SIU Today - March 21, 2022

Registration open for summer camps

While there might still be some cold nights and drizzle at times even with the start of spring on Sunday, it’s not too early to think about the numerous fun activities to enjoy through SIU’s summer camps. Visit to view myriad possibilities for summer fun and educational opportunities.

Campus holiday schedules now include Juneteenth 

Chancellor Austin Lane has approved revisions to the holiday schedule for fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2023 to include Juneteenth observances. President Biden in 2021 signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Virtual lecture to focus on U.N. treaty on women’s rights

Lisa Baldez, a professor of government at Dartmouth College, will present “Defying Convention,” as part of a virtual program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The lecture will examine an international treaty eliminating discrimination against women and efforts to have the United States join 189 other countries in ratifying it. The program is sponsored by the university's Women’s Law Forum and the Southern Illinois chapter of the United Nations Association USA.

Jackson County residents asked to respond to survey to improve broadband 

The Jackson County Board and Southern Illinois University Carbondale Research Park are partnering on a project to improve broadband internet access in the county. This starts with a survey to help the Jackson County Board to create an effective approach for broadband development. The survey is open until April 10.

Morris Library book sale is March 25-26

It’s been awhile, more than two years, to be exact. But the Friends of Morris Library is holding a massive public book sale on March 25-26 that promises to help fill the shelves of avid readers.

OIT reminder on scheduling technology infrastructure projects

The Office of Information Technology is reminding campus departments of the need to plan now for upcoming infrastructure projects. A major upgrade in the Towers this summer will limit the time the Network Engineering and Telecommunications Services can devote to other projects and will consume all current departmental resources May 9 through Aug. 1. A release in January gave additional information about the project and scheduling information.

‘Reproductions’ takes to Kleinau Theatre stage this week

Shelby Swafford, a doctoral student in communication studies, will take a look back at previous Kleinau Theatre performances when she presents her solo show “Reproductions” later this week. 

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