October 04, 2006

Williamson County scholarship banquet is Oct. 22

by Greg Scott

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Alumni and friends of Southern Illinois University Carbondale are invited to attend the Williamson County Scholarship Awards Banquet on Sunday, Oct. 22. Activities begin with a 6 p.m. social at Kokopelli Golf Club Restaurant in Marion. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program.

The Williamson County Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association is hosting the event. Harry Lee Crisp III, president and chief operating officer of Pepsi MidAmerica and president and chief executive officer of Crisp Container Corp., will be the guest speaker.

Crisp graduated from SIUC in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. After leaving Southern, he entered the Marine Corps where he earned the Meritorious Service Medal for his work designing the Command Information Center, a state-of-the-art logistics command and coordination center. After completing his service with the Marines in October 1996, he returned to the Pepsi business.

The SIUC alumnus is a director on the United States Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Crisp also serves on the SIUC College of Business and Administration External Advisory Board, the SIU Foundation Board and Foundation Finance Committee, the Southern Illinois Development (SI EDGE) Board and Telecommunications Committee, and the Marketing Committee for the Pepsi-Cola system nationwide.

The chapter will honor its 2006-07 scholarship recipients. This year's high school scholarship recipients are Jon M. Baker of Carterville High School, Sumar N. Kane of Herrin High School, Danielle Lintzenich of Marion High School, Todd L. Marlo of Marion High School, Ryan B. McDonald of Herrin High School, Mallori L. Stoner of Johnston City High School, Travis W. Taylor of Carterville High School, and Toni D. Whitfield of Johnston City High School.

Tickets are $22 per person. To make reservations, call the SIU Alumni Association at 618/ 453-2408.

Recruiting and retaining exceptional students from throughout the region 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.