SIU President Randy Dunn says the system will not be designated as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Dunn said campus chancellors and other officials concluded that the concept of a sanctuary campus is not clearly defined in a legal sense and violating the law would put SIU and all of its students at risk, including the potential loss of federal financial aid. But, Dunn said the system would to everything it can - within the scope of the law - to support its students.

Jennifer Fuller/WSIU

Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth made a stop in Carbondale Thursday, hoping to get more insight on her new committee assignments before heading to Washington next week.

As 2016 winds to a close, WSIU InFocus takes a look back at the people and stories that made headlines here.

SIU's two campuses are weighing requests to become so-called 'sanctuary campuses' for undocumented students.


The outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations chose the SIU-Carbondale campus to make his final public address.

In front of a crowd of around 1,400 people in the SIU Student Center ballrooms Wednesday, Ban Ki-Moon talked about what he has learned in his 10 years as the leader of the U.N. and what he'd like to pass on.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Museum Executive Director Dona Bachman, as she prepares to retire.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn, as the university waits for state funding to pay for the second half of the fiscal year.

Progress Illinois

A preliminary report on college enrollment in Illinois shows a decline at all sectors of higher education.

Higher Education and money

As 2016 winds to a close, university leaders across the state are growing less optimistic that Illinois leaders will come to a compromise on funding for the rest of the fiscal year.

The SIU-Carbondale Faculty Association and the school's administration have reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The new contract will run through June 30th, 2018.


The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, will visit Southern Illinois University next week.


A plan to build new residence halls and demolish old ones on the SIU Carbondale campus was tabled Thursday at the SIU Board of Trustees meeting.


A working session in Carbondale brought further information to SIU Trustees, ahead of decisions expected this week and in the months to come.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about budget issues, and potential "sanctuary" status for the system's three campuses.

Housing will be a big topic of discussion for SIU Trustees as they meet in Carbondale this week.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Organizers of the Salukis SPEAK discussion series are calling the inaugural run a success.

Seven separate discussions were held during the fall semester on the SIU-Carbondale campus to encourage feedback between students, faculty, staff and administrators.


Healy Chapel in Aurora says the family of 20-year-old Alex Kierstead will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at New England Congregational Church in Aurora. The address is 406 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews SIU's DaVinci Days with event Chair HD Motyl.

SIU Student Dies in Carbondale House Fire

Nov 23, 2016
House Fire
Daily Egyptian

Carbondale Police say an SIU student died in an early morning house fire.

City officials say the fire in the 700 block on West Freeman Street was reported at about 4:50am Wednesday.

The Chancellor Search Advisory Committee at SIU-Carbondale will begin reviewing applications on January 15th.

The school says ads soliciting applications and nominations were placed last week in both print and online editions of several higher education publications.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell about budget projections and graduation rates for this episode of WSIU InFocus.

WTTW, Chicago Tonight

University leaders say they’re living with the uncertainty that’s come with more than a year without a full state budget – and still not sure what the future holds across Illinois.

WSIU InFocus: SIUC Campus Lake Reclamation

Oct 26, 2016
Jim Eagleston, WSIU

SIU's Campus Lake may finally be on the mend after over five years of suffering from toxic algae. WSIU's Erin Frey has the story.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn for his October InFocus segment.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The SIU system is taking a broad approach to its strategic plan moving forward as it waits for direction from the state.

A two-day course at SIU-Carbondale next month will allow drone operators to gain Federal Aviation Administration certification to operate unmanned aircraft systems.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses will cover MAP grants for students for the spring 2017 semester.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Women's Club member Fran Becque about the opportunities available through the group.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn.