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SIUE’s Healthcare Informatics Program in Keeping With its Pioneer Pace Will Soon Offer Degree Online

4 January 2016, 1:14 PM

Frank Lyerla, PhD, RN, director of SIUE's Master's of Healthcare InformaticsBecause the demand for healthcare professionals to be adept in information technology is increasing in scope and complexity, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will offer its established Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics program online in August 2016.

“As healthcare facilities work to meet government mandates concerning the use of electronic health records and other information technologies, the need for healthcare professionals with advanced education in informatics is a...

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SIUE Fall Commencement Features More Than 1,100 Graduates

19 December 2015, 9:25 AM

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen oversaw the 2015 Fall Commencement exercises today. Two ceremonies for the 1,101 eligible graduates began in the morning and concluded this afternoon in the Vadalabene Center on campus.

Hansen focused on the value of an education by quoting Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” He also told the graduates that their “investmen...

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Non-Traditional Graduate Exhibits Boundless Strength and Potential

16 December 2015, 1:43 PM

Brandi JacksonWhat does it take for a wife, mom of three and first generation college student to achieve a bachelor’s? One might say expert juggling skills. But more than that is dogged motivation, undeniable strength and relentless passion for achieving dreams and influencing others.

At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dec. 18 commencement ceremony, Brandi Jackson, a woman possessing all these attributes, will move her tassel from right to left and celebrate the completion of a bachel...

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Philanthropic SIUE Alumni Honored at Legacy Awards Ceremony

15 December 2015, 8:08 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni who have made an extraordinary impact on the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon communities were honored at the First Annual Legacy Awards by the Edwardsville Community Foundation.

Charles Al Wentz received the Philanthropist of the Year Legacy Award. Wentz earned his MBA from SIUE in 1984.

Edwardsville Neighbors in Need, founded by SIUE alums Chad and Kathie Opel, was also recognized for its generous contributions to the community. Chad earned his ba...

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SIUE Alum Brings Business Experience and Expertise to Scottrade Center

14 December 2015, 8:49 AM

Eric George, director of hospitality at Scottrade Center.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Eric George has returned to his Midwestern roots as director of hospitality at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. From Blues games and other sporting events to concerts, major shows and more, George is responsible for ensuring a quality service environment at the venue.

George achieved his MBA from SIUE in 2005. While pursuing his advanced degree, the Ohio native worked as a graduate assistant in campus recreation. The combined educational and manageme...

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SIUE Alum’s Saving Grace Beauty Wins First Round of InnovateHER Contest

9 December 2015, 1:35 PM

harriss-erikaMetro East resident and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate Erica Harriss has captured first prize in the local InnovateHER Business Challenge and hopes to vie for a spot in the national competition in early 2016.

InnovateHER is a business plan contest organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The national competition is open to entrepreneurs and small business owners with products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.  

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SIUE Alum Named Best Oral Advocate at Regional Competition

7 December 2015, 9:32 AM

Matt McElwee, best oral advocate, National Moot Court Competition Region VIII tournament. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Matt McElwee was honored as best oral advocate at the National Moot Court Competition Region VIII tournament held in November at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wis.

McElwee is a third-year student in the Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech. He earned his bachelor’s in business administration from SIUE in 2012.

The National Moot Court Competition is the nation’s oldest and largest appellate advocacy competition. ...

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SIUE Business Student Palkovic on Winning Team at Startup Weekend St. Louis

1 December 2015, 10:25 AM

palkovic-danImagine bringing a business startup idea into a roomful of strangers, spending 54 hours in one weekend solely focused on developing the idea, and emerging with nine new colleagues as the first-place winners of a region-wide pitch competition.

That’s exactly the experience Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior Dan Palkovic had Nov. 13-15 at Startup Weekend St. Louis. The business idea pitching event was attended by 80 entrepreneurial thinkers from across the Midwest, including a...

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SIUE Alum Joins Transwestern as Chief Administrative Officer

17 November 2015, 4:32 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Kurt Emshousen is now the chief administrative officer of Transwestern, a privately held real estate firm. He will also serve on the company’s executive committee and board of directors.

Emshousen earned a bachelor’s from the SIUE School of Business in 2001.

The full announcement of his new position can be found on marketwatch.com.

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Metro East SBDC Plays Pivotal Role in Fast-Paced Madison Start-Up

16 November 2015, 1:15 PM

HB Coatings OwnersNinety days is not much time to set up a large machine shop, form a new company, find a location and retain large original equipment manufacturing (OEM) clients from a failed firm.

But that’s precisely what Madison-based HB Coatings LLC has done with support and expertise from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Metro East Small Business Development Center and a host of other organizations.

Through multiple connections and time-sensitive resources, the SBDC assisted HB Coat...

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SIUE Alumna Named Executive Director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

4 November 2015, 1:03 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumna Ronda Sauget will serve as executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, effective Tuesday, Dec. 1. Sauget earned a bachelor’s in finance and marketing in 1996 and an MBA in 1998, both from SIUE.

The St. Louis Business Journal detailed Sauget’s new position in an article posted Thursday.

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SIUE Featured on KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis

29 October 2015, 3:50 PM

campus-autumnSIUE Interim Chancellor Steve Hansen and Cougars men’s basketball Head Coach Jon Harris were featured in a piece aired during KSDK-TV’s Thursday (Oct. 29) edition of Show Me St. Louis. View it here.

SIUE is a participating sponsor in the Get to Know Metro East campaign, which was launched earlier this year to help everyone in the Metro East get to know their community better, embrace the people who live and work here, and promote the many attractions.

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New Douglas Startup’s Burger Business Sizzling Thanks to SBDC

29 October 2015, 9:00 AM

Beckett-RachelLocal people and those passing through New Douglas, an Illinois town of approximately 300, are enjoying hand-patted burgers and Ski sodas without having to step out of their vehicles.

New Douglas resident and former educator Rachel Beckett opened the drive-thru of her new restaurant, Flyers Grill, during September. The eatery, named after the local school’s former mascot, is planning a grand opening on Friday, Oct. 30.

With expert, no-cost business startup assistance from the Metro East ...

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Shiloh Company is “Afloat” with Expertise from Metro East SBDC

28 October 2015, 11:40 AM

Cheri KoeneEquipped with expertise, connections and support from the Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Float Rooms USA, LLC will open its first Illinois location Sunday, Nov. 1. The company is one of only three in the U.S. to offer therapeutic floating as an alternative to traditional pain medication.

The company, co-owned by Cheri and Loek Koene, is the North American distributor for Ocean Float Rooms Ltd. and Float Rooms Nederland BV. Illinois nat...

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Enthusiastic Students Snack on Kettle Corn at First Midterm Check-In

22 October 2015, 1:45 PM

Midterm CheckinA variety of University administrators were on the Stratton Quad Thursday, Oct. 22 during mid-day to assist the Office of Student Affairs as they provided free kettle corn to students and hosted a midterm “check-in” with those students. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple introduced the event as a new tradition.

Photo (L-R): Freshman School of Nursing students Riley Sinclair, of Monticello, and Autumn Kerner, of Mackinaw, visit with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs ...

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SBDC Seeking Innovative Products/Services for Women and Families

16 October 2015, 10:30 AM

InnovateHERThe Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is inviting entrepreneurs with viable products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families to compete in a national business plan competition: InnovateHER Business Challenge.

Microsoft sponsors the U.S. Small Business Administration’s InnovateHER competition. The SBA will choose 10 competitors from across the nation who will travel to Washington, D.C. in March for a live pitch competition and compete...

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Annual SIUE Day Draws Community Leaders

15 October 2015, 10:30 AM

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Nearly 200 community leaders and business people attended the 10th annual SIUE Day community event Thursday, Oct. 15, at Dunham Hall on the SIUE campus.

The Illinois Business Journal sponsored the breakfast affair. IBJ Editor and Partner Dennis Grubaugh, and President and Publisher Al Ortbals represented the publication, which has been a sponsor since the event’s inception. Grubaugh served as chair of this year’s event. Grubaugh and his three children are a...

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Interim Chancellor Hansen Introduces 9% Budget Realignment Plan

13 October 2015, 1:15 PM

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SIUE Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen today introduced a nine percent realignment spending plan for the remainder of fiscal 2016 during the annual chancellor’s address Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

Approximately 500 faculty, staff, students and community representatives heard Hansen deliver a proactive approach to the budget issues hanging over the University system as the state of Illinois government remains in a budget stalemate.

“We cann...

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Metro East SBDC Joins in Grand Opening of Belleville Collaborative Work Space

11 October 2015, 5:10 PM

Chris OswaldSouthwestern Illinois’ first startup incubator/accelerator, Peer 151, celebrates its grand opening Friday, Oct. 16 in downtown Belleville. The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville plans to offer its business counseling services at Peer 151.

Peer 151 Executive Director Chris Oswald equates the new incubator/accelerator to a smaller-scale or “velociraptor” version of St. Louis’ successful T-REX innovation commun...

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SIUE to Participate in AAC&U’s LEAP Challenge

9 October 2015, 10:15 AM

Parviz AnsariSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville will join the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) LEAP Challenge case study project.

The LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) challenge is about preparing students to advance their learning by solving complex problems through high-impact practices such as research, collaborative projects and experiential learning. Participating institutions will work with the AAC&U to develop a set of case studies underscoring how t...

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SIUE Career Fair Connects Students with Nearly 150 Regional Businesses

7 October 2015, 3:06 PM

2015 SIUE October Career FairSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville students have the opportunity to network with area employers during the University’s annual October Career Fair being held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today and Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center. Representatives from nearly 150 regional businesses are in attendance.

Today’s career fair catered to students within the School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, as well as all non-teaching majors. Thursday...

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Princeton Review Tabs SIUE School of Business Among Nation’s Best for 10th Consecutive Year

6 October 2015, 2:20 PM

John NavinThe Princeton Review has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Business as one of the best in the country for the 10th-consecutive year. The education services company features the School in the 2016 edition of its book, “The Best 295 Business Schools.”

“The significance of being on this prestigious list for the 10th-consecutive year is that it reflects the experiences of the students who have been in the program,” said School of Business Dean...

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SIUE Students Travel to See Pope Francis in Philadelphia

5 October 2015, 9:10 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Catholic Campus Minister Samantha Kennedy and seven SIUE students joined a contingent of Eastern Illinois University students in a pilgrimage to see Pope Pope FrancisFrancis during his visit to Philadelphia the weekend of Sept. 26-27.

The SIUE group joined 49 EIU students Friday, Sept. 25, for a 12-hour bus ride from Charleston to Philadelphia. Kennedy said the EIU connection came from being in the same Diocese of Springfield and having worked closely with them in ...

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SIUE Inducts Eight to Alumni Hall of Fame

2 October 2015, 8:50 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville honored eight remarkable graduates at the 2015 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony Friday, Oct. 2, in the Morris University Center. These alumni have achieved exploits in their respective fields, are role models and are testament to SIUE’s educational excellence.

The 2015 honorees listed by their college or school:

Julion-Wrenetha

School of Nursing: Dr. Wrenetha Julion, BS Nursing ’80 Dr. Wrenetha Julion is a professor in the Rush University Colleg...

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Dunstan, Kern Introduce Southwestern Illinois Trade & Investment Council

30 September 2015, 8:50 AM

SITIC Board MeetingMore than two dozen chief executives from public and private entities across the Metro East met on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the inaugural board meeting for the new Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council. 

Silvia Torres Bowman, director of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s International Trade Center, credited a slate of individuals - including Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and others - for their long-term dedication in pl...

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Metro East SBDC to Host InnovateHER National Business Challenge

29 September 2015, 8:15 AM

InnovateHERThe U.S. Small Business Administration has selected the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a local host organization for its “Innovating for Women” business competition.

   InnovateHER 2016 is a business competition open to everyone with products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. The Illinois Metro East SBDC joins more than 70 other entities across the country servin...

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2015 SIUE Homecoming Welcomes Alumni

28 September 2015, 8:30 AM

HomecomingSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating 2015 Homecoming with a weeklong series of events targeting current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This year’s events begin Monday, Sept. 28, running through Sunday, Oct. 4 on the SIUE campus.

This year’s student theme is “Turn Up the E.” The schedule of events will include: a comedy show featuring Mind Reader Eric Dittleman; a hot wing eating contest; a golf cart parade; a talent show; a ca...

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Rigging Manufacturer Gains Valuable Market Intel from Metro East SBDC

26 September 2015, 1:40 PM

When the president of a family-owned rigging solutions and supplies company sought data about a prospective new market, the Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was there to Terry Driscollprovide it at no cost.

Terry Driscoll, president of Granite City-based John Sakach Company of St. Louis, oversees operations for a growing 25-employee business that fabricates and sells wire ropes and slings for steel mills, commercial contractors and others.

Driscoll co...

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SIUE Graduate School Open House Set for Oct. 14

22 September 2015, 10:15 AM

Jerry WeinbergThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School will host its annual Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event will consist of two identical sessions: 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.

Prospective graduate students will receive information about SIUE’s various graduate programs, graduate admission requirements, graduate student services and financing a graduate education, including graduate assistantships and competitiv...

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Metro East SBDC Assists BOCO Contracting in First Year of Business

22 September 2015, 9:50 AM

   Coggins-BollingerServing a military tour in Iraq is a distinction not many can claim. Returning from the war to launch a local business is yet another distinction achieved by BOCO Contracting & Construction LLC President Josh Coggins.

   To share these experiences with his brother, says Coggins, is pretty remarkable. Coggins and his half-brother, Jamey Bollinger, are partners in the construction company they began one year ago.

   Both Alton natives, the duo joined the U.S. mil...

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Women’s Leadership Network Launches in Metro East

21 September 2015, 2:25 PM

Bowman-Harriss-SanguinettiIllinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti headlined a cadre of outstanding female executive presenters at the kick-off of a brand-new regional women’s leadership network.

The event, held in late August in Litchfield, served as the launch of The “W” Network of Downstate Illinois, a continuing education and networking organization where women leaders can engage and support each other.

Silvia Torres Bowman, director of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s International T...

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2015 Project Management Symposium Registration Now Open

16 September 2015, 8:45 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Business has opened registration for its 2015 Project Management Symposium. The event is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Morris University Center on the SIUE campus. The annual one-day event focuses on cultivating the art and science of project management.

Project management professionals from more than 120 different companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area will participate.

The day will open with Maggie Hales, executive dire...

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SIUE Boasts an All-Time Record High Student Enrollment

9 September 2015, 1:55 PM

SIUEClass2019Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has exceeded its own previous record-breaking student enrollment by a two percent increase over last year. The University registered an all-time high of 14,265 students for the fall 2015 semester. Overall enrollment leaped by 293 students.

Undergraduate registration is the highest it’s ever been at 11,781, which is a three percent jump (360 students) from last fall, a five percent rise (552 students) from fall 2013 and eight percent growth (821 st...

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U.S. News Rates SIUE a Top 10 Midwest Regional Public University

9 September 2015, 8:29 AM

Stephen Hansen, PhD, SIUE Interim ChancellorU.S. News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 12th consecutive year and among the top 10 public universities in that category. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2016” issue that was released today.

SIUE was featured at number 44 in this year’s rankings of Regional Universities Midwest, advancing three spots from last year. The University is 10th overall among public universit...

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2015 Metro East Startup Challenge Winners Revealed

4 September 2015, 12:26 AM

2015 Metro East Startup Challenge WinnersThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge (MESC), a regional business plan competition for entrepreneurs and startups, officially announced its three cash prize winners today. 

The top teams of the nine finalists presented their winning business concepts at the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Board of Directors meeting Friday, before a live audience of Leadership Council members and invited guests. The member-based organization includes more than 2...

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SIUE Alum Inspires Students toward Entrepreneurial Endeavors

3 September 2015, 3:06 PM

Jeffry Harrison

A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum and entrepreneur shared his recent business successes to a group of students on Wednesday. 

Jeffry Harrison, BS Business Administration ’12 and chief operating officer of RoverTown, addressed the Entrepreneurs’ Club of SIUE. Fitting to its tagline, ‘throwin’ you bones,’ RoverTown is an app that sends local coupons to college students’ smart phones when they click on a bone icon. &#1...

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Fusion Gates’ Persistence Plus SBDC Expertise Opens Gate to Product Rollout

1 September 2015, 12:55 PM

Donna PotterEdwardsville resident and business owner Donna Potter speaks from experience. Years of overcoming entrepreneurial-related challenges are what ultimately led to the launch of her business, Fusion Gates LLC.

In a previous life, Potter was a long-time marketing and advertising executive for a Fortune 500 company, and later a stay-at-home mom for her four kids and two dogs. Potter reentered the workforce eight years ago to pursue her passion as an entrepreneur and inventor.  

As a completely ...

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