April 29, 2004

Companies offer students real-world experience

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- While spring break means sun and sand for most college students, nearly 200 students from Southern Illinois University Carbondale spent the 2004 spring break week gaining real-world experience by working as externs for companies throughout Illinois and the U.S.

Established in 1984 by the SIU Alumni Association, the Extern Program matches juniors and seniors with alumni and friends in professional work environments throughout the country to learn about their chosen career fields. Throughout spring break, externs are given the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a professional setting.

Students also gain valuable career contacts. More than 30 percent of externs receive future internship or employment opportunities with sponsoring companies or organizations.

In past years, the Extern Program has placed students in a variety of businesses and institutions, including Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Caterpillar, The Chicago Tribune, Continental Airlines, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Yosemite National Park.

For more information about the Extern Program, contact Tuesday L. Ashner, director of campus alumni programs, at 618/453-2417.

The following list includes participating companies and their respective extern students, alphabetically by the host company's home base. After that, you'll find the name of the student participant, his or her academic major and hometown.


Arlington Heights
Daily Herald
Brandon Thomas; Journalism/News Editorial; Bolingbrook, Ill.

Belleville Public District # 118
Jaime Eaves; Elementary Education; Anna, Ill.

BRIC Partnership
Shannon Kasinger; Electrical Engineering.

Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education
Jason Conner; General Agriculture-Ag Education; Walnut, Ill.

Memorial Hospital
Molly Terry; Dietetics; Edwardsville, Ill.

Top Flight Grain Kyle Frazier; Agriculture, General; Charleston, Ill.

Franklin Hospital
Panayiota Tsokkou; Dietetics.

State Farm Insurance
Egla Ballta; Finance and Management Information Systems; Tirana, Albania.
Kristine Jacobson; Computer Science.


A. G. Edwards
Andrew Teel; Finance and Business Economics; Du Quoin, Ill.

Carbondale Clinic
Waleed Abbasi; Zoological Sciences; Skokie, Ill.

Catholic Social Services
Nicole Martinez; Psychology; Loda, Ill.

Gilbert, Kimmel, Huffman, Prosser & Hewson Ltd.
William Hays; Paralegal Studies; Champaign, Ill.

Image Architects Inc.
Ginette Wessel; Architectural Studies; Belleville, Ill.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
Shinji Ogita; Dietetics; Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan. Emmett Silver; Dietetics.

Old National Bank
Roger Morrow; Finance.

Esther Gierstorf; Psychology; Des Moines, Iowa. Gina Young; Psychology; Woodstock, Ill..

Southern Illinois University
Beth Hartke; Speech Communication; Teutopolis, Ill.
Christina Knutson; Equine Animal Science.
Jinya Kurita; Finance.

Southern Illinoisan
Nicole Loyd; Management; Scheller, Ill.
Carrie Roderick; Journalism; Joliet, Ill.

The Women's Center Inc.
Megumi Umeda; Psychology; Nisshim, Aichi Japan.

Union Planters Bank
Tonya Ulmer; Finance; Shelbyville, Ill.

Nicole Call; Advertising/Intergrated Marketing Communications.
Bethany Larsen; Marketing; Carol Stream, Ill.

Gwyn Bevel; Radio-TV News; Centralia, Ill.
Gena Terlizzi; Radio-TV; Salem, Ill.


Advocate Illinois Masonic
Erin Yaseen; Dietetics; Chicago, Ill.

Art Institute of Chicago
Leigh Engel; Photography and Art Education; Palatine, Ill.

ATA Airlines
Christopher Adamow; Aviation Management; Bridgeview, Ill. Todd Yakel; Aviation Management/Flight; Wheaton, Ill.

Bernardi Securities
Nathaniel Klitzing; Finance; Altamont, Ill.

Big Shoulders Digital Video Production
Krystal Eisenbath; Cinema and Photography; Troy, Mo. Adam Hofmann; Film Production; Derby, Kan.

Chicago Housing Authority
Marc Mangiantini; Architecture; Lyons, Ill.

Chicago Tribune
Hillary Donaldson; English; Big Rock, Ill.

Ch'rewd Marketing and Promotion Inc.
Samantha DeMaria; Advertisement; Itasca, Ill. Tyson Rhea; Advertising; Rochelle, Ill.

Draft Worldwide
Daniel Bingham; Psychology; Chicago Heights, Ill. Isha Gupta; Advertising/Communication Design; Mumbai, India. Melissa Tawse; Advertising Minor: Art and Design; Wheeling, Ill.

Anne Guratzsch; Interior Design; Washington, Ind.

Illinois Trade Office
Jonathan Johnson; Foreign Language and International Trade: Economics and Spanish.

Jeff Sciortino Photography
Michael Alto; Advertising/Intergrated Marketing Communications.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
Malissa Bruno; Zoology; Chicago Heights, Ill.

Karen Davis; Marketing; Carbondale, Ill.

Landrum & Brown
John Manion; Aviation Management/Maintenance; Leesburg, Va.
Andrea McKenzie; Aviation Management.
Eric Mercado; Aviation Management and Flight; Bolingbrook, Ill.

MB Financial Bank
Shasta Hall; Accounting.
Christopher Pellittieri; Economics and Psychology; Homewood, Ill.
Eric Rahlfs; Finance; Chester, Ill.
Shellie Richelman; Finance; Campbell Hill, Ill.
Sean Springer; Finance; Normal, Ill.

Midway Airport -- City of Chicago
Patrick Skonie; Aviation Flight and Management; Naperville, Ill.

Museum of Science and Industry
Jack Hammond; Music Education; Chenoa, Ill.

SolidLine Media
Christopher La Garce; Cinema; Murphysboro, Ill.

WTTW -- Channel 11
Patricia Sanborn; Elementary Education; Frankfort, Ill.


Vermilion County Conservation District
Christine Goldstein; Forestry; Effingham, Ill.
Jamie Hart; Forestry: Outdoor Recreation Resource Management; Charleston, Ill.
Bret Johnson; Forestry; Mahomet, Ill.

BLDD Architects Inc.
Angel Gant; Architectural Studies; University Park, Ill.
Kelly Larson; Interior Design.

Downers Grove
Diveheart Foundation
Breane Lorenz; Therapeutic Recreation; Oak Lawn, Ill.

Ford Motor Company
Kirill Cherepkov; Automotive Technology.
Charles Giet; Management; Ashburn, Va.

Sentinel Technologies
Kamel Anjorin; Computer Science.
Oladotun Aremu; Management Information System; Chicago, Ill.
Letiscia Argumendo; Finance; Chicago, Ill.
Jason Kesterson; Management Information Systems; Troy, Ill.
Rahul Yadav; Information Systems Technologies; Centralia, Ill.

The Right Balance Nutrition & Fitness Counseling
Harold James; Dietetics.

Effingham Equity
Laura Smithenry; Plant and Soil Science; Newton, Ill.

Elk Grove Village
Alexian Brother Medical Center
Christine Ross; Dietetics; Paxton, Ill.

Forest Park
McAdam Landscape Professionals
Tim Egan; Plant and Soil Science; Libertyville, Ill.

Freeport Ill.
Honeywell International
Daniel Hughes; Electrical Engineering Technology; Rockford, Ill.

Stephenson Service Company
Daniel DiGvonni; Agricultural Production; Dakota, Ill.

Glen Ellyn
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Nina Cassetto; Accounting; Plainfield, Ill.
Michael McCarthy; Management; Canton, Ill.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Justin Dodson; Forestry; Mason City, Ill.

Central Animal Hospital
Monica Zaworski; Animal Science/Pre-Vet; Washington, DC.

Central Animal Hospital
Karah Murdock; Animal Science/Pre-vet; Naperville, Ill.

Southern Illinois Healthcare
Joanna Rish; Marketing; Fort Smith, Ark.

General Motors
Peter D'Souza; Automotive Technology; Lombard, Ill.

Hoffman Estates
Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Elizabeth Cox; Advertising/Intergrated Marketing Communications; Moline, Ill.
Glen Gdalman; Accounting; Burbank, Ill.
Bredina Haden; Marketing; Anna, Ill.

Prism Retail Services
Rebecca Starr; Management.

Summit Marketing
Kurt Paradis; Radio-Television; Darien, Ill.

USDA - Forest Service Shawnee National Forest
John Allison; Forestry; Lawrenceville, Ill.
Sorrel Kunath; Forestry; Machesney Park, Ill.
Gregory Meuth; Forestry; Jerseyville, Ill.

Lake Forest
Lake Forest Hospital
Kelly Harrison; Psychology/Spanish minor; Algonquin, Ill.

Stevens & Tate Marketing
Jennifer Wieczorek; Advertising; Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Ameren CIPS
Robert Monroe; Electrical Engineering/Math; Charleston, Ill.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Mary Hacker; Dietetics; Tunnel Hill, Ill.

Red Lobster
Joey Sickling; Hospitality and Tourism.

Mt. Vernon
Kemper CPA Group, LLP
Xiaoyan Cong; Accounting.
Rachel Smith; Accounting; Moweaqua, Ill.

Illinois Youth Center
Jennifer Dilliner; Special Education.

Silkworm Inc.
Lesley Burkett; Communication Design; Albion, Ill.
Rhonda Vaughn; Management; Benton, Ill.

Zieba Appraisal Company
Benjamin Steffen; Finance; Mahomet, Ill.

Washington/Perry County Farm Bureau
Mary Koelling; Hospitality and Tourism; Irvington, Ill.

Design Construction Concepts LTD.
David Kurtz; Architecture; Woodstock, Ill.

Riffco Advertising Inc
Katrina Challans; Journalism -- Adverstising/Integrated Marketing Communications; Shipman, Ill.

Sporting News
James Adams; Journalism/News-Editorial; Vernon Hills, Ill.
Gregory Armstrong; Radio-Television; Ottawa, Ill.

Oak Lawn
Kasper, Heaton, Wright, Pagni and Associates
Benjamin Baptist; Biological Sciences/Pre-Medicine; Downers Grove, Ill.
Joseph Baptist; Biological Sciences/Pre-Denistry; Downers Grove, Ill.

Athletico Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Center
Ciara Perry; Athletic Training; Chicago, Ill.

Phillips, Swager, and Associates
David Lee; Architectural Studies; Decatur, Ill.
Robert Rhea; Mechanical Engineering; Quincy, Ill.

Red Bud
Gateway FS
Mehgan Castle; Agriculture Education; Sparta, Ill.

Greater Rockford Airport Authority
David Buser; Aviation management/Flight; Rockford, Ill.

Rockford Memorial Hospital
Erin Smith; Communication Disorders and Sciences; Rockford, Ill.

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America
John Cordes; Automotive Technology; Godfrey, Ill.
Kris Klesk; Automotive Technology; North Riverside, Ill.

Illinois Attorney General's Office
Cheryl Holder; Paralegal Studies for Legal Assistants.
Timothy Wills; Media Management and Marketing; St. Louis, Mo.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Melissa Howard; Dietetics; Cantrall, Ill.

Illinois Department of Public Health
Amy Prentice; Dietetics.

Illinois State Military Museum
Matthew Ksiezak; History/Political Science with IR specialty; Zion, Ill.

St. John's Hospital
Ashleigh Herman; Dietetics; Chatham, Ill.
TemiTope Oshodi; Biological Sciences; Springfield, Ill.
Olamide Oshodi; Biological Sciences/Pre-pharmacy; Springfield, Ill.

Tinley Park
Daily Southtown Newspaper
Destiny Remezas; Journalism/News Editorial; Burbank, Ill.

Carle Hospital
Josh Rhoades; Electronics Systems Technology; Monticello, Ill. University of Illinois
Megan McCallister; Dietetics/Pre-Med; Charleston, Ill.
Jennifer Taylor; Animal Science with Pre-Vet Spec.

West Frankfort
Franklin-Williamson Human Services Inc.
Denise Heidbreder; Rehabilitation/Psychology; Lawrenceville, Ill.

Wheaton, City of, Police Department
Shannon Holubetz; Administration of Justice; Downers Grove, Ill.

M.V. Kuper PC
Patrice Gaitors; Accounting.

Diagnostic Oral Creations
Lorraine Brown; Dental Technology; Knightstown, Ind.

ILT Vignodchi Inc.
Timothy Nixon; Plant and Soil Science/Turfgrass specialty; Rolling Meadows, Ill.


Out of State

Juneau, Ark.
Wings of Alaska Airlines
Kyle Lukey; Aviation Management.
Ryan Roth; Aviation Management; Springfield, Ill.

Brisbane, Calif.
Future Network USA
Brett Elston; Journalism; Carterville, Ill.

Denver, Colo.
Denver International Airport
Rebecca Kizior; Aviation Management and Flight; Bartlett, Ill.
Scott MacPhee; Aviation Management; Peoria, Ill.

Naples, Fla.
New Architectura Inc.
Cheney Ferguson; Architectural Studies; Olney, Ill.

Atlanta, Ga.
Raisha Diggs; Information Systems Technology; Bellwood, Ill.

Intercontinental Hotels Group
Ejayce Fox; Hospitality and Resort Management; Aurora, Ill.
Evonnda Fulton; Workforce Education Development -- AST; Rock Island, Ill.
Joseph Henson; Accounting; Streator, Ill.
H. Alyse Norwood; Finance; Harvey, Ill.

Crawfordsville, Ind.
Indiana Department of Transportation
Michael Brinkerhoff; Civil Engineering; Paris, Ill.

Evansville, Ind.
Deaconess Hospital
Melissa Fancher; Dietetics; Olney, Ill.

Overland Park, Kan.
Matthew Purdy; Marketing; West Frankfort, Ill.

Paducah, Ky.
Computer Services Inc.
Freddy Kadima; Management; Ontario, Canada.

Flint, Mich.
General Motors
James Prendergast; Automotive Technology; Oak Park, Ill.

Clayton, Mo.
Merrill Lynch
Matthew Pruemer; Finance.

Kansas City, Mo.
DCI Inc.
Rachelle Lemon; Dietetics.

Manchester, Mo.
Leinicke Design Group
Chelsea Albritton; Communication Design; Mount Vernon, Ill.

St. Charles, Mo.
Premier Design
Timothy Ditch; Industrial Design; Marion, Ill.

St. Louis, Mo.
Melissa Liszewsk; Interior Design; Nashville, Ill.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Rustin Cameron; Dietetics.

Kendra Chaney; MIS; Peoria, Ill.
Ann Conley; Accounting; DuQuoin, Ill.
Craig Eichhorn; AVT.
Elzie Flenard; Electronic Systems Technologies; Mounds, Ill.
Victoria Flenard; Computer Engineering; Pulaski, Ill.
Stephen Jakubowski; Advanced Aviation Maintenance; St. Louis.
Dale Manthei; Electrical Engineering.
Mark Martella; Business & Administration; Bensenville, Ill.
Michael McElya; AVT.
Derek Patton; AVT; Westmont, Ill.
Nicole Roberts; Speech Communications; Watson, Ill.
Chesaree Rollins; Finance; Chicago, Ill.
Monica Schwartzkopf; Marketing; Dorsey, Ill.
Paul Shreeman; Physics/Math.
Nakeesha Tolden; Management.
Katrina Willis; Computer Science; Clinton, Ill.

Deloitte & Touche
Corey Tadlock; Accounting; Flora, Ill.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Erin Borowiak; Management; Chicago Heights, Ill.

Family Video
Adewale Adesokan; Business Management.
Awa Dieng; Management Information Systems.
Erica Dumas; Management; Pulaski, Ill.

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
Brandi Barnard; Interior Design; Wayne City, Ill.

J. Jill Clothing Store Plaza Frontenac
Anne Kuzmanich; Fashion Merchandising; Darien, Ill.

Missouri Botanical Gardens
Joseph Krygiel; Plant and Soil Science; Chesterfield, MO.

Brad Moran; Plant and Soil Science; Lebanon, OH.

Nextel Communications
Ryan Humphreys; EST; Elkville, Ill..

SmithLee Productions
Jonathan Field; Music Business; McLeansboro, Ill..

St. Louis Magazine
Ryan Tozer; Integrated Marketing Communications/Advertising; Dawson, Ill.

Las Vegas, Nev.
Dan Nelson Productions
David Zettler; Plant and Soil Sciences with Horticulture emphasis; Tamaroa, Ill.

Troy, Ohio
American Honda Motor Company
Christian Rath; Automotive Technology; Murphysboro, Ill.

Portland, Ore.
ORB Analysis For Design
Timothy Parli; BFA of Industrial Design; Rochelle, Ill.

Nashville, Tenn.
Rendy Love Lady Management
Melissa Roberts; Marketing/Music Business; Bloomington, Ill.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Amber Short; Marketing; Tunnel Hill, Ill.