SIU Today - February 23, 2017


March 1 marks our first-ever Day of Giving, which shines a spotlight on the importance of philanthropy to SIU’s success. Our colleges and many other units are participating, inviting gifts for key projects and connecting with their communities to help achieve goals. 

I invite you to play a part in this important day by encouraging others to participate or by supporting a university cause of interest. To learn more, visit and scroll down to see the participating units. Donors can support any of these areas or any other area of their choice. 

With your help, we can open the door to opportunity for SIU students on March 1. 

Brad Colwell
Interim Chancellor

Budget and Planning feedback posted 

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell has released a report from the Chancellor’s Planning and Budget Advisory Council that provides feedback on recommendations included in the Non-Instructional Program Review Committee report. The chancellor, who has met with the budget and planning council to discuss the report, says he is grateful for the work of both committees and continues to welcome feedback. 

“I appreciate the thoughtful input I have received from the Planning and Budget Advisory Council and individuals across campus,” he said. “We are currently considering next steps based on input to date.” 

Colwell said he continues to welcome feedback and ideas

‘This is Carbondale’ showcases students’ talents 

A new book that chronicles the spirit of Carbondale residents and the campus community also serves as a showcase of the talents of photojournalism students. More

Recreation Center offers indoor camping for eclipse 

Hotel rooms and campgrounds in Southern Illinois are filling up in anticipation of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, but the university is making another option available -- one with many amenities. More

Alumna returns to discuss her work in Washington 

She once worked at the front desk of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute while pursuing a political science degree. Just a few years later, Carbondale native Tequia Hicks-Delgado would be working inside then-President Barack Obama’s White House, helping influence policy. More

Undergraduate research forum judges sought 

Judges are being sought for the upcoming Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Forum on April 3 in the Student Center Ballrooms. Undergraduate students who have conducted creative projects, ongoing research theses or dissertations, or any form of scholarly works will showcase their projects in a poster. Judges may register by completing this survey. The forum is sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. For more information, stop by the CURCA office in Student Services Building, Room 126 or call 453-4433.

Matthew Shepard Foundation director to speak at law school 

Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will speak Wednesday, March 1, as part of the SIU School of Law Diversity and Inclusion Week. More

Second annual ‘Day of Percussion’ is March 4 

Beat a drum, bang a gong, the second annual Day of Percussion at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is March 4 in Altgeld Hall. More

Changes coming to Desire2Learn

Exciting changes are coming to Desire2Learn (D2L) on May 16. Starting with the summer 2017 semester D2L will have a new look, be more mobile, responsive and accessible on all devices – whether a 27-inch monitor, tablet, or smart phone. The new look will not change D2L’s functionality. Watch for announcements of upcoming demonstrations and training in March and April. For more information, visit here or contact JP Dunn, D2L administrator, at or 453-1016. 

Saluki basketball teams at home this weekend

The Saluki men’s and women’s basketball teams celebrate the accomplishments of their senior student-athletes as they wrap up the home portion of their respective seasons this weekend at the SIU Arena. More

SIU to host grant writing workshop 

A one-day workshop to gain the essential skills needed in writing a grant proposal will be held in April. More

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