June 16, 2006

Poshard to welcome alumni at Springfield event

by Greg Scott

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard will welcome his fellow alumni at a historic venue that commemorates the 16th president of the United States.

Poshard will greet SIUC alumni and friends during "An Evening With Abe" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, July 13 in Springfield. The SIU Alumni Association is coordinating the program.

Guests are invited to enjoy a private reception at 6:30 p.m., featuring hors d'oeuvres, beverages and dessert. Poshard, a former U.S. congressman and state legislator, will address alumni and guests at 7:15 p.m. Afterward, guests can enjoy the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and access to the gift shop.

Poshard, who earned three degrees from SIUC, has a 40-year relationship with the University as a student, adjunct professor, vice chancellor and Board of Trustees member. He became president on Jan. 1.

Poshard and his wife, Jo, co-founded the Poshard Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that shelters and provides assistance to abused women and children in the lower third of Illinois.

For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, log on to www.alplm.org. Event attendance is limited. Cost is $35 per person. To make your reservations, call the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408.