SIU Today - August 19, 2021

SIU faculty member, student receive honors for innovation

Ken Anderson, director of the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center, and Nelson Fernandes, a senior in mechanical engineering, were honored by the Illinois Innovation Network with the organization’s inaugural awards on Wednesday. The awards celebrate advances in research, technology commercialization and education across 12 public universities and 15 innovation hubs throughout Illinois.

Saluki Pride: Shannon Newman is “The Dell Lady”

She might be known as “The Dell Lady,” but Shannon Newman, information technology manager with the Office of Information Technology, is an excellent team player, communicator and motivated self-starter, according to Laurie Holley, OIT business manager. Newman is featured this week in Saluki Pride, which profiles faculty and staff whose work is integral to the university’s success. Nominating a colleague is easy; simply fill out this form.

Interviews set for vice chancellor for student affairs candidates

Three candidates for vice chancellor for student affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will meet with constituents during a series of virtual interviews beginning next week.

SIU offering vaccination clinics, gift cards for students 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind students that SIU, in partnership with the Jackson County Health Department, is providing on-campus vaccination clinics. The clinics take place every Wednesday in the Student Center’s TV lounge and every Thursday at the Student Health Center through Oct. 7. Both events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

HEERF funds are available for students

Faculty and staff can play an important role in reminding students of emergency grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). To be eligible to receive these funds, students just need to be enrolled for fall 2021 classes and have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file to apply for the $500 or $1,500 grants, depending on financial need. The application for the HEERF grant will be available on Monday, Aug. 23. More information is available at

Moment of silence to honor COVID-19 victims is next week

The campus community is reminded of a moment of silent reflection to recognize those who have perished from COVID-19. At 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, the clock tower bells will ring six times, one for each 100,000+ people who have died from COVID-19. The moment of silent reflection will follow.

Free webinar on COVID-19’s impact on rural health is today

Registration is available for “COVID-19 and Rural Nutrition and Fitness,” a free roundtable virtual discussion of rural leaders about challenges posed by COVID-19 and ways to make rural communities more conducive to health. The webinar is at noon today, Aug. 19. The sponsors include the SIU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Science and Policy and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

2021-2022 Information Guide for faculty, staff

A guide to important, student-related policies, information and resources is online as a reference for all faculty, staff and students. You can access the “2021-2022 Guide to Important Information for SIU Carbondale Students, Faculty, and Staff” on the Office of the Dean of Students website.

SIU invites youths with diabetes to register for Camp BETA

Camp BETA, the university’s free camp for youths with Type 1 diabetes, is returning to Touch of Nature Environmental Center this fall with two October one-day camp sessions. Each session is for a different age group and special COVID-19 precautions will be in place. The registration deadline is Sept. 1.

SIU’s Craft Shop offers an array of arts and crafts opportunities this fall

The university’s Craft Shop offers an array of workshops for both the university community and public this fall.

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