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Former SOE student Jason Seaman served as Grand Marshal for the 2018 SIU Homecoming. Two of his instructors, Ann Garrett and Louise Stearns, were able to be with him that day.

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Our Degrees

A top-tier research university, we offer a variety of on-campus and online degree and certification programs to take you where you want to go. 


Student Services and Support - Conavirus Information

Our offices are open and here to serve you by phone, online and in person. Email us at [email protected]

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Student Resources Webpage

Be sure to check out the Student Resources webpage! There you will find links to important information from the Saluki Cares Program to Technology Assistance.

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TEP graduate receives IACTE's 2018 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award

Adam Cross, teacher at Carmi-White County High School, receives the IACTE 2018 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award.

Teacher Education ProgramTEP graduate receives IACTE's 2018 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award


Dedicated faculty, advise student organizations

Faculty members are active in Registered Student Organizations (RSO) providing opportunities for students to network, develop leadership skills, and build a resume for employment after graduation.

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McIntyre to lead Association of Teacher Educators in 2019-2020

Faculty members are actively involved in professional organizations as advocates for teacher education and high education at the national level.

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Teachers Impact the Future

The School of Education offers 12 majors that provide a path for students to earn the State of Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).

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Show Your Saluki Spirit Each Friday

Everyone in the SIU community is invited to show their Saluki spirit by wearing maroon on Fridays. Members and friends of the university are encouraged to wear SIU maroon each Friday throughout the year to demonstrate and build pride in the university.

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Outstanding Tenure-Track Teaching Award

Dr. Jennifer Koran, Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods, is the recipient of the 2020 School of Education Outstanding Tenure-Track Teaching Award

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Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching

Chelesea Lewellen, Ph.D Student in EAHE, is the recipient of the 2020 School of Education Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Welcome toThe School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

In the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, students can learn about human thriving from many perspectives. We teach about, and do research on, healthy living, optimal instruction and learning, and improving organizations. In all of our work, we seek to model and promote equitable practices and inclusive excellence.

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A Brief History of SIU School of Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine was established in 1970 to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs. SIU has focused on training caring physicians and is internationally recognized for its innovative teaching and testing techniques. Each of the four classes comprises 72 students. First-year students spend their year in Carbondale. Nearly 860 SIU graduates are now practicing in Illinois. 

SIU is a national leader in the percentage of graduates who enter primary care. SIU has approximately 325 resident physicians training in 17 medical specialty areas. It also awards masters and doctoral degrees in pharmacology, physiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology. Other degrees are a master’s of science in physician assistant studies, a combined MD-JD degree and a combined MD-MPH degree. The School also offers a Physician Assistant degree. 

SIU has more than 300 teaching physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. The School of Medicine, its outpatient clinics SIU HealthCare, and its teaching hospitals, Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital, make Springfield an expanding academic medical center with considerable clinical, educational and research expertise. It has 25 building locations.


In 1968, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) included a recommendation in a long-range planning document, Education in the Health Fields for State of Illinois, that Southern Illinois University create a medical school in downstate Illinois capable of graduating its first class of new physicians by 1978. 

The University responded and determined that it could make maximum use of existing facilities and expertise by basing the clinical education programs of the new school in Springfield, which had large sophisticated hospitals and a strong core of physicians in the various specialties, and the basic science programs in Carbondale, making use of the educational resources already available on the campus.

Richard H. Moy, M.D., was hired in 1970 as the new school’s founding dean. He and newly recruited department chairs and clinical, basic science and medical education faculty began creating the School’s innovative, competency-based curriculum which was designed to train new doctors over a three-year period. The basic sciences were concentrated on the Carbondale campus and the remaining years of the medical school curriculum and most residency programs would be delivered on the Springfield campus. 

When Dr. Moy retired in 1994, Carl J. Getto, M.D., was appointed second dean and provost. J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., became the third dean and provost in 2001. He stepped down as dean and provost, returning to teaching medical students in 2015. On January 1, 2016, Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, Executive Associate Dean and CEO of SIU HealthCare since 2013, became the dean and provost and retained his title as CEO of the practice plan, which was rebranded "SIU Medicine" in 2016. 

The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. 

Medical Education

The School’s medical education curriculum received provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in 1972, allowing the members of the charter class to begin their studies in Carbondale in June 1973. Full accreditation came in 1975, followed that same year by the first commencement of 24 advanced-standing students and in 1976 by the graduation of 43 students in the charter class. In 1980, the IBHE approved converting the School’s three-year curriculum to a four-year program.

In May 1972, the family medicine residency program in Springfield received preliminary accreditation and SIU’s first graduate medical education training program began in July. 

Also in 1972, the School’s Medical Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) was established. The goal of the pre-med program was “To increase the number of medical minority group physicians practicing in central and southern Illinois.” The first MEDPREP students began their studies in 1973. 

Originally, medical school was a three-year program. In 1984-1985, students transitioned to a four-year program, as it remains today. 

SIU School of Medicine quickly became a leader in medical education, recognized for its innovative teaching and testing methods. An early milestone was the publication of Curricular Objectives 1976, the first time a medical school had published a complete set of goals and objectives for the medical degree. In 1984, the School jointly sponsored with the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, an invitational conference for medical educators, “How to Begin Reforming the Medical Curriculum.” Eventually, most U.S. medical schools studied SIU’s medical education program as they began reforming and updating their curriculums.

SIU was a leader in innovative methods of teaching medical students. At the time SIU School of Medicine was created, medical education was driven by lecture after lecture. The innovative faculty at the SIU School of Medicine, led by Dr. Moy, envisioned a better way to teach medical students. 

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) became an optional track medical students could choose. Problem-Based learning uses real case studies and interactive training methods to expose students to real-world problems. The SIU curriculum also emphasizes integrating basic science principles with clinical problems. 

With the leadership of Howard Barrows, MD, former associate dean for education and curriculum, SIU School of Medicine became a world-wide leader in the use of Standardized Patients (SPs), in which a citizen is trained to act like a patient, allowing medical students to practice their clinical and exam skills in controlled, supervised setting. Standardized Patients and Problem-Based Learning have been adopted by nearly all medical schools in the world. Dr. Debra Klamen is the current associate for education and curriculum. Dr. Erik Constance is the associate dean for student affairs.

In 1985, the School established a requirement that all students satisfactorily complete a final comprehensive performance-based assessment procedure (using standardized patients) as a condition of graduation with the M.D. degree. In 1987, U.S. News and World Report described SIU as the medical school most frequently cited as having an innovative program.

In 1988, the School approved adding a unique, six-year dual-degree M.D.-J.D. program to accommodate the increasing number of individuals seeking interdisciplinary education. In 2000, after an extended period of study and evaluation, the School of Medicine implemented a newly re-organized curriculum that emphasized principles of problem-based learning. These included self-directed small-group learning activities centered around actual patient problems, and integration of basic sciences and clinical sciences managed by interdisciplinary teams of faculty.

In 2012, SIUC’s Physician Assistant (PA) program transferred from the SIUC School of Allied Health, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, to the SIU School of Medicine. The PA program was made a division within the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Also in 2012, The MD/MPH joint program of SIU School of Medicine and the SIUC College of Education and Human Services began. Students in this five-year program receive both a doctor of medicine degree and a master’s degree in public health.

SIU School of Medicine has remained world-renowned for medical education. In 2013, the School received three international ASPIRE awards from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). SIU was the only medical school to be recognized in all three areas:tudent assessment (how well the performance of students is evaluated), student engagement (how involved students are in their own education and the curriculum), and social accountability (how the school exposes its students to the needs of the public and the community). 

In 2016, a new third-year curriculum will allow students to better develop their clinical skills. The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI) includes the Roland Folse Surgical Skills Lab, Continuing Professional Development, and a simulation center to maintain our level of educational excellence.


In addition to the undergraduate medical curriculum, SIU expanded its residency training programs. By the end of 1972, four more residency programs had been approved, with internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and surgery joining family medicine. A psychiatry residency was added in 1973. Training programs in anesthesiology and radiology were added in 1974. Emergency medicine was added in 2009; Neurosurgery in 2013, bringing the total programs to 17. 

Fellowships have been steadily added to graduate training offerings. In 2014, 12 fellowships were offered. 

Graduate programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees on the Springfield campus were approved by the IBHE in 1987. Programs currently are available in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry; pharmacology; and physiology. 

Patient Care

Rather than owning and operating its own teaching hospital, the SIU School of Medicine partners with local hospitals to provide necessary clinical experiences for our students. In 1970, the year of our founding, we signed affiliation agreements with St. John’s Hospital and Springfield Memorial Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center). Subsequent agreements have also been signed with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Marion, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, St. Mary’s Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, and Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

In 1973, the School’s medical practice plan, Medical Service and Research Plan (MSRP), was established to provide a basic business structure for the physician practice. The MSRP was reincorporated in 1997 as SIU Physicians & Surgeons, a multi-specialty group practice. In 2009 the practice plan was renamed SIU HealthCare. As a medical practice associated with SIU School of Medicine, the new name was intended to capture the full array of health care services provided and strengthen SIU’s commitment to provide the highest quality medical care available in the region.

Nine institutes and centers deliver advanced patient care. These include Simmons Cancer Institute, Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, the Center for Family Medicine, the Southern Illinois Trauma Center, the Neuroscience Institute and the world-renowned Fertility and IVF Center. 

Medical Research

At SIU School of Medicine, research includes biologically oriented studies as well as studies related to the cultural and behavioral aspects of medicine, methods for the delivery of health care, and the medical education process. Our early research efforts focused primarily on medical school curriculum design, delivery and evaluation. Subsequent areas of clinical research strength included neuropsychopharmacology, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, auditory research and reproductive biology.

Our current research efforts cover a wide range of basic and clinical sciences with special emphases on cancer, hearing and aging. The expansions of the Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility and the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU have enabled us to broaden research that benefits the region. About two-thirds of the School’s research is funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. Other support comes from health associations, pharmaceutical companies and private foundations. 

Service to the Community

In 2009, the SIU School of Medicine added a fourth declaration to its mission: service to the community. SIU has always taken seriously its role as a part of the communities where we are located, especially Carbondale and Springfield. Not only do we have partnerships with the local hospitals, but we have also reached out to communities in our service areas in downstate Illinois through continuing education programs, clinical services, the rural health initiative and telehealth programs.

Numerous physicians travel to towns in central and southern Illinois to treat patients in weekly or monthly clinics.

SIU School of Medicine has been part of the Springfield Public School District #186 Partners in Education, or Adopt-a-School program, since 1986. Medical students and some employees provide a mentoring/tutoring program to students at Enos Elementary School. Medical students organize an annual “Shoes That Fit” drive for Enos students, and various other programs and support activities take place throughout the year.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offers a full range of educational experiences that enhance health care professionals’ knowledge base, provide updates and review, and expand professional skills. The first CME program was offered in Carbondale in 1972. The CME program was first accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association in 1975. In 2011, the programs received Accreditation with commendation. (Note: The Office of Continuing Medical Education is now know as the Office of Continuing Professional Development.

The School’s Telehealth Network and Programs began in 2002. Our telehealth professionals help provide access to high quality specialized health care, connecting experts with colleagues in rural communities, delivering educational opportunities in a timely and cost efficient manner, and conducting academic research.

SIU is fortunate to have one of the few medical museums at a medical school. In 1980, the Emmet F. Pearson, M.D. teaching museum in the 801 N. Rutledge building was dedicated. The museum includes a restored doctor’s office; the Lewis Drugstore, with antique soda fountain and original prescription counter; special exhibits and many medical artifacts. It is named in honor of Dr. Pearson, a Springfield physician and student of medical history, whose generous contributions played a major role in building the core of the museum’s collection.

A new logo and brand, "Forward for You," was introduced in January 2016.

The Office of Population Science and Policy was created in 2016, strengthening SIU Medicine's population health focus.  

As SIU School of Medicine approaches its 50th anniversary in 2020, it continues to fulfill its mission to address the health care needs of the people of the region. It continues to uphold its tradition of excellence and innovation in all areas of the mission. 

Updated February 7, 2018


Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public university in Carbondale, Illinois, USA

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Former name

Southern Illinois Normal University
MottoDeo Volente
("God willing")
TypePublicresearch university
Established1869; 152 years ago (1869)
Endowment$154.00 million (2019)[1]
Budget$554,225,700 (FY2021)[2]
PresidentJ. Kevin Dorsey

Academic staff

1396 (2020)[3]

Administrative staff

4470 (2020)[3]
Students11,266 (Fall 2021)[4]
Undergraduates8,299 (Fall 2020)
Postgraduates3,067 (Fall 2020)





United States

CampusCollege town, 1,133 acres (459 ha)
ColorsMaroon and white[5]

Sporting affiliations

NCAA Division IFCS — MVC
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Southern Illinois University (SIU or SIUC) is a publicresearch university in Carbondale, Illinois. Founded in 1869, SIU is the oldest and flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system.[6] The university enrolls students from all 50 states as well as more than 100 countries. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[7] SIU offers 3 associate, 100 bachelor's, 73 master's, and 36 Ph.D programs in addition to professional degrees in architecture, law, and medicine.[8][9][10]


The Pulliam Hall clock tower has a carillon that is regularly played. This landmark tower has been incorporated into the logo of SIU.
SIU Engineering Building seen from the campus lake.

An Act of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of Illinois, approved March 9, 1869, created Southern Illinois Normal College, the second state-supported normal school in Illinois.[11] Carbondale held the ceremony of cornerstone laying, May 17, 1870.[12] The first historic session of Southern Illinois Normal University was a summer institute, with a first faculty of eight members and an enrollment of 53 students.[13] It was renamed Southern Illinois University in 1947.

The university continued primarily as a teacher's college until Delyte W. Morris took office as president of the university in 1948. Morris was SIU's longest-serving president (1948–1970).[14] During his presidency, Morris transformed SIU, adding Colleges of Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Southern Illinois University grew rapidly in size from 3,500 to over 24,800 students between 1950 and 1991.[15]

In 1957, a second campus of SIU was established at Edwardsville. This school, now known as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is an independent university within the SIU system.

SIU offered the first program to provide support to students with specific learning disabilities at a college level. "Project Achieve" was founded at SIU by Barbara Cordoni Kupiec in 1978. She pursued a career in the field initially to help her own children, and left behind a legacy that has assisted several thousand other students in earning their degrees. In 1983, Project Achieve became the Clinical Center Achieve program when SIUC decided to institutionalize the program, making it a permanent part of the university's structure.


Randy Dunn was the eighth president of the Southern Illinois University System.[16] In July 2018, he stepped down as SIU system president after emails published in The Southern Illinoisan and The Daily Egyptian revealed he was attempting to divide the SIU system and help Southern Illinois University Edwardsville become the primary campus for the Southern Illinois University System by concealing over $5 million in funds transferred from Southern Illinois University Carbondale to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.[17] He was also implicated in several unethical hires and found at fault by the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General for improperly hiring his former colleague, Brad Colwell.[18] Dunn was replaced by J. Kevin Dorsey, a retired dean from the SIU School of Medicine.[19]

Carlo Montemagno, a professor of engineering, became chancellor of SIU Carbondale on August 15, 2017. He died on October 11, 2018.[20] Austin Lane, formerly of Texas Southern University, was appointed chancellor in 2020.[21]

Academic programs and rankings[edit]

USNWR graduate school rankings[28]

Business 80-113
Education 60
Engineering 134-152
Law 117-143

USNWR departmental rankings[28]

Biological Sciences 90
Chemistry 72
Clinical Psychology 51
Computer Science 67
Criminology 9
English 76
Fine Arts 85
History 87
Physician Assistant 26
Political Science 69
Psychology 91
Public Affairs 86
Public Health 84
Rehabilitation Counseling 2
Social Work 71
Sociology 81
Speech-Language Pathology 49

SIU offers more than 300[8][29] academic degree programs across all levels: bachelors, masters, PhD and doctoral. It also offers professional programs in architecture,[30]business, law and medicine. Since 1989, SIU has offered an MD/JD dual degree program,[31] leading to the concurrent award of both degrees after completion of six years of coursework.[31][32]

The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – High research activity."[33] In the academic year 2017-2018 the university was awarded over $88 million in research grants, the largest of which were to the School of Medicine and the College of Science.[34]

SIU Carbondale is ranked #98 overall among "National Universities" in the 2021 edition of annual college rankings by US News & World Report.[35] At SIU, 59% of the classes have 19 or fewer students; 82% of classes have less than 29 students, only 5% of classes include 50 or more students. The ratio of students to faculty is 15 to 1 and the percentage of full-time faculty is 83 percent.[36] Additionally, the National Science Foundation ranks SIU No. 75 among public universities in the U.S. for total research and development expenditures, and No. 64 among earned doctorates.[37]

The Princeton Review ranked SIU in its 2017 list of "Best Midwestern" and "Green Colleges" as well as ranking it #43 in the "Top 50 Game Design: Ugrad" list.[38]

Colleges and schools of Southern Illinois University Carbondale[edit]

College of Agricultural Sciences[edit]

The College of Agricultural Sciences consists of four academic departments: Agribusiness Economics, Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, Forestry, and Plant, Soil & Agricultural Systems. There are eight majors and twenty-six specializations. The college's Ph.D. program was added in December 2007. The Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences is a research degree that prepares graduates for developing and funding their own research program, and for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.[46]

College of Applied Sciences and Arts[edit]

Since its inception as the Vocational Technical Institute, CASA has undergone continuous change to address the workforce needs in the southern Illinois region, the state and the nation. The College presently includes four schools which house three master's degree programs, fourteen baccalaureate, and two associate degree programs. The masters of science in Medical Dosimetry and one baccalaureate program, Fire Service Management, are offered off-campus only. CASA provides off-campus opportunities to receive baccalaureate degrees in the areas of Aviation Management, Electronic Systems Technologies, Fire Service Management, Health Care Management, and Medical Dosimetry. The baccalaureate degree in Information Systems Technologies is offered online. Forty-nine hours of upper-level and selected elective courses are available to students at various locations throughout the country.[47]




Morris Library is the main library for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. The library holds more than 4 million volumes, 53,000 current periodicals and serials, and over 3.6 million microform units. Morris Library also provides access to the statewide automated library system and to an array of electronic sources.[48][49] These figures make Morris Library among the top 50 largest research libraries in the United States. Library users have access to I-Share (the statewide automated library system) and to a comprehensive array of databases and other electronic data files. As the campus center for access to academic information and collaborative academic technology projects, Morris Library provides a wide range of services, including reference assistance, instructional and technical support, distance learning, geographic information systems (GIS), and multimedia courseware development. Morris Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Delyte's, a new coffee shop named after former SIU President Delyte W. Morris, operates near the entrance of the library.[50]

The SIU Law Library provides legal research resources for lawyers, law students, SIU faculty and staff and members of the community. Located in the Lesar Law Building, the library has evolved to meet the changing nature of legal research and user expectations by providing wireless access to a wide array of electronic legal materials.[51]

Student Center[edit]

With over 8 acres (3.24 ha) of floor space, the SIU Student Center is one of the largest student unions in the nation.[52] The programs and services offered provide SIU students, faculty, and staff a place to relax, gather a group to study or grab a bite to eat. The Student Center hosts multiple dining locations, the University Bookstore, ATM and Western Union stations, bowling & billiards facility, check cashing services, the ID Card office, and Debit Dawg activations and deposits all under one roof. The Student Center offers several ballrooms and smaller, expandable conference rooms for small or large gatherings. Student-run radio station WIDB 104.3 FM[53] broadcasts from the Student Center, and the Black Affairs Office, International Student Council, Student Programming Council, student governments and the Greek Council have offices in the building.

Student Recreation Center[edit]

Campus Lake, located on the southwest portion of campus, is a 41-acre (16.6 ha) spring-fed lake set in 25 acres (10.1 ha) of woodsland. A 2.2 miles (3.54 km) trail surrounds the lake.

The Student Recreation Center,[54] or "Rec," is the university's primary hub for intramural and fitness activities. With more than 220,000 square feet, the SIU Recreation Center is also one of the largest among universities in the nation. Although SIU's Recreation Center doesn't receive state support, it operates on a $4.8 million budget, most of which is raised by a student recreation fee that is included in student fees.[55] The rest of the money is revenue generated by instructional programs, camps and community citizens who pay for membership.

Indoor facilities include an Olympic-sized pool.

Pool features:

  • One ten-lane 50-meter course
  • Two eight-lane 25-yard courses
  • Four one-meter diving boards
  • Three three-meter diving boards
  • One five-meter diving tower
  • Three underwater viewing stations
  • Underwater speakers
  • Colorado electronic timing system
  • Rapid sand filter system

The 770,000 gallon natatorium is surrounded by a closed gutter filtration system which drastically reduces water turbulence helping to increase the swimmers' speed.[56]

The facility also houses areas for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, handball, squash, weightlifting, martial arts, aerobics, and programs for the disabled. There are over 180 fitness stations distributed throughout the building. Other on campus outdoor recreation include tennis courts at three campus locations, a frisbee golf course, and 100 acres of playing fields. Picnic areas, and boat dock facilities are available at Campus Lake.[57][58]

Health Center[edit]

Connected to the Student Recreation Center on the east side of campus, the 57,000-square-foot health center offers students a continuum of care under one roof. Services include the medical clinic, pharmacy, wellness resources, psychiatry clinic, sports medicine and physical therapy and counseling and psychological services. Community partners Southern Illinois Dermatology and the Marion Eye Center also provide services in the new health center.[59]


Main article: Southern Illinois Salukis

The Southern Illinois Salukis are the athletic teams representing Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The university first sponsored athletic teams during the 1913–14 school year, when they were known as the "Maroons." Students and faculty began lobbying for a new mascot during the late 1940s. On March 19, 1951, the student body voted to change the official nickname to the Salukis. The saluki, the royal dog of ancient Egypt, was chosen as the mascot due to its reputation as a fast and tenacious hunter and because the southern Illinois region is known as "Little Egypt."[60]

The Salukis sponsor 16 varsity teams. Most compete in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), specifically in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, softball, women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball. The football program competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). Men's swimming is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Athletic highlights[edit]

  • The baseball team has second-place finishes in the National Championship in 1968 & 1971.
  • The men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons between 2002–07, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen.
  • The men's basketball team won the 1967 NIT National Championship.
  • The women's basketball team was Missouri Valley Conference champion in 2007.
  • Football had been ranked in the Top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision for the four years 2006-09, and were in the playoffs for seven straight years, 2003–09.
  • Softball has been ranked in the Top 25 in the nation for the past two years and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five straight seasons.
  • SIU's student-athletes lead the MVC in overall grade point average.

Student life[edit]

Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to more than 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSO). Organizations include honor societies, sports clubs and student activity groups, and 11 fraternities, 8 multicultural fraternities and 9 sororities. The largest RSO on campus is the Student Programming Council (SPC).

Student government[edit]

SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSOs:

  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

Additionally, one student is elected as a student trustee; the other is elected at SIUE and appointed by the governor as a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees.

The Daily Egyptian[edit]

The Daily Egyptian (DE) is a student-run newspaper. The DE is published weekly on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters with a distribution of 78,000 copies, and an online edition on Friday. The paper has received more than 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, it received the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for General Excellence.[61]

Saluki Patrol[edit]

Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the Department of Public Safety in their duties.[62]

Wall & Grand student apartments

On-campus housing[edit]

On-campus housing at SIU is provided in residence halls and apartments and is offered for students who are undergraduates, graduates, parents, domestic partners, or married.

There are two main residence hall areas, each with a commons building containing a dining hall, known as East Campus and West Campus. The traditional residence hall contract includes a furnished room, wi-fi, cable, utilities and a dining plan. Residence hall rooms are fully furnished, and many have been modified to meet the needs of specific types of disability.

Apartment housing is available in Evergreen Terrace, Wall & Grand, and Elizabeth Apartments.

The SIU Housing Policy states: All single students under the age of 21, not residing with their parents or legal guardians, with fewer than 26 credit hours earned after high school are required to live in University-owned and operated residence halls.[63] Students are considered to hold freshman status if they have earned fewer than 26 credit hours after high school.

Cardboard Boat Regatta[edit]

The Cardboard Boat Regatta is an event held every spring semester at Campus Lake. Participants include university students and community members. The goal is to complete three trips around a 200-yard course on the lake using makeshift cardboard boats. There are three different categories for entries: canoes or kayaks, experimental boats and instant boats (boats created on-site the day of the event).

The idea for a Cardboard Regatta first originated in 1974 at Southern Illinois University. Richard Archer, a professor of Art and Design, dreamed up a final examination for students in his freshman design class. Buckminster Fuller, then a Distinguished Professor at SIU, had espoused the principle of "doing the most with the least," and faculty members found it intriguing to apply these principles in their classes. Archer felt it would be a real test of students' creativity and three-dimensional design skills to build human-sized boats made only of cardboard, and more than 40 years later, it is still happening.[64] Many communities, organizations and other universities around the country have joined in on the fun and now organize their own Cardboard Boat Regattas.

Competitive programs[edit]

  • National debate champions – Under the direction of debate coach Todd Graham, SIU won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2008, 2013, and 2015. The team also won the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament in 2013 and 2014. They were also ranked first in the country over the course of the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.
  • The SIU Flying Salukis Flight Team has taken first place in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 8 competition for the past 7 years (2011-2017). At NIFA SAFCON 2014, the Flying Salukis won the team's ninth national title. As of 2017[update], the team has qualified for the national championships in 49 of the last 50 years.[65][66]
  • SIU's award-winning half-hour alternative TV news magazine received an Emmy in the magazine news program category at the 2010 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Regional Chapter Emmy Awards in St. Louis.[67]
  • SIU's Forestry Club was the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Conclave champion in 1992-2009, and 2017.[68]

Notable alumni[edit]

Main article: List of Southern Illinois University alumni

There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale worldwide. Notable SIU alumni include:

  • Lionel Antoine, former NFL offensive tackle
  • Houston Antwine, former NFL defensive lineman
  • Charles Basch, professor of health education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • James Belushi, actor/comedian, star of According to Jim, Saturday Night Live and films[69]
  • Jim Bittermann, CNN European correspondent based in Paris[70]
  • Frederick J. Brown, artist
  • Amos Bullocks, former NFL running back
  • Hannibal Buress, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer
  • Chris Carr, former NBA player[71]
  • Jeremy Chinn, NFL safety for the Carolina Panthers
  • Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls, IFBB pro bodybuilder[72]
  • Sam Coonrod, major league pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Randy Daniels, former Secretary of State of New York[73]
  • Don S. Davis, actor and theatre professor, best known for his role of General Hammond on the TV series Stargate SG-1[citation needed]
  • Open Mike Eagle, hip hop artist and comedian
  • Lee Feinswog, author and TV host
  • Steve Finley, Major League Baseballcenter fielder, 5-time Gold Glove winner, 2-time All-Star[74]
  • Stephen Franklin, LB for the Jacksonville Jaguars[75]
  • Dennis Franz, actor best known for his work on NYPD Blue[76][77]
  • Walt Frazier, Basketball Hall of Famer and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History[76]
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. former Major League Baseball player
  • Jim Hart, former NFL quarterback, 4-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Joan Higginbotham, astronaut[79]
  • Kevin House, former NFL wide receiver
  • Mary Lee Hu, artist and goldsmith[80]
  • Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Pakistani politician and son of former President General Zia-ul-Haq
  • Brandon Jacobs, NFL running back[81]
  • Steve James, two-time Oscar nominated film producer[82]
  • Curt Jones, founder of Dippin' Dots[76]
  • Darryl Jones, bassist of The Rolling Stones
  • Yonel Jourdain, NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills
  • Deji Karim, NFL running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars[83]
  • Rodney P. Kelly, retired Major General, U.S. Air Force[84]
  • Tony Laubach, meteorologist and storm chaser featured on Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers[85] as a researcher with TWISTEX
  • Al Levine, former MLB baseball player[86]
  • Milcho Manchevski, filmmaker of Macedonia's first Oscar-nominated film[82]
  • Adrian Matejka, poet, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize[87] and National Book Award[88] in poetry
  • Carl Mauck, former NFL center
  • Jenny McCarthy, actress, model and television host[89]
  • Melissa McCarthy, actress, comedian, writer and producer[90][91]
  • Donald McHenry, United States ambassador to the United Nations (1979–1981)[76]
  • Brett James McMullen, retired United States Air Force General Officer
  • Albert E. Mead, former Governor of Washington[92]
  • Bryan Mullins, former Men's Basketball star and current Men's Basketball head coach
  • Gary Noffke, artist and silversmith
  • Bob Odenkirk, actor and comedian[93]
  • Sir Curtis Price, KBE, President of the Royal Academy of Music[94] and former president of the Royal Musical Association[95]
  • Jason Ringenberg, founding member of Jason & the Scorchers
  • Richard Roundtree, actor (Shaft)[96]
  • Marion Rushing, former NFL linebacker
  • Troy Hudson, former NBA guard
  • John F. Sandner, a/k/a "Jack" Sandner, attorney, commodities trader, former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Randy Savage, professional wrestler; graduated 1971[citation needed]
  • Bart Scott, NFL Pro Bowl selectee[97]
  • Jared Yates Sexton, author, political commentator, and creative writing professor
  • Derek Shelton, major league baseball manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Sam Silas, NFL Pro Bowl selectee[98]
  • Chad Simpson, Micro Award-winning short and flash fiction author[99]
  • Russ Smith, former NFL guard
  • Jackie Spinner, author, journalist[100]
  • Dave Stieb, retired Major League Baseball pitcher, 7-time All-Star, pitched no-hitter on 9/2/1990[74]
  • Joe Swanberg, independent filmmaker with notable filmography in the mumblecore sub-genre[82]
  • Lena Taylor, WisconsinDemocratic State Senator and member of the Wisconsin 14[citation needed]
  • Terry Taylor, former NFL cornerback
  • Mallica Vajrathon, United Nations senior staff member
  • Chico Vaughn, basketball player
  • George Vukovich, baseball player
  • Robert K. Weiss, producer of The Blues Brothers and other films[76]
  • Ernie Wheelwright, former NFL running back
  • Adrian White, former NFL safety
  • Walt Willey, actor best known for his work on All My Children
  • David Wong, author and online personality

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Robert Corruccini, Distinguished Professor and 1994 Outstanding Scholar; taught at SIUC 1978–2011 in the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology; known for his expertise in dental anthropology and epidemiology, formulating a theory of malocclusion
  • David F. Duncan, Professor of Health Education and 1984 Teacher of the Year; taught at SIUC 1978–1989; established the Ph.D. program in community health and the masters in health care administration; later served as a policy advisor in the ClintonWhite House
  • Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983), taught at SIUC 1959–1970; began as an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design and gained full professorship in 1968; known for his geodesic dome design
  • Robert S. Gold, Professor of Health Education; pioneer of computer programs for health education and public health; later Executive Vice President of Macro International; current Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • L. Brent Kington (1961–1997), art educator and artist who worked in blacksmithing and sculpture; widely regarded as responsible for the blacksmithing revival in the 1970s
  • William M. Lewis Sr. (1921–2010), Director of the Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit 1950–1983 (now called the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center); Chair of the Department of Zoology; President of the American Fisheries Society; received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence in 1995
  • Harry T. Moore, founder of the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County, Florida; namesake of Moore Auditorium
  • Richard Russo, taught in the English department of SIUC when his first novel was published in 1986; wrote Nobody's Fool and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, both of which were adapted for the screen and starred Paul Newman
  • Alan Schoen, discoverer of the gyroid
  • Paul Martin Simon (1928–2003), former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator and U.S. presidential candidate; director of the SIU Public Policy Institute (now the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute); taught politics, history and journalism

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The faculty and students of SIU’s College of Education and Human Services engage in work that is striking in its quality and its breadth. Visit the college and you might encounter teams helping stroke victims and children with autism or researchers exploring the most fundamental principles of learning with marine invertebrates.

You will find faculty pioneering effective approaches in STEM education and others developing new forms of support for parents of children with rare genetic disorders. You will meet experts in language and literacy, speech pathology, addiction and rehabilitation, and the use of virtual reality as a tool in cognitive development—to sample just a few areas of focus across our departments.

You will also find a community of scholars united by a single mission. Whatever our individual areas of specialization, the people of the College of Education and Human Services are committed to the goal of advancing the health, well-being, learning and self-fulfillment of others, throughout our community and far beyond. We do so through groundbreaking research, through deep engagement with our community, through strong partnership with our public schools, and through education—training leaders who will teach and serve others, implement best practices and effect change in settings from Carbondale and Murphysboro to Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia.

At COEHS, we take pride in the excellence of our teaching and research and in our many connections with the community beyond campus. We also take pride in the way we bring academics and outreach together—uniting theory and practice, putting our ideas to work.

This happens in many ways:

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At COEHS, hundreds of students engage in these kinds of practical learning opportunities each semester. Most complete multiple experiences before graduating, and often these practicums  are planned to synch directly with their current coursework. It is a powerful way to learn and at the same time to have a real, positive impact on the people of our region.

Our campaign goal is to secure new philanthropic investments to fuel the progress of the college by funding initiatives in several areas of immediate priority.

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