Volunteers Lead Saluki Way Fundraising Effort

A six-member steering committee is generating private support of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Saluki Way project. Individuals serving on the Saluki Way steering committee are Greg Cook, president of Cook Portable Warehouses in Cobden and a member of the SIU Foundation Board of Directors; Marshall Sheffer, owner of Sheffer Insurance Agency in Herrin; Lisa Short, office manager of Short Brothers Construction in Marion; Barry Smith, market president of Regions Bank in Paducah and a member of the SIU Alumni Association Board of Directors; Jeffrey Speith, Old National Bank Southern Illinois Region president; and Wesley Wilkins, an attorney in Anna who also serves on the SIU Foundation Board.

Board awards many local Saluki Way contracts

he Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved more than $28.3 million in construction contracts for Saluki Way athletics facilities, a building project that will transform the Carbondale campus and give a massive shot in the arm to the local economy. Meeting in Carbondale, board members voted unanimously to award 22 contracts for general construction, electrical, plumbing heating and air conditioning and other services. It is, by far, the biggest portion of the project awarded thus far and will result in a new U-shaped football stadium to replace 70-year-old McAndrew Stadium and massive renovations at the SIU Arena.

Endowment establishes Boydston fellowships

Throughout his storied tenure as an education and athletics administrator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Donald N. “Doc” Boydston demonstrated a commitment to inclusion and diversity, opportunity and success — in athletics and in the classroom. A fellowship in Boydston’s honor will benefit future generations of SIUC student-athletes aspiring to follow his ideals. A $500,000 endowment fund from Boydston’s widow, Jo Ann, is creating the Donald N. “Doc” Boydston Legacy Fellowships. Fellowship awards will go annually to four deserving racial minority undergraduate student-athletes. The students must be at least sophomores and be making satisfactory progress toward their degree. The Fellows may represent any varsity sport. Fellowship recipients will have shown a consistent display of personal characteristics of integrity, commitment to equality, academic excellence, and social justice.

Shining Moments February 2009

Shining Moments February 2009 features highlights from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Human Services, School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and Athletics.

Issue 3


  • WGN Radio’s Top ‘Dawg’
  • Student Benefits from Walker Fellowship
  • Alum Steps Up For Saluki Way
  • Kerry Peace Has Got ‘The Blues’
  • Bucky’s at the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • CBS Executive Assisting Student Recruitment
  • Hall of Fame Class Has Chicago Flavor
  • A Lifelong Devotion to Southern