Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Officials with the SIU Alumni Association and other school officials broke ground Thursday on the Saluki Alumni Plaza on the Carbondale campus.

SIU-C Interim Chancellor John Dunn says it's significant this is occurring during the University's 150th anniversary celebration.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Student Trustee Brione Lockett about his Campus Conversations series.

About a mile away from Northern Illinois University’s campus in DeKalb, a nice 2-story house on the corner of Woodlawn Drive is vacant. The only sign of wear in sight is on a small metal sign in the freshly cut yard where the address is slowly rusting away. 

Built in 1955, this house has been home to the presidents of NIU. But, when Dr. Lisa Freeman was hired last year, she already had a home in DeKalb.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Kurt Przybilla, the 2019 SIU University Honors Program Glassman Lecturer, about drawing inspiration from R. Buckminster Fuller, and how he inspires others.


Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about the search for his successor, along with other leadership priorities for the SIU Carbondale campus.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC College of Business Dean Terry Clark about the upcoming 2019 Technology and Innovation Expo.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Animal Scientist Temple Grandin, ahead of her lecture with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Nathan Bonner and Mona Miller about SIU's SalukiCon 2019.

In addition to the weekend schedule, preview events are scheduled ahead of SalukiCon - a "sword experience" with Highlander's Adrian Paul, and a screening of "Army of Darkness." Schedule and full information are at

Harriet Simon

Carbondale, IL – WSIU is pleased to announce Harriet Furst Simon as the new individual recipient of the monthly ‘Good Neighbor’ award as a part of WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the campaign recognizes people who exemplify kindness and compassion and make a positive impact in their communities.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Around 900 high school students from the region were on the SIU-Carbondale campus Wednesday.

They were getting a taste of college life as part of SIU Day. Law School student Emily Mirabella led one of the groups.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham, along with SIU Interim Communication Studies Chair Sandy Pensoneau-Conway about the 2019 Constitution Day Debate: "Impeach Trump?"

SIU Trustees say they're making progress on numerous initiatives, and hope to see more progress in the coming months.

Southern Illinois University opens a two-day Veterans Summit Thursday in Mount Vernon.

Southern Illinois University

SIU Trustees pored over enrollment and budget updates from each campus during a working session Wednesday, and leaders on the Board say they're pleased to see some progress.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talked with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn about Fall 2019 priorities, including enrollment and budget.

Ed Bnyas
SIU Communications

Carbondale, IL – WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is pleased to announce Professor Edward Benyas, Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, as the new Education Award recipient for WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. The Good Neighbor Award is inspired by Fred Rogers and recognizes those who make a positive impact in the community.

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SIU Carbondale's Fall 2019 enrollment numbers show a total of 11,695 students on the campus. 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale faces a Title IX lawsuit - alleging sexual harassment, assault, retaliation, and negligence.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Assistant Psychology Professor Douglas Knutson about the upcoming symposium featuring Dr. Mechthild Kiegelmann. The seminar is Monday, September 2nd from 12:00pm-2:00pm at Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.

You can get more information at this website.

An SIU Journalism Professor who covered the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre sees bleak similarities to the current Hong Kong uprising.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Journalism Ethics Professor Bill Babcock, who was International Editor and Asia Editor for the Christian Science Monitor during the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. Babcock sees similarities between that incident, and the tensions building in Hong Kong today.

SIUC Opens New E-Sports Arena

Aug 16, 2019
SIU Esports Arena
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The SIU Carbondale campus now has a new arena.

Walking past the north end of the SIU Student Center you’ll see something a bit different.

After two years of planning and construction, the SIU E-sports Arena is open and ready for competition.

Ribbon Cutting for SIU Family Medicine Center

Aug 16, 2019
A man in a white coat stands next to a synthetic body showing anatomy.
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

Local leaders gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new SIU Center for Family Medicine in Carbondale on Thursday.

The new facility is a collaboration between Southern Illinois University and Southern Illinois Healthcare. It houses a medical clinic and will be home to the SIU family medicine residency program and the SIU physician assistant program.  Students will learn and practice together, something Chief Resident Sohaib Sajjad says is important for all of them. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed SB 1952 this month, eliminating a test of basic skills for potential teachers in Illinois. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talked with SIUC's Director of Teacher Preparation Nancy Mundschenk about what impact this new law will have:

The conversation continued, into Part 2:


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn about the upcoming 2019 Fall Semester, new Nursing Program, and more.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry about the impact of SIUC's students returning for the Fall 2019 semester, and previews a joint meeting between the Carbondale City Council and Carbondale Park District regarding a potential merger.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved a new nursing program for SIU's Carbondale campus.

Governor J-B Pritzker has signed a law amending the Southern Illinois University Management Act.

The amendment provides that both student members of the SIU Board of Trustees shall have binding voting rights. Currently, governors must designate one campus representative.

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SIU Trustees say they're working to bring equity to the distribution of state funding between campuses - voting Thursday to split new money 50/50.

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A controversial plan to change how state monies are split between SIU campuses will take longer than some trustees had hoped.