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.

SIUE and the city of Edwardsville welcome back students today with the 15th Annual Block Party. Music, food and fun are the order of the day starting at 6 p.m.

The University and the city host the annual event, which runs until midnight, at the intersection of Second and St. Louis streets in Edwardsville’s downtown. SIUE students, faculty and staff, and the community are invited to attend the party with no admission charge.

A deejay will entertain from 6-8 p.m. before That ‘80s Band takes the stage from 8 p.m. to closing.

Food vendors will line the downtown streets, along with many non-food vendors offering products, services and information.

Block Party attendance has more than tripled since it began in 2000, with approximately 3,500 people attending each of the past two years.

The event is sponsored by the city of Edwardsville, SIUE and the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce.

The annual SIUE Merchant Fair and Ice Cream Social took place in the Morris University Center Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. Each year, local businesses and vendors are invited to set up promotional booths and interact with students during the Merchant Fair. Businesses benefit from the exposure and students have the chance to become more familiar with the amenities available to them off-campus in Edwardsville. This year, more than 50 businesses were in attendance as students bustled in and out of the busy Morris University Center.

The Ice Cream Social took place at noon. Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, SIU President, Randy Dunn, and Edwardsville Mayor, Hal Patton, handed out free Dairy Queen Blizzards to students, faculty and staff.

The events were part of Welcome Back Week, SIUE’s week-long celebration of the new academic year and students returning to campus.

Free dental screenings were conducted by volunteer oral health professionals in the Illinois Department of Public Health Wellness on Wheels mobile health van at the Illinois State Fair last week.

Fourth-year SIU School of Dental Medicine students Mark Hobbie and Vance Knauer, alongside Dr. Poonam Jain, director of community and preventative dentistry, were among those who volunteered on Friday, Aug. 15.

Annual dental visits are important for good oral hygiene and care, and also required by Illinois law for kindergartners, second graders and sixth graders. The free exams conducted by SIU students counted as the state required exams for the children.

The dental exams included checking a child’s lips, feeling the soft tissues and checking the physical conditions of their teeth and gums. Oral health professionals determined whether tooth eruption and loss was on schedule according to developmental guidelines. They also observed tooth abnormalities, plaque and tooth decay.

Two dental professionals were present during SIU’s screenings. Dr. David Miller, chief of the division of oral health within the Illinois Department of Public Health, and SIU alumnae Dr. Samantha Arnold frequented the tent to help Hobbie and Knauer with their screenings.

“Dr. Arnold served as a great role model for our students,” said Jain. “Both Mark and Vance enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the experience at the State Fair.”

The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through a wide variety of off-campus community outreach events. These opportunities provide students the training they need to graduate and become highly skilled dentists. The School of Dental Medicine is a vital oral health care provider for residents of southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis metropolitan region.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is hosting an SIU system-wide Innovation Expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Morris University Center Conference Center. “Making Better Megawatts, Mousetraps and Medicine” is the theme of the free event.

The expo supports long-term, sustainable innovation in collaboration with regional business and industry – from idea generation to partnership and commercialization. While the Edwardsville campus is hosting the expo for the first time, the Carbondale campus and the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield also participate.

The event includes an invitation-only noon luncheon for select faculty innovators and industry representatives. After a welcome from SIU President Randy Dunn, Dr. George Vermont will make the public keynote address at 1:30 p.m. A networking session with refreshments follows immediately.

Vermont has 32 years of experience in industry. He currently works for the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program. For the last nine years, he has interviewed over 2,500 small business recipients of SBIR awards in an attempt to validate the effectiveness of the SBIR program. In his presentation, he will highlight some of the study’s findings.

“This system-wide expo provides outstanding visibility for all of the research, patent work and technology being developed on all our campuses,” said Dr. Jerry Weinberg, SIUE associate provost for research, dean of the Graduate School. “Companies with research and project needs can seek out faculty to assist in achieving their goals.”

Following the presentation, a networking session will feature kiosks displaying faculty research, allowing industry representatives to learn what SIU researchers have to offer and to discuss potential matches to their needs and ideas. The featured work ranges from alternative energy and antibiotics to medical devices and gene therapy.

Sponsors include the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, University Park at SIUE, the SIUE Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Husch Blackwell, Dentons, Polsinelli, SIUE and SIUC.

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Those interested in participating in the luncheon should contact the SIUE SBDC at 618-650-2929 or

Attorney General of Illinois Lisa Madigan sat down with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and other members of the SIUE staff on Monday, Aug. 18, to discuss the increase in financial abuses and loan servicing scams targeting current and former students.

The discussion at SIUE’s Morris University Center was prompted by Madigan as part of a series of meetings she plans to initiate with higher education institutions to bring awareness to the issue.

After seeing a significant rise in complaints regarding loan repayment services, the attorney general felt it was important to investigate the companies accused of financial abuses and enforce consumer protection rights surrounding student loans. Involving higher education leaders was the next step to protecting citizens from illegal practices.

“We want to ensure that all universities are aware of this issue,” said Madigan.

Scam artists target individuals struggling to pay off large amounts of student loan debt. Meanwhile, they promise to lower the principal amount owed or other services for an up-front fee, some as high as $1,200.

“Our goal is to educate current and former students on ways to contend with student loan debt, and lessen the chance of honest people giving their money to criminals,” Madigan added.

Attendees conferred with Madigan and her staff about her work and ways SIUE can help to inform students leaving the University about safe and reliable options for managing student loan debt.

SIUE currently sends an informational brochure regarding financial management, repayment options and helpful resources to every student who exits the University. Fifty-three percent of students incur no student debt during their time at SIUE.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior announced this week that both the undergraduate exercise science and graduate exercise physiology programs have received accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

SIUE’s undergraduate exercise science program is the only accredited program at a public university in the states of Illinois and Missouri.

The graduate exercise physiology program is the only accredited program in the states of Illinois and Missouri. There are only six graduate programs accredited nationally.

According to Dr. Erik Kirk, associate professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the accreditation application was submitted in July 2013. An onsite review was conducted in April 2014. The accreditation is through July 31, 2019.

Kirk led the undergraduate exercise science accreditation. Dr. Josh Wooten, assistant professor and graduate program coordinator for specializations in exercise physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, led the graduate exercise physiology accreditation, with the assistance of faculty from both programs.

“Currently, less than five percent of all undergraduate or graduate programs are nationally accredited,” said Kirk. “I would like to thank the programs of exercise science and exercise physiology and the entire department faculty for their help during this process.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville launched a new partnership today with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar sharing program on campus. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours per day, seven days a week for SIUE students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

SIUE will initially offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Toyota Prius, which will be located in Parking Lot B on campus.

This year, SIUE members can join for a $25 fee and receive $35 of free driving. Rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus start as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance, a reserved parking spot and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. SIUE faculty and staff can join Zipcar at

“Zipcar is an outstanding opportunity and value for our students, faculty and staff to have transportation readily available when needed,” said Director of Administrative Services Bob Vanzo. “Zipcar also adds to SIUE’s commitment to sustainability by decreasing emissions.”

Participating SIUE members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.

“The Zipcar program on campus will give SIUE students, as well as faculty and staff, the freedom of having a car without having to experience the hassles,” said Zipcar University General Manager Kateyln Lopresti. “We’re happy to partner with SIUE to help give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallets.”

Zipcar has established relationships with more than 350 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at SIUE, please visit  Additional information and promotions can also be found by following @ZipcarU on Twitter.

Rain thwarted SIUE’s attempt to break its own world record Friday, Aug. 15, during halftime of the Cougars men’s soccer match against Oakland University. The event has been rescheduled for the Cougars’ match against Virginia Tech on Friday. Aug. 29.

Approximately 1,800 fans will simultaneously pop the tops on cans of Pepsi. The Cougars and Hokies are set for kick-off at 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium. The event is all part of the SIUE Experience as the University welcomes students for the fall semester, which officially begins on Monday, Aug. 18.

A year ago, 1,134 fans set a world record as they simultaneously popped the tops on cans of Pepsi Next during SIUE’s match against UW-Milwaukee.

Ticket prices are: general admission – $7; SIUE faculty/staff – $5; senior citizens – $5; and students ages six to college with ID – $4. Admission is free for children five-years-old and younger.

SIUE senior La’Derrick Ward finished eighth his first U.S. Track and Field appearance Friday at the Pan-American Festival in Mexico City.

Ward, who finished last season holding the longest NCAA Division I long jump, made it to the finals where he jumped 7.54 meters.

“I am very satisfied with La’Derrick’s performance at the Pan-American Festival,” said SIUE Jumps Coach Iliyan Chamov. “Making the finals at his first international event is a big statement.”

Ward will return to the States and gear up for the indoor track season which begins Dec. 7.

FinishParticipantCountryDistance1David RegisteDominica8.08m2Jorge McFarlanePeru8.01m3Yunior DiazCuba7.83m4Jhamal BowenPanama7.79m5Emiliano LasaUruguay7.77m6Raymond HiggsBahamas7.76m7Alvaro CortexChile7.57m8La’Derrick WardUSA7.54m

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In-coming freshmen gathered Friday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar statue. More than 2,125 freshmen are registered for classes which represents a 9 percent increase over last year and an all-time high for the University.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Solar Car Team placed 13th out of 20 total cars at the 2014 American Solar Challenge Formula Sun Grand Prix race during July in Austin, Texas.

The SIUE car, Black Nova, was judged on the number of laps and total time per lap. Overall, the team was awarded the Fastest Stop in the Dynamics Brake Test award. The award is based on braking time during the dynamic testing.

“We have made significant improvements from last year’s competition including upgrading the solar array and batteries,” said Dr. Andy Lozowski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Our next tasks will be to upgrade the motor and the motor controller, and building the lower body for improved looks and aerodynamics.”

This year, universities from around the country came to compete, as well as teams from Canada, Puerto Rico and Iran. In comparison to the 20 other competing universities, SIUE had one of the fewest amount of total students enrolled in its institution.

The SIUE Solar Car Team’s goals are to design, build and race solar cars powered entirely by the sun’s energy. The team races competitively against other colleges from the U.S. and from around the world. The organized group enables students from all majors to learn about solar energy, apply hands on knowledge and create a unique project.

A record number of volunteers worked all day Thursday to help a record incoming freshman class move into their residence halls at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. More than 2,125 freshmen are registered for classes which represents a 9 percent increase over last year and an all-time high for the University.

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“The movers are great, and it’s very helpful because I’ve got a lot of stuff,” said freshman Luka Radovic, as he bent his 6-foot, 8-inch frame inside his family’s maroon Toyota Sienna. He spoke Serbian to his mother, Suzanna Cucuk, who then pushed her end of the rolled-up carpet towards him.


Radovic, of Quincy and originally from Serbia, was praising SIUE’s “Movers and Shakers”. The program began in 1996 and welcomes incoming freshmen to the University by providing smiles, information and muscle. Volunteers meet freshmen at their vehicles, help unload their belongings and move their items to their designated rooms.


Also wearing a burnt orange “Movers & Shakers” T-shirt, pulling boxes and items from vehicles of all sorts and loading them onto carts was Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe.

“It’s a perfect day to move-in,” said Furst-Bowe, who was at the Woodland residence hall. “Families have come to bring their loved ones to college, and the SIUE community is here working together to help them. I can’t believe how much stuff some people can fit into one vehicle.”

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As the application deadline came to a close on June 30, the SIUE School of Nursing received a total of 102 applications for only 24 open positions in its first doctor of nurse practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization cohort. The next step of the application process involves narrowing down the applicants to half before scheduling interviews.

“It will be difficult to narrow the applicant pool down to 50 for interviews as the student candidates are strong,” said Dr. Andrew Griffin, nurse anesthesia director, and assistant professor and department chair for primary care and health systems nursing. “They have solid academic backgrounds and significant work experiences.”

The impressive pool of DNP nurse anesthesia specialization applicants are from all over the U.S., including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Kansas, California, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Georgia.

The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic or pain management procedures. The program offers courses and clinical experiences that meet or exceed the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Within the specialization, students learn to provide anesthetic care in diverse settings, including both rural and urban settings. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization is offered full-time over nine semesters (36 months) at the Edwardsville campus.

To learn more information about the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program, visit the SIUE School of Nursing.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior welcomed 12 visiting scholars on Sunday, Aug. 10, from Northwest Normal University (NWNU) in Lanzhou, China, and Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU) in Shenyang, China.

The scholars will live on the SIUE campus during the fall semester and participate in the School’s International Training Program in Pedagogy. According to Dr. Mary Weishaar, associate dean in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, the program is focused on pedagogy – how to teach in an American university.

The program also enhances internationalization efforts at SIUE to help students compete globally, provide an opportunity for faculty to form international relationshipsand allow the visiting scholars to fully experience SIUE’s rich American higher education culture. Developing relationships with NWNU and SAU will potentially lead to study abroad opportunities for SIUE students and enrolled students from China at SIUE in the future.

This is the third year Chinese scholars have visited SIUE as participants in this program. This year’s scholars are from a variety of fields, including chemistry, computer engineering, business, environmental sciences, physics, literature, microbiology, curriculum and instruction, music education, instructional technology, and English as a Second Language. Unlike the first two years in which the visiting scholars were from one institution, this year’s scholars are from two institutions.

“The scholars observe in classes in their areas of expertise and within the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior,” Weishaar explained. “The class within our School serves as an observation for teaching, plus background content on the organization and cultural context of American education.

“All scholars also attend a weekly seminar class that focuses on pedagogy, along with community outreach and cultural activities.”

The benefits of the program reach far beyond the learning opportunities for the visiting scholars. SIUE faculty form international relationships with NWNU and SAU faculty for scholarship, research and service activities.

One SIUE faculty member was recently awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach at Northwest Normal University. The visiting scholars present in the Lifelong Learning Series offered through the SIUE Department of Educational Outreach and interact with local school personnel.

Senior member of SIUE’s men’s track and field team, La’Derrick Ward of Alorton was chosen as the U.S. representative in the men’s long jump for the Pan American Festival in Mexico City, Mexico Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16.

The USATF team will include one male and one female for 11 different events in throws, jumps, and distance. The selection is based on a ranking order list.

“To have La’Derrick chosen as the USA representative in the men’s long jump is great exposure for him and SIUE,” said Head Coach Eileen McAllister. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for him to gain exposure to international competition.”

Ward posted a school record of 8.0 meters (26 feet, 3 inches) at the SIUE Gateway Invite last April. Ward’s 8-meter jump also was an NCAA Division I best for the past season.

Ward saw tremendous success in the 2013-2014 indoor and outdoor seasons at SIUE. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches. He won the long jump at three different events: the SIUE Gateway Invite, the OVC Outdoor Championships and the Cougar Classic. He also posted SIUE’s best finish in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with a fourth-place in the long jump.

Ward competes on Friday at 5 p.m. CST.