October 09, 2007

Page, Heaston reign over homecoming festivities

by Christi Mathis

queen and king

Caption follows story

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Shannon D. Page of Chicago and Marlon P. Heaston of Covington, Tenn., reigned over the 2007 homecoming festivities at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this past weekend.

Page, a senior majoring in accounting, was one of five candidates as was Heaston, a senior majoring in health education with a math education minor. Students voted for the king and queen Oct. 2 and the Student Programming Council coordinated the contest as well as the homecoming parade.

Page is treasurer for Fatal Fusion Dance Group Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and National Association of Black Accountants Inc. and is also active in Alpha Lambda Delta and the Center For Academic Success at SIUC. She's the Ethel Samples Scholarship recipient, on the Deans' List and active in Hopewell Missionary Baptist church, Adopt-A-Spot, and National Day of Service. She is an administrative assistant in the College of Business and Administration at SIUC.

Heaston is a member of the Saluki football team, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and involved in the Undergraduate Student Government and the Center for Academic Success. He's earned a number of awards including an athletic scholarship, the W.E. and L. O'Brian Academic Award, the Alpha Phi Alpha Academic Award, All Gateway Academic Team and Deans' List. His community service activities include working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Just Read Program, March of Dimes, Go to High School Go to College, Martin Luther King breakfast, a Voteless People is a Hopeless People, and as Marion High School freshman football defensive coordinator.

Other members of the homecoming court included king candidates:

• Alan D. Hoffman, a senior from Lake Stevens, Wash., majoring in radio/television and journalism. Hoffman is active in Marching Salukis and Saluki Pep Band, the SIUC Symphonic Band, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inter-Fraternity Council and works with WSIU-FM, Mill Music Mission and Music in Motion and is on the Deans' List.

• David Macak, a senior from Goreville, majoring in electrical engineering with minors in math and physics. Macak's activities include Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Student Council, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Thompson Point Executive Council, Pierce Hall Council, Alumni Association, and Saluki Spirit Group. He was the "Brown Dawg" SIUC mascot for three years. He's on the Deans' List and recipient of the SIUC Presidential Scholarship and National Science Foundation Scholarship. His activities include working with Habitat for Humanity, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Boys and Girls Club, SIU Rugby Fan Club, New Student Programs, University Dining, and as supplemental instructor, teaching assistant and peer mentor.

• Alex Stojcevski, a senior from Custer Park majoring in architecture. He's active in Tau Kappa Epsilon, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Interfraternity Council, Inter-Greek Council, Beautify Southern Illinois and Adopt a Spot. He's the recipient of a General Motors scholarship and has worked with blood drives and charity fundraisers.

• Timasha Udugama, a junior from Sri Lanka, now living in Carbondale, majoring in physiology with minors in chemistry and child and family service. He's active with Student Alumni Council, Student Orientation Committee, Sri Lankan Students Association, Sigma Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and the Student Advisory Board for the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. His community service activities include Relay for Life, Pumpkin Patrol, Boys and Girls Club and working as a student life adviser and with international programs and services. He is on the Deans' List, he's earned a number of academic honors and awards including the College of Science dean's scholarship and Student Alumni Council's outstanding officer, outstanding student leader, most valuable member and most social member awards.

Queen candidates featured in the homecoming court were:

• Kali Hofer, a senior from Buckley majoring in marketing. She's active in Sigma Kappa Sorority, Phi Sigma Epsilon, the Student Orientation Committee, SOAR, Alumni Association and is a student life adviser, on the Deans' List and provided community service through Relay for Life, Adopt-A-Spot and the Beautify Southern Illinois campaign.

• Stacy Lemery, a senior from Rockford majoring in foreign international trade and Spanish with minors in French and business administration. Her activities include Foreign Language and International Trade Club, French club, Salsa Club, Rowing Club, being a student life adviser, the International Student Exchange Program and working as Upward basketball and football coach. She's a Presidential Scholarship winner, on the Deans' List, listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and colleges and winner of the Marie Jose' Southworth Excellence in Foreign Languages Award, University Housing Top 10 Student Award, and Golden Key National Honor Society Invitation.

• Kaylie Schlueter, a senior from Rantoul majoring in community health education. She's active in Delta Zeta Sorority, Panhellenic Association, Undergraduate Student Government, Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, and Order of Isis Greek Honor Society. Her community involvement includes working with Girl Scouts, Broadmeadow Elementary School, Rantoul Theater group, Make a Difference Day, American Cancer Society and Delta Zeta's taco dinner and poker tournament. She was Miss Rantoul 2004-2005, Miss Champaign County Fair second runner-up in 2006, Alpha Tau Omega Sweetheart and recipient of an IGA Scholarship, Dr. Robert Russel Health Education Spirit Award, as well as the Judy Harwood Award, It's My Turn Now Award and Outstanding Executive Council Award, all from Delta Zeta Sorority.

• Kristi K. Yamaoka, a senior from Springfield majoring in psychology (pre-occupational therapy). Yamaoka is an SIUC varsity football and basketball cheerleader, a Missouri Valley Conference traveling cheerleading, on the NCAA Traveling Spirit Squad and involved in the American Sign Language club, and SIUC Spirit Squad. She's been the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity sweetheart and sports chair for Alpha Gamma Delta. Her awards include an invitation to the University Honors program, being on the Deans' List, pre-major honors achievement recognition, Saluki spotlight representative and she's been involved with Adopt-a-Spot, the SIU football fish fry, Fazoli's children's night and as a Saluki dance competition judge. She's appeared on The Today Show.

Winners in the 2007 homecoming parade, by category, included:


• Class A: First, Carterville High School; second, Carbondale Community High School; third, Breese Central High School.

• Class B: First, Gallatin County High School; second, Ramsey High School; third, Steeleville High School.

• Junior high/middle school: First, Harrisburg Middle School; second, Sparta Lincoln Middle School; third, Benton Grade School.

Float Units

• Small float units: First, Student Orientation Committee and Sigma Nu Fraternity; second, tie between Student Alumni Council and SIU Physician Assistant Program; third, Phi Kappa Tau.

• Large float units: First, Tri Sigma and Alpha Gamma Rho; second, Alpha Tau Omega and Dental Hygiene, Third, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Kappa.

Other Units

• Marching units: First, Leadership Council; second, Stepettes; third, Fatal Fusion Dance Group.

• Car/truck units: First, Auto Tech Organization; second, Alpha Chi Sigma; third, Murphysboro Apple Festival.

Caption: Homecoming royalty — Shannon D. Page of Chicago and Marlon P. Heaston of Covington, Tenn. reigned over the 2007 homecoming festivities at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this past weekend as queen and king, respectively.

Photo by Steve Buhman