Accomplishments - June, 2023

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The 2023 Southern Illinois Musical Festival’s opening free concert on May 25 at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship raised $1,615. The performers were soprano Emily Hughes, cellists Randy Hughes and William Cernota, an assistant lecturer in the School of Music, and pianist Jace Kim. The festival runs through June 11.

Kwangho Choiy, associate professor, mathematics, in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, is invited as a gastwissenschaftler (guest researcher) at the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics (HIM) in Bonn, Germany, to participate in a program there titled “The Arithmetic of the Langlands” from May 21 until June 3. He is also invited to attend the June and August conferences within the framework of the trimester program.

Kofi Akamani, associate professor in the forestry program, received the 2023 International Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho in Moscow. The university grants the award each year to an alum who holds citizenship of a country other than the U.S., and whose career in natural resources exemplifies a record of distinction and service internationally and in their home country.

Peter Filip, professor in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Materials Engineering, received an honorary doctorate from Technical University of Ostrava in recognition of his contribution to materials science and engineering. Filip, a 27-year SIU veteran, has a longstanding relationship with TUO, regularly teaching, researching and publishing with its faculty. As a part of this collaborative effort, SIU has hosted more than 30 students, six faculty and six postdoctoral researchers, and Filip has received two grants from the National Science Foundation to support such exchanges.

Camille M. Davidson, dean, SIU School of Law, is one of 29 senior-level higher education professionals chosen to participate in the 2023 Millennium Leadership Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The initiative “connects aspiring presidents and chancellors to the expertise, experiences, and resources required to thrive.” Programming for the 2023 cohort started last month.

“How Can a Room Breathe Fire,” a poem by Father Joseph A. Brown, director, School of Africana and Multicultural Studies, writing as Luke, recently appeared in America: The Jesuit Review magazine.

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