April 11, 2006

Jaynes, Taylor win Super Student Scholarships

by Greg Scott

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jeffrey Jaynes of Bartlett and Ciji Taylor of Fairfield are winners of the 2006 Super Student Junior Scholarships, sponsored by the Student Alumni Council at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Both students received the honors at the Super Student Honors Dinner on Saturday, April 8, at SIUC. Chancellor Walter V. Wendler and his wife Mary join the SIU Alumni Association and Student Alumni Council in hosting the event.

Super Student Junior Scholarships, awarded annually to outstanding juniors at SIUC, are worth $500 each. Eligibility requirements for the Super Student Scholarship include being currently employed, actively involved in at least two Registered Student Organizations, and a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

Here is a closer look at this year's recipients:

Jeffrey Jaynes, an aviation flight and management major, is the son of Dennis and Patricia Jaynes of Bartlett. Jaynes has served as president and secretary of the Aviation Management Society since 2003. He is active as a senator and internal affairs committee member for Undergraduate Student Government at SIUC. Jaynes is assistant instructor for the Tae Kwon Do Club.

"My education at SIUC is important because I realize the value of it," Jaynes said. "It is not enough to just get by in the world today. I want to take hold of every opportunity. I want to realize my full potential."

Jaynes is a Dean's List student, and has received the SIUC Leadership Council Scholarship and Dean's Scholarship. Jaynes is active in the Carbondale community, having participated in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Charity Fly-In (2005) and Tsunami Relief Charity Fly-In (2004) at Southern Illinois Airport. He works as a Certified Weather Observer and aircraft dispatcher for the SIUC Aviation Flight Program.

Ciji N. Taylor, a marketing and management major, is the daughter of Charles and Cheryl Taylor of Fairfield. Taylor is president of the Saluki Ambassadors, a position she has held since 2003. She has also served Alpha Kappa Psi in a variety of roles, including assistant vice president of membership, fundraising committee member, formal co-chairperson, and representative to the College of Business and Administration council.

"I always try to give 100 percent, keep a good attitude, and encourage others," Taylor said. "I know my words and actions are examples for others to follow, so I strive always to do my best. I take huge pride in being an SIUC student."

She is a Dean's List student, University Honors Program honoree and SIUC Presidential Scholar. Taylor has volunteered for many community programs including Adopt-A-Spot, Beautify Southern Illinois, Adopt-A-Family, Operation Christmas Child, Christmas Caroling at Nursing Home, Adopt-A-Family and Operation Christmas Child. Taylor is employed at the SIUC Student Development office. She also works at the Carterville Intermediate School and has served as a notetaker for the Project Achieve program on campus.

Promoting excellence in undergraduate academics is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Jaynes, Taylor win Super Student Scholarships

Scholarship winner – Super
Student Scholarship winner
Ciji Taylor (left) stands with
Greg White, interim dean of
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale’s College of
Business and Administration,
and Sheri Hunter, president
of the SIU Alumni Association.
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Jaynes, Taylor win Super Student Scholarships

Scholarship winner – Fred
Isberner (left), associate dean
of Southern Illinois University
Carbondale’s College of Applied
Sciences and Arts, and Sheri Hunter
(right), president of the SIU
Alumni Association, stand with
Super Student Scholarship winner
Jeffrey D. Jaynes. Download
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