October 29, 2007

Jackson County Awards Banquet set for Nov. 4

by Kathy Dillard


CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Jackson County Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association invites all alumni and friends of Southern Illinois University Carbondale to its 36th Annual Jackson County Awards Banquet on Nov. 4.

The banquet honors the 2007-2008 scholarship recipients. They are: Bryan V. Jennings and Tavon T. Pourboghrat from Carbondale Community High School; Amanda L. Johnson and Emily C. Jones from Murphysboro High School; Rebekah L. Stegmann from Trico High School; and Jackson County Family YMCA Scholarship winner Erin N. Wilson, an SIUC senior in elementary education.

Social activities begin at 6 p.m. in Ballroom B at the SIUC Student Center. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program, featuring Samuel Goldman, recipient of the 2007 Service to Southern Illinois Award, as guest speaker.

Goldman served as a professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Services at SIUC. Though he retired in 2003, his commitment to SIUC and the region continues. Goldman was a member of the committee that drafted SIUC's strategic plan, "Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment," and accepted an appointment to the SIU Board of Trustees in August 2005, a position he holds through January 2011. Goldman is also a member of the Jewish Federation Board of Directors and acts as a certified clergy volunteer at the Illinois Youth Center, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Marion, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro and Herrin Hospital. Currently, Goldman is president of the Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau Board of Directors. He is a past chairman of the City of Carbondale Human Relations Committee. The "Southern Business Journal" recently recognized him as a "Leader Among Us." In the past, Goldman participated in fund-raising and marketing activities for the Hospice of Southern Illinois and the Southern Illinois Regional Social Services.

Two menus are available for the banquet dinner. Menu one is roast baron of beef, glazed carrots with dill and roasted rosemary potatoes. Menu two is a vegetarian option of ricotta and mozzarella stuffed shells, glazed carrots with dill and steamed broccoli florets with lemon butter. Both menu options include dinner rolls, tea and dessert.

Banquet tickets are $20 for the beef menu and $19 for the stuffed shells menu. Deadline for banquet reservations is Oct. 29. To make reservations or to join the SIU Alumni Association, call the association at 618/453-2408 or visit www.siualumni.com. Membership is open for alumni, students and friends of SIUC for $40 annually or $500 for a lifetime membership. Joint memberships are available as well.

The Jackson County Alumni Chapter raised $13,265 for its scholarship fund through a telefund campaign this spring. Chapter members thank all contributors, especially noting Old National Bank for its support of the scholarship program. For information and scholarship applications, log onto www.siualumni.com/scholarships.

Nomination forms for the 2008 Service to Southern Illinois Award are available at www.siualumni.com/programs or by calling the main office at 618/453-2408.