November 15, 2007

Media Advisory – Rock Valley Visit

Ongoing efforts to increase enrollment and show prospective students all that Southern Illinois University Carbondale has to offer continue this week with a visit by high school students from the Upward Bound Program at Rock Valley College in Rockford. Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to join juniors and seniors from Belvedere, Harlem and Jefferson high schools on Friday, Nov. 16.

Some of the students are interested in engineering careers and their visit will include talks with faculty and staff in that college, along with tours of labs and facilities. The rest of the students will meet with SIUC admissions and student support personnel and tour the campus.

Media are welcome at the introduction to engineering presentation and may meet up with the group near the dean's office on the second floor of Engineering E building at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Media may also accompany the rest of the Rock Valley group to its meeting with Student Support Services in the reception area of Woody Hall at 2 p.m., and on a tram tour of the campus departing about 3 p.m.

"The purpose of this trip is to make our students aware of Southern Illinois University and what they have to offer as a university," said Brenda Fisher, program manager for Rock Valley College Upward Bound. She said some of the visiting students have already applied to SIUC while others are considering doing so. The visit will give the 50 high school students from Belvidere, Machesney Park and Rockford a chance to see the opportunities at SIUC.

During their visit, the upstate students will learn about support services, admissions, scholarship opportunities and more at SIUC. They'll also be staying overnight at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center.