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April 18, 2017
Dean's Message
Dr. Meera Komarraju Dear Alumni and Friends, If you follow the “news from home” at all, you will have heard that we are facing challenges, as are many other state universities all across the country. While this is true, we are also celebrating the successes of our faculty and students on a near-daily basis, and I am absolutely delighted to be able to share some of these with you today.


April 18, 2017
Congratulations Class of 2017: Commencement Spotlight
Four graduating SIU students We call it commencement because it is the beginning, not the end, for the students who are graduating with a liberal arts degree. Meet some of the graduates, from the design student who fondly remembers a spontaneous dance break in the studio to the psychology student ready to pursue graduate school who came here thinking he’d be an engineer. We’re proud to be part of their stories.


April 18, 2017
Author of "The World's Largest Man" visits SIU, is named Distinguished Alumnus, Cultural Impact
Harrison Scott Key Harrison Scott Key, who claims his “literary lifestyle” includes wearing wooden underwear, is the winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He’s also an SIU alumnus, and now a Distinguished Alumnus. Key, humorist, playwright, and the author of the memoir “The World’s Largest Man,” is the 2017 SIU Distinguished Alumnus, Cultural Impact. He was on campus April 27-28 to attend the university awards ceremony and a college reception hosted by the Department of Theater.


April 18, 2017
Undergraduate scholars take on rare Latin manuscript translation project
SIU students Sarah Orkin and Clayton Killion translating manuscripts They have a regular table in the Special Collections Research Center in Morris Library where they quietly discuss, share notes and sometimes disagree about the “Meditationes Vitae Christi,” the bound Latin manuscript they’ve been working on translating for several months.


April 18, 2017
News and Happenings
The College of Liberal Arts, besides being the largest on campus, is also one of the busiest. Nearly every week, departments within the college host lectures and workshops, theater productions and community activities, art exhibitions or music performances, demonstrations or community activities. In addition, faculty and students are constantly publishing creative work, presenting academic papers, and researching in the field, in the library and online.


April 18, 2017
Reichard has a new book and 30 years in the field
SIU professor Ulrich Reichard After nearly 30 years, they seem to recognize his footsteps and his voice. When Ulrich H. Reichard goes into Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park rainforest alone, the family group of gibbons he’s been studying since 1989 go about their business and ignore him. For a researcher in the field, it’s good to be ignored. When Reichard brings along someone else, perhaps a student researcher, the gibbons initially draw back, showing caution.


April 18, 2017
Sociologist examines the history and social significance of the legalization movement
SIU professor Darren Sherkat When it comes to marijuana, the “war on drugs” seems to be over. While many factors influence this shift in policy, sociologist Darren Sherkat argues that a pivotal factor is a marked increase in support of legalization from the black community. At present, 26 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Three other states will join them soon after recent measures permitting use of medical marijuana. In addition, seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted more expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.


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