Southern Illinois University – Carbondale hosted a Spring Open House

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MARCH, 2018

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale hosted a Spring Open House on March 30, 2018. All Brehm Juniors and Seniors that were interested in learning more about SIU and what the college has to offer attended the open house. The open house featured an Academic College Fair with representatives from SIU’s academic and student support services areas. Brehm students had an opportunity for college major exploration.

The morning session started with an introduction to SIU followed by a welcome from SIU Chancellor, Carlo Montemagno.

Brehm Juniors and Seniors pose for the camera before the Open House begins.

Jamie Niman
Brehm Transition Coordinator

At the conclusion of the morning group session the fair was then opened for students to visit tables from each department including:

  • COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
  • COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND ARTS
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies
  • Department of Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Management and Flight and Aviation Technologies
  • COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
  • COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
  • COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
  • COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS School of Art and Design
  • Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Department of Psychology
  • COLLEGE OF MASS COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA ARTS
  • COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
  • EXPLORATORY STUDENT ADVISEMENT

At the conclusion of the fair students then took a bus tour of Southern’s beautiful campus followed by lunch in one of the campuses many dining facilities. After lunch, the Juniors were able to get a feel for what dorm life was like at SIU. They toured actual rooms of students living in Baldwin Hall, a dorm building on SIU’s campus. Our tour guide for the dorms explained how there are two students to a dorm room and with a common area that is shared with two addition students from a dorm on the opposite side of the bathroom. There are no private rooms or bathrooms in the dorms. You have to learn how to live with a roommate and share space.  Seniors attended a separate presentation on dorm life, focusing on Living Learning Communities where students majoring in the same field can live and study together.

Our final stop for the day was in the Northwest Annex Building where we learned more about SIU’s ACHIEVE Program.  Roger from ACHIEVE, explained to Brehm students about the services the ACHIEVE Program has to offer if they were to attend SIU which includes tutoring, assistive technology, restricted courses for optimal student:instructor ratio, and skills training. These are the comprehensive supports that are in place on campus for students with learning differences outside of the standard office of DSS (Disability Support Services).