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Mythili Rundblad

MythiliMythili received two graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University and began her professional career at Cornell University in NY. In 1999, Mythili became Coordinator of Service-Learning and Volunteerism at SIU after a national search. She coordinates the student volunteer program, and the SIU AmeriCorps National Service chapter. Under her leadership the student volunteer participation increased and AmeriCorps grew from one school to five school districts, and the Boys and Girls Club. She has been a member of the Land of Lincoln Advisory Council and serves on committees to enhance campus-community partnerships, college student civic engagement, and has presented at national conferences. She received the Outstanding Central Region Advisor from Golden Key Honor Society and Ethic of Service Award from AmeriCorps. In 2006, she authored the application that led to SIUC winning the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter award for best campus-community partnership in Illinois. In April 2009, she received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from her alma mater, Eastern Illinois University. In summer 2012, she submitted a narrative that led to SIU being selected as one of 75 Lead Institutions in the national Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Initiative (CLDE). She started the Women’s Civic Institute to prepare women for leadership and public service. WCI was featured on the CLDE as an example of an innovative program.

Congratulations to Mythili for receiving the Women of Distinction Excellence Award in 2016. This award is given to a faculty, administrative/professional or Civil Service staff member, and recognizes employees who demonstrate “sustained commitment to women and/or issues of diversity through demonstrated leadership, vision, or actions” in their profession, expertise or service to the university community.

Sydney Battle

Sydney Battle PictureSydney has been with SIU for about five years. In May of 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor or Science degree in Speech Communication specializing in Public Relations. During her undergraduate years, she worked with university housing and was an active member in Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA).  

She had the pleasure of serving on the community service committee of PRSSA which focused on community outreach within the Carbondale Community. She participated in did Adopt a Spot, The American Heart Association Annual Heart Walk, volunteered with the Humane Shelter, fundraised for the annual Shop With a Cop event, and reached out to different organizations within the Carbondale Area as a volunteer.  After graduating she found employment in her hometown with the University of Chicago Medical Center. This opportunity helped her realize she wanted to pursue a degree in the healthcare field which led her to the Master’s of Public Health program at SIUC. In her first year, she joined Eta Sigma Gamma, worked as a Teaching Assistant with the Africana Studies program and worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs office all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.