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December 2020

Maryam Makhdoom receives first Thanu and Nongyao Kulachol Library Scholarship

Maryam Makhdoom hadn’t heard of the Thanu and Nongyao Kulachol Library Scholarship. It’s a new scholarship with a specific focus, and that made Makhdoom its ideal first recipient. [MORE]

Inspired, driven, thankful: Alumnus finds success, helps others achieve

Hood ’69 and his wife recently established the James R. and Joan Lisante Hood Fund for New Media Technology with a $30,000 gift. In 2020, the James R. and Joan Lisante Hood Endowed Scholarship for Creative Nonfiction will be created with an additional $40,000 contribution. [MORE]

November 2020

Longtime SIU educator establishes scholarship

Todd Headrick, an emeritus faculty member of the SIU School of Education, has donated $50,000 to establish the Todd Headrick Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Education. [MORE]

SIU School of Law Alumna Extends a Helping Hand Once Again

Recently, Cindy Walker, development officer for the law school, searched for a way to raise $27,600 to pay for AdaptiBar software to help with the third-year law students’ bar study. [MORE]

SIU’s Morris Library honors Carus family with new endowment

Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will honor a benevolent family by establishing the new Alwin C. Carus Endowment. The library’s leadership recently worked to the SIU Foundation to transfer $1 million from the Carus Mineral Trust to create the endowment. [MORE]

The SIU Foundation Has Remained Open For Business

Even during these very challenging eight months of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the SIU Foundation has remained open and actively engaged with SIU alumni and donors to fulfill our mission of supporting Southern Illinois University Carbondale. [MORE]

October 2020

Chicago Alumnus Donates $5,000 to the Saluki Food Pantry

Scott Moller is committed to solving hunger insecurity and contributes his time and donations to several food pantries in Illinois. [MORE]

August 2020

Helping the Helpers: Nursing Scholarship Honors the Late Monica L. Ryan

The scholarship will benefit a student in SIU’s newly established Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Preference will be given to BSN students who have expressed interest in working at Southern Illinois Healthcare after graduation. [MORE]

JUNE 2020

Thank You from Saluki Cares Student Emergency Fund Recipients

During the COVID-19 pandemic, generous donors raised more than $250,000 for the Saluki Cares Student Emergency Fund. That money has been distributed among hundreds of students, helping them with many financial issues. Here are some of their stories. [MORE]

MAY 2020

SIU School of Law Alumna Gives Love and Hope Through Free Lunches

Beth Boggs, ‘91 SIU School of Law alumna, and a partner of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, has committed to such love and hope by making sure students in North County School District in St. Louis receive free lunches and facemasks each week. [MORE]

Behind the scenes with an Emmy-winning Saluki: Adam Rowe

Adam Rowe ’02 has worked on some of your favorite TV shows, even though you probably haven’t seen his face. [MORE]

Meet Banterra Bank Scholarship Recipient - Marshall Brown

"Supporting the campus strengthens the community as a whole. It is great to see businesses, in the private sector, such as Banterra take on such a commitment to the community in which they service." [MORE]

APRIL 2020

More than $240,000 raised to help SIU Carbondale students

Since the foundation’s first appeal on March 24, more than 1,000 donors have contributed more than $240,000 to the Saluki Cares Student Emergency Fund. [MORE]

Banterra Scholarship Opens Doors to Opportunity

Jeff May, president of Banterra Bank, said the Banterra Scholarships were part of an agreement to name the Banterra Center on campus. [MORE]

A Lasting Legacy: Future farmers, teachers to benefit from former professor’s gift

The Legacys donated $1 million from their charitable trust to the SIU College of Agricultural Sciences. Per their wishes, 80 percent will help fund scholarships for SIU students who participated in Future Farmers of America, and 20 percent will go toward faculty. [MORE]

A helping hand: Day of Giving funds bolster student’s experience, opportunity

Every donation made during the SIU Day of Giving benefits students. That’s what Diamoneek Green, a student ambassador for the Department of Political Science, found out when she earned the 2020 Barbara Brown Internship from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. [MORE]

MARCH 2020

Feeding the Saluki spirit: Alumnus, high schoolers donate 2,700 meals to food pantry

The 2,700 meals were part of Kabat’s larger effort to feed more than 10,000 people in his community. [MORE]

SIU Credit Union Kicks Off the Donations to the 2020 SIU Day of Giving

This year, the SIU Credit Union kicked off the Day of Giving with two gifts. The first donation of $20,000 will benefit SIU’s New Student Services and the second donation of $10,000 will go to Touch of Nature’s programs. [MORE]

SIU Day of Giving totals top $1.6 million

The preliminary total raised through Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fourth Day of Giving on March 4 reached more than $1.6 million. The total reflects more than 2,441 individual gifts from 43 states and 10 countries. [MORE]


An Accomplished Alumnus with a Heart for Helping Others

The Murrays have given back, donating $230,000 over the last 10 years to SIU. The couple has committed to donating $125,000 for the next five years. [MORE]

The Value of Yes

Sinha ’98 and his wife, Rupali ’96, have recently established a five-year pledge at $10,000 a year to support the College of Business. [MORE]

A Lesson in French

French published a limited edition portfolio of Porter’s photographs called “Trees.” French donated one of the 25 sets to the Morris Library’s Special Collection. [MORE]

Alumni Help Keep Automotive Technology on the Right Path

While many donors wait until the end of their careers to give back, Winstead, Jenkins and Corey are giving back now. Each is donating $500 every quarter for the next five years. By 2024, they will have funded an endowed scholarship of $25,000. [MORE]


A leader on and off the field

For SIU’s football team, Jacob Marnin plays that role. His on-the-field ability brought him to SIU on a football scholarship, but his academic accolades are even more impressive. He’s the first recipient of the Chancellor Carlo Montemagno Excellence Scholarship. [MORE]

SIU alumna stars in ‘Hamilton’

A couple of years ago, Zoe Jensen was an SIU senior pondering her future. Now, she’s playing Eliza Hamilton, the lead female role in a national tour of the world-famous Broadway musical “Hamilton.” [MORE]