SIU Today - November 09, 2023

HEROES gets $200K grant to help students with essential needs 

The university’s HEROES program assists with almost any basic need that could interfere with a student’s ability to focus and complete their studies. With a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, HEROES can provide additional services and materials to students.

Students and advisors from Texas visit campus 

SIU Carbondale recently gave students and advisors from Texas an up-close look at campus and what it has to offer.

SIU researchers explore virtual training to foster faster, better decisions in sports and more

With assistance from Peter Fadde, a professor of learning systems design and technology in the School of Education's Organizational Learning, Innovation and Development program, doctoral candidate Scott Boatright is conducting research to see if people can train with simulation and extended reality to make judgments more quickly and effectively. His work has already garnered national recognition along with a $10,000 scholarship from the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA). 

Glassman Lecture to feature acclaimed dance company, Nov. 12-17

Award-winning dancer, choreographer, artistic director and SIU Carbondale alumna Winifred Haun will bring her dance company to perform as part of an artist-in-residence program, Nov. 12-17. A free, public showcase is at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in Shryock Auditorium, and will include SIU students and members of the community who can audition on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Mildred Williams is SIU’s new Black Resource Center coordinator 

Midred Williams, a 2011 SIU Carbondale alumna and the first person to earn the Africana studies degree after it was established, is the new coordinator of the Black Resource Center.

International Guitar Festival hosts acclaimed musician Franco Galvão

The ninth edition of SIU Carbondale's International Guitar Festival starts Sunday, Nov. 12, with a twist — partnering with the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society to offer audiences an exciting series of concerts.

Saluki Spirit is at home everywhere 

As much of Saluki athletics moves indoors, wearing maroon is always welcome, including at work, like Heather Swetz, an IT technical associate in the Office of Information Technology. Banterra Center is home to three basketball games over the next week. The men’s team hosts Queens University of Charlotte at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, while the women’s team hosts Cornell University at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and Purdue Fort Wayne at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams host the A3 Performance Invitational today through Saturday in the Student Recreation Center’s Shea Natatorium. Meanwhile, the women’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with three matches at Davies Gym — 6 p.m. Friday against Illinois State, 5 p.m. Saturday against Bradley, and 4 p.m. Wednesday against Missouri State. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday. 

Reminder: Veterans Day flagpole vigil, wreath-laying ceremony is Saturday

The university will commemorate Veterans Day with its annual vigil near the flagpole on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Leadership training workshops for staff set for Dec. 6-7 

Seats are available for free leadership training workshops being offered in December by the Staff Advisory Committee for the SIU System. These will be the last in-person workshops offered until the fall 2024 semester.

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, Nov. 12. NAJ was formed in 1984 among several School of Music faculty and has been in residence from that time.  The performance will feature works by Joe Davidian, Vince Guaraldi, Keith Jarrett, Hank Jones, Les McCann and Pat Metheny.

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