August 04, 2015

University to host ‘IT Day’ on Aug. 12

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Whether you love information technology or hate it, IT Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has something to offer you, organizers say. 

IT Day 2015 is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Morris Library. The event typically brings together IT staff from SIU Carbondale, SIU Edwardsville and the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield to network, share information and learn about the latest innovation in technology and initiatives. This year, the event is also open to faculty, staff, students and the community -- particularly representatives of business, K-12 teachers, and technology administrators. 

IT Day is free, but space is limited so early registration, available online at, is recommended.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the SIU IT Day activities that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Morris Library. Find the complete schedule online at For more information, contact Olinda Hubs at 618/453-4021 or by email at

Olinda Hubbs, education coordinator and event organizer, said technology touches virtually everyone these days, and the IT Day sessions will be of interest to people of all levels of expertise as well as those with little knowledge or experience. Organizers anticipate 150-200 people will participate. 

The morning session includes a panel discussion and keynote presentations. Speakers include J.R. McGee, a nationally known speaker from X-Stream Leadership; Curtis J. Bonk, professor of instructional systems technology from Indiana University whose expertise involves teaching with technology, blended learning, and a myriad of education technology tools; and Richard Hodges, president of Green IT. An SIU Green Fund grant helped bring Hodges to SIU to discuss sustainability issues. 

A variety of classes and breakout sessions are set for the afternoon, led by SIU faculty and staff, the keynote speakers, and others, including Tim Knox who will present “Survive Your Career,” a session focusing on managing your health in the workplace.  

Participants can also tour the campus or various SIU technology facilities during the afternoon.  Those visiting the state-of-the-art Transportation Education Center, home of the automotive and aviation programs, will see the radar room simulation lab, sit in a flight simulator and view high-tech automotive design technology. The tour of the SIU Research Park includes a visit to the Small Business Incubator Program and a chance to meet some of the successful entrepreneurs who have launched their technology businesses there. 

There will also be an exhibit highlighting women in computing, covering the era from 1860 to today, in the library rotunda. 

The complete schedule and additional information about IT Day are online at