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  • Department of Accounting
    • Graduating from SIUE in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Derek Barnard is currently a tax partner at Anders CPAs + Advisors. Joining the firm in 1999, he focuses on tax and succession planning. Although accounting was not his intended academic focus, once he found his love for the subject, he hit it head-on. He has worked in public accounting since graduating.

      As a commuter to campus, Barnard expressed he enjoyed his time at SIUE while attaining his degree in three years. He was able to meet many new people and worked as a lifeguard during this time. The short commuting experience allowed him to enjoy his time on campus and focus on his studies.

      Barnard still has many contacts and friends at SIUE and has recently been more involved with the School. His employer contributes to SIUE by providing a scholarship to the accounting department. Even with a busy schedule and pressing responsibilities, he is still on the Accounting Advisory Board and attends as many events as possible.

      When asked about his lasting impression of SIUE, he credits the institution as a place that started his career and still does a great job with the students. With his daughter planning on attending SIUE and then moving on to law school, Barnard stated, “It’s a great university and always has been. It serves the community well.”

  • Department of Economic and Finance
    • Ryan Price graduated with a bachelor’s in economics and finance in 2013 and a master’s in economics and finance in 2014. In addition to lecturing at SIUE, he holds a position as a quantitative analyst for Aggio, where he integrates data for clients who are typically in agriculture or animal health. To do so, he utilizes statistical, programmatic and mathematical methods to gather missing values. As a lecturer, he teaches business statistics and finance courses to undergraduate students, and corporate finance (MBA) at the graduate level.

      Ryan admitted that he would typically not have been seen at a flag football game, instead choosing to spend the majority of his time focusing on his studies, seeking further academic challenges and working during his school years. Price mentions, “What really made it for me was the faculty. As you really start to bury yourself in your studies, the faculty and what they teach you is what really makes the most of your education. And it definitely did for me.”

      His lasting impression of the institution is a positive one. He stated, “SIUE is an excellent choice for higher education. If you are paying for your education yourself, SIUE is a really logical choice.” He then followed with, “The faculty always has knowledge that is outside the scope of the direct course material.” Price believes in getting out of your comfort zone and accepting a challenge to gain as much knowledge as possible.

  • Department of Computer Management and Information Systems
    • Originally from Jacksonville, Ill., Andrew Allan graduated from SIUE in 2010. As a CMIS major, his passion for technology flourished, as well as his interest in business processes such as management and finance. He stated, “CMIS fulfilled both roles and allowed me to explore how technology and business are interwoven.”

      Choosing SIUE for several reasons, Andrew recognized the large curriculum, dedicated faculty and staff, small class size, affordable tuition, and excellent location. He also added, “I feel SIUE stands out from the rest. The university continuously seeks to improve itself for the benefit of its students’ educational experience.”

      With a strong interest in technology and his desire to work with computers, Andrew was previously a student worker in SIUE Information Technology Services (ITS). He hoped to find a full-time position at ITS after graduation and feels fortunate to have done so. Currently, he holds the position of IT support associate III in the ITS department on campus. With the combination of his education and experience, he hopes to eventually advance into an IT management position. Although his main interests and career revolve around technology, his interests outside of the technological realm include writing, cooking and, admittedly, being a poor ukulele player.

  • Department of Management and Marketing
    • With his current title as a commercial banking relationship manager, David Ruby, BS '03, specializes in working with small-to-medium sized businesses—mostly privately held companies and real estate investors.  When asked if his time at SIUE aided in his current success, he responded, “Absolutely.” He then expressed how fortunate he was to obtain such great opportunities while attending SIUE. Landing a position to ignite a banking career at one of the SIUE career fairs, Ruby juggled a full-time education with a nearly full-time career in banking. Ruby stated, “It was during that time I learned how to become extremely organized and effectively manage my time.”

      As a dedicated student living in Cougar Village, Ruby was still able to make life-long friends and enjoy his time at SIUE. Now living in Eureka, Mo., he does not get to see his friends on the other side of the Mississippi River as often as before, but still appreciates the lasting friendships he made. Along with the schoolwork and friendships, one of his lasting impressions at SIUE is the campus. Even with his busy schedule, Ruby took advantage of running the trails and exercising at the Vadalabene Fitness Center. To this day, he sticks with the healthy routine that developed on campus and is grateful for all of his SIUE experiences.

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