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PRESIDENT’Smesssage Dear Friends: As a new year dawns, McKendree University celebrates the many accomplishments of 2009. Though it was a year filled with many challenges for our community and the country, this great University and those who learn and work here also made it a year to remember. In this issue of The Magazine for McKendree, we are proud to share many of our recent success stories. The early fall brought the largest class of new students to McKendree University. They were not only many in number but also exceptionally strong academically. We are confident these students will go on to distinguish themselves and the University through their experiences at McKendree. Excelling in a multitude of areas is representative of many of our students and one example is current senior, Margaret Rahmoeller, who was named McKendree University’s Lincoln Laureate in 2009. A double major in mathematics and music, Maggie is an excellent student and a talented oboe player. One of the most memorable moments of the fall occurred on Friday, November 13, 2009, when our own Harry Statham ’60 won his 1,000th game, a milestone no other men’s basketball coach at the four-year level has ever reached. Harry has given so much to his alma mater and to the young men who come to McKendree to play basketball for him. It was a night to remember and if you were unable to be with us, I encourage you to view the video on the University Web site. Our football, cross country and women’s soccer teams also excelled, participating in national post-season competition. Successful visits by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the United Methodist Church (UMC) University Senate affirmed the work we do here at McKendree. The University was informed that the School of Education has been fully accredited by NCATE, an achievement that recognizes the quality of programs offered to ensure the highest level of preparation for our future teachers. The UMC University Senate visit confirmed our commitment to academic excellence and a strong faith program and underscored our relationship with the Church and the values that are reflected through this connection. As we begin the spring semester, we are mindful that economic challenges continue to face the University and our nation. The State of Illinois continues to work to fund the Monetary Aid Program (MAP) grant that provides state-funded financial aid, vital to so many of our students. As you will read in the pages that follow, we were proud that our students made their voices heard in this important conversation at a rally in Springfield in the fall. We begin the semester confident that the many successes of 2009 will be equaled or surpassed in 2010 through a combination of hard work by our students, faculty and staff, and the support of alumni, parents and friends of the University. I hope you enjoy this special issue of The Magazine for McKendree and extend my best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year. Sincerely,
Jim Dennis President
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On front cover: Harry Statham won his 1,000th game as Head Basketball Coach on Nov. 13, 2009. (photo courtesy of the Herald Publications)
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Frank Warren, PostSecret Project – The Hett Board of Trustees’ Scholarship Event – Lebanon campus Young People’s Concert – The Hett Met at the Hett: Simon Boccanegra Film Art Series: “A Scanner Darkly” – The Hett Day of Percussion Concert – The Hett Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – The Hett Founders Day – The Hett Alumni Appreciation Day: Women’s Alumni Basketball Game – MPCC Distinguished Speaker Series: Writer and China expert Orville Schell – The Hett
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Chamber Winds/Concert Band Concert – The Hett Chic Gamine Concert – The Hett Model United Nations Conference – Lebanon campus Honors Day Convocation – The Hett Chamber Ensemble Concert – The Hett Preview Day – Lebanon campus Film Art Series: “Minority Report” – The Hett Concert Choir – The Hett Freshman Registration – Lebanon campus Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra – The Hett Film Art Series: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – The Hett Percussion Ensemble Concert – The Hett
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Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m., The Hett This year’s Founders’ Day celebration will feature a special ceremony honoring the new Pitt Endowed Professorship.
Monday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., The Hett The Grammy-nominated wind quintet bridges European, American, African and Latin American traditions in its unique approach to chamber music. To purchase tickets or get more information, visit www.theHett.com or call the box office at 618-537-6863.
RAMBLE INTO SPRING Saturday, March 20 at 8 a.m., MPCC Come participate in McKendree’s first Triple Race – a 5K run/walk (3.1 miles), a 10K run (6.2 miles), or a 10-mile run. The registration fee (which includes a T-shirt and postrace refreshments while supplies last) is $10.00 now or $15.00 if you wait until Race Day to sign up. For more information, check out the race Web site at www.mckendree.edu/raceday. By printing this magazine on 10% post consumer waste recycled paper, the following resources were saved: 15 mature trees 405 lbs of solid waste 1384 lbs of greenhouse gases 5 million BTU’s 6664 gallons of water 2
Spring Fling, Wing Thing, Classic Car Show – Lebanon campus Met at the Hett: Armida Senior Farewell Service – The Hett Graduation Celebration – Outdoors by fountain Commencement – Front lawn
Magazine Contributors Editorial content and production: Lisa Brandon, Director of Media Relations Krysti Connelly, Executive Director for University Communications and Marketing Sherry Hall, Graphic Designer Writing/Photography: Emily R. Anderson ’10 Annie Bierman ’11 Lisa Brandon
Carrie Brickey, ’11 Jeff Campbell ’87, Alumni Relations Director Krysti Connelly Rachel Doyle, Director of E-Communications Tami Eggleston, Ph.D. Greg Kiger Photography Zane Maus ’13 Jake Rohman ’10 Rick Windham Mascoutah Herald
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170 McKendree students, faculty and staff participated in the MAP Rally Day.
Students Rally in Support of Restored MAP Grant Funding
ne-hundred seventy McKendree students, faculty and staff members (and Bogey the Bearcat) were among thousands who successfully rallied at the State Capitol in Springfield on Oct. 15, urging lawmakers to continue funding Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants in 2010.
SGA President Braden Posey ’10 being interviewed by KSDK education reporter Sharon Stevens at the Rally.
In July, the legislature approved a state budget that cut nearly $200 million from the program and threatened second semester funding. Nearly 700 McKendree students are among 137,000 of those statewide who rely on MAP grants to help pay for their education. Gov. Pat Quinn addressed the students, many of whom met with their legislators after the rally. Despite drastic state budget cuts, the
Illinois House and Senate agreed to appropriate the additional $200 million to restore MAP for the 2010 spring semester. Rally Day capped a two-month campaign on campus in which students, faculty and staff signed petitions, contacted elected state officials, organized an informational session and joined McKendree’s “Save MAP” Facebook page to generate awareness and support. Over 1,000 McKendreans signed the petitions and hundreds sent emails to the governor and state legislators. “The opportunity to be a social activist was an amazing experience,” said Annie Bierman ’11, an English literature major
On left, Gov. Pat Quinn addresses Rally participants outside the Illinois Education Association building.
Dr. Collins’ Tips for Lobbying Elected Officials Be professional in both the way you dress and in your conversations. Do your homework beforehand. Be completely informed about the issue(s) you wish to discuss.
On right, Dusty Page ’13, Gov. Pat Quinn and Dr. Ann Collins
On left, students, faculty and staff signing petitions on campus.
Convey your own story. Let them know how the issue affects you personally, why it is so important to you, and how they can help you. Be persistent. They will have a lot of good counter arguments, but stick to your case. Thank them for their time and for considering your views.
and Student Government Association counselor, who helped lead the on-campus effort. Dr. Ann Collins, assistant professor of political science, added, “Our students impressed me with their ability to analyze the MAP issue and effectively express how it affected a significant number of people here at McKendree. Their motivation to speak to our legislators so passionately about this issue truly made a difference. I’m thrilled that they had a chance to see politics in action and that their voices do count.”
Above, Natalie Roberts ’12 and Emily Eilers ’11 lobbying in front of the Capitol building.
President James Dennis and the Honorable Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, exchanged ideas regarding pending federal legislation for higher education at the Associated College of Illinois meeting in November.
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ONcampus News Briefs through higher education teachers for their passion for teaching, impact on student learning, knowledge and creativity. Eggleston was nominated by fellow faculty members and selected by the University’s Emerson Award Committee for her outstanding teaching skills, leadership in promoting teaching excellence, and commitment to students. “She is a terrific role model for all who aspire to improve teaching and learning,” said Dr. Christine Bahr, McKendree provost.
Eggleston Receives 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award Dr. Tami Eggleston, associate dean and professor of psychology, is passionate about psychology, teaching and sharing her love of learning with McKendree students.
Methodist Church Accreditation A review team of three college presidents from the United Methodist Church University Senate completed an on-site re-accreditation visit to McKendree in October. “This was an important exercise for us as it underscores our relationship with the church and our commitment to the values that are reflected through this connection,” said Dr. James Dennis, president. In its exit interview, the team expressed its McKendree experience in superlatives, 6
Eggleston also helped lead extensive preparations for a comprehensive evaluation of the University last March by a review team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which resulted in full continuing accreditation for the University.
She was one of approximately 100 St. Louis area educators to receive the prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award for 2009. For 20 years the program has recognized pre-school
She has been a faculty member since 1996 and is past president of the University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. (Read more about her on page 16.)
such as “tremendous programs, outstanding institution, committed and enthusiastic faculty and staff, engaged students, remarkable institutional progress” and “a very impressive visit.”
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“Their collective remarks could not have been more positive nor have I ever heard a stronger endorsement of what we are accomplishing here,” Dennis commented. “They visit and review institutions all over the country and we obviously made a wonderful impression on them. It is particularly gratifying because we did nothing that was special other than simply being ourselves.”
McKendree was once again ranked in the top 10 percent of baccalaureate colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. For the fourth consecutive year, the University is also the only Illinois and St. Louis area institution in the category to earn U.S. News and World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking.
New Lanter Lecture Series Honors Entrepreneurial Spirit The University’s new Wayne E. Lanter Memorial Lecture Series, introduced Sept.23, hosts entrepreneurial guest speakers on campus to honor the legacy of its namesake. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, was established by Mr. Lanter’s family, friends and business associates. Mr. Lanter grew a one-man, one-truck local distribution business into a national logistics provider. In 1996, he received McKendree’s Excellence in Enterprise Award. “Wayne Lanter’s legacy is one of personal and professional integrity. He led by example, showing respect for customers and committing himself and his associates to quality and service. He possessed all the characteristics we admire in great leaders and outstanding entrepreneurs: business savvy, self-discipline, honesty, a competitive spirit and a tireless work ethic,” said Dr. Frank Spreng, professor of economics and director of the MBA program. Joseph Tantillo, president and CEO of Express Design Group, Inc. of Freeburg, shared his inspirational story to launch the series. Tantillo, whose idea to sell customized logo merchandise online quickly grew into a multi-million retail business, has been featured in numerous articles, the book Prepare to Be a Millionaire, and the CNBC TV show, “The Big Idea.” He was joined by Robb Hass, the company’s chief operating officer.
Holman Library Receives Grant to Digitize Yearbooks What would it mean to you if you had free Internet access to many of McKendree’s yearbooks and histories, anytime you wanted? Would you track down a distant classmate? Add that perfect college picture on Facebook? Remember that right tackle’s name you played football with in ’50? Reminisce over that classic shot from Kappa Alpha Psi in ’03? Study the roots of Methodism or higher education in the Midwest? By the spring of 2010, all of that will be a reality thanks to a Book Digitization Initiative grant project awarded to Holman Library by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). The grant, entitled McKendree University: Illinois’
Heritage Seen Through its Yearbooks, is the follow-up to last year’s fabulous McKendree historical digitization grant. “We will build an online collection of the yearbooks of McKendree College/ University from around 1900 to the present day,” explained Bill Harroff, reference and information technologies librarian. “Together, these works reflect the school’s culture and history from a truly student perspective.” The Internet archive, www.archive.org/ details/texts, will host McKendree’s electronic book collection. A link to a few of the earlier digitized works, including Centennial McKendree College with St. Clair County History 1828-1927 & McKendree College History 1928-1978, is www.archive.org/details/ mckendreecollege00padu
in-game character locked up in “Batman Arkham Asylum: A Life in Arkham.”
Beating the Odds For Mitch Nasser, director of residence life and video game enthusiast, the chance to be part of an interactive video game was the ultimate win. Chosen at random from 50,000-plus entries in a nationwide drawing last August, his likeness now appears on an
More than 50,000 people entered the online contest sponsored by Eidos Entertainment. A designer created the prisoner’s image from digital photos of Nasser’s face and head from different angles. During his “15 minutes of fame,” Nasser was interviewed on KMOX Radio’s “Overnight America” and featured in the Belleville News-Democrat’s Sunday magazine. As the contest winner, he received special editions of the game for PlayStation and Xbox.
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ONcampus Five Minutes with… Victoria Dowling, Senior Vice President Q & A: Where did you grow up? I had the good fortune of spending the majority of my childhood growing up on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. My Dad was the founding pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church there. It is truly a beautiful place, be sure to visit if you ever get the chance. How did you get into development?
hen Victoria Dowling rejoined McKendree University’s leadership team as senior vice president last fall, she was already a familiar face on campus, having served as vice president for institutional advancement from 1997 to 2005. In her first stint with the institution, she led the successful “Heritage, Heart and Hope” campaign, which raised in excess of $25 million and generated the funds to build the Piper Academic Center and the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, now cornerstones of the Lebanon campus. Dowling left “McKendree College” but returned to “McKendree University.” In her new role, she oversees the divisions of communications and marketing, and the Hettenhausen Center, and works closely with major fundraising initiatives. In addition, Dowling’s responsibilities also include strategic planning; cultivating and developing relationships with trustees, community and business leaders; managing the University’s ten-year plan;
and managing several other strategic projects. She brings more than 28 years of experience in higher education to the position. Most recently she served as vice president for development, alumni and parent relations at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She has also held major positions at Pomona and Occidental Colleges, and California Lutheran University. “Her wealth of experience in higher education administration and fundraising, and her knowledge of this University make her a great asset. McKendree is very fortunate to have her back on our team,” said Dr. James Dennis, president. A native of California, Dowling earned a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in psychology and music, both at California Lutheran University. She and her two sons, ages eleven and eight, reside in O’Fallon, Ill.
Like most people who work in Development, I fell into it. Part of my financial aid award in college was “work/ study” and my job was in the Alumni and Development Office. I worked for them for four years as a student and when I graduated they offered me a one-year position while I decided where I wanted to go to graduate school. I really enjoyed the work and had a wonderful mentor. That one year suddenly turned into six and a half years, and then into a career. What is the biggest change or improvement you have noticed since your return? The biggest, most visible change is the Hettenhausen Center. It was under construction when I left and while I was able to come back for the dedication, I still walk into it now and think, “Wow, what an incredible place.” In addition, the new book store, 1828 and all of the new degrees that the University offers are amazing. Oh, and of course “University” is a big change and one that I am still getting used to! What did you miss most about McKendree? Without question, the people! McKendree has some of the finest people I have ever known affiliated with it. From
students, to faculty and staff, to donors, friends and Trustees, this place is blessed with people who care about it and one another. It is a truly remarkable place.
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Talk about your experience being the first Senior V.P. I am really enjoying my new role. Every day brings with it new and interesting projects and it is energizing to be thinking about the University in a broad way. The opportunity to strategically consider the future of McKendree and how fundraising, marketing and communication, and other key initiatives will affect and advance all that we are doing is exciting. Each day I am learning new things about the on-going management of the University and am excited to bring ideas and experiences from my professional career to my work at McKendree. It is also a particular joy to be directly involved with the Hett since it was such a major focus of our efforts in the last campaign. As a busy mom, how do you balance the demands of work and home? I must confess it isn’t always easy. Daniel and Jordan are very active guys and there is never a shortage of work to be done at the office. One of the things I have always been mindful of, however, is that while the work I do for the colleges and universities I have served is important, the most vital work I do is to be a good mom to my boys. Since adopting them as infants, my colleagues at McKendree have always supported and valued me both as a working professional and as a parent. Our family is grateful for that support.
Louisville Campus is on the Move To accommodate its increasing student population, the Louisville campus moved four miles west, from 11850 Commonwealth Drive to a new 11,000 square-foot facility at 10168 Linn Station Road on Sept. 18, 2009 “We have been able to move into a brand new facility, with easier access, more highway visibility, closer to town, at a lower net cost to McKendree,” said Glenn Rodriguez, Ph.D., dean of the Kentucky campuses. The new building has an additional “classroom plus,” a large room with a divider. The configuration allows more room for health assessment classes and larger group meetings. “In the past, we have had to hold meetings off campus due to the number of associate faculty,” Rodriguez said. “We also gained an upgraded science room and we were able to install a water outlet in two rooms. Along with a portable lab, biology now can easily expand its lab capabilities.”
How do you recharge? I love to bicycle, garden and to be outdoors. The boys love sports as do I, so we like to just go outside and play.
Faculty, staff, students, and community leaders celebrated the move with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 4, 2009.
Louisville Instructor ‘Excels’ in the Classroom José Luis Alfaro was recognized for his outstanding dedication to public school teaching in November. A recipient of the annual WHAS11 and Eon U.S. Excel Award, Alfaro is a math teacher at Louisville Male High School and an adjunct professor and executive advisor for the McKendree University Spanish Institute in Louisville, Ky. Born in El Salvador, Alfaro came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar to study mathematics and physics. He came with less than a dollar in his pocket and ultimately earned two master’s degrees in mathematics and Spanish literature. His work ethic, engaging personality, and use of technology and the smart board in the classroom has helped him demystify math for his students. “Everything I do, I go step by step. I break it down into pieces. So, through experience I have learned, if I get them piece by piece, they can get there,” said Alfaro. As an Excel Award winner, Alfaro also received a $1,000 teacher grant from the sponsor Eon U.S. The Magazine for
Meet Maurice Phillips, ’13: How did you first learn about McKendree? A visit by a football coach.
‘Welcome to McKendree, Class of 2013’ by Annie Bierman, ’11 With 307 students, the Class of 2013 certainly made an impressive entrance onto campus. They came from over 140 different high schools; 13 states outside of Illinois, spreading from California to New York; and eight countries including Peru, Kenya, Brazil, Scotland, Canada, England, Germany and Ireland. McKendree continues to attract academic achievers.
Forty-three percent ranked in the upper 25 percent of their high school class, with 15 percent of them in the top 10 percent. On average, their grade point is 3.4 and ACT score is 23, higher than the national average composite score of 21.1. More than half of McKendree freshmen received an academic-based merit scholarship and 62 percent are student athletes. New students arrived early to participate in a convocation ceremony, highlighted by the traditional signing of the matricula and New Student Orientation, a program designed to welcome and transition them into campus life.
Why did you choose McKendree? The atmosphere, people, and to play football. I also planned to study marketing and D.E.C.A., an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship, identified McKendree as a business school. What are your career goals? I would like to start my own business fixing and selling motorcycles. What campus activities are you involved with? I am a first-year senator on SGA and a member of the football team. What is your favorite place on campus? Ames Dining Hall
A Student Mentor’s Perspective on NSO 2009 Designed to welcome and acquaint all entering students and their families to McKendree University, New Student Orientation (NSO) and University 101 are integral parts of the first-year student experience. Each year, a select group of upper level McKendree students are chosen as Orientation Group Leaders/McK 101 Peer Mentors. They serve as resources for new students and help to create opportunities for new students to make connections with each other, with faculty and with the McKendree community. In the following section, Annie Bierman ’11 shares her experience as an orientation leader/peer mentor.
This past fall, I had the opportunity to be a NSO leader and University 101 Peer Mentor, helping 15 students transition from high school to college life. A huge honor, I was among 26 students chosen from the sophomore through senior classes. Before we could expect first-year students to come together as a team, we needed to develop a sense of team as leaders. The week long preparation before NSO and our summer retreat certainly accomplished
that. Filling almost every second with workshops, team building exercises, and preparations for the Class of 2013, we were ready and excited to meet our NSO group members by Friday morning check-in. Once NSO weekend began, I was responsible for helping my group of firstyear students make the transition to college life. I became a resource for answering questions about anything from where they could find the Writing Center to what they could do for fun through the week. Some queries seemed relatively second nature to me, but I had to realize that for them, everything was new. Even though making a proper transition is essential, the weekend is also meant to be fun for all the students. Such interactive sessions like Playfair and the Funny Money game allowed the students a chance to socially interact with their peers and walk out with a couple of dollars and personal financing advice. Though the weekend is not intended for me directly, I found many of the sessions to be very educational as well as fun. My role as a peer mentor extended beyond NSO weekend. For the first nine weeks of the semester, I assisted Professor Michelle Magnussen facilitate her University 101 class sessions. During these sessions, I was able to share with the students some of the strategies and tools I have used to succeed in college; however, it is up to them to apply or adjust them to fit their own personal goals. My involvement with NSO and University 101 has taught me how to effectively work in a group and be a mentor. Initially, I was there to serve as a mentor but after the nine weeks, I also built new friendships with many of my first-year students. The overall experience was rewarding and I hope to repeat it next year.
We were curious about what was going through the minds of McKendree’s Class of 2013 concerning New Student Orientation. Here’s what some of them were thinking… Mckendree University What’s on your mind? August 23, 2009 at 8:05am • Comment • Like
Victoria Peters: I’m supposed to go home in two weeks, but I don’t want to! Matt Myles is looking forward to debate team! Kacee Marshall is excited about college. Holly Weathers NSO was good… ready for classes to start.☺ Katie Hood is stretched thin because of work and move in. Monica Heimos: It’s great to finally be away from home. Stephanie Scibona: I love it! Mari Dehn: NSO was cool. I hope this year at McK will be great! Jerad Korte is excited to start wrestling. Tia Turnipseed is excited to compete vocally! Josh Pritcherd is nervous about school! Josh Benitone NSO was well organized and I now feel ready to start school. Jessica Tieman: Familiarizing with the community, definitely not boring, but NSO is tiring! Sara Schomaker NSO was awesome! I heart all my NEW friends. August 23, 2009 at 11:55pm • Delete • Report
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What God Has Taught Me by Jake Rohman, ’10 My walk with Jesus Christ was not always the primary focus of my life. At times I lived for football, friends, good times, girlfriends, achievement and even self indulgence. These activities and interests are not detrimental but when they are your primary focus, like they were mine, they enslave you. I’d like to share the life experience I have had with our Lord Jesus Christ and what I have learned. I was baptized in eighth grade, at a time when I wrestled with a desire to control my life. I didn’t realize that God wanted to love me fully and for me to love him fully, not partially. He wanted to mold me into the person he intended me to be, to fulfill his purpose in my life and bring me closer to him. I wanted to guide my life, call the shots and tell God what I should be. That struggle ended in 2008 when I fully surrendered my life to Jesus and was confirmed into the Catholic Church. A great deal of conflict took place within my soul that I didn’t recognize until much later, caused by my reluctance toward the life to which God called me. Although I rebelled against God and his desires for me, he still called me and he still loved me. From the time I was baptized, my focus shifted between worldly desires and Christ. At times I poured myself out for the thrill of achievement in football or the desires of my flesh. The more I gave in to these things, the more I craved but the less satisfied I felt within. Had I remembered Christ’s words (“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” John 4:13-14), I might have spared myself some anguish. God wasn’t going to
I remember sitting in a lonely hospital room thinking, “God, why is this happening to me?”
doing or where I was going. I began to crumble under the pressure of life and my self-sufficient attitude. Soon my relationships fell apart, my goals for football dissolved and my joy of life evaporated. On top of that, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and in severe pain from playing football.
My struggle peaked with a string of devastating events over a short period of time.
Eventually I withdrew from my relationships to focus on finishing the football season on a high note and getting control of the new disease. Then in February 2008 I tore my quadriceps tendons in a weight lifting accident. This was “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Football had always been a high priority and I believed this injury would end my career.
In fall 2007, I was a junior at McKendree, playing football. I had A’s and B’s in my classes, a wonderful girlfriend, numerous friends and the support of my family—yet I was miserable, without a clue what I was
I was physically, emotionally and spiritually drained and broken. I had lost the trust of my friends and girlfriend and despised the way I was living, even though it was my choice. The disease left me a
let me satisfy my selfish desires that easily. He began working on my conscience patiently and steadily, to help me see the damage I was doing to myself.
physical wreck. To have an injury at this time was to lose the last thing I could fall back on: football.
wheelchair for eight weeks while the injury healed. Physical therapy would take another six months.
I remember sitting in a lonely hospital room thinking, “God, why is this happening to me?” My parents drove down from Peoria and during the silence of the visit, my dad said, “Jake, you know this didn’t happen for no reason. God is trying to tell you something.”
Now that I had a lot of time on my hands, I pondered what my dad told me. From that point, God took me from where I was—broken, at the lowest point in my life—and put me back together over the next eight months. Slowly and lovingly, he helped me see what was missing. He used the wheelchair to humble my proud and self-sufficient spirit. He used the loss of all I cared about to show me that when God is all you have, God is all you need. He used my struggle through physical therapy to show me that no matter how hard I try, I always need God’s help. He used the loss of my relationships to show me that I had lost the only relationship that really matters.
He paused. “Do you know what it is?” I answered no, but his faith in God’s divine purposes got me thinking about what had happened. As I suspected, the doctor told me my knee would never completely heal and my football career was pretty much over. I would wear leg braces and sit in a
Rahmoeller is pursuing a bachelor’s degree as a double major in mathematics and music performance. Mastery of the oboe won her a scholarship last year from the Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity.
Lincoln Laureate Student Excels in Music and Math Multi-talented Maggie Rahmoeller, a senior from Webster Groves, Mo., is McKendree’s Lincoln Academy Student Laureate for 2009. The prestigious annual award is given to one outstanding senior class member from each four-year, degree-granting institution in Illinois.
“Maggie is a very talented oboe player and has contributed much to our department the last four years,” said Nancy Ypma, D.Mus., professor of music, head of the music department, chair of the humanities division and Rahmoeller’s advisor. “Maggie is serious, focused, diligent and clearly dedicated to her education,” said Dr. J. Alan Alewine, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the science and mathematics division. “She welcomes each class period with determination and a perfectly open mind.”
God was working miracles. At no time in my life had I felt such a renewal of mind, body and soul. He planted in me the desire to learn about him and seek him out. You see, I had always resisted what God always wanted to do for me—to make me one of his beloved children. To receive his great blessing, I had to let go of the “what I want” attitude. Only when I had lost it all, did I gain it all. God made me with a very specific purpose that I ran from out of stupidity and selfishness. With his grace, I let go of what I wanted and asked God what he wanted—and that led me to the truth. (Jake Rohman is a senior mathematics major from Metamora. His original story appeared in the Apr. 14, 2009 McKendree Review student newspaper. Edited and reprinted with permission.)
“She is one of the most talented young people I have ever met, quickly understanding complex and abstract ideas,” he continued. “Last summer she participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Miami University. Her collaboration with others resulted in a journal article composed of original mathematics—very impressive for an undergraduate mathematics student. Maggie’s win of the Lincoln Laureate award is a testament to the fact that she is multi-talented; she not only has varied interests but possesses the drive to pursue them.” Rahmoeller will focus on applied mathematics in graduate school and continue to play the oboe in a collegiate or community musical group.
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FACULTYfocus ‘Last Lecture’ Words of Wisdom Last summer, first-year students were assigned to read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, an esteemed Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. Before he passed away, Dr. Pausch shared life lessons, originally meant for his children, with his students. His lecture, called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” became an Internet sensation and the basis for a bestselling book that has inspired millions of readers worldwide.
I have found this quote by one of my favorite psychologists, Albert Ellis, useful: “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.” — Tami J. Eggleston, Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology
If McKendree faculty members were to give one “last lecture,” what words of wisdom would they share?
Words of wisdom often come with hindsight. My husband’s death helped me recognize how important it is to pause in my hectic schedule to recognize the ways in which those I love make my life worth living. My close relationships keep me centered and grounded. My connections with others, human and otherwise, are what make my life worth living. In a very real sense I believe there is a thread that connects all of us—that does make us our sisters’ and brothers’ keeper (and all the other creatures out there). — Lyn Huxford, Professor of Sociology, Center for Public Service Coordinator
Last words: progress and not perfection. — J. Alan Alewine, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University 101 Coordinator Always strive to be your personal best. You are your word. Remember that your education is something nobody can ever take away from you. In work or a profession, it’s not always about how much money you make. Find something you enjoy, get paid to do it, and you will never have to “work” a day in your life. Live life every day like it's your last. No regrets (I should have done this, I shouldn’t have said that). None of us is promised a tomorrow. — Todd Norcaust, Associate Part-Time Instructor in Human Resource Management, Radcliff, Ky. campus During my life I have always tried to work hard, treat others with respect, have fun and keep a positive attitude. I honestly believe that having a good attitude is one of the most important aspects of your life you can control. Realizing what you can control in your life and what you can’t is an important distinction to make. Focus your energies on what you can control.
You’ve got to know yourself before you can manage others. — Jean Sampson, Assistant Professor of Management The ancient Greeks said it best on one of the temples at Delphi—“Know Thyself.” If we know ourselves well, we are able to sort out our values and base our decisions on those values—choices like our profession. Choose one you like, one which contributes to your feeling fulfilled. Develop relationships with others. Choose ways to help others and build a few close honest friendships. Accept ourselves and others, but have the courage to change what needs to be changed. In yourself.
Feel a sense of commitment and courage in addressing social injustice. Ask for help when you need it. We all do need it at some point in our lives. Nobody travels this road alone, but travel it with courage and integrity. And sit down and rest when you are tired and observe what is around you. — Murella Bosse, Professor of Psychology Don’t quit. This really means, “Don’t quit for inadequate reasons, such as the difficulty or discomfort involved in pursuing a goal.” Quitting without very good cause can provide a lifetime of regret. At the same time, one must recognize one’s actual limitations and make a rational assessment of the possibility and cost of achieving a given dream. If you aren’t built for it, all the training and desire in the world won’t let you run a four-minute mile. Be intelligently skeptical. We live in a civilization in which the supernatural and paranormal are given more credence and media coverage than many more factbased and important phenomena, problems and trends. It is my profound hope that McKendree University students will go into the world with a well-tuned set of BS filters and the motivation to use them. — Joe W. Knickmeyer, Associate PartTime Instructor of Mathematics, Scott Air Force Base Center and Lebanon campus During your childhood you’re told, “Do this.” Or, “Don’t do that!” “Brush your teeth.” “Sit quietly.” “Don’t throw the soccer ball at someone’s face!” Although I try my best to avoid saying dos and don’ts to my 5- and 7-year-old children, I catch myself reciting them daily. (And if you know my children, you know sometimes it’s absolutely necessary! See soccer ball reference.)
Dr. Darryn Diuguid advises travel.
By the time you reach college, you’ll want to find your own list of dos and don’ts. Study. Don’t study. Attend class. Don’t attend class. Join an organization. Don’t become involved. I have my own ideas of which paths you should take. But, fortunately for you, I’m not your dos and don’ts person now. You are. I have one suggestion that I hope you’ll consider: Run with scissors. What do I mean by that? Involve yourself in something that makes you uncomfortable. Listen to someone who offends you. Do something risky. Now, before you go and get yourself arrested, I’m not talking about anything illegal. I’m talking about experiencing things you didn’t even necessarily dream of growing up (again— legal, please). Study abroad in South America (or Europe, or Africa, or Asia). See the world. Serve as an intern (Washington, D.C., anyone?). Vote. Run for office. Debate someone who holds diametrically opposing views on a particular issue. Contribute to a classroom discussion. Read the news! Whether you realize it or not, you’re embarking on one of the greatest adventures of your life. You’re on your way to becoming a college graduate. And then, of course, you’ll be off to conquer the world. So, get going! And please— don’t forget your scissors! — Ann Collins, Assistant Professor of Political Science Future educators: Every day when you least expect it, the essence of your teaching career will be revealed. It certainly will not come when your boss hands you a sixfigure paycheck nor through the purchase of a luxury car or a vacation condo. Dream on!! It is probable that on these days your back may be aching from tying flopping shoestrings, your fingernails cracked from scraping Elmer’s glue from study tables, your pocketbook empty from buying good
behavior rewards for the class treasure chest and your heart heavy from continually prodding parents to share your high expectations and strong commitment. You will heave a heavy sigh and mutter, “Why do I do this? Why should I care?” And your answer will be revealed in many special ways. It may be delivered through a meticulously colored picture with your name scribbled at the top, during a quick little “good-bye” hug, on a worksheet with a response that makes you proud, through the joyous sound of a giggle that is ultimately contagious or during an automatic display of good manners. It will come through parental notes acknowledging your extra time and efforts. The answer will be revealed through a farewell note from a student whose life is better and happier from spending nine months in your classroom. It will come from newspaper clippings of former students leading companies, volunteering for food pantries, defending our country, and chaperoning Boy Scout camping trips. The ultimate answer will be revealed when you realize that someone who used to sit in one of your little student desks has chosen to permanently sit at a teacher’s desk. The beautiful words, “I want to touch lives like you,” will melt your heart. It doesn’t get better than that!! — Brenda Doll, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Dr. Ann Collins advises trying things outside your comfort zone.
Enjoy what you are doing. Have fun at your “job” and it won’t seem like “work.” Be proud of your accomplishments even if no one else notices. Accept compliments graciously and say “thank you” with a smile. Be honest and take responsibility for your own errors and mistakes. — Janice Wiegmann, R.N., Professor of Nursing Travel, travel, and then travel some more. I remember when I participated in a study abroad program in England during my junior year in college and I met a variety of people from throughout the world. To challenge myself, I’ve taken solo trips to Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan. I’ve learned a lot about myself during those trips! — Darryn Diuguid, Assistant Professor of Education
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FACULTYfocus Gold Medal Advice: Professor Helps Athletes Get Psyched DR. TAMI EGGLESTON Associate Dean, Professor of Psychology by Lisa Brandon, Director of Media Relations When Team USA skiers, skaters or snowboarders need to put mind over matter at the 2010 Winter Olympics, a McKendree professor will be on call to help them get “psyched.” Tami Eggleston, Ph.D., associate dean, psychology professor and certified sports psychology consultant, was selected for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry just before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Eggleston is an authority on how athletes focus to prepare themselves, manage stress, cope with anxiety or adversity, and other issues relevant to competitive team and individual sports. She will be available via phone or e-mail to counsel U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes throughout the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver this February. While mental preparedness is no substitute for physical conditioning or skill, it can mean the difference between success and failure. Visualization, goal setting, pre-performance routines and rituals, positive thoughts and concentration are proven to help athletes perform more consistently, execute better under pressure, and recover their composure after a mistake or distraction. “After I work with an athlete on various mental skills they are often surprised how much improvement they can see in their performance,” said Eggleston. Eggleston works closely with McKendree sports teams and spends many weekends on the drag racing circuit as a crew 16
Dr. Tami Eggleston is considered the leading authority on auto racing psychology.
member for her husband, Mike, a driver. She is considered the leading authority on auto racing psychology. The advice and techniques she would offer Olympians are the same she uses to help Bearcat student athletes build confidence, stay focused and deal with the “head games” of competition.
After I work with an athlete on various mental skills they are often surprised how much improvement they can see in their performance.
Non-athletes can benefit from her coaching, too. If you are trying to improve your musical instrument performance, quit smoking or exercise, try the following: • Visualize being successful. • Tape positive messages to your mirror, refrigerator or bulletin board (“I am getting stronger everyday”).
• Write any negative thoughts on one set of colored index cards, make these thoughts positive, and then tear up the negative cards. For example, instead of thinking, “I feel tired” replace that with “I will get more energy after I exercise!” • “It’s not a bear.” Maintain your perspective by imagining the worst case scenario and compare that to something truly terrifying. Eggleston tells McKendree ballplayers that while striking out with the game on the line is humiliating and frustrating, it’s not an angry grizzly bear charging at them from the pitcher’s mound. If nothing else, this often makes the players laugh, relax and then play better, she said. • Reward yourself for accomplishing a goal with a special treat or even a toy medal or trophy to serve as a symbol of your achievement. It doesn’t matter if you are an Olympian, someone who plays sports for fun, a McKendree University Bearcat athlete, or someone who wants to live a happier and healthier life—having a positive mental attitude is a key factor to achieving your goals.
McKendree and the Military
…a long, proud history. by Emily R. Anderson ’10 McKendree University has a long, proud history of military involvement and support. Students, faculty and staff have served our country in every branch of the armed forces, during peacetime and war, including the Civil War and World War II. In September of 1862, McKendreans formed the 117th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Over 150 students and staff joined the regiment, with no less than 30 faculty and students becoming officers. After training at Camp Butler, the 117th headed out to battle, fighting in six battles and 13 skirmishes, including the siege of Vicksburg led by General Grant. One famous McKendrean from the Civil war was General James H. Wilson, a former McKendree student and West Point graduate. His successes included wreaking destruction through Alabama and Georgia with 15,000 cavalry, crushing Confederate Nathan Bedford Forrest’s army, and capturing the former Confederate capital of Montgomery and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. His capture of the city of Selma was called “the most remarkable achievement in the history of modern cavalry.” When America entered World War II, some 330 men and women from McKendree participated. Many were students and at least four were faculty members. Four McKendreans were taken prisoners of war. At least 13 soldiers were wounded and 11 were killed in action.
Junealda Frey (Jackson) ’34 was one of five female McKendreans to participate in World War II. In 1943, she joined the Women’s Reserve Unit in the Marine Corps at St. Louis and was stationed at Mojave, Ca. as a ground school instructor for Fleet Marine Air Squadrons. Frey was a charter member of the Women in Military Service for American Memorial Foundation, Inc. Andrew Jackson Goodpaster ’35 studied at McKendree for two years before his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated second in his class in 1939. During WWII, he served in Northern Italy and North Africa as commanding officer of the 48th Engineer Combat Battalion. Wounded in action, he returned to duty. After the war, he obtained three graduate degrees. He served on Gen. Eisenhower’s staff in NATO and continued to work for him during Eisenhower’s two terms as president. Under Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, he worked as an aide. Goodpaster also served as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He taught at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and later returned to active duty service as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. for four years. McKendree conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Goodpaster in 1967. For further information on these and other McKendree military alumni, visit the military section of the McKendree Web site. Sources: Centennial McKendree College History, 1828-1928, McKendree College History, 1928-1978, Campaign of Mobile. The Magazine for
A joint-service honor guard from the United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base presented the colors before the Military Appreciation football game on Sept. 12, 2009.
Military Friendly by Emily R. Anderson, ’10
McKendree University was officially recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine’s newly-released list of Military Friendly Schools for 2010. Based on its efforts and programs geared towards the military, McKendree ranks in the top 15 percent of schools that are putting forth the strongest efforts to recruit military students. Our participation in several military educational initiatives and community activities, including the Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon program, MyCAA, Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association STAR Foundation military spouse scholarship program, and Veterans Day service project, are just a few examples of McKendree’s dedication to serving those who have served our country. Featured herein are the stories of four current or former McKendree students with ties to the armed forces. 18
Edward Niermann One of McKendree’s first Yellow Ribbon students, Edward Niermann ’12 chose McKendree because “getting a degree means I can get the job I want and have a comfortable life.” A first-year student from Chester, Illinois, he is returning to McKendree after a four-year military hiatus to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical education. While in the Marine Corps, he was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq as a machine gunner in the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment. Niermann gained new perspective while in the Corps and he is thankful he had the opportunity to see the world. As a nontraditional student, Niermann is taking advantage of all McKendree has to offer, including playing as a defensive lineman on the Bearcat football team.
Ruth Cannon Ruth Cannon ’10, a mother of two and a first-generation college student, will soon be graduating from McKendree with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Achieving the rank of chief, she has spent twenty-three years in the Navy. Over the years, she has visited various ports worldwide and has been deployed to Cuba, Guam and Indonesia.
Air Force Captain Steve Vestel ’01 graduated from McKendree with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He chose McKendree because of its “excellent reputation” as well as its “cross-town” ROTC program with SLU. For eight-and-a-half years Vestel has served in the Air Force and has been stationed in Germany and Italy. He is currently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan for one year. The father of three states, “obtaining a degree opens many opportunities, both in and outside of the workforce.” Vestel’s degree has allowed him to become an officer, and he has applied some of his computer science knowledge during training and flying. “As an Air Force officer, my McKendree degree was the crucial beginning of a life-long learning process that the Air Force offers.”
After starting college in 2002, Cannon had to quit school for a time. She then turned to McKendree, where the university counselors, considerate of her work schedule, helped her plan the completion of her degree. Since coming to McKendree, she feels she “can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.” She still strives to balance family, school and work. Nonetheless, she relies on her husband and God for support.
Michelle Burns Staff Sgt. Stephanie Boley and Tech Sgt. Kimberly Derr of the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at SAFB, were guest speakers at the Veteran’s Day Service held in Bothwell Chapel on Nov. 11, 2009. McKendree staff and students spent four hours painting rooms, mowing grass and raking leaves, at the Boley and Derr houses on Nov. 7, 2009 as part of a campus Veteran’s Day Service Project.
As the Kentucky campus recipient of the ASMBA Star Foundation military spouse scholarship, Michelle Burns ’12 is finishing the college education that she first attempted back in 1991. Her husband Robert, an SFC in the Army National Guard for seventeen years, has been sent to various locations around the world including Korea, Panama, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. After a 13-year hiatus, she has returned to college to pursue her dream of earning a degree in organizational communication. She chose McKendree because of its convenient location and class flexibility. With seven children and a military spouse, Burns is able to balance family, school and work “with a BlackBerry, having a good support team of friends from the greatest church in the world…and a lot of prayer.” The Magazine for
McKendree University: McKA Great
McKendree is a ‘Great College to Work For’ says The Chronicle of Higher Education. McKendree University was not only recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For® in 2009 but also made the Honor Roll of top ten medium-size, four-year institutions.
Great Colleges to Work For® is the second-largest workplacerecognition program after Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” citing colleges and universities, based on enrollment size, for best practices and policies in 26 categories. McKendree was the only Illinois institution named to the Honor Roll and one of only two Midwestern schools in the mediumsize category. An independent research company surveyed more than 1,000 employees at 247 institutions to develop its findings. McKendree faculty and staff commented favorably on collaborative governance, job satisfaction, healthy facultyadministration and supervisor-department chair relationships, and teaching environment. They also gave high marks to McKendree’s institutional policies, noting confidence in senior leadership; professional-career development; connection to the institution, and pride, and work-life balance, as well as other categories. Here’s what makes McKendree “a great place to work” from the perspectives of a longtime faculty member, a graduate-turnedstaff-member and a relative newcomer: Murella Bosse, professor of psychology, arrived on campus in 1972—the year of President Nixon’s re-election, Watergate and the launch of video games with ”Pong.” I’ve worked at McKendree for 37 years. Obviously I like it and think I’ll stay awhile. I read the odometer on my car incorrectly when I arrived for a job interview and thought it was a shorter drive from East Alton. Glad I made that mistake. Now I live a few blocks from campus. McKendree is student oriented and I find that quite appealing. I love the freedom to explore in a classroom and to create new courses. There is an excitement to watching students transferring textbook theory to practice as they grow and mature. McKendree offers an environment in which that can happen. 20
McKendree has continued to evolve in ways that help me as a professor address psychology issues with students. For example, at one time we planned our own internships, found our own sites, Murella Bosse on right did our own paperwork, and tried to help students to find jobs or graduate schools when they graduated. Now Career Services supports students and faculty. Faculty also found our own locations for service learning; now we have the Center for Public Service to help us and our students. In psychology we attempt to help students make the transfer from the undergraduate programs to graduate schools and professional careers. It is especially rewarding when former students come back and talk to us about what they are doing. The Alumni Office helps in that endeavor. We have always instilled in our students the concept that they have an obligation to both the institution and the students who come after them to help to mentor them. That is a very satisfying part of our profession—watching students grow into mentors. Yes, I’m glad I decided to stay awhile. Jennifer Pickerell ’99 made the transition from McKendree graduate to assistant director of career services in two months. She was promoted to director of career services in June 2006. Being a McKendree graduate made the transition to employee easier in many ways. I was already familiar with staff and faculty members, the campus, various offices and the curriculum, so I was better equipped to answer student/alumni and employer questions. My excitement about McKendree was evident to employers as well. The most difficult part was for classmates that had not yet graduated to see me in an office instead of a classroom. However, that also helped because they were comfortable coming into the office since they already knew me.
A Great Place to Work My perception of McKendree changed after I joined the staff. As a student I underestimated all the work that goes into making the University run successfully. Once you are “behind the scenes” and Jennifer Pickerell ’99 see how hard the various offices work, you appreciate everything that much more. You see the importance of everyone working together. Our staff and faculty are here for a common goal, to ensure that our students obtain a high quality education and have a great experience, inside and outside the classroom. It is exciting and gratifying to work with others who share that vision and are dedicated to improving McKendree on an ongoing basis. The people you work with are so important when it comes to job satisfaction! I appreciate the open lines of communication between the administration and staff, knowing that when I have ideas or problems there is an open door policy. Lastly, many members of the McKendree family have been committed to this University for many years, which speaks volumes. Working in Career Services energizes me since I work with so many different people. I assist students in their career development and in finding a position they enjoy; organize programs and events for students and alumni; and discuss internship and job opportunities with various employers. We are a small office so I am involved in virtually everything we do rather than focusing solely on employer development or career counseling. It is exciting to see a student I worked with walk across the graduation stage, having accepted a job they are eager to begin soon! Just a few years before they were nervous about choosing the “right” major and now they are a confident graduate. Kim Smallheer brought a wide range of career experience as a teacher, federal government employee, hotel general manager, and YMCA staff member when he was hired as director of student recreation programs in 2008.
Leadership makes McKendree a “great place to work.” Dr. Dennis understands leadership. He “gets it!” He is an integral part of “the McKendree experience.” He knows the students, faculty, staff, alumni Kim Smallheer and community leaders. He knows what our University needs now and on into the future. You can’t do that sitting in your office studying spreadsheets on your computer. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch said it best: “Every moment you are in your office, you are useless.” Jim Dennis is everywhere! He’s the reason I’m here and he creates the environment that keeps me here. Each day I am given the freedom and independence to create, to innovate, and to take personal initiative. At McKendree, taking a risk is encouraged. If you focus on “consistency” as required by many other employers, you will safely stay with the status quo, and “mediocre” will be carved on your headstone. Here it’s OK to ask, “What’s next?” My proudest accomplishments to date are bringing running events to campus and being asked to plan and execute our FOCUS team-building training. The 5K, 10K and half-marathon races have brought people to Lebanon and McKendree who have never been here before. While these events are great for fitness, they are really recruiting tools. I’ve heard many participants talk about the beauty of our campus; the fact that they didn’t know McKendree was here; and most importantly, they’ve added us to their list of colleges to consider when their children are ready. FOCUS gave the entire staff the opportunity to meet each other, to have fun, and to experience and apply concepts that are crucial to the success of high-functioning organizations. But FOCUS was simply the first step. We can’t stop there. After all, “What’s next?”
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A Grand Win!
Win 1: Vs. Westminster College (Mo.) 90-78, 1966-67 22
Win 100: Vs. Lambuth College (now University) (Tenn.) 69-65, 1971-1972
Win 500: Vs. HarrisStowe State College (Mo.) 96-76, 11/18/90
by Krysti Connelly, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing A sell-out crowd rose to its feet and chanted “Harry, Harry” as the play clock wound down. A group of spirited students, with the words “HARRY 1000!” painted across their chests, danced in the stands. Forty former basketball players returned to cheer on their “coach” as he made history. A scene that has become familiar in the gymnasium named in his honor. Toppling yet another milestone in his 44-year career at McKendree, Harry Statham won his 1,000th game on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 with a 79-49 victory against East-West University. The first men’s basketball coach at the four-year level to reach 1,000 career victories, Statham joined University of Tennessee women's coach Pat Summit in the 1,000 win club. After the game, he received a letter from Summit, congratulating him on his impressive win.
“We’ve built our teams around good citizens who are going to graduate and be somebody.” He certainly has experienced success with this model. As of January 14, his record is 1,008-386. Statham has averaged 23 victories per season, leading the Bearcats to postseason play 38 times and producing all 13 of McKendree’s NAIA national tournament berths. He has been honored repeatedly from induction into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame to selection as the NAIA Coach of the Year in 2001-2002 to dedication of a Lebanon street in his name. During the post-game celebration, he was presented with a key to the City of Lebanon by Mayor Scott Abner and a ceremonial game ball by President James Dennis, who also announced that the McKendree Legacy Scholarship would be renamed in Statham’s honor.
The road to 1,000 has been memorable for Statham… A McKendree graduate, Statham ’60 spent the first five years of his career coaching high school basketball, before returning as head basketball coach in 1966. He intended to stay only a few years and then return to a high school position to try to win the Illinois state championship. He never left, preferring to recruit local players and those who can fit in with his winning program. “I could get the guys I wanted to come in here who are good people, good students, and good players,” said Statham.
Win 817: Vs. Mountain State University (W.Va.) 88-87, 11/15/02 *NAIA record for coaching victories
Statham played down his accomplishments and gave credit to the players and coaches over the years who have helped make this possible. “This is a great night, for sure, but this program is about all of the players who have played and who are playing at McKendree,” said Statham. “We have had great players, and more importantly, great people, who have represented McKendree and who have contributed to this night. It’s special to be able to share this evening with a lot of wonderful people.”
Win 880: Vs. Maryville University (Mo.) 83-72, 12/1/04 *All-time wins record at four-year level; passed University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith
Win 975: Vs. Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) 78-75 (OT) 12/9/08 *Record for most games coached; passed Mt. St. Mary’s head coach Jim Phelan 23
Reflections of Harry by Lisa Brandon, Director of Media Relations No one understands Coach Harry Statham better than his wife of 47 years, Rose, a 1970 McKendree graduate. She’s watched him coach so many games that her shoes have worn the paint off the second row bleachers where she cheers on the Bearcats with family and friends.
“One of the things I admire most is that he has a lot of integrity. He never does anything
While the couple has celebrated major career milestones together, Mrs. Statham insists “it’s never been about the numbers. It’s about developing players to become citizens in society, and on into their jobs and their lives. “When you watch a player for four years, you see them go through highs and lows, successes and tribulations,” she said. Many former players have stayed in touch and the Stathams have attended many of their weddings.
the short way, the wrong
Asked to describe her husband in one word, she said, “Thoughtful.” Frequently, he and all the players sign and send cards of sympathy or encouragement to Bearcats past and present.
way or the easy way.”
“One of the things I admire most is that he has a lot of integrity,” she added. “He never does anything the short way, the wrong way or the easy way.” Is Coach superstitious? No, although “there were rituals when he coached baseball,” Mrs. Statham said. Does he have a particular pre-game ritual at home? No, but after a game the Stathams like to go out with friends to unwind. The men in the group rehash the game and offer the coach a little unsolicited, well-meaning coaching advice. “He gets a lot of free help from the guys,” Mrs. Statham noted. Is Coach moody after a loss? “No, he doesn’t let losses bother him that much. He just goes on to the next game.” Communication and an easy-going friendship appear to be the key to the Stathams’ marriage. “We talk things out. He’s my best friend. He has a great sense of humor and he makes me laugh,” Mrs. Statham said. More comfortable behind the scenes, Rose Statham is quick to point out that she has never played one game or scored one point for her husband’s team. She was surprised to receive the Peter Akers Alumni Award in 2008 to honor her years of staunch support of the team and the university. Together the Stathams make a fine team.
Paul Funkhouser ’70, player and assistant coach for 19 years Harry demanded that we compete, not only against other teams, but for playing time. That translated into our professional careers and the fact that we are always competing. Playing basketball for him prepared me for life. Harry always encourages his players and doesn’t demean them. He always deflects the spotlight to his players and not himself. Mark Markus ’93, player for 4 years To play basketball for Harry, we had to be three things: a good student, a good citizen and a good player—in that order. It’s how I live my life to this day. Steve Laur ’72, player for 4 years The thing I remember is that we worked hard. We worked very hard. No team was in better shape than we were and that’s exactly how I coached during my career. Regardless of the score, Harry’s teams never give up. I had him for a Basketball Theory class in 1971 and one of our assignments was to draw up a play and teach it to the class. A couple of months ago Harry sent me a copy of the play I designed and it shocked me that he had hung onto that for all these years. Eric Echelbarger ’03, player and assistant coach for 9 years What attracts players is that with Coach, he’s always consistent. You always know what you’re getting. There is no gray area—you know exactly where you stand. If a player complains about playing time, Coach will tell him exactly what he needs to do. He gets a lot out of his players because of that. Coach Statham works extremely hard each and every day to make our basketball program better. He is always looking for ways to improve our team and help us take the next step forward. Some coaches that have been doing this for 44 years are in semi-retirement. Not Coach Statham; he is very passionate about the game of basketball and McKendree University. I am the luckiest assistant coach in the United States to have had the opportunity to play for Coach Statham and coach alongside him, and I look forward to working with him for many years to come! Matt Laur ’02, player for 5 years It was a privilege to play for such a legend. He was and still is a “player’s coach” and he gets so much from his players because of that. I knew as a player that what I wanted to do was to become a coach, so I watched him and studied his coaching style and the techniques he uses are the ones I use as I coach my players. The amazing thing about Coach is that he has won more games than most people will ever coach. That says a lot for his loyalty and dedication to his program, his players and to McKendree.
Another Great Bearcat Sports Moment When David slew Goliath at the Checkerdome in Dec. 1980. The McKendree men’s basketball team was playing the St. Louis University Billikins and hanging close to them, when Rick Klingelhoefer ’82 stole the ball and was on a breakaway for an uncontested layup, and Willie Becton, SLU guard, caught up to him and shoved him in the back with both hands, causing him to slide into the recessed goal post. He had to leave the game, but the rest of the team, including Dan Dobbins ’81 and Stan Elfrink ’81, took command from there, and won the game going away. Needless to say, Goliath has never asked for a rematch. —Ted Anderson, Retired Professor
View video footage from the championship game at www.mckendree.edu/alumni
BEARCATathletics Fall Overview Three McKendree athletic teams traveled nearly 3,000 miles in November to compete in their respective national championship tournaments. For the first time in a decade, the men’s cross country team won the American Midwest Conference/Unaffiliated Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NAIA national championship in Vancouver, Washington. McKendree ran to an eighth-place finish out of 32 teams, with a total team time of 2:10:52. AMC Runner of the Year, Carison Kemei, of Eldoret, Kenya, was a second away from claiming the individual championship, with a time of 24:24. The football team earned its first playoff berth since 2005, winning the MidStates Football Association Midwest League title, with a 7-0 record. McKendree was eliminated in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series by St. Xavier University. Ranked ninth in the final NAIA regular-season poll, the Bearcats matched a program record with nine consecutive victories this year, finishing the season 9-2 overall. Head Coach Carl Poelker won his 100th game
Off the Court by Carolyn Brickey ’11 Bearcat volleyball is making its presence known on the court, in the classroom and out in the community. During the 2009 season, the team was not only focused on winning games but also working hard in school and doing its part to help others off the court. In 2008, the team was honored for the fourthstraight year with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 26
as a Bearcat on Oct. 17, moving him into sole possession of ninth place on the NAIA all-time victories list. Junior tight end Byron Gettis, of Cahokia, was named co-recipient of the MSFA Midwest League Player of the Year award and senior offensive lineman Nick Hegger, of Aviston, became the 14th player in Bearcat history to be named to the AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team. For the fifth consecutive year, the women’s soccer team qualified for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships. The AMC regular season Sulyn Keomanivane champions, the Bearcats entered the playoffs with a 10-1 conference record. Winning the opening round game at Leemon Field, the team advanced to the second round in Decatur, Ga., before being eliminated by Concordia University, 2-1 in overtime. The Bearcats ended their season with an overall record of 17-3-2. Tim Strange won his seventh straight AMC Women’s Coach of the Year and third consecutive AMC Men's Coach of the Year awards. Sophomore forward Sulyn Keomanivane, of Granite City, was recognized as the 2009 AMC Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A first-team All-Conference and Brine-NAIA honorable mention team honoree, she was second on the team in points with 28 (10 goals and 8 assists). Team Academic Award, which is presented to teams who maintain a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout the entire school year. Off the court, the team has been involved in two community projects. On Oct. 10, the team hosted its second annual “Dig Pink” match against the Missouri Baptist University Spartans. The team conducted raffles, sold t-shirts, held a silent auction, and collected cash donations to help raise more than $1,900 for the “Dig for the Cure” initiative to aid in the fight against breast cancer.
Athletic Training On the sidelines of McKendree University athletic events, sits a group of students and professionals alike, ready to spring into action during a game’s most critical moment, an injury timeout. The McKendree University Athletic Training Education Program prepares students for jobs working in professional sports to working as a physical therapist at a hospital and everything in between. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of the McKendree University Athletic Training program are currently employed in fitness, pharmaceuticals, outpatient sports medicine clinics, high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams and the military.
By the Numbers: 1,200 – The number of clinical hours each student must complete 50% – The number of McKendree University Athletic Training Program Graduates who pass their Board of Certification test the first time (the national average is 26%)
In addition, at every home game, nonperishable food items and donations were collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The project was inspired by the family of Assistant Volleyball Coach Jen Miller ’04, whose son Raymond has been treated for breathing-related issues at Cardinal Glennon since his birth in Oct. 2008. The team will continue its involvement in both initiatives during the 2010 season.
Spring Athletic Preview himself and his teammates to a very high standard, he has made it his goal to “become a better player every day.” With a combination of veterans and new blood, Militello is confident in the team’s abilities to make some improvements and build on its success from last season.
With the fall athletic season wrapped up and the winter season in full swing, the Bearcats are gearing up for a successful spring season. For two Bearcat players, Warren Militello and Bethany Hinkle, this season brings high hopes for team success.
Warren Militello by Zane Maus, ’13 The baseball season is quickly approaching and the McKendree Bearcats squad has been hard at work in preparation for the new season. Coming off a conference championship and a trip to the NAIA World Series, the Bearcats want to carry this momentum into the 2010 season. No player wishes to do this more than Bearcat third baseman Warren Militello.
Bethany Hinkle by Carrie Brickey, ’11 In her senior year as a Bearcat, Bethany Hinkle ’10, of Mascoutah, has become a familiar face on campus. Whether in the Writing Center or on the fairway, Bethany exhibits characteristics that every McKendree student hopes to acquire by graduation. She is an active participant in campus life, serving as the president of her sorority, Kappa Sigma Tau, a member of the honorary societies Sigma Tau Delta and Lambda Pi Eta, a Student Ambassador, a Student Government Association Senior Senator, and member of the women’s golf team. “Golf has been one of my favorite activities at McKendree,” said Hinkle.
Militello, a senior from Flora, transferred from Olney Central College last year to join the Bearcats. Holding “For years, it has given me the opportunity to play one of my favorite sports at the collegiate level.” Last season the team was a NAIABuffalo Funds Five-Star Champions of Character Award winner for its hard work and commitment on and off the course. Hinkle recalled one of her greatest accomplishments on the greens, when she shot a two-day score of 193 to help lead the team to third place at the 2009 Piedmont College Spring Invitational. So far in her final season as a McKendree Bearcat, she has helped the team achieve one of its highest finishes, second in the McKendree Fall Invitational.
Although the Bearcats ended last season strong, there is one thing Militello said he and his teammates would like to change this year. “I know that the first few games will really be tough, but if we can just win a few of them I believe we will have a much better season,” he said. The Bearcats started off last season 0-7 but eventually went on to post a 37-212 record. Planning on graduating in the spring with a degree in criminal justice, this will be the last chance for Militello, as well as many of his senior teammates, to win a championship. Hopes are high that the Bearcats will make another run at the NAIA World Series Championship. “Over that past four years I have come to know a good majority of the professors on campus and am pleased to look at them as true mentors,” she said. “Also, the School of Education at McKendree is by far one of the best in the Midwest. I know that having a teaching certification and degree from McKendree will be an incentive for schools to move my resume to the top of the list.” After graduation, she hopes to teach English at the middle or secondary level and would like to continue coaching basketball, golf or softball. She currently coaches the seventh grade girls’ basketball team at Mascoutah Middle School. Hinkle plans to eventually pursue a master’s degree in English, education or administration.
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Homecoming 2009 started off with an evening of reconnecting and recognizing those McKendree alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the university and the community. A parade, football game and chapel service were all part of the weekend festivities.
Illinois, Missouri and Texas. He is a past president of the Mascoutah Jaycees and Rotary clubs; a member of the Mascoutah Economic Development Commission and Belleville Elks Lodge 481; and was 2005 “Mascoutah Person of the Year.”
Dr. Jay Noffsinger, Dr. James M. Dennis and Dr. Lawrence Stein
Friend of the University Award Dr. Jay Noffsinger and Dr. Lawrence Stein received the 2009 Friend of the University Award for their contributions to the Athletic Training Education Program. Drs. Noffsinger and Stein have served as orthopedic physicians for the Bearcat football team since the program was reestablished in 1996. Not only do they make sure that McKendree football players have top medical care on the sidelines, they also work with students in the athletic training program, serving as weekly clinical instructors. 28
John Bailey ’76 and Dr. James M. Dennis
Akers Award Real estate investor and civic-minded philanthropist John Bailey ’76, of Mascoutah, received the university’s highest honor, the Peter Akers Alumni Award, for 2009 at the Alumni Association Awards Dinner held Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Fountains Conference Center in Fairview Heights. The business administration graduate established Chad-Nic Properties, which owns and manages 3,000 rental units in
Bailey is secretary of the McKendree University Board of Trustees and serves on the Financial Affairs and Executive Committees. Bailey said he chose McKendree and continues to support his alma mater because it is a “comforting and nurturing community of academic excellence.” For 70 years, the Akers Award has been given annually to a McKendree graduate for outstanding contribution and service to the University. It honors The Reverend Peter Akers, the first recipient of a McKendree degree and the institution’s first president.
Southern California to complete his degree in cinema. Throughout his career he worked as a writer, director, editor, producer and cinematographer. His film credits include “Ben Hur” and “North by Northwest” and his work was honored by the American Film Festival.
Academy of Excellence Six alumni were inducted into the University’s Academy of Excellence. By virtue of their achievement, leadership and character, they have made exceptional contributions to the honor and prestige of the University and demonstrate the value of a liberal arts education.
Anna McNeely ’72, of Jensen Beach, Fla., has performed on stage and screen throughout her professional career. Her first Broadway role was opposite Donny Osmond in “Little Johnny Jones.” Among her most notable accomplishments was playing “Jennyanydots” in “CATS” on Broadway. She now teaches voice and is involved with the high school drama program in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
In the top photo, left to right: Brainard Miller ’51, of Woodland Hills, Ca., attended McKendree for three years before transferring to the University of
Jodi (Edgar) Reinhardt ’92, of Belleville, has spent her entire career with the Mascoutah-based National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia,
serving as director of development and director of publications. Ed McGlynn ’68, of Brielle, N.J., served as special assistant deputy attorney general to the New Jersey attorney general and as deputy and chief of staff to Gov. Thomas H. Kean. He is the owner of ERM Government Affairs and a McKendree trustee. Not pictured: Ardell “Bud” Albers ’87, of Woodinville, Wash., is the chief technology officer for the Walt Disney Internet Group, where he is responsible for the Web sites of ABC, ESPN and Disney.com. He helped launch the digital music services of Microsoft Zune, MTV Urge, Yahoo Music Unlimited, and Samsung Media Service and was named one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT leaders in 2007. Wendell Mitchell ’59, of Belleville, is retired after a distinguished career as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in East St. Louis School District 189 for over 35 years.
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service in fundraising for scholarships or programs, and maintaining a positive influence on the school’s mission and image. At the 2009 Alumni Association Awards Dinner, Dr. Constance Rockingham ’75 presented awards to three deserving recipients.
Barney Barnes ’52, Dr. Constance Rockingham ’75 and Joan Barnes ’53.
Excellence. Retired from the USAF, he is a St. Clair County Board member, president of St. Clair County Veterans Assistance Commission, and member of the Department of Illinois American Legion Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Mascoutah, Ill.
Barney Barnes ’52 and Joan (Weber) Barnes ’53 are on campus often for basketball and football games, speaker presentations, concerts and plays at the Hett. They are loyal donors and longtime members of the William McKendree Society. They reside in Belleville, Ill.
Loyal Service Award The Loyal Service Award is given for long and continuous service to McKendree, demonstrated by attendance at University functions, assistance in recruitment,
Charles E. Lee ’74 has been active in the McKendree Alumni Association, served on its board and helped establish the Sports Hall of Fame and the Academy of Science, now known as the Academy of
Charles E. Lee ’74 and Dr. Constance Rockingham ’75.
scoring records. As a senior, he was named the team’s most valuable player, NAIA District 20 MVP and AllDistrict First Team.
Sports Hall of Fame Four McKendree alumni were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. In the top photo, left to right: Mark Markus ’93, of Dublin, Oh., ranks in the top ten all-time in six basketball
Agné (Visockaité) Eggerth ’02, of Manhattan, Ks., came to McKendree from Lithuania to compete in track and field. As a Bearcat, she helped secure four national championships and earned All-American honors in 17 events. She holds national championship meet records in the 55and 200-meter dash and competed in the 2003 World Championships and the 2004 Olympic Games.
William Roberts ’61, of Argenta, played basketball, baseball and golf, earning All-Conference Honors in the Prairie College Conference in four seasons of basketball. He taught and coached in central Illinois, where his teams won numerous tournaments. He entered the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003. Brooke (Portz) Mueth ’00, of Belleville, played volleyball and softball for the Bearcats. In volleyball she ranks among the top five all-time in six record categories. In each of her four seasons, she earned Bearcat Defensive Player of the Year and American Midwest Conference All-Conference team.
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Coach Rich Herrin coaching. A chemistry and physical education major, he decided that when he returned to McKendree he would pursue teaching. Herrin never gave up on his dream of playing sports again. With hard work and determination, he was able to rejoin the basketball, track and golf teams when he returned to McKendree in the fall of 1955. In fact, one of his most memorable moments at McKendree was making the final four in basketball in 1956, along with SIU, Western Illinois, and Wheaton College. “McKendree was the best small college team in Illinois,” recalled Herrin.
In 1951, Rich Herrin ’56 followed in his older brother Ron’s footsteps and joined the McKendree family. Raised in Bridgeport, Ill., Herrin had no doubts in high school that he would attend McKendree College. “My brother was at McKendree and I knew that is where I wanted to go,” said Herrin. “He was my inspiration.” As kids, the Herrin brothers were very competitive and both played multiple sports. Herrin joked “my brother had 16 letters, and I earned 17 (at McKendree).” President of the “M” club, he participated in basketball, baseball, golf, and track. “That is unheard of today,” said Herrin. “Athletes today focus on one or two sports. Back then we played every sport offered.” During his senior year, Herrin experienced a life-changing event. On the way back from a scrimmage game in Centralia, Herrin and several teammates were involved in a horrible car accident. Forced to spend the remainder of the academic year at home in recovery, Herrin was unsure if he would ever play competitive sports again. His focus shifted to
It’s a tremendous honor for me to be part of a group that includes these coaches,” Herrin said. He also noted “with the exception of my marriage and my four children, this is the greatest thing to happen to me…
Herrin also has fond memories of the lifelong friendships he made at McKendree. “The close friendships with Rick Stein, George Butler, the Totten brothers, Virgil Motsinger, Barney and Jo Barnes, Rock Schaeffer, Gene Hoyt, and others are among some of the most memorable moments of my life.” These friendships, along with his Bearcat pride, bring him back to campus on a regular basis. After graduating from McKendree, Herrin was hired as a teacher and head basketball
coach at Okawville, Benton and Marion high schools. Herrin is one of the most successful high school coaches in the history of the state of Illinois—compiling 677 wins at the high school level. In 1985, he was hired by Southern Illinois University Carbondale to transform the Salukis into a high-energy program. He succeeded by leading the team to threestraight Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) tournament championships and seven trips to the post-season, including three consecutive NCAA tournament berths between 1993-95. He had 225 wins at SIU. In all, Herrin has 902 career wins at all levels, equal to former NCAA coach Bobby Knight. A member of the McKendree University Sports Hall of Fame, Herrin will be inducted into the coaches’ wing of the MVC Hall of Fame on March 5 during the conference tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Herrin’s selection places him in elite company, with MVC coaches such as Henry Iba, John Wooden, Arad McCutcheon, Will Robinson, Eddie Hickey and Ed Junker. “It’s a tremendous honor for me to be part of a group that includes these coaches,” Herrin said. He also noted “with the exception of my marriage and my four children, this is the greatest thing to happen to me. I have a tremendous wife that has been very supportive; she and my children are most important, but this is an outstanding honor for a guy that has been a high school coach most of his life.” While Herrin has had to handle a lot of ups and downs in his life, his competitive spirit always dominated. “McKendree instilled that you have to compete everyday,” said Herrin. “It’s why I went into coaching. It has been a very rewarding profession. I’m a very lucky person.”