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Shari Gresham Rich 1991, 1993

Shari RichDegree: BS in Psychology and MS in College Student Personnel, both from WIU


Business Information: Associate Dean of Students/Director of Applied Learning at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois

Advice for Freshman: Get involved and look for ways to apply your classroom learning. WIU offers so many great opportunities and your 4 years will go by so fast. Don't wait for things to happen...make things happen! Find a mentor, find multiple mentors who can help you make important connections to the campus and who will challenge you to realize your fullest potential! Get to know as many people as you can including faculty, staff, administrators, and fellow students. Most people attribute their successes to opportunities that they have become aware of from their network of contacts! Have fun and learn a lot.

Favorite WIU Memory: There are so many, but I think my greatest memories are of the mentor relationships I developed with two staff members and alumni of WIU - Jim Miner & Cathy Onion.  Both significantly impacted my growth as a student and campus leader, by encouraging my involvement in Greek Life as a member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, the Student Alumni Association, Orientation Programs, and Cheerleading. They influenced my decision to pursue graduate school and a career in higher education.  I am especially grateful for the recent memories created through my involvement with the Alumni Council.  As a student I knew it was important to stay connected as an alumna and serving in this capacity has allowed me the opportunity to give back to my alma mater.

Family Information: I am married to Mark who works in management at State Farm Insurance Co. We have two daughters, Karalyn and Kassandra who keep us busy with their school activities.  I am actively involved in the life of my church as a Sunday School teacher and Deacon.  At Eureka College where I work I supervise Career Development Center and support Leadership, Service, and Mentorship programs and also serve as the advisor to the Dance Team. In my free time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.