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Southern Illinois University



Photo  of Keshaun AltmanKeshaun Altman

Hi, my name is Keshaun but you can call me Ke. I'm a senior here at SIU majoring in Comm studies specializing in Public Relations with a minor in theater. I was born and raised and Chicago. While at SIU I have been involved in the Black Affairs council, I currently serve as the executive liaison of administrative  affairs. I am also involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America currently serving as the Public Relations director. I also work in the exploratory student advisement office as a mentor.



Photo of Maddie BallingerMaddy Ballinger

Hello! My name is Madeline, but preferably Maddie. I am a senior at Southern Illinois University pursuing a degree in Anthropology with minors in Linguistics, Forensics, and Psychology. I'm from a little bit of everywhere, having moved all over the United States, from Alabama to New York!  During my time at SIU, I like to participate in the Linguistics and Anthropology club. I also love volunteering for labs and research. My favorite activity outside of SIU is historical costuming and reenactment. I also love traveling and backpacking and hope to someday conduct research abroad!


Photo of Myla CroftMyla Croft

Myla Croft is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies. She is the Vice President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, a member of Black Women’s Task Force and the Association of Black Psychologists. Myla is also a member of the McNair Scholars Program and the University Honors Program. This past spring, she was a policy intern for the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.


Photo of Mia EdwardsMia Edwards

Hey Salukis!!! My name is Mia Edwards, and I am from Las Vegas, Nevada! This year I am a junior here majoring in Sociology and Sports Administration with a minor in Japanese. I am on the Women’s Soccer Team for SIU and I am also a Saluki Ambassador and Head Chair of Saluki Unity in SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee). I love being active within SIU and working with others around campus in all departments I am involved in! Outside of SIU, I love being with my friends, cooking and going around trying new restaurants and enjoying all that Carbondale has to offer!



Photo of Carter WaltonCarter Walton

My name is Carter Walton and I am from Stonington, IL. I’m studying Communication Studies specializing in Public Relations with a minor in Spanish. I’m in the Army ROTC program here at SIU as well as many other extracurricular activities. I’m the Vice President of Kappa Alpha Order and the Vice President of SIU’s Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. My hobbies include reading, fishing, hunting, spending time with friends and family, and playing video games. I’m very excited to be able to work at SIU and help the next generation of Salukis!