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Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is a four-year, coeducational, public university in Edwardsville, Illinois, United States about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.


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During the Post�World War II economic expansion, a lack of public higher education was noticeable in the growing Metro-East area. Organizations from across the area took it upon themselves to relieve this lack. Southern Illinois University (SIU), over 100 miles (160 km) to the region's south, opened a residence center in Belleville in 1949. In 1955, the Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce founded the Southwestern Illinois Council for Higher Education (SWICHE), tasked with creating a more permanent solution to the problem. SWICHE and the SIU Board of Trustees met and stated their agreement in goals in 1956, and, that same year, an Executive Committee from the Board of Education in Alton invited Dr. Alonzo Myers, Chairman of the Department of Higher Education for Higher Education at New York University, to perform a study of the need for higher education in the Metro-East. Dr. Myers's 1957 report, The Extent and the Nature of Needs for Higher Education in Madison and St. Clair Counties, outlined the precise need: the 1950 census showed that students in the region in question were only half as likely as those in other regions of the country to finish a four-year college degree program (owing specifically to the lack of a nearby university and the financial difficulties of going to school away from home at other state universities). Businesses in the area were in need of college-trained employees, but were forced to hire outside of the area, especially in the fields of business administration, nursing, education, and industrial technology. Myers concluded that, rather than more residence centers, private schools, or junior colleges, a branch of a four-year public university would best serve the needs of the area. He recommended SIU, the closest large public university, as the best candidate. Acting on the report, in 1957, SIU purchased both a former building of East St. Louis High School and the campus of Shurtleff College in Alton as temporary facilities. Even with all of the research and planning that had gone before, the true need had been underestimated. When the new campuses opened, officials planned on having about 800 students; 1776 enrolled, and enrollment doubled within two years. The dual campus solution was temporary mostly because both facilities were in urban areas with little room for expansion even at the time of purchase. Land for the permanent campus was purchased in 1960--- 2,660-acre (1,076.5 ha) of farmland. Money for the purchase came from A) contributions from individuals, businesses, industries, labor unions, civic organizations, and PTAs; B) loans from 14 Metro-East banks; and C) state funding.[19] The location, west of Edwardsville, was chosen due to its accessibility via highways, its usability as an educational campus, and its proximity to the major urban areas of the Metro-East. In 1960, a bond issue was voted upon by the citizens of Illinois; the measure passed by more than 100,000 votes, providing funds for the construction of the campuses of SIUE and the school now known as the University of Illinois Chicago.A conference entitled Environmental Planning-Edwardsville Campus (EPEC) took place in 1961, highlighting the architectural and spatial design of the future campus. The campus was designed by architects Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. Ground was broken in 1963[23] and, with the first two buildings (Peck Hall and Lovejoy Library) completed, classes were first held on the Edwardsville campus in fall 1965. A series of dedication ceremonies from 1966 to 1969 highlighted the ongoing growth of the campus. Prior to the development of the Edwardsville campus, six "Divisions of Academic Programs" were established for the SIU Residential Centers in Alton and East St. Louis on March 4, 1960. When the move was made to the new campus in 1965, the "Divisions" became the Schools of Business, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. The nursing program, which was to become the School of Nursing when the new campus opened, was established in March 29, 1964. On April 18, 1969, the Board of Trustees voted to establish the School of Dental Medicine, which opened in 1972. The School of Engineering originated as the Engineering Department of the School of Science and Technology and was elevated to School status in 1982.Between September 9, 1993 and July 1, 1995 the Schools of Fine Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences and the University College merged to become the College of Arts and Sciences.The newest of SIUE's schools, the School of Pharmacy, began classes in 2005. Growing rapidly and maturing, the school became increasingly independent of its parent school in Carbondale. In 1971, the SIU Board of Trustees made official the campus's name of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a student-centered educational community dedicated to communicating, expanding and integrating knowledge. In a spirit of collaboration enriched by diverse ideas, our comprehensive and unique array of undergraduate and graduate programs develops professionals, scholars and leaders who shape a changing world.



Fernando Aguirre 1980 BS President, Chiquita Brands International Mike Banner Central midfielder for the Finnish Premier League side FF Jaro Jenny Bindon Goalkeeper for the New Zealand Women's Football Team at the 2007 & 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2008 Beijing & 2012 London Summer Olympics Pete Delkus 1990 BS Meteorologist, WFAA (Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex) Alicia DeShasier 2007 BS Civil engineer won gold medal in javelin at the 2011 Pan American Games William L. Enyart 1974 BS U.S. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district, Major General, former Illinois Adjutant General (the senior officer in the Illinois Army and Air National Guard) Ken Flach 2-time Wimbledon and US Open doubles winner; Olympic gold medalist; 3-time NCAA Division II tennis singles champion, Division I doubles finalist & 2-time Division II doubles champion Paul J. Galeski 1983 BS Chairman & CEO, Maverick Technologies Edward E. "Ed" Hightower 1974/77/81 BS/MSEd/SD Division I men's basketball referee, officiated 12 NCAA Final Four tournaments; Superintendent of Edwardsville School District 7; member, SIU Board of Trustees Thomas Holbrook 1971 BA Former Illinois State Representative, 113th District Ralph Korte 1968 BS Chairman and former president, The Korte Company Gary W. Kronk 1981 BS Noted amateur astronomer & journalist Walter Kross 1974 MS Retired General, USAF; Former Commander of Scott Air Force Base Gail Lininger 1968 BS Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman RE/MAX Kathleen Madigan 1988 BA Professional comedienne Andy Manar 1997 BA Illinois State Senate, 48th District Ty Margenthaler 1997 Head coach of the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks women's basketball team Timothy Pauketat 1983 BS Archeologist, anthropologist, author, Professor of Anthropology at University of Illinois, Cahokia Mounds investigator Bill Plaschke 1980 Sports writer for the LA Times and a regular on ESPN's Around the Horn Joe Reiniger 1994 BS Retired St. Louis Steamers and Ambush soccer player Paige St. John 1986 BS Reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting Ed Schieffer 1977 MSEd Member of the Missouri House of Representatives, 11th DIstrict Gary Schroen 1968 BA Former CIA agent, who was stationed in Iran and Afghanistan. He was also assigned to capture Osama Bin Laden. Author of First In. Robert Seguso 2-time Wimbledon and US-Open doubles winner; Olympic gold medalist; NCAA Division II tennis doubles champion & Division I doubles finalist John Shimkus 1997 MBA R-IL 19th District, U.S. House of Representatives Gilbert "Gib" Singleton 1967 BA Sculptor; Fulbright Scholar; among his works is the crosier carried by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis Dewayne Staats 1975 BA Television sports commentator for the Tampa Bay Rays Shelby Steele 1971 MA Author and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University; awarded the 2006 Bradley Prize and the 2004 National Humanities Medal; News & Documentary Emmy Award for documentary writing Dale Swann 1970 BA Deceased character actor in movies and television Jeff Tweedy Lead singer of the Chicago based band Wilco Daniel A. Vallero 1974 BA; 1977 MSCRP Author, research scientist and adjunct professor of engineering, Duke University Mark Waller 1992 BS Minority leader, Colorado House of Representatives representing District 15 Stephnie Weir Comedienne and Actress Dennis Werth Former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder David C. Williams ? Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service, Vice Chair on the Government Accountability and Transparency Board Paul Wight Actor and professional wrestler known as "The Big Show" Clay Zavada 2007 Major League Baseball Relief Pitcher and 2009 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award from the American Mustache Institute



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