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  • SIU President's Communiqué (2-22-2013)
    students choose from more than 160 family practice physicians in Illinois for their preceptorship experience They will graduate from medical school in May 2014 and then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice Since 1981 2 217 students have participated in the program which is offered by the School s Department of Family and Community Medicine Established in 1970 the mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education patient care research and community service Return to Index 5 SIUE Hosts Record Numbers Prepping for 2013 Botball Tournament SIUE hosted a record 36 teams during the Botball Workshop in the Morris University Center MUC Conference Center last weekend The teams are preparing for the seventh annual Greater St Louis Botball Tournament to be held April 20 in the MUC s Meridian Ballroom The workshop was an opportunity for the teams to discuss the rules of this year s tournament and to learn tips on programming their robots to achieve goals Return to Index 6 SIUC Lecture Series Will Feature Former Congressman Jerry F Costello a recently retired U S Congressman from Southern Illinois has agreed to deliver a series of lectures for the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in 2013 Costello s yearlong service to the Institute will include public events guest lecturing in classes and speaking to students in a variety of disciplines on SIUC and Edwardsville campuses Costello who served 25 years in the U S House of Representatives until choosing to not seek reelection in 2012 was ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation as part of his serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee He also served on the Committee on Science Space and Technology and the subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment The Simon Institute which is committed to its bi partisan heritage is known for hosting speakers from all corners of the political and ideological perspectives The late U S Sen Paul Simon founded the Institute in 1997 Costello s first public lecture will be on the Carbondale campus on Tuesday March 19 at 7 p m in the SIU Student Center ballrooms His appearance will follow a daylong visit to campus where he will interact with students in a variety of settings Return to Index 7 SIUC Panel Will Focus On Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Many Americans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder PTSD and an event at SIUC focuses on the disorder and how best to help those who have it The Serving Those Who Serve Supporting Veterans on Campus event is set for 5 30 p m on Monday Feb 25 in the Ohio Room at the Student Center The event is free and open to the University community and the public The Office of Diversity and Equity at SIU is joining with the University s Student Veterans Organization to sponsor the panel discussion The focus will be on providing

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  • SIU President's Communiqué (2-15-2013)
    the third best duo in the nation as established by the National Parliamentary Tournament of Champions National Championship Although the successful pair are teaming with different partners this season Rehg and Rivera reunited for a final round robin debate tournament of the season Rehg a junior from Swansea majoring in speech communication and Rivera a sophomore from Chicago majoring in political science won the invitation only Point Loma Round Robin Tournament of Champions Feb 1 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego With the regular season finished the debate team will now prepare for National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship Tournament March 22 25 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton Calif Return to Index 6 Teams to Compete Saturday during Science Olympiad at SIUE More than 400 students in 22 teams from area middle junior and senior high schools will compete in the annual Regional Science Olympiad on Feb 16 Science and engineering related activities are expected to take place throughout the day across campus in the Vadalabene Center the Peck and Science buildings and the Biotechnology Lab in University Park An awards ceremony honoring top performers will be held at 3 30 p m in the Science Building auditorium Hosted by the SIUE Center for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM Research Education and Outreach the event is a team based competition for students encompassing all areas of science including biology chemistry earth science physics and more Those selected from the Feb 16 event will advance to the state competition April 20 at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Return to Index 7 SIU s Fertility and IVF Center Ranked among Top U S Fertility Centers The SIU Fertility and IVF Center at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been ranked among the top five fertility centers in the nation by FindTheBest an unbiased data driven comparison search engine FindTheBest gave SIU its Smart Rating of 94 the highest of all fertility centers in Illinois and its surrounding states FindTheBest gathers its information from public databases primary sources manufacturer websites and expert sources A team of researchers reviews all third party edits before they are approved The SIU Fertility and IVF Center offers a nationally recognized board certified team of fertility experts who provide comprehensive fertility treatments to couples who need help to conceive Physicians laboratory staff program coordinators nurses psychologists geneticists and nutritionists specialize in helping couples become families Return to Index 8 Iconic Journalist Toure Spoke at SIUE on American Political Landscape During a recent talk in SIUE s Morris University Center journalist Toure assessed the state of politics in the United States An Evening with Toure Iconic Journalist Culture Critic and Television Host was part of SIUE s 2013 Black Heritage Month Toure authored Who s Afraid of Post Blackness What It Means to be Black Now and also co hosts MSNBC s The Cycle which airs at 2 p m CST weekdays He is a columnist for Time com

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  • SIU President's Communiqué (2-8-2013)
    is open to the public Return to Index 6 SalukiTech Offers Enhanced Information Services Numerous technology changes and improvements at SIUC will enhance service to students and the University community Among the changes is a relocation of the Information Technology help desk previously in the Northwest Annex to join Morris Library s Information Desk The SalukiTech collaboration will make the library a one stop hub for the University community to address technology needs as well as information and research resource questions In addition to this joint venture extensive upgrades to campus wireless coverage are also under way SalukiTech offers a variety of IT services including general troubleshooting software installation virus removal operating system reinstallations and upgrades hardware upgrades RezNet configuration and troubleshooting The service can also assist with wireless set up for desktops laptops tablets and smartphones and also handle sales of flash drives hard drives routers cables and office software Return to Index 7 SIUE Kicks Off Black Heritage Month SIUE s 2013 Black Heritage Month Planning Committee and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst Bowe participated in the opening program Feb 4 in the Goshen Lounge of the Morris University Center Those on the program included Sylvester Sunshine Lee and the East St Louis Community Performance Ensemble God s Anointed Mime Ministry and the SIUE Gospel Choir The choir led the audience in the singing of the Black National Anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing The month is filled with many activities Return to Index 8 SIU Breast Center Receives Perfect Score by National Accreditation Program The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers has rated the Breast Center at the Simmons Cancer Institute at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield as 100 percent compliant on all 27 evaluation standards for accreditation used by the NAPBC The NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons and was established to ensure that accredited institutions provide the most efficient effective and up to date care available for patients with breast disease The Simmons Cancer Institute received a 100 percent rating among all 27 standards of the NAPBC including the requirement that breast centers provide patients with information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options The SIU Breast Center opened in 1998 and is located at the Simmons Cancer Institute 315 W Carpenter St Springfield The Simmons Cancer Institute s mission is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education research patient care and community service Return to Index 9 SIUE Celebrates Great Humanitarian at Annual MLK Luncheon The SIUE Morris University Center s Meridian Ballroom was buzzing with activity as a crowd of nearly 250 gathered early this month to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian awards and scholarships were distributed and the program recounted the icon s work to advance equality diversity and justice SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst Bowe provided welcoming remarks Dr Ed Hightower serving as the guest

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  • SIU President's Communiqué (2-1-2013)
    the luncheon event the MLK Humanitarian and Scholarship awards will take place This year s scholarship recipient is East St Louis native and SIUE student Demetrius Coleman Dr Ed Hightower SIU Board of Trustees vice president and superintendent of Edwardsville schools will provide the welcome remarks He and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst Bowe will introduce the award recipients including Coleman a senior majoring in English language and literature Charlotte E Johnson of Alton a retired educator and recipient of the Community Humanitarian Award Dr Aminata Cairo an assistant professor of anthropology and recipient of the Faculty Staff Humanitarian Award Return to Index 5 SIU Medical School Professor Receives Grant to Study Rare Pediatric Disease An internationally recognized physician scientist at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a laboratory research grant from Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc to study pediatric opsoclonus myclonus syndrome a rare disease in children The total budget of the grant is 205 081 Dr Michael Pranzatelli professor of neurology and director of the National Pediatric Myoclonus Center is the principal investigator for the project Results of this research could lead to new disease and treatment biomarkers and the development of a more effective treatment for the disease OMS renders a previously normal child unable to talk sit walk or sleep causing uncontrollable shaking and eye movements Pranzatelli s research on pediatric myoclonus has received national funding for more than twenty years which now totals more than 4 million Return to Index 6 SIUE 34th Annual Friends of Art Auction Set for April 4 The Friends of Art FOA along with the SIUE Department of Art and Design will hold its 34th Annual Art Auction on Thursday April 4 at the Lewis and Clark Community College LCCC campus at 600 Troy Road in Edwardsville The renovated site was the original home of the SIUE Art and Design department which was known as the Wagner Complex This spring the department will celebrate the opening of the Art and Design west expansion on the SIUE campus on March 21 The 2013 auction features original donated artwork which may be previewed at 6 p m Gary Niemeier of Ahrens Niemeier Auctioneers will start the bidding at 7 p m For additional information contact Dianne Lynch at 618 377 8622 Return to Index 7 SIUC s AmeriCorps Students Assisting The Science Center The state s oldest AmeriCorps group is expanding its service sphere SIUC s Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps members will now also lend a hand at The Science Center located at the University Mall The University students are helping with internal and external programming and community outreach The Center provides hundreds of programs and hosts numerous field trips annually and AmeriCorps initial help will focus on ecology and river basins SIU s AmeriCorps program originated during the fall 2005 semester Activities include tutoring and mentoring students in grades PreK 8 in the Carbondale elementary schools De Soto and Unity Point school districts and the Boys and Girls Club and

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  • SIU President's Communiqué (1-25-2013)
    Jay Keeven a commander who has had an extensive career with the Illinois State Police has been named director of police for the city of Edwardsville He achieved a business degree from SIUE in 1991 Return to Index 9 SIUC s Sustainability Council Accepting Green Project Applications The SIU Sustainability Council is accepting applications for a new funding cycle for green projects on campus The application deadline is March 22 with the announcement of winning projects set for Earth Day April 22 Money for the projects come from a 10 per semester student Green Fee enacted by the SIU Board of Trustees due to a student led initiative The fee has generated 1 2 million in sustainability support since the fee became effective at the start of the fall 2009 semester A total of 23 projects received funding in 2012 Any SIU student faculty or staff member registered student organization department or office may submit a project funding application For more information contact Matthew Therrell Green Fund committee chair at greenfund siu edu or therrell siu edu Send project applications to greenfund siu edu Applicants should include their name and project title in the subject line Return to Index 10 7th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE The American Diabetes Association is hosting a Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE s Morris University Center Saturday Jan 26 from 8 a m 2 p m The seventh annual Free Diabetes Education Program provides lifesaving information and a complimentary lunch The program is made possible by the SIUE School of Pharmacy and the Meridian Society The program 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 speak directly with health care professionals Speakers and topics offered at the program are Anna Hufendick and Ami Vora Test Your Knowledge Chris Lynch Insulin LaKesha Butler Steps to a Healthier Life Kathy Gable Battling the Diabetes Blues Cindy Hartman Dietary Health and Julio Leey Diabetes and Obesity To register for the program or for more information contact Rawnie Berry at 888 342 2383 ext 6829 or RBerry diabetes org Day of event registration will be available Return to Index 11 Ernest Morrell Inspired Educators at IERC Reception Can hip hop music mock trials and community projects motivate high school students to find their voice and be more engaged in school That is indeed the case according to Dr Ernest Morrell director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City He was the guest speaker at a reception sponsored by the Illinois Education Research Council IERC at SIUE s Morris University Center Morrell provided an inspirational presentation about his work capitalizing upon young people s interest in popular culture and participatory media technologies to increase their motivation and promote academic literacy development civic engagement and college access The IERC led by its executive director Janet Holt Ph D conducts

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  • SIU President's Communique (1/18/2013)
    of his academic accomplishments in clinical psychology and for his contributions in the instruction of psychology students nationwide Return to Index 6 SIUC s Financial Aid Refunds Give Boost to Area Economy Earlier this month SIUC distributed 23 3 million in financial aid refunds providing a significant boost to the region s economy Two rounds of spring semester federal financial aid refunds are going to nearly 7 000 students Federal financial aid includes grants loans and scholarships The University credits the money to the students accounts first paying off charges such as tuition fees and on campus room and board Students who have more financial aid than direct University charges receive a refund Students typically use the financial aid refund dollars for textbooks off campus rent and utilities and other education related expenses In fiscal year 2011 2012 SIU Carbondale administered nearly 186 9 million in undergraduate financial aid and more than 104 million in graduate student financial aid Return to Index 7 Ernest Morrell Inspires Educators at IERC Reception According to Dr Ernest Morrell director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City hip hop music mock trials and community projects motivate high school students to find their voice and be more engaged in school Morrell was the guest speaker at a reception sponsored by the Illinois Education Research Council IERC at SIUE s Morris University Center last week Morrell provided an inspirational presentation about his work capitalizing upon young people s interest in popular culture and participatory media technologies to increase their motivation and promote academic literacy development civic engagement and college access Serving as an IERC national advisor Morrell also engaged the IERC Advisory Board in dialogue about education reform and focused on new models for administrative leadership in urban schools Return to Index 8 Judges Selected for SIUC s 35th Big Muddy Film Festival Judges are in place for the 35th annual Big Muddy Film Festival at SIUC Filmmakers Bobby Abate Jesse McLean and Julie Wyman will be part of the annual event which brings some of the best of independent filmmaking to the region The festival runs Feb 20 24 Started in 1979 the film festival remains one of the oldest film festivals affiliated with a university in the nation The festival will feature both competition and non competition screenings daily and has juried films in four categories animation documentary experimental and narrative Festival sponsors include The Arthur Agency in Carbondale the Illinois Arts Council WSIU Radio SIU Carbondale Undergraduate Student Government and the Student Fine Arts Activity Fee More festival information will be available at bigmuddyfilm com or by email at info bigmuddyfilm com Return to Index 9 Seventh Annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE The American Diabetes Association is hosting a free diabetes education program at SIUE s Morris University Center Saturday Jan 26 from 8 a m 2 p m The annual event provides lifesaving information and a complimentary lunch The program

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  • SIU President's Communiqué (12-7-2012)
    available at the Simmons Cancer Institute at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield The treatment called Novo TTF is used as a fourth therapy option in patients who have failed to respond to chemotherapy radiation and surgery Patients 22 years and older are eligible for the FDA approved treatment An estimated 10 000 patients are diagnosed with GBM each year in the United States Five year survival rates are less than 10 percent The non invasive treatment administers a painless low intensity electrical current using electrodes called transducer arrays which are placed on a patient s scalp The therapy prevents tumor growth by stopping the tumor cells from dividing and replicating resulting in cell death Patients carry a portable device with them allowing for outpatient treatment and continuous therapy with minimal interference in daily activities Return to Index 6 SIU School of Dental Medicine Breaks Ground on Simulation Lab SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Rotter SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst Bowe and SIU President Glenn Poshard broke ground late last month for a new simulation lab Nearly 50 supporters gathered in the mild autumn afternoon on the site located at 2800 College Ave on the Alton Campus The 9 5 million facility will serve as a primary site of instruction for approximately 100 pre doctoral dental students Along with the simulation lab the 18 000 square foot addition includes a ceramic reconstruction room an X ray room casting and dispensing areas and the replacement of the school s fitness center Among the dignitaries attending were Jim Underwood executive director of the Illinois Capital Development Board State Rep Dan Beiser D East Alton and Illinois Senator Bill Haine D Alton Return to Index 7 The Nutcracker Hits SIUC s Shryock Stage Dec 15 16 A holiday favorite will come to life at SIUC this month The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents The Nutcracker at Shryock Auditorium Dec 15 at 7 30 p m and Dec 16 at 3 p m The Southern Illinois Music Festival Dance Company and the Southern Illinois Children s Choir join the symphony in this biennial production In addition to more than 100 local dancers the production features principal dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet under the direction of choreographer Sydelle Fulk and SIUC Director of Orchestras Edward Benyas Tickets for The Nutcracker Ballet are 20 for general audience and 8 for students Tickets are available in advance online or by calling 618 453 6000 Tickets are also available at the Shryock Auditorium Box Office during office hours and beginning one hour before each performance Return to Index 8 SIUE School of Nursing SIU School of Medicine Hold Collaborative Retreat The SIUE School of Nursing and the SIU School of Medicine held a retreat to begin discussions on working collaboratively through Inter Professional Education IPE to develop activities that will benefit both medical and nursing students The goals for the retreat were to discuss current literature about successful IPE strategies how these disciplines could develop

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  • SIU President's Communiqué (11-30-2012)
    for general admission 6 for students The Southern Illinois University Wind Ensemble will present its concert on Dec 6 The concert begins at 7 30 p m also at Shryock Auditorium Tickets are 12 for general admission 6 for students Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the concert Tickets are also available in advance at the Shryock Auditorium box office by phone at 618 453 6000 or online Return to Index 7 SIUE Assists in Hosting International Engineering Conference in Turkey SIUE s School of Engineering combined with Atilim University Turkey and Ankara University Turkey to host the second International Engineering Education Conference IEEC2012 during the first week in November The focus of the event which was held in Antalya Turkey was New Trends and Expectations Dr Cem Karacal associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering served as a conference co chair and led a group of four SIUE participants Karacal chaired the section on Engineering Education and R D Relations SIUE s Dr Ryan Fries and Dr Sohyung Cho were among the invited speakers Cho an associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering IME spoke about lab simulation to teach supply chain optimization He was the SIUE School of Engineering s IME Excellence Award winner in both 2009 and 2011 Fries an assistant professor of civil engineering spoke about innovative approaches to engage students in the classroom He was the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2011 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2011 Chi Epsilon James M Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award Karacal also presented within the section on Pedagogical Approaches and Assessment in Engineering Education regarding maximizing resources of both the University assessment office and the School of Engineering in program assessment for accreditation purposes Within that same section Dr Chris Gordon associate dean of the School of Engineering also had a presentation regarding drawing assessments to measure student perceptions of diverse fields in an engineering school Before traveling to Antalya the SIUE contingent made a stop in Istanbul and participated in new student orientation for the Istanbul Technical University ITU SIUE dual diploma program Students enjoyed interacting with SIUE engineering faculty Dr Hasan Sevim dean of the SIUE School of Engineering pointed out the importance of international exposure for SIUE through its faculty Having a large contingency of Turkish students in our dual diploma program in industrial engineering makes this trip so much more meaningful he stated Our faculty team represented us at an international conference and saw the ITU campus that produces our dual diploma students Return to Index 8 SIU School of Medicine Receives Grant for Cardiovascular Research The SIU School of Medicine has received 142 469 from the American Heart Association to conduct a cardiovascular research study Dr Julio Copello associate professor of pharmacology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield will conduct the 2 year study titled Modulation of Ryanodine Receptor Mediated Calcium Leak in Health and Diseases The results of the

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