SIU Today - July 27, 2023

Bryson Future Scholars program gives students a jumpstart toward success 

Fifty students in the Dr. Seymour Bryson Future Scholars Program are enjoying an immersive campus stay July 3-28. They are earning 8 hours of college credit, residing in Bailey Hall, appreciating campus and community amenities, learning about resources available to them as Salukis and much more.

SIU Foundation breaks record for number of gifts, scholarships 

The SIU Foundation received a record-breaking number of gifts in fiscal year 2023, which ended June 30, leading to the organization’s second-best fundraising year. Through 38,621 gifts, the foundation raised over $31.2 million. It also awarded a record number of scholarships (1,645) and total scholarship dollars ($4,931,584) to students.

Upcoming Microsoft Teams Calling Q&A sessions in August  

SIU Carbondale is in the process of adopting a modern calling solution: Microsoft Teams Calling (Teams VoIP). Due to the recent phone system failure that impacted much of the west side of campus, the transition to Microsoft Teams Calling is occurring rapidly. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is offering multiple Q&A sessions.

SIU doctoral student researches fish species to reveal the Mississippi’s little-known ecosystem 

Working in Professor Greg Whitledge’s lab, Shay Valentine, a doctoral student in zoology, is examining the spatial dynamics of native fishes throughout the Upper Mississippi River basin to acquire a wider understanding of the storied river’s ecosystem and help wildlife managers conserve its unique native fish diversity.

SIU undergraduate student researchers to present their work Friday

The 20th annual Summer Research Symposium is set for 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, at Morris Library’s first-floor rotunda. The symposium will include work from nine students participating in the McNair Scholars program and 11 students in the SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate program.

McLeod Theater is the place to lose your blues and get ‘Footloose’ Aug. 3-6

It’s time to get with Ren and his classmates as the All Southern High School Theater Project visits the McLeod Theater stage next week and gets “Footloose.”

Simon Institute virtual talk to look at racial, economic and educational justice

Michelle Morales, president of Woods Fund Chicago, a philanthropic organization that focuses on fighting structural racism and economic injustice, will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual discussion on Thursday, Aug. 3.

SIU star-viewing party set for Aug. 5

A free night of guided telescope observations, accompanied by family-friendly astronomy and science activities awaits as the Southern Illinois Star Party 2023 gets set for Aug. 5 from 7 p.m. to midnight at University Farms Astronomy Observation Area. Shuttles will pick up participants at parking lot 63, near the corner of Oakland Avenue and Chautauqua Street. No registration is required and the event is free and open to the public.

Reminder: SIU employees get special offer for Sam Hunt concert 

There are still seats available to see country music star Sam Hunt perform on Thursday, Aug. 3, at Banterra Center, and SIU Carbondale employees can get a special discount when they buy tickets.

Reminder: SIU System Faculty Collaboration Award nominations open  

The Faculty Advisory Committee for the SIU System is accepting applications for its inaugural Faculty Collaboration Award. The annual award will recognize faculty for impactful collaborative endeavors across campuses in the areas of teaching, scholarship and creative activities, service and/or antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion. The nomination deadline is Aug. 31.

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