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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Salukis in Philly!

CESL/SIU Reunion for Friday, March 30 from 2:30-4:30 at Molly Malloy's in the Reading Terminal Market.

Please get the word out!

I can't be there this year, so I'm relying entirely on photographers and friends to help document. Fortunately Cheryl Ernst (, Director of CESL, will be, and, if you'd like a report on the state of SIU, Carbondale, or the Saluki basketball team, someone will surely provide it.

-Tom Leverett

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Report from New Orleans

The Saluki Reunion was held in Mulate's Restaurant near the Louisiana Convention Center, home of TESOL 2011 in New Orleans, March 18 of this year. There are still lots of distinguished alumni out there and most are willing to come and cheer the Salukis even when our team does not make it to any of the playoffs. We filled up several tables much to the consternation of the waitress who had to keep track of various tickets and people who were coming and going due to busy schedules.

One of our most notable and famous alums is Mark Algren, president of TESOL (finishing his term); he has mentioned SIUC at TESOL functions, always in a good light, and sends us our support from his present post in Kansas. As a world traveler, he sometimes encounters Salukis abroad; this happened with Professor Fuad Abdul Hamied, from Indonesia University of Education, who not only came to the reunion, but also expressed a desire to have our universities better tied together, at least in spirit. Indonesia University of Education is in Bandung, Indonesia; Dr. Hamied attended SIUC perhaps in Dr. Algren's era.

The reunion was also attended by a number of other distinguished alumni and former Salukis. Dr. Kim Wilhelm, who runs a program at the University of Macao; and Robert Engel, who has written an ESL/EFL textbook and is at the DLI in San Antonio, attended; Liz Janssen attended from University of Texas/Arlington. Keith Kennetz came all the way from UAE to attend the reunion, and You Jin Cho came from Northern Arizona. Some people from Carbondale attended to round out the crowd and let everyone know how much (?) the town has changed. Marilyn Rivers, Keith Wheeler, Rhonda Brandman, Kathryn Mutchnick, Paty Krejcik, Stacie Lawley, Susan McFalls, Daniel Norris, Stacy Sudaholc, Holly Coleman, and Rob Cody and I were among these. Finally, Cheryl Ernst not only came, but brought members of her family, who enjoyed New Orleans delicacies and seafood; everyone told stories of the old times, as it seemed almost every era was well represented.

Monday, May 03, 2010

in Boston

Friday, April 02, 2010

Report from Boston

It was a big year for SIUC, since the President of TESOL, Mark Algren, former Saluki and proud Saluki, extolled the virtues of SIUC in all his speeches; he handed over the reigns to a new president, but not without letting everyone know how proud he was to be a loyal Saluki alum.

The reunion was well-attended; it included Chip Bozek (from Japan), Margi Wald (from Berkeley CA), and Gary Linebaugh, Miho Hamamoto, Paul Angelis, Marilyn Rivers, Cheryl Ernst, Miranda Ma, and yours truly, all from SIUC. A good lunch and visit was had by all.

At TESOL but unable to attend the reunion, were Mark Algren (Univ. of Kansas), Kim Wilhelm (Macao), and Ditlev Larsen (Winona State Univ., MN); Colleen Brice was there, I heard, but I never saw her. All these people said: Please say hello to everyone! Loyal Salukis who miss us all!

Some people wrote with their regrets, but said hello anyway. These included Julie Bird (UAE), Lynne Davis (Carbondale), Keith Kennetz (UAE) and Nellie Corbit-Smith (Tennessee).

Two other letters deserve notice since they included reports. One was from Inju Moon, who is teaching freshman English in Jinju, Korea, and is coming to NYC and Raleigh, NC in June and July; she'd be interested in contacting anyone from her years at SIUC (2003-4), possibly through Facebook. Another was from Connie Wieck, who works with the Amity Foundation and is now posted in a rural village in China, about an hour from the Vietnam border. Her blog is here, and she'd love to stay in touch with everyone!

Next year in New Orleans!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Please come to Boston!

SIUC Reunion at TESOL 2010
Sauciety Dining Room, Westin Hotel
Friday, March 26, 2010
12:00 Noon

Hope to see you there!

This year we hope two famous Salukis will join
us: Mark Algren, President of TESOL (he came last
year but I missed it), and Paul Angelis, retired
but still active. Hope you can make it!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

SIUC reunion, Denver, March 2009

The SIUC reunion was a success; it has been getting bigger as more and more people find out about it. This year we had a special treat: Mark Algren, President of TESOL, found out about it and came.

Denver had a huge blizzard the day of the reunion, and it snowed hard all day. Conventioneers were stuck downtown improperly dressed, but the real problem was not the snow or even the cold, but that you couldn't see. It was amazing that people ventured outside and found the place, but they did. And there were more who sent their regrets but were in Denver nonetheless. Being at TESOL and having SIU-Carbondale on your badge is a kind of reunion by itself, because lots of people bring up the subject with you. Here are some more people who came to the reunion:

Lou Coyne, living and teaching in Tokyo
Leah Miller, from National Louis University, Chicago, classmate with Mark Algren;
Kim Hughes Wilhelm and her husband, Tom from Macau, where, they say, they see Keith and Becky Pharis occasionally;
Jessica Montgomerie, our hostess, now teaching at Denver University, being from Denver and all, now, says Denver is great, she loves it, and she and her husband have bought a house and are fixing it up.
Rachael Crowley, living and teaching ESL in Colorado Springs
Cheryl Ernst, Julie Bird, Tamara Poss, Gary Linebaugh, and myself, all at SIUC now, so you don't need to know yet what became of us; and Mark Algren, president of TESOL.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

SIUC Reunion in Denver!

4:00 Thursday March 26th
Appaloosa Grill
535 16th St. on the pedestrian mall, between Walton and Glenarm
a couple blocks from the Convention Center


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