SIU Today - August 10, 2023

Project 90: A second chance for SIU students who left Carbondale too early

SIU’s Project 90 initiative is for Salukis who have completed at least 90 credit hours – about three years of college – but did not finish their degree. The program allows students to obtain their degrees through online coursework.

Students welcomed back to campus in grand Saluki style

SIU is rolling out the maroon welcome mat for new and returning students with weeks and weeks of special activities during Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome.

Open forum for Student Engagement director candidate is Friday  

A virtual open forum for a candidate for director of the Office of Student Engagement is set for 2:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. 

Research team gets $25K EPA grant to study how to mitigate microplastics  

Habibollah Fakhraei, assistant professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, is receiving a $25,000 grant to lead a project aimed at mitigating microplastics in the water supply, thanks to the U.S. EPA’s People, Prosperity and Planet program. 

SIU to host culinary arts career fair Aug. 15

Know someone who has a knack for preparing great food? SIU Carbondale is hosting a culinary arts career fair next week to fill more than 30 positions on campus for the fall 2023 semester, which starts Aug. 21.

SIU incoming freshman wins free fall tuition through Bryson Future Scholars Program 

Shania Davis not only got a jumpstart on her college education by participating in the Dr. Seymour Bryson Future Scholars Program this summer. She also won free tuition for the fall semester, courtesy of a new SIU initiative. Davis, of University Park, Illinois, was one of 50 students attending the monthlong Exploratory Student Advisement program for incoming freshmen in July and the first to receive a scholarship.

Paul Simon Institute to host Illinois political expert Jim Nowlan 

Jim Nowlan, a former member of the Illinois General Assembly, state agency director and retired professor, will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Aug. 16 for a virtual conversation on his new book, “Politics: The Starter Kit, How to Succeed in Politics and Government.”

SIU inks agreement to improve access for Spoon River College students

SIU Carbondale strengthened its commitment to students in west central Illinois on Aug. 2 with an agreement to bring the expertise of a doctoral research university to qualified community college students by providing the option to earn their bachelor’s degrees remotely and at a lower cost in 12 academic programs.

Jesse White receives 2023 Simon-Edgar Statesmanship Award

Former Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Paul Simon-Jim Edgar Statesmanship Award. Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and John Shaw, director of Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, announced White’s selection on Aug. 8.

Faith and Family Night, Hawgs & Dawgs highlight Saluki football opener

Saluki Athletics is hosting Faith & Family Night at Saluki Stadium on Sept. 2 when the Saluki football team hosts Austin Peay at 6 p.m. to open the 2023 season. The game also marks the return of the annual Hawgs & Dawgs. Faculty and staff also have one last chance for a 50% discount on football season tickets – which start at $30 for five games. For tickets or more information, contact Bryce Williams, assistant athletic director-ticketing, at 618-453-1803 or email Learn more about tickets.

View this month’s ‘Saluki Watch Dawg’ 

The Department of Public Safety’s August 2023 issue of the “Saluki Watch Dawg” is available. This month’s edition includes a story on the annual Cops and Kids backpack giveaway at Evergreen Terrace that provided about 120 school-aged children with a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year; information on parking decals and bicycle registration and locks; the fall semester move-in schedule, and Saluki Patrol information.

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.

New Arts Jazztet will perform Sunday 

Members of the New Arts Jazztet, a Southern Illinois jazz group comprising SIU faculty, along with guests will perform at Jazz Vespers, an evening prayer service at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Chautauqua St., Carbondale, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. NAJ was formed in 1984 among several School of Music faculty and has been in residence from that time. Learn more about NAJ.

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