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.

Lorie Nelson, founder and owner of Signature Virtual Assistance, knows that the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center’s path crossed with hers at just the right time.

The entrepreneur credits the local SBDC and its director, Patrick McKeehan, with providing the right expertise on her marketing brochure. Thanks to the Illinois Metro East SBDC, says Nelson, her company learned precisely how to reach the ideal clientele.

After 32 years of working for others in multiple administrative assistant and bookkeeping capacities, Nelson launched her admin firm, Signature Virtual Assistance, in August 2012.

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Shannon Hennessey is the new director of Graduate Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Jerry Weinberg, SIUE’s associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School made the announcement earlier in July. She assumed her new duties on Monday, July 14.

“As director of Graduate Education, Hennessey’s responsibilities include administering programs and services for graduate students, assisting with graduate program assessment and review, and supporting the development and administration of new interdisciplinary graduate programs,” Weinberg said.

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Bringing financial equity to Illinois classrooms will not totally fix the problems in schools, State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) told a group of Golden Apple scholars Tuesday night at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“What is going to fix the problem is you folks,” Manar said. “You all have the tremendous ability to make a difference in the lives of children.”

Manar, SIUE alum, spoke to a room of 31 Golden Apple scholars from across Illinois. Also in attendance were Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, SIUE chancellor; Dr. Parviz Ansari, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Curt Lox, interim dean of School of Education, Health and Human Behavior; and Jim Sorensen, director of Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois.

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SIUE hosted several members of Congress for a seminar on Human Trafficking in the United States, specifically in the Metro East, on Monday, July 14, at B. Barnard Birger Hall. Dr. Denise Degarmo, associate professor and chair of the SIUE Department of Political Science and Dr. Erin Heil, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, were joined by Illinois Congressmen Rodney Davis and John Shimkus and Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner.

The panel was convened to promote awareness of the issue in the St. Louis area. St. Louis is ranked in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.

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The SIUE Office of Educational Outreach is partnering with the Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville to offer a unique three-part workshop on landscaping beginning Friday, July 19. Edwardsville Intelligencer writer Julia Biggs featured the collaboration in a story posted July 14. Read it here.

Prospective Students Learn About SIUE at Summer Preview

More than 300 students and their guests toured campus today at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s first Summer Preview.

“I learned how friendly and straightforward some of the professors are,” said Timothy Noble of Chicago. The senior at St. Patrick High School came to SIUE with his parents, James and Patricia Noble.

“I also got to tour the new Science Building,” said Noble, who plans to major in biology. “It was pretty awesome. Just knowing that I can be exposed to all the new technology makes me want to come here.”

Noble said he still has several colleges on his list, but SIUE definitely made a good impression.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) featured Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Kelly Gable on its website. Gable, PharmD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice within SIUE’s School of Pharmacy. She  is the first psychiatric pharmacist to be granted provider and prescriber status by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start has awarded a cluster of grants worth $11,621,178 annually to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start Program. The five-year funding is known as “Birth to Five” programs, named for the ages of the children who will receive services through SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start.

The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program, under the leadership of Program Director G. Lynnie Bailey with the support of the SIUE Office of Research and Projects, successfully completed the grant process. The SIUE Head Start programs competed for funding through the Office of Head Start’s Designation Renewal System.

Bailey will manage the five-year grant worth more than $58 million through June 2019. It has a positive effect upon 198 employees at the administrative office located on the SIUE East St. Louis Center campus

“One of the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program’s primary goals is for happy, healthy children to achieve academic success, not only in kindergarten, but also throughout their academic careers,” Bailey said. “Through the Birth to Five program, the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program will positively impact the lives of more than 7,500 children and their families in East St. Louis and throughout St. Clair County during the course of the next five years.”

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Loami native Travis Cox earned an SIUE degree in psychology on May 10. Since then, Cox has been trying something new each and every day. State Journal-Register writer Dave Bakke profiled Cox’s adventures in a story posted July 8. Read it here.

Oates Associates announced that SIUE School of Engineering alum Tim Verheyen (2007) was named the 2014 Young Engineer of the Year by the St. Clair Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE).

The award recognizes young members, who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their community. Verheyen assists with teaching engineering classes at SIUE. He has also led an SIUE Senior Design Group, an assignment that gives engineering students the opportunity to gain real experience by researching and designing a project in a professional setting. He also volunteers for the School’s annual open house. The event allows students to speak to engineering companies about their experience working in the profession.

A Beardstown native, Verheyen is a licensed professional engineer and LEED green associate with over seven years of site, athletic and roadway design experience. He currently provides site design services in association with the renovation of the historic Lincoln School, which will be the home to The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.

The ISPE represents over 2,500 engineers and has served their needs for over 125 years.

Oates Associates is a multi-disciplined design firm with offices in Collinsville, Belleville and St. Louis.

Henrietta Young has been selected as the new superintendent for the Brooklyn Unit School District 188. The Chicago native earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from SIUE’s School of Education after achieving a bachelor’s in English education from SIUC. Belleville News-Democrat writer Jamie Forsythe wrote about Young’s career in an article posted July 7. Read it here.

SIUE professor Rik Hafer has compared states’ economic performance to their ranking on various measures of educational attainment. Hafer’s thoughts are featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch business writer David Nicklaus’ column posted on July 8. Read it here. Hafer is a distinguished research professor in economics and finance within SIUE’s School of Business.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. Jim Hanlon has been appointed director of the Institute for Urban Research. Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for Research and dean of the Graduate School, made the announcement Tuesday, July 1.

An assistant professor in the Department of Geography within SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences, Hanlon has served as the IUR’s assistant director since January.

“Dr. Hanlon is an authority on public housing in the U.S., and has researched urban issues extensively,” Weinberg said.  “I fully expect that he will continue the IUR’s good work effective immediately.”

Hanlon’s research has been presented at the Urban Affairs Association conference, and he has a forthcoming publication in the journal Housing Studies.

Hanlon succeeds Andy Theising, who has directed the IUR since 2007. Theising stepped down, so that he can go on a planned sabbatical.

“Dr. Theising has done a great job of engaging faculty in urban research and raising the visibility of the IUR in the St. Louis region” Weinberg added. “He will still have ongoing research projects at the IUR.”

Hanlon earned a bachelor’s in geography in 1995 from Michigan State. He achieved both master’s and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and 2008, respectively.

Hanlon served as a graduate instructor in UK’s Department of Geography and an instructor in Bowling Green State University’s Department of Geography before joining the SIUE faculty in 2009.

Temporarily, the IUR has relocated to the East St. Louis campus while renovations are ongoing in Rendleman Hall. The IUR will eventually return to Rendleman into newly renovated space on the lower level. Contact information for the IUR is unchanged.

SIUE School of Engineering students and alums played a significant role when the Associated General Contractor’s (AGC) of St. Louis’ Construction Leadership Council volunteered to work on fixing a severe drainage issue Saturday, May 31, at the Epworth Children & Family Services Center on North Elm Ave. in St. Louis.

Three construction management students from SIUE’s Constructor’s Club within the School of Engineering were among the volunteers:  Andrea Horn, Cody Keller and Mason Musick.

Three SIUE construction management alums were involved in the leadership team. S.M. Wilson’s Ryan Perryman (2004) led the effort, while Oliver Coulson (2007) of Tarlton Corp. and Nick Rothe (2005) from Budrovich, pitched in, too.

The project involved solving an erosion issue that was depositing soil on a basketball court and rendering it unusable at one end. The erosion was also a problem for a nearby swimming pool.

The volunteer team installed new drainage lines on both sides of the building, graded the slope leading toward the basketball court and filled in a hole by the swimming pool. The team weeded and seeded the slope, added mulch, and power-washed the basketball court.

According to Epworth Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Mahan, the group not only remedied the problem, but also made the area visibly pleasant.

The project totaled 68 hours of volunteer labor in addition to the equipment and materials donated.

The leadership team also included Stacey Lampe from Castle Contracting, Matt Lanahan from ICON Mechanical and Kenny Flowers from Hillsdale Fabricators. Lanahan and Flowers are graduates of SIUE’s Construction Leadership Institute.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has honored three SIUE women’s golfers as All-American Scholars. Alison Gorman (Rockford), Molly Marcum (LeRoy) and Ashton Stair (Milton, Wis.) were honored for their respective academic performances.

Student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 to be recognized by the WGCA as All-American Scholars.

“Coach (Lindsay) Wandrey and I are very proud of Ashton, Ali and Molly,” SIUE Director of Golf Derrick Brown said. “They are model student-athletes, who work very hard in the classroom. Every year the WGCA All-American Scholar award is a goal of our team. They are very deserving of this award.”

Gorman is a nursing major, Marcum is an English and mass communications double major, while Stair is an exercise science major.  For Marcum and Stair, this is the second-consecutive year they have been honored by the WGCA.

The three Cougar golfers are among 20 Ohio Valley Conference honorees from seven OVC schools.