SIU Today - August 11, 2016

SIU planning ‘Eclipse 2017: One Year Countdown’

With a total solar eclipse a year away, university officials are marking the occasion and using it as an opportunity to educate the public and new students on what to expect and how to get involved. More

University set to welcome new, returning students 

New and returning students will find numerous special events and activities when they arrive on campus for the fall 2016 semester next week. More

‘Salukis SPEAK’ forums planned for fall

The university is creating Salukis SPEAK (Solutions for Peace and Equality through Advocacy and Knowledge), a series of focused discussions designed to encourage learning, engagement and interaction outside of the classroom. More

IMAGE Center to hold Aug. 19 open house 

An upcoming event at the IMAGE Center will give members of the public the opportunity to see how state-of-the-art microscopy works. More

SIU offering course at John A. Logan College 

The university will offer a technical resource management class at John A. Logan College this fall -- marking the first time in the college’s nearly 50-year history that SIU Carbondale has offered a course on the Carterville campus. More

Open lab for instructors is Aug. 17

An opportunity for instructors to receive personalized assistance with SIUonline Desire2Learn (D2L) is available Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Morris Library. The Center for Teaching Excellence will hold an open lab from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 174 to answer questions ahead of the fall semester. Pre-registration is not necessary; stop by at your convenience.

Faculty, staff can help students through mentoring

Faculty and staff have an opportunity to help students reach their goals by becoming a mentor to undergraduate or graduate students. Students will be matched with professional staff across campus for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is an opportunity to help students explore their career options and gain real-world experience by working with a mentor. For an application or for more information, contact Kate Sartori, University Housing, at

‘Illinois Ethics’ newsletter is available

The monthly “Illinois Ethics Matters” newsletter for August 2016 is now available.  The Office of Executive Inspector General publishes the newsletter to allow state employees to stay informed of current issues relating to ethics. The SIU system Ethics Office website contains information regarding how to file a complaint, relevant contact information, and many other resources.

CTE offers classroom equipment training

Faculty, staff and teaching assistants who will be teaching in the university’s open-access, technology-enhanced classrooms are encouraged to attend classroom equipment training this month. More

Crop waste products could power biofuels 

Ira Altman, professor and chair of the Department of Agribusiness Economics, is interested in second-generation biomass -- specifically in wheat straw and corn stover, what’s left behind after harvest. More

College seeks donations for its new ‘Career Closet’ 

The College of Business wants to make sure its students are ready for career success in every way possible by creating a Career Closet where students can borrow nice business attire to wear for interviews or other professional purposes. More

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