SIU in the News - August, 2020

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Fair Tax proposed in Illinois

KFVS-TV – Aug. 28, 2020

John Jackson, of the Paul Simon Institute on the campus of Southern Illinois University, explained what the fair tax could mean for residents if the proposal wins.

SIU Discussion Focuses on Hate Speech, Accountability

WSIU Radio – Aug. 26, 2020

Equity and accountability were two major themes from Southern Illinois University's second "Conversation of Understanding" event - held Tuesday online.

SIU’s base camp is back open for renting

KFVS-TV – Aug. 25, 2020

As school is back in session, Southern Illinois University is ramping back up its programs. Base Camp is officially back open for the community to rent out outdoors equipment.

As Fall 2020 Semester Opens, SIU Makes Plans, Changes

WSIU Radio – Aug. 25, 2020

Students are back in class both on- and off-campus across the Southern Illinois University system, and administrators hope they can continue through the fall semester with little interruption.

SIU's President Looks Ahead as Fall 2020 Semester Opens

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 25, 2020

SIU President Dan Mahony discusses how COVID-19 has changed SIU's Fall 2020 semester and the conversation addressing racism in higher education.

SIU students reflect after first week of classes as pandemic continues

WPSD-TV – Aug. 21, 2020

Students and faculty discuss the first week of classes.

Helping the helpers: SIUC nursing scholarship honors the late Monica L. Ryan

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 20, 2020

The scholarship will benefit a student in SIU Carbondale’s newly established Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Preference will be given to BSN students who have expressed interest in working at Southern Illinois Healthcare after graduation.

SIUC students share their mixed feelings about first day of classes

KFVS-TV-Aug. 17, 2020

The Fall semester is officially underway at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Justice Department Issues Rare FCPA Opinion Letter

Wall Street Journal – Aug. 17, 2020

“In recent years, the DOJ has encouraged business organizations to actively utilize this procedure,” said Mike Koehler, a law professor at Southern Illinois University’s School of Law who runs a blog on FCPA issues, called “The FCPA Professor.”

Local public policy expert shares Jim Thompson’s impact on Southern Illinois

WSIL-TV – Aug. 17, 2020

SIU's public policy expert, John Jackson, says some of Thompson's best efforts in rebuilding Illinois includes new infrastructure projects, recognizing public employee unions and raising their pension.

Southern Illinois businesses attempt to bounce back from pandemic economy

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 15, 2020

Lynn Andersen Lindberg, interim executive director of SIU’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development, said, unquestionably, these are difficult times for the many small businesses who make up the regional economy. 

Regularly taking cocaine 'could leave you blind', study warns

Daily Mirror – Aug. 14, 2020

Researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale have looked at the effects of class A drug use in US military personnel, in which blindness is more common than it is among civilians.

SIU Carbondale welcomes 300 more students than last year onto campus, despite pandemic

WPSD-TV – Aug. 13, 2020

Southern Illinois University students are back on campus in Carbondale. More than 2,000 students moved back to campus. University leaders said that's 300 students more than last year.

Students return to SIU campus with move-in modifications

KFVS-TV -- Aug. 12, 2020

Housing on college campuses nationwide is going to look a lot different across the country. Southern Illinois University students started the move-in process on Wednesday.

Masked move-in: New SIU Carbondale students optimistic despite shadow of pandemic

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 12, 2020

Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and their families on Wednesday descended onto campus from around the state and country for the first of five student move-in days. While the campus move-in rite of passage looks a bit different this year, students are optimistic as they start their college journeys.

SIUC move-in begins with new COVID-19 regulations

WSIL-TV – Aug. 12, 2020

SIU Carbondale's first day of move-in kicked off Wednesday with some new rules.

Newsradio WJPF Interview with Austin Lane

WJPF Radio - Aug. 11, 2020

Chancellor Austin A. Lane discusses student move-in, enrollment, and meeting student expectations thanks to the quality of faculty.

SIUC prepares to welcome students back to campus

WPSD-TV – Aug. 11, 2020

More than two thousand students are preparing to move back to the SIUC campus starting August 12.  

With Days Before Fall 2020 Begins, SIUC Chancellor Discusses Preparations

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 11, 2020

SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane discusses preparations for the new school year that begins Monday, Aug. 17, amid a global pandemic.

Southern Illinois Music Festival is a ‘go’

KFVS-TV – August 6, 2020

The festival is set to take place throughout the region. Director of the festival is SIU’s own Edward Benyas. He said safety is their number one priority.

SIU is making their own hand sanitizer

KFVS-TV – Aug. 3, 2020

Southern Illinois University is doing the best they can to stop the spread of the pandemic on its own campus.

SIU Carbondale to use contact tracing to prevent potential COVID-19 spread this fall

WSIL-TV – Aug. 3, 2020

SIU Carbondale is working with the Jackson County Health Department to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Jackson County Health Department to 'take the lead' on contact tracing on SIU campus

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 1, 2020

As Southern Illinois University Carbondale prepares to welcome thousands of students onto its campus for the fall semester, officials have worked with county and state public health organizations to develop plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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