March 2010 A publication of the SIU Carbondale Division of Institutional Advancement Issue 7
Produced by the Department of Development Communication • www.siuf.org
Heather Paquette, KPMG: You Can Have It All
One may ponder if Heather Paquette has through career progression.”
enough hours in the day to do it all.
Paquette, who initially joined the Chicago
She has been a partner in the Midwest office in 1996, has assumed a leadership
Advisory Practice of KPMG LLP since role and currently oversees over 100
2004. The 1995 SIU graduate is regarded people in the Midwest. She also mentors
as one of Chicago’s rising stars in the over a dozen team members, in addition
accounting profession (The Chicago to creating a culture of networking and
Egyptian, Dec. 2009), having been development.
honored during the Illinois CPA Society
“Women to Watch Awards” ceremony in “I push people hard and challenge them,”
November. But her personal life has also she says. “I have a high percentage of
been on a fast track. top performers because I set the bar really
Paquette and her husband, Paul, whom
she met at Southern, have three children Paquette attributes this inner drive to her
of ages four, three, and 19 months. military career. She joined the Air Force
immediately out of high school. She
“The primary reason it works is when I worked as a computer technician while
get home … I’m mom,” she says. “I sit stationed in both England and Italy.
on the floor and play with my kids. They
get their mom time.” “Every year I speak at the Chicago “I’m always thinking about the next level
awards luncheon and it’s rewarding and how to get there,” she says. “The
Paquette’s own mother, who ran a because I get to talk about my mom,” military was good because you learn to
market development business and was she says. “The first year my mom was in take on a new role every two years. You
engaged in the Rockford Chamber of attendance, and I acknowledged her as a have to be smart and unafraid of change.”
Commerce, was a positive influence in past recipient. Everyone clapped for her
her upbringing. … It was awesome.” While stationed in an Italian mountain,
Paquette decided she wanted to pursue an
“I grew up with strong women leaders Paquette also acknowledges KPMG for accounting career because her father was
around me. I witnessed women fostering an inclusive environment. She an investment banker and she was always
accomplishing different things and it says networking and mentoring programs intrigued by numbers. A current board
provided me with a perspective of what exist within the firm to support various member for the School of Accountancy at
I was capable of doing,” she says. “My team members, including working moms. Southern, Paquette is quite pleased that
mother was very accomplished and her education assisted her in landing at a
served as a fantastic role model for me.” “My mentor provided guidance each time firm like KPMG.
I went on leave and assisted me during
The Rockford native is a board member various stages of my career,” she says. “KPMG intrigued me because I enjoyed
for Athena International, an organization “One of KPMG’s national priorities is working with people who were better
that supports, honors and develops to focus on inclusion and diversity – it’s than me. Within the firm, there’s such
women leaders. It gives Paquette a business imperative. Many programs a broad community of people you can
particular satisfaction that her mother exist to help ensure that minorities learn from,” she says. “They are open
was the first female Athena Award and women are considered for priority to sharing their approach. It makes for a
recipient in Rockford. accounts and have mentors to help them great environment to work in.”
Ashley Watkins Earns ADDY Award
One SIU speech communication major has Grammy-nominated a training manual
begun her public relations career before Carbondale band, as that will be given
receiving her diploma, and even has a well as Quatro’s Pizza. to all newly hired
regional award to add to her portfolio. employees.
“I got involved in
Ashley Watkins, a senior from Downers registered student As the PR manager
Grove, recently earned a bronze award at the organizations when for the Kevin Lucas
American Advertising Federation ADDY I started PR classes, Orchestra, Watkins
regional competition for her magazine but they felt more like writes press releases,
campaign for the Flip video camera. The extensions of class which are distributed
tri-state competition at Southeast Missouri than real-life learning all over the U.S. and
State University recognizes the work experiences. I realized Europe. One release
of advertising industry professionals in they weren’t for me,” was published in full
southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, and Watkins explained. at promark.com. She
western Kentucky. “I decided to make also does photography
my current working and records videos for
“My professor entered my project into the situation work for the band’s website.
competition, and I was so excited when I me.”
won,” Watkins says. “I hope to move on to “I’ve learned so much
the national competition later this year.” While working as a Ashley Watkins and Kevin Lucas by applying what we
waitress at Quatro’s, do in class to my on-
This award was icing on the cake for she proposed a new position for herself, and the-job experiences,” Watkins says. “You
the full-time student, who also devotes took charge in her new role. Watkins has really have to love what you do in this
countless hours to her other part-time created a Facebook page for the restaurant business. The most important thing I’ve
jobs. Watkins works as the public relations to promote the restaurant and run new learned by taking on these jobs is that I
manager for the Kevin Lucas Orchestra, a promotions, and is currently working on really do love public relations.”
Neville Honored With Scholarship at SIU
SIU is accepting applications School, William R. Harper scholarship to be offered through SIU.
for the William R. Neville High School, and John
Scholarship. Hancock High School, as well Neville aspired to be a high school teacher
as to students who declare and basketball coach. He was a graduate
The scholarship is awarded education as their major. of Harper High School, where he played
to two incoming freshman, Applicants must be admitted varsity basketball and baseball. After
one male and one female. into SIU by Feb. 1. graduating from SIUC, Neville was drafted
Recipients must rank in into the Army and was sent to Vietnam. He
the top 50 percent of their The scholarship fund was died in action in 1969 and was awarded
graduating class and have established in 1969 to honor the several Medals of Honor for his service.
participated in varsity high memory and legacy of William
school athletics. Preference R. Neville, a 1967 graduate For more information, contact Terri Harfst,
will be given to graduates of the College of Education. Academic Scholarship Coordinator, at
of Currie Metropolitan High This is the first year for the (618) 453-4628 or email@example.com.
SIU Alumni Association Launches SalukiInteractive
SalukiInteractive.com was recently launched together under one easy-to-navigate portal, through this site, and a myriad of volunteer
by the SIU Alumni Association as a web and offers interactive opportunities for users opportunities from each unit are detailed.
portal to facilitate student recruitment, alumni to check alumni totals around the world and Click here to see how you can help with all
involvement, and volunteer opportunities view welcome videos from several of the things Southern. It’s now easy to volunteer
that support the University and its various Association’s chapter and club leaders. by filling out a simple online form. For
colleges and departments. This new site assistance, contact the SIU Alumni
brings several web offerings at Southern Various colleges have apparel available Association at (618) 453-2408.
you Should kNow
SIU Alumna Is Digging Antarctica seafloor. The 90-ton drill extrapolates rock and
sediments, which are studied by scientists at
Southern and several other universities.
“It was a difficult process, but ANDRILL
developed a way to discover how this ice
sheet has responded over millions of years,”
Huffman says. “This is important to all of us.
Antarctica connects to our lives in ways that
most people don’t realize.”
The Naperville resident’s focus is to
communicate climate change science to
nontechnical audiences. ANDRILL has
published an online book about Antarctica,
and received a grant to fund professional
development workshops for teachers.
Louise Huffman was perfectly happy point forward.”
teaching at Steeple Run Elementary School “Teachers receive the knowledge they need
in Naperville. But in 1989, a polar explorer’s In 2002, she received the Golden Apple Award, to teach climate change in their classrooms,”
speech about his travels to Antarctica changed a prestigious honor that recognizes 10 Illinois Huffman says. “They are connected through
her life forever. educators on an annual basis. Her fascination an online community where they can share
with Antarctica continued. ideas and talk to each other. Their students
Initially, the thought of sleeping in a tent while can also chat live with other kids in classrooms
visiting the frostiest and windiest locale in the Huffman conducted workshops and co- around the world.”
World didn’t appeal to the St. Petersburg, Fla., authored a book about Antarctica. She
native. applied for Teachers Experiencing Antarctica, Scott Ishman, an associate professor in geology
a National Science Foundation grant that at Southern who is engaged in the ANDRILL
“I thought it was nuts and never could see immerses six teachers on different science project, says Huffman’s efforts haven’t gone
myself doing anything like that. However, I teams in Antarctica. The SIU graduate was unnoticed.
got really interested in what he was doing,” she selected and dispatched to Antarctica, Dec.
says. “I began learning a lot about Antarctica 2002 – Feb. 2003. “Louise has provided significant guidance
and taught it to our students. I gained a passion for outreach, and she’s been instrumental
for polar science.” “When I started TEA, a National Science in coordinating programs that have been
Foundation representative told me it would implemented throughout the country,” the SIU
The 1973 special education graduate says her change my life. I wasn’t sure what to think Alumni Association life member says. “Louise
students, their parents and fellow teachers because I was pretty happy,” she says. “But is a great ambassador for the University and a
were intrigued by her lesson plans. Students he was right.” pleasure to work with.”
adopted polar bears with radio collars and
tracked their location on ice through the Huffman returned to her Naperville classroom Huffman says her role is a perfect fit.
Internet, which was in its early stages. Some after TEA, concluding her 34-year teaching
understudies adopted wolves and tracked their career in 2007. She subsequently commenced “ANDRILL truly believes in education and
movement in the Superior National Forest. her current duties as Education and Outreach outreach. We have internationally known
Coordinator for ANDRILL (ANtarctica scientists at the top of their game visiting
“I discovered that my most powerful tool was geological DRILLing), a multinational, schools nationwide and helping develop
to learn with the kids and shy away from being integrated science research team funded by NSF. education programs,” she says. “I love
an expert. My role was to facilitate,” she says. ANDRILL conducts climate research by melting working with these people and polar science is
“It totally changed the way I taught from that through floating ice and extending the pipe to the truly my passion.”
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Ryan Anthony: An Advocate and Philanthropist
During his college years at on their energy needs.” the community by teaching life skills, such as
Southern, it was evident that finding housing and a job. Israel Idonije of the
Ryan Anthony aspired to Anthony called on close Chicago Bears and close friend of Anthony’s
make a difference. friend and former Saluki founded his foundation to promote the pursuit
football great Nick Hill to of education and knowledge for families and
Anthony served as president represent Select Energy in individuals in economically disadvantaged
of the Delta Chi Fraternity. the southern Illinois market. communities.
Additionally, the Mt. Vernon Anthony says: “Nick is like
native opened eyes his senior a younger brother to me. “The Primo Center and the Israel Idonije
year when Sports Illustrated He is doing a terrific job in Foundation are not just about providing food,
featured him as one of southern Illinois.” shelter, and education, we strive to steer
Northwestern Mutual’s people in the right direction,” Anthony says.
top interns. The insurance Hill, who is the quarterback “Everyone involved is passionate and the
company boasted the top for the Orlando Predators of success rate is phenomenal.”
internship program in the the Arena Football League,
country at the time. embraced the opportunity to
join Anthony in this venture.
“I had a successful senior year building
client relationships with Northwestern. It “I initially met Ryan through some friends in • The SIU Alumni Association will host
was an incredible education and experience,” Carbondale and we stayed in contact. I was the Ninth Annual Saluki Family Day
Anthony says. “My internship and serving looking to do some work in southern Illinois at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday,
as a fraternity president were the two most and Ryan presented me with this opportunity,” June 5, featuring the Chicago White
rewarding experiences of my college career. Hill says. “He is an outstanding person and I Sox and Cleveland Indians. The pre-
SIU provided me with life experiences, a good trusted his word that Select Energy Partners game tailgate will begin at 4 p.m. in
education, lifelong relationships, and a great is a good company. We have contracts with Lot F, southwest of U.S. Cellular Field.
time.” most of the southern Illinois suppliers. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Special guests
will include Head Football Coach Dale
Three years after graduation, he moved to “I believe in Ryan. He has been a true friend Lennon and the assistant coaching staff.
Chicago where he joined Northwestern full- to me and is a terrific alum and supporter of Ticket orders must be made before May
time. The 1998 speech communication SIU.” 3. Free t-shirts will be given to the first
graduate left Northwestern in 2007 to join 50 Salukis to register. Click here to
National Financial Partners, where he Anthony has taken his commitment to order tickets or call (618) 453-2408.
continues financial services work. He decided another level. He has been a supporter
to engage in another endeavor just more than to the University’s Saluki Way initiative, • The 21st Annual Chicagoland
a year ago. which includes the construction of a new Saluki Golf Scramble will be Friday,
football stadium and retrofitting of SIU’s July 30, at Chevy Chase Country Club
Anthony saw an opportunity to serve as an basketball facility. Anthony has served on the in Wheeling. There will be a shotgun
advocate for business owners. He founded Chicagoland Athletic Fundraising Committee start at 9 a.m., with dinner following
Select Energy Partners, which seeks to secure since 2002. the event. The entry fee is $175. For
the best electricity and natural gas rates and
more information, contact Brad Taylor
provide budget certainty for businesses. “I’m a big believer in building premier at (618) 453-7251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through energy deregulation in several athletic facilities to attract students to your
markets, businesses or commercial accounts campus. It goes beyond athletics … it impacts
have the flexibility to select their supplier. the entire University community,” he says. • The 33rd Annual SIU Day at
Select Energy can solicit bids on behalf of “The Salukis are a focal point in the southern Wrigley Field will be Saturday,
clients and determine a strategy that makes Illinois region. It will be nice for students and Aug. 7, featuring the Chicago Cubs
the most sense to help them implement it fans to attend games in first-class facilities.” and Cincinnati Reds. The pre-game
effectively. gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 12
The Chicago resident’s philanthropy is also at p.m. at the Cubby Bear Lounge, 1059
“We work with commercial users to assist work in the Windy City. He serves on the board W. Addison St. Game time is 12:05
them in controlling costs and attaining budget for the Primo Center for Women and Children p.m. Tickets will go on sale on April
certainty. Energy is typically a top three and the Israel Idonije Foundation. The Primo 7 and are available to Association
expenditure for businesses,” Anthony says. Center is a homeless shelter on the city’s west members only. Click here to purchase
“We’re taking advantage of this legislation to side for women and their children. The Primo tickets or call (618) 453-2408.
help business owners make educated decisions Center seeks to integrate families back into
March 2010 The Chicago Egyptian Page 4
Rebechini Studios, Where Everything Matters
A large banner in the workshop of companies are unable to do,” Rebechini
Rebechini Studios simply states: says. “We’ve got the best capacity of
“Everything Matters.” This brief anybody out there.”
phrase sums up the principle that Glenn
Rebechini, president and CEO of Rebechini’s recent efforts are on display
Rebechini Studios, bases his business on. at Flair Towers, a recently opened
condominium on Franklin and Erie
Rebechini Studios, located in Elk Grove, is downtown.
a manufacturer that specializes in stainless
steel displays for the sign, architectural, “That was a fun project because they wanted
building, monument, trophy and related top-notch signage. Other companies who
industries. It also offers sculpting and bid on the job ended up coming to us for
artistic services. a quote because they couldn’t do the job,”
Rebechini says. “That happens to us a lot.”
“We’re not a real high-volume
manufacturer, but we’re known for doing Rebechini Studios’ work is also on display
very high-quality work,” says the 1979 at the Drake Hotel, Water Tower, NBC
SIU Carbondale design graduate. “I tell Studios (Fidelity sign) and United Airlines
our staff if they have any question about Headquarters, in addition to interior
our product, it’s not good enough. We and exterior signs at the McCormick
want it to be perfect so customers come Tribune Museum. Rebechini Studios is Rebechini holds a sign he designed for
back to us. I’m picky.” also working on the new offices in Willis Flair Tower, 222 W. Erie, Chicago.
Rebechini, a former engineer, designed
and built his own etching equipment. His “It’s really fun to drive downtown and see
company can offer unique services by everything we’ve made. Michigan Avenue
blending state-of-the-art technology with is one of our showcases,” he says.
old-school craftsmanship knowledge he
garnered as an apprentice to his late father, It goes beyond Chicago. Rebechini
who originally established the business Studios has left its mark on the new
after he returned from World War II. Yankee Stadium in New York and
Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Rebechini
The company website states that Rebechini did work for the Cotton Bowl Museum
Studio has the largest and finest etching at Cowboys Stadium, including chrome
facility in the United States dedicated to football helmets that hang from the ceiling.
signage production and offers the latest in The company is working with facilities in
waterjet and laser cutting technologies. California and Mexico, too.
“We’re able to handle projects that other Continued on page 6
Pictured from left to right is a sign designed for the Cotton Bowl Museum at Cowboys Stadium; a horse statue designed by
Rebechini’s father, Ferdinand Rebechini; and the Fidelity sign located in front of NBC studios on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
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Rebechini in providing sculptural services to various
companies. He joined his father full-time after
continued from page 5 college, and the company branched off into
manufacturing bronze plaques and memorial
“There just aren’t many companies that can plaques.
offer specialty services that we do,” Rebechini
says. Artistic skills are prevalent throughout the
Rebechini family. Glenn’s mother is a painter
Rebechini is continuing a family legacy. and sculptor, and his sister is an architect.
His great-grandfather and grandfather were
sculptors. His father earned a degree from the “My brother, Bruce, is the most wayward
Art Institute of Chicago and made the original one. He graduated from SIU’s aviation school
piggybank in 1949, which still rests of his son’s and is in charge of maintenance at the Aurora
desk. Rebechini’s father also designed the Airport,” Rebechini jokes. “Once I enrolled Philadelphia Phillies Diamond Club logo
original model for the MTV and Emmy awards. in design courses, my creative juices flowed.
I’ve always been a hands-on person …
As a youngster, Glenn assisted his father much like my entire family.”
Pictured from left to right is a sign designed for United Airlines Headquarters and a reception sign at 300 S. Wacker in Chicago.
Delaney, CEO Potash: Keeping the Glass Half Full
over 27 years ago. Over time, he assumed SIU in his father’s memory; a gift which benefits
positions of increasing responsibility, bringing the students in the College of Agriculture
his can-do attitude and driven nature to each Sciences.
assignment. Today he is responsible for all
sales, as well as all product transportation and Last year when the university was challenged
distribution at the world’s largest fertilizer to replace a 50-year-old greenhouse that is
enterprise – PotashCorp. Delaney’s sales the core learning laboratory for the Plant and
territory spans numerous countries on six Soil Science program, it once again sought
continents. Delaney’s assistance. The result was a lead gift
of $250,000 from PotashCorp.
As Delaney’s responsibilities increased, so did
his ties to SIU. “PotashCorp places a high priority on
educational initiatives, particularly those related
A chance meeting with university President to production agriculture,” said Delaney. “Our
Glenn Poshard in his native Eldorado led to financial assistance toward the new greenhouse
Delaney serving on the College of Agricultural is a sound investment in preparing future
David Delaney makes things happen. His leadership board. Poshard is a family friend and generations of agricultural professionals.”
positive attitude, strong work ethic and knew Delaney’s late father, George. The elder
contagious enthusiasm have kept this 1983 Mr. Delaney taught high school agriculture for The new facility, when completed, will measure
SIU graduate moving forward in both his 15 years in Eldorado and nearby Harrisburg. 22,000 square feet and be state-of-the-art.
career and his life. Total cost will be an estimated $4.5 million,
“My father was a great role model, always and Delaney is actively working with SIU on
“I’m a fortunate individual,” said Delaney, teaching by example,” said Delaney. “He developing a strategy for raising the additional
President of PCS Sales. “I came from a loving maintained a positive outlook that not only funds.
family, received an excellent education at SIU, defined his character but influenced others.
and have been given the opportunities to use Dad understood there are consequences for a “I believe it’s important to give back,” said
and develop my skills. This has allowed me to person’s behavior and attitude. He respected Delaney. “Regardless of your means, you need
pursue both personal and professional growth, the power of choice, and always chose to see to count your blessings and give something
which, in my view, is what keeps life exciting.” the glass half full.” back so others can experience the personal and
professional growth that drives our society.
Delaney began his career as a sales trainee Delaney established a $100,000 endowment at Trust me, it feels good.”
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