SIU Today - September 07, 2023

University celebrates overall enrollment increase

For the first time since 2014, enrollment at SIU Carbondale has grown. Overall enrollment for fall 2023 is 11,359 — 252 students, or 2.3%, more than last year — the highest overall boost in the number of students in 21 years and highest percentage increase in over 30 years.

SIU prof decodes motion’s effects on the body to prevent injuries in athletes

Sean Quisenberry, assistant professor of biomechanics in the School of Human Sciences, researches how to establish protective measures for high school and college athletes, reducing injury occurrences. He also takes on the role of director at SIU’s Human Performance and Sports Technology Laboratory.

Get a branded email signature with our new signature generator 

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has created an easy-to-use signature generator that incorporates the updated logo with the Saluki dog head, along with your name, title and contact information. Use the signature generator. There is a link to a tutorial on this webpage as well. University Communications and Marketing would like faculty and staff to create their new signatures by the end of September to help unify the brand. 

Attendance at 2023 SIU summer camps grows 

The 2023 summer camps at SIU Carbondale were a huge success in more ways than one, with attendance up dramatically from pre-pandemic levels, and planning is already underway to make 2024 even better. 

SIU prof: Reclassifying cannabis would benefit businesses

Gary Kinsel, professor in the School of Chemical and Biochemical Sciences and director of the Cannabis Science Center, said a reported recommendation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the DEA to reclassify marijuana as a less-controlled Schedule III substance would benefit businesses.

Reminder: Air Force ROTC to hold stair climb to commemorate 9/11 

Members of the university’s Air Force ROTC detachment will pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, with a strenuous workout session on Monday, Sept. 11, at Saluki Stadium. This year, organizers are opening the free event to Southern Illinois first responders, veterans and the local community.

Order now from SIU’s Start Seeing Pink

The university's Start Seeing Pink online apparel sale is now underway, raising scholarship funds for SIU students affected by the disease. It’s part of the university’s annual effort to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October through special events while also helping students. Online orders can be placed through Sept. 14.

Paul Simon Institute to host state Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Tuesday

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Tuesday, Sept. 12, for a discussion with SIU students and the public. The conversation, which is part of the institute’s Pizza and Politics series, is at noon at the institute, 1231 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale. The series is open to all. Registration is required.

Tomorrow is Saluki Spirit Friday 

There’s never a bad day to show your Saluki spirit, like Cindy Chester, circulation manager in Morris Library. Faculty and staff can grab an early start to the weekend on Friday, Sept. 8, as the Saluki women’s volleyball team opens the Saluki Bash at 10 a.m. against Alabama A&M in Banterra Center. The Salukis follow with matches against Arkansas State at 7 p.m. and Eastern Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday.

University export control notice 

Federal export control requirements are complex and far-reaching. To ensure all university personnel are aware of their responsibilities to comply with the federal requirements, the SIU University System provides online information and access to online export control training documents on the Export Controls website. You can also email to obtain more detailed information.

View this month’s ‘Saluki Watch Dawg’ 

The Department of Public Safety’s September 2023 issue of the “Saluki Watch Dawg” is available. This month’s edition includes information for attending Saluki football games; free monthly violence prevention and response training sessions; tips for preventing vehicle burglaries; information on accessing Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and guidance for reporting crimes.

SIU staff encouraged to attend a virtual wellness session Sept. 20 

The SIU System will offer a wellness session for staff only on Sept. 20. The session on successfully navigating career advancement is from noon to 1 p.m. and will be led by David Ziebler, director of organizational and employee development in the SIU School of Medicine's Center for Human and Organizational Potential.

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, Sept. 10. 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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