SIUE inducts seven to Alumni Hall of Fame

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor seven remarkable graduates at the 2014 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 3 in the Morris University Center.

These alumni have achieved exploits in their respective fields, are role models and are testament to SIUE’s educational excellence. A cocktail reception in the MUC restaurant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and an awards presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the MUC Conference Center.

“Those selected for the Alumni Hall of Fame represent the best of SIUE,” said Steve Jankowski, director of Alumni Affairs. “It is our honor to induct these outstanding individuals.”

The 2014 honorees listed by their college school:

School of Business: John Oeltjen, BS Business Administration/General Accounting ’75

John Oeltjen is highly respected with a professional career that spans 30 years. He currently serves as a shareholder and director of Risk Advisory Services with Mueller Prost PC in St. Louis. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of CPAs. He is an active participant in numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations, including the SIUE Foundation, having served as board president and chair of the audit committee. He completed the executive management programs at Stanford University and Washington University in St. Louis.

College of Arts & Sciences: Congressman William Enyart, BA Mass Communications/Gov’t ’74

Congressman William Enyart earned a Juris Doctor from SIU Carbondale in 1979. He is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Illinois National Guard. In 2000, he earned a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania. He was named the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard and oversaw the largest oversea deployment of Illinois National Guard troops since World War Two. After retiring in 2012, he ran a successful campaign for the Illinois 12th Congressional District Seat.

Deborah Slagle, BS Biology ’89

Deborah Slagle joined Sigma Aldrich as an analytical laboratory technician prior to graduating from SIUE. Over the next 25 years, she moved up the ranks of the corporation, serving in roles ranging from technical recruiter, director of process improvement, director of operations and new product transfer. She is currently vice president of North American Operations. Deborah has opened the door at Sigma Aldrich for SIUE students seeking internships and full-time positions. Deborah earned an MBA from Washington University in 2013.

School of Dental Medicine: Dr. Luanne McClean, DMD ’80

Luanne McClean maintains a private dental practice in Quincy. She is an active participant in all levels of organized dentistry. She is currently the immediate past president of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), president of the T.L. Gilmer Dental Society, and a delegate and an alternate to the ISDS House of Delegates. She is also the past president of the American Academy of General Dentistry and the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, a fellow in the International Academy of Dentists, and an alternate delegate to the Academy’s House of Delegate

School of Education, Health and Human Behavior: Dr. Mary Kay Armour, EdD Instructional Process ’87, MSEd Elementary Education ’75

Mary Kay Armour’s career spans teaching elementary school in Illinois as an adjunct professor teaching law enforcement topics at Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland. She currently serves as a supervisory instructional system specialist in the Academic Process Branch with the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Secret Service.

School of Engineering: Vicki LaRose, PE, BS Civil Engineering ’90

Vicki LaRose began her professional career as a project manager with Sverdrup Corp. (now Jacobs Engineering) in St. Louis. In 1996, she founded Civil Design Inc., which provides responsive, quality-driven civil engineering services. She currently serves as the company’s president. A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, she serves the SIUE School of Engineering through her role on the School’s Advisory Council. Vicki earned a master’s in engineering management from the Missouri School of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla).

School of Nursing: Barbara Wagner, BSN ’66

Barbara Wagner was a member of the SIUE School of Nursing’s first graduating class. She devoted her career to providing outstanding health care to the residents of the Red Bud area. She served as vice president of patient care services at St. Clement Health Service and Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was named the chief nurse officer at Red Bud Regional Hospital, a position she held until her retirement. She has been a dedicated supporter of the SIUE School of Nursing, serving as a long-standing member of the School’s Advisory Council. She currently serves as president of the Council.

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