SIU Today - May 26, 2022

SIU’s state-of-the-art lab helps health care management students jumpstart their careers

Thanks to a specialized lab and training offered at SIU Carbondale, health care management graduates have an edge over many of their peers when they enter the job market, officials and graduates say. The system allows students to review patient medical records, analyze charts and risk factors for better patient outcomes, process billing data to facilitate revenue cycle improvements, review insurance claims data for accuracy and integrity, create disease outbreak models and more.

Veteran researcher to serve as SIU’s new vice chancellor for research and grad school dean

Costas Tsatsoulis, a leader at Missouri S&T with more than 30 years of higher education experience and a background in research, graduate affairs and computer science, will be the new vice chancellor for research and graduate school dean.

Higher ed veteran to lead SIU Global

Susan Wegmann, associate dean of digital learning and innovation at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, will be the new executive director of SIU Global Campus, effective July 1.

Saluki Pride: Cynthia Heisner’s exceptional relationship with students contributes greatly to their success

Cynthia Heisner, an office administrator in the School of Law, approaches her many responsibilities with precision, which makes her a favorite in the office, said a colleague. Trish McCubbin, professor in the School of Law, nominated Heisner for the university-level Staff Excellence Award, because of her outstanding skills, great teamwork, and the extraordinary relationship Heisner has with the law students. Nominating a colleague is easy; simply fill out this form.

Benefit Choice open enrollment deadline is Tuesday

The deadline for the State Employees Group Insurance Program Benefit Choice open enrollment for all eligible employees is Tuesday, May 31. For the upcoming year, there are plan changes, and insurance premiums will increase. Employees are encouraged to review the Benefit Choice option booklet and select the best coverage for themselves and/or their families.

SIU seeking tutors to help schoolchildren impacted by COVID pandemic

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be felt in countless ways for many years to come, but SIU Carbondale is launching an intensive, research-based tutoring program to support the children whose learning progress stalled because they were unable to attend classes as usual.

Saluki Summer Bridge seeks course proposals

The 2022 Saluki Summer Bridge program is seeking faculty, staff, doctoral and graduate students to teach engaging college-level virtual courses on a variety of subjects to incoming freshmen. The two-week program is July 18-29, with the deadline to submit proposals June 10.

SIU’s Flying Salukis finish in top 5 in nation for 13th year

The Flying Salukis continued to be a consistent power in collegiate aviation with a fifth-place finish at the recent National Intercollegiate Flying Association championships.

SIU anthropology, Chinese major earns national scholarship to study in Taiwan

Taegan Carpenter, an incoming sophomore at SIU Carbondale, will embark on a new challenge this fall as a Boren Scholar, where she will spend an academic year in Taipei, Taiwan, and study Mandarin.

Political science professor to discuss global implications of Ukraine war

Tanisha Fazal, a political science professor at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the global implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a virtual conversation hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Wednesday, June 1.

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