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.

KSDK-TV’s (Ch. 5, NBC) daytime program ‘Show Me St. Louis’ visited Edwardsville for an episode that aired Friday, July 25. The Gardens at SIUE and Cougar athletics’ home, the Lukas Annex, were prominently featured.

Video of the segment is available online.


The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced that SIUE is among the 25 top programs in the country in terms of collective grade point average. The rankings cover Divisions I, II and III. SIUE tied for 13th in the NCAA with Upper Iowa. Both schools had a collective GPA of 3.69 for the 2013-14 school year.

The women’s golf team has had the highest GPA among SIUE athletic programs for four-consecutive semesters. Texas-El Paso was the 2013-14 winner of the WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award for having the country’s highest collective GPA at 3.84.

Two SIUE men’s golfers have been recognized for achievement on the course and in the classroom. Taylor Cox (Columbia, Mo.) and Taylor White(Dakota Dunes, S.D.) have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

To be eligible for All-America Scholar status individuals must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

Cox finished his eligibility with the Cougars last season and will graduate in December with a degree in marketing. He has a GPA of 3.30. White, a senior, currently holds a 3.38 GPA and also is majoring in marketing.

The SIUE women’s track and field team, along with student-athletes LaDonna Caston of Riverdale and Julian Harvey of Edwardsville, have each been honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for academic excellence.

The women’s program was named as an All-Academic team after combining to earn a 3.19 team grade point average. The Cougars have been honored in each year they have been eligible for the Division I award.

Individually, hurdler Caston and men’s jumper Harvey are the first individuals to be honored as All-Academic selections. Caston, who will be a junior, has a 3.5 GPA and is majoring in exercise science. Harvey, who will be a sophomore, has a 3.38 GPA and is undeclared.

In order to be selected, individuals must achieve a 3.25 cumulative GPA and must participate in at least one round of NCAA postseason competition during the outdoor season or be among the top 96 during the indoor season

Seven individuals and one team will be inducted into the Class of 2014 SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Morris University Center on campus.

This year’s honorees include wrestling’s Maurice Brown, women’s basketball Head Coach Wendy Hedberg, baseball’s Chad Opel and P.J. Riley, multi-sport standout Kathy (Going) Rogers (field hockey, women’s basketball, softball), volleyball’s Lindsay Rust and Kimberly (Lowe) Thompson from women’s basketball, as well as the members of the 1974-75 wrestling team.

For a complete listing of this year’s inductees and their achievements, visit

This is the 10th class to be inducted since the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame started in 2005. The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the achievements of former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams that have participated in the intercollegiate athletics programs at SIUE as well as to celebrate the history of the institution. A complete listing of Hall of Fame members is available at

Reservations for the event can be made by contacting SIUE Athletics at 618-650-2871. Tickets are $30 and include a social for the inductees to be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event is sponsored by Zeiser Kia and Robust Edwardsville.


The Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University annually selects individuals and/or institutions to receive the William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education. The 2014 individual recipient is Dr. Richard Millett, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professor emeritus of history.

The award recognizes significant contributions in the fields of security and defense education that reflect the Center’s mission: conducting educational activities for civilians and the military in the Western Hemisphere to build capacity and to foster trust, mutual understanding and regional cooperation.

Candidates may include any individual or institution that has made or sustained a significant contribution related to the security and defense sectors. They may be educators, practitioners, or institutions of defense and security from throughout the Hemisphere or from outside the region.

In a letter from the Perry Center’s Michael Mann, a strategic programs manager/StratComm/PAO at the National Defense University, Millett was advised that he was recognized for his “significant contributions in the fields of security and defense education that reflect the Center’s mission: the promotion of education, research, outreach, and knowledge sharing in defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere that lead to enhancing professional security and defense capacity, advancing a cooperative international security environment, fostering effective  civil-military relations and adhering to the Perry Center’s core value.”

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The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting today on the Springfield campus approved two administrative reorganization proposals on the Edwardsville campus.

The reporting structure for the East St. Louis campus will change from SIUE’s Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration. The East St. Louis Center has traditionally provided educational and community service programs for children, youth and adults.

“After an internal review, we determined that the grant-funded programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start should be shifted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration,” said Julie Furst-Bowe, SIUE chancellor. “Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher can be more directly engaged in the financial oversight of the East St. Louis Center.”

With responsibility for the SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start program, Neher will oversee a number of Head Start/Early Head Start Centers that include four locations in East St. Louis along with centers in Belleville, Brooklyn, Cahokia and Caseyville. There are three Head Start or Early Head Start collaboration sites in Belleville and two in East St. Louis, plus single sites in Cahokia and Freeburg.

The SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School will continue to report to the dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Curt Lox is currently serving as the interim dean.

In another administrative move, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will move from the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs to the Office of the Chancellor.

“Because of the significance of an inclusive and diverse environment to the welfare of our campus community, I want a close and communicative relationship with our Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion led by Venessa Brown,” Furst-Bowe said. “This structure fits the standard found among many institutions of higher education and will clearly communicate SIUE’s commitment to institutional diversity.”

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for the development, implementation and management of a University-wide Diversity Program, including elements of cultural and social diversity, civility, ethics and collective responsibility. The office will maintain its current location at 3116 Rendleman Hall.

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting today on the Springfield campus approved contracts worth more than $1.3 million to provide services and equipment to the Edwardsville campus.

Separate contracts were awarded for the Information Technology Services Computer Room renovation. Wissehr Electric, Inc., of Belleville, will manage the electric work at a cost of $739,500. Amsco Mechanical, Inc., of Granite City, will serve as the heating contractor at a cost of $169,000. The project will modify mechanical and electrical systems by replacing heat exchangers, reconfiguring or replacing server racks and replacing the electrical distribution and uninterruptible power supply to the room located in Dunham Hall.

Separate contracts were also awarded to upgrade SIUE’s high service water pumping station. Guarantee Electrical Co., of Granite City, will serve as the electric contractor at a cost of $245,510. Keller Construction, Inc., of Glen Carbon, will manage the asphalt work at a cost of $232,501. The project will upgrade the electrical service, communications system, access to and security of the primary potable water pumping station serving the SIUE campus.


The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program grant worth $997,076 to support the School’s Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP).

SNAP is a successful, ongoing initiative that addresses the critical need to increase the numbers of diverse professional nurses in the workforce by recruiting and retaining students from racially, ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

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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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