SIU Today - February 24, 2022


From the Chancellor

We need you to bring Imagine 2030 to life 

Today we are rolling out our strategic plan, “Imagine 2030.” This plan is the result of listening and learning from you. Through hundreds of discussions with faculty and staff, students, alumni and others, five interconnected and equally important pillars emerged to help dictate how we prioritize staffing, funding and execution: 

  • Student Success & Engagement
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Branding & Partnerships
  • Research & Innovation
  • Sustainability 

Imagine 2030 is not the chancellor’s plan — it belongs to the entire university. And all of us must work collectively to bring it to life and make it succeed. I invite you to continue the conversation. Learn more at

Go Dawgs!
Austin A. Lane


SIU Day of Giving brings excitement, livestream March 2 

The 6th annual SIU Day of Giving is Wednesday, March 2, and the show is hitting the road. After introducing a Day of Giving livestream last year, the SIU Foundation will add a second live event from the Saluki Takeover Tour kick-off event in St. Louis.

Saluki Pride: ID office manager Lisa Lambus gives people a great start at SIU

Lisa Lambus is often one of the first faces people see when they join the Saluki family, either as students, faculty or staff, and she goes out of her way to make sure it’s a pleasant encounter. Tena Bennett, director of the Student Center, notes Lambus “is a ray of sunshine who is always willing to help others.” Nominating a colleague is easy; simply fill out this form.

SIU geologist uses big data to discover when oxygen entered the Earth’s crust 

In a study published Feb. 18 in Nature Communications, Daniel Hummer, assistant professor in the School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, and the paper's lead author, provides important answers about how Earth evolves chemically and geologically.

Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge schedule for March 

The Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main has several university hosts lined up for next month.

SIU students will offer free tax preparation services starting Saturday 

Free income tax preparation services will soon be available on campus, courtesy of a group of specially trained students. Beta Alpha Psi, a College of Business and Analytics honors accounting student organization, is again sponsoring the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for low- and moderate-income community members. The program begins Feb. 26 and continues each Saturday through April 2. There are no services during spring break, March 5 and 12.

College of Arts and Media to host “lightning” talks on truth

Faculty and students are encouraged to submit proposals by March 4 to present seven-minute talks on their views of truth during the College of Arts and Media’s “Festival of Ideas” in April.

Tap dancing comes to Shryock stage on Sunday 

Several Southern Illinois University Carbondale students will showcase their dance skills this weekend when the Taplife dance showcase performs on the Shryock Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Admission is free.

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