Chancellor Lane at Nashville Takeover

Chancellor Austin A. Lane talks to Saluki alumni and fans during a reception Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, with Joddy Murray, dean, College of Liberal Arts, and Susan Wegmann, executive director, SIU Global Campus.

January 23, 2023

Salukis take over ‘Music City’

The six-day “Saluki Takeover Tour” through Nashville, Tennessee that ended on Jan. 22 gave university officials a chance to visit local high schools, and a local community college to tell the SIU story and to also connect with alumni. 

SIU officials visited eight high schools in the Nashville area along with Nashville State Community College. Lane, along with Marc Morris, interim dean of the College of Business and Analytics; Robert Morgan, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences; Matt Kupec, chief executive officer, SIU Foundation, Wendell Williams, associate vice chancellor enrollment management and Susan Wegmann, executive director, SIU Global Campus, made the trip to further our goals outlined in the Imagine2030 strategic plan. 

Establishing relationships outside Illinois is necessary to help us attain enrollment goals.  Programs like Saluki Step Ahead, and the fact that we don’t charge out-of-state tuition combined with our strong academic programs should put SIU into the consideration set for beginning students, transfer students and those seeking an online degree.  

On Sunday, the takeover included a chancellor’s reception prior to the women’s Missouri Valley Conference basketball game between the Salukis and Belmont University.  The Salukis, 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference, return home Thursday, Jan. 26, to host Drake at 6 p.m. in the Banterra Center.