SIU in the News - March, 2020

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Amid the pandemic, Illinois colleges are still trying to attract new students – even if they don’t know when classes will resume and can’t give tours

Chicago Tribune – March 30, 2020

Rae Goldsmith, a spokeswoman for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, said it’s too soon to know how the pandemic might affect student enrollment for next year. In the meantime, admissions staff is trying to reach applicants through video messages and field questions quickly through email and social media.

SIU admissions going virtual

KFVS-TV – March 26, 2020

John Frost, SIU Carbondale Undergraduate admissions director, discusses the university’s virtual recruiting efforts.

SIU asks alumni to donate to help students and their families with food, housing costs

Southern Illinoisan – March 24, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Interim Chancellor John Dunn is asking alumni to consider a donation to help students with meals, rent and other needs. 

SIU lends a helping hand to students in need

KFVS-TV March 24, 2020 

Southern Illinois University is extending a helping hand to the community.

Newsradio WJPF interview with Chancellor Dunn

WJPF Morning Newswatch – March 23, 2020

SIU Carbondale Chancellor John M. Dunn discusses the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debate coach: Biden had his best night to date

CNN – March 16, 2020

Todd Graham, Communication Studies, discusses the March 15 debate of Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Sitting down with SIU AD Liz Jarnigan

WSIL-TV – March 16, 2020

… spring sports and championships canceled. We sat down with SIU athletic director Liz Jarnigan and she gave us insight on how the Salukis have had to react and handle these tough times.

Study: Mules Make Excellent Moms for Equine Embryo Transfer – March 15, 2020

“Mules can host the embryo of a mare, gestate normally, produce a good amount of milk, and have an incredible maternal instinct and ability,” said Eduardo L. Gastal, DVM, MS, Ph.D, professor in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale.

One Thing The Coronavirus Hasn’t Canceled: The Illinois Primary Election

St. Louis Public Radio – March 15, 2020

This year's primary outcome will likely look similar to those states and not like the tight results of 2016, said John Jackson, a visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

C-SPAN Podcast featuring John Shaw

C-SPAN The Weekly – March 13, 2020

John Shaw, director of SIU Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the new citizen’s guide, “Restoring American Statesmanship.”

SIU cancels events expected to draw 25 people or more

Southern Illinoisan – March 12, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale officials are swiftly moving to respond to nationwide novel coronavirus concerns by extending spring break a week, moving classes online, canceling events expected to draw crowds of 25 or more — including the much-anticipated speech by "Jeopardy!" star Ken Jennings — and readying its health clinic to receive students should any display symptoms. It’s too soon to say whether the university will hold May graduation ceremonies, officials said.

SIU-C Addresses Campus Changes Amid Coronavirus Concerns

WSIU Radio – March 12, 2020

The Chancellor's office took questions on Thursday, March 12th, regarding the changes to SIU Carbondale in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

SIUC extends spring break, moves to ‘alternate instruction’

WSIL-TV – March 11, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is extending spring break and moving classes online in response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hemp/Cannabis symposium designed to grow industry

WSIL-TV – March 11, 2020

Working with Southern Illinois University Carbondale to help develop research, the two quickly found their phone ringing as other farmers reached out for help.

In precautionary measure, SIU extending spring break, moving classes online in response to coronavirus

Southern Illinoisan – March 11, 2020

As a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is extending spring break for students through March 22 …  

From Day of Giving to Alumni Plaza Plans, SIU Alumni Association Keeps Busy

WSIU InFocus – March 10, 2020

Jeff Gleim, new executive director of the SIU Alumni Association, discusses numerous projects on campus.

University president looks to build on relationship with capital city

WCIA-TV – March 10, 2020

The Southern Illinois University (SIU) system has a new president. While many think about the southern part of the state when they think about the school, SIU’s new leader says he has big plans in the central part of the state.

Illinois primary looms large in Democratic race

The State-Journal Register – March 8, 2020

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, notes the importance of the upcoming March 17 Illinois primary to national politics.

Universities suspend some study abroad programs due to COVID-19

WSIL-TV – March 5, 2020

SIU Carbondale leaders say, to keep staff and students safe, they're canceling study abroad programs in areas that have a Level 3 travel warning, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

SIU raises more than $1 million in 4th annual Day of Giving

Southern Illinoisan – March 5, 2020

The preliminary total raised through Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fourth Day of Giving on March 4 reached more than $1.6 million. The total reflects more than 2,441 individual gifts from 43 states and 10 countries.

The Catholic sisters who confronted their own legacy of racism

America – The Jesuit Review – March 5, 2020

Joseph Brown, S.J., a professor of Africana studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondalesaid that the Springfield sisters’ work should be a model for religious communities nationwide looking to examine their relationship with racism.

New SIU System President announces his vision that includes positive community support

KFVS-TV – March 4, 2020

Southern Illinois University’s new system president Dr. Dan Mahony officially started his first days on the job, and shared his vision for success at the University.

Sanders' last stand against Biden in the 2020 race could be March 17

Business Insider – March 4, 2020

… likely Democratic voters in the state, in a late-February survey conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

New SIU system president breaks down plans for SIU Carbondale

WPSD-TV – March 4, 2020

It's a new day on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. 

New SIU president talks about the future of the university system

WSIL-TV – March 4, 2020

The new SIU system president spoke today about his many plans for the future.

New SIU System president sees hope amid challenges facing university system

Southern Illinoisan – March 4, 2020

Dan Mahony hasn’t been on the job very long, but is coming to his role as Southern Illinois University’s system president with ideas and a respect for on-the-ground leadership.

New SIU President Arrives With List of Goals

WSIU Radio -- March 4, 2020

SIU President Dan Mahony says he has a list of top priorities to tackle now that he's officially on the job.

Simon Poll: Illinois voters support graduated income tax by 2-to-1 margin

Southern Illinoisan – March 4, 2020

… show that Illinois voters favor an amendment to the state constitution that would replace the current flat income tax with a graduated tax that would tax lower incomes at a lower rate than higher incomes. The Southern Illinois University Carbondale-affiliated institute …

Carbondale gets a coronavirus testing lab

KFVS-TV – March 3, 2020

The lab sits on Southern Illinois University’s campus. The facility is pretty restricted because it needs to be done in a room with a negative air pressure.

A Taste of the Region: The Grill at Trueblood

WSIL-TV – March 3, 2020

Southern Illinois University is cooking up something new that's tasty and healthy. Plus, there's almost unlimited options.

SIU Prepares for 2020 Day of Giving

WSIU InFocus – March 2, 2020

Rae Goldsmith, chief executive officer, SIU Foundation, discusses the March 4 Day of Giving.

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