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9 pm news

Blues lose to Panthers at the buzzer

2017-02-20 21:55:00
Trocheck scores with five seconds left to give Florida a 2-1 win. Read Full Story ...

Police searching for missing woman, 65, with dementia

2017-02-20 21:45:00
Police say Brown told a family member Sunday that she was driving to Barnes-Jewish Hospital to visit a friend, but she was never seen by hospital staff and was not at her house in Affton. Read Full Story ...

Teen called 'all-around great kid' fatally shot in St. Louis

2017-02-20 21:30:00
Police say a 17-year-old boy died at a hospital after he was shot about 6:13 p.m. in the 5000 block of Terry Avenue. Read Full Story ...

Teen called 'all-around great kid' is fatally shot in St. Louis

2017-02-20 21:30:00
Police say a 17-year-old boy died at a hospital after he was shot about 6:13 p.m. in the 5000 block of Terry Avenue. Read Full Story ...

8 pm news

Diapers to Diplomas: ESTL Center setting students up for success
2017-02-20 20:30:00
The East St. Louis Center campus recently reopened their resource center doors Feb. 6,  after closing last summer due to budget cuts and the lack of a staff to run it. The center, which was previously Read Full Story ...

Disability Support Services levels playing field for students with impairments
2017-02-20 20:30:00
With 4,000 exams in one year, 680 newly-formatted textbooks, 609 students served ? students with physical impairments, learning disabilities or ADHD ? SIUE Disability Support Services serves a multitu Read Full Story ...

7 pm news

Father of baby taken in Overland charged with burglary, armed criminal action

2017-02-20 19:15:00
Police said they suspect Brian Keith Pullen, 40, was headed to Fairmont City, Ill., in a brown or maroon Hyundai or Nissan. Read Full Story ...

6 pm news

Teenager fatally shot near North Kingshighway

2017-02-20 18:45:00
Police say a 17-year-old boy died at a hospital after he was shot about 6:13 p.m. in the 5000 block of Terry Avenue. Read Full Story ...

University City police investigate damage to headstones at Jewish cemetery

2017-02-20 18:25:00
Dozens of headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery were pushed over Monday. Read Full Story ...

4 pm news

Gyorko delivers monstrous homer off Rosenthal in live BP

2017-02-20 16:41:00
JUPITER, Fla. ? Infielder Jedd Gyorko kept a smile on his face as he experienced the highs and lows of live batting practice Monday morning while facing Carlos Martinez, Lance Lynn and Trevor Rosenthal. Read Full Story ...

Proposal would add utility vehicles to Missouri 'move over' law

2017-02-20 16:33:00
Motorists are already required to move over for police and fire vehicles parked on roadways. Read Full Story ...

3 pm news

SIUE Hosts Record Number of Prospective Students for Spring Preview Days

2017-02-20 15:50:00

SIUE welcomes more than 800 prospective students and guests to campus for Preview SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed more than 800 prospective students and guests to campus Monday, Feb. 20 for Preview SIUE. A second spring program is scheduled for Friday, March 17. The spring Preview SIUE events combined will be the largest ever spring visit programs at the University.

The day-long program provided an opportunity for high school and transfer students to learn more about the University’s array of academic programming, student life opportunities and available support services.

“Preview SIUE is an exciting event as we welcome hundreds of guests, introducing them to all that SIUE has to offer and answering any questions they may have,” said Ryan Downey, assistant director in the Office of Admissions for new student and campus visit programs. “Students attending Preview SIUE are high school juniors and seniors, and transfer students looking to enroll for the fall 2017, spring 2018 and fall 2018 terms.”

“This program showcases our engaging campus and demonstrates why the University can be the future home for these prospective students to achieve their educational goals.”

Preview SIUE assists prospective students in making an informed decision on their pursuit of higher education, but providing opportunities to:

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Photo: SIUE welcomes more than 800 prospective students and guests to campus for Preview SIUE.

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24 federal ATF investigators join probe of St. Charles area country club fire

2017-02-20 15:30:00
Local fire department says federal agency was called in because of the size and extent of the fire scene. Read Full Story ...

SIUE School of Pharmacy Graduates Board Pass Rate Tops Illinois and Missouri

2017-02-20 15:00:00

SOP-Class of 2017Graduates of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy class of 2016 have exceeded both state and national averages, boasting a first-attempt board pass rate of 91.9 percent on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). The graduates’ combined score was the highest board pass rate of any program in Illinois or Missouri, and exceeded the 2016 state and national averages of 82.6 percent and 85.9 percent, respectively.

“Our graduates’ NAPLEX pass percentage is largely due to the rigorous preparation provided by our curriculum and is a testament to the excellent educational experience provided by our faculty and staff,” said Gireesh Gupchup, PhD, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

The NAPLEX is one component of the licensure process, which measures the knowledge of prospective pharmacists. According to data from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, when all eight graduating classes from SIUE (2009-2016) are considered together, SIUE graduates rank number one among the eight programs in Illinois and Missouri with a 96 percent first-attempt board pass rate.

“When the average pass rates are considered along with our high graduation rates, the SIUE pharmacy program continues to be a frontrunner in the region in preparing graduates who are practice ready,” said Mark Luer, PharmD, associate dean of Professional and Student Affairs, and professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Photo: SIUE School of Pharmacy class of 2017 during its pinning ceremony.

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2 pm news

Conservative group cancels speech by Yiannopoulos

2017-02-20 14:43:00
Organizers were put off after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men. Read Full Story ...

SIUE?s Friends of Theater and Dance Presents Annual Dinner Theater Production

2017-02-20 14:25:00

DinnerTheaterCoSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) will showcase A Night of Acting Scenes, Singing, and Mardi Gras Fun! at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Morris University Center Fixins’ Restaurant. Reservation deadline to buy tickets for the annual dinner theater is Tuesday, Feb. 21. 

FOTAD’s major fundraiser for the year will present a series of acting scenes and songs from many theater plays. The director and cast are SIUE Theater and Dance alumni. The company consists of Sarah Goins, Chris Kernan, Phil Leveling, Gabe Cranston, Joe Garner, Louie Lafikes, Acacia Douglas and Josh Douglas.  

Masks and beads will be available for all who attend the dinner theater, in celebration of Mardi Gras. 

Some of the night’s entertainment includes scenes and songs from One Tennis Shoe by Shel Silverstein, Glenngary Glen Ross by David Mamet, The Full Monty book by Terrance McNally, score by David Yazbek, November by David Mamet, [title of show], book by Hunter Bell, music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, The Lifeboat is Sinking by Shel Silverstein, and Avenue Q, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. 

The sit-down dinner consists of either saltimbocca chicken or risotto primavera. Pricing is $40 for FOTAD members and guests and $45 for non-FOTAD members. A portion of the dinner cost is tax deductible. There will be a cash bar. 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling the SIUE Theater and Dance Box Office at (618) 650-2774 or toll free at 1-888-328-5168, ext. 2774. 

Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) is a support organization for the Department of Theater and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. FOTAD raises money to provide students with scholarships, merit awards, student travel, and guest artists. Members of FOTAD are provided with complimentary tickets for theater and dance productions, as well as a preview performance of a Summer Show Biz production.  

Photo:  The cast of A Night of Acting Scenes, Singing, and Mardi Gras Fun!

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Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

2017-02-20 14:19:00
PALM BEACH, Fla. ? President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Read Full Story ...

Mild weather in St. Louis breaks third temperature record this year

2017-02-20 14:08:00
High temperatures also were broken on Jan. 10 and Feb. 11. Read Full Story ...

1 pm news

Ortiz: Fowler doesn't back away from comments on Trump travel ban

2017-02-20 13:33:00
JUPITER, Fla. - If the detractors hoped to silence Dexter Fowler with their vile hate over the weekend, they were as wrong as their warped views. Read Full Story ...

Greitens not saying what he'll do with $50 million

2017-02-20 13:10:00
The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with Missouri when it comes to being owed $50 million from a national tobacco settlement. Read Full Story ...

Greitens not saying what he'll do with Missouri's $50 million in tobacco settlement money

2017-02-20 13:10:00
The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with Missouri when it comes to being owed $50 million from a national tobacco settlement. Read Full Story ...

Greitens: St. Louis should not be an 'Abortion Sanctuary City'

2017-02-20 13:06:00
State lawmakers are looking to block the addition of reproductive health decisions to the city?s discrimination ordinance. Read Full Story ...

12 pm news

Lost Winston Churchill essay notes great Briton's belief in E.T

2017-02-20 12:30:00
Essay from 1930s had been buried in school's archives since 1981 Read Full Story ...

Ex-senator Bond selling his longtime home in Missouri

2017-02-20 12:16:00
Bond served two terms as governor and four terms as a senator. Read Full Story ...

Rock climbing fall blamed for St. Louis doctor's death in Turks and Caicos Islands, police say

2017-02-20 12:00:00
Dr. John McGurk, 32, was a doctor at Missouri Baptist Medical Center employed by BJC Medical Group. Read Full Story ...

Rock climbing fall likely in St. Louis doctor's death in Turks and Caicos Islands, police say

2017-02-20 12:00:00
Dr. John McGurk, 32, was a doctor at Missouri Baptist Medical Center employed by BJC Medical Group. Read Full Story ...

11 am news

Blues will have Stastny back for Monday night game vs. Florida

2017-02-20 11:52:00
He missed four games with lower-body injury; Barbashev will move to left wing Read Full Story ...

Blues will have Stastny back for tonight's game

2017-02-20 11:52:00
He missed four games with lower-body injury; Barbashev will move to left wing Read Full Story ...

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 ...

Ohio parents arrested after 8-year-old son overdosed on heroin, police say

2017-02-20 11:30:00
The parents said they were in bed with the boy when they noticed his lips turning blue. Read Full Story ...

Bon Jovi doesn't miss a beat at packed Scottrade Center show

2017-02-20 11:17:00
The band performed at Scottrade Center. 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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