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Employee Spotlight

Archie Blair | Head Archery Coach and Adjunct English Instructor | 35 Years at SIC


Archie Blair

 Education:

Associate in Arts Southeastern Illinois College.

M.A. and B.A Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Organizations and Committees:

US Collegiate Archery Association.

 

What other positions have you held at SIC?

Student Worker, Journalism Instructor, Advisor for school newspaper The Egyptoglyph, Alcohol Fuels Program Coordinator, Director of Resource Development, Director of Public Information, Executive Officer SIC Foundation, Executive Secretary SIC Alumni & Friends Association, PTK Advisor, Title III Coordinator, English Instructor.

What does SIC means to you?

It is my universe. From a grade school kid watching Virgil Motsinger and his basketball Falcons play in Davenport Gym at Harrisburg High School to this moment, Southeastern has been at the very center of my life. It is where I became an adult, started my career, raised my family, and saw both of my children graduate. It will always be home to me, and the many, many wonderful individuals I have encountered while being part of this incredible college will always be considered my family.

What is your favorite memory at SIC?

Winning eight US Collegiate Archery (USCA) national championships and claiming 12 USCA All-Americans.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spending time with my two boys, David and Joseph. Hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, Cardinal baseball, Cavaliers basketball, and making fishing jugs.

What is your most memorable teaching moment?

Sitting in the back of my classroom and comforting a student who had just lost a child.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?

My barn.

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?
 Don Knotts

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

Jesus

What is the best piece of advice you have ever heard? 

“Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”