April 18, 2017
Dear Alumni and Friends,
If you follow the “news from home” at all, you will have heard that we are facing challenges, as are many other state universities all across the country. While this is true, we are also celebrating the successes of our faculty and students on a near-daily basis, and I am absolutely delighted to be able to share some of these with you today.
As I write this message, another finals week is fast approaching as we prepare to graduate 399 Salukis well-versed in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Many of these graduates have studied abroad, completed relevant internships, participated in meaningful research as undergraduates, and combined programs in myriad new ways to present strong profiles post-graduation. Our expert college advisors have been working hard to see to it that more students graduate in good time and also receive personal attention and thoughtful guidance. If you are in a position to do so, please consider extending a helping hand to a fellow Saluki coming up after you, providing that invaluable and exciting first break. Give us a call, if we can assist you with opportunity or direction.
We have made recruitment and retention the college’s highest priority, and can safely say that we are leaving no stone unturned in an effort to ensure that a degree from this college and this university not only retains its value but rather increases in value for our students past, present and future. We hold dear, and will continue to foster, a standard of excellence, and we are committed to responsible stewardship of the great tradition of liberal arts at SIU.
Please enjoy the fourth issue of the newsletter created especially for you, our alumni. Whether you are near or far, you remain important to us here in Carbondale and you are a vital foundation of support and encouragement. It continues to be very gratifying to meet as many of you as possible at our various on and off-campus events. I am always glad to have you contact me at 618/453-2466, or firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts and comments.
— Dean Meera Komarraju