SIU Today - March 06, 2015

Carbondale will be Eclipse Crossroads of America

Though Aug. 21, 2017, seems like a long way off, it’s not too early to begin making plans to be at the Eclipse Crossroads of America. That is the date when the first total solar eclipse over the mainland United States since 1979 will sweep across the country from northwest to southeast. The last time that happened was in 1918. More

Programs to look at military/civilian relations

A new university initiative will explore the complexities of the relationship between civilian and military life. More

Open forums set for COLA dean finalists

Three candidates for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts will meet with constituents during a series of forums beginning later this month. More

Genetic research looks to save pallid sturgeon

Ed Heist, associate director of the Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science, directed research that recently genetically identified two larval pallid sturgeon that were caught in the lower Missouri River near St. Louis. More

Head Start begins ‘Book in Every Home’ campaign

In reading, as with building a house, a strong foundation will bring a lifetime of enjoyment. The university’s Head Start program has launched its “Book in Every Home” campaign. Longtime educator Ronda Dunn, wife of SIU President Randy Dunn, is chair for this year’s drive, which runs through May 1. More

Sustainability Council seeks new members

The SIU Sustainability Council is accepting applications for new members whose terms will begin July 1. Started in 2009 as the steward of the then newly implemented “Green Fee,” the Sustainability Council is comprised of nine members: three students, three staff, and three faculty. Council members are committed to advancing sustainability efforts on campus and work closely with the sustainability coordinator. Council meetings are monthly, with additional time for committee work, as needed. The council will select at least one new representative for each of the student, staff, and faculty positions. Students serve one-year terms; staff and faculty terms are each two years. Sustainability Council membership applications are available here. There is also a description of the council’s work, current roster and operating papers. The deadline for membership applications is April 1.

Nature photographer Tom Ulrich to share work

Nature photographer Tom Ulrich returns to the university on March 17 for his annual presentation of wildlife photos from around the world. More

Workshop to focus on improving waterways

A RiverWatch Workshop at Touch of Nature Environmental Center on April 11 will be a hands-on learning experience that will enable participants to become “citizen scientists.” More

SIU Today will take a break

This is the last issue of SIU Today prior to the start of spring break. SIU Today will resume on Monday, March 16.

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