Technology upgrades, film festival support sorely needed

Kelechi Agwuncha, president of Big Muddy Film Festival, pictured next to festival poster.

Kelechi Agwuncha, president of Big Muddy Film Festival, pictured next to festival poster.

By Jeff Wilson

Like so many others, Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts are passionate about their corner of SIU’s campus.

Chase is an assistant professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography. Pitts is the technology coordinator for the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts and executive director of the Big Muddy Film Festival. Each of them hope to improve their areas through equipment upgrades and much-needed funding.

Whether it’s updating equipment for filmmakers, journalists, photographers or others in the college, the importance of keeping up with technology can’t be understated.

“Adding these things would allow students to find new horizons of storytelling,” Chase said. “Working in these capacities would make them more competitive. We’d love to open these doors for students.”

Affordability and hands-on experience are two major components to attracting top students to the college.

“We’d like to offer a more holistic approach to media,” Pitts said. “All of these items would allow for the students to pursue a competitive cinema and media education.”

Big Muddy Film Festival

The annual Big Muddy Film Festival is celebrating its 40th year in 2018. The widely recognized event is a labor of love, the planning of which never stops.

“It’s a student-led experience,” Pitts said. “Not only is it an application of what they’ve been doing in class, they take on curatorial duties and are largely involved with scheduling and marketing.”

In fact, students spend a decent chunk of time visiting gathering donations from local businesses, including the sponsorship of the meals and refreshments that are served during the festival.

“The film festival promotes togetherness and uniqueness. It prompts discussion and interaction. It promotes change and the exchange of ideas,” Pitts said. “It’s the physical manifestation of the student body.”

Even something as engrained in the history of SIU as the film festival isn’t immune to changing landscapes and difficult times.

“The world of cinema is literally expanding,” Pitts said. “The film festival cuts across many different structures in Southern Illinois, helping keep it connected to ideas from around the world.”

Support is essential

As it is in many areas of campus, the need for support is great. Funds raised through the Forever SIU campaign and the upcoming SIU Day of Giving on March 7, can be directed toward the Department of Cinema and Photography and earmarked for the film festival.

“We can’t stagnate,” Chase said. “In this field, we must keep moving forward.”

To learn more about the Big Muddy Film Festival, visit bigmuddyfilm.com/. For more information about the Forever SIU campaign, visit foreversiu.org/ and to support the SIU Day of Giving, go to siuday.siu.edu.

Mundschenks challenge others to give

Nancy Mundschenk, director of teacher education

If there is one thing Nancy Mundschenk, director of teacher education, is passionate about, it is the Office of Teacher Education and the important work of teacher preparation at SIU. She and her husband, Paul, are setting up a $5,000 SIU Day of Giving challenge for a newly established Teachers Shape the Future fund that will directly support teacher candidates.

Mundschenk says she wants everyone to know that the Office of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Services works with faculty and staff across the university to prepare outstanding teacher candidates that graduate every year from SIU.

“I think some people don’t realize that we have teachers who come from the College of Agriculture, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, in addition to the College of Education and Human Services. All of these exceptional graduates will go out into the world and teach the next generation of students in classrooms from early childhood through high school,” she said.

Nancy Mundschenk, director of teacher education

“We are a living example of dynamic synergy across many programs. I firmly believe the Office of Teacher Education is one of the shining gems in the crown of this university and we want to provide a tangible commitment to this program.”

The Mundschenks encourage everyone to share in their pride of our teacher candidates. To give to Teachers Shape the Future fund, visit siuday.siu.edu and give a gift today or on March 7.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience – Matthew Cagle

SIU Student Matthew Cagle, SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

Matthew Cagle is a freshman from Herrin, Illinois, studying accounting.

Why did you choose SIU?
I chose SIU because the College of Business is ranked among the top 5% in the world. Also, I have grown up around SIU my entire life, so it is like home to me. I have been coming to SIU basketball games since I was a kid.

What would you tell a prospective student about SIU?
No matter what a prospective student may be looking for in their college experience, SIU has it. For students who are looking for a small university, the student to faculty ratio at SIU is 15:1; and for those who are looking for a larger school, SIU is big enough to continually meet new people. The university offers great academics and is perfectly sized.

What inspired you to choose your area of study?
My dad graduated from SIU with an accounting degree, just as I plan to do. Talking to him throughout my life shaped my career aspirations.

What is your most memorable experience at SIU?
My most memorable experience at SIU has been meeting new people through the different organizations I am involved in.

Have you received any scholarships as a student?
I received the Chancellor’s scholarship here at SIU.

What does the scholarship mean to you and how has it enabled you to pursue your goals?
For me, the scholarship represents SIU’s recognition of my past accomplishments and the university’s belief in me to continue my good work. It has enabled me to attend school without having to worry about financial troubles, which is a huge head start on the road to my goals.

How has SIU inspired you?
The College of Business at SIU has great career services for students, and I am confident in their ability to launch my career. They also have many registered student organizations that provide great opportunities for students to learn about their fields in an extracurricular setting.

Why should someone consider donating to SIU?
People should consider donating to SIU since the university is small enough to see a direct impact of funds. The university has the academic accreditation to become a large institution, but it needs assistance from outside resources to grow.

What do you brag on most when you tell your friends about SIU?
Being an accounting major, I always brag on the College of Business when I talk to my friends about SIU. It is ranked among the top 5% of business schools in the WORLD, yet many people do not realize how prestigious the college is.

If you had $1,000 to donate to SIU, what would you like to see that money benefit? 
If I had $1,000 to donate to SIU, I would like to see the money go towards research at the university. Undergraduate research is a major benefit that SIU offers, and I would like to see research opportunities grow and become more accessible to students.

 

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SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience – Britt Peyton

SIU Student Britt Peyton, SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

Britt Peyton is a first-year student from Norris City, Illinois, studying physiology.

Why did you choose SIU?
I chose SIU for a few reasons. The first reason is that SIU felt like home. I’ve grown up in southern Illinois, so SIU automatically felt like where I should be. Another reason is the research that happens at SIU. I started working as a research assistant in Dr. Gilbert’s Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory as a freshman, and I knew that SIU was one of the only universities that could give me that opportunity.

What would you tell a prospective student about SIU?
No matter what your major is or what your interests are, SIU has something for you. Whether you’re a business major who could be a part of the Saluki Student Investment Fund, or a pre-medicine student who could be in a research lab, or a forestry student who might work at SIU’s Touch of Nature, you can thrive in your major and pursue your interests.

What inspired you to choose your area of study?
I’m studying physiology in the hopes of going to medical school. What inspired me to choose this path and area of study was loving science and wanting to have a career that meant something to me. I know that going into medicine will be difficult, but the thought of working as a physician and helping people and continue learning new things throughout my life will be well worth it.

What is your most memorable experience at SIU?
So far, my most memorable experience has been making friends and the memories I’ve had with those people. I knew nobody when I first came to SIU. Seeing how welcoming and friendly everyone was here really helped me come out of my comfort zone and find the people that I now call my friends.

Have you received any scholarships as a student?
Yes, I received a few local scholarships my senior year of high school, as well as SIU’s Chancellor’s Scholarship.

What does the scholarship mean to you and how has it enabled you to pursue your goals?
The Chancellor’s Scholarship means the world to me. It has enabled me to completely focus on my classes and extracurricular activities instead of worrying how I’d pay for college. It’s also allowed me to put all of my local scholarships aside, which I’m also incredibly grateful for, and save them for medical school and maybe even studying abroad.

How has SIU inspired you?
SIU, most of all, has inspired me to be the very best I can be. Whether that be through professors who have encouraged me to take that extra class, or advisors who encouraged me to join a research lab as a freshman, or RSOs that have allowed me to be more involved on campus than I thought possible in my first year. Every aspect of my experience at SIU has taught me to push myself and that my experience here can be as great as I make it.

Why should someone consider donating to SIU?
Someone should donate to SIU because of the promise our students have. There are students here going overseas to help deliver medical supplies to countries that need them, students who are involved in life-changing research, and first generation college students graduating and making the world a better place. Donating to SIU would be helping these students, as well as many more students who are doing equally amazing things.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about SIU?
I brag most about all of the opportunities I’ve had, even just in my first year here. SIU had enough faith in me to award me a full-ride scholarship. I’m involved in an exceptional research lab as a first-year student, I get to be a part of bringing new students to SIU through being a Saluki Ambassador, and those are just a few examples of how SIU has given me more opportunities than I thought possible.

If you had $1,000 to donate to the SIU, what would you like to see that money benefit?
I would like to see that money benefit paid research assistant positions. It is my understanding that students used to get paid while working in a research lab, so I would love to see that come back. My main reason for that is because I, as well as other students, work in research labs and don’t have time to have paid jobs outside of class and research, so it would be extremely helpful to us if we could have both in one.

 

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Foundation videographer, alum Steve Dew shares his experience

Steve Dew videographer for SIU Day of Giving 2018 Give the Gift of Experience

What experiences, personality traits led you to videography?
I grew up running a camera during Sunday services at my home church. I’ve loved watching movies and telling stories my whole life as well, which certainly fed into my passion for videography. In high school, I became more and more involved in action sports like skiing and cliff diving. After receiving a GoPro HD Hero 2 for Christmas one year, I began filming all my adventures for others to see. I love having fun and pushing my limits, both physically and artistically, so I think that determination lends itself to my educational and career choices.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

As a videographer, what opportunities have been presented to you that other students may not have?
I’ve had a lot of opportunities to collaborate with people in various fields. I’ve had the privilege to tell other people’s personal stories with video as well as work with companies and organizations to promote them. Every day is different than the previous one in terms of my video work, which is something that other careers sometimes don’t provide.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

What about SIU makes for good film? Are there people, places or events on campus that lend themselves to film more than others?
For me, Southern Illinois is a very photogenic place, campus included. Campus is beautiful, and there are so many places in the surrounding area that are visually great for filming, too. For me, the thing that makes campus good for film is the quality of talent that students and faculty bring to the table. I don’t think there are any places that necessarily lend themselves more to film than others, because the diversity of things you can see makes any location on campus a worthy place to film.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

What has surprised you while learning about videography and film?
The most surprising thing for me was learning the technical side of photo and video. It was surprising for me to see how small changes in camera settings and lighting setups could make such huge differences in the final product.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

Where do you hope videography will take you?
My hope is that videography will allow me to travel and see new places, and continue to give me opportunities to tell my stories and the stories of others. I would love to continue successfully using video to gain financial freedom while working for myself.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

What have you learned about SIU while filming for the Day of Giving?
I learned SIU has even more areas of study than I originally thought, and there are extremely talented people in every one of them. The amount of different experiences students can have at SIU is so impressive, and it was a lot of fun to capture those experiences.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

Why would you like to see donors support Movie Camera Movement (MCM)? What does MCM offer students that is valuable?
MCM is an awesome organization that furthers film students’ learning experience and allows so many talented people to collaborate on student-produced films. In the short time that I was involved, I learned so much about video production that added to my experiences in class. It allows students to build their film skills and learn from one another. Creating and telling stories is a lot of fun, especially when it feeds directly into your future success.

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

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SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience

Each March, SIU Foundation hosts an online giving celebration known as SIU Day of Giving. Such an event relies on producing a video designed to spur philanthropy. For this year’s event, the SIU Foundation’s Development Communications team came up with the concept of placing go-pro cameras on students and filming their experiences across campus. The video complements this year’s SIU Day of Giving theme of “Give the Gift of Experience.”

The video features such scenes as an SIU diver diving into the rec center pool, a student in ceramics making pottery, a track and field student pole vaulting, and a dental hygiene student cleaning a patient’s teeth.

Coordinating the many schedules of students, organizing photo shoot locales, getting permission for building access, and dealing with the whims of Mother Nature can make a video production somewhat stressful. However, what made it all worthwhile for the SIU Foundation’s development communications team were the students.

“We probably had 40 – 50 students who participated in the making of this video and I can say all of them were positive and upbeat about helping us out. They were patient and eager to lend a helping hand,” said Rebecca Renshaw, associate director for development communications. “They make me proud to be a Saluki and I want to personally thank them for helping us with the SIU Day of Giving video. We could not have done it without them,” she said.

The students who participated in the video are as follows:

Animal Science
Sarah McDivitt, senior, animal science

Greenhouse:
Matt McNeer, senior, horticulture

Dental:
Anna Radacki, junior, dental hygiene
Caila Lee, senior, dental hygiene

Swimmers:
Eli Mercado, sophomore, biology

Fisheries:
Luke Zuklis, zoology major

Automotive:
Alicia Johnston, senior, automotive technology
Leah Bavirsha, senior, automotive technology
Stiljan Agolli, senior, automotive technology
Justin Michaels, sophomore, automotive technology
Lane DeBatis, sophomore, automotive technology

Baton Twirling:
Jazmin Rnadazzo, sophomore, nursing

Piglets:
Trevor Chew, senior, ag business
Sarah Webster, senior, animal science production
Rebecca Harris, Sophomore, animal science
Zac Bolander, senior, ag systems

Zip Line:
Mitchell Niccolai, senior, forestry
Katy O’Keefe, graduate

Glass blowing:
Kayla Ohmer, graduate, glass
Maia Stern, grad student, glass

Pole vaulting:
Chase Black, senior, ag business economics

Robotics:
Paul Schumacher, senior, industrial management and applied engineering

School of Medicine:
Anwar Cameron, MD , 2nd year, geriatrics
Greg Desimone, MD 2nd year, family medicine

Fermentation:
Lucas Rose, Senior, fermentation science

Ceramics:
Jazmyn Wieder, 3rd year, MFA professor

Tedrick gift expands research, creative opportunities for undergrads

SIU students

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A gift from Southern Illinois University Carbondale alumni Roger and Sally Tedrick will expand opportunities for SIU students to get involved with research and creative activities as part of a world-class undergraduate experience, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

Currently, about 25 students receive funding for research and creative projects each year through a program called “REACH,” which stands for “Research-enriched Academic Challenge.” Past projects have ranged from biomedical research on the endocrine system to finding lost grave sites and researching and preserving artifacts to designing formal wear for people who use wheelchairs.

The Tedrick Undergraduate Research Fellowship will increase the number of students who can participate to about 40 each year. The donation from the Tedricks provides $50,000 a year in grant money for five years.

Montemagno said the awards give students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in their field of interest.

“Providing our undergraduate students with strong research and creative opportunities has set SIU apart, and this donation only strengthens that commitment,” said Montemagno. “Such opportunities prepare our students for the challenges they will face after graduation, either in graduate school or in their chosen fields of employment.”

REACH awards support the projects of qualified, full-time undergraduate students who compete for funding. Awards are granted based on the evaluation of the applications by a panel composed of experts from a range of academic backgrounds.

Selected students can receive up to $2,000 for their project and an assistantship that will pay for the student to work up to 10 hours per week on it. Teams can receive an additional $500 per additional team member. To be eligible, a student must be a sophomore or higher and carry a GPA of at least 2.8.

The Tedrick donation also creates a new “Best in Category” award. This special recognition is based on the quality of the students’ applications and the promise of their proposed research or creative activity. One student in each of the following disciplines will be recognized: art and design, humanities, communication/media, science and engineering.

To apply, students should submit an application by March 30. The first awards including the new funding will be made in mid-April.

Roger Tedrick is a 1970 SIU graduate and Sally Tedrick graduated in 1973. Both are longtime SIU supporters and life members of the SIU Alumni Association.

Roger Tedrick is owner, president and CEO of Tedrick Insurance Agency in Mount Vernon. He has served on the SIU Foundation Board and as its president, also serving as chair of the Saluki Futures Campaign for athletic facilities.  He was a member of the SIU Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2011, presiding over the board as chair for six years.  His university service also includes service on the SIU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

 

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SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience – Rebecca Harris

SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience – Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris is a junior from Metamora, Illinois, studying pre-veterinary medicine.

Why did you choose SIU?
The biggest reason I chose SIU was because of the outstanding research opportunities and hands-on experience within the College of Agricultural Sciences. In my first semester of attending SIU, I was already volunteering to help with research on deer palatability studies and have since helped with nutrition research in cattle. I was also volunteering at the University Farms in my first semester. I now have a job with the beef and swine centers where there is always something for me to learn and further enrich my education outside of the classroom. SIU is well-rounded, in my opinion, from varying aspects: affordable costs (because of the numerous generous scholarships awarded), quality programs, and staff that actually care about their students.

What would you tell a prospective student about SIU?
Get involved! Your education is truly what you make of it and the opportunities are endless. There are so many clubs around campus to choose from that you are sure to find something you enjoy. In the process, you may find yourself making new friendships that will last a lifetime.

What inspired you to choose your area of study?
Since a young age, I have always known that pursuing a career in veterinary medicine was something I have wanted to do. I am extremely passionate about animals and love being able to help them.

What is your most memorable experience at SIU?
In my introduction to animal science lab, I got extra credit for sticking my arm into a cannulated cow without a glove on. This was pretty early on in my studies at SIU and not something I thought I would be doing for a class. The animal science classes have been really awesome and rewarding.

Have you received any scholarships as a student?
Yes. SIU Dean’s Scholarship D4, Harold and Nora Kuehn Animal Science Scholarship, and the Walter Wills Animal Science Scholarship.

What does the scholarship mean to you and how has it enabled you to pursue your goals?
The scholarships I have received have enabled me to pursue my dreams ultimately with minimal debt. I am so thankful to have been blessed with the scholarships I have gotten.

How has SIU inspired you?
SIU has inspired me to try things outside of my comfort zone. Last year when applying for summer internships, one of my biology lab teaching assistants recommended that I apply for jobs in wildlife conservation and so I did. This past summer, I worked for Idaho Fish and Game on a research project to gain wolf population estimates and now am extremely interested in wildlife and ranch veterinary medicine. This aspect of my career field is something I never really considered before attending SIU.

Why should someone consider donating to SIU?
Donors are what make many of the scholarships students receive possible and thus make obtaining an education easier! They also are what enable many of our opportunities (like funded research) to be possible.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about SIU?
For being in Illinois, you really do not feel like you are in Illinois. There are so many things to do outdoors from cliff jumping at Lake Kincaid, horseback riding at any of the local stables, or even just hiking and camping in the nearby national forests like Shawnee National Forest. Southern Illinois isn’t just a flat piece of land with corn and beans; there are rolling hills with forests and so much to explore. It is quite a nice change of scenery and the area in general has a small-town feel, which I prefer.

If you had $1,000 to donate to SIU, what would you like to see that money benefit?
If I had $1,000 to donate to SIU, I would like to the money go towards the beef and swine centers at the farms. There are many useful things the funds could go towards including updating facilities and equipment. The farms in my opinion are such a valuable learning aspect of SIU’s College of Agricultural Sciences that are underappreciated and sometimes even taken for granted.

 

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SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience – Elijah Mercado

Elijah Mercado, SIU diver

Elijah Mercado is a junior from Hobart, Indiana, studying biological sciences.

Why did you choose SIU?
I chose SIU because it was a college that I fell in love with from the moment I stepped on campus. I felt like this college was made for me. The atmosphere and the people here just reminded me of home. I was sure that I would be able to get an outstanding education as well as a diving career.

What would you tell a prospective student about SIU?
SIU is a great place to get an education as well as have an amazing college experience. The amount of help offered will keep you on top of your grades, the activities and events that SIU hosts can really bring in the whole community. Salukis love to tag along others, nobody gets left behind when it comes to being with the Dawgs.

What inspired you to choose your area of study?
I chose to be in a medical program in high school. I did an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital and had the opportunity to shadow a doctor and nurses. I plan on going into pediatrics.

What is your most memorable experience at SIU?
My most memorable experience at SIU is attending a volleyball game with the swim/dive team. It was our Saluki Strip game, so we all wore our swimsuits and Speedos to distract the other team. It was a hilarious and unforgettable moment.

How has SIU inspired you?
When I read in the Daily Egyptian about an NFL player who attended SIU (Bart Scott) finishing his education, that really gave me inspiration. It gave me a reminder that if he could finish his college education after leaving to play in the NFL, then I could finish my education as well with no problem.

Why should someone consider donating to SIU?
SIU is a school that gives the best of their ability to opportunities that are given to them. Everyone who contributes and helps out will be greatly acknowledged and will always have a warm welcome here. We do our best to help others, we encourage others to pass the kindness on, and we try to make not just our school or the city better, but the world as a whole.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about SIU?
I brag about how welcoming our school is for everything. We all care about each other even when we do not know everybody. If you are a Saluki, you are family. If you are not a Saluki, we will show you why being a Saluki is one of the best feelings in the world.

If you had $1,000 to donate to SIU, what would you like to see that money benefit?
If I had $1,000 to donate to SIU, I would like to see that money benefit a program to help those in need. If we had something that can help kids as well as parents who are struggling with school supplies or food, it would be awesome to have an event for them. It would be awesome to have a “Back to School” rally, or a “Toys for Tots” event. Giving to families and kids who could use a bit of help and encouragement in life.

 

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SIU Day of Giving 2018: Give the Gift of Experience – Alejandro Narvaez-Colon

2018 SIU Day of Giving: Give the gift of experience - Alejandro Narvaez-Colon

 

Alejandro Narvaez-Colon is a junior from San Juan, Puerto Rico, studying computer science.

Why did you choose SIU?
With a deep passion for conducting research, I chose SIU because it is a top-tier research institution. I knew SIU would allow me to perform all the academic activities I wanted to take part in during my college career.

What would you tell a prospective student about SIU?
It is a very resourceful institution, and they should take advantage of all the opportunities they can manage to get.

What inspired you to choose your area of study?
When I was 13 years old, my father — a businessman providing services to gas stations around Puerto Rico — took me to his office to work together on the design of a point of sales software that would satisfy the general needs of gas station managers. As I observed him develop the software, I became fascinated by the magic of programming, where simple words serve as the building blocks to endless computer functionalities. Amazed by what I learned by my father’s side, I decided to learn how to code. Two years later, my dad’s software was fully developed, and I had taught myself how to program in Java. I promised my dad I would create a smartphone application that would accompany his software. With this commitment to programming, I chose computer science as my career path and am now in the process of becoming the software engineer I want to be. 

What is your most memorable experience at SIU?
For three months, my Chinese professor took an hour every single Monday, Wednesday and Friday in order to catch me up with what every other student had learned the previous semester. This helped me enormously, and if it weren’t for his kindness and dedication to my learning and understanding, I would not be where I am today. 

Have you received any scholarships as a student?
I have received the Dean’s Scholarship, Dr. Albert Somit’s Scholarship and the Minority Scholarship.

What does the scholarship mean to you and how has it enabled you to pursue your goals?
It has been an amazing help to be able to have that financial weight taken off my shoulders. Because of these scholarships, I have been able to spend less time working and more time studying, researching and contributing my time to SIU.

How has SIU inspired you?
The professional development opportunities I have had at SIU have inspired me to go after the things I want without fear of rejection, because if you work hard, you will get what you are after. Guaranteed.

Why should someone consider donating to SIU?
Donating to SIU would allow more students like me, who want to make the best out of their college education, to strive and not worry about financial limitations. I know too many people who are either drowning in debt from their student loans or that have had to drop out of SIU because they cannot afford their education.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about SIU?
The Saluki Student Investment Fund is the most amazing organization of which I have ever been a part. It is so nice to be managing an actual portfolio just like you would at an actual job.

 

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