Kerry and Karen Paubel family

Several years ago, when Illinois residents and UMSL alumni Karen and Kerry Paubel (at center) began exploring higher education options for their oldest son, UMSL’s admissions team and academic advisers left the couple thoroughly impressed. Since then, their three oldest children have found their niche at UMSL – and others may soon follow. The seven Paubel siblings (left to right) include Ciara, 17, Blaire, 19, Nole, 22, Layne, 21, Bryce, 15, Brett, 14, and Alex, 12. (Photo by August Jennewein)