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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Motto Deo Volente
("God willing")
Established 1869
Type Public
Endowment $100 million
Chancellor Rita Hartung Cheng
President Glenn Poshard
Faculty 1,553
Students 21,000
Undergraduates 16,500[1]
Postgraduates 4,500
Location United StatesCarbondale, Illinois, USA
Campus Rural,
1,133 acres (4.6 km²)
Colors Maroon and White            
Nickname Salukis
Mascot Brown Dawg and Gray Dawg[2]

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC but mainly referred to as SIU) is located in Carbondale, Illinois. The Carbondale campus is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system, which includes SIU's smaller sister institution Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Founded in 1869, SIU ranks as one of the top public universities in Illinois. SIU is recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings as a "National University," that is, a university which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research.[3] Among public universities in Illinois awarding doctorate degrees, only the University of Illinois ranks higher. Additionally, SIU is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Doctoral Research Extensive.” The University offers the full range of degree programs from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees in law and medicine.[3]



The Pulliam Hall clock tower. The Pulliam Hall clock tower has a functioning carillon and has been incorporated into the Southern Illinois University Carbondale logo.

In 1869, SIU was founded as a teacher's college named Southern Illinois Normal College.[4] It began with twelve academic departments and an initial class of 143. The university continued 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).[5] During his presidency, he transformed SIU from a teacher's college to the second-ranked public comprehensive research university in Illinois.[citation needed] Among his many accomplishments, Morris created SIU's law, medical, and dental schools.

SIU's total undergraduate enrollment is around 20,000.[3] Typical of public research universities, SIU offers more than 170 academic degree programs across all levels; associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral. It also offers professional programs in business, law and medicine. Since 1989, SIU has offered an M.D./J.D. dual degree program, leading to the concurrent award of both degrees after six years.[6]

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes Southern Illinois University, Carbondale as an elite institution of higher education, based on breadth of research and academic programs. Carnegie categorizes Southern as: "RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)."[7]


On November 18, 2005, the SIU Board of Trustees unanimously selected former congressman and three-degree SIU alumnus Glenn Poshard to serve as the new President of Southern Illinois University. Poshard took office in January 2006.[8]

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard announced Rita Hartung Cheng as the new chancellor of the Carbondale campus during a press conference on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Cheng will take over from interim chancellor Samuel Goldman on June 1, 2010.[9]

SIU Carbondale and its sister campus SIUE are part of the same school system including the medical school located in Springfield, Illinois.

Saluki Way

In 2005, former SIU chancellor Walter Wendler unveiled a massive plan to reshape the core of the Carbondale campus. The plan, entitled "Saluki Way," is a part of the larger "Southern at 150" project. Saluki Way was approved in September 2006 by the SIU Board of Trustees and integrated into the university land use plan.[10] The $500 million plan is divided intro three phases and is expected to take 15 years to complete.[11]

  • Phase 1:

Construct a new football stadium to replace McAndrew Stadium) and renovate SIU Arena, the home of the men's and women's basketball teams. On March 3, 2009 the official groundbreaking for the first phase of Saluki Way took place. Shortly afterward, construction commenced on the new football stadium, athletic support building and renovations to the SIU Arena. The football stadium is scheduled to be completed in August 2010, and the inaugural game is scheduled for September 2, 2010. Construction of the athletic support facilities and renovations of the SIU Arena are scheduled for completion in October 2010. The Salukis will play their first game in the "new" arena on November 1, 2010.[12]

  • Phase 2:

The second phase calls for the construction of new classroom buildings where the current football stadium stands, re-routing roads and renovating existing structures.[13] Woody Hall, the university's hub for Student Services, will be moved to the new construction along with the Alumni reception center. No timetable has been announced for this phase of the project.

  • Phase 3:

The third phase of Saluki Way will include the building of new dormitories. No timetable has been announced for this phase of the project.[14]


Logo of the "Salukis," the official name of Southern Illinois University Carbondale athletics teams.

The Southern Illinois Salukis are the varsity 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."[15]

The Salukis sponsor 16 varsity teams. Most compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, 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. Men's swimming is part of the Mid-American Conference.

See: Southern Illinois Salukis



Student Center

"Glow bowling" at the SIU Student Center bowling alley.

As one of the largest student unions in the nation, the Student Center covers more than eight acres of floor space.[16] The programs and services offered provide for the social and academic development of SIU students. The Student Center offers students, faculty, and staff a place to sit back and 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, 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[17] broadcasts from the Student Center, and the Black Affairs Office, International Student Council, Student Programming Council or "SPC," student governments and the Greek Council are among the organizations with their offices in the building.

The Student Center operates a Bowling & Billiards facility that completed a major renovation in 2009, including electronic scoring, new lanes, glow-in-the-dark flooring, flat-screen TVs, drop-down screens, and new seating areas. Each lane is equipped with bumpers, and three IKAN Bowling Ramps will be available to attach to any model of wheelchair, allowing the occupant to control the speed, direction, and timing of the bowling ball's release. Twelve new Olhausen pool tables along with new lighting and an updated sound system are featured on the billiards side of the facility.

Services Restaurants
ATM and Western Union stations Old Main Restaurant
Central Ticket Office Blimpie
Check Cashing Chef Yan Can Cook
Craft Shop Chick-fil-A
Debit Dawg Saluki Oasis
Fast Fax Freshens
ID Card Office Maroon Spoon
Information Center McDonald's
Marketing and Graphics Office Rio Frontera
Notary Public Starbucks
Posting Information Tomato Head Red
Saluki Express Wild Greens
Student Health Assessment Center (SHAC)
Student Lounges
University Bookstore

Morris Library

Morris Library near the completion of major renovations in the fall of 2009.

Morris Library is the main library for SIUC. The Library holds more than 2.6 million volumes, 3.6 million microform units, and over 36,000 current periodicals and serials. 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). About Morris Library

In 2009, Morris Library completed a massive renovation and expansion at a cost of $41 million. The building’s original façade and the HVAC and elevator systems were completely replaced. Every floor of the seven-story building was completely overhauled to drastically improve accessibility and remove confusion. An additional 50,000 square feet of space was added to the north side of the library. A new coffee shop Delyte's (named after former SIU President Delyte W. Morris) now operates in a portion of the new space.

Recreation Center

Sunset over Southern Illinois University's Campus Lake.

The Student Recreation Center, or "Rec," is the university's primary hub for intramural and fitness activities. The 213,747 square foot building is one of the largest of its kind in the United States on a college campus. Access to the Recreational Center is free to all SIU students and for a membership fee to Alumni, Faculty and the general community.

Indoor facilities include a 880,000 gallon Natatorium (home to the SIU Salukis swimming and diving team), two weight rooms, an aerobics room, martial arts room, a rock climbing wall, tennis court, racquetball courts, squash courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and two running tracks. Outdoor facilities include several lighted hard-surface tennis courts, Jean Stehr Field (used for intramural baseball, flag football and soccer), a Frisbee golf course, the campus boat dock and campus beach.

Health Center

On February 3, 2006, SIU opened a new, 57,000-square-foot health center adjacent to the Recreational Center. The $9.6 million dollar facility provides medical services to the university community and houses the medical clinic, pharmacy, wellness resources, mental health clinic, and sports medicine and physical therapy facilities. Community partners Southern Illinois Dermatology and the Marion Eye Center also provide services in the new health center. [18]

Notable alumni

There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale worldwide. Notable SIU alumni include:

Main Article: Complete List of Southern Illinois University alumni

Notable faculty

  • Dr. Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983). Fuller taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1959 to 1970. Beginning as an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design, he gained full professorship in 1968. Buckminster Fuller is widely renowned for his geodesic dome design.
  • Paul Martin Simon (November 29, 1928 – December 9, 2003). Former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator & U.S. Presidential candidate. He was the director of the SIU Public Policy Institute (now the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute). Simon taught classes in politics, history and journalism.
  • Eric Mandat, clarinetist
  • Dr. David Gilbert World renown expert in the Automotive Industry. Currently a a professor in the Automotive Department. Featured in February of 2010 ABC news report over Toyota recalls.

Student life

Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to over 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).

Student government

SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSO's:

  • The Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC)

Additionally, one student is elected to be the "Student Trustee"; a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees.

The Daily Egyptian

The Daily Egyptian or "DE" for short, is an award-winning student-run newspaper. The DE is published every weekday with a distribution of 20,000 copies, making it the largest college paper in the state of Illinois. The Daily Egyptian has received more than 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, the paper was the recipient of the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for General Excellence, the nation's most prestigious college journalism award.

Saluki Patrol

Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the University Police in their duties.[31]


There are four main undergraduate residence hall areas, each with their own common buildings and dining halls: Brush Towers[1], Thompson Point[2], University Hall[3], and University Park[4], for a total of 18 residential buildings.[32] Residence hall rooms are fully-furnished, and many have been modified to meet the needs of specific types of disability.[33]

Graduate, single parent, domestic partner, and married student housing is available in Evergreen Terrace, Southern Hills, and Elizabeth Apartments.[34]

Wall & Grand[5], SIU's first apartment-style residence halls, opened in 2007.[35] The apartments are all fully-furnished, including washers and dryers, and are fully accessible to students with disabilities.[33]

According to SIU Housing policies, single freshman students under the age of 21 who do not reside with their parents or legal guardians are required to live in University-owned and operated residence halls.[6] Students are considered to hold freshman status if they have earned fewer than 26 credit hours after high school. These restrictions do not apply to students over the age of 21, veterans, married students, single parents, or students with 26 or more credit hours.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

The Cardboard Boat Regatta is an event held every spring semester at Campus Lake. Participants include university students and community members both young and old. 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 20 years later, it is still happening. [36] 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, Kevin Calderwood and Kyle Dennis won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2008.
  • SIU was the first major university in the United States to be handicapped accessible in the early 1960s.
  • The Princeton Review ranks SIUC as one of the Best Midwestern Universities and one of the Best Valued Colleges in the nation.
  • U.S. News and World Reports ranked SIUC, alongside Princeton, West Virginia and North Carolina State, as one of the top schools for graduating students with the least amount of debt.
  • The College of Business and Administration ranks among the best in the United States, with the finance department among the top 5 percent.
  • The Automotive Industry Planning Council ranks the Automotive Technology Program as No. 1 in the country.
  • The aviation program has been one of the best nationally for many years, with SIU's young pilots winning the International Aerobatic Club Collegiate National Team Award five of the last six years.
  • The SIU Flying Salukis Flight Team became the first team in National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 8 modern history to win first place in regional competition three years in a row (2007–2009). At NIFA SAFCON 2009, the Flying Salukis placed top 5 in the nation against 27 other collegiate teams.
  • SIUC ranks second in the nation in American Philosophy.
  • U.S. News and World Reports ranks the Rehabilitation Institute counseling program sixth in the nation. In addition, the program won the 2006 Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Education and Training from the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration.
  • The Department of Workforce Education is among the Top 10 in the country, joining Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State in that category.
  • The School of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program tied Rutgers University for 22nd in the nation among 184 law schools.
  • SIUC is ranked 30th in the nation for economic diversity (enrolling undergraduates with family incomes less than $40,000 per year), joining UCLA, Kentucky, Brigham Young and others in this category.
  • Less than one year after graduation, 80 percent of SIU graduates are employed full time.
  • Ninety-three percent of alumni have either a positive or strongly positive attitude toward SIUC.
  • SIU's student-athletes lead the Missouri Valley Conference in overall grade point average.
  • 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 women’s team was Missouri Valley Conference champion in 2007. Football has been ranked in the Top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision for the past four years, advancing to the playoffs for seven straight years. 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 will be undergoing more than $80 million in new construction in the next few years: a student services building and a new football stadium will be built, creating hundreds more jobs.
  • SIU's Radio/TV Department has won National awards (Student EMMYS) on a yearly basis for nearly a decade.


Popular culture

In the cult hit-comedy movie Animal House the famous "College" shirt worn by actor John Belushi was created for him while attending house parties with his brother, actor Jim Belushi, who was a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

See also


  1. ^ Spotlight Southern. Fall enrollment stands at 21,003.
  2. ^ "SIU Daily Egyptian – Donning the Dawg Suit One Last Time". Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  3. ^ a b c Poshard, Glenn (September, 2007). "A Message To Alumni From SIU President Glenn Poshard". Southern Alumni. 
  4. ^ Robert P. Howard, Illinois: A History of the Prairie State (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), 341.
  5. ^ Daily Egyptian, "Delyte Morris"
  6. ^ Md/Jd Dual Degree Program Overview. Legal medicine education: the M.D./J.D. Dual Degree Program at Southern Illinois University.
  7. ^ Carnegie Classifications.
  8. ^ SIU Press Release. SIU Board Chooses Poshard For President.
  9. ^ SIU Press Release. Poshard selects Cheng as next SIUC chancellor.
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  11. ^ SIU Board approval moves Saluki Way projects ahead
  12. ^ Saluki Way timeline
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  18. ^ SIUC opens new Student Health Center
  19. ^ "According to Jim Bios". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  20. ^ Radio-Television Goes Golden, October 5, 2007, Daily Egyptian
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Distinguished Alumni Wall". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  22. ^ "Players who Played for Southern Illinois University". Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  23. ^ "SIUC launches 1st Capital Campaign". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  24. ^ "Southern Illinois University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  25. ^ Utterback, Wayne (April 19, 2007). "Emprace the 'Dark': Author, SIUC alumnus reprints book about Strip". Daily Egyptian: pp. 7. 
  26. ^ "Southern Illinois Alumni Football Cards". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  27. ^ "Player-Brandon Jacobs". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  28. ^ "Senior Staff: Principal". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  29. ^ "Council Members & Officers". Retrieved 06-23 2007. 
  30. ^ "Richard Roundtree Biography". Retrieved 01-20 2010. 
  31. ^ "Saluki Patrol: Program, Origin and History" at SIU official website (retrieved November 18, 2009).
  32. ^ "Residence Halls-University Housing" at SIU housing official Web site (retrieved January 26, 2010).
  33. ^ a b "Disability Support Services". Retrieved 01-26 2010. 
  34. ^ "Residence Hall Guidebook" at SIU housing official Web site (retrieved January 26, 2010).
  35. ^ "Wall and Grand Open" at The Daily Egyptian Web site (retrieved January 26, 2010).
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Campus Lake, located on the southwest portion of campus, is a 40-acre spring-fed lake set in 25 acres of woodland. A 2.2 mile walk/run/bike trail surrounds the lake.

Coordinates: 37°42′38″N 89°13′10″W / 37.710426°N 89.219306°W / 37.710426; -89.219306


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