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Tyler Billman |Academic Adviser/Disability Coordinator |5 Years at SIC


Tyler Billman

 Education:

Ph.D. in Education (Educational Administration and Higher Education), Southern Illinois University
M.A. in Education (Student Affairs and Counseling), Western Kentucky University
B.S. in Communication (Public Relations), Bradley University
A.A. in Speech Communication, Southeastern Illinois College

Organizations and Committees:

Forensics coach
HLC Quality Initiative Team
Student Affairs Leadership Committee
Assessment Committee and A-Team member
Marketing and Recruitment Committee

 

What other positions have you held pior to SIC?

Instructor of Communication and Assistant Director of Forensics, Bradley University
Coordinator of Programs and Education, National Speech and Debate Association
Regional Director of National Speech and Debate Association at Western Kentucky University
Graduate Assistant in Forensics, Western Kentucky University

What does SIC means to you?

SIC is home. Generations of my family have been students at Southeastern and before it was College Road it was formerly named Billman Road. When I leave campus for lunch and head to Eldorado, I can still see the house my father was raised in and the fields that my grandfather used to farm. Quite literally, Southeastern is where my roots reside. The opportunities that I have had because of this institution are numerous.

What is your favorite memory at SIC?

Of course I loved being on the SIC speech team, but one of my favorite memories was being part of the hilarious cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.

What do you do in your spare time?

Running, landscaping, singing, writing, chasing my three little boys, cleaning up after my three little boys

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?

We’re working on this. Because I have had my summers filled with graduate school, we have not done much vacationing – but I love NYC in the summer.

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?
Bradley Cooper, for the obvious resemblance in looks.

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

My grandfathers, Lloyd Billman and Ewell Winkleman. Both died before I was born, and I have always wondered what it would be like to talk to them.

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

I have three that I really like a lot…
- Don’t give up on what you want most for what you want now.
- Don’t boast about your abilities. If they are good enough, people will do the talking for you.
- Nothing worth having comes easy.