SIU Today - November 16, 2023

John Shaw: JFK remains ‘one of the most compelling figures’ in history

Six decades after an assassination that altered the course of American history, former President John F. Kennedy has an “enduring appeal,” says John Shaw, a JFK expert and director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Help SIU save energy, improve sustainability 

As students, faculty and staff prepare to leave campus for Thanksgiving break, now is a good time to take simple steps to save energy, which will help the university improve sustainability, one of the five pillars of the Imagine 2030 strategic plan.

Training on NEOED Online Hiring Center to start in late November  

As SIU Carbondale prepares to replace its current job applicant tracking software, HireTouch, with NEOED Online Hiring Center (OHC), the university will offer two live training sessions after Thanksgiving break. 

Show off your maroon on Spirit Friday  

Break out the Saluki maroon for a pivotal weekend, like Tabitha Session, office administrator in the School of History and Philosophy. The Saluki football team hosts Indiana State at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Saluki Stadium in a key game that could determine SIU’s shot at a playoff berth. The men’s basketball team hosts Chicago State at 7 p.m. today (Nov. 16) at Banterra Center in the first round of the Cancun Challenge. The women’s basketball team hosts North Texas at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, also at Banterra Center. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday.  

FEM Saluki Food Pantry drive is Saturday

Facilities and Energy Management and the Grounds division are holding a drive to benefit the Saluki Food Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 18, prior to the home football game against Indiana State.

Reminder: Mandated discrimination-free and harassment-free training due Dec. 8 

SIU Carbondale faculty and staff should have received on Oct. 18 an email to complete federally mandated training for maintaining a discrimination-free and harassment-free campus. The training may be accessed from Vector Solutions at Chrome, Firefox and Safari are the recommended browsers. SIU email addresses are assigned as usernames. Employees with more than one university assigned email address can contact the Office of Equity and Compliance for assistance. All faculty, staff, graduate assistants, undergraduate assistants, student employees, extra-help employees and volunteers must complete the training by Dec. 8.  The deadline was extended one week to Dec. 8 because the email did not go out until Oct. 18. If you need assistance or have questions, contact the Office of Equity and Compliance at or 618-453-4807. 

Campus Security Authority training emails sent to select SIU employees 

D Stafford & Associates (DSA) and SIU have partnered to provide online training to employees identified as a campus security authority (CSA) and Title IX responsible employee (RE). This training will help each person identified as a CSA or RE meet their annual training requirements and will assist the institution in complying with the Clery Act and/or Title IX. Emails with individualized links to the training have been sent to employees who are CSAs or REs on Wednesday, Nov. 15. If the email is not in the inbox, employees should check the junk folder.

No SIU Today on Thanksgiving 

Like the rest of campus, SIU Today will take off Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The submission deadline for the Nov. 20 edition remains the same, which is today. The deadline for the Nov. 27 edition is Tuesday, Nov. 21. 

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