Student Alumni Council

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SAC members at Saluki Alumni Plaza

The Student Alumni Council (SAC) is a registered student organization under the SIU Alumni Association and serves as a service organization designed to act as a common link between students, alumni, administration, faculty, and friends of the University.

Students who are selected to participate in SAC will become ambassadors for the Association and will be one step ahead in understanding what it means to be a #SalukiForLife. They will have the opportunity to grow professionally and gain lasting friendships; network with alumni; provide service to the University and community; earn incentives through their volunteerism for the SIU Alumni Association.


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Student Alumni Council Officers



Riley Sanders, President

Riley Sanders began her role as President of the Student Alumni Council in the summer of 2021, during her senior year at SIU. Riley is pursuing a degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences as well as a minor in Spanish. She is happy to continue the legacy of Salukis in her family as her mother is a SIU alumnus as well.  Riley is from Williamsville, IL and very active on campus with many registered student organizations including:  secretary of SIU's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), a senior ambassador for Saluki Ambassadors, and a University Honors Program student. Riley also works on campus for the tutoring center as a team leader and for housing as a tour guide. She is a University Excellence Scholar, has been on the Dean's list throughout her time here at SIU, holding a 3.92 GPA. Riley is very grateful to be a part of SAC and looks forward to everything they accomplish as a group.




Nicole Gray, Vice President

Nicole Gray began her role as Vice President of Student Alumni Council in the summer of 2020. After a year of serving in the position, she was re-elected for another year of service in April of 2021. Nicole is a senior at SIU studying marketing. She is a 3rd generation Saluki from Lawrenceville, IL. In addition to her involvement with the Student Alumni Council, Nicole is president of SIU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association, where she is entering her second year in that position. When not working on projects for the Student Alumni Council or the American Marketing Association, she can be found working with the Jackson County CEO program or learning everything she can about marketing from her position as a project manager at AlterEgo Marketing. Nicole is eager to spend another year on the executive team of Student Alumni Council and looks forward to where this year takes the group! 



Amber Koteras, Secretary

Amber Koteras began her role as Secretary in the summer of 2021. Amber is a sophomore and first-generation student majoring in Architectural Studies with a minor in Neuroscience. She is from Nicholasville, KY and has been very active on campus. Amber is a graduate of both the Saluki Summer Bridge program and the Emerging Salukis. She is currently a Resident Assistant, a McNair Scholar, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, and an Honors Program student. Amber is excited to be a part of the Student Alumni Council and honored to serve as the Secretary.


  • Bi-monthly
  • Student Alumni Council Room, Woody Hall, Room 193
  • Presentations and professional development

Members Gain

  • Lasting Friendships
  • Leadership Development
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Meet Alumni/University Officials
  • Enhancements for Building Resumê
  • Professionalism

Our Goals

  • Professional Development and Leadership
  • Connecting with Alumni
  • Service to SIU and it’s Community
  • Promoting Saluki Pride

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