November 2021

Welcome to GradNews!
In the Know: What's Happening on Campus
Resource Spotlight
Research Corner
Beyond the Degree
Engage & Lead
Cougar Pride: Student & Alumni Highlights

Welcome to GradNews!

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of GradNews!  This monthly newsletter will include key information and resources to support your success as a graduate student at SIUE.  Each month we will bring you news about upcoming events, campus resources, research funding, professional development, campus engagement, and graduate student success stories.  Watch for GradNews coming to your email inbox each month!

In the Know: What's Happening on Campus

Tons of Fun Event: All Invited!

Join the SIUE Department of Campus Recreation, Campus Activities Board and the Alumni Association for the annual Tons of Fun event, which is open to all SIUE faculty, staff, alumni, students and their families.

This FREE event will include games, inflatables, prize giveaways, snacks, and more!
is required.

Friday, Nov. 5th; 6pm-8pm
SIUE Outdoor Recreation Complex  (Inclement weather location: SIUE Student Activities Center gym)

Suicide Prevention for College Students Training

Clover Educational Consulting Group is offering a training opportunity at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. In partnership with Lake Superior College, Clover is hosting a Suicide Prevention for College Students (SPCS) training on November 4 from 2:00pm-3:30pm. SPCS is a 90-minute, evidence-based training geared specifically towards college students. It is an engaging curriculum focused on helping college students increase mental health literacy, understand risk factors, identify signs and symptoms of suicidality, and know how/where to refer for help.  

Registration is required and can be found here.

Military & Veteran Resource Center: Affinity Groups

The Military & Veteran Resource Center affinity groups aims to foster fellowship and networking among veterans and the military-affiliated whose identities have been marginalized in the wider military and veteran community. Isolation is already an issue within the veteran community, and can be experienced even greater when the veteran is a person of color, a woman, LGBTQIA+, disabled, etc. More importantly, depending  upon a person’s identity, that disconnect could further limit their  knowledge of the services and resources available to the veteran community. In establishing affinity groups for veterans of color, women veterans, LGBTQIA+ veterans, disabled veterans, and spouses and dependents of veterans, not only allows them to meet peers, but also connects them with services and resources they may not have known existed. Groups are free and open to the public, and will be held virtually via Zoom. The affinity groups will meet monthly with the exception of January, May, August, and December. Please see dates and times below: 

  • Veterans of Color Affinity Group
    Meeting Dates:  November 2; Time: 4:30-5:30PM; Register Here
  • Women Veterans Affinity Group
    Meeting Dates:  November 9; Time: 4:30-5:30PM; Register Here
  • LGBTQIA+ Veterans Affinity Group
    Meeting Dates: November 16; Time: 4:30-5:30PM; Register Here
  • Military and Veteran Spouses and Dependents Affinity Group
    Meeting Dates:  November 17; Time: 4:30-5:30PM; Register Here
  • Disabled Veterans Affinity Group
    Meeting Dates: November 30; Time: 4:30-5:30PM; Register Here
To learn more about Military and Veteran Services and the Military and Veteran Resource Center, please visit their website at

Resource Spotlight

iThenticate Plagiarism Checker

SIUE subscribes to iThenticate, which is a tool available for faculty and graduate students to prevent plagiarism in their scholarly works.  Visit the iThenticate website for more information!

Programs & Funding Resources for STEM Graduate Students

Visit the Pathways to Science graduate student resources website for fellowships, funding opportunities, and more for current STEM graduate students!

Research Corner

Research & Creative Activities

Be inspired by the incredible research and scholarly activities happening at SIUE by both faculty and students chronicled in the Fall 2021 edition of the Research & Creative Activities magazine published online.  From sculpture and science to economics and engineering, take a moment to read about the high-caliber scholarship happening all around you at SIUE!

Beyond the Degree

Preparing for a Job Search

Whether you'll be launching a job search in the near or distant future, you want to be strategic in your approach.  Searching for a new position is a significant investment of time, energy, and resources.  Here are some tips to be sure your search efforts are both efficient and effective!

Engage & Lead

Academic & Professional Organizations at SIUE

Opportunities abound for you to engage in your discipline beyond your coursework at SIUE.  From Anthropology to Engineering, organizations centered around academic programs and career interests span across just about every discipline you can imagine.  Speak with your faculty about which organizations exist in your particular area of interest and check out the Get Involved at SIUE website!  Join an organization that aligns with your field, take on a leadership role, gain experience, learn from others, and build your resume! 

Cougar Pride: Student & Alumni Highlights

Meet Alyssa Hoog, student in Geography

Alyssa Hoog has taken full advantage of the learning opportunities that SIUE has to offer after returning to school to pursue her bachelor's degree after a 20 year break. She began her undergraduate journey at Southwestern Illinois College, transferred to SIUE, and quickly discovered her love for geography. She graduated summa cum laude with her BS in Geography in December of 2020 and then began her master's program in Geography at SIUE due to the quality of the education offered as well as the personal attention from faculty.

Alyssa is praised by her faculty for her diligence, positivity, and involvement in the discipline. Her love of the field, including special interests in biogeography, environmental justice issues, and natural resource management, has translated to immediate success in her graduate program. Alyssa was a second author on a conference presentation during her first semester in the program, and has been recognized by faculty for performing her GA duties exceptionally well. As she begins to prepare for her thesis, Alyssa intends to focus her research on the evolution and influence of the iconic figure, Smokey Bear.

Although she is not yet decided on the opportunities she will pursue following graduation, she is interested in pursuing her doctorate degree and integrating her love of teaching, mentoring, and traveling into her next chapter.

 Alyssa Hoog

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