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Thank-A-Giver Initiative Underway at SIUE During Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month

15 February 2018, 3:30 PM

Members of SIUE's Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) organization stand on campus, as they promote the February Thank-A-Giver campaign.Throughout February, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students in the organization Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) are joining hundreds of educational institutions worldwide to participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month.

SIUE STAT is hosting a Thank-A-Giver (TAG) social media-driven scavenger hunt across campus this month, representing the tangible impact donors have on the University. Additionally, STAT will host a weekly information table in the Morris University...

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SIUE Black Heritage Month Puts a Spotlight on Health

13 February 2018, 5:14 PM

MythFactFact or fiction? African Americans have disproportionately higher rates of cardiovascular disease-related risk factors such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes. A group of students attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Black Heritage Month community health fair on Tuesday, Feb. 13 were split in their responses. The answer is true. 

“Studies show that African Americans are at a higher risk of hypertension, obesity and diabetes than someone of Caucasian descent ...

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Become Inspired: Public Invited to Explore Top Research and Creative Activities Featured at SIUE Showcase

2 February 2018, 10:35 AM

Nicholas Carter, of St. Charles, Mo., and Dan Ashbaugh, of Altamont, demonstrate the usability of their team's LED Learning Guitar.Outstanding research and creative activities are featured annually during Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Undergraduate Scholars Showcase. The public is invited to attend this year’s event being held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Morris University Center.

More than 100 students, representing nearly 25 different programs, will present the University’s top senior projects through live performances and displays, readings, and multimedia and poster presentati...

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SIUE Celebrates Black Heritage Month with a View of “A Different World”

1 February 2018, 4:49 PM

Marissa-PembrookAt Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Black Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Black people, and for the University to recommit to challenges ahead, according to SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. 

Pembrook gave remarks Thursday, Feb. 1 at the SIUE Black Heritage Month Opening Ceremony in the Morris University Center’s Goshen Lounge. The SIUE Campus Activities Board (CAB) is sponsoring the 18th annual observation, which has theme of &#...

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School of Pharmacy’s Deshpande in Research Project with SIU School of Medicine and UIS

1 February 2018, 8:55 AM

Maithili DeshpandeSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Maithili Deshpande, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy, is working with SIU School of Medicine (SOM) and University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) researchers studying Sangamon County neighborhoods to identify those with the highest levels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sangamon County is reported to have among the highest number of emergency room visits in Illinois related to thos...

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SIUE Mourns Loss of CAS Student Noah Hays

26 January 2018, 4:15 PM

The SIUE community is mourning the loss of Noah Hays, of Waterloo, who died Thursday, Jan. 25 in Monroe County. He was 19.

Hays was a freshman in SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Noah Hays’ family and friends as they face this tragedy,” said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “It is heartbreaking for everyone who knew Noah.”

Visitation is from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. A...

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SIUE Successful Communities Collaborative is Seeking Community Partner

26 January 2018, 11:36 AM

ConnieFreySpurlockCalling all municipalities, agencies or businesses with great sustainability projects in need of innovative, cutting-edge thinkers. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Successful Communities Collaborative (SSCC) is looking to collaborate with a community partner during its inaugural year, which will run from fall 2018 through spring 2019. 

The SSCC is accepting applications through Thursday, March 15 for a community partner in the Metro East or St. Louis area through Thursday, Ma...

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SIUE’s Harris Named Interim Assistant Provost

18 January 2018, 1:45 PM

Jessica HarrisSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb, PhD, has named Jessica Harris, PhD, as interim assistant provost, effective January 1, 2018.  She will serve in the role through next year or until the successful completion of a search to fill the position permanently. A full search for the permanent position will occur in spring 2019. 

Harris is an associate professor of historical studies in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences ...

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SIUE’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Emphasizes Education and Character

17 January 2018, 3:51 PM

“Education is a blueprint for success” was the motivating and reverberating message of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. 

“Education saved my life, because it provided me with options, opportunities, the capacity to think for myself, the ability to be strategic, the capability to position myself and wherewithal to tap into my po...

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SIUE Releases Diversity and Strategic Plan Goals

17 January 2018, 2:50 PM

Dr. Venessa BrownSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Venessa Brown, PhD, today introduced the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan Goals for 2018-25 at the Morris University Center Conference Center.

“I am enthusiastic about and encouraged by the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, because it addresses issues and strategies that are crucial to SIUE’s future,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “It represents a t...

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12th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE

17 January 2018, 9:15 AM

School of Pharmacy student Jamal Sims visits with Cheryl from Highland at SIUE’s 11th annual Free Diabetes Education Program.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Alton Memorial Hospital, BJC HealthCare, is hosting the 12th annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE’s Morris University Center from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

The annual free program provides information and features topics related to both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Participants have the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, a vendor fair, receive free screenings and a free lunch, and ...

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Rockets Turned Cougars, Seven Rochester Students in SIUE School of Pharmacy

2 January 2018, 9:15 AM

Rochester, Ill. sits just outside Springfield, and is perhaps best known for its strong high school football program. But, that’s not Rocket Nation’s only accolade.

Students at Rochester High School are also presented with great academic opportunities, including a strong science curriculum that graduates say inspired them to pursue higher education in a science field. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is currently home to seven such students.

Devin ...

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The American Pain Society Honors SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Chris Herndon

21 December 2017, 2:36 PM

ChrisHerndonUnfortunately, pain and suffering are a part of life. However, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Chris Herndon, PharmD, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has dedicated his career to easing the afflictions of others, which is one reason why the American Pain Society (APS) has awarded him with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award

“I see this award as a great responsibility to continue to help those who are hurting and to teach studen...

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SIUE Faculty, Alumni Achieve Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards

6 December 2017, 11:45 AM

McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Drug Information and Wellness Center in the SIUE School of Pharmacy.Thirteen SIUE alumni and the School of Pharmacy’s McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD, were among 109 St. Louis area educators who received high praise for their contributions and dedication to the teaching profession and were honored with 2017 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Ferguson is an associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Drug Information and Wellness Center in the School of Pharmacy.

SIUE alumni honorees included graduates of the SIUE School of Education, Healt...

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SIUE URCA Program Celebrates Extraordinary Mentors and Students

27 November 2017, 1:25 PM

(L-R) Dr. Maria Kontoyianni and Mr. Brigham Dimick were honored by SIUE’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program for their extraordinary mentorship of research and creative activities.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) program is recognizing excellent mentorship and student work through four awards.

The URCA program encourages, supports and enables students to participate in research and creative activities at the undergraduate level. URCA Associates work one-on-one with faculty mentors to lead their own research projects or creative activities. URCA Assistants work on faculty-led research or creative activ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Celebrates Diversity of Thanksgiving Traditions

15 November 2017, 10:12 AM

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Taking advantage of the season and using the opportunity to promote diversity, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) celebrated various cultural traditions at its annual SOP Thanksgiving Potluck on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The event was hosted by the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and the SOP Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Lined on several tables were crockpots and containers of cuisine that included Italian, Polish, Japanese, Lebanese, Bulga...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Gives Free Blood Pressure Screenings in Edwardsville

30 October 2017, 2:03 PM

BPScreening1Sixty-year-old Kimberly Winkler thrust a victory fist in the air and exclaimed, “awesome,” in response to her blood pressure reading of 126/60. The Edwardsville Police Department administrative assistant was one of approximately 400 people who took part in Blood Pressure Blitz 2017. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) and the City of Edwardsville hosted the citywide wellness event from Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27. 

The good numbers, however, s...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Young Receives NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Member Award

30 October 2017, 9:55 AM

Rachel YoungSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy student Rachel Young has been named as an Outstanding Student Chapter Member of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). She received the honor at the NPCA 2017 Annual Convention in Orlando.

Young, a Chester native, was among 21 pharmacy students selected after being nominated by their peers and faculty at their respective schools.

The award is meaningful to Young. “It reassures me that I am ...

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SIUE Police and School of Pharmacy Partner to Take Back 39 lbs. of Prescription Drugs

27 October 2017, 5:20 PM

SIUE Drug Takeback ProgramThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Police Department and School of Pharmacy (SOP) collected 39.4 lbs. of prescription drugs in a drug takeback program Thursday, Oct. 26 on the Alton, Edwardsville and East St. Louis Center campuses. It was the largest amount collected this year in the program.

“This is an extremely important service to our community as prescription drugs are the number one abused controlled substance in our country,” said SIUE Police Chief Kevin Schmoll. &...

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Hundreds Aim to Boost Future Success, Apply for Advanced Degree from SIUE

20 October 2017, 8:43 AM

Haruka Kawata attended the SIUE Graduate School Open House to learn more about the art therapy counseling program and gain the perspective of current graduate students.In today’s aggressive professional environment, an advanced degree gives individuals a competitive edge as they boast enhanced leadership preparation, applied skills, and proven excitement for continuous learning and discovery.

Approximately 370 prospective students received information on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s more than 100 master’s programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, specialist degrees, doctoral degrees and cooperative doctoral programs during th...

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SIUE Adjusts 2018 Spring Commencement

20 October 2017, 8:40 AM

Vadalabene Center CommencementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is adjusting its Spring 2018 Commencement schedule to accommodate growth at the event and create an even better experience for the graduates and their guests.

“We are making a serious effort to ensure that all of the graduates’ family members and guests are able to see their graduate receive their degree in person, and have the most enjoyable experience possible,” said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “We had reached a state where...

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Accelerate Toward Degree Completion During SIUE’s Online Winter Session

19 October 2017, 8:55 AM

Denise CobbEnrollment begins Monday, Oct. 30 for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s accelerated winter session. This special session runs Dec. 18, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. More information is available
at siue.edu/winter-session.

More than 60 three-week courses will be taught entirely online. Available courses cover a variety of disciplines at the introductory, upper-division and graduate level.

“SIUE’s faculty is dedicated to providing high quality learning opportunities that...

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SIUE Pharmacy Alumna, Student, Faculty Present at 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference

12 October 2017, 4:25 PM

Hannah RandallSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) alumnus Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and fourth-year student Jennifer Huggins, along with clinical associate professor Janice Frueh, PharmD, educated healthcare professionals on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference. The SIU School of Medicine hosted the conference Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Springfield.

SIU’s Women’s Health Conf...

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SIUE Discusses Race and Ways to Improve its Racial Climate

10 October 2017, 4:29 PM

VenessaTerraConversations about race, building a more safe and equitable campus and the changing face of higher education were among the issues discussed Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s “Race Dynamics and Racism on Today’s Campus” conference, hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

“I read in The Chronicle of Higher Education that they reported 120 events of racial incidents across the country in the last quarter,&#8...

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SIUE’s Vahlkamp is Student Trustee for Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists

10 October 2017, 8:10 AM

Danielle VahlkampSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville third-year pharmacy (P3) student Danielle Vahlkamp has been elected as student representative on the board of trustees for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPCP). Vahlkamp follows in the footsteps of fellow SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP) student Scott Sexton, who served as student trustee last year for the national pharmacy organization.

“I am truly honored to have been selected to serve as an SPCP student representative,” said Vah...

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SIUE Inducts Nine to Alumni Hall of Fame during A Night Among the Stars

6 October 2017, 10:20 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville honored nine remarkable graduates at the 2017 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony, “A Night Among the Stars,” on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Morris University Center (MUC). These impressive alumni have made exceptional contributions in their chosen fields, in their communities and at SIUE through their leadership, character and hard work.

The School of Dental Medicine honorees will be recognized at the Saturday, Oct. 28 Dean’s Scholarship Gala...

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