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SIU alumna to play professional basketball in Serbia

From The Southern Illinoisan: Recent SIU graduate Rishonda Napier became the eighth Saluki women’s basketball player to sign a professional contract Tuesday, inking a deal with ZKK Kraljevo of Kraljevo, Serbia. The ZKK Kraljevo play in both the First Women’s Basketball League of Serbia (ZLS) and the WABA League. The First Women’s Basketball League of Serbia is a 12-team league…

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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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Saluki, longtime radio announcer Bill Wilkerson dies

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Bill Wilkerson, whose animated baritone voice highlighted St. Louis radio for more than 35 years, died on Nov. 2, 2017, after collapsing at his home in Florissant. He was 72. Mr. Wilkerson first gained popularity when he joined KMOX-AM 1120 in 1969. He would go on to become a morning-drive host. But he became a…

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Africana Studies elimination delayed; taskforce created

As the SIUC community continues to grapple with the potential impacts of the proposed university re-organization, Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced that the decision to eliminate the Africana Studies degree program will be deferred for a year. In July, university officials proposed eliminating the Africana Studies bachelor’s degree as part of the Financial Sustainability Plan that was presented to the SIU…

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SIUC chancellor’s reorganization plan brings questions, concerns

As new SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno began his tenure at Carbondale earlier this fall, he proposed a dramatic re-organization of the campus’ degree programs. Since that announcement, students and faculty across campus weighed in through town halls, many voicing concerns about the proposal, especially graduate students as many teaching positions would likely be eliminated. On Tuesday, the Faculty Senate voted…

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Alumni News: Industry magazine names Harvey as Midwest Woman Executive of the Year

The Shelby Report, a trade magazine for food supply chain–from manufacturers and wholesalers to independent and chain stores, named SIU alumna Tandy Harvey as Midwest Woman Executive of the Year. Read the full profile to learn more about her inspirations and the journey of her professional career: Tandy S. Harvey will tell you she loves Supervalu, a company she has…

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Illinois univesities increasingly out of reach for students

SIU alumnus Kyle Westbrook is the founding executive director of the Partnership for College Completion, whose newest report lays out the crisis facing higher education in Illinois and how this disproportionately affects low-income and first-generation students. Read Westbrook’s op-ed here and the full report on the Partnership for College Completion’s website: In 1991, I was admitted to Southern Illinois University…

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Brown pushes students to grow, succeed

The Rev. Joseph Brown, professor of the Africana Studies at SIU, was featured in the Daily Egyptian. The article offers a peek into Brown’s childhood and the impact he has had serving the students of SIU. Here are just a couple of those students in their own words: As a professor, Brown’s students say he pushes them too. “He will…

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SIU cheerleaders take a knee during football game

Three Saluki cheerleaders knelt Saturday during the national anthem, joining the protests happening at sports events across the country. Read more from the Daily Egyptian: “It’s not a protest against the flag. It’s not a protest against Donald Trump,” the Chicago native said. “It was a protest for our civil rights that we are still fighting for, that we have…

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