April 19, 2018

Saad Khan earns SIU Recreational Sports and Services award

by Christi Mathis

Saad KahnCARBONDALE, Ill. — Saad Khan is the most recent recipient of the Student Employee of the Month award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Recreational Sports and Services.

Khan, of Karachi, Pakistan, earned the award for February.

Khan completing graduate school

Khan, whose wife is Sahar Saeed, is currently completing his master’s degree in agribusiness economics and plans to graduate in May. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration in Pakistan. He has been active in a variety of organizations at SIU, including serving as an officer with the International Student Council.

After graduation, Khan wants to work to fight the global food security challenge. Essentially, projections call for a worldwide population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 who must eat and live in such a way that the planet can safely support them and Khan hopes to help address that challenge.

Khan impresses people at RSS

Khan’s work at SIU has elicited the praises of those he works with at the Student Recreation Center.

“Saad is very friendly, professional and dependable,” Victor Martin, coordinator of competitive sports, said. “He approaches work with a seriousness and passion that matches professional staff and graduate assistants. Saad helps to mediate discussions between our department and international students, helping to explain cultural differences.”

Works as sports supervisor

Khan has been employed at Recreational Sports and Services for more than a year. The son of Saif Khan and Sabina Perveen, Khan is an intramural sports supervisor.

He has enjoyed his work and found it a valuable learning experience, he said.

“My experience at RSS has helped me become respectful and responsible on and off the playing field,” Khan said. “It has helped me in my personal and professional development and I have learned about being confident and composed at all times, having a positive mindset and leading a healthy lifestyle. Another positive aspect of working at RSS is that it has enabled me to develop a strong instinct of teamwork, which benefits me on a daily basis. I believe that my participation in RSS has provided me with skills and lessons that will positively impact my future.”