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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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Art Exhibition Examines Link Between the Banjo and African String Instruments

Check out this radio interview with Najjar Abdul Musawwir, associate professor of fine arts at SIU: The new exhibition “Reconstructed/Reconceptualized” examines the link between the banjo and African string instruments. Ahead of the exhibition’s opening at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with its creator Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an associate professor of fine arts…

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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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Alumni testify in support of Africana Studies

From the Daily Egyptian: A number of attendees spoke to the board in defense of the Africana studies program. The undergraduate degree program is on the chopping block following Board of Trustees approval of the “Financial Sustainability Plan” in July. This plan would cut about $26 million from the university, including seven degree programs. The bachelor’s in Africana studies is…

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