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SIUC Opens New E-Sports Arena

Aug 16, 2019
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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
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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:

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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. 

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn.

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A SIU-Carbondale graduate student is just over halfway through a 23-hundred mile trek down the Mississippi River.

Greg Nejmanowski is the coordinator of SIU Touch of Nature's Veteran Adventures Program, which recently lost an Illinois state grant. He is taking the summer long adventure to raise awareness and enlist support for the program through Paddle for Patriots.

SIU's Field School Unearths Forgotten History

Jul 9, 2019
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WSIU's Amelia Blakely reports from Southern Illinois Univesrity Carbondale's field school at Fort Kaskaskia near Chester, Illinois. This is the third year the six-week field school has taken place. The school is ran by SIU's Center for Archeological Investigations and led by SIUC Anthropology Professor Mark Wagner. 

Governor J-B Pritzker says higher education in Illinois will receive a much-needed pick-me-up under the new "Rebuild Illinois" program.

The governor joined lawmakers and university presidents in Springfield Friday to celebrate the capital plan's investments.

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Southern Illinois University's iconic Old Main building burned in 1969. While the structure is gone, remnants can still be found.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of $3.5 million has been awarded to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The HHS grant will support SIU's Head Start program, which promotes early learning for income eligible families with preschool age children in Jackson and Williamson counties.

SIU Ag Day Brings Researchers and Farmers Together

Jun 26, 2019
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On Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 farmers, scientists and agricultural partners from all across Illinois met for a field day to showcase the latest agricultural research going on at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Judy Ashby of the RBF Dome Home NFP about their ongoing restoration efforts, along with a fundraiser to help push them into the next phase.

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Officials at SIU-Carbondale were all smiles Thursday as interim Chancellor John Dunn announced the university reached a fundraising goal.

Illinois' Office of the Executive Inspector General says former SIU President Randy Dunn violated hiring rules, and former Board of Trustees Chair Randal Thomas failed in his duties.

SIU Trustees met in Carbondale on May 15 to hear updates on the SIUC Reorganization Proposal, along with a presentation from the Illinois Education Association.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is set to confer medical degrees to 65 students and PhDs to three graduate students this weekend.

Dr. Senait Fisseha is the commencement speaker and recipient of this year's Distinguished Alumna Award.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Gene Basanta and Michele Mekel of SIU's School of Law about their upcoming Health Policy Institute.

The union representing faculty, graduate assistants, and civil service employees is asking SIU's Board of Trustees to take control of the controversial reorganization plan on the Carbondale campus.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn. In this episode, Dunn details 2019 Graduation, SIUC's graduation rates, retention, reorganization, and more.

The committee that'll help decide SIU's next president met for its first official meeting Monday -- and left with guidelines and timelines for what comes next.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Saluki Success Program Coordinator Nick Weshinskey, Assistant Lecturer Laura Borger, and Student Austin Barron. The program is slated for change, as the university continues reorganization efforts.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams. In this segment, discussion of traffic and other upgrades in neighborhoods across the city, along with a new plan to fix problems in how the city billed SIUC for water and sewer services.

Two icons of Southern Illinois University and of the region have died.

Illinois Capital Bill Faces Bumpy Road

May 6, 2019

1929 was a busy year.

The first car radio is made, sunglasses were invented, Switzerland invented the chainsaw, London installed the first public telephone booth, the first Academy Awards honoring film industry achievement were given out, and Popeye sailed into comic strips.

Locally, after two years of construction, the US 60/62 bridge opened over the Mississippi River connecting Illinois and Missouri.

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