Alumni Events

Upcoming Alumni Events

Dinner with the Dean - Florida Tour

Tampa, FL

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Join us as we gather local alumni for dinner!  
Haven   
2208 West Morrison Ave   
Tampa, FL, 33606 
Dinner reservation at 6:00 PM

Naples, FL

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Join us as we gather local alumni for dinner! 
The Club at The Strand 
5840 Strand Blvd 
Naples, FL, 34110 
Dinner reservation at 6:00 PM

Alumni Dinner - St. Louis, MO

Join as SIU SOM staff gather local alumni for an amazing dining experience!

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Kreis' Steakhouse 
535 S. Lindberg Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO, 63131 
Dinner reservation at 6:00 PM

Joined by: Dr. Jerry Kruse, Dean and Provost 
Cassie Mattson, Director of Alumni Relations 
Patsy Wappel, Director of Development

Six Week Step Challenge: Alumni vs Students

Current Overall Steps:

Alumni – 10,556,260 
Students - 8,516,638 

Week 5 winners!

Alumni

1st Place - Dr. Mary Bengtson (Class of 1976) – 253,727 steps  
2nd Place – Dr. Kiran Kareti (Class of 1999) – 132,804 steps  
3rd Place – Dr. Donna Sweetland (Class of 1991) – 129,587 steps

Student

1st Place - Taylor Justison (Class of 2025) – 129,023 steps  
2nd Place – Hannah Johnson (Class of 2026) – 129,021 steps  
3rd Place – Katie Ayres (Class of 2067) – 128,282 steps

Week 4 winners!

Alumni

1st Place - Dr. Mary Bengtson (Class of 1976) – 211,057 steps  
2nd Place – Dr. Donna Sweetland (Class of 1991) – 125,128 steps  
3rd Place – Dr. Kiran Kareti (Class of 1999) – 123,057 steps

Student

1st Place - Abi Knuckles (Class of 2024) – 127,195 steps  
2nd Place – Hannah Johnson (Class of 2026) – 124,995 steps  
3rd Place – Alex Kowalski (Class of 2027) – 120,166 steps

Week 3 winners!

Alumni

1st Place - Dr. Mary Bengtson (Class of 1976) – 207,146 steps  
2nd Place – Dr. Richard Dermody (Class of 1977) – 125,933 steps  
3rd Place – Dr. Donna Sweetland (Class of 1991) – 122,486 steps

Student

1st Place - Hannah Johnson (Class of 2026) – 150,463 steps  
2nd Place – Kyra Webster (Class of 2026) – 109,895 steps  
3rd Place – Nellie Roberts (Class of 2024) – 102,000 steps

Week 2 winners!

Alumni

1st Place - Dr. Mary Bengtson (Class of 1976) – 184,851 steps  
2nd Place – Dr. Stephen Raben (Class of 1990) – 123,781 steps  
3rd Place – Dr. Donna Sweetland (Class of 1991) – 118,546 steps

Student

1st Place - Hannah Johnson (Class of 2026) – 123,097 steps  
2nd Place – Katie Ayres (Class of 2026) – 105,364 steps  
3rd Place – Alex Kowalski (Class of 2027) – 101,374 steps

Week 1 winners!

Alumni

1st Place - Dr. Mary Bengtson (Class of 1976) – 166,127 steps 
2nd Place – Dr. Brian Lewis (Class of 1997) – 146,544 steps 
3rd Place – Dr. Jamie Ikeda (Class of 2003) – 144,372 steps

Student

1st Place - Hannah Johnson (Class of 2026) – 112,062 steps  
2nd Place – Hannah Roberts (Class of 2025) – 99,186 steps 
3rd Place – Nellie Roberts (Class of 2024) – 97,900 steps 
 

Recap of recent events!

Check out the photo gallery for event pictures!

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Friday, December 15, 2023 | Springfield, IL
Alumni and guests gathered for dinner and drinks at Chesapeake Seafood House in Springfield. After a fun and delicious dinner, the party moved to UIS Performing Arts Center to witness the Illinois Symphony Orchestra preform Holiday Pops in the Heartland. The seats were great and the show put everyone in the Holiday spirit. We hope to see you next Orchestra season!

Topgolf

SIU SOM Alumni Night at Topgolf was so much fun! 

Scottsdale, AZ | Friday, November 3, 2023 
Chesterfield, MO | Thursday, November, 16, 2023
Schaumburg, IL | Friday, November 17, 2023

We hope to see you at our next Topgolf event!

Healthy Cooking & Mocktails

Alumni & Student Cooking Class

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | Springfield, IL 
Alumni and students worked together to learn how healthy fall-themed dinner dishes. The night was capped with an open mocktail-bar featuring 4 fall-themed mocktails. Everyone sat down together to enjoy the freshly made food and beverages while making lasting connections.

Junaia P. Carter, MD 5K Run/Walk & Kid's Fun Run

Saturday, October 28, 2023 | Springfield, IL

Development & Alumni Relations brought back the Junaia P. Carter, MD 5K after a break due to COVID. This race was a charitable event honoring Junaia P. Carter, MD '10, who passed away from metastatic breast cancer shortly after graduation. This event had 13 Sponsors and raised over $7,000. Proceeds from this event went to breast cancer research at the Simmons Cancer Institute. 
There were over 85 runners and walkers registered for this 5K. Check out the results on our race website!
Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Springfield Clinic Sports Medicine  
Orange Theory Fitness   
SIU Medicine, Department of Pediatrics   
America Ambulance Service, Inc 
Marti Hlafka, MD, SIU SOM Class of 2009   
Lois & Jerry Kruse   
Aziz & Tarfa Khan   
Drs. Keith & Lisa Wichterman   
County Market 
Brandt   
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County  
Bella Milano  
Pepsi  

Sip & Socialize: SIU SOM at Sheedy Shores WineGarden

Saturday, September 30, 2023 | Loami, IL
SIU SOM Alumni & Students gathered at Sheedy Shores WineGarden to celebrate their last season! Alumni & students came out and enjoyed drinks, catered food, live music and good company. Many meaningful connections were made and we cannot wait to return for a private event next year!