SIU Today - September 14, 2023

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month events start Friday

SIU Carbondale is celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, which starts Friday, Sept. 15 and runs through mid-October, with a variety of special activities including guest speakers, music and dance, cultural events and festivals, and much more.

SIU researcher seeks to stabilize complex, uncertain water supply systems

Research by Sangmin Shin, an assistant professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, is focused on stabilizing complex and uncertain water supply systems.

Professors study how eagle 7K miles off course benefits economy

Brent Pease and Kofi Akamani. faculty in the School of Forestry and Horticulture, recently studied the Steller’s sea eagle's journey through the United States and Canada. Their findings appeared earlier this week in the journal People and Nature.

Constitution Day events include discussion on abortion rights

An examination of debates on whether the Constitution protects abortion rights is part of the university's observance of Constitution Day.

Former U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos to give Morton-Kenney lecture

Cheri Bustos, a former journalist and healthcare executive who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years and was a senior member of the House Democratic leadership team, is the guest for the Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture in Morris Library's John C. Guyon Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 18.

SIU prof: UAW strike could have repercussions far beyond auto unions

Gregory D. DeYong, an associate professor of operations management, believes a strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Stellantis could mean repercussions beyond the auto industry if an agreement is not reached before the union contract expires at 11:59 p.m. today, Sept. 14.

Remember to wear maroon on Spirit Fridays 

There are numerous opportunities to show Saluki Spirit, like Arianne Smith, an administrative aide in the university’s Affirmative Action Office. The women’s volleyball team hosts UT-Martin to kick off the Saluki Invitational at Banterra Center starting today, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.; the women’s soccer team hosts University of Illinois Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, and the women’s softball team hosts Three Rivers Community College for a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sept. 17. And in a nearby road game, the No. 15-ranked football Salukis travel across the Mississippi River Saturday, Sept. 16, to take on regional rival Southeast Missouri State at 6 p.m. in Cape Girardeau. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday. 

Get tickets now for SIU’s inspirational Mountainfilm on Tour Sept. 29

Mountainfilm on Tour, a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed, inspiring documentary films, will be shown at Carbondale’s Varsity Theater on Sept. 29. Tickets are required for the free event.

Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter is available

The Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter for September 2023 is available. The Office of Executive Inspector General publishes the newsletter to allow state employees to stay informed of current issues relating to ethics. The SIU System Ethics Office website is

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