SIU Today - September 28, 2023

Former Watergate prosecutor to discuss pioneering career

Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks will discuss her pioneering career and the barriers that women are still facing when she presents the Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the SIU School of Law.

University breaks ground on SIU Credit Union Event Center

University officials on Wednesday, Sept. 27, broke ground for the SIU Credit Union Event Center, which will act as a hub for the thousands of visitors who come to the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center annually. The facility is funded by a $500,000 SIU Credit Union donation.

Banned Books Week events feature readings, “Freedom of the Press” collection

A community read-in, panel discussion and a presentation on First Amendment freedoms are the focal points as Morris Library recognizes Banned Books Week Oct. 2-6.

Saluki Hall of Fame football coach Rey Dempsey is SIU’s 2023 Homecoming grand marshal

Former Saluki head football coach Rey Dempsey will be the grand marshal for SIU Carbondale’s 2023 Homecoming.

Mandatory Annual Ethics Act Training begins Sunday 

Mandatory 2023 annual Ethics Act training for all SIU Carbondale faculty, staff, graduate assistants, undergraduate assistants, volunteers, student workers and extra help workers takes place Oct. 1-31 on the D2L platform. School of Medicine employees located on the Carbondale campus will complete training using HealthStream.

SIU teams among leaders in international business competition

Top Dawgs. That’s where not one but two teams of SIU business students have been for weeks now in the long-term, ongoing Capsim simulation business competition.

SIU concert choir, wind ensemble bring ‘Order and Chaos’ on Oct. 3

The university's Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of works based on order and chaos when they present “PRISM: Order and Chaos” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Shryock Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public. 

University honors course proposal deadline is Oct. 30

The University Honors Program is accepting course proposals from faculty for fall 2024 and spring 2025 UHON seminars.  Courses may be proposed in the faculty’s area of choice or along the theme for the year, which is “Play and Civilization: History, theory, practice.”

Seats remain for leadership training workshops for staff

Seats remain for free leadership training workshops — Unleash Initiative and Enhance Decisions — being offered in October by the Staff Advisory Committee for the SIU System.

Kick off Family Weekend by wearing maroon on Friday

Saluki Spirit will be everywhere during Family Weekend, with a busy sports slate that includes the No. 10-ranked Saluki football team hosting Missouri State at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Saluki Stadium. On Sunday, Oct. 1, outfielder Bailey Caylor, a senior majoring in sport administration (pictured), and the women’s softball team host Jefferson College in a doubleheader starting at noon at Charlotte West Stadium. The women’s soccer team hosts Evansville at 6 p.m. today (Sept. 28) at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex, and women’s volleyball hosts Evansville at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and Indiana State at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, both at Davies Gym. The women’s golf team hosts the Saluki Invitational at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 2-3. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday.

Dates open for Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main

The SIU Faculty-Staff Lounge at Old Main has openings available for the remaining fall 2023 semester. Anyone interested in reserving the faculty-staff lounge for an event, or who would like to serve as a host, can email Events and Outreach at

Juniper Oxford is SIU’s new LGBTQ center coordinator

Juniper Oxford, an educator and historian of gender and sexuality, is the new coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center within the Student Multicultural Resource Center.

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