Before Julie Davis was a student herself and later associate professor and director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program, she had the unique opportunity to consider program faculty a part of her family.
Jennifer Meyer’s eyes light up and her own smile grows when she talks about a program that helps children in the region who do not have regular access to dental care. For Meyer, an assistant instructor in the School of Allied Health’s dental hygiene program, a smile and good dental health – particularly for a child – mean everything.
After working at Starbucks for 12 years, Sara Wright has found her home making people’s favorite drinks at Starbucks and finding little ways to connect with the hundreds of people she serves.
Walter A. Davis III remembers what it’s like. After graduating from high school, he wasn’t sure he was cut out for college.
Sometimes students know exactly what degree and future career they want to pursue, and sometimes they do not. For Kathy Elson, pointing all of them in the right direction is her number one goal.
When students finally receive their diploma, they usually reflect on the amazing support from their parents, friends, classmates and professors. They often do not think about the many people in the background making their graduation possible. Yet, for Rachel Frazier, seeing those smiles at the end of commencement is all the thanks she needs for her part in the process.
Thirty years is a long time to do anything. For Jenise Wilson, however, those three decades at SIU have been an evolving experience with one constant at their center: students, and the university’s relationship with them.
After working in undergraduate admissions for over 15 years, Amanda Sutton knows a little bit about solving behind the scenes problems.
Growing up, Jacob Juntunen didn’t know exactly where life would take him, but academia was not on the top of his list. That is, until he stumbled upon the world of playwriting and suddenly found his calling.
While Akami Eayrs’ job description might center on recruiting and admissions, she doesn’t stop there. Her goal is to find the perfect fit for every student in his or her educational, housing and financial decisions, and she is willing to get creative and go out of her way to do it.