February 17, 2004

SIUC partnership sponsoring college workshop

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Community Outreach Partnership is sponsoring a college workshop for residents of north Carbondale and surrounding communities on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

“College Night 2004” gets under way at 6 p.m. at the Eurma C. Hayes Center, 441 E. Willow St., Carbondale.

Those attending will learn about educational and financial resources as well as how to apply to various community colleges and universities. Keynote speaker is Seymour Bryson, associate chancellor-diversity at SIUC and director of the Center for Basic Skills. Other speakers are Richard W. Steudel, assistant director of SIUC’s financial aid office, and Donnell Wilson, project director for the University’s Upward Bound Program. Members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., will make a special presentation.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

SIUC’s Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development and the Office of Economic and Regional Development received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish the outreach partnership. Its goals are to assist in the development of projects and programs in economic development, affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, health and education for the north Carbondale area.

Other outreach participants are the city of Carbondale and Attucks Community Services Inc.

Addressing social, health and economic development issues in the region is among the goals of Southern@150, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

For more information on the college night program, contact Juan Maultsby at 618/549-0341.