Mitchell, Betty (Betty Lou) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Betty Mitchell’s 51-year association with Southern Illinois University Carbondale began when she enrolled as a freshman in 1945. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English in 1949 and 1950, respectively. She began teaching in the English Department in 1949 as a graduate assistant and then as a faculty member. As an English professor she helped create the Writing Across the Curriculum program and developed the English 290 and 391 courses. She also published 4 books: Delyte Morris of SIU (1988), Southern Illinois University: a Pictorial History (1993), 100 Years: the Women’s Club of Carbondale, and Carbondale: a Pictorial History (1991). She died in 2000.
Mitchell was actively involved in Greek life at SIUC, joining the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity in 1945. She served as its advisor from 1952-1998, as secretary for the alumnae chapter from 1959-1997, and edited “Inside Southern,” the group’s alumnae newsletter, from 1963-1996. She served the SIU and Carbondale community in numerous other roles including Girl Scout leader, the Carbondale Public Library Board and YMCA Board, President’s Council Committee of the SIU Foundation, Carbondale City Panhellenic, the Magic Mentor program, the American Heart Association, faculty representative to the NCAA committee, and the Carbondale Arts Festival,
Mitchell received numerous awards from both the University and the community. She received the SIUC Distinguished Service Award, the Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award (1984), the COLA Outstanding Teacher Award, the Outstanding Greek Advisor Award, the Student Affairs Service Award, the Inter-Greek Council award, the Carbondale Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award, the city of Carbondale’s Citizen of the Year Award, and the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds for service to Alpha Gamma Delta.