SIU Today - April 13, 2023

New, unique SIU doctorate helps meet need for occupational therapists

Preparing occupational therapists for fulfilling careers of helping clients accomplish everyday tasks to optimize their health, well-being and quality of life is the focus of SIU Carbondale’s new hybrid entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program, which features education and training in a state-of-the-art lab with a full working kitchen, laundry area and more, along with collaborative experiences with students in related health care fields.

SIU plans ‘active threat’ drill on April 20  

SIU will hold “active threat” exercises on April 20 to assess and improve the university’s response to emergencies. Each year, the university’s Emergency Operations Center conducts exercises based on a simulated scenario. This year’s drill will involve more people, including university leadership, and be more visible.

Join the fun at SIU’s 48th Great Cardboard Regatta on April 22

Can a boat made from sheets of cardboard really float? That’s what contestants at the 48th Great Cardboard Boat Regatta will find out, much to the joy and amusement of bystanders. The ever-popular tradition returns to Campus Lake on April 22, with races starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome at the family friendly event, either as a participant or a spectator. Early registration ends at noon Friday, April 14. Registration will also be accepted the day of the event.

Conversation on reporting bias across SIU campuses is April 18

A Conversation of Understanding on Tuesday, April 18, will examine how to disclose concerns about bias on SIU campuses and the efforts that will follow those reports. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to join the live virtual discussion at noon. 

Open forums for associate dean and Graduate School director set  

Three internal candidates for associate dean and director of the graduate school will meet online with faculty, staff and students during a series of forums starting next week.

Paul Simon Institute to host New York Times’ Carl Hulse

Carl Hulse, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, will share his thoughts on the perils and possibilities of American politics on the eve of the 2024 presidential election during a special presentation at 6 p.m. Monday, April 17, at The Varsity Center in Carbondale.

Rickert-Ziebold art exhibition opens Monday  

The works of six graduating seniors in the School of Art and Design will be on display starting Monday, April 17, as part of the 48th annual Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award competition. The finalists’ show is in the Surplus Gallery/Studio Arts Building at the Glove Factory. The exhibition runs through April 22; with the reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21.

University Honors Program to present showcase on ‘migrations and borders’ theme

The University Honors Program on Wednesday, April 19, will showcase faculty research and teaching and student research around the theme of “Migrations and Borders.” The free, public event is from 3 to 5 p.m. in Morris Library's Honors Lounge, Room 180.

Commencement volunteers sought 

Volunteer opportunities are available for faculty, staff and community members who would like to help graduating Salukis celebrate their accomplishments during SIU Carbondale commencement exercises at Banterra Center on Saturday, May 13.

SIU Green Fund Award Ceremony is Wednesday

The announcement of grant winners and thought-provoking speakers will be featured at SIU Carbondale’s Green Fund Award Ceremony from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.  The event, with the theme “We are All Connected – Celebrating Earth Month,” will take place in the Student Center’s Renaissance Room. Everyone is welcome to attend. The keynote speaker is Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, an environmental justice warrior, Rhodes scholar and the founder of Black Girl Environmentalist.

American Airlines-SIU Aviation Career Day: Sharing a passion for flight

About 140 junior high, high school and community college students from the Chicago area will come to SIU on Saturday to learn about the many aviation career pathways and what SIU Aviation’s nationally recognized programs offer.

Tomorrow is Friday; time for maroon Saluki spirit  

Antonio Martinez, associate professor of photography and intermediate arts, School of Art and Design, is sporting maroon. The Saluki men’s baseball team hosts Missouri Valley Conference foe Evansville for three games Friday-Sunday, April 14-16. As a part of alumni weekend at Itchy Jones Stadium, SIU will retire the late coach Dan Callahan’s No. 37 jersey before Saturday’s April 15 game. The Salukis will also host Austin Peay in a nonconference game on Tuesday, April 18. The Saluki softball team returns home for three games against Bradley, April 21-23. Be sure and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday. 

Learn about NSF Partnerships for Innovation program 

A National Science Foundation representative will talk about the group’s Partnerships for Innovation program during an online meeting for faculty researchers on April 25.

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