Orientation Service Project - Class of 2017

Southern Illinois University



Orientation Service Project - Class of 2017

August 28, 2014

Class of 2017

The members of the Class of 2017 bring an impressive range of experiences to the SIU Law community. They represent 65 undergraduate institutions and 28 different undergraduate majors. Twelve have masters degrees. Some of have served our country through the military reserves or active duty. Several have studied or traveled abroad to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Some have written scholarly publications in the fields of intellectual property and healthcare. 

Their resumes include work experience as: human resources manager, registered medical technologist, deputy chief of staff, social worker, AmeriCorps VISTA member, professor, high school teacher, certified Professional Air Traffic Controller, registered U.S. patent agent, and major league baseball player. 

Their varied backgrounds, experiences, and passions will enhance SIU Law's learning environment for the next three years. But during the annual Orientation Service Project, this year at Giant City Stables, the first call for volunteers included a request for anyone with carpentry experience. That was not a problem at all. More than a half-dozen students stepped forward for that group. The rest readily accepted assignments painting, cleaning, and working on trails. These students, like so many before them, arrived at SIU ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work on the challenge ahead of them. See photos.

Their efforts were greatly appreciated.

"Thank you for once again choosing Giant City State Park to be the beneficiary of your Pro Bono Volunteers. They got a lot done in a relatively short period of time and we are very pleased. Please be sure to extend to the students our sincere appreciation. We wish them the best." Carolyn Ferdinand, Friends of Giant City 

"I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all you did for me here at the stables. You have an amazing group of students! Please let them know how much they were appreciated.Ramona Twellman, Giant City Stables

"I would like to thank you and the first year law students for all of the help at the Giant City Stables last week. We accomplished a lot, and made a big impact on the site. We have already received several positive comments about the improvements." Calvin Beckman, Site Superintendent, Giant City State Park