SIU Today - October 01, 2015

From the Chancellor

Faculty and staff colleagues,

I want to take this opportunity, on my first day as your interim chancellor, to tell you how deeply honored I am to work once again alongside SIU Carbondale’s outstanding faculty and staff. The warm welcome and good wishes Mary and I have received over the last few weeks have reinforced our decision to return home to Southern Illinois and SIU.

While there are challenges ahead, I am confident that we will overcome them collaboratively. My goal during my first weeks on campus is to meet with and learn from as many individuals as possible – to hear your thoughts about what makes us special, what we can do better, and what opportunities you see ahead for SIU.

I look forward to the conversations and appreciate all you do for our university.


Brad Colwell

Interim Chancellor

SURS general retirement session is Oct. 21

University employees may participate in a State Universities Retirement System (SURS) general retirement session on Oct. 21. This presentation is for all SURS Tier I participants -- those hired and certified prior to Jan. 1, 2011. More

Changes made to Illinois’ gift ban exception policies

University employees need to be aware of recent changes in the state’s policy on gift ban exceptions. Additional information is available here.

Provost Fellow Program deadline is Nov. 13

The Provost Fellow Program provides part-time academic leadership experience and skill development to a member of the faculty who has an interest in academic administration. The selected faculty member will engage in regular operations and activities of the provost’s office. More

State employee contribution drive underway

University employees will have the opportunity again this year to contribute to the State Employees Care A Lot (SECA) charity of their choice. More

Screening of Malala documentary set for Oct. 15

A documentary that profiled Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and her opposition to the Taliban’s push to close schools for Pakistani girls, is the focus of an upcoming screening and discussion at the SIU School of Law. More

Openings remain available at Rainbow’s End

Full- and part-time openings remain available at Rainbow’s End Child Development Center. More

Health Insurance benefit FAQ issued

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which oversees benefits for state employees, has issued a “frequently asked questions” document about the impact of the state budget impasse on group health insurance coverage. As noted in the FAQ, employees may contact their plan administrators if they are asked to pay up front for services. Employees may also contact SIU’s human resources office

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