Details Emerge for Campus Reorganization

Details for SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s academic reorganization plan were released during an open forum he held today.

The chancellor’s plan primarily focuses on the elimination of academic departments and transitioning them into schools under re-organized colleges. The following is the proposed re-organization of 5 colleges and 18 schools released by the chancellor and where existing departments would fall.

School of Law

School of Medicine

School of Education
–will be more like elevated like School of Law and School of Medicine
–teaching education programs; counseling and quantitative methods; curriculum, instruction and administration certification, special education and workforce education and development.

College of Engineering, Physical Science and Applied Technology
-School of Engineering
— civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, energy fuel and management.

-School of Homeland Security
— criminal justice, new cyber-security program and forensic sciences programs, public safety management, information systems technology
–NEW: Police Academy – would require state approval

-School of Physical Sciences
— chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.
–NEW: Machine learning and material science

-School of Transportation and Technology
— automotive technology, aviation management and flight, aviation technologies, electrical engineering technology, industrial management and applied engineering, technical resource management and, quality engineering and management.
–NEW: program in robotics and automation

College of Agricultural and Life Science
-School of Integrated Biological Sciences
— anatomy, fermentation science, neuroscience, plant biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, biological sciences, microbiology, physiology and pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary programs.
–NEW: program in bioinformatics

-School of Production Agriculture
— agricultural systems and education; agronomy or, as currently known, our soil and crop programs; horticulture; and animal science.

-School of Sustainability and Earth Science
— environmental management, forestry, geography and environmental resources, geology, environment policy, and zoology

College of Business and Analytics
-School of Accountancy and Finance
— accounting, agribusiness economics, economics and finance.

-School of Management and Marketing
— business and administration, management, health care management, hospitality and tourism administration, marketing, recreation professions and sport administration

College of Health and Human Services
-School of Clinical Services
— behavior analysis and therapy, communications disorders and sciences, dental hygiene, physical therapist assistant, radiologic sciences, and rehabilitation services.

-School of Human Services
— exercise science, human nutrition and dietetics, mortuary science and funeral service, public health, and social work.
–NEW: program in gerontology and rural health

College of Liberal and Performing Arts
-School of Architecture, Art, and Design
— architectural studies, fashion design and merchandising, art, industrial design, interior design
–NEW: program in landscape architecture

-School of Humanities
— english; history; languages, cultures and international studies; linguistics; and philosophy

-School of Media and Performing Arts
— cinema and photography; communication studies; journalism; music; musical theater; radio, TV and digital media; and theater.

-School of Social Science
— anthropology, paralegal studies, political science, pre-law, psychology and sociology.

You can find more details on the Chancellor’s proposed plan and leave feedback/questions at


Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

1 1⁄2 medium tomatoes

1⁄4 lb fresh mozzarella cheese

1⁄4 cup torn basil leaves

1 1⁄2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1⁄2 to taste kosher salt or 1⁄2 to taste sea salt, to taste



Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella into large cubes.

Add basil leaves and drizzle w/ vinegar and olive oil.

Stir lightly.

Sprinkle with a little salt.


SIU Election Protest

A protest took place on campus today to show support for Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrants’ rights in light of the recent election.

Carbondale Community High School student Cecilia Albert-Black says the event was planned to “help spread love and understanding” in the midst of division.

Sara Beatty and Angie Youroukos led the event, and hope to continue showing support through future peaceful protests.

SIU Shooting Club

The Southern Illinois University Shooting Team has been reinstated as an officially SIU club for three years now. Before that, the team was active in the 1990s. The team feels moving towards a competitive environment. They believe 2015-16 school year was a transition year for the club.

In 2013-14, the club had a total of seven active members. In 2015-16, they had 20 and now in 2016-17, they have 35 members.

Earlier in the spring, US Representative Mike Bost had a meet and greet with the team. Right now, the team is looking for sponsorships from local business to help fund the team the chance to compete in more tournament.

Last October, club president Emerald Sanders won best female shooter at a tournament in October.

SIU Reacts to Racist Snapchat

An SIU student has apologized for a controversial Facebook posting that has gone viral.

SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell is calling for respect on campus after “offensive behavior and comments, including social media posts.”

One of the most controversial posts is attributed on social media to coming from SIU student Miranda Fair, a sophomore in SIU Hospitality and Tourism Administration. It appears to show her and a male with black facial masks standing in front of a Confederate flag.

Fair posted an apology and said the post is out of context, prior to deleting her account. “The confederate flag in the background is defaced (ripped in half)because I do not support it,” said Fair in the post. “The black on my face is a boscia face mask. I do not hate any groups of people. #blacklivesmatter”

Her Facebook page appears to have been deleted today along with the Facebook page of the male in the photo, who is believed to be a student in Dayton Ohio. Dayton University told River Region Evening News they have no comment about the matter.

Angry reaction to the posting and photo is mounting on campus and across the nation.

A reporter with the New York Daily News reposted the photo, causing it to go viral. Shaun King is a senior justice reporter for the paper with 457,000 Twitter followers. He posted the photo, incorrectly identifying the male in the photo as also being an SIUC student.

Other national web-based outlets are also posting the photo.

We are attempting to get more information from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Police, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Colwell, and SIU spokesperson Rae Goldsmith but have received no comment as of this writing other than the email that was sent out by Colwell to the campus shortly after noon.

Tom Woolf with University Marketing confirms to RREE that the chancellor’s campus email is related to the student’s posting and the reaction that followed.

Colwell does not refer to any specific incidents in his email but points to reaction after the election. “This week’s presidential election was extremely divisive and emotions are running high.”

Making It Home for Turkey

The Thanksgiving break is a time for students to be with their families, but for some, their off and on campus jobs require them to stay in Carbondale.

A few students shared some of their personal experiences about not being able to make it home for turkey dinner. 20 year old, Brenna Casey explained how a fellow coworker and friend was fired from their place of employment when the two wanted to call in sick instead of working the Black Friday shift.

These students, like many others, want to remind businesses that although they are employees here in Carbondale, they are still want to use the holiday break to go home and see their families.