November 02, 2011

Faculty, staff welcome at recruiting sessions

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the familiar.  Two days of recruiting events at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are meant to re-introduce those most familiar with the University -- those who work here -- with the educational benefits and opportunities presented by the state’s southernmost university, the research university with the heart of a small college.

Three sessions are available, and are open to anyone who wants to attend, but are specifically geared to SIU Carbondale employees.  The sessions are:

• Nov. 7, noon, Pulliam Hall, Room 112

• Nov. 7, 4:30 p.m., Pulliam Hall, Room 34

• Nov. 8, noon, Pulliam Hall, Room 310

Sessions include information about financial aid, admissions and housing, including a discussion of the enrollment process and a question-answer period.  Those who attend may also pick up the most recent printed recruiting materials.

“We strive to recruit our local students, especially family and friends of faculty and staff,” Katharine Suski, interim director of undergraduate admissions, said.

Suski noted that the more SIU Carbondale employees at all levels know about recruiting activities and the importance of every person on campus plays in these efforts, the better.

“These sessions give SIU Carbondale employees a glimpse at our recruitment activities.  They can ask questions about what we’re doing, and make suggestions,” she said.  “SIU Carbondale employees are critical in recruiting local students.” 

There are several initiatives -- including the Legacy Tuition Rate, which debuted this fall 2011 semester. The Legacy Tuition Rate applies to new students who have parents, stepparents or legal guardians who are SIU Carbondale graduates.  The Southern Stars program provides a tuition rate 20 percent below the in-state rate for qualifying students from the 34 southernmost counties. 

“Many faculty and staff want to talk to their neighbors about SIU Carbondale, but may not know what to say,” Suski said.  “These sessions provide information they can share with students who may be considering our University.”