SIU Today - November 02, 2023

SIU celebrating Native American Heritage Month in November

The university’s recognition of Native American Heritage Month is underway with a variety of special events, including guest speakers, special music and more. The 2023 celebration theme is “Our Stories, History and Culture.” All events are free and open to the public.

BioBlitz citizen scientists record 435 species on SIU campus   

Citizen scientists documented more species than ever during the latest Saluki BioBlitz, an annual survey of flora and fauna on SIU Carbondale’s campus.

Molly Hudgins named SIU Alumni Association executive director

Molly Hudgins, a 1997 SIU Carbondale graduate and former standout athlete on the women’s golf team, is the new executive director of the SIU Alumni Association. Hudgins replaces Jeff Gleim, who has taken over the role of associate vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and chief operating officer of the SIU Foundation. Hudgins’ new role began Nov. 1.

School of Art and Design iron pour is Saturday

Art students in the School of Art and Design will host their free, annual fall cast iron pour, beginning at noon Saturday, Nov. 4.

SIU celebrates first-generation college students on Nov. 8 

The university is recognizing and celebrating an important part of its student body on First-Generation College Student Day, Wednesday, Nov. 8. A wide variety of activities are planned throughout the day, all open to the public.

Reminder: Mahony to speak about enrollment on Friday 

SIU System President Daniel F. Mahony will present “Future of Enrollment – SIU System” to the Carbondale campus community from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Mahony speak about enrollment trends and projections and how they may affect the SIU System. After his presentation, Mahony will take questions from the audience.

Change of seasons? Maroon fits in well  

Faculty and staff with the SIU School of Law know how to wear maroon. The nationally ranked Saluki football team hosts South Dakota at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in Saluki Stadium, while both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have their 2023-24 season openers during the upcoming week at Banterra Center. The Saluki men host Kentucky State at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, while the Saluki women host Southeast Missouri State at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday. 

Next Let’s Talk Research focuses on digital identity

Digital identity is the topic of the next Let’s Talk Research virtual event for faculty researchers.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the next monthly event is set for 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 on Microsoft Teams.

Proposal mentors to help faculty seek external funds

Faculty researchers who want to increase their chances of snagging external funding have a new resource through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Paul Simon Institute to host Metro East Youth Leadership Weekend 

Between 40 and 45 high school students from the Metro East will visit campus this weekend while participating in the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Metro East Youth Leadership Weekend.

SIU Law Health Law Moot Court examines IVF, bankruptcy dispute 

Law school students from 18 law schools around the country will be on campus Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, to compete in the SIU School of Law’s annual Health Law Moot Court competition — the only mock U.S. Supreme Court competition dedicated to the always evolving and expanding topic of health law.

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