Category: Human Interest

Stories for Sustainability with Dr. Sasi Balasundaram

Stories for Sustainability with Dr. Sasi Balasundaram

“Climate change is overwhelming and students need to understand that they can make a difference—I want them to feel empowered and give them hope.”—Dr. Sasi Balasundaram
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology Dr. Sasi Balasundaram, has been spinning in many circles as of late. With a life-long-interest in environmental and social justice issues, Balasundaram has […]

Grief & Our Digital Afterlives

Grief & Our Digital Afterlives

“They say you actually have two deaths–the first, when you physically die and the second, when you socially die.”–Jocelyn DeGroot
DeGroot’s model of Transcorporeal Communication.
How do we experience grief in the advent of the digital age? Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Applied Communication Studies, Jocelyn DeGroot, studies grief and how technologies impact […]

Lovejoy Library to Provide Meditation Room

Lovejoy Library to Provide Meditation Room

“We would like to see people make the space their own.”–Juliet Kerico Gray
Lovejoy Library. Photo Credit: E. Dustman
Meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation are set to make their way to the Lovejoy Library. With a great interest in addressing the needs of the 21st. century student, the library plans to open a meditation room. Earlier this year, […]

ACS’ Seniors' “Grow the Gardens” Leaves Lasting Legacy at SIUE

ACS’ Seniors’ “Grow the Gardens” Leaves Lasting Legacy at SIUE

A team of four SIUE Applied Communication Studies undergraduates pursuing their senior assignment project in public relations helped coordinate the Grow the Gardens event. The students are Alyssa Almasalmeh, of Creve Coeur, Mo., Luke Jansen, of Effingham, Ethan Massey, of Marine, and Matthew Zahn, of Belleville. The team was coordinated by Sorin Nastasia, PhD, associate […]

Criminal Justice' Alum awarded District 11 Medal of Valor

Criminal Justice’ Alum awarded District 11 Medal of Valor

SIUE Criminal Justice Studies alum; Matthew Bradford of the Illinois State Police District 11 has been awarded the Medal of Valor. Matthew Bradford is a 2013 graduate of the SIUE Criminal Justice program, who joined the Illinois State Police upon graduation.
This past October, Trooper Matthew Bradford had stopped a vehicle in East St. Louis for a seat belt […]

Social Works’ Aspholm examines local gang violence

Social Works’ Aspholm examines local gang violence

Robert Aspholm, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, has been awarded a STEP grant to research street gangs and violence in the St. Louis Area. Specifically, he is a co-PI on a federal grant with a community group to do violence prevention in East St. Louis beginning this spring.
Street gangs and violence […]

5th annual Darwin Day set for Feb. 12

5th annual Darwin Day set for Feb. 12

Each year, SIUE’s Department of Biological Sciences celebrates Darwin Day by hosting a speaker in its Ralph W. Axtell Lecture Series. The event takes place around the birthday of Charles Darwin and celebrates his enormous contribution to science, particularly the theory of evolution by natural selection (published jointly with Alfred Russel Wallace) that underpins all […]

HAITI-ED: Haitians for Advancing and Improving the Impact of Educational Development

HAITI-ED: Haitians for Advancing and Improving the Impact of Educational Development

SIUE Political Science student Westenior Valmera founded HAITI-ED, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the children of Haiti by providing school supplies to those in need.  HAITI-ED’s vision is to develop strong partnerships with local and international organizations committed to creating a solid educational base for the children of Haiti.
Over this past summer, […]

Support the Girls – Edwardsville comes to SIUE

Support the Girls – Edwardsville comes to SIUE

Support the Girls was created when, Dana Marlowe, a working mom, decided to find a new home for dozens of bras in her drawer. When she discovered that no formal means existed for collecting and distributing gently-used bras to needy women and girls in her community in Maryland, a spark ignited into what is quickly […]

SIUE Anthropology showcases Katherine Dunham: A Life of Dance, Activism, and Anthropology

SIUE Anthropology showcases Katherine Dunham: A Life of Dance, Activism, and Anthropology

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Performing Arts Training Center (PATC), a unit of SIUE that was founded and directed by the internationally famous Katherine Dunham. In 1936, Dunham received her Bachelor of Philosophy in anthropology after winning a grant and conducting fieldwork in the Caribbean. This began her lifelong unique combination of ethnographic […]

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