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SIU Unveils Impressive New Boathouse

Alumnus Ralph Becker contributed $1 million to renovate the popular boathouse, a focal point of Campus Lake for more than six decades. [MORE]

Estate gift will help others rise

Dan and Toccoa McClary worked to ensure that their daughter, Susan McClary, had every opportunity to succeed. She didn’t let them down. [MORE]

Donor honors family with endowment

When Jason Kane’s parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017, he decided it was the perfect time to honor their legacy. With a $25,000 endowment, he created the Scott and Lynn Kane Family Scholarship. It benefits students in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. [MORE]


March 2018

Scholarship allows student to pursue his passion

Then came the news he had received the Martha Lence Wynn Scholarship, which is worth $8,000 a year. This scholarship is specifically for graduates of Anna Jonesboro High School. The funds ensured Jerolds was able to begin his Saluki journey. [MORE]

SIU injects friendly competition into the second SIU Day of Giving

After the success of last year’s inaugural SIU Day of Giving, there was added buzz around this year’s event. Beyond the excitement of raising much-needed funds and increasing awareness of the university’s philanthropic mission, there were two traveling trophies on the line. One would be awarded to the college/unit that raised the most money, and the other would go to the one that received the most individual donations. [MORE]

Donor inspired by professor, lifelong friend

“She was a teacher in the truest sense of the word, like Socrates. She taught by example. I tried to pass on a little bit of what I got from her. Besides being smart, she was a great person.” — Tom Catania, ’67, speaking of SIU faculty member Madeleine Smith [MORE]

SIU raises over $475,000 on Day of Giving

“The 24-hour campaign model provides a mechanism for people to connect with their giving,” Montemagno said. “It provides a framework so that everybody says, ‘My $50 gift or $20 gift is going to make a difference, because we’re all giving together as a community.’” [MORE]

2018 SIU Academic Scholarship Lunch

“What truly matters in our communities and at this university are, first, the people we make of ourselves and, second, the people we assist in the making of themselves. The nice thing about SIU, and there are many, is that it is a wonderful place to do both.” [MORE]


February 2018

Technology upgrades, film festival support sorely needed

“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.” [MORE]

Veterans benefit from Touch of Nature program

Brady spearheaded the creation of the Veteran Adventures program. Offering outdoor activities to post-9/11 veterans, the program has become a huge success. [MORE]

Tedrick gift expands research, creative opportunities for undergrads

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. [MORE]


January 2018

$75 Million 'Forever SIU' campaign reaches 75 percent of goal in first year

A three-year, $75 million fundraising campaign to support students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale raised more than $56 million in its first year. [MORE]

Alumnus hopes gift leads to experience, inspiration

“Honestly, I don’t think I’d be where I am now if it wasn’t for SIU,” he said. “It’s an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I’m proud to be a Dawg.” [MORE]

Making the Video: SIU Day of Giving

When I came to SIU, I didn’t expect to get my big break into show business. But here I am, starring in my very own video to help promote SIU’s Day of Giving, March 7. [MORE]

Beggs work to better SIU, COEHS

“The College of Education will always have a soft spot in our hearts because it was instrumental in our careers and family heritage,” Shirley Beggs said. [MORE]

Interested in making a gift? Here’s how

Are you interested in giving to SIU but unsure about how to get started? No problem. The SIU Foundation is proud to offer a number of ways to make donations of all sizes. For the university to continue to fulfill its mission of excellence in teaching, research and service, it relies on private support from individuals and organizations sharing its commitment to students. [MORE]


December 2017

SIUC alumnus Tilden “Tim” Parks donates $1.3 million for student scholarships

Today, this SIU fan is adding to his long-time support by donating an additional $1.3 million to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to provide scholarships for future Salukis. [MORE]

Business alumnus Lynn McPheeters donates to help future business Salukis succeed

Growing up on a farm near Canton, F. Lynn McPheeters never imagined he would become the chief financial officer and vice president of Caterpillar Inc. Now, he’s donating $1 million to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, his alma mater, to help future Salukis succeed. [MORE]

Artist’s gift to benefit graduate students

Artist Jimmy Wright, who earned a master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1971, is providing a $1 million gift to fully fund fellowships for graduate students in art at SIU. [MORE]

Gift Honors Lives Of Discovery, Education

Haree Deutchman dedicated her life to the excitement of discovery. Her mother, Muriel, is helping others who share her daughter’s passion by establishing the Muriel and Bernard Deutchman Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. Haree Lynn Deutchman. The fund provides scholarships to support graduate students in philosophy. [MORE]

Leaving a powerful legacy

A $1.5 million estate gift from William Hill, a 1942 SIU graduate, will establish two scholarships each year to junior or senior zoology majors with grade point averages of at least 3.0 in all zoology courses. [MORE]

Boat Dock And Pavilion Expected To Be Ready By Spring

Ralph E. Becker, the man responsible for the $1 million donation that’s funding the work, is also monitoring the construction via a private camera feed to his North Carolina home. Mr. Becker, one of the pioneers of the university’s radio-television program, is an SIU Carbondale graduate class of 1955 and an Alumni Achievement Award recipient. [MORE]

Ibendahl Gift Allows Students to Experience a Day in the Life of a Veterinarian

The funds Atkinson received from the Ibendahl award went directly to purchase supplies for the inaugural Saluki Enrichment Pre-Veterinary Program camp, which aims to show high school students what a day is like in the life of a veterinarian. [MORE]

Big hearts with big dreams

The Ibendhals maintained a strong affinity for SIU, and in the early 1970s they gave a substantial real estate gift to the university. In their last years they arranged to give an estate gift of $300,000, ensuring that their legacy could be carried out far beyond their lifetimes. [MORE]


November 2017

Scholarship leads to important mission

“I was always taught from an early age that money was important, but always scarce,” Uzoewulu said. “With this scholarship, my mother now has one less thing to worry about and can relax a little." [MORE]

Library improvements would benefit recruitment, retention

The library is much more than just books – although there are more than three million of those. Students are looking for high-end technology, spaces to gather and study and opportunities to enrich their experience. [MORE]

Automotive technology meeting growing demand

Innovation thrives when students are engaged, and students are most engaged when they’re immersed in their passion to learn. [MORE]

Theater injects life, art into community

“It helps bring artistic life and increases the quality of life in the community.” [MORE]

Grace Handlos grateful for dean scholarship

Handlos is a dean scholarship recipient. She says she will never forget opening the envelope from SIU informing her of the scholarship award. [MORE]

Jeanne Hurley Simon Memorial Library Endowment scholarship expands horizon

Dave Whitfield, a graduate student from Cairo, Illinois, and a Morris Library student employee, was awarded the Jeanne Hurley scholarship in May 2017. Whitfield said the scholarship has him leaning toward pursuing a master’s degree in library science after he receives his doctorate in communication studies. [MORE]


October 2017

The Opportunities are Boundless at SIU College of Agricultural Sciences

“SIU’s College of Agricultural Sciences has one of the strongest programs in the entire state of Illinois. When I visited last year, I was impressed by the number of opportunities and just how friendly the faculty were to me.” [MORE]

Childress Scholarship grows benefiting business students

Their final wish was to offer a helping hand to even more young people, so they added a $2 million gift to SIU’s James B. and Rosemary S. Childress Scholarship endowment. SIU Foundation officials estimate the fund will now generate about $80,000 annually that can be awarded to SIU business students. [MORE]

Scholarship shows university values hard work

“It was nice to know the university valued someone who had put in the work,” he said. “I can’t show my appreciation enough. Donors make so many things possible for so many students.” [MORE]

Scholarships nurture healthy appetite for success

“Donations change people’s lives,” Eigsti said. “It’s so nice to have people out there who make education more accessible. Any amount can help.” [MORE]

Cybersecurity program booming

A point of pride for the program is the Security Dawgs cyberdefense team, a student organization that gives students hands-on experience through participation in cyberdefense and cybersecurity competitions. The team consistently earns first- or second-place honors in the state’s annual college cyberdefense competitions. [MORE]


September 2017

How encouragement changed the life of an SIU Carbondale alumnus

Gougis credits the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute with giving him the keys to opening doors of opportunity for his career. [MORE]

Public Policy Institute attracts, develops the best and brightest

Lauren Connor’s experience at SIU was enhanced by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. [MORE]

School of Law broadens horizons

“Attending law school has changed my life and broadened my horizons. As I learn about legal issues, I have a greater understanding of how to help people who are having problems in life." [MORE]

SIU graduate thankful for unique opportunities

If Shaka Mitchell, a 2011 SIU Carbondale graduate, could sum up his experience with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in one word, it would be “exposure.” [MORE]

Law clinics add value for students, community

Nathan Davis is doing more than earning a degree from the SIU School of Law, he’s gaining valuable, real-world experience. [MORE]


August 2017

Student Spotlight: Kinesiology Student Sean Gloss

The research, coupled with the program’s community outreach, is what ignited Gloss’ passion for the program. [MORE]

Mortuary Science planning the next step

Through the Forever SIU fundraising campaign, those in charge of the program hope to take it to the next level and add more value by building an on-site crematorium. [MORE]

Student Spotlight: Meet College of Agricultural Sciences Major Paxton Morse

"The professors and staff all know my name, they are friendly, and just make me feel like family. There is really no other college and university I’d rather be attending.” [MORE]

Family Helping Family

Monetary donations to support these areas of the farm or donating actual items is the best way to ensure University Farms continues its success. [MORE]

Kinesiology offers unique perspective

“The kinesiology department helped me view sports from a different perspective. This program has opened up an entire new world.” [MORE]

Exploration at Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

Some hidden gems across campus go unnoticed because of their geographic locations. [MORE]


June 2017

SIU alumnus makes $25,000 gift

J. Mark Wehrle spent much of his life teaching and helping others. By endowing a scholarship in sociology at SIU, he further fortifies his legacy. [MORE]


April 2017

Provost’s $25K gift spurred by pride, passion

As a nationally renowned researcher and current SIU provost, Susan Ford understands the powerful impact that giving back has on the future. [MORE]


March 2017

World travelers give back to their roots

Nine hundred dollars. That was all she needed to remain in school. But Darlene Albert Knott just didn’t have it. [MORE]

Dean Achenbach shares rock-solid support for Campus Lake

Laurie Achenbach has dedicated her professional life to science and SIU. On March 1, she strengthened that commitment by donating $10,000 on SIU’s inaugural Day of Giving. [MORE]


February 2017

SIU Credit Union makes first corporate gift for SIU Day of Giving

Giving is in the DNA of those at the SIU Credit Union, and local charities have regularly been the beneficiaries of their benevolence. [MORE]


January 2017

Tilden Parks – superfan!

In fact, Parks just might own the record for the longest streak in sports ever – by a fan, at least. [MORE]

Turning dreams into a reality

It often is said that while most of us dream about great things, engineers just go and do them. [MORE]


December 2016

Hard work pays off for Dave Baer

Whether he was cutting other people’s grass or shining shoes, Baer closely followed his mother’s advice as she instilled a work ethic in him that few others could emulate[MORE]

The art of giving

The transformational power of art led the couple to establish the Dr. Roy E. Abrahamson Art Education Endowed Scholarship to help students afford an education – so the students, in turn, can contribute to the artistic transformation of others. [MORE]

Becker gift will fund renovation, expansion of Campus Lake facilities

Ralph E. Becker wants to make sure that Southern Illinois University Carbondale continues to go “onward and upward.” [MORE]

Planting seeds of philanthropy

If you have the good fortune of visiting the home of Juh Wah Chen and Han Lin Chen in rural Carbondale, the phrase “bloom where you are planted” might spring to mind. [MORE]


November 2016

Live long and prosper

Dennis decided that not only would he go to Hollywood, but that he would become a success as well. [MORE]


October 2016

SIU Class of '65 gives back: Restoring the Paul and Virginia Statue

In 2015, Class of 1965 representatives Michael Hanes, Phillip Pfeffer and Patti Elmore proposed restoring the statues as a class gift to the university. [MORE]

Jeanne Hurley Simon Scholarship: Paying it forward

SIU Carbondale takes pride and honor being associated with its own power couple: Paul and Jeanne Simon. [MORE]