SIU Today - May 08, 2023

Mission continues: Veteran earns SIU law degree to better help fellow vets

Earning his law degree from the SIU School of Law on Friday, May 12, is the completion of one mission for U.S. Army and Iraq War veteran Ryan Taylor and the start of another. Taylor said a primary reason he came to the SIU School of Law is its Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program (VLAP). After graduation and passing the bar, he plans to continue helping veterans with Department of Veterans Affairs benefit claims.

Decal-By-Mail program available through May 31

The Department of Public Safety Parking Division’s Decal-By-Mail program for eligible faculty and staff for the fiscal year 2024 is available through May 31. Applicants must use payroll deduction. The salary range for decal categories has not been increased.

Aimee Lemrise is SIU’s new sustainability director 

The university’s commitment to sustainability, one of the five pillars of the Imagine 2030 strategic plan, remains robust and is getting stronger with the recent hiring of Aimee Lemrise as the director of sustainability.

Father Joseph Brown earns SIU System ADEI honor 

Father Joseph Brown, director, School of Africana and Multicultural Studies, is one of two inaugural recipients of the SIU System’s Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lifetime Achievement Award. Brown, and Earleen Patterson, associate vice chancellor for student opportunities, equity, diversity and inclusion at SIU Edwardsville, were honored April 27 at the SIU Board of Trustees meeting. The award recognizes staff and faculty members whose careers include generally 20 years or more of documented service and advocacy in ADEI initiatives that result in greater justice and belonging for all in the SIU community. Additional information on the award recipients is available in this news release.  

SIU Aviation’s newest arrivals 

Chief flight instructor Steven Goetz shows off one of the seven new Cessna 172 flight training airplanes that arrived last week to augment SIU Aviation’s nationally recognized program. The state-of-the-industry planes are financed entirely by student aviation flight fees, the same funds that are used to pay for maintenance upgrades and fuel. The new planes, which feature cutting-edge glass panel Garmin avionics, increase to 47 the number of available planes for flight training students to use. (Photo by Russell Bailey) 

School of Music presenting faculty-student ensemble Wednesday

The School of Music will present a faculty-student Versa’tile Chamber Ensemble, under the auspices of the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane. The program is free and open to the public.

Veteran winemakers among SIU Alumni Association’s 2023 distinguished alumni

Albert M. Kellert and Cheryl Greeley Kellert were honored as the SIU Alumni Association’s 2023 Distinguished Alumni during an April 28 ceremony at Walker’s Bluff vineyard. Also recognized during the event were four SIU Carbondale alumni, the SIU Young Alumni Group and Jack James, a junior from Gardner, Illinois, studying physiology.

SIU Women’s Club awards three scholarships

The SIU Women’s Club has awarded scholarships to students Haley Lehane, Truc “Prue” Hoang and Kendra Halley. Each recipient received a $2,000 award from the club, which has awarded numerous scholarships to women since it formed in 1956.

SIU Today begins summer schedule next week

After the spring semester ends on Saturday, May 13, SIU Today will begin its summer schedule and come out once a week, each Thursday, beginning May 18.

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