SIU Today - March 20, 2023

Odenkirk to visit SIU

One of SIU’s most well-known alumni, Bob Odenkirk, is returning to campus. The 1984 SIU graduate will receive two degrees during a ceremony at 7 p.m. April 3 at Shryock Auditorium. After the presentation of his degrees, there will be a discussion and audience Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

Salukis invited to participate in East Grand Avenue survey 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in a study by the Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization in collaboration with the city of Carbondale to evaluate the East Grand Avenue corridor from Washington Street to Giant City Road. The goal of the study is to provide direction and assistance for the design of multimodel improvements to create a safer, more welcoming and pedestrian friendly corridor that serves the diverse multimodel needs. Learn more and take the survey.

Campus community invited to participate in Genius Is Common event

The everyday talent and creativity of the Saluki community will be on tap during the Genius is Common Showcase, set for 5-8 p.m. April 6 at Shryock Auditorium. All are invited to attend or participate. Those interested in participating should plan on signing up by March 31.

Conversation on ‘elevating employee appreciation’ across SIU campuses is March 28

A Conversation of Understanding on Tuesday, March 28, will examine how recognizing excellent employee performance strengthens relationships, boosts workplace morale and improves organizational productivity. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to join the live virtual discussion at noon.

Apply now for SIU’s 2023 Green Fund awards

Want to be part of making SIU a greener campus? Here’s your chance. All SIU students, faculty, staff, registered student organizations, offices and departments can submit applications now for the newest round of Green Fund awards. Applications are due by April 7. Winners will be announced on April 24. 

Outside the Box new music festival opens Friday

Music lovers throughout the region will have a bevy of musical interests and influences to enjoy later this month as the Outside the Box 2023 new music festival continues the rich history of bringing internationally known musicians and performers to campus. The festival, now in its 16th year, runs March 24-31 at various locations on campus and in Carbondale. All of the workshops and concerts are open to the public, and admission is free.

Values await at the SIU Book/Vinyl and Media sale March 24-25

Treasures and hard-to-find items will be discovered when the Friends of Morris Library and WSIU Radio host a massive public sale in Morris Library, Friday and Saturday, March 24-25. Admission is free both days. Proceeds of the sale go to purchase materials and support the library’s mission and WSIU Radio.

School of Art and Design to present visiting lecturer Thursday

Ashley Lester, a lecturer in the visual arts program at Frostburg State University, will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Wham Educational Building, Room 105. Part of the School of Art and Design’s Visiting Artist Program, the lecture is free and open to the public.

OIT ‘Listening and Learning’ sessions begin Wednesday

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) invites faculty and staff to attend and participate in several “Listening and Learning” sessions hosted by Chief Information Officer Wil Clark. These sessions are an opportunity for the campus community to share thoughts, ideas and concerns as the OIT develops it strategic plan.

Promotion, tenure workshops scheduled for next week

The Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Administration will be hosting a series of workshops March 29-30. 

Virtual appointments available for faculty, staff regalia sale on Wednesday

Faculty and staff are reminded that a virtual regalia sale through Herff Jones, a national provider of custom regalia, is Wednesday, March 22. Graduate students wishing to purchase regalia rather than rent are also welcome.

SIU Student Distinguished Service Award deadline is Friday

The application deadline for faculty and staff to nominate a deserving student for an SIU Student Distinguished Service Award by the SIU Board of Trustees is 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 24. The award recognizes and honors the efforts and contributions of students in the SIU System “whose acts of service are demonstrative of excellence and exemplary commitment to the support, advancement and achievement of fellow students, their campus, and their community.”

Paul Simon Institute to host Chicago Beyond CEO to discuss expanding opportunities for young people

Liz Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond and a nationally recognized educational leader, will discuss her path-breaking work to expand opportunities and possibilities for young people through education, youth safety and wellness programs as part of a virtual program by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

Encourage students to enter the Student Research & Creative Activities Forum 

If you know student researchers or artists, encourage them to showcase their projects at the Student Research & Creative Activities Forum set for April. The deadline for entries is March 30.

View this month’s ‘Saluki Watch Dawg’

The Department of Public Safety’s March 2023 issue of the “Saluki Watch Dawg” is available. This month’s edition includes information on the “active threat” exercise planned for campus in April; ways to safeguard against identity theft; mental health on college campuses and contact information for SIU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, income tax tips and campus bicycling guidelines.

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