Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

SIUE is a nationally recognized university educating and developing professional and community leaders through excellent faculty and programs. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 17 to 1, SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with one of the lowest tuition of 12 state universities in Illinois.

Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine is urging parents of qualified children between the ages of 3 and 13 to bring their children to this year’s Give Kids A Smile Day from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 13 at the School’s main clinic in building 263, 2800 College Ave. in Alton.

Free dental care, including examinations, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, will be provided by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty, students and staff, members of the Madison and St. Clair district dental societies, Lewis and Clark Community College dental assisting and dental hygiene faculty and students and faculty and students from the Missouri College of Assisting. Professionals and volunteers from the community also will participate.

Children qualified to participate in the event are those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs.

“We are prepared to treat about 300 children and hope that the children needing urgent dental care will be able to come and receive treatment on October 13th,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, professor in the SIU School of Dental Medicine and director of Community Dentistry. “Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to be treated. Apart form dental treatment, fun educational activities and snacks will be available for all children.”

Give Kids A Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children. The event is organized to promote community awareness of the need for dental services among the underserved.

For more information, contact Sherie Gottlob from the School of Dental Medicine, (618) 474-7200, or While pre-registration is preferred, it is not required. Walk-ins are welcome between 7.30 a.m. – noon.

Today, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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 featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue.

“SIUE nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work,” said Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. “Each member of the University is responsible for contributing to such a campus environment.

“We are committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, SIUE strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected SIUE based on exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, as well as all others. Specifically, the establishment of the We Are One University Diversity Plan and the creation of a new Multicultural Center are evidences of the University’s commitment, said Dr. Venessa Brown, associate chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

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As a result of rising textbook costs and the proliferation of Open Educational Resource (OER) materials, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is conducting a pilot program in order to gauge the feasibility of using OER as a no-cost or low-cost alternative to traditional textbooks.

Eleven faculty members from various disciplines worked with Information Technology Services (ITS) and Library Information Services (LIS) during the summer to identify or create OER to be used in select courses being offered during the current fall term.

In place of traditional textbooks, faculty and students participating in the pilot instead are relying primarily on other electronic resources, most of them freely available in the public domain. The selected courses will use OER in place of the standard textbook, using the iPad mini as the delivery device.

SIUE students have benefited from the University’s textbook rental program, which has kept their costs relatively affordable. Textbook costs have continually increased, with average annual textbook fees now at nearly $1,200 per student, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund and The Student PIRG.

In contrast, SIUE’s undergraduate students pay an average of $165 per semester for a 15 credit hour course load. SIUE has been able to keep costs affordable by amortizing expenses over several terms by reusing textbooks.

“The future of the textbook market and our program looks quite different as publishers begin to shift toward digital content,” said Joseph Pearson, director of the Morris University Center. “As publishers introduce digital content, they charge per user, per seat, per semester, which significantly increases the costs of these course materials.”

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing will be hosting the United States Army for a scaled-down version of the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH). The event will take place Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the School of Nursing atrium on the second floor of Alumni Hall.

The Army will have approximately five representatives attending the event to showcase real-life simulations and to answer questions. Additionally, students in attendance will have the chance to win a military medical history book with the winner to be announced Tuesday.

“The School of Nursing is excited to partner with the U.S. Army,” said Dr. Roberta Harrison, assistant dean for undergraduate programs. “Student nurses will witness the highly technical medical services used in the battlefield, while learning about the scholarship and career opportunities offered by the Army.”

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U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have refreshed their initial partnership to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for the local 10-county Illinois region.

The organizations signed a second three-year Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) in July 2014, which enables USTRANSCOM, other military organizations at Scott AFB and SIUE to mutually benefit from the partnership.

Through the EPA, the partners support STEM activities through volunteers, donation of STEM-focused equipment and collaboration. The SIUE STEM Resource Center has received items from the base including computers and laboratory equipment, which are now available for local K-12 schools to use in technically focused classes.

“The Scott AFB STEM program engages in a wide variety of activities to encourage our youth to be excited about STEM and consider careers in those disciplines,” said Dr. Donald Erbschloe, chief scientist of Air Mobility Command and leader of the Scott AFB STEM program. “STEM activities introduce children in their early school years to technical fields that are also interesting, and sustain and encourage their interest through high school and beyond.”

“The partnership with Scott AFB, through US Transportation Command and the leadership of Dr. Erbschloe, remains a successful collaboration for delivering STEM knowledge and experiences throughout southwest Illinois,” said Dr. Jerry Weinberg, SIUE associate provost for research, dean of the Graduate School. “We welcome the next three-year partnership as a way to build upon our first successes in providing STEM equipment and activities for our local population.”

“USTRANSCOM’s donations of STEM equipment have significantly increased the number of students participating in hands-on STEM activities in the region,” said Dr. Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE STEM Center. “The donation of 12 robotics kits enabled us to support engineering instruction for 400 elementary and middle school students during summer 2014 alone. Because the kits are available for loan to any educator in the region, including local community groups, the impact is multiplied over many years.

“We estimate that more than 4,000 students have used USTRANSCOM-donated equipment during the past three years of the partnership. Additionally, 5,000 educators have searched the STEM Center’s online inventory developed with resources from USTRANSCOM. Through the online system, educators are able to browse our collection of STEM materials and find items to borrow at no cost to support their classroom and out-of-school instruction.

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Students and staff from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center united with local and state Metro East representatives to reflect on the tragedy of September 11, to respect the gift of life and to resolve to make a difference.

“We reflect, remember and respect the lives that were lost and changed forever,” said Anita Brandon, director of the East St. Louis Community College Center (ESLCC). “The lives that were changed forever include all of us in the room today.”

More than 60 people gathered at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus (ESLHEC) to remember the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, that set the U.S. on a course of war against terrorism.

Those in attendance included: Lt. Col Renysha Brown, district director for U.S. Rep. William Enyart (D-Belleville); Kimberly Clark, Enyart staff assistant; Jesse Dixon, director, SIUE East St. Louis Center; Gina Washington, director, SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School (CHS); Mayor Alvin Parks, City of East St. Louis; and students and staff of CHS and the ESLCC.

Brown recited comments from the U.S. Congressman. A portion of Enyart’s statement read: “September 11 will not be soon forgotten by me, nor by those who were tragically affected by the events of that day.

“I encourage everyone to take a moment of silence and reflect upon those who were victims of the attack, those who were the first responders on the scene, and those who paid the last full measure of devotion in the weeks, months and years following that day.”

September 11 has become a day of remembrance for the country, said Dixon, who said he moved to New York City two months after the terrorist attacks. “How do we remember and what should that look like?” Dixon asked. “That’s up to you.”

Desmond Porter, a CHS junior, read his original poem, A Loss of a Loved One: “… Fire and smoke fill the air, but life and love power through. Many unsuspected angels, many unforgotten heroes step in to lay their lives on the line for people they do not know.

“A small group took thousands. A small group saved thousands … This day the earth stood silent.”

September 11 is also a teaching day, said Parks. “Most of the students in this room were toddlers at the time of the attack,” the East St. Louis Mayor said. “We want to make sure that people understand that today is supposed to be one of remembrance and service.

“I’m encouraging everyone, to thank all of our police, firefighters, emergency personnel and veterans. If it had not been for their service, then the freedoms that we enjoy in the U.S. would not have been possible.”

At the end of the program, red, white and blue balloons were released from circle at the ESLHEC.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students, faculty and staff shared their thoughts on September 11, 2001.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville an Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant. The three-year grant is valued at $846,000.

“Digital East St. Louis” will offer information technologies (IT), computing experiences and role models to underserved middle-school youth in an out-of-school setting. Through the program, students will create, design, discover, collaborate and solve problems by mapping the cultural and environmental history of their community.

The multidisciplinary effort will be led by Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach within the Graduate School; Jessica DeSpain, co-director of SIUE’s Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center, and associate professor of English language and literature in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Liza Cummings, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Also from the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard Rambsy, associate professor of English language and literature, and Jeffrey Manuel, assistant professor of historical studies, will also participate as faculty experts.

“We are doing some pioneering work at this so-called intersection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the humanities,” said Locke. “The National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation recently agreed to work together to promote interdisciplinary research.

“It’s my understanding that SIUE is one of the first, if not the first, to use digital humanities as the hook to attract interest in computing and IT. Given that East St. Louis has such a rich cultural history, this is a natural place to conduct the study. Also, it should be clear that this is a research project that will examine changes in the students’ interests, attitudes and skills.”

The White House has identified three overarching priorities for STEM education for the U.S. through the “Educate to Innovate” initiative. They are to increase STEM literacy, so that all students can learn deeply and think critically in STEM; move American students from the middle of the pack to the top during the next decade; and expand STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and girls.”

“In order to assist in making these priorities a reality, communities and schools must establish effective structures that support all students in STEM education,” Cummings said. “Digital East St. Louis is a partnership among universities, schools, and community organizations that can assist in this effort.

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An on-going service project to help address the nutritional necessities of those in need began Wednesday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

SIUE has partnered with The Campus Kitchens Project, headquartered in Washington, D.C., to help address local needs, said Sarah Laux, assistant director of Community Engagement at SIUE’s Kimmel Student Involvement Center.

“The goal,” said Laux, who brought the idea of starting a Campus Kitchen to SIUE when she was first hired in 2011, “is to cultivate leaders to develop a network of local solutions for hunger and food awareness in our area.”

SIUE students officially began Campus Kitchen operations on Sept. 10.

Founded in 2001, The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP, is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 37 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.

All Campus Kitchens are different and can vary, said Laux. SIUE’s model will involve volunteers picking up the food donations, planning a meal and then delivering the food to a designated partner. LaVista Community Supported Agriculture Farm in Godfrey has volunteered to give SIUE 100 pounds of produce each month.

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SIUE senior Christian Lee is the Alestle’s photo editor. USA Today writer Dan Reimold featured Lee’s work photographing the recent protests in Ferguson.  The story was posted Sept. 9 on

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosts its annual Graduate School Fair October 23. Prospective graduate students can receive information about graduate programs, graduate admission requirements, graduate student services and financing a graduate education, including graduate assistantships and competitive graduate awards.

The Council of Graduate Schools notes: “Master’s degrees are key for future employment and career advancement. Employment in occupations that typically require a master’s degree for entry will increase by 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, much greater than the 14 percent increase expected for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”  

There will be two chances to meet with faculty and staff members: from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge.

Representatives from each of the graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Schools of Nursing, Business, Engineering, and Education, Health and Human Behavior will be available to speak with prospective students.

In addition, representatives from the Graduate School, Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Testing Services will be present to talk about topics such as flexible options, funding and the track to graduation.

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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 announced today that it is now accepting registrations for the 2015 session of this highly popular program.

Over the course of its history, CLI has seen many of its more than 230 graduates advance to prominent positions across the building industry.

“Professionals, who have participated in our program, now serve in leadership roles for several St. Louis area building contractors, facility owners and professional services firms,” said Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI, and associated dean in SIUE’s School of Engineering and chair of the Department of Construction.

The 2015 CLI will convene on nine-consecutive Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Jan. 16 through March 13 on the SIUE campus. CLI is a joint program of the SIUE School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction.

The curriculum is designed to develop and hone leadership as well as effective communications skills.  Other segments focus on crucial professional skills such as strategic thinking, networking, negotiation, finance, construction contracts, insurance and bonding, risk management and conflict management. The instructional team includes building industry professionals and subject matter experts.

Attendees will also discover emerging methods of delivery such as lean construction and integrated project delivery, and become attuned to legislative issues impacting the industry. The final session of the program features a panel of building industry leaders sharing their strategies for success.

“This program provides skills and experiences necessary for that emerging leader in the industry,” said Kristine Jarden, co-director of the CLI and director of Executive Education in SIUE’s School of Business.

Early registration is available through Nov. 14, at a cost of $2,950. After Nov. 15, registration is $3,150 per person. A $200 discount per person is given for multiple company registrations.

To register, call Kristine Jarden at 618-650-2668 or visit

U.S. News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 11th consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2015” issue that was released today.

SIUE remained in the top 50 of the Regional Universities Midwest category at 47 in this year’s rankings. SIUE is 11th overall among public universities in that category. The U.S. News overall scores are based on the reputation of SIUE in higher education, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“SIUE’s hallmark is providing affordable academic excellence and producing exceptional leaders for our community and region,” said SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. “Our distinguished faculty and talented staff provide the type of individualized attention and unique experiences that prepare SIUE students for career success.”

SIUE’s steady growth during the past decade has continued with a record freshman class for Fall 2014 along with record total enrollments for the Schools of Engineering, Nursing and Pharmacy. Meanwhile, undergraduate programs in the Schools of Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Education, Health and Human Behavior are enjoying enrollment increases.

Regional universities are considered to have a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. The 620 universities in this category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geo­graphic regions (North, South, Midwest and West), because they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states.

SIUE is also included among the 2015 “Up and Comers” among Midwest regional universities. College administrators were surveyed last spring to nominate institutions that they believe have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. SIUE is among a group that includes Truman State University (Mo.), Valparaiso University (Ind.) and Butler University (Ind.).

The latest U.S. News rankings come on the heels of last month’s recognition by Washington Monthly that ranks SIUE among the top 40 master’s universities in the nation and No. 1 among all institutions in Illinois.

For the first time, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has climbed into Washington Monthly’s Top 40 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is first 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 – recruiting and graduating low-income students; Research – producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and Service – encouraging students to give something back to their country.

“Moving up in Washington Monthly’s annual rankings is particularly noteworthy as we position SIUE among the top universities in the Midwest,” said SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. “Our students’ strong commitment to community service demonstrates that we follow through on our mission to encourage students to be highly engaged, productive citizens.”

Washington Monthly ranked SIUE 40th overall in the Master’s Universities category, which includes 671 public and private institutions. SIUE jumped from 57th in last year’s rankings. View the entire list here.

SIUE ranked No. 8 in expenditures for research, having invested more than $30 million in research and public service projects in fiscal year 2013. This investment allows a significant number of SIUE students at the graduate and undergraduate levels the opportunity to participate in research projects in their fields of study.

Under the service sub-category, SIUE was ranked eighth in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs.

SIUE students have many opportunities to work on service projects throughout the year through the University’s Kimmel Student Involvement Center. Students completed nearly 280,000 service hours during the 2013-14 academic year. Those service hours include service-learning hours through coursework, volunteer projects, the SIUE Experience service day, scholarship service requirements, the AmeriCorps America Reads program and student organizations that track their service hours.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. Mark McKenney, associate professor of computer science in the School of Engineering, was selected as one of 17 new CyberGIS Fellows to promote cyberGIS (geographic information science and systems) education.

The National Science Foundation-supported CyberGIS Project has selected 13 projects led by 17 researchers across the United States for funding through its CyberGIS Fellows program.

McKenney’s project will develop flexible education modules that cover key foundational concepts of cyberGIS. These modules can be used together as an extended module in a single course, or broken into smaller stand-alone modules that compliment concepts in traditional computing courses. The result is that the modules may be integrated into existing curricula in an effort to expose students to cyberGIS fundamentals or used together as an intensive foundation for cyberGIS.

The modules will use free and open-source software, freely available data and can be run on standard desktop computers, allowing the use of the modules in a wide range of settings.

“This is outstanding recognition of Dr. McKenney’s efforts in teaching excellence,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. “He will work with a select group of educators like himself in one of the most trendy areas of computer science and will bring back the most current knowledge in the field to pass it on to his students. This is a wonderful opportunity for Dr. McKenney and his students.”

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