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Be a valued partner of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) through the advancement and promotion of SIUE alumni, the University, and its friends.


The SIUE Alumni Association will foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship among SIUE alumni, the University, and its friends.


To become known by every Cougar as the gateway to SIUE and the alumni community, and to meaningfully engage more alumni in memberships, programs, and services every year. Based on its mission, vision, and aspirations, the actions of the SIUE Alumni Association will be guided by four strategic initiatives which will drive annual operating plans, be shaped by market feedback from its constituents, and be tracked and measured for success around selected key indicators. The SIUE Alumni Association will also adhere to the core values of respect, generosity, service, and quality of life.


On December 2, 1973, Gail Buenger, '58 was elected as the first President of the Alumni Association of SIUE. Buenger was also the first graduate of SIUE. Holiday Inn's Edwardsville, IL location (now Comfort Inn) was host to the first SIUE Alumni Association meeting. After the meeting SIUE's President John S. Rendleman said "Concern about students is the building base for a strong alumni association. If we fail to be concerned about our students, we won't have a strong association."

The office staff consisted of Mr. Warren Stookey, who became the full-time director of alumni activities in August of 1966, his office manager and a student worker. The Association was responsible for activities involving alumni and served as a liaison between graduates and their alma mater. The Alumni office was also responsible for the Alumnus magazine, a quarterly publication, which was supported by member dues and sent out to Alumni.

In 1976, the association served 20,000 alumni. The Association has held events such as trips to Colorado and a Cardboard Boat Regatta at Cougar Lake on campus.

Today the Association serves almost 80,000 alumni who live in the United States and in countries throughout the world.

Birger Hall History

Birger Dedication PhotoB. Barnard Birger Hall officially opened in September 2001. The 12,000 square-foot facility, located on the outside of the campus' Circle Drive near the Vadalabene Center, is named for Mr. Birger, a long-time friend and supporter of SIUE.

Birger's bequest of his Collinsville home and property made the construction possible. He announced the gift in December 1998 and looked forward to seeing his dream realized. Unfortunately, "Barney" did not live to see his namesake completed. He died just after his 83rd birthday.

Other donors that made the building possible include: Fred Guyton of Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Inc., David Oates of Oates Associates, Tom Buccheit of Ross & Barruzzini, Dale Keller of Keller Construction Co., and Ralph Korte, John Carpenter, Tom Lyerla, and Rich Holcmann, all of Korte Construction Co. Also recognized for donations to help construct portions of the building are Rita Hardy, Chuck and Betty Lou Schmidt, Jim Fowler and his son, Greg, as well as Ralph and Donna Korte, Chuck and Jean Tosovsky, and the SIUE Alumni Association.

As guests enter Birger Hall they will find a spacious lobby donated by Rita Hardy and can wait for their meeting to begin in the Fowler Family lounge. The building is home to the SIUE Development family, with offices for the vice chancellor for University Relations, the Office of Alumni Services, the SIUE Foundation, and the Office of Public Affairs.

Click here to view the 2011 Strategic Plan.

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