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"It is awesome to see so ...
"It is awesome to see so many of our students participate in Alternative Spring Break," said Mythili Rundblad, coordinator of Student Development at SIUC.
Eastern Illinois University ...
Eastern Illinois University honored Mythili Rundblad, SIUC student development coordinator, as a 2009 Outstanding Graduate Alumnus.
The political science department, part of the College of Sciences, nominated Rundblad for the award.
The Council on Graduate Studies
and the Graduate School Alumni Advisory Board select the Outstanding Graduate Alumni.
The awards recognize outstanding graduates who earned their graduate degrees at least eight years previously at EIU
and who have an established record of career achievement.
"Mythili is a true professional in every sense of the word," said Ryan Hendrickson, political science professor at EIU.
"Being selected as an Outstanding Graduate Alumnus by my alma mater is humbling," Rundblad
"Realizing my dream of higher education in America at EIU
was awesome; to get this award is icing on the cake.
I am grateful to my faculty mentors at EIU
for welcoming me into their homes when I was new to the country."
Rundblad is actually a two-degree graduate of Eastern, earning a Master of Arts in political science in 1991 and Master of Science in education in guidance and counseling a year later at the Charleston university.
A native of Bombay, India, she previously earned her undergraduate degrees in economics and political science at Bombay University.
While attending EIU, Rundblad won the Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Student and the Glen Hubele Award, achievements recognizing her academic excellence, leadership and civic involvement.
Hired in 1994 after a national search as coordinator of the International Students and Scholars Office at Cornell University
in Ithaca, N.Y., Rundblad
then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
as international student adviser.
She came to SIUC in 1999 and actually serves three roles at the University.
As coordinator of Student Development, she
oversees the Saluki Volunteer Corps
, the SIUC
Chapter of Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps, and Service Learning.
thoroughly enjoys her
work with students, encouraging them and leading them in civic volunteer efforts.
Each year, more than 5,000 students get involved, contributing thousands of hours to various service organizations, programs and events with Rundblad
coordinating it all and mentoring the students.
"My parents instilled in my siblings and me to care about others and to go the extra mile.
This guides my work with the students involved in Saluki Volunteer Corps and AmeriCorps
"The students are enthusiastic about learning and strive to make a difference.
To see them develop as citizen-scholars is very rewarding."
Appointed in 2007 to the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
served a year with her
fellow board members, coordinating the Illinois' Promise program, administering programs funded by the Corporation for National Service
and providing volunteerism support.
She is a nine-year member of the Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps Advisory Council board of directors.
Rundblad has also served on other student civic engagement advisory councils and given presentations at a variety of professional conferences.
An application that Rundblad
wrote enabled SIUC
in 2006 to win the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Award for the best community service program in Illinois.
In addition to her
work at SIUC
promoting civic involvement and volunteerism among students, Rundblad
is active in the Carbondale community.
As a member of the board of directors, she's
time and energies in support of both the Boys and Girls Club
and the Jackson County Habitat for Humanity.
Rundblad's dedication, devotion and abilities earned her
a place among the Fifth Annual Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards class for EIU
Mythili Rundblad, ...
Mythili Rundblad, coordinator of Student Development at SIUC, said there's also ample proof of the difference Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps members from SIUC make in the lives of the children they work with.In September 2007, 45 percent of the children in the classes with AmeriCorps tutors had a C or higher average.When the academic year ended in May, 70 percent had a C or better grade average.In addition, Rundblad noted that the children's absentee rate and the disciplinary referrals both dropped significantly with AmeriCorps members tutoring and mentoring.
The 15 AmeriCorps members each completed more than 70 hours of training, conferences and professional development.They assisted more than 500 children in the Carbondale Elementary, Du Quoin, Murphysboro, Unity Point and Elverado school districts, providing nearly 11,000 hours tutoring and mentoring.
Seeing what the SIUC students accomplish is no surprise to Rundblad
never ceases to be impressed with the young adults she
encounters in her
"As coordinator, I make every effort to increase awareness of volunteerism and to get the students involved in civic engagement," Rundblad
said."When I see the numbers of students involved, the wide range of community organizations that have been helped and the total number of service hours completed by our students in Saluki Volunteer Corps
, it is simply awesome!"
"I am also proud of our students involved in Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps," Rundblad
To participate in Saluki Volunteer Corps
, students can stop by the student development office on the third floor of the Student Center
and meet with Rundblad
staff to look at the many volunteer options.
For more information or to learn about joining, contact Rundblad
at 618/453-5714 for an appointment.
"I get so excited to see the students participate in volunteerism," Rundblad
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Environmental Ambassador | Beautify Southenr Illinois | SIU
Mythili Rundblad, Student Development Coordinator and manager of the Saluki Volunteer Corps served as Emcee of the event.
In welcoming the attendees, Ms. Rundblad stated: "Thank you to the students who are our Environmental Ambassadors.
They are generous in volunteering their time and skills to help community organizations and worthy causes. These students believe that taking care of the environment is all of our responsibility. They raise awareness on our campus and community and motivate others to positive service. The Environmental Ambassadors are good examples of citizen-scholars and we are proud of their efforts."
Mythili Rundblad of SIUC Student Development addresses the gathering.
also welcomed community partners who were in attendance to honor the award winners, including Hugh Muldoon
from the Interfaith Center; Valerie Rasp of Keep Carbondale Beautiful and Jennifer Sublett from the Shawnee National Forest.
SIU President's communique (10/13/2006)
Mythili Rundblad, SIUC coordinator of civic engagement, student development and volunteerism, wrote the application for the award.