Honors Day

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Honors Day

Saturday, April 8, 2017

University-wide Ceremony

2 p.m., Student Center, Ballrooms

Keynote Speaker

Dan G. Korte, SIU Alumnus and Chief Executive, will be the keynote speaker for the University-wide Honors Day Ceremony on April 8th at 2 p.m.

Dan Korte is chief executive officer of LMI Aerospace, a leading supplier of structural solutions and engineering services to the commercial, business and regional, and military aerospace markets. LMI is a publically traded company with annual revenue of approximately $400 million. Headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri, the company has approximately 2,000 employees at 21 locations across the United States and in Mexico, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.

Korte has 30 years of aerospace and defense industry leadership experience in design and systems engineering, integrated product team leadership, supplier management and program management. Prior to joining LMI, he was president of Rolls-Royce Defense, responsible for the strategy and performance of the $4 billion global defense aerospace business, with 5,500 employees at operations in 17 countries, serving 160 customers in 103 countries with more than 18,000 engines in service around the world. Previously, Korte served as vice president and general manager for Global Strike Systems, a division of the Boeing Military Aircraft business. Korte joined Boeing in 1985 as an electronics engineer and held various leadership assignments, including as V-22 program manager and vicepresident of Supplier Management & Procurement for Boeing’s defense business.

Korte has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University in Missouri. He also completed the Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Korte is an active member of the community, currently serving on the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory and Foundation boards at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, the board of directors for the United Way of Greater St. Louis,and the board of trustees for the St. Louis Science Center. He also serves on the boards of directors at FutureWeld and Woodward.

College Ceremony Locations

3:00 p.m. 

Locations to be announced


Honors Day is an annual celebration of the academic achievement of our undergraduate students. It serves as an important prelude to our university commencement, and  includes ceremonial elements such as college gonfalons: presentation of certificates, cords and medallions: inspirational messages: and celebratory music.

Faculty members are encouraged to join the students, and later, in their own college setting, the students will be recognized by their peers and deans for their academic accomplishments.

Criteria for Honors

Qualification for recognition is determined at the end of the third week of the spring semester.  Recognition at that time will be accorded to a full- or part-time undergraduate student who has (1) attained an undergraduate grade point average at SIU of 3.50 or better and, if applicable, a 3.50 average or better in all undergraduate work (including transfer credit) recognized by SIU; and (2) reached the benchmarks of 12, 45, 75, or 105 SIU credit hours of coursework since the prior year's qualification determination. Such an Academic Honors student will be invited by the University to the next regularly scheduled Honors Day ceremony.