In sixth year, 'Saluki Stay' scholarships for returning SIU students underscore retention efforts

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CARBONDALE — Five returning Southern Illinois University Carbondale students will receive in-kind gifts totaling nearly $1,500 prior to the fall semester thanks to a continuing scholarship targeting retention from the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

“It was designed as way to help students who maybe could not afford to come back, so it was very much a retention effort,” said Director Les O’Dell, the chamber’s executive director.

This is the sixth year for the Saluki Stay Scholarship Program, O’Dell said. The chamber is currently seeking applicants.

This past year, students received in-kind gifts in the form of free haircuts, at least one free meal a week at a member restaurant, oil changes, $250 toward books from 710 Bookstore, among other things. The scholarships are funded by in-kind gifts and cash donations from the chamber’s members.

Since the program began in 2012, about 25 students have received the award, and all have graduated or are on target to graduate, O’Dell said. It is overseen by the chamber’s Saluki Pride Committee, which has a mission of strengthening the relationship between SIU and the Carbondale business community.

SIU is a top economic driver of the Carbondale and greater Southern Illinois region. While much focus is placed on new student recruitment, retention of returning students has been a renewed focus of university, city and business leaders in more recent years. 

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Applicants for the scholarship are judged blind by Saluki Pride subcommittee members based on a combination of financial need, potential for success and students’ involvement in positive SIU and community activities.

“We like to call it the most unique scholarship on campus because it’s so much fun,” he said. “It’s been a really great scholarship program and a simple way for our members to support students.”

To be eligible for the award, students must be enrolled full time for the fall semester 2017, be juniors or seniors with at least a 2.8 grade point average, have attended SIU for at least four semesters and show demonstrated financial need.

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In sixth year, 'Saluki Stay' scholarships for returning SIU students underscore retention efforts

NEIU Furloughs Staff, Students Over Spring Break

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Northeastern Illinois University will be off limits to many students, professors and employees during spring break after school officials decided to furlough staff.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

More than 1000 professors, administrators and staff will be furloughed during NEIU’s spring break. University officials claim the Illinois budget crisis leaves the institution $17 million in the hole.

School officials also subjected 300 student workers to the mandated time off, including part-time student and full-time mom Erika Rivera.

“I have two year old son. He needs clothes. He needs shoes. He needs food. It’s scary,” she said.

2017 is the second year of furloughs for hundreds of professors. Durene Wheeler lost more than $1000 last year. This year’s cut will be around the same.

“I had to try to negotiate with my landlord about paying my rent. I couldn’t send my son to camp,” she said.

The university will save $2.8 million in salaries because of the furloughs. The library and other student buildings usually open during spring break will now be locked. The university plans to turn off heat and lights as well.

NEIU Furloughs Staff, Students Over Spring Break

So proud of our students who went to yesterday’s #MAPrally in Springfield and met with legislators! Social justice in action! #RULakerLife

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So proud of our students who went to yesterday’s #MAPrally in Springfield and met with legislators! Social justice in action! #RULakerLife

MAP grants are the only need-based grant for education in Illinois. Tomorrow, students are mobilizing from across the state to show legislators how urgent it is for them to approve a budget and fund MAP. We will have a bus leaving Wabash at 8:15 a.m. and heading to Springfield for a 1 p.m. rally. We will provide snacks and lunch. Dress will be casual—jeans and RU t-shirts/gear. We will leave no later than 3 p.m. and return around 7 p.m. Sign up at tinyurl.com/maprally or email jtani@roosevelt.edu. #mapmatters

http://ift.tt/2llMs15 grants are the only need-based grant for education in Illinois. Tomorrow, students are mobilizing from across the state to show legislators how urgent it is for them to approve a budget and fund MAP. We will have a bus leaving Wabash at 8:15 a.m. and heading to Springfield for a 1 p.m. rally. We will provide snacks and lunch. Dress will be casual—jeans and RU t-shirts/gear. We will leave no later than 3 p.m. and return around 7 p.m. Sign up at tinyurl.com/maprally or email jtani@roosevelt.edu. #mapmatters

MAP grants are the only need-based grant for education in Illinois. Tomorrow, students are mobilizing from across the state to show legislators how urgent it is for them to approve a budget and fund MAP. We will have a bus leaving Wabash at 8:15 a.m. and heading to Springfield for a 1 p.m. rally. We will provide snacks and lunch. Dress will be casual—jeans and RU t-shirts/gear. We will leave no later than 3 p.m. and return around 7 p.m. Sign up at tinyurl.com/maprally or email jtani@roosevelt.edu. #mapmatters

MAP grants are the only need-based grant for education in Illinois. Tomorrow, students are mobilizing from across the state to show legislators how urgent it is for them to approve a budget and fund MAP. We will have a bus leaving Wabash at 8:15 a.m. and heading to Springfield for a 1 p.m. rally. We will provide snacks and lunch. Dress will be casual—jeans and RU t-shirts/gear. We will leave no later than 3 p.m. and return around 7 p.m. Sign up at tinyurl.com/maprally or email jtani@roosevelt.edu. #mapmatters

http://ift.tt/2llMs15 grants are the only need-based grant for education in Illinois. Tomorrow, students are mobilizing from across the state to show legislators how urgent it is for them to approve a budget and fund MAP. We will have a bus leaving Wabash at 8:15 a.m. and heading to Springfield for a 1 p.m. rally. We will provide snacks and lunch. Dress will be casual—jeans and RU t-shirts/gear. We will leave no later than 3 p.m. and return around 7 p.m. Sign up at tinyurl.com/maprally or email jtani@roosevelt.edu. #mapmatters

MAP grants are the only need-based grant for education in Illinois. Tomorrow, students are mobilizing from across the state to show legislators how urgent it is for them to approve a budget and fund MAP. We will have a bus leaving Wabash at 8:15 a.m. and heading to Springfield for a 1 p.m. rally. We will provide snacks and lunch. Dress will be casual—jeans and RU t-shirts/gear. We will leave no later than 3 p.m. and return around 7 p.m. Sign up at tinyurl.com/maprally or email jtani@roosevelt.edu. #mapmatters