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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois THE TEI.EG H AP HEAD IO HEAD AGAIN Mark McGwire 58 home runs after 149 games ^Sararai V 61 61 home runs after 149 games The outlook Becoming partly cloudy; high near 69, low near 44 PageD4 Edutainment Ventriloquist offers fun lessons about disabilities Page Bl Vol. 164, No. 248 — 50 centsMonday, September 20,1999 www.thetelegraph.comSERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ICCC project’s bid release dates set Allied Health and Math Building, commons area to be added to campus By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Bid release dates have been set for the $10 million Allied Health and Math Building and commons area to be built on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College. The release date for general/mechanical bids for the two new buildings is Nov. 23. Bid release date for site development around the building, including installation of a new parking lot, is Oct. 6. In conjunction with the construction of the two new buildings, reno vations will also be completed on Haskell Hall. Bid release date for general/mechanical work on Haskell Hall is Oct. 19, Estimated total cost of the construction of the Math and Allied Health Building and the commons area and renovations at Haskell Hall is $12,370,702. The school has received $10,125,000 of this amount in state allocations. The remaining $2,245,702 will be provided by the college. “The money for this project is already appropriated within the college budget,” said Dale Chapman, LCCC president. “It doesn’t require any additional levying." The three-story Allied Health and Math Building will be built on the southwest portion of the campus, connected to the Science Building by a two-story commons area. The new building will house classrooms, lab and office space for math and occupational therapy classes. The 56,050-square-foot building, designed by the architectural firm of AAIC in Collinsville, will contain 13 math classrooms as well as a mathematics laboratory and tutorial space. The occupational therapy assistant program will also be centered in the new building. Classrooms, conference rooms, lab and craft areas, a model living quarters area and model office space will be used in the program in which students learn to help clients adapt to daily living after injury or illness. A commons area, which will be approximately 19,000 square feet, will connect the#Math and Allied Health Building with the Science Building. The commons will include a kitchen and concessions area as well as a dining/meeting area that will seat up to 600 people. Chapman said the commons area was designed to accommodate crowds too large to fit in the Multimedia Room at the Advanced Technology Center, which seats 250, and too small for the River Bend Arena, which seats 1,000. “It's a general purpose space where the campus can have staff ■ See ICCC, Page A7 Couples get down to celebrate club’s 50th anniversary By TONY D. MASINELLI For The Telegraph WOOD RIVER - Hands clapped and poodle skirts swirled as more than 90 area couples responded to professional callers during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hoedowners Square Dance Club of Wood River, held in the Roundhouse on Sunday afternoon. According to club officials, the Hoedowners organization is one of only four in the state that have held regular square - dances for 50 years or more. The group was formed in 1949 by Lucien and Marge Ringering after they observed a square dancing performance during a Boy Scout program. A handful of couples began meeting in the Ringering home, and the Hoedowners have -been going strong ever since. Today, the club maintains an active membership of nearly 200 people. “These days, people from all over the area join in with the Hoedowners, even from St. Louis,’’ said Bob Wheeler, a charter member who flew in from New Mexico to take part in the celebration. “It’s great to see where the club has come over the years. Their .—■■■■■■■■■--■-■I success is due to the people who have worked hard over « rphe nice thing I about square dancing is that it’s easy the years to to learn, and you have good fellowship and exercise.” Evertt Steele chariman of the anniversary committee keep Boing” Square dancing finds its roots in 18th century folk dances that eventually made their _ way    to New England in the early days of American settlement. As more cultural groups mingled, their dance steps combined into a unique American form. Modern Western Square Dancing, the style that is used today, evolved during the 1950’s into standardized steps. “The nice thing about ■ See CLUB, Page A7 me leiegrapn/MAHUifc m. csMHiNts Don Harper, left, of St. Charles, Mo., and Wilma Bratten, right, of Moro, dance to a singing call Sunday during the Hoedowners Square Dance Club’s Golden Anniversary Celebration at the Wood River Roundhouse. Students stick with university Enrollment on the rise at SHIE By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Enrollment continues to climb at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with new figures showing 357 more students than last year. “It’s primarily due to improved retention, and I think we’ve put a lot of effort in that the past two years,” said Christa Oxford, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. Enrollment this year is 11,877, up from last year’s 11,520. Oxford said students are “not transferring, not stopping, not dropping out.” She also credits the increased enrollment to the popularity of the two new residence halls. “We have more students on ■ See SIUE, Page A7 Good Morning Area/Illinois . .....A3 Obituaries....... A5 Bulletin Board ... .A6-8, B4,6 Berrey, Corsere, DeBruce, Classifieds .. ..... .C6 Mason, McCauley, Comics..... ......D2 McKenna, Orahood Editorial ---- ......A4 Scoreboard...... a? Nation&World .....C6 Television....... .03 Friendship leaves a lasting impression Doctor and slave’s legacy lives on in Otterville school By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer OTTERVILLE - This rural community’s proudest legacy is an example set by two 19th century men — one black, one white — whose friendship set a lasting example for people of all races. The bond between Dr. Silas Hamilton and the slave he freed, George Washington, can still be sensed when visiting the school the doctor built in Otterville from his will to help educate all people. Their friendship is still making a difference in the lives of college students, as well. The former slave, who became a prominent local farmer, left in his will a scholarship for “people of color” that still is going strong, local historians said. Among its more than 200 recipients is LaRona J. Morris, Ph.D., an East St. Louis educator. As an example of humane behavior, Hamilton, a slavery Godfrey resident Mary Ann Wadlow admires the handiwork of Otterville area resident Frank Kovarik, which points the way to the historic Silas Hamilton School in Otterville. opponent, bought a Southern Drainer of the Otter Creek became the best of friends, plantation and slaves to Historical Society. Hamilton and deeply respected each reform the system from with- .and the young slave he    .    . in, according to Gladys named George Washington    ■    bee    oChool, Page A7 ;