EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Through the generosity of Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery, SIUE Athletics is proud to be able to host the second annual Field Trip Day with the women's basketball team when it takes on Tennessee State on Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 11:30 a.m. in the Vadalabene Center.
"This event is a great community engagement function and helps us as an athletic department perform one of our primary roles -- to invite, engage and entertain the University's shareholders," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "The University and the local communities it serves together make this a great experience for the children."
Field Trip Day is the largest community engagement initiative the athletics department undertakes each year as more than 3,000 youth, ranging from grades 3-8, from the metro east region will attend this event. For many, this will be their first time on a university campus.
It will be a day full of educational elements with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiments, math equations and other learning experiences in the timeouts throughout the game delivered under the direction of the SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach, which is comprised of an independent group of researchers and educators, innovating ways to engage students and the public in science, technology, engineering and math.
"Community engagement is so important to us at the refinery," said Melissa Erker, Director of Government and Community Affairs at the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery. "This opportunity is the perfect tie-in for us because it not only gives the children in our community a chance to experience SIUE in a fun and memorable way, but it also creates a direct link to math and science fundamentals, subject areas we are all eager to promote and advance in our schools today. We are excited to partner with SIUE to make this day a success."
Along with the basketball game, SIUE Athletics and Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery have some fun added in with a performance by the ZOOperstars.
"Not only is it an awesome atmosphere for our team to play in with a packed Vadalabene Center full of kids cheering on the Cougars, it is a great educational experience for the youth in our area," said SIUE women's basketball Head Coach Paula Buscher. "We are extremely proud to be a part of this initiative and to be able to give back to our community however we can."
The Wood River Refinery is located in Roxana, Illinois, about 15 miles north and east of St. Louis, Missouri, on the east side of the Mississippi River. Built in 1917, it is Phillips 66's largest operating refinery, with a crude oil processing capacity of ~314,000 BPD. The Wood River Refinery employs more than 1,100 people, including contractors and direct employees. Wood River Refinery is operated by Phillips 66 as part of WRB Refining LP, a business venture with Cenovus US Refinery Services LLC.