Three CoB students named as SIU’s 25 Most Distinguished Seniors

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Three CoB students named as SIU’s 25 Most Distinguished Seniors

April 07, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} College of Business students Joe Allaria, Gloria Hernandez, and Lindsey Miller

Each year, the SIU Alumni Association recognizes the top 25 Most Distinguished Seniors on campus. This year, the College of Business is honored to have three of its students named to this prestigious list: Joe Allaria, Gloria Hernandez, and Lindsey Miller.

Joe Allaria

Joe Allaria is a marketing senior from Edwardsville, Illinois. While maintaining a GPA of 3.78, Joe was a star on the football field as a wide receiver for the Salukis. For the 2010 season, he was voted team captain. During his senior year, he was named to three different All-Academic First Teams by ESPN, “ESPN The Magazine”, and the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Today, Joe stays involved with SIU Athletics as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In this role, he coordinated their first talent show, which is now an annual event. He donates his time volunteering with organizations such as the State Farm Just Read Program, Parish School Sports, and Saluki Kids Night Out. Joe also is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a tutor for other Saluki athletes.

Jeff Jones, Saluki Athletics Coordinator of Academic Support, said that Joe “has devoted four years of his life to this university and community with honor. [He] has set the standard in terms of what it means to be an advocate of higher learning and have passion to serve the students.”

Following graduation, he plans to pursue an MBA and possibly coach high school football.

Gloria Hernandez

Gloria Hernandez is an accounting major, with minors in Spanish and art. She has maintained a 3.63 grade point average, and has been highly involved at the university, as well as in the community.

Gloria’s accomplishments have earned her an impressive list of awards and honors. To name a few, Gloria was named to the Dean’s list every semester since 2007; was a recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship, Diversity Scholarship, Robert W. Davis Memorial Scholarship, Leadership Book Council Scholarship, Boeing Business Student Scholarship, among others. She is also member of many organizations, some of which include Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, University Honors Program, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, and the Golden Key Honor Society.

She is an active member of the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi, and was a part of Leadership Council, Saluki Volunteer Corps, and the College of Business Extern Program. She has participated in such community service activities as Relay For Life, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Red Cross blood drives, and Keep Carbondale Beautiful.

Lindsey Miller

Accounting senior Lindsey Miller came to SIUC from Steeleville, Illinois. During her four undergraduate years, Lindsey maintained a 4.0 GPA, was involved many accounting registered student organizations, and gained experience by working in a variety of positions.

After joining as a freshman, Lindsey stayed active in the Accounting Society and became the president during her senior year. She currently leads the organization of more than seventy members. She also served as Vice President of Membership and was their Business Leadership Council Representative. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, is the SIUC Campus Representative for Becker CPA Review, and was named the Deloitte & Touche Outstanding Junior in Accounting.

Currently, Lindsey is an intern with Kemper CPA Group in Harrisburg, Illinois. She works in the office with tax returns and preparation of client records. She has also worked as an Accounting Assistant at the SIUC Student Center and with the Egyptian Telephone Cooperative Association. During the summer 2010, she was a participant in the Discover KPMG Program.

After graduation, Lindsey will continue her studies at SIU in the master of accountancy program.

The College of Business would like to congratulate these three outstanding students once more for their success.