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COVID-19 Mask Makers Are Part Of A Bigger History

May 22, 2020
A collage of women wearing masks.
Karina Neill

As the U.S. struggles with shortages of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers have jumped into action. Around the country people are sewing masks, for healthcare workers and community members at risk for contracting COVID-19. But sewing for a cause fits into a much bigger history.

Southeast Missouri State University is reporting a record number of Illinois students in its freshman class.

First-day enrollment figures show 331 new first-time students from Illinois enrolled this fall, nearly a 50 percent increase from fall 2012.


Jerry Kill is returning to collegiate athletics.

The former head football coach at SIU, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Emporia State has agreed to serve as Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Kansas State University.

Members of the Illinois House spent Thursday evening congratulating themselves thinking they were minutes from passing a bipartisan measure sending 600 million dollars in emergency funding to the state community colleges and public universities. But... the vote never happened.

While a group at SIU-Carbondale is calling for the campus community to shut down the university for a day on May 2nd to protest the lack of a state budget, an even larger higher educational walkout is being planned for later this year.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale student Ben Handler joined hundreds of others in Springfield Wednesday to urge lawmakers to fund colleges and universities.

State funding for higher education has been caught in the state's budget impasse, now in its 10th month.

The union that represents non-tenure track faculty at the University of Illinois plans to strike Tuesday and Wednesday.


A senior at SIU-Carbondale says there is a growing concern about student safety after a pair of recent shootings near the campus.

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The University of Illinois Urbana campus has 57 faculty and students traveling in or near Brussels, Belgium ... and has confirmed that all of them are safe after Tuesday morning's explosions in Brussels that left at least two dozen people dead.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Illinois Small Business Development Center will not close March 31 as anticipated.

The center will remain open - at least temporarily - thanks to short-term federal funding. But, officials say without a state budget in place, the center will close after July 1.

Higher Education and money

During a visit to the Eastern Illinois University campus Tuesday...State Representative Reggie Phillips of Charleston advocated for legislation that would provide emergency funding to state universities and community colleges for the current fiscal year.

Leaders of several state universities and community colleges are sounding the alarm as they begin month three of receiving no money from Illinois.

State support for Illinois' 12 public universities and its 49 community colleges is the largest part of the state government that isn't being funded during Springfield's budget impasse.


A longtime history professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be the school's interim chancellor.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have reached a special agreement.

A bill recently proposed in Congress would reduce opportunities for people to serve their country by cutting 500-million dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the AmeriCorps program.

Southern Illinois University Trustees have approved plans to hire an interim Chancellor for the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses, and face another vacancy in addition to those.

Edwardsville's interim leader will serve a one-year term. Carbondale's will be appointed for two years. President Randy Dunn says that's a strategic choice.

Springfield, IL – Southern Illinois University's President says he's excited to hear about some of the initiatives in Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address but wonders if the money will be there to fund them.

SIU President Glenn Poshard says the Governor's focus on education is a good thing for Illinois. He says he's especially happy with Pat Quinn's call for an increase in funding for the Monetary Award Program, which has struggled with high demand and not enough funding recently: