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SIU’s first black graduates reflect on their experiences

From the Southern Illinoisan, this article features SIU alumni Norma Ewing, Harvey Welch and Harold Bardo: Historic moments don’t always feel historic in the moment — three of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s first black graduates are quick to point that out. “I thought of it in terms of a way to get an education and to elevate my life and…

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2nd annual SIU Diversity and Inclusion Conference on March 22-23

From SIU: “Navigating Professional Challenges and Building Opportunities: Creating a Global Citizenry” is the theme for the second annual System Diversity and Inclusion Higher Education Conference coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale March 22-23. The two-day conference is open to the public. The kick-off is from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 22 at the upper level of Grinnell Hall…

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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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WSIU hosts free screening of ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’

From WSIU: WSIU Public Broadcasting, a public media service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the PBS series Independent Lens will present a free Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion of the film “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.” The event will…

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SIU Rec Center celebrates 40 years

From the Southern Illinoisan: Past and present employees of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Recreation Center gathered Saturday to celebrate the facility’s 40 years of service to students and the community. The 214,000-square-foot recreation center on Grand Avenue, now home to a wide array of gymnasiums and studios, was originally built on the site of a run-down trailer park…

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Shawnee Community College president brings keynote speech at MLK breakfast

Peggy F. Bradford served as the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. In June, Bradford was hired as Shawnee Community College’s eighth president — and its first female and its first African-American president. Bradford received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SIU. Read more about her remarkable history here. On Monday, Bradford urged attendees…

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SIU cheerleaders honored at NAACP MLK Breakfast

From The Southern Illinoisan: Three Southern Illinois University cheerleaders who took a knee during the national anthem at Saluki games were honored by the Carbondale Branch NAACP on Monday morning at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast. Alaysia Brandy, Ariahn Hunt and Czarina Tinker, all sophomores, first began kneeling in protest of police brutality in September and…

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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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