SIU Today - April 27, 2023

M. Daniel Becque wins SIU’s 2023 Lindell Sturgis Award for community service

Serving others and giving of himself to make the world a better place comes naturally to M. Daniel “Dan” Becque, an associate professor in the School of Human Sciences, who received the 2023 Lindell W. Sturgis Award, presented during today’s SIU Board of Trustees meeting.

Rehabilitation counseling program earns top national ranking from U.S. News

The Counseling and Rehabilitation Education Program has earned national recognition from U.S. News and World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Graduate School Rankings, ranking 12th among the Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs.

45 faculty members earn tenure, promotion 

In its last two meetings, including today, April 27, the SIU Board of Trustees approved promotions in academic rank and tenure for 45 faculty members, effective with the 2023-2024 academic year or the 2024 fiscal year beginning in July. 

Veteran higher ed marketing and communications executive to join SIU leadership

Jeff Harmon, who has spent 25 years in marketing and communications in higher education and the private sector, will become the university’s executive director of University Communications and Marketing on June 1.

Saluki Ball bridges the gap for students 

There’s a new premier fundraiser on the SIU calendar – the Saluki Ball. Hosted by Chancellor Austin Lane and Mrs. Loren Lane, the inaugural Saluki Ball brought 615 SIU alumni and friends together in an effort to raise funds that bridge the financial gap for students. Together, they donated more than $650,000 to that cause.

Course proposals sought for Mississippi Watershed Project by May 13

Faculty are encouraged to develop course proposals and programming as a part of a student-centered grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that looks at the intersections of environmental and social justice in a regional context through creative field research and engagement with community organizations. Faculty whose course proposals are accepted will receive a $1,200 stipend for coursework preparation. 

Dates open for May for Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main

The Chancellor’s Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main has several openings available for May. A “Camps on Campus” hosted by Events and Outreach is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The session will focus on offerings this summer, how to host a camp as a partner and other services Events and Services provide. A “Let's Talk Tech” session hosted by the Office of Information Technology is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10. There also are openings available throughout the month. Anyone interested in reserving the faculty-staff lounge for an event, or who would like to serve as a host, can email

Encourage spring semester graduates to complete survey

The Career Development Center is asking faculty and staff to remind students of a survey for undergraduate and graduate students who are planning to graduate this semester.

SIU will celebrate National Small Business Week in May

In celebration of National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SIU Carbondale is sponsoring a variety of special events, including a guest speaker, a summit, a unique version of a scavenger hunt and much more. All events are free and open to the public. 

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