Southern Illinois University Carbondale
|Southern Illinois Normal University|
|Type||Public research university|
|Endowment||$154.00 million (2019)|
|President||J. Kevin Dorsey|
|Students||11,266 (Fall 2021)|
|Undergraduates||8,299 (Fall 2020)|
|Postgraduates||3,067 (Fall 2020)|
|Campus||College town, 1,133 acres (459 ha)|
|Colors||Maroon and white|
|NCAA Division I FCS — MVC|
Southern Illinois University (SIU or SIUC) is a public research university in Carbondale, Illinois. Founded in 1869, SIU is the oldest and flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system. The university enrolls students from all 50 states as well as more than 100 countries. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". SIU offers 3 associate, 100 bachelor's, 73 master's, and 36 Ph.D programs in addition to professional degrees in architecture, law, and medicine.
An Act of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of Illinois, approved March 9, 1869, created Southern Illinois Normal College, the second state-supported normal school in Illinois. Carbondale held the ceremony of cornerstone laying, May 17, 1870. The first historic session of Southern Illinois Normal University was a summer institute, with a first faculty of eight members and an enrollment of 53 students. It was renamed Southern Illinois University in 1947.
The university continued primarily as a teacher's college until Delyte W. Morris took office as president of the university in 1948. Morris was SIU's longest-serving president (1948–1970). During his presidency, Morris transformed SIU, adding Colleges of Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Southern Illinois University grew rapidly in size from 3,500 to over 24,800 students between 1950 and 1991.
In 1957, a second campus of SIU was established at Edwardsville. This school, now known as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is an independent university within the SIU system.
SIU offered the first program to provide support to students with specific learning disabilities at a college level. "Project Achieve" was founded at SIU by Barbara Cordoni Kupiec in 1978. She pursued a career in the field initially to help her own children, and left behind a legacy that has assisted several thousand other students in earning their degrees. In 1983, Project Achieve became the Clinical Center Achieve program when SIUC decided to institutionalize the program, making it a permanent part of the university's structure.
Randy Dunn was the eighth president of the Southern Illinois University System. In July 2018, he stepped down as SIU system president after emails published in The Southern Illinoisan and The Daily Egyptian revealed he was attempting to divide the SIU system and help Southern Illinois University Edwardsville become the primary campus for the Southern Illinois University System by concealing over $5 million in funds transferred from Southern Illinois University Carbondale to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was also implicated in several unethical hires and found at fault by the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General for improperly hiring his former colleague, Brad Colwell. Dunn was replaced by J. Kevin Dorsey, a retired dean from the SIU School of Medicine.
Carlo Montemagno, a professor of engineering, became chancellor of SIU Carbondale on August 15, 2017. He died on October 11, 2018. Austin Lane, formerly of Texas Southern University, was appointed chancellor in 2020.
Academic programs and rankings
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|U.S. News & World Report||321|
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SIU offers more than 300 academic degree programs across all levels: bachelors, masters, PhD and doctoral. It also offers professional programs in architecture, business, law and medicine. Since 1989, SIU has offered an MD/JD dual degree program, leading to the concurrent award of both degrees after completion of six years of coursework.
The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – High research activity." In the academic year 2017-2018 the university was awarded over $88 million in research grants, the largest of which were to the School of Medicine and the College of Science.
SIU Carbondale is ranked #98 overall among "National Universities" in the 2021 edition of annual college rankings by US News & World Report. At SIU, 59% of the classes have 19 or fewer students; 82% of classes have less than 29 students, only 5% of classes include 50 or more students. The ratio of students to faculty is 15 to 1 and the percentage of full-time faculty is 83 percent. Additionally, the National Science Foundation ranks SIU No. 75 among public universities in the U.S. for total research and development expenditures, and No. 64 among earned doctorates.
Colleges and schools of Southern Illinois University Carbondale
|College of Agricultural Sciences||1955|
|College of Applied Sciences & Arts||1950|
|College of Business||1957|
|College of Education & Human Services||1869|
|College of Engineering||1961|
|College of Liberal Arts||1943|
|College of Mass Communication & Media Arts||1993|
|College of Science||1943|
|School of Law||1972|
|School of Medicine||1970|
College of Agricultural Sciences
The College of Agricultural Sciences consists of four academic departments: Agribusiness Economics, Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, Forestry, and Plant, Soil & Agricultural Systems. There are eight majors and twenty-six specializations. The college's Ph.D. program was added in December 2007. The Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences is a research degree that prepares graduates for developing and funding their own research program, and for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Since its inception as the Vocational Technical Institute, CASA has undergone continuous change to address the workforce needs in the southern Illinois region, the state and the nation. The College presently includes four schools which house three master's degree programs, fourteen baccalaureate, and two associate degree programs. The masters of science in Medical Dosimetry and one baccalaureate program, Fire Service Management, are offered off-campus only. CASA provides off-campus opportunities to receive baccalaureate degrees in the areas of Aviation Management, Electronic Systems Technologies, Fire Service Management, Health Care Management, and Medical Dosimetry. The baccalaureate degree in Information Systems Technologies is offered online. Forty-nine hours of upper-level and selected elective courses are available to students at various locations throughout the country.
Morris Library is the main library for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. The library holds more than 4 million volumes, 53,000 current periodicals and serials, and over 3.6 million microform units. Morris Library also provides access to the statewide automated library system and to an array of electronic sources. These figures make Morris Library among the top 50 largest research libraries in the United States. Library users have access to I-Share (the statewide automated library system) and to a comprehensive array of databases and other electronic data files. As the campus center for access to academic information and collaborative academic technology projects, Morris Library provides a wide range of services, including reference assistance, instructional and technical support, distance learning, geographic information systems (GIS), and multimedia courseware development. Morris Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Delyte's, a new coffee shop named after former SIU President Delyte W. Morris, operates near the entrance of the library.
The SIU Law Library provides legal research resources for lawyers, law students, SIU faculty and staff and members of the community. Located in the Lesar Law Building, the library has evolved to meet the changing nature of legal research and user expectations by providing wireless access to a wide array of electronic legal materials.
With over 8 acres (3.24 ha) of floor space, the SIU Student Center is one of the largest student unions in the nation. The programs and services offered provide SIU students, faculty, and staff a place to relax, gather a group to study or grab a bite to eat. The Student Center hosts multiple dining locations, the University Bookstore, ATM and Western Union stations, bowling & billiards facility, check cashing services, the ID Card office, and Debit Dawg activations and deposits all under one roof. The Student Center offers several ballrooms and smaller, expandable conference rooms for small or large gatherings. Student-run radio station WIDB 104.3 FM broadcasts from the Student Center, and the Black Affairs Office, International Student Council, Student Programming Council, student governments and the Greek Council have offices in the building.
Student Recreation Center
The Student Recreation Center, or "Rec," is the university's primary hub for intramural and fitness activities. With more than 220,000 square feet, the SIU Recreation Center is also one of the largest among universities in the nation. Although SIU's Recreation Center doesn't receive state support, it operates on a $4.8 million budget, most of which is raised by a student recreation fee that is included in student fees. The rest of the money is revenue generated by instructional programs, camps and community citizens who pay for membership.
Indoor facilities include an Olympic-sized pool.
- One ten-lane 50-meter course
- Two eight-lane 25-yard courses
- Four one-meter diving boards
- Three three-meter diving boards
- One five-meter diving tower
- Three underwater viewing stations
- Underwater speakers
- Colorado electronic timing system
- Rapid sand filter system
The 770,000 gallon natatorium is surrounded by a closed gutter filtration system which drastically reduces water turbulence helping to increase the swimmers' speed.
The facility also houses areas for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, handball, squash, weightlifting, martial arts, aerobics, and programs for the disabled. There are over 180 fitness stations distributed throughout the building. Other on campus outdoor recreation include tennis courts at three campus locations, a frisbee golf course, and 100 acres of playing fields. Picnic areas, and boat dock facilities are available at Campus Lake.
Connected to the Student Recreation Center on the east side of campus, the 57,000-square-foot health center offers students a continuum of care under one roof. Services include the medical clinic, pharmacy, wellness resources, psychiatry clinic, sports medicine and physical therapy and counseling and psychological services. Community partners Southern Illinois Dermatology and the Marion Eye Center also provide services in the new health center.
The Southern Illinois Salukis are the athletic teams representing Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The university first sponsored athletic teams during the 1913–14 school year, when they were known as the "Maroons." Students and faculty began lobbying for a new mascot during the late 1940s. On March 19, 1951, the student body voted to change the official nickname to the Salukis. The saluki, the royal dog of ancient Egypt, was chosen as the mascot due to its reputation as a fast and tenacious hunter and because the southern Illinois region is known as "Little Egypt."
The Salukis sponsor 16 varsity teams. Most compete in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), specifically in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, softball, women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball. The football program competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). Men's swimming is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
- The baseball team has second-place finishes in the National Championship in 1968 & 1971.
- The men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons between 2002–07, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen.
- The men's basketball team won the 1967 NIT National Championship.
- The women's basketball team was Missouri Valley Conference champion in 2007.
- Football had been ranked in the Top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision for the four years 2006-09, and were in the playoffs for seven straight years, 2003–09.
- Softball has been ranked in the Top 25 in the nation for the past two years and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five straight seasons.
- SIU's student-athletes lead the MVC in overall grade point average.
Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to more than 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSO). Organizations include honor societies, sports clubs and student activity groups, and 11 fraternities, 8 multicultural fraternities and 9 sororities. The largest RSO on campus is the Student Programming Council (SPC).
SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSOs:
- Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
- Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)
Additionally, one student is elected as a student trustee; the other is elected at SIUE and appointed by the governor as a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees.
The Daily Egyptian
The Daily Egyptian (DE) is a student-run newspaper. The DE is published weekly on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters with a distribution of 78,000 copies, and an online edition on Friday. The paper has received more than 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, it received the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for General Excellence.
Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the Department of Public Safety in their duties.
On-campus housing at SIU is provided in residence halls and apartments and is offered for students who are undergraduates, graduates, parents, domestic partners, or married.
There are two main residence hall areas, each with a commons building containing a dining hall, known as East Campus and West Campus. The traditional residence hall contract includes a furnished room, wi-fi, cable, utilities and a dining plan. Residence hall rooms are fully furnished, and many have been modified to meet the needs of specific types of disability.
Apartment housing is available in Evergreen Terrace, Wall & Grand, and Elizabeth Apartments.
The SIU Housing Policy states: All single students under the age of 21, not residing with their parents or legal guardians, with fewer than 26 credit hours earned after high school are required to live in University-owned and operated residence halls. Students are considered to hold freshman status if they have earned fewer than 26 credit hours after high school.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
The Cardboard Boat Regatta is an event held every spring semester at Campus Lake. Participants include university students and community members. The goal is to complete three trips around a 200-yard course on the lake using makeshift cardboard boats. There are three different categories for entries: canoes or kayaks, experimental boats and instant boats (boats created on-site the day of the event).
The idea for a Cardboard Regatta first originated in 1974 at Southern Illinois University. Richard Archer, a professor of Art and Design, dreamed up a final examination for students in his freshman design class. Buckminster Fuller, then a Distinguished Professor at SIU, had espoused the principle of "doing the most with the least," and faculty members found it intriguing to apply these principles in their classes. Archer felt it would be a real test of students' creativity and three-dimensional design skills to build human-sized boats made only of cardboard, and more than 40 years later, it is still happening. Many communities, organizations and other universities around the country have joined in on the fun and now organize their own Cardboard Boat Regattas.
- National debate champions – Under the direction of debate coach Todd Graham, SIU won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2008, 2013, and 2015. The team also won the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament in 2013 and 2014. They were also ranked first in the country over the course of the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.
- The SIU Flying Salukis Flight Team has taken first place in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 8 competition for the past 7 years (2011-2017). At NIFA SAFCON 2014, the Flying Salukis won the team's ninth national title. As of 2017[update], the team has qualified for the national championships in 49 of the last 50 years.
- SIU's award-winning half-hour alternative TV news magazine received an Emmy in the magazine news program category at the 2010 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Regional Chapter Emmy Awards in St. Louis.
- SIU's Forestry Club was the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Conclave champion in 1992-2009, and 2017.
There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale worldwide. Notable SIU alumni include:
- Lionel Antoine, former NFL offensive tackle
- Houston Antwine, former NFL defensive lineman
- Charles Basch, professor of health education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- James Belushi, actor/comedian, star of According to Jim, Saturday Night Live and films
- Jim Bittermann, CNN European correspondent based in Paris
- Frederick J. Brown, artist
- Amos Bullocks, former NFL running back
- Hannibal Buress, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer
- Chris Carr, former NBA player
- Jeremy Chinn, NFL safety for the Carolina Panthers
- Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls, IFBB pro bodybuilder
- Sam Coonrod, major league pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Randy Daniels, former Secretary of State of New York
- Don S. Davis, actor and theatre professor, best known for his role of General Hammond on the TV series Stargate SG-1
- Open Mike Eagle, hip hop artist and comedian
- Lee Feinswog, author and TV host
- Steve Finley, Major League Baseball center fielder, 5-time Gold Glove winner, 2-time All-Star
- Stephen Franklin, LB for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Dennis Franz, actor best known for his work on NYPD Blue
- Walt Frazier, Basketball Hall of Famer and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
- Jerry Hairston Jr. former Major League Baseball player
- Jim Hart, former NFL quarterback, 4-time Pro Bowl selection
- Joan Higginbotham, astronaut
- Kevin House, former NFL wide receiver
- Mary Lee Hu, artist and goldsmith
- Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Pakistani politician and son of former President General Zia-ul-Haq
- Brandon Jacobs, NFL running back
- Steve James, two-time Oscar nominated film producer
- Curt Jones, founder of Dippin' Dots
- Darryl Jones, bassist of The Rolling Stones
- Yonel Jourdain, NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills
- Deji Karim, NFL running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Rodney P. Kelly, retired Major General, U.S. Air Force
- Tony Laubach, meteorologist and storm chaser featured on Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers as a researcher with TWISTEX
- Al Levine, former MLB baseball player
- Milcho Manchevski, filmmaker of Macedonia's first Oscar-nominated film
- Adrian Matejka, poet, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in poetry
- Carl Mauck, former NFL center
- Jenny McCarthy, actress, model and television host
- Melissa McCarthy, actress, comedian, writer and producer
- Donald McHenry, United States ambassador to the United Nations (1979–1981)
- Brett James McMullen, retired United States Air Force General Officer
- Albert E. Mead, former Governor of Washington
- Bryan Mullins, former Men's Basketball star and current Men's Basketball head coach
- Gary Noffke, artist and silversmith
- Bob Odenkirk, actor and comedian
- Sir Curtis Price, KBE, President of the Royal Academy of Music and former president of the Royal Musical Association
- Jason Ringenberg, founding member of Jason & the Scorchers
- Richard Roundtree, actor (Shaft)
- Marion Rushing, former NFL linebacker
- Troy Hudson, former NBA guard
- John F. Sandner, a/k/a "Jack" Sandner, attorney, commodities trader, former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
- Randy Savage, professional wrestler; graduated 1971
- Bart Scott, NFL Pro Bowl selectee
- Jared Yates Sexton, author, political commentator, and creative writing professor
- Derek Shelton, major league baseball manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Sam Silas, NFL Pro Bowl selectee
- Chad Simpson, Micro Award-winning short and flash fiction author
- Russ Smith, former NFL guard
- Jackie Spinner, author, journalist
- Dave Stieb, retired Major League Baseball pitcher, 7-time All-Star, pitched no-hitter on 9/2/1990
- Joe Swanberg, independent filmmaker with notable filmography in the mumblecore sub-genre
- Lena Taylor, Wisconsin Democratic State Senator and member of the Wisconsin 14
- Terry Taylor, former NFL cornerback
- Mallica Vajrathon, United Nations senior staff member
- Chico Vaughn, basketball player
- George Vukovich, baseball player
- Robert K. Weiss, producer of The Blues Brothers and other films
- Ernie Wheelwright, former NFL running back
- Adrian White, former NFL safety
- Walt Willey, actor best known for his work on All My Children
- David Wong, author and online personality
- Travis Morgan, former USA power lifter
- Robert Corruccini, Distinguished Professor and 1994 Outstanding Scholar; taught at SIUC 1978–2011 in the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology; known for his expertise in dental anthropology and epidemiology, formulating a theory of malocclusion
- David F. Duncan, Professor of Health Education and 1984 Teacher of the Year; taught at SIUC 1978–1989; established the Ph.D. program in community health and the masters in health care administration; later served as a policy advisor in the Clinton White House
- Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983), taught at SIUC 1959–1970; began as an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design and gained full professorship in 1968; known for his geodesic dome design
- Robert S. Gold, Professor of Health Education; pioneer of computer programs for health education and public health; later Executive Vice President of Macro International; current Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health
- L. Brent Kington (1961–1997), art educator and artist who worked in blacksmithing and sculpture; widely regarded as responsible for the blacksmithing revival in the 1970s
- William M. Lewis Sr. (1921–2010), Director of the Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit 1950–1983 (now called the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center); Chair of the Department of Zoology; President of the American Fisheries Society; received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence in 1995
- Harry T. Moore, founder of the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County, Florida; namesake of Moore Auditorium
- Richard Russo, taught in the English department of SIUC when his first novel was published in 1986; wrote Nobody's Fool and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, both of which were adapted for the screen and starred Paul Newman
- Alan Schoen, discoverer of the gyroid
- Paul Martin Simon (1928–2003), former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator and U.S. presidential candidate; director of the SIU Public Policy Institute (now the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute); taught politics, history and journalism
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