March 12, 2004

SIUC news events for March 14-21

News directors, editors and reporters covering Southern Illinois University Carbondale: To facilitate your planning for next week, here's a listing of events and activities scheduled on campus or that are University-related. We will provide these listings each Friday and are happy to help you arrange coverage.

Sunday, March 14

  • Saluki Selection Show Sunday, 3 p.m., SIU Arena. Doors open to the public to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. The 25-4 Salukis will sign autographs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; the one-hour selection show begins at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 15

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Public Policy Institute will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, in the Mississippi Room of SIUC's Student Center. The Institute will make an announcement regarding its Campaign for Endowment that the late Sen. Paul Simon began.

    Those attending the news conference will include Michael J. Lawrence, the institute's interim director, SIUC Chancellor Walter V. Wendler, and SIUC Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Rickey N. McCurry. Shelia Simon and Patti Simon will also speak.

Wednesday, March 17
  • Southern Illinois Educational Leadership Conference, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Student Center. Area educators will learn about "The Changing Picture of Education in Illinois." There will be sessions on collective bargaining, news from the state legislature, ideas for bond issues, a women's administrators roundtable and the "No Child Left Behind" legislation. Michael Bakalis, chair of the governor's education accountability task force, will deliver the keynote address.

Thursday, March 18

  • Fifth annual College of Liberal Arts Alumni Recognition Day, 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sixteen COLA alumni return to SIUC to meet and talk with faculty and students in the morning, and then participate in separate discussion panels to share their personal experiences and offer career advice in the afternoon. The afternoon panel discussions are open to the public; to arrange specific interviews with alumni or cover department visits, contact Jill T. Gobert at 618/453-4563.
Friday, March 19
  • Immigration Matters, a symposium on immigration law in the United States, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hiram H. Lesar School of Law courtroom. Seven nationally recognized scholars focus on immigration issues as it relates to local, state, national and international issues. For more information, contact assistant Cindy Buys at the law school at 618/453-8743.
  • Math Field Day, 10 a.m. to Noon, SIU Arena. About 1,000 high school students compete in an annual competition that dates back more than 60 years. Awards presentations begin at 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact Rita Polston at 618/453-6579.

Saturday, March 20

  • Southern Illinois Regional History Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., SIU Arena. More than 400 junior high and high school students from throughout Southern Illinois compete, with winners advancing to state competition in Springfield in May. Contact history professor Michael C. Batinski at 618/453-7862 prior to the event, or Marjorie Morgan, history department chair, at the Arena the day of the event.

Sunday, March 21

  • "Helping Doctors Help Us," Symposium on Retired Physicians, 5 p.m., Student Center Ballroom B. Keynote speaker of the two-day conference is Dr. William T. Close. The first day of a two-day event, the symposium examines how to better utilize retired physicians as volunteers for providing health-care services to elderly in rural areas. A panel discussion starts at 7:30 p.m., also in Ballroom B. The Public Policy Institute is hosting the symposium, which is also sponsored by the SIU law school, SIU School of Medicine, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Close has been a physician for more than 50 years; he spent 16 years working in the Congo, and was part of the team that defined and contained the first outbreak of Ebola in 1976.