Letter from the Dean
Dear friends and Saluki family,
I just looked at the calendar—May! Wow! How did that happen?
Here we are saying goodbye to another graduating class of our Saluki students, and welcoming them with open arms into our family of Saluki alumni! Among those graduating, we have many starting their careers at amazing companies such as, Edward Jones, Wintrust Financial, the Federal Reserve, PWC and Anders CPA + Advisors and many, many more. Others are heading off to graduate school or setting out on that tremendous adventure of starting their own businesses. When it comes to having rock solid plans after graduation, our students are outpacing the rest of the country. We couldn’t be more proud of them! We eagerly look forward to watching them grow professionally. Their professional lives are off to a great start!
As a college, we work hard to prepare our students for graduation day, and for their careers. Our dedicated faculty and staff begin working with them on day one, with career preparedness programs such as the Etiquette Dinner and the Mentor Program.
We care about our students, and we don’t let problems stand in their way. We find solutions and clear roadblocks that might otherwise derail their progress. For example, we have a Tuition Assistance Program to help students struggling to pay outstanding bursar bills. This year we introduced a Career Closet to help them dress professionally, so they look sharp for interviews and career trips. All of these programs are made possible by the support of our alumni and board members. Programs like these can change lives and have a positive impact for generations to come.
Despite the budget woes of the state, the College of Business remains heathy and vibrant. We are moving forward with initiatives that will continue to strengthen our impact on industry and students. We just received approval to repurpose the Pontikes Center into the Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. This progress increases our ability to build long lasting and beneficial partnerships with corporations.
We are also in the early stages of planning the expansion of our online programs. Our current online programs are thriving and have become essential to the foundation of the CoB. We might have some news to share with you soon about an additional concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and an online MACC program.
Please be assured that we understand how important it is for us to stay diligent and tenacious in our commitment to the highest standards in education, research and service. We will continue to push ahead, our mission is too important to consider any other option.
As this new class of Salukis departs, degrees in hand, we expect them to take on the world with the same unstoppable spirit they displayed while here at SIU. Our students are known for their grit and ambition. We will watch proudly as they become the next generation of executives, business owners and community leaders.
Thank you for your support. Our alumni and friends are our Saluki family and we couldn’t impact the lives of so many without your help.