Academic Reorganization Update


The Graduate and Professional Student Council, in an attempt to provide up to date information on the proposed academic reorganization, has generated the following documents:

Compiled Academic Reorganization Proposal
Compiled Program Change Timeline

More information on Academic Reorganization and Program Changes can be found on the links listed below the “Academic Reorganization” tab on the menu above.

Further, in response to recent changes to the program change proposals as of 3/22/2018, GPSC has updated its page on program change proposals with the following information:

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts will be renamed to the College of Health Services and Human Science. As a consequence of this renaming, units that are not affiliated with health services and human science will be moved to new administrative units.

The College of Engineering will be renamed to the College of Science, Technology, Transportation, Engineering and Math. As a consequence of this renaming, the College STTEM will receive units from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and the College of Science.

The College of Science will be eliminated and its academic units divided between the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of STTEM, and the College of Liberal Arts.

Program Change Proposals


GPSC is in receipt of program change proposals in line with the academic reorganization proposed by the chancellor. These proposals are provided to affected departments under Article 9 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Faculty Association and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Under Board of Trustees Policies 3.F.3, which designates GPSC as “the official organization designated to represent students in matters pertaining to student welfare, student activities, student participation in campus affairs, student participation in institutional planning and administration, and student opinion,” GPSC has posted the program change proposals on the GPSC website under our Academic Reorganization tab in the section titled “Program Change Proposals.”

The tab contains links to the text of the program change proposals as well as a description of the affected units and proposed changes to departments, which are now titled “divisions,” including the movement of degree programs between schools.

The Faculty Association summary of the program change proposals, and provisional comments, may be found on their website.

2018 Morris Library Journal Cancellations


Due to budget cuts and journal price inflation of 5-6%, Morris Library must complete journal cancellations for FY18 of $220,000. Titles were selected for cancellation based on low use and/or high cost per use, modified by factors such as citations from and articles by SIUC authors and JCR journal ranking. From January 2018, we will continue to have access to previously subscribed content from the cancelled journals. Access to new journal content from that date will be available via the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service. Access for some titles may also continue to be available via journal aggregator services such as EBSCO and JSTOR.

A complete listing of the cancellations and their associated field is below.

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Message from the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project


-Individual must currently have DACA which expires by 3/5/18
-Must renew by 10/5/17
-Must submit the $495 application fee with their renewal if requesting a work permit

Local attorneys are willing to offer free filing assistance to anyone who needs to renew. If an individual does not have the application fee, we would like to help connect them with financial assistance as well.

Anyone who would like assistance should contact the SIIRP as soon as possible (preferably by 9/20). One of our immigration attorneys will schedule a time to meet with them.

Diane Speir
Immigration Attorney
618-549-5159 x 136

Hurricane Irma Student Support

As a Saluki Community, our thoughts are with our students who have families and friends who may be or already are impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Dean of Students and the Office of Student Affairs is offering its resources to those in need.  For assistance and further information, please contact the Dean of Students at (618) 453-4846 or by email at  The Office of Student Affairs is located on the 4th floor of the Student Services Building, Room 486.
The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team is also available on campus to serve those needing personal support and assistance. For more information, please call (618) 453-3311 or email
If you find yourself needing to leave campus suddenly due to the ever-changing situation, the Registrar’s Office can assist you in notifying faculty of your absence.  Absence notifications can be made to faculty on your behalf by emailing or calling (618) 453-5663. 
As part of our Saluki family, we want you to know that we are here to support you.


GPSC Representative and General Body Meeting Information

The Graduate and Professional Student Council will convene its first general body meeting of the semester on Tuesday, September 5th, at 7:30P.M. in Activity Room C&D on the third floor of the Student Center.

As the constituency body of graduate and professional students recognized by the Board of Trustees, the Graduate and Professional Student Council the official organization designated to represent graduate and professional students in matters pertaining to student welfare, student activities, student participation in campus affairs, student participation in institutional planning and administration, and student opinion.

In order to ensure the full representation of all graduate and professional students campus wide, we are requesting representatives from each graduate degree granting academic unit.

Representatives of academic units may be selected by that academic unit’s graduate student organization. To be recognized as the representative of the academic unit, the selected representative must provide a letter from the student president of the academic unit’s graduate student organization verifying their status as the representative for that organization.

In the event that no such organization exists for an academic unit, the prospective representative must complete the Membership Application attached to this e-mail and submit it at or prior to the first meeting attended. Upon verification of the membership application, the prospective representative will be considered the official representative for their department.

Additionally, graduate and professional students may fill at-large membership positions provided they present a petition signed by 20 unclassified graduate students (containing the student’s name, signature, and e-mail), to be submitted at or prior to the first meeting attended. GPSC has five at-large positions available in an academic year.

Information concerning the process of becoming a representative can be found on our membership page.

Representative applications may be submitted to the Graduate and Professional Student Council offices on the third floor of the student center any time prior to or during our first meeting September 5th, at 7:30pm in Activity Room C&D on the third floor of the Student Center. Questions concerning the application process, the responsibilities of representatives, or the role of the Graduate and Professional Student Council may be submitted to

2017-2018 GPSC Officers Elected!!

The following graduate and professional students were elected to serve as officers for GPSC in the coming school year:

  • Johnathan Flowers, President
  • Dianah McGreehan, Vice President for Administrative Affairs
  • Clay Awsumb, Vice President for Graduate Affairs

The following students were chosen to serve as GPSC Representatives to The Graduate Council:

  • Sheena Hart
  • Jordan Maddox
  • Derrick McDowell
  • Lauran Schafer

Please welcome the new leadership team for GPSC!

GPSC Career Development Funds

As of today, May 10, GPSC will no longer accept Career Development Reimbursement Forms for the 2016-2017 school year! Unfortunately, we have depleted our allocated resources for this purpose. We will begin processing reimbursements again in the fall.

2017 GPSC Research Award Winners

GPSC would like to thank everyone who submitted an application for the 2017 GPSC Research Award! The competition was stiff with 83 proposals reviewed, six applicants were chosen! Congratulations to the following graduate and professional students selected:

  • James O’Donoghue
  • Hannah Giang
  • Gabriel Torrelba
  • Sudip Pandey
  • Lindsey Roberts
  • Justin D’Agostino

To celebrate their achievements and dedication to excellent research the Graduate School Dean, Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee, and GPSC will honor them at the GPSC Research Award Ceremony on April 25th at 7pm in the Hall of Presidents (located on the first floor of Morris Library).

Tyranny Unexplained and Unhinged; the student trustee process


Student Government exists to be the voice for students, advocating for student interest, representing their views to the Administration. While the interest of the Administration and students often align, there are times when they diverge. Case in point – the Administration may have a preferred candidate for specific elected student positions, who is more wiling to toe the Administration line,in contradiction of student opinion and thought. In order to ensure students are adequately represented, in a student-centered manner, student government serves that purpose. In essence, we as student government speak truth to power.

That is why it is imperative for the Administration of any institution of higher education to be as hands off from the processes of student government as possible. In order for students to trust their elected representatives, the administration cannot and should not be seen as meddling in student government affairs. Otherwise, we look like puppets or mouthpieces of an, at times, competing constituency.

To this end, the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) updated Student Trustee Election Guidelines that put the power of appeals for said elections in the hands of students, not Administrators. When the Undergraduate Student Government leadership and senior officials in the Office of Student Affairs rejected this concept, GPSC agreed to a compromise that would transfer appeal authority to representatives from Faculty Senate and Graduate Council, bodies that would be seen as neutral between the undergraduate and graduate/professional student constituencies.

On Tuesday, the chairs of Graduate Council and Faculty Senate agreed that representatives from their respective bodies would serve in an appeal capacity for Student Trustee Elections and was communicated to all parties earlier today. In spite of this development, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs chose to unilaterally upend the reasonable compromise between the Administration, GPSC, and USG. In a message sent to the GPSC President, VC Stettler claimed supreme authority to override the workings of student government and decided to approve drafted, not yet agreed to guidelines that would normally need approval from the heads of both student government bodies at SIU Carbondale.

Such a power grab is exactly the behavior we hope students would not model in the real world. This, in light of the fact that GPSC met with VC Stettler prior to Spring Break to get the revised guidelines approved in a timely manner. The Vice Chancellor’s rationale, “Time is of the essence,” falls flat given the effort of GPSC to produce guidelines that represent the best interest of students broadly, regardless of their classification at the beginning of March.

GPSC will not participate in a process that does not represent our constituency and will not recognize a Student Trustee that is selected from the aforementioned process.  We firmly believe these actions violate state law and the Board of Trustees’ Charter requiring the election of a student trustee through a campus-wide, STUDENT-led and driven election. The actions taken by VC Stettler are in contradiction with what the Carbondale campus has long established qualifies as a campus-wide student election. We ask the Administration to stand down, allow student government to do its work, and run a student trustee election that we all can be proud of with procedures made by and for students. The Administration’s unwillingness to do so represents tyranny and such action will not go quietly into the night.

From the Executive Officers of the Graduate and Professional Student Council