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Southern Illinois University at 150 Years

Southern Illinois University at 150 Years

Growth, Accomplishments, and Challenges

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Edited by John S. Jackson with a Foreword by Carlo Montemagno and Contributions by Steve Buhman and Vanessa A. Sneed


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313 illustrations


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About the Book

Chartered in 1869, Southern Illinois University has been a stalwart presence on the southern Illinois landscape for a century and a half. This book celebrates the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding by exploring in depth its history since 1969, when the last book to celebrate a major anniversary was published.

Chapters reflect on SIU’s successful athletics program, the various colleges and departments within the university, the diverse holdings and collections of the library, the unique innovative research enterprises, and special programs such as the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

Although SIU may be a typical large public university in many ways, its unique location, history, and culture have made it a distinct institution of higher education. Located close to the Shawnee National Forest and Giant City State Park, the landscape is an indelible part of SIU, contributing to both the beauty of the university grounds and the campus culture.

The university’s sesquicentennial provides a wonderful opportunity to revisit all that makes SIU amazing. Illustrated with 306 photographs of theater and music performances, art, sports, past and present students, faculty, staff, administration, politicians, community members, successful alums, distinguished visitors, and patrons of the university buildings, and landscapes, Southern Illinois University at 150 Years captures the university’s story in all its vivid color.


John S. Jackson is a professor of political science emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is currently a visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Carlo Montemagno was the chancellor of Southern Illinois University from 2017 to 2018.

Steve Buhman started at SIU in 1984 as the university photographer and retired in December 2018.

Vanessa A. Sneed has been the director of university events and protocol with the Office of the Chancellor since 2014.

Other contributors include Tom Britton, Howard Carter, Paul Copeland, Mark (Skip) Cosgrove, Paulette Curkin, Phillip V. Davis, Brad Dillard, Kathy Dillard, J. Kevin Dorsey, Pat Eckert, Amy Etcheson, James E. Garvey, Pam Hackbart-Dean, Caleb Hale, John S. Haller Jr., P. Michael Kimmel, Wayne Larsen, Aaron Lisec, John Lock, Judith Marshall, Lori Merrill-Fink, J. Hurley Myers, John Pollitz, Kristine Priddy, Dale O. Ritzell, Pamela J. Charlson Speer, Lori Stettler, Lester E. (Jak) Tichenor, Susan Tulis, Elaine M. Vitello, Mark J. Wagner, Tom Weber, David L. Wilson, and Tomasz Wiltowski.