SIU honors three Households of the Yr for 2022

September 23, 2022

The three families named Families of the Year at SIUC

September 23, 2022

SIU honors three Households of the Yr for 2022

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ailing. — Southern Illinois College Carbondale is honoring three households because the 2022 Saluki Household of the Yr winners throughout this weekend’s Household Weekend celebration (Sept. 22-24).

The Courtney Hallock household of Murphysboro, Illinois, is the “legacy” Saluki Household of the Yr whereas the Makaila Ballah household of Randallstown, Maryland, is the “non-legacy” Household of the Yr. As well as, this 12 months SIU has added a brand new honoree to the lineup – a “switch” Household of the Yr,” celebrating a brand new switch pupil household who has joined the Saluki household, and the Makayla Realized household of Penfield, Illinois, was chosen.

Hallock legacy is powerful

Hallock Family photoHallock, a junior hospitality, tourism, and occasion administration main, mentioned her household, which incorporates John, Becky and Caleb Hallock and Caitlin and Trent McKay, “really bleeds maroon.”  Her dad and mom met and fell in love at SIU as did her sister and the person she married. Her brother graduated from SIU final 12 months and his girlfriend is a Saluki.  She mentioned she grew up attending soccer video games, parades and alumni occasions, and he or she’s glad to now be making her personal Saluki reminiscences and sharing tales.   

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“My dad and mom are die-hard ’80s/’90s alums who’ve given a lot to offer my siblings and me the identical superb school expertise that they had,” Courtney wrote in her software. “I sincerely assume you couldn’t discover a extra enthusiastic Saluki household than mine.”

Ballah are supportive household

Ballah Family photoBallah is a senior zoology main, and mentioned she has been capable of thrive at SIU, her “house away from house” because of the in depth monetary and emotional help her household, together with LaToya, Stephen and Adina Ballah, have offered. She mentioned they’ve pushed her to department out, attempt new experiences and broaden her horizons. Coming so removed from Maryland to the Midwest to attend school the place she had no household or associates was fairly a problem, however because of the help from house and the nice welcoming setting she discovered at SIU, she has been profitable.

She’s wanting ahead to graduating within the spring and mentioned she “couldn’t be happier with my choice to hitch the Saluki household.”

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Realized selected SIU

Learned Family photoComing from an agricultural household, Realized selected SIU to switch to from Danville Space Neighborhood Faculty, and he or she’s a freshman animal science main. A graduate of Armstrong Township Excessive Faculty, Realized’s household consists of dad and mom Billy and Kimberly and sibling Blake, and he or she hopes to turn out to be a veterinarian.

“SIU appears like house, and I already name Carbondale my house even after a couple of weeks,” Makayla mentioned. 

The theme of this 12 months’s Household Weekend is “Salukis’ Funniest House Movies,” and contestants have been invited to submit brief inventive or amusing house movies with their entries, which Realized’s household did.

Honors for the households

New Scholar Packages will honor the chosen households with a prize bundle that features tickets to the SIU vs. College of North Dakota soccer sport on Saturday, Sept. 24, Saluki swag and different goodies. The popularity takes place throughout a weekend full of particular actions led by the Workplace of Scholar Engagement.

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For extra details about the 2022 Household of the Yr contest, go to familyweekend.siu.edu/family-of-the-weekend. Household Weekend additionally consists of all kinds of particular actions a giant craft sale, Greek Sing, Saluki soccer and different actions. Discover out extra on-line.