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11 am news

Analysis finds few Missouri prison employees nabbed by top investigator

2017-02-20 11:30:00
JEFFERSON CITY ? Millions of dollars have been paid out in legal settlements stemming from sexual harassment cases within the Missouri prison system. Read Full Story ...

NFL's Ezekiel Elliott to be honored at Mathews-Dickey bash

2017-02-20 11:15:00
Club celebrating 57th anniversary with awards ceremony Sunday Read Full Story ...

Mercy and St. Anthony's enter affiliation agreement

2017-02-20 11:05:00
St. Anthony's is one of the area's last remaining independent hospitals. Read Full Story ...

10 am news

Gun matched to shell casings at shooting in St. Louis triggers murder charge

2017-02-20 10:05:00
Keith Armstrong, 56, was fatally shot while on the porch of a home in the 2000 block of Destrehan Street in December 2016. Read Full Story ...

9 am news

Centene hires former Attorney General Chris Koster

2017-02-20 09:05:00
Koster to assist in business-related issues outside of government relations, for Centene's locally-based health plans across the country. Read Full Story ...

Steadfast Determination and United Support Help SIUE Student-Athletes Excel

2017-02-20 09:05:00

(L-R) SIUE women’s soccer team members and juniors in the School of Nursing Caroline Hoefert and Lindsey Fencel.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s soccer team is back on the field as its 2017 spring season got underway Monday, Feb. 20. The team made school history during its 2016 fall season when it advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I Tournament, demonstrating the tremendous talent and drive of its players.

In addition to their athletic success, the players exhibit a dogged determination to excel in their academic coursework and achieve a successful balance as student-athletes. Junior midfielder Lindsey Fencel and junior striker Caroline Hoefert are shining examples of this balance. Both are pursuing baccalaureate degrees from the SIUE School of Nursing (SON).

“I decided to come to SIUE, because the University offers both of the things I’m interested in —nursing and soccer,” said Hoefert, a native of Godfrey who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. “I was fortunate to find a school that was close to home and provided those opportunities.”

“Our coaching staff places an immense amount of emphasis on our team’s academic success, just as much as our athletic success,” added Fencel, of Bethalto. “We’re always reminded that we are student-athletes, not athlete-students.”

Hoefert’s and Fencel’s passion for nursing stems from a strong desire to help people. As they pursue their aspirations, they note the immense support they’re receiving from both the SIUE SON and SIUE Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to achieve balance and find success.

“Our number one goal as a department is to educate and graduate our student-athletes,” said Jaci DeClue, associate athletic director for compliance and student services at SIUE. “When our coaches recruit, they are charged to recruit students who perform well not only on the playing surface, but also in the classroom. We offer class scheduling and advising, tutoring, study hall, academic mentoring and monitoring, and an academic computer lab.”

Athletics also works directly with representatives within each school and the College of Arts and Sciences to collaboratively support student-athletes.

“We work closely with the School of Nursing to review our nursing student-athletes’ competition schedules in relation to the established nursing cohorts” DeClue explained. “This ensures our student-athletes do not miss their classes or clinical rotations.”

“The School of Nursing and Athletics have developed a great relationship over the years and share the major goal of giving these student nurse athletes every opportunity to excel in the classroom, while participating in their chosen sport,” said Roberta Harrison, PhD, RN, associate professor and assistant dean of undergraduate programs in the SIUE SON.

“Student nurse athletes have extraordinarily busy schedules filled with frequent practice times, games, classes, clinical days and finding time to study,” Harrison continued. “The athletes, who I have had the pleasure to work with, are extremely organized, motivated individuals. Their dedication to class and sport makes them a great group to assist.”

“Not only does success on the playing field benefit the individual athlete, but also other prospective students benefit as well, because they see that it is possible to accept a sports scholarship and succeed in our rigorous nursing program,” explained Rhonda Comrie, PhD, RN, associate dean for academic programs in the SON. “Plus, the energy and passion these students bring to the playing field, carries over into their desire to become excellent nurses.”

According to DeClue, SIUE student-athletes have been recognized for multiple academic achievements:

Both Fencel and Hoefert agree that the rewards of being an SIUE student-athlete far outweigh any challenges they’ve had to overcome.

“I’m thankful for the time the coaches set aside for our studies,” said Hoefert. “We are required to participate in study hours while on campus and away on travel. I work to balance my time by planning my days out.”

“I would encourage all incoming student-athletes to never quit,” Fencel added. “Last season was the most rewarding season of my entire career, and that came from my dedication to my team and my studies. There will be times when you have never been so stressed in your life, or so tired you feel like you can’t function. But when you finally get a break and look back at what you’ve accomplished, you will be extremely glad you stuck with it and persevered.”

Photo: (L-R) SIUE women’s soccer team members and juniors in the School of Nursing Caroline Hoefert and Lindsey Fencel.

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8 am news

Trump tweets further criticism of Sweden

2017-02-20 08:59:00
The most recent tweet blasted the media for claiming large-scale immigration in Sweden is working. Read Full Story ...

SIU SDM Salutes Founding Dean Frank Sobkowski

2017-02-20 08:05:00

sobkowski-frankDr. Francis “Frank” J. Sobkowski, the founding dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the age of 83. His invaluable service, vision for success and legacy will live on in the minds of the students, who attend the School he worked so diligently to create, for generations to come.

In the late 1960s, the need for experienced dental professionals in southern Illinois was reaching crisis proportions. Establishment of a new dental school at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was proposed in February 1968 by a subcommittee for the Illinois State Board of Higher Education. The plan was rigorously endorsed in May 1968 by the Madison and St. Clair County dental societies. The State Board of Higher Education appropriated $1.1 million to establish a new School of Dentistry at Southern Illinois University. The school was to be temporarily housed in the science building Alton Center of SIU until a new facility could be built on the Edwardsville campus, former Chancellor John S. Rendleman said.

Enter Sobkowski. In 1969, he accepted the position as special assistant to the president of health education at SIU. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 35, he was named dean of the new SIU School of Dental Medicine. In the Nov. 14, 1970 edition of the Alton Evening Telegraph, Sobkowski hoped the school acted “as a catalyst to draw qualified people to the area.”

“We want this school to act as a focal point to renew interest in the medical and dental professions in Southern Illinois,” Sobkowski was quoted. “This will be a place that can teach young dentists and serve the needs of the dental community that is in the area as well as those who, we hope, will come into the area.” 

Sobkowski was uniquely qualified for the position. Born in August 28, 1933, in Dunkirk, N.Y., he earned a bachelor’s from Hamilton College in 1950 and headed to the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 where he attained a DDS and master’s in physiology. He earned a doctorate in radiation biology from the University of Rochester in 1959 and joined its faculty shortly thereafter. In 1966, Sobkowski joined the faculty at the UCLA, and became chair of the division of oral radiology and assistant dean of the School of Dentistry.

With Sobkowski at the helm of the newly formed SIU SDM, applications began pouring in. On Friday, May 12, 1972, the School was officially accredited by the American Dental Association and began accepting its first class of students. With this milestone, the institution became the first dental school outside of Cook County fully capable of training the next generation of dental professionals.

“This is a very important step,” said Sobkowski shortly after the news of accreditation broke in the Alton Evening Telegraph. “I feel like we accomplished a large part of our dream.”

The inaugural class of 24 students arrived in September 1972. The students, primarily from central and southern Illinois, were chosen from a pool of over 600 applications.

Besides offering a premier location for students to receive a quality dental health education under the direction of Dr. Richard Coy, Sobkowski hoped to see the School begin offering patient care for community residents.

“Though there is no question that our prime mission is education, the dental school will be more than a school—we are planning it as an oral health center,” he said in the September 13, 1972, edition of the Alton Evening Telegraph.

Sobkowski stepped down from his position of dean at the School in 1974 and became an orthodontics resident and clinical professor at Saint Louis University’s (SLU) School of Orthodontics. He opened a private practice shortly thereafter and practiced orthodontics for 20 years.

In 1999, Sobkowski retired from SLU and returned to the institution he worked so diligently to build, serving as a professor of dental radiology. Even after his official retirement from the University, he served as a valuable mentor to Dr. Bruce Rotter, current SIU SDM dean.

“On a personal level, I have known Frank since I was a student at the School of Dental Medicine,” said Rotter, who received his doctorate from SIU SDM in 1982. “He has been my teacher, my colleague and over the years, our roles changed and I became his administrator.”

This week, the SDM dedicated the recently renovated clinic on the Edwardsville campus. Initially built in 1997 to add additional program capacity to the School, the clinic is now equipped to expand the scope of care and provide a high level of training to students.

“Dr. Sobkowski’s mentorship and ability to recall where we once were historically with the school and help us move forward was a valuable asset,” Rotter said. “He was not only a legacy to the institution, but a friend and mentor to many of us here at the School of Dental Medicine.

“He had a heart for the School and dental health in general,” Rotter said. “Had he been here today, I think this would have made him extremely proud.”

Photo:  Dr. Frank Sobkowski, founding dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

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7 am news

Historian survey ranks Obama high on justice and economy, low on foreign affairs and Congressional relations

2017-02-20 07:30:00
Ranks 12th overall. Read Full Story ...

Alton man killed by wrong-way driver in St. Charles County

2017-02-20 07:30:00
He was coming home from work. Read Full Story ...

Tigers upset No. 6 Gamecocks on Cunningham's buzzer beater

2017-02-20 07:00:00
Sophomore star scores 26 points, including game-winner, in 62-60 victory. Read Full Story ...

6 am news

Boy, 14, wearing headphones when struck by train in south St. Louis County, police say

2017-02-20 06:45:00
The boy's injuries are not life-threatening. Read Full Story ...

Democratic mayoral candidate Lewis Reed says his diverse background can unify divided city

2017-02-20 06:00:00
`We don't all look alike.' Read Full Story ...

Undeterred by the odds, mayoral candidate Jimmie Matthews (once again) makes his pitch

2017-02-20 06:00:00
Matthews challenged Slay four years ago, one of numerous races Matthews has run since the early 1980s. Read Full Story ...

Past is prelude for Democratic mayoral candidate Antonio French

2017-02-20 06:00:00
Warns of post-Ferguson `powder keg' in St. Louis. Read Full Story ...

Clay to sue in federal court alleging removal of painting violated First Amendment

2017-02-20 06:00:00
Lawsuit to claim former St. Louis student's rights were violated by Architect of the Capitol. Read Full Story ...

Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to state-run virtual education program

2017-02-20 06:00:00
Despite concerns over the effectiveness of virtual schooling, education advocates are open to proposals. Read Full Story ...

Taking down student painting violated 1st Amendment, Clay claims in planned lawsuit

2017-02-20 06:00:00
Lawsuit to claim former St. Louis student's rights were violated by Architect of the Capitol. Read Full Story ...

1 am news

Cardinals' Peralta has luxury of time this spring

2017-02-20 01:20:00
Cardinals have positioned Peralta as the likely starter at third base. Read Full Story ...

Peralta aware 'there's a lot to learn' at his new position

2017-02-20 01:20:00
Cardinals have positioned Peralta as the likely starter at third base. Read Full Story ...

Ortiz: Alcantara arrives as intriguing prospect for Cardinals

2017-02-20 01:15:00
Alcantara is one of the most intriguing Cardinals prospects this spring. Read Full Story ...

12 am news

7 shows for your radar this week (Feb. 20-26)

2017-02-20 00:30:00
All roads lead to Sunday night's Academy Awards. Read Full Story ...

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