March 19, 2010

Alumni Association helps 48 students with books

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Getting a college education is never cheap, but 48 Southern Illinois University Carbondale students are breathing a little easier this semester because of $25,000 in textbook scholarships the SIU Alumni Association recently awarded.

As the spring term opened, scholarship recipients gathered at the Student Center for a dinner and brief ceremony. The students lined up at a long table bearing neat stacks of books and supplies, awaiting new owners. Each student was the recipient of up to $500 in textbooks and supplies.

The SIU Alumni Association’s national board allocated funds in 2008 for investment, with the earnings earmarked to provide books and supplies. To qualify for the award, students must possess at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. The SIUC financial aid office identified the recipients.

The University Bookstore co-sponsored the dinner. Chad Nale, store manager, said the average student spends $400 to $600 per semester for books and supplies.

On hand for the festivities, in addition to the SIU Alumni Association staff, were Chancellor Samuel Goldman; Terri Harfst, scholarship coordinator for enrollment management; Rickey N. McCurry, vice chancellor of institutional advancement; and Randy Ragan, president of the SIU Alumni Association.

Michelle Suarez, executive director of the SIU Alumni Association, said the awards demonstrate the Association’s continued commitment to students and assists the University in its ongoing student retention efforts.

“The Association is pleased to be able to support SIU students and the University,” said Suarez. “We hope these awards will instill in the recipients the importance of giving back to Southern to support fellow Salukis.”

Scholarship winners, listed by hometown along with class, major and, where available, parents’ names, are:



• Jacob Norrenberns, sophomore in marketing, Jim and Sue Norrenberns.

• Jena Norrenberns, sophomore in accounting.


• Desiree Handley, senior in art, Wendy Handley.


• Ashley Anderson, sophomore in cinema and photography.


• Jared Bradd, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Kevin and Kim Bradd.


• Mary Huebener, senior in agribusiness economics, Gayle and William Huebener.

Calumet City

• Michara Canty, junior in journalism, Michael Canty and Tara Brown-Canty.

• Lorran Lewis, sophomore in management


• Jeremiah Sullivan, senior in industrial technology.


• Myah Gary, sophomore in English, Michael and Mallory Gary.

• Nathan Seals, senior in rehabilitation services.

• Danielle Tripoli, junior, undecided.

• Lauren Whiting, senior in cinema and photography.

Carol Stream

• Lynne Magnus, junior in physical education and teacher education, Mary Magnus.


• Meredith Kiesling, senior in social work, Mike and Doris Kiesling.


• Curtis Jensen, senior in forestry, John and Laura Jensen.


• Jessica Miller, junior in psychology, Suzanne Tatro.


• Brittney Lewis, sophomore in pre-professional pre-nursing.

Chicago Heights

• Heather Rhodes, sophomore in pre-medicine.


• Jimmy Gardner, sophomore in radio-television, Brandy Gardner.

Crystal Lake

• Johannes Mack, senior in German studies, Arnold and Inge Mack.


• Matthew Zaranti, senior in art.

Des Plaines

• Richard Reitenbach, junior in political science.


• Sunny Uzoma Okoro, senior in information systems technology, Chinyere Rose Okoro.

Du Quoin

• Mallory Yeager, senior in early childhood education, Frank and Ronna Martin.

Elk Grove Village

• Jessica Coffey, junior in pre-pharmacy, Sheila Coffey.

Evergreen Park

• Justin Dewey, senior in forestry, Patrick and Christine Dewey.

Forest Park

• Elizabeth Corbeil, junior in social work, Deborah Corbeil.

Golden Eagle

• Mitchell Kiel, junior in finance


• Zachary Allen, sophomore in administration of justice, Rex Allen and Shana Lieb.


• Melinda Brock, senior in art


• Matthew Craig, senior in industrial technology.


• Kimberly Elsenbroek, sophomore in plant biology, Kenneth and Marguerite Elsenbroek.


• Tracy Wernsman, sophomore in architectural studies, Bret and Donna Wernsman.


• Brittni Starr, sophomore in fashion design merchandising, Diana Dixon.


• Jonathon Keener, senior in physical education and teacher education.

Oak Park

• Elisa Orozko, junior in art, Kathleen Morris.


• Matthew Mundhenk, senior in management, Dewayne Mundhenk of Oblong and Maureen Hays of Robinson.


• Philip Salstrom, junior in biological sciences, Philip Jr. and Susan Salstrom; grandparents Frederick and Vivian Bantrup of Dixon.


• Matthew Prince, sophomore in political science.


• Alyssa Nail, junior in physical therapy assistant, Linda and Joe Nail.


• Jordan Thorngren, sophomore in pre-medicine, Angie Thorngren.

Winthrop Harbor

• Joshua Pocklington, sophomore in physics, John Pocklington of Winthrop Harbor and Shirley Thurman of Tomahawk, Wis.

Wood River

• Mackenzie McNamara, junior in health care management, Stacie McNamara of Wood River and Mike McNamara of Alton.


St. Petersburg

• Amber Blacharski, senior in music, Mark Blacharski of St. Petersburg and Janet Blacharski of Crystal River, Fla.


St. Louis

• Allison Randall, senior in early childhood education.



• Ashley Anderson, sophomore in cinema and photography, Tracy Anderson.