SIU Today - February 02, 2023

SIU student’s research may lead to better control of invasive 

Working with her adviser, Brent Pease, assistant professor in the forestry program, graduate student Kelly Crandall has been working on a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-funded study examining how human activities influence the movements of raccoons and opossums, as well as the impacts of environmental functions. However, an accidental discovery may lead to better tracking and removal of invasive pythons.

SIU Carbondale inks agreement to improve access for Lake Land College 

The university strengthened its commitment to students in central Illinois with an agreement on Feb. 1 to provide an SIU education to qualified place-bound students who attend Lake Land College through Saluki Step Ahead. The agreement brings a total of 36 Saluki Step Ahead pacts the university has with community colleges in Illinois, Missouri and Texas.

Remember to wear maroon on Spirit Fridays

Faculty and staff are encouraged to show their Saluki pride by wearing maroon on Fridays. Post shots of yourself and your friends in your SIU best and tag them with #SpiritFriday. Fans can cheer on Saluki basketball with three games in the coming days.

W-2s available through HRSS

Faculty and staff are reminded that their W-2 forms for 2022 are available through the Human Resources Self Service portal. The W-2 will say “corrected” at the top because of a system setting when the forms were prepared. But be assured that your W-2 is the original, and it is acceptable to the Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue and other state agencies for filing tax returns. If your W-2 is consistent with your records, no action is required. If the form needs to be corrected or if you have questions, please contact at 618-536-3369 or

Paul Simon Institute to host champion of universal voting in United States

Miles Rapoport, a former secretary of state and state legislator in Connecticut and national leader of progressive causes, will make the case for mandatory voting in the United States during a virtual event sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Monday, Feb. 6.

SIU speaker to discuss effectively teaching about Black historical experiences 

As part of the university’s Black History Month celebration, LaGarrett King, director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education at the University of Buffalo, will speak about “Can’t get right: We need to teach through, not about, Black historical experiences” in a virtual presentation on Monday, Feb. 6.

WSIU to hold free film screening on Sunday 

A free screening and discussion of a documentary that profiles the work of a Vancouver-based community organization helping people affected by the fentanyl epidemic will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St.

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