April 14, 2010

Housing to honor faculty, staff for volunteer efforts

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The experience of living on campus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is enhanced for countless students through the volunteer efforts of faculty and staff.

The Faculty/University Associates Appreciation Breakfast set for April 30 at Lentz Hall will serve as a “thank you” to 111 faculty and staff for giving of their time and energy. They have volunteered during the current academic year to interact with students in a variety of ways as Faculty/University Associates, or FUAs.

Each FUA has a specific floor or hall assignment and they connect with students in assorted ways, enjoying meals with them in the dining halls, attending special events, and much more. They help students in one way or another as they strive for academic success and enjoy becoming a part of the University community. Often, you’ll see the FUAs helping students and families during move-in. Their efforts continue throughout the year. Some, affiliated with Living/Learning Communities, offer regular academic programs to assist students in the communities.

The spotlight at this year’s breakfast will be on three people who have served as Faculty/University Associates for 10 years. They include Clare Mitchell, assistant dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts; Gary Tisdale, assistant director of Recreational Sports and Services; and Willie Cave-Dunkel, field representative for the Aviation Technologies program in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Featured speakers for the 2010 University Housing Faculty/University Associates Appreciation Breakfast are Mark Amos and Julie Payne Kirchmeier, co-directors of the Saluki First Year program. Amos is an associate professor of English and director of Saluki First Year for Academic Affairs, while Payne Kirchmeier is director of University Housing and Saluki First Year director for Student Affairs.