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Piché Goes Above and Beyond to Stay Connected

February 06, 2015, Emily Precht

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Paul Piché, Economics ('74)

Since graduating, Piché has spent 38 years working in the financial service industry. Piché is the owner of Safe Money Assets, located in Kerrville, Texas, which focuses on retirement planning for individuals and small businesses. He grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and made his way to Carbondale after deciding he wanted to be away from home, explaining that Southern Illinois University was a good choice for him. During his time here, Piché was a member of Alpha Kappa Si and chapter president of Society for Advancement of Management.

Piché has stayed connected with the College of Business and SIU, something that the college strives for all alumni to do. He was the immediate past president of the Dallas-Fort Worth SIU Alumni Chapter, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Alumni Association and has created a scholarship that gives back to the students in the College of Business.

“My wife and I asked ourselves, ‘What can we do to give back to the college?’ ” Piché said. “Creating the scholarship was a good way to support the students, to know that the donation was going to a student who works hard and shows success in the college.”

At SIU’s 2014 Homecoming, Piché had the opportunity to meet the recipient of his scholarship, Curtis Brown, a senior in business economics. Brown said he will never forget what Piché told him, which was to “go after what I want with all my might.” When asked how he felt affecting a student in such a big way, Piché replied: “It takes your breath away to have someone say that, and I’m glad he took my advice.”

Piché explained the importance he puts on staying connected with the college. He believes the university is worth supporting.

“SIU made possible everything that I’ve accumulated in life, so I think I owe something back to the university,” Piché said.

Staying involved is a personal decision for each alum, but Piché is doing whatever is possible to give back. By serving on the Board of Directors for the SIU Alumni Association, he hopes to make an impact and reach out to the students to encourage them to become members of the Alumni Association.

So what does being a Saluki mean to Piché?

“It comes with a great source of pride, and I wear it like a badge,” he said.

Piché said he wears maroon quite a bit and is very proud of his alma mater.

“There is only one Saluki,” he said, “and the Saluki is known wherever you go.”

There are numerous ways alumni can stay involved in the College of Business, and they are encouraged to join the SIU Alumni Association. Alums can also support the college financially through scholarships and donations. In addition, they can visit the campus, stay connected with students and keep up-to-date with the College of Business news through the e-newsletter and social media.