College of Arts and Sciences News

Mass Communications Week and Alumni Night Planned
Annual Art Auction Set for March 22
Dr. Jennifer Doudna to Present Probst Lecture March 26
CAS Alumni Hall of Fame Member to Deliver First Lazerson Lecture
Dr. Kathryn Norlock Named Speaker of Philosophy's 42nd Fritz Marti Lecture
Alumni News and Events
Meridian Society Events
SIUE Cougar Athletics
Continuing Education Opportunities

Mass Communications Week and Alumni Night Planned

The annual Mass Communications Alumni Night March 29, will cap off a weeklong schedule of events. The theme of this year’s Mass Communications Week is “Amplifying Many Voices,” and activities during the week of March 25-29 will include talks, panel discussions and a film screening.

The Alumni Night will be from 6-9 p.m. and include a tour of the department’s new digital Media Integration Lab. This newly reconfigured space was completed at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, and contains current software and equipment that allows students to work on, edit and critique group projects collaboratively in real-time. The evening will also commemorate Bill Ward and Jack Shaheen, who were founding members of the Mass Communications program in 1969.

Register for Alumni Night.

Annual Art Auction Set for March 22

Country Road art by Merrily Varone

The Friends of Art, along with the Department of Art and Design, will host its 42nd annual Art Auction on March 22. The auction will offer original artworks donated by faculty, visiting artists, alumni, friends and advanced students. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Ahrens & Niemeier auctioneers will start the bidding at 7 p.m. Additional work will be available in a silent auction.

Learn more about the auction.

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Dr. Jennifer Doudna to Present Probst Lecture March 26

Dr. Jennifer Doudna

The Department of Chemistry will host its annual Probst Lecture at 7 p.m. on March 26 with Jennifer Doudna, PhD, as the guest speaker.

A world-renowned researcher, Doudna is known for her fundamental work on CRISPR-mediated genome editing, one of the most monumental discoveries in modern biology. She is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been included in TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2015 and awarded TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2016.

Learn more about the annual Probst Lecture.

CAS Alumni Hall of Fame Member to Deliver First Lazerson Lecture

Dr. John Q. Walker

John Q. Walker’s, PhD, talk on “Solving Alzheimer’s” will be the first presentation in the Ann and Earl Lazerson Lecture series. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 12, this address will also be the final Arts & Issues presentation of the 2018-19 season. 

Walker received three degrees from SIUE: bachelors' in math studies and music in 1976, and a master’s in math studies two years later. An inventor and entrepreneur, he is co-founder and chief technology officer of uMETHOD Health, which employs “data to identify the underlying causes and develop evidence-based, personalized combination therapies” for complex chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s. He has several patents in his name and was a founder of Zenph Sound Innovations and Ganymede Software.

Earl Lazerson, PhD, was SIUE’s longest tenured president, and prior to that, he taught math at the University. In 2017, he and his wife, Ann, contributed funds to establish the lecture series in the College of Arts and Sciences that focuses on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topic and how it impacts today’s society. 

Learn more and purchase tickets.

Dr. Kathryn Norlock Named Speaker of Philosophy's 42nd Fritz Marti Lecture

Dr. Kathryn Norlock

At 4 p.m. April 12, the Department of Philosophy will host its 42nd Fritz Marti Lecture. The speaker will be Kathryn Norlock, PhD, who is the Kenneth Mark Drain Endowed Chair in Ethics at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

Norlock earned her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, and she is currently a professor of philosophy, affiliated faculty in gender and women's studies, as well as a member of the faculty of the Master of Arts program in sustainability studies at Trent University. Her research encompasses moral emotions and ethical virtues with a special focus on forgiveness, humility, receptivity, and care. The title of her talk will be “Blaming, Online Shaming and Grandstanding.”

Learn more about the Fritz Marti Lecture. 

Alumni News and Events

Stay updated and informed by connecting with the SIUE Alumni Association.

Alumni Trivia Night Fundraiser - Edwardsville 

  • Gather your team of eight and help support SIUE student scholarships and alumni programs. Cash prizes to top two teams!
  • 6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 23 @ Edwardsville American Legion
  • $200 per team includes two drink tickets per team member. Cash bar available and BYO food and snacks. No outside alcoholic beverages please.

Alumni Happy Hour - Alton

  • Join us after work for an evening of networking and reconnecting with fellow alumni.
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 @ The Old Bakery Beer Company 
  • Free admission with two drinks tickets and appetizers. Registration strongly encouraged.

Golden Graduation Reunion, May 10-11

  • This special event celebrates our most seasoned alumni, our Golden Graduates. If you graduated from SIUE 50 or more years ago, you are cordially invited to join fellow SIUE alumni on campus to celebrate celebrate your time on campus and your lasting commitment to SIUE.
  • $25 per Golden Graduate and $10 per guest
  • Call the SIUE Office of Alumni Affairs at 618-650-2760 by April 19 to register. Learn more about the Golden Graduate Reunion.

Meridian Society Events

SIUE Meridian Society's Meridian Derby Event

The Meridian Society, an auxiliary organization of the SIUE Foundation, promotes women's leadership and invests in SIUE community-based projects. All are welcome at these upcoming events.

An Evening of Jazz Meridian Awards and Soiree

  • Complimentary reception featuring the SIUE Student Jazz Trio and Meridian Awards. All current and new Meridian Society members will receive a membership pin.
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 @ SIUE Center for Spirituality and Sustainability
  • Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres

The Meridian Derby

  • Come decked out in your derby best and celebrate the Meridian Society’s signature social event The Meridian Derby! 
  • 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 @ Fairmont Park Racetrack, Top of the Turf
  • $30 per person includes lunch reception 

SIUE Cougar Athletics

SIUE Athletics Hits Milestone Academic Mark

Make Plans to Attend the 2019 Red and Black Benefit

Continuing Education Opportunities

The SIUE Office of Educational Outreach offers a variety of non-credit opportunities for professional and personal development. Please browse the Spring 2019 catalog or visit our website for a listing of courses and presentations offered through the Lifelong Learning Speaker Series.

Our office also invites you to connect with us to learn about Educard opportunities, corporate partnerships, and the SIUE Successful Communities Collaborative. As alumni, we invite you to provide feedback and suggestions for other topics or classes that would be of interest to you.

Please contact the Office of Educational Outreach at 618-650-3210 or, and connect with us on social.

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