SIU in the News - September, 2021

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A&E show spotlights murderer of five Cape women in the ’70s, ’80s

The work of then-Carbondale police Lt. Paul Echols, lecturer, School of Justice and Public Safety, helped resolve several unsolved murders in the region.

Southeast Missourian – Sept. 30, 2021

Unsung Hero: SIU Law Professor Chris Behan

Chris Behan, professor, SIU School of Law, was featured as an “Unsung Hero.”

WSIL-TV – Sept. 29, 2021

SIU researchers seek truth in CBD labeling

Chloe Leonard, a senior in physiology, discusses gaining experience in a lab setting in preparing her future studies. Two SIU researchers – Mary Kinsel and Gary Kinsel – are involved with the project.

WSIU Radio – Sept. 28, 2021

SIU offering new bachelor’s degree program for transfer students

Josi Rawls, assistant director for transfer relations, discusses the benefits of the Saluki Step Ahead program.

WEHT-TV, Evansville, Ind. – Sept. 27, 2021

Saluki Step Ahead partners SIU with Illinois Community College Board

News story features the Saluki Step Ahead program, which allows community colleges from throughout the state to transfer to SIU Carbondale and complete their bachelor’s degree online.

WSIL-TV – Sept. 27, 2021

In redistricting, big say for big cities in DC power balance

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the potential for Illinois Republicans to lose a couple of congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections next year.

Associated Press – Sept. 26, 2021

Religious freedom group says Southern Illinois Healthcare is being unlawful

Jennifer Brobst, associate professor, SIU School of Law, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s history of supporting mandates and restrictions in public health emergencies.

Southern Illinoisan – Sept. 23, 2021

SIU Family weekend brings prospective patrons to Carbondale businesses

Carly Holtkamp, assistant director, Student Center Programs, discusses the economic impact of the university’s Family Weekend.

WSIL-TV – Sept. 23, 2021

Consumers raise questions about crops

Ruth Hambleton, instructor, School of Agricultural Sciences, discusses the advantages of double-crop production.

Illinois Farmer Today — Sept. 23, 2021

High school students visit SIU aviation program

The aviation and automotive programs hosted more than 130 students from local high schools and Rend Lake College. The students were introduced to both programs, and they experienced virtual reality hardware and software under development.

KFVS-TV – Sept. 22, 2021

Southern Illinois high school students learn about careers at SIUC’s Transportation Education Center

Karen Johnson, associate professor, aviation technologies, discusses the goal of attracting local students to the aviation and automotive programs.

WSIU Radio — Sept. 22, 2021

Shawnee Community College, SIU sign new agreement

WSIL-TV – Sept. 17, 2021

Chancellor Austin Lane and Shawnee Community College President Tim Taylor discuss the Saluki Step Ahead agreement.

Shawnee Community College, SIU leaders to sign agreement on online programs

Chancellor Austin Lane and Shawnee Community College President Tim Taylor signed a Saluki Step Ahead agreement.

KFVS-TV – Sept. 17, 2021

SIU technology professor weighs in on Microsoft announcing password-less sign in

Tom Imboden, School of Analytics, Finance and Economics, discusses Microsoft's plan for password-less computer sign ins.

KFVS-TV – Sept. 16, 2021

Ken Jennings, Greatest ‘Jeopardy!’ Player of All Time visits SIU

Ken Jennings, the greatest "Jeopardy!" player of all time, discussed the importance of education, knowledge in the age of artificial intelligence and what education could look like in another 150 years during a Sept. 16 lecture at Shryock Auditorium.

WSIL-TV – Sept. 16, 2021

Can employers avoid Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate?

Cheryl Anderson, professor, SIU School of Law, discusses the legality of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for employers.

WEEK-TV – Sept. 14, 2021

Jackson: Illinois Rep. Davis a ‘wild card’ as Jesse Sullivan joins governor’s race

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the entry of venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan into the campaign for the 2022 Republican nomination for Illinois governor.

WSIL-TV – Sept. 13, 2021

SIU outlines COVID-19 testing, vaccine plans; chancellor stresses personal responsibility

During a campuswide teleconference on Sept. 13, Chancellor Austin Lane and university officials discussed plans to ramp up vaccinations and weekly testing of the campus population who are not fully vaccinated.

Southern Illinoisan – Sept. 13, 2021

The pandemic has complicated children’s friendships — here’s what parents should know

Kristen Barber, sociology, provides input on COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions and the impact on children. — Sept. 8, 2021

Newsradio WJPF interview with Austin Lane

Chancellor Austin Lane touches on several topics including fall 2021 enrollment, vaccination clinics and the university’s recognition as a 2021 LGBTQ+ friendly campus.

Newsradio WJPF – Sept. 7, 2021

SIU professor on what new Texas abortion law could mean for future laws

Cindy Buys, SIU School of Law, discusses the potential impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to not hear a new abortion law in Texas.

WEEK-TV – Sept. 3, 2021

Newsradio WJPF interview with John Jackson

John Jackson, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discusses the pullout of troops in Afghanistan and American interventionism and foreign policy.

Newsradio WJPF -- Sept. 3, 2021

Masks are necessary but pose a challenge for speech therapists working with young children

Erin Connelly, speech services coordinator, Clinical Center, discusses the COVID-19 pandemic impact on toddlers’ language and social development.

Southern Illinoisan – Sept. 3, 2021

Air Force veteran and coordinator of SIU-C’s Veterans’ Services on the meaning of 9/11

Paul Copeland, coordinator, Veterans Services, and a U.S. Air Force veteran, discusses the meaning of 9/11.

WSIU InFocus – Sept. 2, 2021

Largest freshman class in 5 years enrolled at SIU

Fall 2021 enrollment numbers include consecutive increases in the freshman class for the first time since 2014, and Chancellor Austin Lane wants to see new Salukis take advantage of everything SIU has to offer.

KFVS-TV – Sept. 1, 2021

Illinois deploying community vaccination teams to SIU Carbondale

Chancellor Austin Lane discusses the opportunity that faculty, staff and students have with upcoming vaccination clinics at the Student Center.

WSIL-TV – Sept. 1, 2021

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