SIU in the News - February, 2024

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Scouts attend STEM University at SIU in Carbondale 

Gary Kinsel, professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences, discusses the importance of the annual ‘STEM University’ for scouts on Feb. 24. 

WSIL-TV — Feb. 24, 2024 


The 2024 U.S. presidential election: A rematch Of 2020? 

John Jackson, visiting professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the Feb. 24 South Carolina Republican primary and the potential rematch of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in the November 2424 general election. 

BFM Podcast — Feb. 26, 2024 


SIU Day of Giving coming February 28 

The university's annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, Feb. 28, is highlighted. 

WSIL-TV — Feb. 23, 2024


Eclipse coverage 

SIU Carbondale is continuing to receive increasing coverage as the April 8 total solar eclipse approaches. Bob Baer, specialist, School of Physics and Applied Physics and co-chair of Southern Illinois Eclipse 2017-2024 Steering Committee, is among the experts the media is relying on. Here is a sampling. 

Illinois Country Living — Feb. 23, 2024 

Belleville News-Democrat (subscription) — Feb. 23, 2024 


SIU forestry program studying sounds of wildlife, insects during eclipse 

Brent Pease, assistant professor, School of Forestry and Horticulture, discusses the Eclipse Soundscapes project, a citizen-science effort using volunteers to strategically place 100 sound recording instruments around the area to listen in on nature before, during and after the total solar eclipse April 8. 

KFVS-TV — Feb. 22, 2024


NewsRadio WJPF interview with Bob Baer

Bob Baer, specialist, School of Physics and Applied Physics and co-chair of Southern Illinois Eclipse 2017-2024 Steering Committee, discusses the April 8 total solar eclipse.

WJPF Morning Newswatch — Feb. 19, 2024


Child abuse prevention and training to be held at SIU Carbondale

The SIU School of Medicine's child abuse prevention training exercise is featured.

WSIL-TV  Feb. 21, 2024


SIU hosting child abuse simulation training

The SIU School of Medicine is hosting a two-day training exercise on child abuse prevention.

Southern Illinoisan/Paducah Sun  Feb. 21, 2024


Here's how Missouri State’s rivals are filling the bleachers at basketball games

The success and enthusiasm of the Dawg Pound is featured.

Springfield, Missouri News-Leader — Feb. 19, 2024


Job and Internship Fair held at SIU Carbondale

Nicole Wood, program coordinator, Career Services, discusses success of the annual job and internship fair.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 20, 2024


Commentary: Why America should be celebrating entrepreneurs, not presidents

Jonathan Bean, professor, history, co-authored an opinion piece on the need for celebrating entrepreneurial achievement.

Fortune.com and other publications — Feb. 19, 2024


What a Donald Trump endorsement means for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District race

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the possible impact of former President Donald Trump's endorsement in Illinois' 12th Congressional District race. 

Belleville News-Democrat (subscription)/Yahoo!News — Feb. 20, 2024


SIU art show “Love at the Glove” blends disciplines, celebrates queerness

The Feb. 16 “Love at the Glove” event is highlighted.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 19, 2024


Nashville State partners with SIU-Carbondale

SIU’s agreement with Nashville State Community College is highlighted.

Cheatham County Exchange — Feb. 21, 2024


NASA outlines ways to participate in the 2024 total eclipse

The collaborative Dynamic Eclipse Broadcast Initiative led by SIU Carbondale is listed among the ways for people to participate in the April 8 total solar eclipse.

Houston Chronicle (subscription required) — Feb. 16, 2024


Can President Biden shut down the border based on an immigration surge?

Cindy Buys, professor, SIU School of Law, discusses immigration law.

WGN Radio — Feb. 18, 2024


Capitol View — Feb. 15, 2024

John Jackson, visiting professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, participated in a discussion on issues, including proposed legislation in the Illinois General Assembly to create a board to review the cost and affordability of prescription drugs and a bill mandating additional regulations for funeral home directors. Jackson’s discussion starts at 14:15.

WSIU-TV — Feb. 15, 2024


InFocus — Small Business Development Center at SIU

Melissa Ray Roach, director of the SIU Carbondale Small Business Development Center, discusses the free services available to help those interested in starting or expanding a business.

WSIU InFocus TV — Feb. 15, 2024


Nashville State makes earning degree easier

SIU’s agreement with Nashville State Community College is highlighted.

The Tennessee Tribune — Feb. 15, 2024


NewsRadio WJPF interview with Steven Karau

Steven J. Karau, professor of management, discusses skipping work the Monday after the Super Bowl, along with a variety of present and emerging labor and staffing issues in the workplace.

WJPF Morning Newswatch — Feb. 12, 2024


For eclipse-loving students and scientists, southern Illinois marks the spot

Bob Baer, specialist, School of Physics and Applied Physics and co-chair of Southern Illinois Eclipse 2017-2024 Steering Committee, discusses research that will be part of the April 8 total solar eclipse.

St. Louis Public Radio — Feb. 12, 2024


College students collaborate with local businesses to host an inclusive bridal show

Bridget Lescelius, associate lecturer, School of Journalism and Advertising and adviser for Saluki AdLab, and Niki Davis, professor of practice and hospitality, tourism and event management program director who is adviser for the Saluki Event Planners, discuss the April 21 bridal show.

Ladue News — Feb. 13, 2024


Worldwide opportunities at SIU

Stephanie Mueller, program director, Center for International Education, discusses study abroad opportunities, and Taegan Carpenter, a senior in anthropology and languages, cultures and international studies, discusses her nearly yearlong experience in Taipei, Taiwan.

WSIU InFocus — Feb. 15, 2024


Local author launches book, previews film premiere

Rafael Frumkin, an assistant professor of English in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, previews “Bugsy and Other Stories” ahead of the Feb. 16 “Love at the Glove” event in SIU’s Surplus Gallery.

The Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 15, 2024


SIU Carbondale hosts Black History Month event at Morris Library

A Feb. 15 lecture at Morris Library featuring U.S. Air Force Major Lydell L. Scott discussing his journey from an enlisted airman to serving as a U.S. Space Force leader for Space Training and Readiness Command is highlighted. 

WSIL-TV — Feb. 14, 2024


SIU celebrating TRIO week and recognizing achievements of TRIO scholars

TRIO Week, Feb. 19-24, is highlighted.

WSIU News — Feb. 13, 2024


Southern Illinois University Law receives naming gift

The $10 million gift by John and Jayne Simmons to the SIU School of Law is highlighted.

Association of American Law Schools/National Jurist — Feb. 13, 2024


SIU spring enrollment sees almost 4% increase

Chancellor Austin Lane and Wendell Williams, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management, discuss the university’s spring enrollment increase.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 9, 2024


What impact can Taylor Swift have on the Super Bowl

Bridget Lescelius, associate lecturer, School of Journalism and Advertising, discusses the impact the Super Bowl has on advertising and how many people are expected to tune in to the Feb. 11 game.

KMOX-AM — Feb. 8, 2024


Students at JALC hear about the dangers of human trafficking

Shelly Page, associate professor and director of experiential education, SIU School of Law, discusses human trafficking in the region during a presentation at John A. Logan College.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 8, 2024


Advertisers gear up for the 2024 Super Bowl

Bridget Lescelius, associate lecturer, School of Journalism and Advertising, talks about the importance of advertising in the Feb. 11 Super Bowl.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 8, 2024


Total solar eclipse will be visible to millions. What to know about safety, festivities.

The Southern Illinois Crossroads Eclipse Festival and SIU Carbondale are mentioned among the highlights of the April 8 total solar eclipse.

USA Today/MSN.com — Feb. 8, 2024


Coverage of John and Jayne Simmons’ $10M gift to the SIU School of Law

The $10 million donation by John and Jayne Simmons for the Simmons Law School on the SIU Carbondale campus generated a great deal of media coverage. Here is a sampling.

WSIL-TV (Jan. 6 interview)

WSIL-TV (Jan. 5)

WSIU Radio

WSIU Radio interview with Dean Davidson

National Jurist

Above the Law.com

ALM law.com

Southern Illinoisan

Advantage News

BNN Breaking.com


John Shaw on Nevada’s presidential primary and GOP caucus

John Shaw, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses Nevada’s Feb. 8 primary and the state’s Republican caucus two days later, along with upcoming primaries, including Super Tuesday on March 5, and the likelihood of a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

LiveNOW from FOX — Feb. 6, 2024


The 21st Show — Union Civil War camp in Cairo once hosted up to 5,000 freed African Americans

Mark Wagner, professor of anthropology and Center for Archaeological Investigations director; George Hunt, a doctoral student in history, and Don Patton, president of The Cairo Historical Preservation Project, discuss their work to recognize significant Black heritage properties in the region, including their work to reveal more information about a Union Army military camp that hosted up to 5,000 freed Blacks in Cairo at one point during the Civil War.

The 21st Show/Illinois Public Media — Feb. 6, 2024


16 students receive surprise full-ride scholarship to SIU Carbondale

The surprise of receiving a Chancellor's Scholarship happened to 16 Southern Illinois students, including Carterville High School senior Jada Outland.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 5, 2024


'This is a blessing from God': Dunn receives SIU Chancellor’s Scholarship

Wendell Williams, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management, presented a Chancellor's Scholarship to Eli Dunn, a senior at Massac County High School, on Feb. 5.

Metropolis Planet — Feb. 8, 2024


Southern Illinois students surprised with 4-year scholarship at SIU Carbondale

The Chancellor’s Scholarship award presentation is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 5, 2024


10 events in the U.S, to see the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024

The Southern Illinois Crossroads Eclipse Festival on campus is listed among the locations.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine — Feb. 7, 2024


SIUC enrolls students amidst changes to FAFSA

Wendell Williams, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management, discusses SIU Carbondale's approach to changes in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 8, 2024


SIU’s International Festival celebrating with food

The university's International Food Festival is highlighted.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 7, 2024


Parade of Flags event kicks off International Festival at SIU Carbondale

The Parade of Flags to begin celebrating SIU’s International Festival is featured.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 5, 2024


SIU law professor presents on human trafficking in Southern Illinois

Southern Illinoisan — Feb. 8, 2024

Shelly Page, associate professor and director of experiential education, SIU School of Law, presented a discussion on human trafficking in Southern Illinois at John A. Logan College.


Jim Dey: Armored invaders slowly making their way north

Agustin Jimenez, associate professor, zoology, discusses the arrival of armadillos into east-central Illinois.

The News-Gazette — Feb. 5, 2024


SIU Carbondale hosts annual Accounting Challenge

The 26th annual Accounting Challenge on Feb. 2 is highlighted.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 3, 2024


St. Louis Character: Austin Lane on his path to SIUC chancellor and how he plans to grow enrollment

Article profiles Chancellor Austin Lane.

St. Louis Business Journal — Feb. 1, 2024 (subscription required)


Chicago falls shy of national milestone for women attorneys

Cindy Buys, professor, SIU School of Law, discusses gains made by women in the legal profession.

Chicago Sun-Times (subscription required)/USA Today News.com — Feb. 1, 2024


SIUC prepares for total solar eclipse tourism

Sarah VanVooren, director, University Events and Conferences, discusses activities at SIU surrounding the April 8 total solar eclipse.

Illinois Radio Network/AdVantage News and other media outlets — Feb. 5, 2024


SIU spring enrollment numbers up

The university's increase in spring 2024 enrollment is featured.

WSIL-TV — Feb. 3, 2024


SIU Carbondale's spring 2024 enrollment rises

The spring semester enrollment increase is highlighted.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 1, 2024


SIU Black History Month events

The launch of Black History Month events on campus is featured.

KFVS-TV — Feb. 1, 2024


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