SIUE’s Pembrook Addresses Effingham County High School Students
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook was the featured speaker at the 49th Annual Society for Academic Achievement (SAA) at Effingham High School in Effingham in late March.
The Sunrise Rotary Club and Noon Rotary Club of Effingham sponsor the annual event to publicly recognize outstanding scholastic achievements by Effingham and St. Anthony High School Students. The respective schools distributed more than 50 awards, and selected students on the basis of their good character and high academic achievement.
Effingham County has been a fertile recruiting area for SIUE, but particularly during the past five years, SIUE’s total enrollment from the county grew by 21.5 percent (from 144 in fall 2012 to 175 for fall 2016). In addition, for the Class of 2017, of all of the seniors in Effingham County (432 in the six high schools in the county), 83 have applied to SIUE with 73 being admitted for fall 2017, which translates into 19 percent of all seniors in the county having applied to SIUE.
Pembrook emphasized that students should do their research when considering a higher education institution. He pointed to SIUE’s scholarship opportunities, academic programming and support, campus life and safety, convenient location and more. Pembrook emphasized his pride in SIUE’s mission to shape a changing world.
The SAA was organized and established in Quincy in 1959. It offers recognition to intellectual achievers and seeks to reward academic excellence in high schools, so as to encourage college attendance and to motivate training for future leadership.
Photo: SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook.