SIRIS Profiles

SIRIS Volunteer Profile - Laura Borger

Jun 23, 2015
Laura Borger
Monica Tichenor

Meet Carbondale native Laura Borger, who has been volunteering with the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) for approximately three years. As a high school teacher, Borger had the luxury of enjoying free summers, but in 2007, she decided to volunteer some of her time to the community by reading on-air with SIRIS.

Kate West

Mike Mulford is originally from Rockford, Ill. He made his way down to Carbondale in 1986 to study Industrial Technology at Southern Illinois University (SIU), and he's been here ever since! Mulford has a total of four degrees from SIU. Three are Master's in Manufacturing Systems, Instructional Design, and Multimedia.

Robby Ballard / WSIU

Centralia, Illinois native and Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) board member JP Dunn has made education and helping others his life's work.
After graduating from Kaskaskia College with an AAS in Electronics Technology, Dunn went on to Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Management. He enjoyed his experience at SIU so much that he decided to stay and earned a Master's degree in Education, with a specialization in Computer-Based Education, which has since been renamed Instructional Technology.

Monica Tichenor

Southern California native and long-time southern Illinois resident Suzanne Gorrell knows how to put people at ease with her easy laugh, well-honed sense of irony, and witty observations about life. She also knows what it's like to face unexpected physical challenges and the feelings of isolation that often follow such experiences.

Robby Ballard

David Whitfield is a strong believer in the power of communication to impact lives and communities in a significant way, which is why the Cairo, Illinois native is pursuing a Ph.D. in SIU Carbondale's Speech Communication program, with a focus on intercultural communication and pedagogy.

"I'm interested in how people communicate within and across cultures," says Whitfield. "I'm also exploring how to make the study of intercultural communication accessible to students in the classroom."

Christina Clayton

Harriet Simon was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. She relocated to Carbondale in 1964 after her husband became a history professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU) and editor for The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.

Christina Clayton

Julia Morrill was born in Evanston, Ill. Her father was a college administrator at several Midwestern schools, so Morrill spent most of her childhood living in various cities throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. In 1964, her family moved to Carbondale after her father accepted a position at Southern Illinois University (SIU). Morrill attended SIU briefly, but finished her studies in Communications at the University of Colorado.

Jim Lambert is an exceptional person. His warm spirit and unique sense of humor are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. That's why it's no surprise he's making a difference as a volunteer with the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS).

Christina Clayton

Meet SIRIS Volunteer Steve Falcone. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Steve came to Carbondale in 1966 as a graduate student at Southern Illinois University. After graduation, he lived in Texas where he was an instructor at Southwest Texas State College. Later, following his passion for writing, he moved to Ireland where he wrote a book of short stories. After a year in Ireland, he came back to the States and lived in New England for a while. After years of traveling around, he eventually found his way back to Carbondale, a place where he could settle down and raise a family.

Katie Tullis

Matthew Borowicz, a selfproclaimed "vinyl freak," is a long-time fan and passionate volunteer of the SIRIS Classic Vinyl & Media Sale. After graduating from high school in Orland Park, Illinois, Borowicz decided to travel around the country. He lived in California where he worked various jobs and tried to figure out his interests.

When an opportunity arises to get involved in his community, William Eric Hamer is the last person to shy away. For someone like Hamer, the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) is just one of the many ways in which he keeps himself busy and helps to keep his community strong.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Hamer moved to Carbondale in 1965 to attend SIUC where he graduated with a Psychology degree in 1969.

SIRIS Volunteer Profile - John and Cheryl Jarvis

Feb 9, 2011

Meet volunteer readers, John and Cheryl Burke Jarvis. The couple recently moved to Southern Illinois in June 2009 from Texas. Cheryl has always listened to NPR/Public Broadcasting wherever she was living. "I'm happy that Carbondale is a big enough town and University to have an NPR station," Cheryl said. "I listen to NPR all the time and that's actually how I heard about SIRIS."

Meet Sarah Andrew, volunteer reader for the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS). Andrew and her husband moved to Southern Illinois in 1975 after accepting jobs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. An avid listener of public broadcasting, Andrew was pleased to discover Southern's own WSIU Public Broadcasting stations and learned about volunteer opportunities at SIRIS while listening to WSIU Radio. After retiring from the University in 2006, she decided to join SIRIS as a reading volunteer in early 2007.

Meet Joyce Metcalf, volunteer reader for the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS). Growing up in Carbondale, Joyce has been watching Channel 8 since she was a youngster. Metcalf worked on and volunteered for the local 1980's WSIU children's show Jo Jo and Joyce. The 10-minute program aired before Sesame Street.