SIU Today - June 16, 2022

Doctoral student researches how a devastating disease spreads among deer 

Michael Egan, a doctoral student in zoology, is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to better understand where deer are likely to come into contact and spread chronic wasting disease, an affliction of deer, elk, moose and other species in North America and beyond. He is working with Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau, assistant professor at SIU’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory,

Appointments for deans in CAM, COLA announced 

Hong Cheng, dean and professor in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, will be the dean of the College of Arts and Media while Joddy R. Murray, a professor of rhetoric and new media at Texas Christian University, will be the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Cheng and Murray each begin their duties at SIU on July 1. 

Saluki Pride: Daniel Silver is proud to guide his paralegal studies students to success

Daniel Silver, a clinical associate professor in paralegal studies within the School of Justice and Public Safety, has received the university-level 2022 Teaching Excellence Award (non-tenure track). Silver developed a wide range of law-related courses over the years designed around what is in the best interests of the students, the most recent being Cannabis Law. Nominating a colleague is easy; simply .

SIU’s continued response to COVID-19

This summer, the Emergency Operations Center is meeting on a regular basis to monitor the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and to oversee plans for fall. As needed, SIU Carbondale will refine its response and communicate with faculty, staff and students. Masks are recommended but not required indoors, except in health care settings such as the Student Health Center. The university continues to comply with Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order requiring employees and on-campus students who are not fully vaccinated to be tested weekly as long as the mandate remains in effect. For updates, visit or direct queries to

Latest SIU Paul Simon Institute research analyzes 2020 election, provides context for ’22 

Republicans have gained geographical ground in Illinois elections, but at the same time have lost votes in the state’s major population centers, according to the latest research from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

‘Event Planning 101’ is June 29

Faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to attend a presentation and discussion on tips for planning events at SIU Carbondale during a free workshop on June 29 in the Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main.

Registration open for fall Saluki Student Job, Internship Fair 

University departments and local businesses can register now for the fall 2022 Saluki Student Job and Internship Fair, set for Aug. 24 in the Student Center Ballroom D.

Plan now to attend SIU’s inaugural Little Grassy Get Down Oct. 7-9 

Tickets are on sale now at reduced prices for Little Grassy Get Down, a family friendly music festival that will make its debut at the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center in early October.

Reminder: Decal-By-Mail parking program deadline is Friday 

The Department of Public Safety Parking Division’s Decal-By-Mail program for eligible faculty and staff for the fiscal year 2023 is available through Friday, June 17. Applicants must use payroll deduction. The salary ranges for decal categories have not been increased.

Faculty, staff reminded of Juneteenth observances Monday 

The university will be closed on Monday, June 20, to observe Juneteenth. President Biden in 2021 signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

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