Dean's Corner 2015

Southern Illinois University



June 01, 2015


Dean’s Corner - Summer 2015

Spring graduation is always a time for celebration and reflection.  It therefore seems appropriate for this issue of Vector to reflect back on our significant successes during the spring semester while celebrating the outstanding people who truly define excellence within our college.

Our Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are a constant area of engagement and excitement within our college, with the spring semester being a major season of competition.  For the first time in our history, the ASCE Student Chapter Concrete Canoe team won the regional competition held at the University of Kansas in late April. We are going to the national competition at Clemson University (6/20-6/22)!  After winning the regional competition a Concrete Canoe team member expressed concern about the costs associated with going to nationals and wanted to know what the team could do.  My response was swift and brief, “I will find the funds, you Win Nationals!”  I look forward to reporting back in the fall edition.

Returning to reflection, a college is truly defined by its people -- students, alumni, staff and faculty.  This edition of Vector focuses upon four outstanding people whose efforts have and will define the excellence of our college.  Our outstanding graduating senior for spring 2015 is Mr. Zachary Pringle.  Ms. Jenise Wilson (Chief, COE Academic Advisement Office) received the 2015 SIUC Women of Distinction Award.  Dr. Tan Chai is our newest Assistant Professor and the first woman faculty member in the history of our MEEP department.  Finally, alumnus Mr. Jeffery T. Ball is a recent addition to our college Industrial Advisory Board and his firm (Hanson Professional Services, Inc.) hosted an alumni gathering in Springfield, IL earlier this spring.  Their stories should make us all proud to be members of the SIUC College of Engineering “family”.

In closing, please take 30 seconds to respond to our “flash survey”.  This is a new Vector feature and one that I hope to use going forward to engage, and be responsive to, our alumni.  Please visit the college’s website to stay abreast of our many activities and accomplishments.  More to come in the fall issue.