June 05, 2004

Businesses give students real-world experience

by Tara Koosak

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Companies throughout Illinois and the United States participated in the 2005 Extern Program, giving Southern Illinois University Carbondale students real-world experience during spring break. More than 100 businesses participated in the program by allowing nearly 200 students to complete a week-long externship.

The Extern Program was established in 1984 by the SIU Alumni Association to help students discover more about their chosen career while working in a professional setting. Juniors and seniors are matched with alumni and friends of SIUC who work for businesses related to their majors. Through the externship, students are able to apply the skills learned in classes to a professional environment.

The extern experience also gives students the opportunity to network with successful and knowledgeable professionals with expertise in their chosen fields. More than 30 percent of the students who participate receive internship or job offers.

Companies that participate in the Extern Program include Anheuser-Bush, 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 Ashner, director of Campus Alumni Programs at 618/453-2417.

The following list is organized alphabetically by the city in which each company's home base is located. Also listed are the students' names, academic majors and hometowns.




Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Tiffany Ochs; Agribusiness Economics; Olney, IL

Arlington Heights

Daily Herald

Hilary Matheson; Journalism & English; Chadwick, IL


Ameren IP

Lucas Klein; Electrical Engineering; Cairo, IL

BRIC Partnership

Naved Siddiqui; Mechanical Engineering; Hollis, NY

Carole Hiatt

Jill Sprehe; Interior Design; New Mindon, IL

Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education

Jamie Bartosik; Agricultural Information; Prairie du Roch, IL


Top Flight Grain

Chris Stinger; Agribusiness Economics; Pana, IL


Illinois' Second Judicial Circuit

Maria Guerrero; Administration of Justice; Moline, IL


Regent Radio Bloomington

Tara Desmond; Advertising; Bloomington, IL

State Farm Insurance

Travis Dixon; Management Information System; Benton, IL

Adrienne McPhee; Accounting; Carbondale, IL

Juanita White; Management Information System; Chicago, IL



Mary Morgan Elementary School

Jamie Eaves; Elementary Education; Anna, IL


A G Edwards

James Semanski; Finance; Carterville, IL


Alejandro Figueroa; Accounting; Aurora, IL

Julie Laursen; MBA; Arlington Height, IL

Mykinna Montgomery; Marketing/Advertising; Alorton, IL

David Pierce; Industrial Technology; Chicago, IL

Zhen Xu; Accounting/Finance; Carbondale, IL

Illinois Department of Transportation

Melissa Alvey; Civil Engineering; Elizabethtown, IL

Jamie Johnson; Civil Engineering; Nashville, IL

Matthew Overbey; Civil Engineering; Medora, IL

Image Architects, Inc.

David Kmetz; Architectural Studies; Streator, IL

Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP

Crystal Longshore; Accounting; Coulterville, IL

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale

Choi Har Kwan; Food Nutrition; Carbondale, IL

New Horizons Ob-Gyn

Alicia Adams; Education; Anna, IL

Old National Bank

Alan Phelps; Finance (Financial Management); Bonnie, IL

Alexandru Nomicos; Finance; Targoviste, Romania


Amanda Chiavini; Psychology; Murphysboro, IL

SIU Credit Union

Adenike Alabi; Finance; Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinoisan

Medode Amoussou; Marketing; Carbondale, IL

Stephen Johnston; English – Pre-Professional; Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University

Aishah Abdul Karim; Psychology; Palm Bay, FL

Wemphy Hanafi; Mathematics; Carbondale, IL

Shalane McIntire; Biological Sciences; Du Quoin, IL

Erina Tanaka; Accounting; Carbondale, IL

Royal Whitaker; Public Relations; Lenexa, KS



Jeffery Durso; Radio – Television; Carterville, IL


AKP Media

Andrew Leonard; Political Science; Rochester, IL

Jessica Slider; Television Production; Pewamo, MI

Art Institute of Chicago

Leigh Engel; Art History, Cinema and Photography; Palatine, IL

Bernardi Securities

Simon Martin; Finance; Pinckneyville, IL

Big Shoulders Digital Video Production

Keith Crook; TV Production; Mansfield, TX

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Theresa Bates; Paralegal Studies; Benton, IL

Broadview Media

Jennifer Willis; Cinema and Photography; Carbondale, IL

Chicago Board of Trade

Michael Pedroza; Finance; Chicago, IL


Chicago Department of Public Health

Aimee Webb; Dental Hygiene; Waterloo, IL

Ch'rewd Marketing and Promotion, Inc.;

Sydney Dillard; Advertising integrated with Marketing Communications; IN

Megan Gabby; Marketing; Johnston City, IL

Kristina Jurcevic; Music Business; Burbank, IL

Draft Worldwide

Courtney Wroblewski; Cinema & Photography, Advertising; Roselle, IL

Jennifer Wyss; Advertising/IMC; Barrington, IL


Field Museum

Carina Alcantar; Management; Chicago Height, IL

Jason Blum; Zoology; Algonquin, IL


Alison Deany; Interior Design; Shorewood, IL

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Kristen Wells; Speech Communications; Belleville, IL


Tara Livesay; Marketing; Pana, IL

Landrum & Brown

Sarah Townsend; Aviation Management; Pekin, IL

Luminair Film Productions, Inc.

Chris LaGarce; Cinematography; Murphysboro, IL


Marc Hauser Portraits

Lauren King; Photography; Crystal Lake, IL

Morrow Design

Floria Jhang; Industrial Design; Hoffman Estate, IL

SolidLine Media

Hideki Yamauchi; Radio and Television; Carbondale, IL

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Tacarra Birmingham; Financial Management; Chicago, IL

VOA Associates

Samantha Cook; Interior Design; Crete, IL

WJMK Oldies 103.3

Candice Hickman; Radio/Television and Public Relations; Chicago, IL


Vermilion County Conservation District

Joshua Carron; Forestry; Fenton, MO

Jeremy Parish; Forestry; Catlin, IL


BLDD Architects Inc.

David Lee; Architecture; Decatur, IL

Angel Valtierra; Architectural Studies; St. Charles, IL

Rebecca Weege; Architectural Studies; Urbana, IL\


Downers Grove

Ford Motor Company

David Montelongo; Automotive Technology; Chicago, IL

Matthew Morton; Automotive Technology; O'Fallon, IL

Sentinel Technologies

Crystal McClendon; Information Systems Technology; Makanda, IL

Kofi Mensah; Information Systems Technology; Bolingbrook, IL



Erica Dumas; Management; Pulaski, IL

East Alton

Jeffrey A. Colligan, D.M.D., M.S.D.

Kerry Koskie; Biological Sciences; Granite City, IL


St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital

Megan McCallister; Dietetics; Charleston, IL



Matthew Shaw; Electrical Engineering Technology; Amboy, IL

Glen Ellyn

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Jessica Reed; Accounting; Madison, WI

Jessica Roth; Marketing; Chester, IL


Herrin Elementary School

Christina Dawson; Elementary Education; Carbondale, IL


Maytag Herrin Laundry Products

Gabriel Smith; Industrial Technology; Murphysboro, IL


General Motors

Casey Carnes; Automotive Technology


Prism Retail Services

Christina Schumacher; Marketing; Effingham, IL


Stromsland & DeYoung Architects

Brian Kraft, Architectural Studies; Shorewood, IL


USDA – Forest Service Shawnee National Forest

Michael Petersen; Forestry; Murphysboro, IL

Andrew Wilson; Forestry: Outdoor Recreation; Ava, IL

Lake Forest

Lake Forest Hospital

Lindsey Campos; Business Administration; Bloomington, IL

Ingrid Vogt; Psychology; Crystal Lake, IL

Jamese Wilson; Accounting; Waukegan, IL

Paul Wright Jr.; MIS; Cincinnati, OH

W. W. Grainger

Megan Tarrolly; MBA; Mequon, WI


Precision Products, Inc.

Matthew Swank; Mechanical Engineering; Mapleton, IL

Daniel Wear; Mechanical Engineering; East Peoria, IL


Stevens & Tate Marketing

Paul Rasmussen; Marketing; Nashville, TN


Ameren CIPS

Mylon Hulsey; Electrical/Computer; Metropolis, IL

Clear Channel Radio

Julie Hoscheidt; Advertising; Aledo, IL

VA Medical Center

Clinton Lashbrook; Information Systems Technologies; Carterville, IL

Ashley Melvin; IST; Macomb, IL

Atsushi Watanabe; Business; Carbondale, IL


Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System

Jairon Downs; Biological Science; Arcola, IL



Maria Matthews; Accounting; Cairo, IL

Mount Pulaski

Cross Brothers Implement Inc.

John Klemm; Agriculture Systems Technology; Waynesville, IL



Clarke CPA & Consulting, Ltd.

Stephanie Polete; Accounting; Murphysboro, IL

Penn Aluminum International, Inc.

Aaron Mach; Mechanical Engineering; Carbondale, IL


Wachovia Securities

Brett Conley; Finance; Makanda, IL

Mark Dormire; Finance; Mt. Sterling, IL


Design Construction Concepts, LTD.

Lilia Angel; Architecture; Carbondale, IL

Sporting News

Ramzi Abu-Threde; Management Information Systems; German Town, MD

Joel Blamey; Accounting/Management; Carbondale, IL

Thomas Gonzalez; Business and Administration; Carbondale, IL

Oak Brook

McDonalds Corporations

David Rudolph; Mechanical Engineering; Chicago, IL

Oakbrook Terr.

Whitney, Inc.

Melissa Anderson; Interior Design; Yorkville, IL


Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc.

William Radcliffe; Psychology; Centralia, IL

Olympia Fields

North American Insights, LLC

Bethany Larsen; Marketing; Carol Stream, IL


Banco Popular

Alex Slobodnik; Business Economics; Lake Zurich, IL

MB Financial

Kelli Bachmann; Marketing; Murphysboro, IL

Paul Mooney; Marketing; Lansing, IL

Diane Urbonas; Marketing; Lombard, IL

Jared Wright; Finance; Murphysboro, IL




Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America

Nicholas Hettel; Automotive Technology; Ottawa, IL

Geoffrey Lonberger; Automotive Technology; Richmond, IL


Family Video

Evangeline Buchanan; Marketing; Johnston City, IL

Jason Holt; Management; Tolono, IL

Abbey Jones; Business and Administration; Stewardson, IL


Dixon Springs Agricultural Center – UIUC Extension

Amanda Kroeschel; Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary; Lee, IL


Randolph Country Farm Bureau

Emika Anaza; Management; Carbondale, IL


Hanson Professional Services

Brock Navarro; Interior Design; DuQuoin, IL

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Patrick Sears; Management Information Systems; Bethalto, IL

Sarah Spillman; Radio Television; Olney, IL

Illinois Department of Human Services

Mary Hacker; Food and Nutrition – Dietetics; Tunnel Hill, IL

Illinois Department of Public Health

Kacie Taylor; Dietetics; DuQuoin, IL

Illinois Department of Transportation

Douglas Gibbs; Aviation Flight and Management; Princeville, IL

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Kathleen Kendrick; Marketing and Spanish; Makanda, IL

Natasha Schnarre; Music Business; Farina, IL

Marine Bank

Stefan Jabkiewicz; Finance; Greenfield, WI

Springfield Clinic Eye Institute

Ashley Pinkerton; Biological Science; Pleasant Plains, IL

USDA-Farm Service Agency

Craig Frankford; Agribusiness Economics; Carlinville, IL


Nutrition on the Move

Shinji Ogita; Food and Nutrition (Dietetics); Carbondale, IL


Lowell Elementary School

Kortni Leifheit; Elementary Education; DeKalb, IL


M.V. Kuper PC

Robert Alcala Jr.; Accounting; Elmwood Park, IL

Out of State

Denver, CO

Denver International Airport

Conor Devine; Aviation Management; Durango, CO

Brian Freeburg; Aviation Management; O'Fallon, IL


Jane Anderson; Interior Design; Concord, IL

Atlanta, GA

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Kelly Cody; Food & Nutrition: Hospitality & Tourism; Lombard, IL

Ejayce Fox; Hospitality & Resort Management; Memphis, TN

Jertonya Mullen; Marketing; East St. Louis, IL

Meredith Rhoads; Marketing; West Frankfort; IL

Evansville, IN

The ARS Group

Christina Evans; Marketing; Noble, IL

Princeton, IN

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana

Patrick Rotramel; Automotive Technology; Browns, IL

Valparaiso, IN


Kimberly Rogers; Management; Cahokia, IL

Louisville, KY


James Zorn; Cinema and Photography; Jeffersonville, IN

Flint, MI

General Motors

Carl Jones; Automotive Technology; Ellery, IL

Jeffery Thompson; Automotive Technology; Naperville, IL

Minneapolis, MN


Katy Ritten; Communication Design; Plymouth, MN

Clayton, MO

Merrill Lynch

Georin LaGrant; Finance; St. Louis, MO

Springfield, MO

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Jill Shaw; Community Health Education; Jacksonville, IL

St. Louis, MO


Dennis Crain; Architecture; McLeansboro, IL

Melissa Roth; Interior Design; Belleville, IL

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Laura Speer; Food and Nutrition; Cobden, IL


Stephanie Adams; Speech Communication/Public Relations; Monticello, IL

Will Alberts; Industrial/Manufacturing Technology; Huntley, IL

Brian Ardaugh; Electrical Engineering Technology; Plainfield, IL

Jeremy Coder; Aviation Management; Carbondale, IL

Matthew Collier; Aviation Management; Raleigh, IL

Katisha Crayton; Accounting; Freeport, IL

Mary DeSherlia; Accounting; Jerseyville, IL

Jenna Deutschmann; Aviation Management; Sparta, IL

Sarah Doelling; Accounting; Venedy, IL

Donald Gilmore; Electrical Engineering; Sioux Falls, SD

Michael Hummelsheim; Aviation Flight/Aviation Management; Quincy, IL

Jessica Knitter; Aviation Technologies; Lake Elsinore, CA

John McDowell; Information Systems Technologies; Pana, IL

Janee Schuster; Speech Communications; Highland Park, IL

Rachel Smith; Accounting; Moweaqua, IL

Bethany Taake; Accounting; Ullin, IL

Laura Taylor; Journalism; Anna, IL

Jared Trexler; Information Systems Technologies; Pana, IL

Eric Vinyard; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Chester, IL

Abram Weber; Aviation Management; Coal Valley, IL

Deloitte & Touche

Byford Boyd; Accounting and Management; Sesser, IL

Growing Green Inc.

Carrie Garrett; Plant and Soil Science; Elmwood, IL

Hyatt Regency

Melissa Blades; Management; Marion, IL

McCarthy Building Companies

David Jouett; Architecture; Jersyville, IL

Metaphase Design Group, Inc.

Luis Sahagun; Industrial Design; Chicago Height, IL

SmithLee Productions

Eric Skala; Radio/Television; Ingleside, IL

The Salvation Army Midland Division

Kenya Taylor; Speech Communications (Public Relations); Glen Carbon, IL

Trivers Associates

Jennifer Feucht; Architecture; Belleville, IL

Charlotte, NC

Ford Motor Company

Charles Matalonis; Automotive Technology; Libertyville, IL

Walpole, NH

Florentine Films

Jessica Wicks; Cinema & Photography and Radio & Television; Ancona, IL

Forest Hills, NY

Jet Blue

Timothy Lane; Aviation Management/Flight; Imperial, MO

Troy, OH

American Honda Motor Company

Jeremy Philippi; Automotive Technology; Elgin, IL

Jeffrey Pelch; Aviation Management; Belleville, IL

Nashville, TN

Rendy Lovelady Management

Sara Jolly; Music Business; Charleston, IL

Sony/ATV Music Pub., LLC

Geoffrey Turner; Music Business; Springfield, IL

Houston, TX

Continental Airlines

Tyler Tschopp; Accounting; Coal Valley, IL

Washington, DC

Associated Press

Joowoon Jung; Radio-Television; Logan, UT


Milwaukee, WI

Medical College of Wisconsin

Waleed Abbasi; Zoology/Physiology; Skokie, IL

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sheena Johnson; Finance; Milwaukee, WI