SIU Today - March 16, 2015

Graduate programs earn national recognition

The university’s graduate programs earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 Best Graduate Schools” guide, released March 10. More

Diversity offices to sponsor training sessions

The Office of the Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and the Office of Diversity and Equity will be sponsoring three open-campus training sessions, March 24-26. Topics and dates are sexual harassment prevention, 10-11 a.m., March 24; discrimination, 1:30-2:30 p.m., March 25, and disability/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 9-10 a.m., March 26. Each of the sessions will be in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. The sponsoring offices are committed to nurturing diversity and providing opportunities to learn and work in an environment free of bias, discrimination and harassment on campus. For more information, visit

IT scan of employee workstations is set

As part of an ongoing effort to assess campus computers for sensitive information and comply with state requirements, the Information Security team will perform another campus-wide scan of all employee workstations March 28-29. More

‘ 26:46’ earns another CTA nomination

“ 26:46,” the student-produced program in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, will have the opportunity next month to earn a third consecutive honor as the best collegiate television magazine news show in the nation. More

Exhibits focus on elements of university’s history

Special exhibits and receptions in March and April pay homage to important elements of SIU’s history. More

Workshop available to assist faculty with grades

A faculty workshop offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence will help instructors learn how to create grade categories and items, and how to associate grade items with activities in Desire2Learn (D2L). The two-hour, hands-on workshop is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, in Morris Library, Room 174. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Registration for this training is available here.

University to host author Wallace Nichols

Bestselling author Wallace J. Nichols will speak at the SIU School of Law on April 8. More

WellSIU ‘Tuesday Trek’ is March 17

Tuesday Trek’ is at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 17. The 1.5- to 2.5-mile walk will begin at the Student Services Building Pavilion. In the event of inclement weather, the location will be the Student Recreation Center indoor track. If you are unsure if the location has changed, please email Brittney Pender or call the Personal Fitness and Wellness Studio at 453-1272.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies show walking boosts productivity, improves brain function and decreases stress.

Information on this and other “WellSIU Employee/Retiree Wellness Initiative” programs available to faculty and staff is here.

Business students to provide tax preparation assistance

Students from the College of Business are offering an important community service this spring, preparing income taxes for the region’s low- and moderate-income people. More

Student’s focus is on cattle digestion, nutrition

Lacey Armit knew she’d learn all sorts of things when she undertook her first major research project as a sophomore -- like, for example, how to laugh at herself. It’s a skill that’s come in handy, even as she has honed her expertise in collecting data and making sense of it. More

Big Muddy New Play Festival is March 26-29

The Department of Theater will present the Big Muddy New Play Festival later this month in the C.H. Moe Theater in the Communications Building. More

Sports trivia night to benefit two non-profit groups

The Sport Studies Association, a registered student organization in the Department of Kinesiology, is partnering with the Carbondale Park District to sponsor “A Splash of Trivia,” with proceeds to benefit the two non-profit organizations. More

Student Center increases dining options

The Student Center is continuing its efforts to increase the variety of dining options it offers. More

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