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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Though Aug. 21, 2017, seems like a long way off, it’s not too early to begin making plans to be at the Eclipse Crossroads of America.

Carbondale eclipse 2017-2024That is the date when the first total solar eclipse over the mainland United States since 1979 will sweep across the country from northwest to southeast.  The last time that happened was in 1918.

Then, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will again sweep across the country, this time from southwest to northeast.

The intersection of the two eclipse paths is just south of Carbondale over Cedar Lake. No other place in the world will offer the opportunity to observe these two eclipses from the same ground-based spot.

And in 2017, Carbondale is the closest city and Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the closest campus to the point of the eclipse’s greatest duration. The eclipse will begin at 11:53 a.m. and all phases will be complete by 2:47 p.m. Total eclipse duration time – which scientists refer to as “totality” — on the campus will be 2 minutes, 38 seconds, 2 seconds short of the greatest duration time a few miles south of Carbondale. More information is available on the Eclipse Southern Illinois website (eclipse.siu.edu).

A university-community steering committee is planning a variety of events leading up to the eclipse, which will occur on the first day of the fall semester. The prime viewing location will be Saluki Stadium, while the SIU Arena will provide an air-conditioned venue for those who want to see the eclipse via webcast or other feeds, but avoid the August heat.

Other spots on and off campus will be available to the many scientists expected to converge on the area, along with “eclipse chasers” who often travel worldwide to view or document the event.

Bob Baer, a staff member in SIU’s physics department and co-chair of the steering committee, expects thousands of people to descend on Carbondale for the eclipse.

“People often travel thousands of miles to see a total eclipse and we have one right in our own backyard,” said Baer, who organizes regular astronomy observations from the roof of the Neckers Building. “What a great opportunity this is for the people of the region to experience the eclipse and to be host to visitors from all over the world wanting to come and see this rare event.”

On March 31, SIU will host one of the nation’s leading astronomers, Matthew Penn, from the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Ariz. He will discuss upcoming solar coronal research as well as the Citizen CATE (Continental America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment planned for the 2017 eclipse.

The experiment will use a fleet of telescopes to observe the eclipse.  As the shadow of the moon travels across the continental United States, citizen astronomers from more than 60 sites will take images of the brightness of the inner solar corona. The combined Citizen CATE Experiment will reveal for the first time how this part of the solar atmosphere changes during 90 minutes.

Penn has been with the National Solar Observatory since 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1986, and his master’s degree and doctorate in astronomy, both from the University of Hawaii, in 1988 and 1992, respectively.

His talk begins at 3:30 p.m. in Lawson Hall 161, and is free and open to the public.

Future eclipse-related events will include educational programs and lectures and workshops for high school and community college faculty.

source: http://news.siu.edu/

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Did you go to Southern? it doesn’t matter when you graduated whether it is in the last few years or the last millennium. We are currently working to establish an official alumni chapter in Malaysian and we are hopeful that all SIUC alums may be able gather one day and share their experience. We are working on a blog also, we hope you can e-mail us at msasiuc@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your picture and a paragraph on your experience in SIUC.

Please click here to register yourself to our alumni database.

Also please visit the following site https://siuc.wordpress.com/ to see stories of past alumni experience by Mr. Karim Omar

**** IMPORTANT UPDATE **********

We are in the process of setting up an Alumni Chapter in Peninsula Malaysia and Sabah. Please e-mail your name and contact information so we can be in touch with you on the progress of the Association.

Please contact the following people:

Peninsular Malaysia
A. Karim Omar
E-mail : akarimomar@yahoo.com
Telephone: +60193199788
Sabah and Sarawak
James Jaikoh Imbayan
E-Mail: jjaikoh@hotmail.com

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Innalillahi wa inna lillahi rajioon

Sdra. Shuid Salleh (Jojo) ex-SIUC-Engineering telah kembali ke rahmatullah pukul 4.40 ptg 16hb Nov. 2009 dan disemadikan pada hari sama di kampung bapanya dekat Kepala Batas, Kedah.

Beliau mengidap sakit kanser paru-paru.

Semoga rohnya diletakkan bersama orang-orang yang mulia.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Motto: Deo Volente
Established: 1869
Type: Public
Chancellor: Samuel Goldman (interim)
President: Glenn Poshard
Faculty: 1,553
Students: 21,000
Undergraduates: 16,500[1]
Postgraduates: 4,500
Location: Flag of the 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]
Website: www.siuc.edu

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC but usually just 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] US News ranks SIU in the “third tier”, meaning that it is currently in the third quartile of schools within the National University category.[4] 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]


In 1869, SIU was founded as a teacher’s college named Southern Illinois Normal College. 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 has over 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]


  • 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 Collegiate National Team Award five of the last six years.
  • 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 our alumni have either a positive or strongly positive attitude toward SIUC.
  • SIU’s student-athletes lead our conference in overall grade point average. And they succeed in competition. Our men’s basketball team had advanced to the NCAA Tournament six straight seasons, 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. 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 $200 million in new construction in the next few years, including new academic buildings, a student services building and a new football stadium, creating thousands more jobs and further enhancing our campus.


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]

Also, SIUC and SIUE are the same school system.


See: Southern Illinois Salukis

Notable alumni

There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University worldwide.

Main Article: List of Southern Illinois University alumni

External links

Campus Lake on the south side of campus in February, 2007.

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