It can be said that Mike Murray has been the LDP’s longest supporter. According to Dr. DeRuntz, it was Mike who recommended him for the director’s position nine years ago to then dean, Bill Osborn. Since then, Mike retired from SIU in 2008 as the College of Engineering’s Foundation representative, but continues to stay very engaged with SIU and the College. Recently, Mike lauded to the Bates Foundation the mission of the LDP and its success in preparing the United States of America’s future technical leaders. They then made a generous donation to support the LDP. A hearty thanks to Mike for all of his Saluki pride and great work in continuing to support and advance SIU.