Points of Pride - College of Applied Sciences and Arts

  • Internships are a primary component of our aviation programs. Three aviation technologies students have been with the Commemorative Air Force during the last two summers as part of maintenance and flight crews.
  • In the last four years the aviation technologies program has received more than $330,000 in grants from the Boeing Corp.
  • Faculty, staff and students in the Department of Aviation Technologies celebrated the department’s 50th anniversary in 2015. Earlier in the year, the department received a Gulfstream III C20A jet used to transport military leaders in Europe and Africa by the U.S. Navy.
  • The SIU “Security Dawgs”, a student-registered cyber defense team, has won three Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense competitions, the last in 2014. The team finished second in 2015 and 2016, and has advanced to Midwest regional competition in six of the last nine years.
  • The School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies received the “Southern Illinois Collegiate Cyber Co-op (SI3C) Cyber Scholarship Program” from National Security Agency (NSA) in 2015 to further the study of cybersecurity in southern Illinois through a regional college partnership. Fifteen scholarship recipients each received $1,000 awards for completing the required cyber security exercises and essays during 2015-2016 academic year.
  • With increasing attention on the need for cyber security, the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies hosts “SIU Cyber Security Day” each spring as a community outreach program. In the last two years, more than 100 people from the university, community colleges, and high school students have participated.
  • The School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies strongly supports “Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research” through two research laboratories – Intelligent Systems and Informatics (ISI) and Smart and Secure Computing (SSC) research laboratories.
  • The “SIU Student Web Development Team” finished third in the nation at the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in April 2017. The team also competed 2015 and 2016. 
  • The nine-time national champion Flying Salukis have finished in the top three in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association championships for the last seven years – winning titles in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and finishing third in May 2017.
  • The aviation management and aviation flight programs place SIU among a group of universities whose exceptional aviation  programs warranted certification by the Federal Aviation Administration to substantially reduce flight time requirements (500 hour deduction) for graduates interested in becoming airline pilots.

  • The Flying Salukis captured a seventh straight National Intercollegiate Flying Association regional championship in October 2017, marking the 10th regional crown in 11 years. The Flying Salukis are nine-time national champions.

  • SIU is the only university that works with major airlines to fly students to campus for aviation career day events. SIU regularly holds an aviation career day with American Airlines in the fall and United Airlines in the spring.
  • Former Saluki Lt. Ryan Cunningham is the lead solo pilot on the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, or Blue Angels. Another former Saluki, Lt. Cmdr. Declan Hartney, was a demonstration team maintenance officer.
  • The aviation flight program in 2017 completed its eighth “NASA Wings” summer camp, one of very few like it in the nation, with funding from the NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation Office.

  • The automotive and ground transportation industry recognizes the Department of Automotive Technology’s outstanding quality by consistently providing more than $500,000 of gift-in-kind support annually and numerous paid internships for students to experience leadership operations with a major corporation.
  • The college’s Transportation Education Center houses our nationally recognized automotive and aviation programs in a $63 million state-of-the-industry training facility.
  • Eighty-eight percent of SIU Carbondale’s automotive technology graduates accept job offers prior to graduation with a mean annual starting salary of $57,000.
  • Sara Diesburg, a 2015 graduate of the interior design program, was one of five national finalists last winter in the Steelcase national student design competition.  There were 800 student entries from universities in the United States and Canada.
  • The college’s online Master of Architecture program is one of four in the nation and featured 24 new students in fall 2015.
  • Students in the School of Architecture regularly participate in service-related projects while in school. Previous projects include providing design assistance and consultation to families following a deadly 2012 tornado that hit Harrisburg and other parts of the region; a dog park in Ava that is disability friendly; a two-story treehouse for the Dayempur Farm near Carbondale; and a 1,500-square-foot hillside amphitheater that overlooks Little Grassy Lake at SIU’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
  • Each spring, student designers present their work at an annual Fashion Design and Merchandising Student Showcase and Fashion Show. The feature event is the presentation of original garment collections from senior fashion designers. Students are responsible for every detail of their collections -- from concept to fashion illustration, fabric sourcing, patterning and construction, model and music selection, and accessory coordination.
  • The College of Applied Sciences and Arts hosts an annual multidisciplinary research symposium open to faculty and students and from any discipline, university, or professional organization.
  • The School of Allied Health is proactive in meeting students’ needs with online programs. Current baccalaureate degree offerings include an online Health Care Management degree, specialization in Radiology Management/Education within the Radiologic Sciences program, a degree completion option in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services, as well as a degree completion option in Dental Hygiene Management/Education.  The school also offers two tracks in the Medical Dosimetry Master’s degree program, an online Master’s degree in Radiologic Sciences (MSRS), and two new online programs that begin with the summer 2016 semester, which include a Master of Health Administration degree (MHA) and Master of Health Informatics degree (MHI).
  • The Dental Hygiene Clinic provides services through community outreach activities. We host “Give Kids A Smile Day” and “Give Adults A Smile Day” annually, giving students valuable experience. A dental sealant program offers preventive dental services to children from three to 14 years old. The inaugural “Give Veterans A Smile Day” was in July 2016.
  • The sonography program in the School of Allied Health offers free ultrasounds for pregnant women in the region each fall.
  • SIU Carbondale offers bachelor’s degrees in radiologic sciences, mortuary sciences and dental hygiene; the only baccalaureate programs in their specializations in Illinois. The School of Allied Health also offers one of only three MS degree programs in medical dosimetry obtainable within the United States.
  • Avona E. Greene, a junior in Health Care Management, received the 2016 Healthcare Organization Management Award from the MidAmerica Health Executives for excelling academically and for her involvement in activities and organizations pertinent to health care management.   
  • The Health Care Management program received certification from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
  • Christopher Grace, a May 2016 health care management graduate, received the Bugbee-Falk Award from the Association of University Program in Health Administration.