Dedication to the Profession

11 October 2012, 3:12 pm

The SIUE School of Nursing administration, faculty, staff and students, along with their friends and family, attended the 2012 School of Nursing Dedication to the Profession on September 23 in the Morris University Center. The celebration honored juniors who will begin clinical rotations and has been a tradition of the School of Nursing for the last eight years. Approximately 600 people attended the event to watch 120 students commit themselves to the profession and to watch seven seniors receive awards for outstanding clinical achievements.

Jon Caron '00, clinical director of SSM DePaul Health Center's emergency department, was the alumni speaker for the event. Caron captivated the audience with his speech, emphasizing that nursing demands a great sense of responsibility and also great self-awareness. "You are the future of this profession," Caron told the students. "As you go forward, take what you do seriously. Have passion for what you do and compassion for those you care for."

Junior students were announced by their clinical instructor and were dressed in white coats to symbolize their progression towards professional status.

Dr. Andrew Griffin distributed awards to seven seniors, nominated by nursing faculty, who exhibit qualities and behaviors that exemplify the mission and goals of the School of Nursing in their clinical sites.

Awards accepted by students enrolled in the SIUE School of Nursing on the Edwardsville campus include:

Samantha Peebles- Outstanding Clinical Achievement in the Care of Young and Middle Aged Adults

Mariska Neece- Outstanding clinical Achievement in the Care of the Older Age Adult

Kristin Wikoff- Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award in the care of Women and Childbearing Families

Jacqueline Robinson- Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award in the Care of Pediatric Nursing

Courtney Aldridge- Outstanding Accelerated Baccalaureate Student

Awards accepted by students enrolled in the SIUE School of Nursing on the Carbondale campus include:

Chelsea Green- Carbondale Outstanding Service Achievement Award

Sarah Lambert- Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award

The event concluded with the newly dedicated students and other nurses in attendance, reciting the Nightingale Pledge to show their commitment to practice ethical and responsible nursing care.

Hafer Receives Charles Koch Foundation Grant for SIUE School of Business

11 October 2012, 9:09 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Distinguished Research Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Rik Hafer has received a grant of $8,000 from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund curriculum changes in the School of Business. The Charles Koch Foundation was established to advance social progress and well-being through the study and advancement of economic freedom.

Hafer currently teaches a course titled "Ethics and Economics" and will use part of the grant to revise that class. The majority of the grant will support the creation of a new course, tentatively titled "Economic Institutions and Economic Growth." The focus of this new course will be to examine the effect of economic institutions, such as rule of law, property rights, and government regulations, on economic development and growth.

"The ethics course gives students an opportunity to see how ethical and cultural biases often affect economic and business decisions," said Hafer. "Revising the class allows me to make it more topical and to demonstrate that the issues we discuss affect them on almost a daily basis."

The courses resulting from this grant will provide students with a better understanding of how market economies work, as well as how social institutions affect outcomes within markets.

"The grant supports a curriculum that explores different facets of decision-making that students face while at SIUE and once they graduate," said Hafer. "The courses expand their educational opportunities by exposing them to research and ideas not covered in other classes."

"It is always beneficial to have one of our faculty members recognized for their initiatives in curriculum development," said John Navin, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance. "Dr. Hafer's efforts allow us to expand the breadth of courses we are able to offer while enhancing the students' educational experiences."

Prior to joining the SIUE faculty, Hafer was a research officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. During his tenure at the Bank, he also held part-time teaching positions at Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and was both a visiting associate professor of economics and an adjunct associate professor of finance in the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, Hafer is a research fellow with the Show-Me Institute in St. Louis.

Hafer has published in numerous scholarly journals, including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of International Money and Finance, has authored or edited five books on monetary policy and financial markets and is the co-author of the textbooks, Principles of Macroeconomics: The Way We Live and Principles of Microeconomics: The Way We Live (with Susan Feigenbaum). He also has written for The Wall Street Journal, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Illinois Business Journal and is a regular contributor to the St. Louis Beacon, an on-line newspaper. In 1990, he was the co-recipient of a Chicago Board of Trade Award for work on the futures market, and the Georgescu-Roegen Prize in Economics for an article that appeared in the Southern Economic Journal.

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

Enrollment Spikes in Exercise Science and Community Health at SIUE

10 October 2012, 4:12 pm

As changes in health care continue to shape the nation, academic majors are following suit. Two examples of flourishing higher education programs may be found in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In the past two years, the numbers of students selecting undergraduate majors in Exercise Science and Community Health Education have increased over 60 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

Despite the impressive growth, Curt Lox, chair of the department within the SIUE School of Education, noted, "Class sizes have not increased, because we have added additional course sections to accommodate the demand. In fact, at a time when many universities have dramatically slowed the hiring of faculty members, we are in the process of adding three. This will allow our faculty to continue to provide the individualized academic and research mentoring for which SIUE is known."

Lox credits the faculty and staff in the department for its success and popularity. "They have made the department a welcoming and high achieving educational home for our students," he said. "There is no doubt that the campus, community and region has discovered us.

"In the past year alone, two faculty members in our department have been recognized as the very best on campus for their instructional and research abilities. Those achievements help us toward the goal of building a national reputation."

The exercise science program prepares students to work in a variety of professional settings, including health-related clinics and hospitals as well as corporate and sport industries. The major also provides an excellent foundation for those choosing to pursue advanced education in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other fields related to medicine, rehabilitation, exercise and health.

Similarly, the career outlook is promising for community health education specialists as jobs are expected to increase 37 percent between 2010 and 2020, making it a career with above-average growth. Graduates are employed in entry-level positions in a variety of settings, including state and local departments of public health, non-profit organizations, corporations, schools, colleges and universities and medical care settings.

As for the future of the department, Lox proudly stated, "It's easy to sell students on a major with cutting-edge facilities and curriculum, led by energetic and productive faculty. It doesn't hurt that the job market looks promising for our grads. It's an exciting time."

For more information, contact the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at 618-650-3252 or visit the department website at

Asst. Professor Bryan Smith oversees body composition test.

Princeton Review Tabs SIUE School of Business Among Nation's Best

10 October 2012, 3:23 pm

The Princeton Review has once again billed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business as one of the best in the country. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its book, "The Best 296 Business Schools."

"We're enthused that our students give positive ratings to key components of our MBA program," said School of Business Dean Gary Giamartino. " The Princeton Review recognition is a tribute to our outstanding faculty and students."

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, "We consider Southern Illinois University Edwardsville one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book -280 of which are in the U.S. and 16 are international-based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students who rate and report on their experiences at these schools on our 80-question survey for the book."

"The Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools. They include write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions. The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity and career services. In the profile of SIUE, The Princeton Review editors describe the school as offering an "exceptional and…convenient" MBA program with courses in evening and weekend formats." SIUE has "a well-rounded program taught by professors with real world experience."

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 for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, plus their schools' academics, student body and campus life.

Some other SIUE MBA student comments included:

- "SIUE has the best value for the level of accreditation of all St. Louis area schools."

- "A nearly equal mix of recent undergraduate graduates and returning adults, all of whom are very competitive, yet helpful and friendly."

- Professors "relate the coursework to everyday life and seem to truly care about students learning and being able to apply information in the real world."

- Professors "know how to communicate their information to their students effectively."

- There are "many various clubs, sports, Greek life and volunteer options at SIUE on a vibrant and active campus for those who do choose to participate."

- Aside from its extremely convenient location near St. Louis, the campus is located on its own 2,600 acres, "making it non-commercialized, which is another plus."

- "The size is perfect and the accommodations are excellent."

The Princeton Review surveyed 19,000 students at the 296 schools. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at and conducted during the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 academic years.

The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and its other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Joins RCGA Health Economy Forum

10 October 2012, 2:57 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup has been selected to the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association's (RCGA) Health Economy Forum for Greater St. Louis.

"It is an honor to represent SIUE in this regional effort," Gupchup said. "SIUE is committed to playing a significant role in improving the quality of life in the St. Louis metropolitan area."

The Health Economy Forum is co-chaired by Steve Lipstein, president and chief executive officer of BJC HealthCare, and Tony Tersigni, president and chief executive officer of Ascension Health Alliance. The Forum comprises 42 CEOs from the entire value chain of the healthcare economy including biotech, pharmaceutical research manufacturers, hospitals and healthcare information technology companies.

Two working groups have formed: 1) to identify and articulate one or two opportunities for break through change in this industry where St. Louis has inherent strength; 2) to assess the talent required in this yet-to-be identified niche for St. Louis to succeed.

The RCGA's Economic Development Initiative has a regional goal that by 2020, Greater St. Louis will be consistently ranked among the top 10 of the 20 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in indicators of regional vitality, economic health and the creation of community wealth.

SIUE School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup.

SIUE School of Nursing Partnering to Bring 2nd Annual "The Air We Breathe" Forum

9 October 2012, 4:17 pm

The SIUE School of Nursing will be partnering to bring the second annual "The Air We Breathe" Metro East Community Air and Health Forum, which will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The forum is organized by the Madison County Partnership for Community Health and will be held at the Metro East Parks and Recreation District Office in Collinsville.

The two-part forum is free for participants and is a collaborative effort that will highlight the impacts of air quality on public health, while showcasing key organizations and initiatives in the metro east that are working toward improving the air we breathe.

The keynote speaker for the event is Peter Iwanowicz, assistant vice president and director of the Healthy Air Campaign at the National American Lung Association (ALA). Iwanowicz previously held positions in New York state government, including acting commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Governor's Deputy Secretary for the Environment.

The first portion of the event will feature Iwanowicz, who will be speaking on the health impacts of air pollution and the benefits of the Clean Air Act. Other speakers include Dr. Mark Hildebrandt, geography professor at SIUE and Mike Coulson of East West Gateway Council of Governments.

The second portion of the forum will concentrate on improving air quality and will host examples of positive actions that can be taken to help improve the air we breathe. A lunch will separate the two portions, and the 2012 Care for Air awards will be presented at this time.

Partners for the event include: Madison County Health Department, Madison County Partnership for Community Health, SIUE School of Nursing, St. Claire County Health Department, Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Illinois College, Ride Finders, St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership, Southwestern Illinois Asthma Coalition and the University of Illinois Metro East Community Air Project.

Registration is required for this free event and can be completed by emailing or by calling 800-874-7433 by October 29, 2012.

Institute for Urban Research Co-Sponsors Regional Neighborhoods Conference

9 October 2012, 3:22 pm

St. Louis native and New York City Alderman Brad Lander is the keynote speaker at the St. Louis Regional Neighborhoods Conference on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Harris-Stowe State University Givens Campus. The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) sponsors the conference where local community leaders share information and address issues to advance the region.

The principal co-sponsors are HSSU, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and The Institute for Urban Research (IUR) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

This year's theme, "Great Neighborhoods for a Greater Community," highlights key neighborhood issues impacting the St. Louis metropolitan area. The goal is to offer practical "how-to" information on programs designed to renew neighborhoods and encourage collaboration and partnership among neighborhood organizations including civic and political leaders.

Lander's keynote address is "From the Ground Up: Building Great Communities through Public Participation and Public Policy." A New York City Council member who represents Brooklyn's 39th District, he is co-chair of the Council's Progressive Caucus, which fights for good jobs, equitable development, and investments in public schools and transportation. He is well-known as a leader on issues of affordable housing, livable communities, the environment and public education. The Nation magazine named Lander one of "Today's Social Justice Heroes."

Also addressing the conference are City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks, retiring St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom, and Reverend Starsky Wilson, president and chief executive officer of the Deaconess Foundation.

The conference features over 20 workshops. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30. Individual registration is $20. To pre-register and learn more about SLACO and the conference, go to: or call (314) 516-6590.

This year represents the launching of a new and expanded SLACO, as a working partnership with the region's elected leaders and the academic community. The goal is to build the capacity and skills of a new generation of neighborhood leaders who are committed to open and responsive governance while building opportunities for all residents.

SIUE School of Business Speakers Series Continues Oct. 12

8 October 2012, 3:40 pm

SIUE Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance Xudong Fu presents to faculty in the 2012-2013 School of Business Speaker Series.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2012-2013 School of Business Speaker Series continues this week. Professor of Economics and Finance Rik Hafer presents from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 12, in the Cougar Business Resource Center in Founders Hall.

Hafer's presentation will discuss his paper, "IQ and Entrepreneurship: International Evidence." The focus will be entrepreneurship's relationship with the measures of economic freedom.

This year's series began with Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance Xudong Fu presenting to School of Business faculty on Sept. 21. The purpose of the speaker series is to enhance the academia environment and give junior faculty members an opportunity to communicate their research projects.

Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance Ari Belasen initiated the series as a way to connect each of the departments of the School of Business. This year, however, the series is being opened up to more than just faculty.

"We also are bringing in alumni to speak about their research and experiences since graduation," said Belasen. "Part of what the speaker series can do is drive home the narrative that research can be fun and interesting. Then hopefully that culture will rub off on some of the students."

According to Fu, attendance by faculty leads to useful feedback to the presenter for further paper development. It is also a chance for faculty members to find common research areas and new research ideas to work together.

"Ultimately, this series benefits faculty research quality and also increases research activity," said Fu. "The academic contributions from these research projects are important to the School of Business."

As the first presenter, Fu's presentation consisted of an examination of SEO initial day returns after controlling for the dilution effect from the SEO discount and new shares offered.

All presentations are held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays. For information regarding dates and subjects, please contact Belasen at

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 294 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit:

Hammer Delights at School of Pharmacy's Annual White Coat Ceremony

7 October 2012, 7:52 pm

Dr. Dana Hammer was the keynote speaker during the School of Pharmacy's 8th annual White Coat Ceremony.

Keynote speaker Dr. Dana Hammer entertained a crowd of 500 Friday night at The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy's 8 th annual White Coat Ceremony. Eighty pharmacy students received their white coats in the Morris University Center's Meridian Ballroom in front of friends, family, fellow students and faculty.

The White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful tradition in which first-year students are welcomed as pharmaceutical colleagues dedicated to patient care. After the students received their white coats, the symbol of clinical service and care, they followed with a pledge of professionalism.

Director of the University of Washington's Bracken Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center in Seattle, Hammer entertained the throng with an energetic, enthusiastic, humorous and insightful address that focused on life coaching tips. Her desire was to leave the students with advice that would resonate and stick with them while recognizing the gravity of their role as pharmacists.

Using a powerpoint presentation to support her message, Hammer encouraged the students to do the following:

  • Live with intention
  • Walk to the edge by being innovative
  • Listen hard to your patients
  • Practice wellness in taking care of yourself
  • Laugh, because a sense of humor is truly important
  • Play with abandon to give balance to your life
  • Continue to learn
  • Choose with no regret while making good decisions
  • Appreciate your friends and the faculty, too
  • Lead or follow a leader
  • Do what you love
  • Live each day to the fullest

The students heard from a variety of other speakers including third-year pharmacy student Kristie Ries, who also is president of the Class of 2014 and chair of the Student Representative Council.

"My personal philosophy is the more time and energy you invest in your education, the greater reward you will surely receive," Ries stated. "I have learned an incredible amount inside the classroom. However, what I've learned outside the classroom through my involvement in professional organizations has been every bit as valuable."

Dean of the School of Pharmacy Gireesh Gupchup said, "Follow your heart and mind, and wear your white coat with pride. Remember that it's not about you, it's about your patients."

SIUE Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Ann Boyle reminded the students to "strive for excellence in all that you do!"

Prior to her current appointment, Hammer served in the UW Community Pharmacy Residency Program for the UW School of Pharmacy. She also was an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. She has won several awards for teaching, innovations in teaching and education, and educational research. She earned a bachelor's in pharmacy from Oregon State University and achieved a Ph.D. at the Purdue University School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Chris Lynch served as master of ceremonies. Lynch is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and serves as director of Clinical Programs.

Scheduled to serve as marshals were Dr. Ron Worthington and Dr. Keith Hecht, who were chosen by SIUE School of Pharmacy students as 2012 Faculty of the Year in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice, respectively. Hecht was unable to attend.

Shop 'n Save Pharmacy was a presenting sponsor for the event.

SIUE Student Nurses Association Off to Impressive Start

5 October 2012, 4:31 pm

The SIUE School of Nursing's Student Nurse Association (SNA) began the year with impressive enrollment numbers. The organization's first event, which was held in August, hosted more than 200 attendees.

With a goal to bring all nursing students together, SNA is open to students holding freshman to senior status, as well as those enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABS) and Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) programs. The group comes together to network with faculty and staff, participates in service volunteer opportunities, and offers support to fellow students.

SNA tries to find a good balance in the number of events it hosts to avoid creating extra stress for its already busy participants. "We always try to offer a speaker or activity that will benefit nursing students at every meeting," said Kelsie Biagi, a junior nursing major from Centralia and the SNA president. "We want to make sure our members get something beneficial out of the time they invest in SNA."

The kick-off event for the organization was a BBQ held between Alumni and Founders halls on the SIUE campus. "Last year SNA had approximately 140 members total," said Biagi. "This year we had over 200 people attend the first meeting. This shows that SNA is still growing. The SNA officers plan to work hard to keep things organized and fun."

SNA is a pre-professional organization for the American Nurses Association. SIUE SNA members participate in the 10th District Illinois Nurses Association. Students can join SNA at anytime. Membership forms are available on the SIUE website and are located in the student nurses' lounge in Alumni Hall on the SIUE campus. The membership fee is $15. For questions about SNA, email .

State Farm and Boeing Talk Jobs with SIUE Students

5 October 2012, 10:05 am

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Business hosted State Farm and Boeing as the "Featured Employers" for the month on Sept. 17 and 24. Corporate representatives discussed their operations and employment opportunities in the new, state-of-the-art Cougar Business Resource Center (CBRC).

Students were able to learn about potential employers, what their companies had to offer and ask questions about Boeing and State Farm. Junior business administration major Christian Hoffman of Collinsville found both presentations to be extremely beneficial as he prepares for his senior year.

"As an intern or prospective employee, it is important to know the background of these companies," said Hoffman. "Both presentations broadened my knowledge of their respective companies and allowed me to gain a good understanding."

The first speaker was State Farm's Roberta Smith, assistant vice president of systems. Smith discussed the various positions within the company and its commitment to social responsibility. She also detailed the many special interest groups in which the company encourages employee volunteer participation.

"State Farm hasn't had much of a presence on the SIUE campus, and many students may not realize that this Fortune 500 Company is just two hours away," Smith said. "We have a lot to offer to students looking for a meaningful internship or permanent employment."

Boeing presenters included Kathy Holmes along with SIUE School of Business alums Scott Lindsco, '00, and Kyle Adams, '12. The presentation focused on Boeing's Rotational Development Program. The program helps ease the transition from college graduate to professional by allowing people to explore the various departments and units within Boeing.

"Boeing's reputation is it's one of the toughest companies to get your foot into," said Hoffman "I like a challenge, so I wanted to learn more about their internships and jobs."

The School of Business will host more "Featured Employers" during October and November. Dates and employers will be determined at a later time.

Hoffman recommends other students attend any future "Featured Employers" sessions. "I believe it shows the employer that you are interested in their company and are willing to put forth your time to learn more about them," he said.

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 294 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit:

State Farm Assistant Vice President of Systems Roberta Smith speaks to SIUE School of Business students about employment prospects.

SIUE School of Business' Demirer to Speak at Middle East Conference

4 October 2012, 4:00 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Riza Demirer, Ph.D., has been invited to be among the keynote speakers at the 2012 Middle East Conference. The College of Liberal & Applied Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University is hosting the event Oct. 18-19 in Houston.

The conference focus is "The U.S. and Middle East: The Future Relationship." A select group of specialists and policy makers will examine the U.S. and Middle -East relations from different perspectives, including political and economic. The specialists will then offer policy recommendations. The conference will include U.S. and international speakers.

"Among the invited speakers are policy makers from Israel, Egypt and Turkey; analysts from several think tanks, as well as academics like me," said Demirer. "It is quite an honor to be considered among these select individuals."

A native of Turkey, Demirer earned his bachelor's in industrial engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey. He achieved a master's in operational research from Lancaster University, England and a Ph.D. in business from the University of Kansas. His recent work focuses on the issues surrounding investor behavior and asset pricing in a number of emerging and frontier stock markets in Asia and the Middle East.

"Dr. Demirer's participation and his willingness to share his expertise with a wide audience helps us to demonstrate the high quality of the faculty in the SIUE School of Business," said Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance John Navin.

Demirer has recently published in Energy Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money and Journal of Applied Finance. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for academic journals and the National Science Foundation Decision, Risk, and Management Science - Economics program.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • "The New Agenda in the Middle East" featuring Dr. Alaa El-Hadidi, director, Israel Department, Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Haim Koren, Israeli ambassador to South Sudan; and a scholar provided by the Consulate General of Turkey.
  • "The Political Context: Governance, Regional Cooperation and Demographics" with panelists including Mr. Alan G. Misenheimer, Department of Strategy and Policy at National War College; Dr. Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and assistant professor, University of Denver; and Mr. Thomas W. Lippman, scholar, Middle East Institute.

    SIUE School of Business Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Riza Demirer.

  • "The Security Context: National Defense, Regional Threats and Social Well-Being" presented by Dr. Roby Barrett, president, Stratplan International and Senior Fellow, Strategic Studies Department, Joint Special Operations University; Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, scholar-in-residence, Middle East Institute; and Dr. Michael Ryan, senior fellow, The Jamestown Foundation.
  • "The Economic Context: Resources, Globalization and Prosperity" with expert panelists including Dr. Hisham Foad, director, Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies, San Diego State University; Dr. Augustus Richard Norton, director of the Institute for Iraqi Studies, Boston University; and Dr. Riza Demirer, associate professor, SIUE.

SIUE School of Pharmacy Presents 8th Annual White Coat Ceremony

3 October 2012, 1:05 pm

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy hosts its 8 th annual White Coat Ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, October 5, in the Morris University Center. Dr. Dana Hammer, director of the University of Washington's Bracken Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center in Seattle, serves as the keynote speaker. The event coincides with American Pharmacists Month (APhM).

The White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful tradition in which first-year students are welcomed as pharmaceutical colleagues dedicated to patient care. During the event, students receive their white coat, the symbol of clinical service and care. They follow with a pledge of professionalism.

"This is a moment when our students become professionals," said Gireesh Gupchup, dean of the School of Pharmacy. "They are accountable to themselves, the profession of pharmacy, and most importantly, their patients.

"The basic knowledge and skills that they learn as student pharmacists are just the foundation as they strive to be ethical, conscientious, trustworthy and creative. They will develop an exemplary service attitude and become leaders."

Prior to her current appointment, Hammer served in the Community Pharmacy Residency Program for the UW School of Pharmacy. She also was an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. Hammer has won several awards for teaching, innovations in teaching and education, and educational research. She earned a bachelor's in pharmacy from Oregon State University and achieved a Ph.D. at the Purdue University School of Pharmacy.

Serving as marshals are Dr. Ron Worthington and Dr. Keith Hecht, who were chosen by SIUE School of Pharmacy students as 2012 Faculty of the Year in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice, respectively.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy celebrates its White Coat Ceremony each October during APhM. The American Pharmacists Association (APA) takes time to recognize its own for vital contributions made in health care by improved medication use and advanced patient care. The APA promotes pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team.

APhM aims to educate the public, policymakers and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. The overall public message is to "Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine."

Shop 'n Save Pharmacy is a presenting sponsor for the event.

Walk to Stop Diabetes at SIUE Sat., Oct. 6

3 October 2012, 11:14 am

The American Diabetes Association's most family friendly fundraising event is "The Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes," which takes place on Saturday, October 6, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Walk begins and ends in Parking Lot A, the 1.5-mile route passes through the Gardens, with the 3-mile route continuing on through Cougar Village. The entire route is wheelchair, stroller and dog friendly. Parking is free. Check in is 8:30 a.m., and the Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

A Health & Wellness Fair, Kids Zone, snacks, drinks and musical entertainment are provided.

Register online at It's easy to create your own Web page, e-mail your friends and family, build your Walk team, and accept credit card donations. Each person raising $100 receives a Walk T-Shirt.

For information on how to build a corporate team, become a sponsor, or volunteer call Rawnie Berry at 1-888-DIABETES ext. 6829.

Join the Millions. Help Stop Diabetes® at

SIUE to Participate in Cuban Academic Exchange

2 October 2012, 3:13 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero and Mass Communications Instructor Cory Byers have returned from a week-long visit to Cuba. They participated last week in the finalization of an academic exchange agreement already signed by SIU President Glenn Poshard between the SIU Board of Trustees and the University of Havana.

SIU Carbondale Chancellor Rita Cheng and SIU Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Sarvela also were on the trip to complete documentation.

Romero is the director of SIUE's Cuban Caribbean Center and has been vigorously working on the project since 2009 to define the cooperative relationship among the universities. They departed Sunday, Sept. 23, and returned Saturday, Sept. 29.

"Although we have been operating as if the agreement was completed, the formal ceremony made it official," Romero said. "We had meetings with University of Havana administrators and faculty to specifically establish the programs we want to implement with them."

"These programs will not only improve communication and understanding among individuals, but also help to improve the political climate between both countries," said Furst-Bowe.

The SIUE Cuban Caribbean Center will be working on establishing more exchange courses across a variety of fields including political sciences, history, mass communications, foreign languages and biological sciences. One of the activities that is planned is an interdisciplinary studies class that will be offered to SIUE students. Additionally, they will be providing more opportunities for Cuban scholars to visit SIUE as guest scholars.

Romero believes the alliance between the universities will give students a broader world perspective in an ever-growing global economy. "The more international opportunities afforded our students, the more knowledgeable they will become," Romero said. "Understanding Cuban society and history will help students comprehend circumstances that aren't commonly found elsewhere in the world."

The University of Havana sent a delegation to SIUE at the end of May 2012 that included three professors - sociologist Jorge Hernandez Martinez, historian Raul Rodriguez and economist Luis René Fernandez Tabío. They gave lectures and toured the campus. The initiative between the Cuban government and SIUE is only the second in the nation - the first being with Harvard University.

"Our goal is to demonstrate that a Midwestern university with no apparent connection to Cuba can create a variety of diverse programs to develop academic diplomacy by establishing connections both academically and culturally," Romero said.

Financial restrictions by both nations require the entire project to be privately funded. There are strict laws about using federal funds in Cuba.

Romero eagerly awaits the return of the first SIUE student group that visits.

"We anticipate that these students will have positive life-changing experiences," Romero said. "They will be enriched through an opportunity that most U.S. students can't imagine."

Representatives attending the signing ceremony in Cuba: (from left to right): Thomas Cheng, SIU VP/Academic Affairs Paul Sarvela, Ana Romero, SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, UH historian Raúl Rodriguez, Jorge Hernandez, SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng, SIUE Cuban & Caribbean Center Director Aldemaro Romero, Hilda León Castellanos, Lourdes Díaz Fernandez, Milagros Martínez, and Carmen Castillo. / Photo by Cory Byers

2012 SIUE Homecoming - Let the Good Times Roar!

1 October 2012, 3:48 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating 2012 Homecoming with a week-long series of events targeting current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This year's events will take place from Saturday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 14 on the SIUE campus.

This year's theme is "Let the Good Times Roar!" The schedule of events will include: a Homecoming kick-off rally; a comedy show featuring J. Chris Newberg; a golf cart parade; a recliner race; performances of the musical "Fame;" a Homecoming dance; Cougar karaoke; and a dueling pianos performance. All the events are open to current students and free to attend.

The Alumni Association sponsors alumni events during Homecoming weekend. The fifth annual SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Morris University Center (MUC) Conference Center. During the event, 15 honorees will be inducted into the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.

SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics will host an exciting schedule of games during Homecoming. The women's volleyball team will take on Morehead State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Vadalabene Center. The men's and women's cross country teams host the John Flamer Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, on the SIUE course.

Soccer at Korte Stadium will find the women's team playing UT-Martin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, Murray St. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and Austin Peay at 1 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 14. Men's soccer entertains Bradley on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Missouri St. on Saturday, Oct. 13, with kick-off for both matches at 7 p.m. For ticket information to all intercollegiate sporting events, visit

The 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place at 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 13, at Korte Stadium prior to the men's soccer match against Missouri St. The annual Homecoming King and Queen crowning will occur during halftime of the match.

More information on the 2012 SIUE Homecoming and a complete schedule of events can be found at For questions, contact Theresa Schmidt in SIUE Alumni Affairs at 618-650-2760.

Recliner racers are a fun highlight of SIUE Homecoming.

SIUE's WSIE Named RFT's Best Radio Station in the Metro Area

1 October 2012, 3:21 pm

The St. Louis publication, Riverfront Times (RFT), today named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's radio station, WSIE-FM (88.7), the Best Radio Station in St. Louis. The designation came in the newspaper's annual Best of St. Louis edition.

"The radio station and its success are extremely important to the University," said SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. "WSIE acts as a critical education tool in the teaching, training and professional preparation of our students. We are proud of this recognition by the Riverfront Times."

The RFT designation stated: "This year marks the re-birth of the Cool. In 2009 financial hardship reduced WSIE (88.7 FM) - since the 1980s the only all-jazz station in St. Louis - to running syndicated content 24/7. But its parent institution, (SIUE), was committed to revitalizing the beloved station, and in 2012 WSIE has hit its stride, offering a full spectrum of jazz programming, along with university news and sports."

"SIUE made a commitment three years ago to return to an intelligent, high quality jazz format that also features local artists," said Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Relations Elizabeth Keserauskis. "We are extremely proud of our staff and students who put the time, effort and hard work into restoring a great radio station's grand tradition."

Serving the Greater St. Louis Area and Southwestern Illinois, WSIE-FM provides quality modern American jazz, news, SIUE sports and student programming for a widely diverse listenership, while broadening the visibility of the University and enhancing its image as an essential regional resource. Within a framework of creativity and freedom of artistic expression, the station's staff members encourage high academic standards and development of professional responsibility.

"It's a tribute to the hard work of our team here at the station," said WSIE General Manager Gregory J. Conroy. "For the past two years we've been re-tooling the music to include as many local jazz musicians as possible. It's been a labor of love."

As a 50,000-watt NPR affiliate, WSIE-FM first went on the air in 1970 with an eclectic mix of music programmed by SIUE students as well as news, sports and other informational programming. In the mid-1980s, the station began a modern jazz music format, along with news, and built a solid reputation as The Jazz Station for the Greater St. Louis Area.

Today, WSIE-FM continues its dedication to serious jazz music and news programming with the added feature of SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics, now an NCAA Division I program, as well as student programming, and complete and accurate news, sports, and weather through daily newscasts and updates. WSIE-FM is owned and operated by the SIU Board of Trustees. It is a committed partner in education, providing opportunities for students in jazz and broadcasting. Students have the opportunity to learn at WSIE through on and off air work in the newsroom, board operating for athletics events, and even hosting shows.

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