Shimkus holds the Hall of Fame plaque with Graduate School Dean Jerry Weinberg.
SIUE's 2015 Alumni of Fame Inductees
SIUE honored eight graduates at the 2015 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony. These alumni have achieved success in their respective fields, are role models and are testament to SIUE’s educational excellence.
EDWARDSVILLE — In a video released Wednesday by Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) says he was “humbled” to be selected as the first graduate school inductee to the SIUE Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
“A lot of people have gone through the program and done great things,” Shimkus said in the video. “I’m humbled by this honor, and hope I’m worthy of it.”
The university honored eight graduates at the 2015 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony on Oct. 2 in the Morris University Center. The Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who are role models and are a testament to SIUE’s educational excellence.
“As of this past May, SIUE surpassed the 100,000 mark in alumni,” said Steve Jankowski, director of alumni affairs at SIUE and executive director of the SIUE Alumni Association.
“The Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to recognize more of the outstanding graduates produced by this university,” Jankowski said. “It was also designed to serve as an inspiration to current students through the visual representation of the legacy created by those individuals. Congressman Shimkus certainly qualifies on both of those standards. It is an honor to have him included among the almost 100 inductees of the Hall of Fame.”
“I learned the language of business at SIUE,” Shimkus said. “After being elected Madison County treasurer on the belief that I could lead, I needed a strong accounting and finance background so I could effectively manage an office. It took a while, but it was worth it, and it has helped me as a member of Congress.”