Accomplishments - June, 2024

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For her work with World War II former prisoners of war, Jan Thompson, director, School of Journalism and Advertising, attended an invitation breakfast in commemoration of Memorial Day at the White House hosted by President Joe Biden on May 27. This was Thompson’s third White House Memorial Day Breakfast visit. 

“Illinois made a bold promise to end poverty. In Alexander County, it’s hard to tell,” a story by SIU journalism students Lylee Gibbs, Jamila Lewis, the Saluki Local Reporting Lab and Julia Rendleman and Molly Parker-Stephens, both assistant professors in the School of Journalism and Advertising, was in the June 11, 2024, Capitol News Illinois newsletter. 

Jacob Juntunen, associate professor, School of Theater and Dance, recently received a $7,500 artist support grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to write and workshop his next play. He was one of 71 people to receive awards out of 361 applicants.


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