SIU in the News - May, 2021

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Columbia professor returns to Southern Illinois University for honorary degree

The Columbia Chronicle – May 28, 2021

Bill Freivogel, journalism, discusses SIU alumna Jackie Spinner, who received an honorary doctorate of media arts during spring 2021 commencement exercises in May.

Newsradio WJPF Interview with JD Tanner

WJPF Morning Newswatch -- May 27, 2021

JD Tanner, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, discusses the new mountain bike trail, the return of summer camps, Camp Little Giant, a new kids’ terrain track and the importance of community support.

New automotive class is getting SIU students ready for the electric vehicle future

WSIU-FM – May 27, 2021

Jessica Suda, automotive technology, discusses a new electric vehicle propulsion course developed in fall 2020.

SIU, Shawnee Community College sign reverse transfer agreement

Southern Illinoisan – May 27, 2021

Josi Rawls, assistant director for transfer relations, and others discuss an agreement that will allow eligible students to earn their associate degrees from Shawnee Community College while they earn their bachelor’s degrees from SIU.

SIU and Shawnee Community College form reverse transfer agreement

WSIU-FM – May 27, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane and Shawnee Community College President Tim Taylor discuss the recent reverse transfer agreement.

SIU and Shawnee Community College sign degree agreement

KFVS-TV – May 27, 2021

SIU and Shawnee Community College entered into a reverse transfer agreement on May 27.

Discovery at Touch of Nature

WSIU InFocus – May 26, 2021

Chris Benda, School of Biological Sciences, discusses the discovery of the rare buffalo clover plant, a state-threatened species, at the Touch of Environmental Center. Tom Brummer, facilities and operations at Touch of Nature, also discusses a botany survey used to ensure the multiuse trail wasn’t damaging to any sensitive areas.

SIU's president looks back at an academic year for the history books

WSIU InFocus – May 24, 2021

SIU President Dan Mahony discusses his first academic year as system president.

SIU Carbondale combining arts and media for new college

WSIL-TV – May 21, 2021

Meera Komarraju, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Olusegun A. Ojewuyi, a professor in the theater department, discuss the university’s College of Arts and Media that starts July 1.

Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse tonight

WSIL-TV – May 25, 2021

Bob Baer, specialist, physics, discusses the May 26 Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse.

Simon/Edgar Statesmanship Award nominations open

WSIU InFocus – May 20, 2021

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar discuss the Simon/Edgar Statesmanship Award.

WATCH NOW: SIU Touch of Nature’s Mountain Bike Trails

Southern Illinoisan – May 20, 2021

The new mountain bike trail at Touch of Nature Environmental Center is highlighted.

Heartland law professor explains legality of mandating vaccines in the workplace

KFVS-TV – May 19, 2021

Cheryl Anderson, School of Law, discusses the legality of employers requiring their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to work.

Local woman feels the impact of Israeli-Palestine conflict for generations

WSIL-TV – May18, 2021

Virginia Tilley, political science, discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and move toward a secular-democratic state.

Carbondale improves city's 'bikeability' with new Oakland Avenue bike lanes

Southern Illinoisan – May 17, 2021

Ben Newman, director, Department of Public Safety and Sheila Simon, SIU School of Law, discuss the opening of bike lanes along Oakland Avenue in Carbondale.

Shortage of silicone microchips impacts vehicle manufacturers, dealerships

KFVS-TV – May 13, 2021

Mike Behrmann, automotive technology, discusses the impact that a shortage of silicone microchips is having on the automobile industry.

Newsradio WJPF interview with Tom Imboden

WJPF Morning Newswatch -- May 13, 2021

Tom Imboden, information systems technologies, discusses the evolution of ransomware and cybercrime attacks and computer safety suggestions.

Electric vehicles: Is Southern Illinois ready?

WSIL-TV – May 12, 2021

Mike Behrmann and Alicia Johnston, automotive technology, discuss the industry shift toward electric vehicles and its viability in the region.

Police misconduct records secret, difficult to access

ABC News – May 12, 2021

Bill Freivogel, professor, School of Journalism, and SIU student Kallie Cox and alumna Isabel Miller are part of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting effort. focusing on police accountability

SIUC chancellor reflects on 2020/2021, builds for future

WSIU InFocus – May 11, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses fall 2021 enrollment goals, details in a recent agreement with Carbondale Elementary District 95 and strengthening relationships with community colleges.

Illinois’ top doc receives honorary degree from SIU

WSIL-TV – May 8, 2021

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, received an honorary Doctor of Community Health degree during May 8 commencement exercises.

Hundreds of SIU 2020 graduates walk across the stage, a year after pandemic canceled their graduation

WPSD-TV – May 9, 2021

SIU graduates from the Class of 2020 participated in in-person commencement ceremonies on May 9.

SIU holds in-person graduation ceremonies

WSIL-TV – May 8, 2021

Graduates who earned their master’s in public safety homeland security administration praise the program and commencement exercises.

SIU to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in May

KFVS-TV – May 7, 2021

The 2021 spring commencement ceremonies are previewed.

NewsRadio WJPF interview with Matt Baughman

WJPF Morning Newswatch – May 7, 2021

Matt Baughman, chief of staff, Office of the Chancellor, discusses the 2021 outdoor commencement ceremonies, May 7-9.

John Jackson: Biden's first 100 days and beyond

WSIU InFocus – May 5, 2021

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses President Joe Biden’s first months in office and looks to challenges the administration faces.

Technician shortage continues to put pressure on automotive service shops

KMOX Radio – May 4, 2021

Mike Behrmann, automotive technology, discusses the nationwide demand for automotive technicians.

GUEST VIEW: Growing enrollment by helping students continue their education

Southern Illinoisan – May 4, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the university’s efforts in increasing enrollment.

SIU's new VP for anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion discusses goals

WSIU InFocus – May 3, 2021

Sheila Caldwell, SIU's inaugural vice president for anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion, discusses her goals and priorities.

Mountain bike trails offer miles of outdoor opportunities at Touch of Nature

WSIL-TV – May 1, 2021

JD Tanner, director, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, discusses the opening of a mountain bike trail.

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