October 31, 2016

SIU to celebrate National Adult Student Recognition Week

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will celebrate National Adult Student Recognition Week with a variety of special activities Nov. 4-11.

SIU has long been a leader in serving returning adult, veteran and parent student populations and the week will both draw attention to those populations and the programs and resources the university provides to help them succeed.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell will kick things off at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, in the Anthony Hall Balcony Conference Room by officially declaring the celebration of the week. Also that afternoon, the Center for International Education will host an international coffee hour from 3 to 5 p.m. at their Woody Hall location.

Military Appreciation Day is Nov. 5 at Saluki Stadium and all military veterans and active-duty service members will receive free admission to the game. A pre-game tailgate on Saluki Row begins at 10 a.m. featuring refreshments and information about SIU’s Veterans Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resources and benefits.

Breakfast-on-the-Go offers free breakfast treats at Saluki Express South beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing while supplies last on Nov. 7 to recognize the importance of the graduate and family housing community residing at Evergreen Terrace. Families can enjoy a free showing of “Jungle Book” during “Popcorn and a Movie” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Evergreen Terrace Community Room.

Throughout the week, Rainbow’s End Child Development Center, located in Quigley Hall, will offer free on-campus child care center tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with details about program openings and reduced fees for SIU students.

The schedule also includes several presentations and online webinars providing important information about available and often unclaimed scholarships, getting full use of the campus Office 365 tool, what Morris Library really has to offer students, and managing stress and relaxation techniques.

Find details about these presentations as well as the complete schedule for National Adult Student Recognition Week 2016 online at www.nontrad.siu.edu.

The SIU Veteran and Nontraditional Student Advisory Team is coordinating National Adult Student Recognition Week in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs, Center for International Education, Saluki Athletics, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Saluki Express, Financial Aid/Saluki Cents, Morris Library, Student Health Services/Wellness Center, Career Services, Student Center Craft Shop, Graduate and Family Housing, Rainbow’s End, Non-Traditional Student Services and Veterans Services.

The university has earned numerous national rankings and recognition for the service and assistance it provides to adult students. Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide’s “Best 4-Year Colleges for Adult Learners” ranked SIU among its top 25 this fall and for the seventh consecutive year, the university earned the “Military Friendly School” ranking for 2016 from Victory Media, whose publications include G.I. Jobs magazine.

Approximately 30 percent of SIU’s student body is classified as non-traditional students. It’s a diverse group including those who have returned to higher education after taking time away from their schooling, people who delay enrollment rather than coming directly from high school, those who work full-time or attend college part-time, those who have family responsibilities such a caring for children or other family members, and veterans.