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2    WHEREAS, In 1868, educators in southern Illinois held
3meetings throughout the area to discuss the need for a teacher
4training school in the lower half of Illinois; the General
5Assembly passed the charter establishing Southern Illinois
6Normal University on March 9, 1869, and the charter was signed
7by Governor John Palmer on April 9, 1869; and
8    WHEREAS, The University opened in 1874, and the first class
9had 54 students; the first graduating class consisted of 143
10students, including two African-American students; and
11    WHEREAS, Southern Illinois Normal University's enrollment
12grew, and by the late 1930s, the administration and alumni
13began petitioning the Governor and the General Assembly to
14expand the university's offerings to include liberal arts
15degrees in anticipation of increased enrollment following the
16conclusion of World War II; and
17    WHEREAS, On June 30, 1943, the General Assembly granted
18Southern Illinois Normal University the ability to grant
19liberal arts degrees and master's degrees in education; in
201947, the 65th General Assembly dropped "Normal" from the
21university's name, and it became known as Southern Illinois
22University; and



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1    WHEREAS, Over the next few decades, enrollment and academic
2programs grew substantially, and university officials took
3notice of the lack of opportunities for higher education in the
4Metro East area; in 1957, the university purchased the defunct
5Shurtleff College and began enrolling and educating students;
6in 1960, land was purchased, and classes began at the Southern
7Illinois University at Edwardsville campus in 1965; and
8    WHEREAS, The University continued to expand and
9established the Southern Illinois University School of
10Medicine in Springfield in 1970; and
11    WHEREAS, Today, Southern Illinois University is a strong,
12diverse, student-centered, research-intensive, comprehensive
13university that embraces a unique tradition of inclusive
14excellence, innovation, and outstanding teaching to transform
15the lives of students; and
16    WHEREAS, This year, Southern Illinois University
17celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary; and
18    WHEREAS, Southern Illinois University's 150th anniversary
19celebration included a Day of Giving on March 6, 2019;
20throughout the year, the University will celebrate with special
21exhibits, lecture series, and campus and community events;



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1therefore, be it
3ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we declare April 9,
42019 as Southern Illinois University Day in honor of its 150
5years of service to southern Illinois and beyond; and be it
7    RESOLVED, That we admire their commitment to excellence in
8teaching and research and to providing a transformative
9educational experience for all students and wish them 150 more
10years of excellence; and be it further
11    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
12presented to the SIU System Board of Trustees, Interim
13President J. Kevin Dorsey, and Interim Chancellor John Dunn as
14an expression of our esteem and respect.