SIU in the News - August, 2021

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Illinois Dept. of Ag expanding farmer mental health initiatives

Dr. Jerry Kruse, dean and provost of the SIU School of Medicine, discusses the expanded Farm Family Resource Initiative that will help address the mental health needs of the farming and agricultural communities.

WSIL-TV – Aug. 31, 2021

Memorial service held for SIU student killed in shooting

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to honor SIU freshman Keeshanna Jackson in a memorial service at the Student Center.

KFVS-TV – Aug. 26, 2021

Faith leaders, SIU community hold vigil for slain freshman Keeshanna Jackson

SIU Chancellor Austin Lane, university officials and the community held a memorial service for SIU freshman Keeshanna Jackson at the Student Center Wednesday night.

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 26, 2021

Community gathers for Keeshanna Jackson’s memorial service

The university community gathered Wednesday for a memorial service for SIU freshman Keeshanna Jackson at the Student Center.

WSIL-TV – Aug. 26, 2021

Southern Illinois University holds memorial service to honor student killed in weekend shooting

The university community, students and faith leaders honored freshman Keeshanna Jackson with a memorial service Wednesday at the Student Center.

WPSD-TV – Aug. 26, 2021

SIU signs pact with Delta Air Lines to fast-track graduates into the cockpit

University officials and students discuss the aviation program’s agreement with Delta Air Lines that provides opportunities for students to be fast-tracked to qualified job offers with the airline and provide a defined career path and accelerated timeline to become Delta pilots.

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 25, 2021

Southern Illinois University, Delta provide accelerated path to pilot careers

SIU’s aviation program and Delta Air Lines announced a partnership with the airline’s Propel Collegiate Pilot Career Path Program on Aug. 24.

Flying Magazine – Aug. 24, 2021

SIU president responds to fatal shooting, reflects on services for students

SIU President Dan Mahony discusses the Aug. 22 death of SIU Carbondale freshman Keeshanna Jackson and the services available to students on campus.

WSIU InFocus News – Aug. 23, 2021

Opinion: Remembering SIU’s William ‘Reck’ Recktenwald

The legacy of William Recktenwald, retired journalist-in-residence, School of Journalism, is recalled following his Aug. 20 death.

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 21, 2021

Airport expansion project opens more doors for SIU Aviation students

Karen Johnson, aviation technologies, discusses the impact that an expansion project at Southern Illinois Airport will mean to aviation program students.

WSIL-TV – Aug. 19, 2021

Meet the Annihilator 6R30 Weed Zapper and the SIU researchers studying it

Karla Gage, associate professor of weed science, discusses a tractor-mounted weed control system that uses electricity to eliminate weeds in row crops such as soybeans.

Southern Illinoisan — Aug. 17, 2021

Shaw: Afghanistan withdrawal a ‘sensible’ recalculation from Pres. Biden

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

WSIL-TV — Aug. 17, 2021

Jim Dey: State of Illinois in a state of discord and resentment

Jim Dey, opinions editor for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, reviews a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute study that shows downstate Illinois residents receive a higher return on their state tax dollars.

News-Gazette — Aug. 17, 2021

SIU political analyst weighs in on Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

John Shaw, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban and implications for the United States.

WSIL-TV – Aug. 16, 2021

Local research on soil nutrient management presented at SIU’s Ag Field Day

One of the presentations at the SIU’s Ag Field Day was on preventing soil erosion and chemical runoff into watersheds.

WSIU InFocus News – Aug. 16, 2021

Ag program, SIU farms look to feeding, fundraising

Chris Vick, University Farms, discusses the College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences program.

AgriNews – Aug. 13, 2021

Freshman students at SIU start fall semester with weekend of events

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the events welcoming students back to class for the fall semester.

WSIL-TV – Aug. 15, 2021

New students move into SIUC residence halls

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses move-in day and events for students prior to the start of classes on Aug. 16.

KFVS-TV – Aug. 12, 2021

SIU workshops to help Southern Illinois businesses apply for COVID grants

Greg Bouhl, Small Business Development Center, discusses free online workshops to assist businesses seeking pandemic-relief Back to Business grants.

Southern Illinoisan – Aug. 11, 2021

SIUC chancellor remains optimistic amid COVID surge

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the start of the fall semester, student vaccinations and enrollment.

WSIU InFocus – Aug. 10, 2021

Students suspended for not wearing masks to school

Jennifer Brobst, School of Law, discusses mask requirements for children in schools.

WSIL-TV – Aug. 11, 2021

SIUC to give $12.3M in emergency grant money to students

The university will distribute $12.3 million to students as emergency grant money with funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

KFVS-TV – Aug. 10, 2021

New autonomous car training provides hands-on experience

Kent Meckfessel, associate instructor, automotive technology, discusses autonomous car technology during weeklong training he received at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

Spectrum NEWS 1 – Aug. 10, 2021

WSIU boosts area signal, thanks to anonymous Cape donor

Chancellor Austin Lane and Jak Tichenor, WSIU interim executive director, discuss equipment funded by an anonymous donor that will provide stronger over-the-air signals for PBS television viewers.

Southeast Missourian – Aug. 9, 2021

SIU researcher: Mutations of COVID-19 expected, but vaccine remains effective

Keith Gagnon, an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences, says COVID-19 virus mutations are not unexpected — but the Delta variant may change the way epidemiologists and other scientists look at the disease.

WSIU Radio – Aug. 6, 2021

SIU professor talks policing practices

Tammy Kochel, professor, criminology and criminal justice, discusses using real-world experiences to teach students more about policing and ways to improve police-community relationships.

KFVS-TV – Aug. 3, 2021

Newsradio WJPF interview with Tom Imboden

Tom Imboden, associate professor, School of Analytics, Finance and Economics, discusses computer security and the impact of a recent internet outage in the region.

WJPF Morning Newswatch – Aug. 2, 2021

State tax dollars benefit downstate region more than others

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses a recent institute study that shows downstate Illinois residents receive a higher return on their state tax dollars.

FarmWeek – Aug. 2, 2021

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