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More than ‘Shaft’: Iconic actor returns to SIU to reflect on 50-year career

From SIU Press Office: Iconic actor Richard Roundtree will reflect on a career that has spanned five decades this week while at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “A Conversation with Richard Roundtree” will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Communications Building’s Christian H. Moe Theater. The program is presented by the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, Novotny Lawrence,…

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Lyons named principal of St. Louis prep high school

From the St. Louis American: When Michael Blackshear announced his retirement in November after serving as Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s principal for 10 years, many were wondering who would be able to “fill those big shoes.” “He’d almost become synonymous with Cardinal Ritter College Prep,” said Tamiko Armstead, president of Cardinal Ritter and a former student under Blackshear. Before Blackshear…

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End of an era: Towers residence halls to close

From the Daily Egyptian: As of fall 2018 SIU will no longer house students in the towers, Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced today in a university press release. Student housing will be merged together on West campus to increase student engagement in the upcoming fall semester. “By bringing students together in Thompson Point, we can continue to build a tightly knit, engaged…

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SIU president launches ethics inquiry into chancellor for hiring family

From the Daily Egyptian: SIU’s Office of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics on Thursday opened two inquiries related to the hirings of Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s daughter and son-in-law, as well as searches involving previous coworkers. The decision by SIU President Randy Dunn comes after the Daily Egyptian on Tuesday reported the hiring of Melissa and Jeffrey Germain into university jobs…

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Bryson named interim associate chancellor for diversity

From an SIU news release: Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced today (Jan. 11) the appointment of Todd S. Bryson as the interim associate chancellor for diversity. The appointment was effective this week. Bryson, of Carbondale, is an alumnus of SIU and has served in a number of roles at the university, including positions largely focusing on diversity…

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Students plan to launch social media campaign for Africana Studies

Excerpts from the Daily Egyptian and check out the broadcast interview from WSIL TV: To try to save the Africana studies program from being cut, students are putting together a video campaign to raise awareness and support of the department. … The possibility it could still be eliminated is concerning to students like Kelechi Agwuncha, one of the campaign’s organizers.…

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Video: National expert gives first SIU diversity lecture

This fall, SIU held its Inaugural Board of Trustees Diversity Excellence Lecture, featuring Tim Wise, a nationally renowned anti-racism activist and writer. A video of the speech was sent to all alumni along with a message from SIU system President Randy Dunn. Check out the full video below to hear Wise’s powerful message!

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Business college honors ‘Emerging Saluki Leader’ awards

From the SIU press office: Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business has chosen as its 2017 Emerging Saluki Leader Award winners. The award honors alumni who have graduated from the college within the past 15 years for their outstanding work within business, academia or government sectors, nonprofit organizations, and their community service. This year, the college is honoring three…

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Frazier to serve as SIU Homecoming grand marshal

From the Southern Illinoisan: Walt “Clyde” Frazier, one of Southern Illinois University’s most famous alumni, will return to campus next month as the grand marshal of the Homecoming parade, according to a news release from the school Friday night. Frazier is scheduled to participate in the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, as part of SIU’s “Heroes, Myths…

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