March 30, 2010

Education college plans April 13 open house

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Whether you want to teach for a living or make your career as a wilderness guide, speech pathologist, sports administrator or child welfare advocate -- to name just a few -- the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale can help you get started. Find out how at the college’s open house and ice cream social, which runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in Pulliam Gym. You might win a digital camera or an MP3 player while you’re at it.

“The open house is designed to showcase our departments, student organizations, faculty and research in a one-stop format,” said Associate Dean W. Bradley Colwell.

“We’ll have our academic advisers there to talk with community college and high school students about easing the transition as well as people from housing and financial aid, and our student leaders will give tours every half hour.

“We also hope to see undeclared majors attend. We’ve geared this toward helping prospective students explore our many majors.”

Most people probably think “teacher preparation” when they think of the college.

“That’s certainly one of our major roles, but we have the human services component, too,” Colwell said.

“That incorporates the Rehabilitation Institute, which ranks No. 6 in the nation, social work, health education and recreation, kinesiology, workforce education development and educational psychology. And while our educational administration and higher education department is open to graduate students only, current students might want to drop by to see whether they might be interested in careers in, say, student affairs or community college instruction a few years down the road.”

In addition to food for thought, the college will be serving up sodas, popcorn and Dippin’ Dots (a frozen confection invented by an SIUC graduate), handing out food and bowling coupons and smaller freebies as well as the hourly big give-aways, and rocking to great music.

“We’re looking at offering a fun atmosphere,” Colwell said. For more information, e-mail Leah Reinert at