SIU Today - December 07, 2023

Trustees approve honorary degrees, Distinguished Service Awards

Larry H. Dietz, a former SIU Carbondale vice chancellor and retired Illinois State University president, will receive a Distinguished Service Award at a future commencement ceremony, following approval by the SIU Board of Trustees today (Dec. 7). The board also approved honorary degrees for Crystal A. Kuykendall and C. James “Jimmy” Wright, as well as a Distinguished Service Award for Paul E. Echols.

SIU sitcom expert: Force of Lear’s achievements continues to be felt

Legendary television producer Norman Lear helped bring groundbreaking change to how Americans viewed the nation and themselves, says Walter Metz, a cinema professor in the School of Media Arts.

Law student focuses on passion for restorative justice in Metro East program

Working with the federal public defender’s office for the Southern District of Illinois is the perfect fit for third-year SIU School of Law student Rachel C. Burke. The law school’s Metro East Criminal Justice Experiential Learning Program is giving Burke the opportunity to focus on issues she is most passionate about.

SIU-Murray State faculty string quartet to perform Sunday

A string quartet comprising faculty from the School of Music and Murray State University will make its Carbondale debut with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

Paul Simon Institute guest to discuss how leaders can use Shakespeare

Eliot Cohen, a national security expert at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an authority on William Shakespeare, will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual discussion on Monday, Dec. 11.

Don’t forget to wear maroon

The fall semester is winding down, yet maroon is always in style, as Christina Murrell, an office support assistant with University Housing, shows. The men’s basketball Salukis, coming off a big home win Dec. 5 against Power 6 opponent Oklahoma State, takes to the Banterra Center court when they host Austin Peay at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. The women’s basketball team hosts St. Louis at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Be sure to check team schedules at and tag your favorite photo in Saluki best with #SpiritFriday. 

New SIU teacher graduate pinning on Dec. 13

The newest group of teacher graduates from SIU Carbondale’s Teacher Education Program will be recognized during a special pinning ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Shryock Auditorium.

SIU law professor to discuss justice issues in Kenya  

Christopher Behan, a professor at the SIU School of Law, will discuss access to justice issues in Kenya during the Southern Illinois chapter of the United Nations Association’s Human Rights Day celebration on Sunday, Dec. 10. The free, public program is set for 5:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

Reminder: Mandated discrimination-free and harassment-free training due Friday 

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 Friday, Dec. 8. If you need assistance or have questions, contact the Office of Equity and Compliance at or 618-453-4807. 

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, Dec. 10. 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 Paul Ferguson, Keith Jarrett, Les McCann, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Niewood and Johnny Walker. 

SIU Today holiday schedule

The last SIU Today issue before winter break is Thursday, Dec. 14. The submission deadlines remain the same. Today is the deadline for the Dec. 11 edition. The deadline for the Dec. 14 edition is Tuesday, Dec. 12. SIU Today will resume in January.

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