August 17, 2006

Scramble will raise funds for paralegal program

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Golfers can putt for a good cause during the second annual Southern Illinois University Carbondale Paralegal Studies Program Golf Scramble at the Union County Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 30.

"This is our only fundraiser. One hundred percent of the money goes to benefit our students through scholarships and various activities for paralegal majors, including-new student orientation," said Carolyn B. Smoot, director of SIUC's paralegal studies program.

The event also benefits the Camille Hickman Scholarship, in memory of Camille J. Hickman. A 2001 SIUC paralegal studies program graduate, she died in 2004 from injuries sustained in a car accident.

Last year's scramble raised $2,000. This year's goal is $3,500. For Smoot, it is not just about raising money. She wants to raise the profile of the highly regarded SIUC paralegal studies program.

"It gives attention to our program," Smoot said. "We have the only four-year bachelor of science paralegal program in Illinois that is approved by American Bar Association."

Sponsors of the scramble include SIUC paralegal studies instructor Elizabeth J. Dibble, Carbondale law firm Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes and Hoke, Herrin attorney Donald R. Brandon, Marion law firm Winters, Brewster, Crosby and Schafer, Aspen Publishers, 710 Bookstore and SIU Credit Union.

Check-in is 7:45 a.m., with an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $50 per person, or $200 per four-person team. Key West will cater a barbeque lunch following the event.

Anyone interested in playing, sponsoring a team or sponsoring a hole should contact the paralegal studies program office at 618/453-1234.

Shaping high-quality undergraduate programs is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.