SIU Today - May 19, 2014

From The Chancellor

Some of the strategies in our new retention plan focus specifically on freshmen. They include piloting a block scheduling initiative in which cohorts of students take two to three courses as a group to increase their engagement. If the pilot works, we will expand and enhance block scheduling where feasible.

Another strategy is to increase the number of mid-semester courses for students who drop courses, giving them an option for a fresh start that does not delay their academic progress. Details about both of these strategies can be found in the plan.

Rita Cheng

SIU Golden Key chapter earns high honor

The SIU Golden Key Chapter learned recently that it achieved “Gold Chapter” standing for the 2012-2013 academic year, the highest possible standard within the Golden Key International Honour Society.  Fewer than 25 percent of the chapters in the world’s largest honor society earn the honor. More

Sunset Concert Series begins June 12

The Sunset Concert Series is back for its 36th season and will bring an eclectic mix of sounds to campus and Carbondale’s Turley Park this summer. The 2014 series of seven free concerts kicks off at 7 p.m. on June 12 featuring Eddie Shaw, a 2014 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and the Wolfgang.   The concerts are each Thursday evening thereafter in June and July. More

Benefit to support Touch of Nature is June 1

Alto Vineyards and Winery is organizing and hosting “Wine with Friends” on June 1 as a benefit for the children and adults who attend programming at Touch of Nature Environmental Center.More

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