SIU Today - March 23, 2015

Debate team wins national title again

The university’s Debate Team did it again! The duo of Josh Rivera and Zach Schneider won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE), making them national champions in collegiate parliamentary debate. More

Energy storage symposium is April 1

Experts in the field of energy storage will participate in a symposium on April 1 in the Student Center’s Mississippi Room. The discussion, from 9 a.m. to noon, will feature presentations on topics that include new electrolytes and redo-active polymers for advanced battery and new materials for supercapacitor electrodes. Additional program information, including the list of speakers, is available here. Symposium hosts are the university’s Materials Technology Center, the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. The university’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is the sponsor.

Saluki ‘App’ competition deadline is Friday

The submission deadline for the annual ‘Saluki App Competition’ is extended to March 27. The competition allows for students and student-led teams to compete for prizes by creating and submitting software applications for mobile devices to inspire SIU students’ creativity and entrepreneurship. Six monetary prizes will be given, both for top vote (via online voting) and judged scores. Rules and entry forms are available at For more information, contact the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities by email at or 453-4433.

Presentation to look at ‘consumer profiling’

A College of Mass Communication and Media Arts presentation this week will look at how marketers collect and use “big data” for consumer profiling and interactions. More

SalukiTech March 2015 newsletter online

In the March 2015 ‘SalukiTech’ newsletter, learn about the security scan of employee workstations, Human Resources Self Service (HRSS), university applications for mobile devices, and IT research support. Find out more here.

‘Workout Wednesday’ examines occupational wellness

The WellSIU “Workout Wednesday” from noon to 2 p.m., March 25, will focus on occupational wellness. To learn more about the benefits of occupational wellness, visit the Thompson Point Fitness Center in Lentz Hall. During that time, any faculty, staff or retiree will have the opportunity to use the facility for free. Information on this and other “WellSIU Employee/Retiree Wellness Initiative” programs available to faculty and staff is here.

Dinner theater coming to Touch of Nature

The Gathering Place Off Broadway, a unique dinner theater, is coming to Touch of Nature Environmental Center. More

Felicia Norwood to deliver Jeanne Simon lecture

Felicia F. Norwood, recently appointed as director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, will deliver the Jeanne Hurley Simon lecture Thursday, March 26. More

Rep. Clyburn to discuss voting rights issues

U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act during a presentation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Monday, March 30. More

Eleven seniors named Rickert-Ziebold finalists

The School of Art and Design named 11 finalists for the coveted Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award competition for 2015. More

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