SIUE places in Concrete Bowling Ball competition

News-DemocratApril 2, 2014 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville engineering students had a good showing at the American Concrete Institute spring convention.

The SIUE team finished fourth in the Concrete Bowling Ball competition and 11th place overall at the convention March 27 in Reno, Nev.

SIUE construction management competed against 31 teams from Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Each team entered bowling balls made of concrete. The balls were evaluated on the mass and diameter, as well as toughness, deformation and bowling performance.

In addition to their strong performance in competition, the SIUE ACI chapter accepted the 2013 Excellent University Award, the highest award for ACI Student Chapters. The chapter earned the award for its outstanding student and faculty involvement in ACI committees, meetings, events and community outreach.

Construction management seniors Tony Probst of Dieterich, Newton's Derek Casey, and Justin Huelsmann of Highland, along with civil engineering senior Andrew Wilder of Effingham, lead the chapter. The faculty adviser is Anne Werner, assistant professor in the Department of Construction.

"The SIUE ACI chapter continues to demonstrate excellent teamwork and performance in international competition," Chris Gordon, School of Engineering associate dean and chair of the Department of Construction, said. "Dr. Werner and the ACI leadership team have a clear passion for concrete.

"Through their hard work, our students have honed their leadership skills, gained beneficial experience in concrete material behavior and amplified SIUE's outstanding reputation in concrete construction."

The SIUE team was runner-up in a regional ACI competition earlier in the spring semester.

McKendree University's social media recently received the gold award in the country's largest education advertising competition.

The 29th annual Educational Advertising Awards were sponsored by the Atlanta-based Higher Education Marketing Report.

More than 2,000 entries were submitted to the competition from in excess of 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several countries. The judging panel included higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the Higher Educational Marketing Report editorial board.

"It's a fascinating time for social media from an organizational perspective because it's so powerful, fluid and engaging," said Michael Embrich, director of web communications and digital assets at McKendree. "There is abundant marketing value in our institution's digital assets. It's wonderful to be nationally recognized for the continuous dedication of our social media administrators."

McKendree University's social network includes approximately 150 accounts utilizing over 10 platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and study abroad blogs. In addition to university-maintained accounts, numerous special interest groups use social media to connect with current and prospective students, alumni, parents and supporters.

The Music Department at Lewis and Clark Community College has several concerts on the calendar this month, including a night out at Jacoby Art Center and a steel band concert.

A brown bag event will be held at noon April 9 in the Ringhausen Music Building atrium. Faculty member Doug Byrkit will play guitar.

The Alton Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert featuring the winners of its Marie Stillwell Young Artist Concerto Competition at 7 p.m. April 19 in the Hatheway Cultural Center.

The orchestra will accompany the future stars performing their concertos and perform Rossini's overtures from the "Barber of Seville" and "La Gazza Ladra."

Adult tickets are $10, seniors and teens $5, and children and Lewis and Clark Community College students, faculty and staff will be admitted for free with valid identification. Tickets are available online or by calling 618-463-6933. Tickets are also available at Halpin Music and will be available at the door.

An Evening of Ensembles will take place at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Ringhausen Music Building. The concert will feature Lewis and Clark's Piano, Percussion and Guitar ensemble.

The SIUE Steel Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in the Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel. SIUE Steel is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It is the only steel band in the Greater St. Louis area.

For the complete spring 2013 L&C Music Calendar visit or for more information call the music office at 618-468-4731.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or call 618-239-2626.

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