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November 29, 2021
From Filipino prisoner to US professor: Story of grit
Through his work, Professor Raymund Narag has helped bring about positive prison reforms.


November 22, 2021
SIU awards fellowships to promote faculty ethnic diversity
Southern Illinois University Carbondale has awarded fellowships to two faculty members in conjunction with ongoing efforts to foster diversity on campus.


November 15, 2021
Aviation History Month spotlight on SIU School of Aviation
In December, 1960, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) purchased a flight training and fueling company called Midwest Aero services, a moment generally considered the start of aviation at the school, Professor Emeritus David NewMyer said.


October 28, 2021
Black female pilot an aviation trailblazer at Southern Illinois - Les O’Dell | The Southern Illinoisan
Vernecelyn Allen and co-pilot Abby Lee finished ninth overall and third among college teams in this summer’s Air Race Classic, the only women’s air race in the nation.


October 19, 2021
Flying Salukis Head to Nationals - Pete Rosenbery
After a season in the virtual world, the Flying Salukis took to the air this past week and turned in a dominating performance to capture a 10th consecutive National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VIII competition. The victory sends the team next spring to national competition for a 52nd time in 53 years.


October 08, 2021
October Good News
The College of Health and Human Sciences's October edition of good news updates.


September 09, 2021
Saluki Pride: José Ruiz’ passion is being a mentor to both students and faculty - Pete Rosenbery
José Ruiz’s aviation career has lasted more than four decades, including the last 26 years with SIU’s nationally recognized program. He’s earned numerous accolades, including leading the University Aviation Association and chairing national panels on runway safety issues, but his passion is helping students realize their full potential and mentoring faculty.


September 09, 2021
Healthy Aging Through The Social Determinants of Health - Pete Rosenbery
Elaine Jurkowski, social work professor and graduate program director, is the co-editor of the newly published book “Healthy Aging through the Social Determinants of Health.” Published by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Press and co-edited by M. Aaron Guest, assistant professor at Arizona State University, the book features more than 50 contributing authors. Featuring resources and answers to common questions, the book is an informative guide for anyone affiliated with older adults and their issues.


September 09, 2021
Masks are necessary but pose a challenge for speech therapists working with young children - Les O'Dell
Erin Connelly, speech services coordinator, Clinical Center, discusses the COVID-19 pandemic impact on toddlers’ language and social development.


August 23, 2021
Airport expansion project opens more doors for SIU Aviation students
JACKSON COUNTY, IL (WSIL) -- Southern Illinois Airport is adding more than $25 million worth of new improvements, one of the airport's largest expansion projects in the last decade, and it's not the last.


August 05, 2021
SIU professor talks policing practices
Dr. Tammy Kochel is studying ways to improve policing by using her classroom to help students understand real-world scenarios related to policing in communities.


July 30, 2021
Professor brings real-world experiences, research to the classroom - Pete Rosenberry
Tammy Rinehart Kochel, professor, criminology and criminal justice, has been at the forefront of policing research for more than 20 years, even predating significant incidents that contributed to police reform in places such as Ferguson, Missouri, notes Matthew Giblin, director, School of Justice and Public Safety.


July 29, 2021
Student pilots soar above gender barriers - Marcella Baietto
The aviation program at Southern University Illinois Carbondale is breaking barriers with the help from a group of women representing female pilots.


May 04, 2021
Technician shortage continues to put pressure on automotive service shops - Megan Lynch
Mike Behrmann, automotive technology, discusses the nationwide demand for automotive technicians.


April 30, 2021
Points of Pride: Aviation Flight Program completed its 11th NASA Wings Summer Camp
The aviation flight program in 2020 completed its 11th NASA Wings summer camp, one of very few like it in the nation, with funding from NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation Office.


April 28, 2021
Bill aims to rid ‘Quiet Rooms’ in Illinois schools - Danny Valle
Mary Louise Cashel, clinical psychology program director, discusses proposed legislation designed to rid “quiet rooms” in Illinois schools.


April 26, 2021
Donations sought for ‘Recycle Your Bicycle’
An opportunity to help future Salukis in need will be offered again through a bicycle donation program during residence hall move-out, May 3-7.


April 26, 2021
Bobbi Knapp’s service, leadership earn her Women of Distinction Award - Christi Mathis
Bobbi Knapp, an associate professor in kinesiology, embodies a demonstrated commitment to women, gender equity and diversity illustrated through leadership, vision, or actions or service while inspiring students and others to work toward equity, serve others and excel.


April 15, 2021
Points of Pride
The Motorcycle Rider Program was a frontrunner in the field, offering free training to riders of all ages. Established in 1969, it was one of the first such programs in the country and has trained more than 80,000 people to safely ride. Classes are held on campus and at several other locations around the region from March through November for beginning and advanced level riders.


April 12, 2021
Accomplishments at SIU
“Sustainable Community Transportation,” a paper written by Shannon Sanders McDonald, associate professor, School of Architecture, will be included in the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Transportation and Development, June 8-10.


April 12, 2021
‘Velocity’ touches down at SIU’s Transportation Education Center - Pete Rosenbery
The latest addition near the north entrance of the Transportation Education Center, a 22-foot tall fabricated steel sculpture by SIU alumnus John Medwedeff, fits perfectly with the mission inside the building – training students in the automotive and aviation industries.


April 08, 2021
Accomplishments at SIU
Seung-Hee Lee, professor, fashion design and merchandising, will receive the 2021 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Service Excellence Award during a virtual conference in November. The ITAA is considered one of the most prestigious, significant and influential worldwide associations in fashion and textiles since 1944.


April 02, 2021
How high profile police cases affect local police and community relationships
Tammy Rinehart Kochel, professor, criminology and criminal justice, discusses how the case of a former Minneapolis police officer could improve the relationship between police and the community and the impact of smartphones on policing.


April 01, 2021
Accomplishments at SIU
Lisabeth DiLalla, professor, psychology and SIU School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, recently provided “Insight From Experts on Teaching Your Children About Money” for moneygeek.com.


April 01, 2021
Scholar Excellence Award winner Kroner’s research is changing correctional field - Pete Rosenbery
In nominating Daryl Kroner for Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s 2021 Scholar Excellence Award, colleagues note his research has “changed the way the field of correctional psychology thinks about offenders with mental illness” and may “dramatically improve the lives of several hundred thousand people who are suffering from mental illness while incarcerated or under community supervision.”


April 01, 2021
SIU Fashion Design program gets creative for senior project - Maya Skinner
For SIU fashion school graduates, the April Student Showcase and Runway Fashion Show is the time to present collections they've worked on all year. But due to Covid-19, they've had to navigate through some changes. From sewing to sketching, SIU's Fashion Design and Merchandising program is no stranger to Covid-19's impact. Program Director Laura Kidd says she started with changing the amount of required garments


April 01, 2021
Points of Pride: Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry
For the fourth straight year and 10 out of 15 years since its inception, graduates in the School of Health Sciences’ Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry program earned a 100% first attempt pass rate on the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board exam. The 26 students who took the test upped the five-year average of first-attempt passing rate to 97.1%.


March 15, 2021
COVID-19 relief bill makes Affordable Care Act more affordable
Jessica Cataldo, School of Health Sciences, discusses the impact of the stimulus package to the Affordable Care Act.


March 15, 2021
Debra Pender counsels frontline health care workers during pandemic
Debra Pender, associate professor in counseling and rehabilitation education in the School of Health Sciences and a licensed clinical professional counselor, is helping frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by volunteering her time to provide free crisis intervention counseling through the national Emotional PPE Project.


March 01, 2021
Accomplishments at SIU
Faith Miller, associate professor, dental hygiene, was a panelist on the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging – Transforming Words into Action virtual panel at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit in January.


February 23, 2021
Dean's List - Fall 2020


February 10, 2021
Register now for SIU’s Give Kids a Smile on March 12 - Christi Mathis
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dental Hygiene Program will once again be hosting it's popular annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” on March 12 for children. However, this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a limited number of appointments will be available, so call early to reserve a spot. The event is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SIU Carbondale Community Dental Center, located west of the Banterra Center.


February 09, 2021
Accomplishments at SIU
Stacey McKinney, Jennifer McKinnies, and Sandra Collins, School of Health Sciences, will be presenting their research “Cost Effectiveness in Providing Preventative Dentistry for Children in the United States” at the annual Western Economic Association International Conference this summer in Honolulu.


February 05, 2021
Nursing applications on the rise at SIU Carbondale - Joe Rehana
Applying to nursing school is getting a little more competitive as schools are seeing a jump in applications. Southern Illinois University in Carbondale joins a growing-national trend, even as its new nursing program is still "under construction".


February 03, 2021
SIU dental hygiene students are assisting in COVID-19 vaccinations - Pete Rosenbery
Seniors in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s dental hygiene program are assisting the Jackson County Health Department as it administers COVID-19 vaccinations at the Banterra Center. The 30 students are helping as part of their training to receive their certificates as Community Dental Health Coordinators, said Dr. Amy Wyatt, a dentist who is a clinical assistant professor with the School of Health Sciences’ dental hygiene program.


January 26, 2021
SIU recreation administration student wins statewide recognition - Christi Mathis
Constantine Charalab, a master’s student in recreation administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Sponsored Student of the Year, chosen from hundreds across the state.


January 21, 2021
SIU nutrition and diet expert shares tips for healthy eating, even during a pandemic - Christi Mathis
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and other stresses of 2020, people are dealing with a lot, resulting in a common complaint of packing on a few extra pounds.


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