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Pembrook Seeks to Build on SIUE’s Momentum

22 September 2016, 2:20 PM

pembrook-podiumSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook today focused on both recent and historical successes as building blocks toward continuing positive momentum for the institution while presenting his first annual chancellor’s address to the campus community. The first-year chancellor spoke for more than 30 minutes in a crowded Meridian Ballroom in the Morris University Center.

SIU President Randy Dunn introduced Pembrook, “We are excited about Dr. Pembrook&#821...

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SBDC Celebrates with Columbia Quilters on First Anniversary

22 September 2016, 8:05 AM

Cyvas-ChittyA mother-daughter business in Columbia, Ill., is celebrating its first anniversary, thanks to its owners’ hard work and the expertise they received from the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center.

Warm N Cozy Quilting, located at 235 North Main St. in Columbia, fills a unique niche in the world of quilting. Co-owners Debbie Chitty and her daughter, Danielle Cyvas, specialize in taking their customers’ works of art, in layers, and assembling them into one masterpiece c...

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2016 SIUE Homecoming Welcomes Alumni

20 September 2016, 9:20 AM

bonfireSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating 2016 Homecoming with a weeklong series of events targeting current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This year’s events begin Monday, Sept. 26, running through Sunday, Oct. 2 on the SIUE campus.

This year’s student theme is “Back to the E.” The schedule of student events will include: a comedy/magic show featuring Derek Hughes; a chalk mural contest; a screening of “Back to the Future;&#...

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SIUE Alums’ Pioneering Technology Transforms Inclusive Learning

16 September 2016, 8:50 AM

ViTAL (Vibratory Touchscreen Applications for Learning)With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students. But the accessibility of those gadgets is lacking for approximately six million U.S. students with special needs. This means inclusive learning environments as they are most often perceived, are not so inclusive after all.

Three Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni, Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz, Jeff Croxell and Corrine Mueller, are forging new technological territory in an effort to remed...

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SIUE is Most Affordable in Illinois

15 September 2016, 3:35 PM

onlinecollegesOnlineColleges.com ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the No. 1 most affordable four-year college in Illinois, among 69 institutions. See the rankings at onlinecolleges.com/Illinois.

“The more important aspect is the high quality education provided by SIUE for the investment,” said Scott Belobrajdic, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “More families and employers are understanding that all of our schools, and the College of Arts and Sciences, ...

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Belleville Dance & Costume Store Owners Gain Expertise from SIUE SBDC

14 September 2016, 8:25 AM

Lasalvia-Joseph-RobertPurchasing an existing business can be complex, particularly for first-time business owners. That is why Roberta and Joseph LaSalvia, co-owners of CenterStage Dance Apparel & Costume House in Belleville, are grateful to the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for guiding them through the acquisition process.

The LaSalvias purchased CenterStage earlier this year and opened its doors Tuesday, Aug. 16. Located at 1722 North Belt West i...

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U.S. News Rates SIUE a Top 15 Midwest Regional Public University

13 September 2016, 7:40 AM

pembrook-randyU.S. News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 13th consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category. SIUE is also rated among the top Midwest Regionals for least amount of student debt upon graduation. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2017” issue that was released today.

SIUE was featured at number 63 in this year’s rankings of 163 Regional Universi...

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SIUE Receives 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

11 September 2016, 2:50 PM

brown-venessaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the third year that SIUE has earned the distinction.

 As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion— SIUE will be featur...

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SIUE Alum Wins East St. Louis Initiative’s First Pitch Contest

9 September 2016, 10:30 AM

Desserts Out The Jar and More founder and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Yashica McKinney earned first place in the first regional business plan pitch competition hosted by the
 
East St. Louis Initiative (ESLI). Meanwhile, two Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center clients finished in the top three.  

Formed in 2016, the Initiative engages local entrepreneurs from East St. Louis with Washington University St. Louis student teams to make micr...

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SIUE’s Pembrook Officially Installed as Chancellor

8 September 2016, 4:05 PM

dunn-pembrookSouthern Illinois University President Randy Dunn hosted a scaled down event today for the Edwardsville campus’ new chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.

A crowd of more than 300 SIUE faculty, staff and students, along with community members, higher education leaders from around the region and representatives of various political offices gathered to officially install Pembrook.

“We need to celebrate and mark this occasion, beca...

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Join the Conversation During International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

6 September 2016, 1:15 PM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville iCARE (Initiative to Create Awareness, Recognition, and Education on Suicide Prevention) will offer multiple opportunities to join in the conversation about mental health wellness during International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, Sept. 5-11.

The initiative launched an awareness video this week to initiate this important dialogue.

“This video features members of the SIUE community promoting the shared goal of raising awareness regarding ...

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SIUE Records Third-Highest All-Time Student Enrollment

6 September 2016, 10:55 AM

Class of 2020Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has recorded its third-highest all-time enrollment with 14,142 students registered for fall 2016.

 “In the ultra-competitive higher education marketplace in which SIUE is competing and combined with other factors beyond our control, we are proud to maintain total enrollment above 14,000,” said Dr. Randy Pembrook, SIUE chancellor. “We have increases in all of our undergraduate schools and college which is a positive sign toward fut...

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SIUE to Induct Seven to Alumni Hall of Fame during A Night Among the Stars

2 September 2016, 8:35 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor seven remarkable graduates at the 2016 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony A Night Among the Stars on Friday, Sept. 30 in the Morris University Center. These alumni have achieved exploits in their respective fields, are role models and are testaments to SIUE’s educational excellence.

A cocktail reception in the MUC gallery will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and an awards presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the MUC Conference Center.

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Schoenecker Aims to Add Value as School of Business Interim Dean

1 September 2016, 4:20 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business Interim Dean Tim Schoenecker, PhD, says the School’s mission is all about adding value, to students, business partners and the community.

It’s a mission he intends to fulfill during his tenure as interim dean, by building on the momentum that’s been built through curriculum development and external relations, and boosted by growing enrollment.

Schoenecker highlights the School’s many successful initiatives, an...

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Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Among Top Master’s Universities in Illinois

1 September 2016, 3:20 PM

pembrook-randyFor the seventh-consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is in Washington Monthly’s Top 60 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is third among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list.

Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three broad categories: social mobility – educating low-income students; resea...

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SIUE Establishes Partnership with T-REX

1 September 2016, 1:25 PM

T-REXSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Denise Cobb, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, today announced a new partnership with the T-REX Innovation Center located in downtown St. Louis. The partnership will provide new opportunities for SIUE faculty and students to connect with the burgeoning entrepreneurial community in the St. Louis region.  

SIUE expects to begin fully utilizing the T-REX facilities and programming in early September. Graduate students f...

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Visiting Scholars Promote Intercultural Exchange at SIUE

1 September 2016, 8:55 AM

2016 ITPP Visiting ScholarsThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville International Training Program in Pedagogy (ITPP) is strengthening global perspectives and promoting intercultural exchange across the University by way of 12 visiting scholars from China, who will spend the fall semester on campus.

The ITPP is in its fifth year, this semester hosting scholars from two Chinese universities, including nine from Northwest Normal University (NWNU) and three from Sichuan University of Science and Engineering (SUSE).

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SIUE Alum Opens Board Game Business in Downtown Edwardsville

23 August 2016, 11:10 AM

Otherside Games OwnersA Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus with a master’s degree in geography is putting his expertise – and his entrepreneurial talents – to work in his new board game business in downtown Edwardsville.

Otherside Games, located at 231 North Main St. in Edwardsville, opened Monday, Aug. 1, and is the brainchild of Alex Tidball. The 30-year-old entrepreneur caught on to board games and miniature games during college and never stopped gaming. Otherside Games offers a b...

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Online Offerings Spark SIUE Summer Enrollment to Seven Year High

22 August 2016, 9:40 AM

Denise-CobbSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville reached its highest summer headcount since 2009 during the 2016 summer term. Led by a sharp increase in online enrollment, SIUE served 6,335 students, which represented an increase of 175 students (2.8 percent) over summer 2015 and 541 more students than summer 2014.

The Schools of Engineering (14.6 percent), Nursing (19.7 percent), Business (6.2 percent), and Education, Health and Human Behavior (6.9 percent), and the College of Arts and Sciences (5.7 ...

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SIUE Alum and Benefactor Ralph Korte’s Career Celebrated

16 August 2016, 9:25 AM

Ralph KorteAlumnus Ralph Korte earned a bachelor’s in business from the SIUE School of Business in 1968. The founder of The Korte Company built his construction firm into one of the nation’s top 100 Design-Build firms, according to Engineering News and Record.

The Korte Company is celebrating Ralph’s inspiring career with this video.

Korte has been actively involved in the School of Business for years and is a member of the School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. He chaired the School&#8217...

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SIUE Among National Leaders in Students Graduating with Low Debt

15 August 2016, 5:00 PM

pembrook-randySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville ranks 116th out of 1,300 colleges nationally for the lowest student loan debt per borrower according to LendEDU. Among public institutions, SIUE ranks 54th nationally. Among all Illinois institutions, SIUE is second.

The survey demonstrates that undergraduate SIUE students, who choose to borrow, carry a very low amount of student debt ($20,817 average) at graduation. More than 42 percent of SIUE students graduate with zero student debt.

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SIUE Alumnus Named TheBANK of Edwardsville’s Chief Credit Officer

11 August 2016, 12:25 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus Paul Millard has been promoted to chief credit officer at TheBANK of Edwardsville. Millard earned a bachelor’s in business administration with a focus in finance from the SIUE School of Business in 1993.

The RiverBender.com detailed Millard’s history with the company and his responsibilities as chief credit officer in an article posted Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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FOX2 Features SIUE SBDC and Local Video Gaming Business

29 July 2016, 10:03 AM

The SIUE Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Wayne Felix, owner of the Me 2 You Game Truck, were featured in a FOX2 News report on Thursday, July 28. Reporter Patrick Clark detailed how the SBDC helped fuel the unique business’s success.

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SIUE Alumnus Launches Marketing, Branding Firm with Support from SBDC

28 July 2016, 9:15 AM

Alexander Burkart, Founder and CEO of Never Industries, Inc.Never Industries, Inc., a Metro East-based marketing strategy and personal branding agency, got its name from Founder and CEO Alexander Burkart’s core values, which include never giving up.

The name fits Burkart’s venture, and it also describes the dedication of Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Specialist Jo Ann DiMaggio May. DiMaggio May has worked steadily with Burkart to hone his company’s services and strategy since Never Industries beg...

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STL BizJournal Honors SIUE Alums Among Most Influential Business Women

27 July 2016, 8:50 AM

Jennifer Cordia, RN, BSN, MBA, vice president/chief nurse executive for Christian Hospital. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alums Jennifer Cordia and Kimberly Martin are among 25 female leaders being celebrated as the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2016 class of Most Influential Business Women.

The women were selected out of nearly 200 nominees, and are highly regarded for their business accomplishments, as well as their commitment to community service.

Jennifer Cordia, RN, BSN, MBA earned a bachelor’s from the SIUE School of Nursing in 1993. She is the vice presi...

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Popular Construction Leadership Institute 2017 Registration Opens

26 July 2016, 11:19 AM

Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction in SIUE’s School of Engineering.Success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and communication skills. The innovative Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) has packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is now accepting registrations for the 2017 session of this highly popular program. 

Over the course of its 14-year history, CLI has seen many of its more than 300 graduates advance to prominent pos...

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Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council Names First Board of Directors

26 July 2016, 9:50 AM

David Kniepkamp, SmartControls, LLC, president of Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council Board of Directors.The newly established Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council has announced its first board of directors.

The regional trade and investment council was formed in September 2015. It elected its first slate of officers this summer: David Kniepkamp, Smart Controls LLC, as president; Herbert Roach, SW IL SCORE, as vice president; Paul Toskin, Commerce Bank, as treasurer; and Erick Dahl, St. Louis Downtown Airport, as secretary.

The Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council’s pu...

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SIUE Executive Education offers Professional Development Workshops

19 July 2016, 3:00 PM

The SIUE School of Business Executive Education program announces its upcoming project management courses and workshops. 

Fall 2016 Foundations of Project Management

Fridays: Sept. 16, 23; Oct. 7, 14 and 21

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., SIUE Main Campus - Founders Hall

Learn the basics and best practices of project management and prepare for the PMP® certification. Successful completion awards the 35 educational hours required for the PMP® certification exam.

Spreadsheet Skills for Pro...

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Female Leaders Foster Success During “W” Network Leadership Summit

18 July 2016, 2:20 PM

(L-R) Silvia Torres Bowman, Kay Guse, Danna N. Ellison and Sherry Brianza.Take risks, be consistently you and provide mentorship were among ample advice presented at The “W” Network’s Metro East Women’s Leadership Summit held Wednesday, July 13 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Morris University Center.

Approximately 50 women, including business owners and professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, attended the premiere event of The “W” Network of Downstate Illinois, an education and network-building org...

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SIU Trustees Approve Contracts for SIUE Chancellor and School of Business Interim Dean

14 July 2016, 12:20 PM

SIUE Chancellor Randall PembrookThe Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Springfield campus today, approved contracts for SIUE chancellor Randall Pembrook and School of Business Interim Dean Tim Schoenecker.  

Pembrook becomes SIUE’s ninth chancellor and will assume his new duties Monday, Aug. 1. He takes control from Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen, who has served since August 2015 following Julie Furst-Bowe’s resignation in June 2015.

Pembrook has serv...

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SIUE Alum Named CFO of Leading Cancer Diagnostics Lab

11 July 2016, 1:31 PM

SIUE alumnus Michael Grattendick has been named chief financial officer of Aurora Diagnostics, a nationally recognized laboratory company focusing on anatomic pathology and cancer diagnostics in the U.S.

Grattendick earned a bachelor’s in accountancy from the SIUE School of Business in 1992.

A release posted Monday, July 11 on BusinessWire.com details Grattendick’s promotion.

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SBDC Walks Scientist through Purchase of Belleville Manufacturing Firm

11 July 2016, 1:15 PM

St. Louis Metro East physicist Huston Liu has acquired ABM Marking, a thermal printing, imaging and packaging company in Belleville, with assistance from the Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Liu actively researched and taught physics for 10 years as a full-time professor at Hubei University in central China where he wrote 400 scientific papers and authored 14 patents. In 1999, Liu and his family moved to the U.S., for a university teaching position...

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SIUE Lands Among Forbes Magazine’s Top Colleges

11 July 2016, 12:50 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top four public universities in the state according to Forbes magazine’s top colleges ranking.

Forbes ranked 660 institutions nationally, but only the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State University were listed ahead of SIUE instate.

The magazine’s criteria are based on return on investment. It assigned the greatest weight to success after graduation (32.5 percent), student ...

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Women’s Leadership Network Hosts Second Metro East Event

8 July 2016, 1:44 PM

Danna N. Ellison, district vice president of GraybarA cadre of female executive presenters will headline The “W” Network’s Metro East Women’s Leadership Summit being held from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Morris University Center.

The premiere event of The “W” Network of Downstate Illinois, an education and network-building organization where women leaders can engage and support each other, will feature two prominent female executives from the St. Lo...

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Mosquito Joe of Madison County Takes the Bite Out of Metro East

6 July 2016, 10:50 AM

Mosquito Joe of Madison County owner James “J.P.” Newcomer and staff cut a ribbon, marking the launch of their insect control franchise.Thanks to no-cost expertise and connections shared by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a new insect control franchise is ready to eliminate flying pests for residents and businesses in Madison County.

Mosquito Joe of Madison County, a franchise owned by Granite City resident James “J.P.” Newcomer, opened for business on May 23.

Newcomer, a business process analyst at Monsanto and a U.S. Air Force retiree, was searching for a...

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SIUE Safe Zone Participates in St. Louis PrideFest

27 June 2016, 11:05 AM

SafeZone PrideFest 2016Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Safe Zone participated in the 37th annual St. Louis PrideFest parade Sunday, June 26. For the fourth consecutive year, a large group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends marched along with 170 floats, bands and other parade entries in the 10-block route on Market St.

“The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has supported the participation of this event, because at SIUE we live our values of inclusion and citizenship,...

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SIUE Alumnus Named Chief Financial Officer of Ruppert Landscape

14 June 2016, 3:55 PM

SIUE alumnus James Thompson has been named the chief financial officer of Ruppert Landscape. Thompson earned a MBA from SIUE in 2005.

Details on his new position are detailed on LawnandLandscape.com.

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Dunn Names Alum Randy Pembrook as SIUE Chancellor

6 June 2016, 9:45 AM

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn has named Randall G. Pembrook, PhD, as the ninth chancellor in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s history. The selection is pending formal SIU Board of Trustees approval, and Pembrook will officially assume his duties in early August. An official introduction and reception will be scheduled for the beginning of the academic year.

Randall Pembrook, PhD

“I am excited about the selection of Dr. Pembrook to serve as the next chancellor for Souther...

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SIUE Tabs Schoenecker as School of Business Interim Dean

27 May 2016, 8:40 AM

schoenecker-timSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb today named Timothy Schoenecker, PhD, as interim dean of the School of Business. Schoenecker has agreed to serve for a period of two years to accommodate other leadership changes within the University and retains the option to be a candidate for the permanent position. The appointment is contingent upon SIU Board of Trustees approval. 

An associate professor of management and mark...

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Home Inspection Business Launches with Help from SBDC

25 May 2016, 1:15 PM

Bob Madewell, owner of Madewell InspectionsSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center client Bob Madewell will cut the ribbon and publicly launch his new business Madewell Inspections on Wednesday, June 1. The entrepreneur will give credit to his grandfather for instilling in him the skills and strong work ethic to be successful.

Madewell, of Rosewood Heights, says his grandpa Dean and uncle Tom, both of whom served in the military during WWII, constantly impressed upon him the importance of honesty, int...

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Mobile Game Truck Revs Up With Expertise from Metro East SBDC

16 May 2016, 1:10 PM

Game TruckWhat’s 52 feet long, red and orange and fun all over? If you guessed a truck filled with interactive video games ready to play on-site at a birthday party or corporate event, you’re correct.

Granite City resident and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Wayne Felix, 35, created the Me 2 You Game Truck, a new business designed to deliver fun directly to the customer. The mobile game truck is fully stocked with Xbox One and Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Wii and Wii U, and more. U...

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SIUE Revitalizes Honors Program

10 May 2016, 1:00 PM

ruckh-ericSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is redesigning its Honors Program starting with new freshmen, who are attending in fall 2016, and students who are transfers or continuing students in spring 2017.

“Our goal is to provide the best of liberal arts education at a vibrant University that has dynamic professional schools,” said Eric Ruckh, associate professor of historical studies and director of the SIUE Honors Program. “The honors program accelerates the transition of&#1...

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SIUE Schools of Business and Nursing Offer Concurrent MBA and DNP Program

9 May 2016, 8:30 AM

(L) Dr. Kathy Ketchum, assistant dean for graduate programs in the SIUE School of Nursing and (R) Dr. Janice Joplin, associate dean in the SIUE School of Business.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Business and Nursing have partnered to prepare advanced practice nurses and nursing administrators with a concurrent master’s in business administration (MBA) and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).

The DNP program immerses students in evidence-based practice, focused coursework, experiential learning and development of a DNP project that has the potential to improve patient outcomes. The MBA program is designed to develop the profe...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2016

7 May 2016, 7:35 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2016 Spring Commencement exercises Friday and Saturday as 1,850 students received their diplomas in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

After bestowing degrees Friday night upon Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students, Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen continued Saturday with the Graduate School, and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior in the morning, with the College of Arts and Sciences in the afternoo...

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SIUE School of Business Alumni Forum Shares Wisdom and Advice

4 May 2016, 8:42 AM

(Back L-R)Andrew Steinberg, Joe Randazzo, Forrest Knight, William Couri, Clayton Paulsmeyer, Darren Roback, Hailu Balla; (Front L-R) Peter Clemens, Jesse Hansen, Josh Borwey, Adam Arras, James Nippert, Michael Ealy and Dr. Andrea Hester, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Management and Information Systems in the SIUE School of Business.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) hosted an open forum Tuesday, April 19 that featured a panel of successful alumni.

Thirteen graduates of the SIUE School of Business’s computer management and information systems program, including several former AITP officers, offered current students a wealth of advice ranging from internship to networking.

“Definitely take advantage of what the School has to offer,...

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SIUE Mourns Loss of Business Major Nick Barnes

3 May 2016, 5:10 PM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community is mourning the loss of junior School of Business student Nick Barnes, who passed away Friday, April 29, from injuries suffered in a car-pedestrian accident in St. Louis’ Central West End.

An Effingham native, Barnes was a junior in the SIUE School of Business.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. A celebration of his life will follow immediately at the Funeral Home.

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SIUE Undergraduate Research Experiences Fuel Student Success

29 April 2016, 10:45 AM

Hayley Day, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, demonstrates her research team’s Blind-Aid Glasses.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Undergraduate Scholars Showcase, held Thursday, April 28, featured the depth and variety of learning experiences offered by the University’s Senior Assignment and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) programs.

More than 100 students, representing nearly 40 different departments and programs showcased their outstanding research and creative activities.

“We know that students who conduct undergraduate research, especially...

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Vinyl Start-Up Connects with Metro East SBDC to Fine-Tune Business Plan

27 April 2016, 4:15 PM

Gaslight VinylBrothers Gerald and Brian Bach have joined forces as co-owners of Gaslight Vinyl, a new high performance digital print studio in downtown Belleville.

Older brother Gerald was raised in print shops and schooled in graphic design, having worked for a major telecommunications company for more than 10 years. Younger brother Brian spent eight years in the Army with two combat tours in Afghanistan, working in infantry and later with computer systems.

In January, the duo officially opened the doors t...

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West Belleville Deli Slices up Success with Expertise from Metro East SBDC

26 April 2016, 9:25 AM

Nick RenfroThe loyal support of West Belleville patrons is a welcome sight for long-time resident Nick Renfro, owner of Nick & Vito’s Meat & Deli.

As Nick & Vito’s prepares to celebrate two years in business in mid-May, Renfro says the support from the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has also been a factor in his small business’ success.

 “I make everything from scratch,” said Renfro, who opened the deli...

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