SIU Today - August 03, 2023

SIU joins celebration of flights from Marion to O’Hare  

SIU Carbondale officials were among the passengers to board Contour Airlines’ first flight on Aug. 1 from Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion for an hourlong trip to Chicago O’Hare. Contour will offer two round-trip flights daily Monday through Friday, along with one round-trip flight each Saturday and Sunday. Passengers will know they are in Saluki Country when they land in Marion. 

SIU’s XPRIZE team and their carbon capture efforts featured in a film 

SIU’s Carbon Down Under student team, with faculty researchers Scott Hamilton-Brehm and Ken Anderson, is working on technologies that would sequester carbon below ground. A video featuring the SIU team is available on YouTube.

Journey to the Eclipse talk series starts Friday 

Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, will launch a monthly series on Friday, Aug. 4, as the university continues to gear up for the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse. Nichols will discuss NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at 3 p.m. in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. The presentation is the first in the SIU Journey to the Eclipse talk series. Admission is free. For more information, email or call Events and Outreach at 618-453-7424.

SIU logistics expert: Yellow Corp. trucking shutdown may delay deliveries, raise costs 

After nearly a century in business, the trucking company Yellow Corp. halted operations Sunday and announced plans to lay off all 30,000 of its workers, apparently intending to file bankruptcy, according to experts. This development will affect the economy and people in numerous ways, said Gregory D. DeYong, associate professor of operations management, who specializes in supply chain issues and costs.

SIU political experts: Latest Trump indictment presents new challenges for nation 

A four-count federal indictment on Tuesday that alleges former President Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election could present new challenges for the nation, political experts at SIU Carbondale believe. But the latest criminal case may have little impact on Trump supporters as he seeks another run at the White House.

Volunteers sought for info stations as classes start 

New Student Programs is looking for volunteer faculty and staff to welcome students and answer general SIU questions at any of the three Saluki Information Stations on campus during the first two days of fall 2023 semester classes, Aug. 21-22.

Exhibit gives aerial view of SIU’s historic changes 

An exhibit in Morris Library’s Hall of Presidents and Chancellors gives visitors an aerial look at the campus from nearly 80 years ago to today.

South Central Transit shuttle services expanding 

South Central Transit’s Chestnut Shuttle Route with service between Du Quoin, Pinckneyville and SIU Carbondale expanded starting Aug. 1. SCT is offering free rides on that route through Aug. 11, and students who present their student ID to the SCT driver will ride for free during the month of August. The updated schedule that includes stops at the SIU Student Center is available. For more information, contact SCT at 800-660-7433.

Vendors can sign up now for SIU’s 2023-2024 craft sales

The Student Center Craft Shop will sponsor three big arts and crafts sales during the 2023-2024 academic year, and vendors can now apply to participate.


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