November 03, 2006

SIUC students learn leadership skills

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 45 newly inducted members of the Leadership Council at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will participate in a leadership education and development program specially designed to enhance their skills as citizen-scholars.

All incoming students (freshmen or transfer) are eligible to apply for membership in the program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Applicants must document a history of involvement in leadership or co-curricular activities, including community service. Officials also consider the student's grade-point average and ACT scores.

The Student Development office coordinates the Leadership Council. Activities for members include a series of social, civic, leadership and educational programs, as well as conferences and seminars, community service and service learning, special recognition and rewards and networking opportunities.

Council members serve for the academic year. Each receives a $150 book scholarship for each semester, partially funded by the University Bookstore.

By hometown, council members and their majors are:


Alhambra: Audrey M. Hooks, 310 Coral Drive., daughter of David and Linda Hooks, interior design.

Anna: Natalie E. McLean, 110 Highmore Ave., daughter of Pat and Pam McLean, English education; Jessica C. Witthoft, 4985 Lick Creek Road, daughter of Don and Andrea Witthoft, biological sciences.

Baldwin: Kristy K. Holton, 10255 Sandy Drive, daughter of Steven and Lucinda Lurk, pre-law.

Beecher City: Charlee R. Forson, R.R. 1, daughter of Kevin and LeAnne Forson, agriculture education and mathematics education.

Benton: Jenny L. Randolph, 14674 Four Mile Lane, daughter of Mike and Kim Randolph, marketing.

Camargo: Creighton A. Jackson, 121 W. Main St., son of Jeonard and Nancy Jackson, psychology.

Carbondale: Lisa L. Furby, 212 S. Canterbury Drive, daughter of Thomas and Leanne Furby, mechanical engineering; Zach S. Ishman, 51 Lois Lane, son of Scott and Amy Ishman, physiology.

Carol Stream: John D. Elder, 1307 Bighorn Trail, son of Patrick and Kathleen Elder, radio-television and cinema.

Carterville: Roy V. "Eddie" Edwards, 906 Finney Drive, son of Charlotte Edwards, history and political science.

Chester: Kaile J. Horn, 1307 Knott St., daughter of David Horn and Patsie Lindsey, biology.

Du Bois: Sarah N. Norton, 24756 Perry County Line Road., daughter of Doug and Jeanie Norton, animal sciences.

Christopher: Rachel L. Sveda, 412 S. Jesse St., daughter of Mike and Kathy Sveda, paralegal studies.

Decatur: Kristin M. Etnier, 2532 Tanglewood Drive, daughter of Terry and Doris Etnier, journalism.

East Moline: Andrew J. Dennhardt, 3115 Dennhardt Road, son of Eugene and Beri Dennhardt, zoology.

Fairfield: Bethany R. Simpson, R.R. 2, daughter of Clay and Lisa Simpson, secondary education.

Farina: Catrina L. Bowen, 8405 Anglen Road, daughter of Sherri Black, biology and pre-physical therapy.

Frankfort: Sarah A. Ferro, 150 Vail Drive, daughter of Mark and Karen Ferro, chemistry.

Freeburg: Jerry F. Downen, 519 Cemetery Road, son of Dirk and Angela Downen, business.

Geff: J. Holden Smith, 542 S. Washington St., son of Jerd and Tali Smith, mechanical engineering.

Grand Chain: Alex N. Dover, 790 S. Main St., son of Malcolm and Beth Dover, political science.

Herrin: Kristen L. Helleny, 13893 Bandyville Road, daughter of John and Sharon Helleny, pre-pharmacy; Gavin M. Murphy, 402 Emperor Lane, son of Mike Murphy and Annett Wright, music and cinematography.

Homer Glen: Kate L. Dierkes, 13058 Buttercup Ct., daughter of Bob and Sue Dierkes, business.

Johnston City: Jessica M. Gibbens, 15217 Harris School Road, daughter of Ronnie and Sarah Gibbens, accounting; Kris W. Kirkpatrick, 1101 Burgess Ave., son of Tim and Patti Kirkpatrick, elementary education.

Lemont: Amy L. Casali, 14723 W. Hickory Ave., daughter of Fred and Kathy Casali, equine studies.

Makanda: Jennifer A. Blair, 346 Church Camp Road, daughter of Michael and Karla Blair, English.

Marion: Megan A. Jones, 1495 Cobb Hill Road, daughter of Dennis and Pat Jones, microbiology; Steve S. Rosa, 11117A Lake Hamilton Lane., son of James and Kathy Rosa, undecided.

Metropolis: Brooke N. Armstrong, 89 Paradise Lane, daughter of Emma Armstrong, political science.

Murphysboro: Amanda L. Reiff, 824 Stave Mill Road, daughter of Peter and Linda Reiff, elementary education.

Normal: Kiri A. Palm, 1001 N. Fell Ave., daughter of Chuck and Melody Palm, theater.

Oakbrook Terrace: Matthew D. McIndoo, 1 S. 501 Leahy Road, son of Joel and Shirley McIndoo, geology.

O'Fallon: Jennifer A. Murray, 1003 Oak Tree Court, daughter of Alan and Diann Murray, journalism.

Olney: Ann M. Ochs, 5739 E. Deer Farm Lane, daughter of Elmer and Mary Ochs, agriculture education.

Quincy: Steve L. Looten, Jr., 2522 S. 31st St., son of Steve and Amy Looten, theater.

Schaumburg: A'seret S. Dokubo, 820 Lakeland Drive, daughter of Igoni and Teresa Dokubo, radio-television.

Shelbyville: Elizabeth A. Shaw, R.R. 2, daughter of Debbie Shaw, undecided.

Shiloh: Adam F. McNitt, 406D Clintonview Court., son of Fred and Hope McNitt, cinema & photography.

South Holland: Rebecca L. McCarthy, 15424 Cherry St., daughter of Kevin and Claudia McCarthy, English.

Sparta: Barbara A. Wheelden, 12211 Moffat Road, daughter of Don and Joyce Wheelden, civil engineering.

Venedy: Sarah E. Lohman, 1604 County Highway 6, daughter of Robert and Carol Lohman, journalism.



Warrenton: Ashley R. Aubuchon, 312 Roosevelt St., daughter of Rose Aubuchon, chemistry.

Providing opportunities for students to build leadership and interpersonal skills 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.