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We value every member of the Saluki family. We are proud of our students and their hard work.  Faculty and peers select students we recognize through Student Spotlights for their achievements and accomplishments.  We want you to meet some of these world changers, students who are fulfilling dreams and changing lives.

Denise Demers

Health Education and Recreation

Denise Demers

Hometown: Orem, Utah
Department: Health Education and Recreation
Year: Thrid year Doctoral
Research Interests: Family health

Q: How did you get into the Ph.D. program? A: My husband lost his job three years ago and I was an adjunct teacher at Lake Land Community College in Mattoon, Illinois. Actually I taught at a satellite campus of Lake Land in Effingham, where our family resides. I ...read full profile >>

Sarah DeWolfe

School of Social Work- 2nd Year MSW

Denise Demers

Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Research Interests:  Social work practice in schools and animal-assisted therapy

Q:  How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in the School of Social Work? A: I did my undergraduate work here at SIUC; I have my B.S. in Zoology.  To make a long story short, I felt that social work was something that God was asking me to do, ...read full profile >>

Dhruba Prasad Dhungel

Workforce Education and Development

Dhruba Prasad Dhungel

Hometown: NEPAL
Year: Doctoral Student
Research Interests:  Higher Educational Access related Policy “Recognition of Prior Experience Learning”

Q:  How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in Workforce Education and Development (WED)? A: In 1994, I came as a master’s student to WED under the Nepal project that was won by the WED Department from the Asian Development Bank to ...read full profile >>

Ph.D. Graduates

Doctoral Graduates

Twenty two Ph.D. graduates, their dissertation chairs and co-chairs celebrated at the College of Education and Human Services annual PH.D. Graduates Dinner. Ph.D. Graduates (and Dissertation Chairs) Kadi Bliss - Department of Health Education (Dr. Roberta ...read full profile >>

Eugene (Gene) Kabbe

Curriculum & Instruction

Eugene (Gene) Kabbe

Hometown:  Elmhurst, IL.
Year: First year Doctoral (Reading and Language)
Research Interests: Bilingual education

Q: How did you end up at SIU and in C&I? A:  It’s a long story, which has many twists and turns. I retired as the director of a Non-Government Organization in the Philippines in 2005. I decided to fulfill a life-long dream to finish my ...read full profile >>

Ember Keller

School of Social Work

Ember Keller

Hometown:  Elmhurst, IL.
Year: First year Doctoral (Reading and Language)
Research Interests: Bilingual education

Q: Tell us a little about your program and what level are you? A: I’m in the master’s program in the School of Social Work. My emphasis is in Child and Family Welfare. The program is great and can open a lot of doors for anybody involved in ...read full profile >>

Erik Ostrowski Ostrowski

Kinesiology

Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Year: Second year Graduate Student Research
Interests:  Motor Learning

Q: How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in Kinesiology? A: I had a strong desire to pursue a career in healthcare with an emphasis in exercise.  I also wanted to attend a school that was close in proximity to my family, who live in Red Bud, ...read full profile >>

Deborah Sullivan

Ph.D. Student in the Rehabilitation Institute

Deborah Sullivan

Changing careers any time is very brave, especially with a family to support. Deborah Sullivan did just that after working successfully for 17 years in the insurance industry. Feeling a need for change, Sullivan found a job that went with the Psychology degree ...read full profile >>

Benjamin Warren

(HER) Recreation Major

Benjamin Warren

Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Year: Senior
Research Interests:  Use of cemeteries in experiential education.

Q:  How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in Health Education and Recreation? A: I was originally trying to choose between Mortuary Science and Recreation so I was looking at both programs at SIU Carbondale. I decided to go with Recreation.  ...read full profile >>

Priyanka Yalamanchili

Rehablitation Institute

Priyanka Yalamanchili

Hometown: India 
Year: Second year doctoral student
Research Interests: using social media to enhance student centred learning, multicultural issues, transition of people with disabilities from school to the world of employment, understanding the different perceptions of disability from across the globe and the legislations developed to advocate for people with disabilities.

Q:  How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in the Department of Rehabilitation Institute? A: After completing my master's degree from Kent State University in Ohio (M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling), I was looking for Ph.d programs to ...read full profile >>