SIU Today - September 30, 2021

SIU professor contributes to congressional climate change report

Kofi Akamani, associate professor in the School of Agricultural Sciences, is playing an important role in an upcoming report on climate change commissioned by the U.S. Congress. Akamani will help write a chapter on ecosystems for the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). The report evaluates the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems in the United States and is the government’s premier report on climate change impacts, risks and adaptation across the nation.

Saluki Pride: FNU (Tugi) Tugiyanto is the School of Agricultural Sciences’ cheerful technology “fixer”

FNU Tugiyanto, or “Tugi” as the technical associate for the Office of Information Technology, School of Agricultural Sciences is known, has an amazing work ethic, a good heart, is an expert in his field, and will find a way to fix whatever needs fixing in the quickest way possible without making people feel like they are bothering him to ask for help. Tugiyanto is featured this week in Saluki Pride. Nominating a colleague is easy; simply fill out this form.

Federally mandated training for preventing harassment and discrimination is due by Nov. 1

All faculty and staff will receive an important email sent by on Friday, Oct. 1, that appears from Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Preventing Harassment and Discrimination for Higher Education. This training is federally mandated, and this year is combined with the state-mandated Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training (formerly sexual harassment training).

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week

The free, on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the Student Center Renaissance Room will be available next week. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second-dose Pfizer vaccinations will be available Monday through Friday, Oct. 4-8. Information on vaccinations, including times, and campus pandemic safety protocols is available at

Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge schedule

A variety of university faculty and staff highlight the October schedule for the Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main.

History-making Bloomington mayor is next guest in ‘Meet the Mayor’ virtual series

Mboka Mwilambwe, the mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, is the next guest in the “Meet the Mayor” series hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Mwilambwe will join John Shaw, institute director, at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1 for a virtual conversation held by Zoom webinar.

SIU hosts annual high school band competition on Saturday

“You may take the field” is a heartwarming sound for all marching bands throughout the nation this fall. For George Brozak, director of athletic bands at SIU Carbondale, it also means that the “Music & Motion” high school marching band competition is returning to Saluki Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 2.

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