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Tosha Baker

Admissions Coordinator

Tosha BakerTerritory: Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Indiana Community Colleges

Email: tcalvin@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Management, 2009.

Hobbies: Yoga, zumba, reading, listening to music and hiking.

Best of SIU: The opportunities to study abroad and the campus lake. You always have the chance to go on an adventure or relax.

Advice for choosing a college: Visit the campus and meet the staff and students. This will give you insight into the college's atmosphere and if it is a good fit for you.


Antandra Campbell

Antandra CampbellAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Indiana High Schools

Email: antandra.campbell@siu.edu

Education: Chicago State University, Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, 1998.

Hobbies: Writing, youth mentorship, sewing, social media marketing, sports mom.

Best of SIU: The welcoming community of students, faculty and staff. You are quickly made to feel that you are a vital part of the Saluki family.

Advice for choosing a college: As early as your Freshman year, start thinking about colleges you may be interested in attending. Look at the admissions requirements and be sure to take courses that meet or exceed those requirements. Also, take an active role in sports, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. A well rounded student stands out in today’s competitive college admissions climate.


Nathan Caron

Antandra CampbellAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Missouri and Metro East IL Community Colleges

Email: ncaron@siu.edu 

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, 2016; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Social Work, 2017.

Hobbies: Hiking, Saluki Athletics, listening to music, waterskiing, hunting, spending time with friends and family. 

Best of SIU: I love that SIU and the Carbondale community are blended, providing a small town feel with larger city amenities. Additionally, SIU's location in the Shawnee National Forest provides endless opportunities for adventure. 

Advice for choosing a college: It's important to find a university that will help you achieve your goals. Visiting campus, speaking with faculty, and seeking out student organizations on campuses can help you make your decision. 


Jordia Coleman

Jordia ColemanAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Northern Illinois & Wisconsin High Schools

Email: colemanj@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management, 2014.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the Carbondale community with my sorority sisters, shopping and reading.

Best of SIU: SIU provides an amazing opportunity for you to meet and connect with students from all walks of life. Our faculty and staff welcomes all students with open arms. Also, SIU has an abundance of registered student organizations (RSOs) that allow students to get involved on campus and in the community.

Advice for choosing a college: Campus visits are a must! With google, virtual college tours, and electronic guidebooks, there is still no match for the gut feeling one gets when stepping on a college campus and talking face-to-face with the people who make the community what it is. Ask questions! Inquire about academic programs, available scholarships, campus life, research opportunities and student employment. Choose a college that best fits YOU.


Rey Diaz

Rey DiazAdmissions Coordinator

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Territory: Northern Illinois Community Colleges

Email: rdiaz@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication, 1992.

Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, biking, and hunting.

Best of SIU: The people, the school spirit and the weather.

Advice for choosing a college: A campus visit is so important in the process of selecting the right college or university for yourself; please be sure to visit your top schools.


Amanda Doepke

Amanda DoepkeAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: John A. Logan College, Shawnee Community College, Southeastern Illinois College, Tennessee and Kentucky Community Colleges

Email: adoepke@siu.edu

Education: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, 2010.

Hobbies: Laughing, creating jewelry, bicycling, hiking, singing, praising, reading, writing, adventuring and loving the wonderful people in my life.

Best of SIU: SIU affords each of its students an opportunity to pursue unique and individualized learning. It is possible to obtain your goals, no matter how specialized, at SIU. The campus is home to students from many countries and all walks of life, creating an exciting, welcoming atmosphere. Finally, the campus and surrounding Southern Illinois area is naturally beautiful!

Advice for choosing a college: Seek wisdom. Visit campuses and explore how each college you're interested in could assist you in walking out your wildest dreams. Acquaint yourself with your skills and pursue the college that will best challenge you personally and academically. Don't forget that the people at your college will largely influence your experience; inquire about faculty, student clubs and organizations and be intentional about finding great community!


Katie Frailey

Katie FraileyAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: East Central Illinois High Schools

Email: knfrailey@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Business Management, 2012.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, watching funny movies, and eating great food.

Best of SIU: I love the sense of community that Southern Illinois University offers. It still amazes me that so many individuals can come from different walks of life to create the friendly and welcoming environment of Southern Illinois University’s campus.

Advice for choosing a college: Speak with current students to learn of the transition, support, and success experienced on campus. Choose the college that makes you feel the most comfortable and allows you to excel personally and academically. Southern Illinois University has unlimited resources to allow you to do just that.


Jacari Henderson

Jacari HendersonAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Missouri and Metro East IL High Schools

Email: Jacari.henderson@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Minor, Criminal Justice, 2013; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Public Administration, 2015.

Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading books, shopping, traveling and helping others.

Best of SIU: There are many great things about Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Some of these great things include SIU’s student service programs such as Student Support Services, Saluki Summer Bridge and our dedicated faculty. I have gained invaluable experiences at SIU that I am not sure I would have been able to acquire at another institution. If you are looking for a home away from home, SIU will be a great fit for you.

Advice for choosing a college: Choosing a college is a major life changing experience. In deciding on what college to attend, visit campuses and meet staff to get an idea if you could envision yourself being a student there. Make sure the college of your choice has your major and any specialization you may be interested in. Choose an institution that challenges you personally, academically and professionally. In addition, choose a university that promotes diversity, success, leadership development and networking opportunities. Remember you can do whatever you put your mind to with determination, dedication and hard work.


Jeremy Holmes

Jeremy HolmesAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Northern Illinois and Iowa High Schools

Email: jholmes@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Music, Music Education, 2014.

Hobbies: Singing (choir/opera), instructing colorguard and drum majors for the Marching Salukis, spending time with my family and friends, and staying involved with my campus and community.

Best of SIU: This is a university where you really feel at home. Whether it’s in a lab, field, concert hall—anywhere; you name it!—you’ll have incredible resources and opportunities available to you along with a top-tier, passionate faculty that is truly invested in their students.

Advice for choosing a college: Do your research! Visit campuses. Talk to faculty. Talk to students. Find the place where you’ll not only get your degree but where you’ll also make memories. That university will be your home for 4+ years, so make sure it’s somewhere that you’ll grow not only as a professional but as a person as well.


Faye Ikner

Faye IknerAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Chicagoland High Schools

Email: faye.ikner@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1999; McKendree University, Master of Education, Higher Education & Administration, May 2015.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, exercising/running, reading, fashion, cooking, planning and implementing community activities especially for our youth.

Advice for choosing a college: There are so many great attributes about SIU, that it is hard to narrow it down to one thing! Southern Illinois University is located in a small city with a beautiful rural scenery and outdoor activities that range from hiking and horseback riding to relaxing on the beach. There are also over 200 majors and minors, courses taught by world renowned professors, and over 400 Registered Student Organizations so there is a place for everyone at SIU!


Rita Medina

Rita MedinaAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Group Visit Program Coordinator and Saluki Ambassador Advisor

Email: rita.medina@siu.edu

Education: Ripon College, Bachelor of Science, Theater, 2000, music minor; Centenary College, Master of Business Administration (Management), 2014.

Hobbies: Hiking, performing, gardening, reading, spending time with friends around a fire

Best of SIU: As someone that came from small campus environments, I don’t feel overwhelmed here. I’m constantly amazed with the resources and opportunities available to students here.

Advice for choosing a college: Go outside your comfort zone when looking at colleges. I never even looked at state universities when researching schools thinking I’d just be another number and get lost in the mix, but I know that’s not the case at SIU. It’s good to look at a variety of schools and programs and visit, if you can, to see where you feel most at home.


Amber Rivers

Amber Rivers Admissions Coordinator

Territory: Campus Visit Program and Special Events Coordinator

Email: arivers@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Business Marketing, 2004; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Business Administration, 2006.

Hobbies: Traveling, running, and vintage motoring.

Best of SIU: I appreciated my professors' passion and dedication to teaching and their students, the natural beauty of the campus and surrounding area as well as having access to an active international student body.

Advice for choosing a college: Visit the colleges you are interested in as well as the areas surrounding the campuses. Every campus and town has a personality. Start your search early and find the one that fits.


Michelle Rust

Michelle RustSenior Admissions Coordinator

Territory: Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri High Schools

Email: mrust@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication/Public Relations, 2008; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Science, Educational Psychology/School Counseling, 2014.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, exercising/running, organizing and planning community events, photography, attending motorsport events.

Best of SIU: Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides the opportunity to experience diverse culture while maintaining the warmth and friendliness of small town Southern Illinois. The campus, being located in a rural setting, offers a beautiful physical environment with wide-open spaces for relaxation and recreation. The aesthetics even include a 40 acre campus lake. You must see it to believe it!

Advice for choosing a college: Choosing a college can be a life-changing decision and requires a great deal of careful thought. Many academic, personal, and financial considerations go into finding a comfortable fit, which allows students to expand their comfort zones without feeling overwhelmed. It is essential to explore all options and thoroughly research each potential institution. Talk with respected others who have attended various colleges to gain different perspectives while realizing the final decision is yours.


Emily Tabeek

Emily TabeekAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: West Central Illinois High Schools

Email: etabeek@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (International Affairs), 2016.

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, Saluki Athletic events.

Best of SIU: Being a Saluki means that you are part of a family that will always challenge you to grow, while continuously supporting you along the way.

Advice for choosing a college: One word: visit. Visit every university that you like or you think you might like. I suggest to visit both public and private, large and small universities no matter what you think you will like. You don’t really know what you will like until you get on campus and get a feel of the university.


Mike Trude

Mike TrudeAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: On-Campus Admissions Coordinator, Tennessee and Kentucky High Schools

Email: trude@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Radio-Television.

Hobbies: Working out, family, Saluki sports. 

Best of SIU: Having worked at the University for 21 years, there are too many things to say any one thing is the best.

Advice for choosing a college: The place that makes you feel the most comfortable for what you want to do with your studies is where you should go. I hope that place is SIU.


Jhonathan Vallecilla

Jhonathan VallecillaAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Chicagoland High Schools

Email: Jhonvallecas321@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, 2015.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, visiting new places, playing sports, learning about new cultures

Best of SIU: I appreciated the passion and dedication that the faculty possessed throughout my undergraduate experience

Advice for choosing a college: If possible, visit a handful of different universities in search of that good fit. It is always wise to exercise all of your options before making a decision. I hope that during your search, you find SIU to be the right fit for you.


Pamela Wilkins

Pam WilkinsAdmissions Coordinator

Territory: Northern Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Community Colleges

Email: pamwilks@siu.edu

Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Management, 1989.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, working on my house, reading, and creative writing.

Best of SIU: I've been around SIU since the 70's and absolutely love our accessibility, diversity of students and majors, the great climate, as well as our beautiful setting.

Advice for choosing a college: Don't choose your college home until you've gone for a campus visit. If you get that special feeling of inclusion and excitement and can picture yourself living there for four years, then that is the place to go. I strongly encourage you to visit SIU and see if we are the right fit for you!