SIU in the News - February, 2020

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Gov. Pritzker stopped in Carbondale to discuss new DCFS training center

KFVS-TV – Feb. 27, 2020

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made a stop in Carbondale on Thursday morning, Feb. 27.
During his visit, Gov. Pritzker discussed building a third Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) simulation training center in southern Illinois. The discussion took place at Southern Illinois University.

'Better Call Saul' star, SIU alum Odenkirk gives university major props on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 27, 2020

Bob Odenkirk, the star of AMC series "Better Call Saul" and one of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's most famous alumni, appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday, and he had a lot of things to say about his alma mater.

SIU chosen as home to state's 3rd simulation training center for child protective investigators

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 27, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be home to the state’s third simulation training center for front-line child protective investigators in Southern Illinois, a region with the highest rates of child abuse and neglect cases in the state.

Potential new DCFS training center at SIU Carbondale

WSIL-TV – Feb. 27, 2020

…  is partnering with SIU Carbondale to make a simulation training center in Carbondale.

Bob Odenkirk on Disappearing from High School & Better Call Saul

Jimmy Kimmel Live – Feb. 26, 2020

Actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk, a 1994 graduate from SIU Carbondale’s radio-television program, talks about receiving an upcoming honorary degree from SIU Carbondale and the university during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Debate coach: In South Carolina, an underdog came out on top

CNN -- Feb. 26, 2020

Todd Graham, Communication Studies, discusses the Feb. 25 debate performances of Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina, and points out the disorganization and underpreparation meant moderators “lost control of the debate within minutes and never got it back, including a strange nonconclusion ending to the event.”

Science Cafe: The Lost Cemeteries of Tell-el Amarna, Egypt

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 25, 2020

Gretchen Dabbs, Anthropology, discusses her research into cemeteries in Egypt in the same area where King Tut was from.

Southern Illinois schools and employers combating nursing shortage in the region

KFVS-TV – Feb. 24, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale will introduce a nursing program later this year. The school plans on preparing nursing students for the future. The program’s director is Dr. Kelli Whittington. She said, “So finding what skill sets they need, and what they find as important, and building that into our curriculum, so when they graduate they are ready to hit the ground running as a fully prepared registered nurse.”

SIU Saluki Transfer Day Introduces Community College Students To SIU

WSIU Radio – Feb. 24, 2020

SIU kicked off its inaugural Saluki Transfer Day Monday morning with about 100 transfer students registered for the event.

SIU Carbondale signs commitment to fight climate change

WPSD-TV – Feb. 20, 2020

A local university is taking the fight against climate change into its own hands. Southern Illinois University Carbondale signed a commitment to find solutions to the climate change crisis through an action plan.

Debate coach grades the feistiest debate yet

CNN – Feb. 20, 2020

Todd Graham, Communication Studies, discusses the Feb. 19 debate performances of Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada, pointing out that “the candidates spent so much time throwing verbal punches at each other that none sufficiently explained why he or she would make the best president.”

Syrup production down as temps remain up this winter

WSIL-TV – Feb. 20, 2020

... winters are warming, a trend he said is on course to continue. Schoof is the director for Southern Illinois University's School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, and a professor in Geography ... 

SIU commits to climate action

WSIL-TV – Feb. 20, 2020

SIU has made a new commitment to sustainability.

Sanders and Bloomberg leading Illinois primary: poll

Chicago Sun-Times – Feb. 20, 2020

… poll of 1,000 registered voters, released on Thursday by the Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was conducted Feb. 10 through Feb. 17 and has …

SIU signs climate commitment, says it will contribute to 'shaping a sustainable society

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 20, 2020

Twenty-one years after it signed the Talloires Declaration, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has officially signed on to the Second Nature Climate Commitment.

Simon Institute Tackles Election 2020 Issues

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 19, 2020

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the upcoming “Decision 2020” panel discussion in the Student Center Ballroom B on Feb. 19.

Political experts, lawmakers weighs in Trump's decision to commute Blagojevich's sentence

WPSD-TV – Feb. 18, 2020

Political expert John Jackson with the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said this is the first time an Illinois governor has had his sentence commuted by a president.

SIU holds Tenney’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Climate Change

WSIL-TV – Feb. 18, 2020

The Southern Illinois University Honors Program will host the annual Charles D. Tenney Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk focused on Climate Change.

Census counts could put Illinois 15th Congressional District in jeopardy

WSIL-TV – Feb. 18, 2020

But there's more at stake than just federal finances, says John Jackson, a visiting professor at SIU Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

SIU Hosts Inside Look at the Mind of Bill Gates

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 17, 2020

Bruce DeRuntz, SIU’s Leadership Development Program, and Kevin Purcell, senior director of organization development at Microsoft, discuss the screening of “Inside Bill’s Brain,” which includes sessions on Feb. 17 and Feb. 24 in the Student Center Auditorium.

SIU’s iFERM receives $2.5M in innovation, research funding

WSIL-TV – Feb. 14, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Fermentation Science Institute, iFERM, is taking part in a state-wide effort to further the research and innovation …

SIU Carbondale expected to have chancellor by April; nursing program applications sky high

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 13, 2020

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees hope to hire a new permanent chancellor for the Carbondale campus at its April meeting, said Board Chair Phil Gilbert.

SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Looks at Lincoln, Kennedy

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 13, 2020

John Shaw, SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute director, discusses the upcoming lecture, "Lincoln and Kennedy: Two Iconic Presidents."

SIUC Hosts International Fest

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 12, 2020

The 58th annual SIU International Festival is being celebrated on campus this week.

SIUC Chancellor Discusses Enrollment, Funding

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 11, 2020

Chancellor John M. Dunn discusses enrollment projections, along with the university's plan to freeze tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Parade of Flags kicks off SIU's 58th annual International Festival

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 10, 2020

The doldrums of a cold, wet Monday were broken on the Southern Illinois University campus as a throng of students and supporters marched with flags representing the school’s international student body.

SIU students from China worry about families coronavirus

WPSD-TV – Feb. 10, 2020

Southern Illinois University students from China are trying to balance their concerns for their families in China amid the coronavirus outbreak and their studies in Carbondale.

University Museum at SIU featuring photographs from 'Ozark Trigg Tours' that helped create the Shawnee National Forest

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 10, 2020

The University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has dozens of photos on display of the “Ozark Trigg Tours” that are widely credited with building political momentum that led to the declaration of the Shawnee National Forest in 1939.

Unbelievable, but it is a fact: health benefits of gambling

The Nigerian Observer – Feb. 8, 2020

Professor and coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University Dr. Mark R. Dixon, conducted a study that researched the effects of gambling on people’s happiness and the results clearly showed that playing casino games give people joy.

Debate coach: Buttigieg's missed opportunity

CNN – Feb. 8, 2020

Todd Graham, Communication Studies, discusses the Feb. 7 debate performances of Democratic presidential candidates prior to Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

The world's best trivia mind is coming to SIU-Carbondale next month

KSDK-TV – Feb. 6, 2020

Jennings, a best-selling author and reigning King of Trivia, will be speaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on March 27. His presentation, called “The Future of Knowing Stuff: Knowledge and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” will be about the power of AI.

SIU considers a financial relief to try and regain students

WSIL-TV – Feb. 6, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale senior Emma Chapman says paying for college is very stressful. She hopes university leaders are able to follow through with a plan to freeze tuition and fees.

SIUC Prepares for Darwin Week 2020

WSIU InFocus – Feb. 5, 2020

Marisa Szubryt, a master's student in the School of Biological Sciences discusses SIU Carbondale’s Darwin Week 2020.

What The Delayed Iowa Results Mean For Voters In Illinois And Beyond

WBEZ Radio – Feb. 5, 2020

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses delayed results of the Iowa Caucus and what it means for Illinois.

SIU Carbondale expected to freeze tuition, fees amid application uptick

Southern Illinoisan – Feb. 5, 2020

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to approve a freeze on student tuition and fees for the 2020 school year at both SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville, according to a news release from the university.

‘Educators Rising’ program makes progress

WSIL-TV -- Feb. 5, 2020

The students complete 60 hours of direct teaching or career exploration, says Dr. Nancy Mundschenk, the director of teacher education at SIU

Illinois Gov. Pritzker: We'll Take The First Primary

WBBM NewsRadio – Feb. 4, 2020

The director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, John Shaw, says Illinois does indeed have a plausible claim.

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