SIU Today - January 20, 2022

SIU doctoral student’s work results in major awards

The work by Amina Naliaka, a doctoral student in environmental resources and policy, to earn two major awards reflects positively on SIU and our graduate programs, according to Justin Schoof, director SIU’s School of Earth Systems and Sustainability and professor of geography and environmental resources.

Veteran marketing and communications executive to join SIU leadership team 

Jim Potter, a marketing and communications executive with more than 30 years in the field, will become SIU Carbondale’s new executive director of University Communications and Marketing on Jan. 31 and assume the role of chief marketing officer.

Saluki Pride: Richard Smith plays a pivotal role within Information Technology

Whether in person, virtually or behind the scenes, Richard Smith, information technology manager/administrative coordinator, plays an important role in keeping the university community safe from cyber threats. He led the effort last year to move to Microsoft’s security platform and was instrumental in the campus rollout of multi-factor authentication. Nominating a colleague is easy; simply fill out this form.

COVID vaccine booster clinic is open today 

The university will host a COVID vaccine booster clinic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Jan. 20, at the Student Center Renaissance Room. The Pfizer, Moderna and J&J boosters will be available. To sign up, visit Students and employees who receive a booster shot on campus next week will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks. If you would like to receive a vaccine, visit

Film, discussion to examine challenges migrants face crossing border

A virtual community discussion on immigration and the challenges migrants face coming to the United States is set for Sunday, Jan. 23. In addition to the discussion, hosted by WSIU Broadcasting Service and the Carbondale Public Library, the film, “Missing in Brooks County,” will be broadcast on WSIU/WUSI-TV at 9 p.m. Jan. 31.

Enjoy fun workshops at SIU’s Craft Shop this spring

The Craft Shop in the Student Center is offering a wide variety of arts and craft workshops this spring.

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