SIUE School of Nursing’s online master’s among top 100 nationally EDWARDSVILLE – U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SIUE SON) among the top 100 in its 2018 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs lis

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SIUE School of Nursing’s online master’s among top 100 nationally

SIU-C reorganization get Chamber endoresement — The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce has publicly endorsed Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s plan to eliminate the university’s 42 departments and reorganize degree programs into newly established colleges and schools.

SIU-C reorganization get Chamber endoresement

Eastern will not cut any sports, but plans on reducing scholarships

Eastern President David Glassman announced that, after months of debate, the university will not cut any athletic programs, at the Board of Trustees meeting Friday. The number of scholarships will be reduced. 

University officials anticipate a reduction of one scholarship per current sport over the next two years.

The reduction would not have an impact on current student athletes.

Joseph Dively, the chair of the Board of Trustees, said after comprehensive review, the board decided it is in the best interest of Eastern to keep all of the sports programs.

Eastern has 21 sports programs at the university. The average university competing in the Ohio Valley Conference has 17.

Various groups on campus, such as the Faculty Senate and the Council on University Planning and Budgeting, had been reviewing this issue in their own meetings, but until now no official decision had been made.

Glassman said cutting the amount of scholarships given will help the athletic department not go over budget, while still allowing the university all sports currently on campus.

“The athletic department has to pay for their scholarships. It just doesn’t come from the university—they actually have to pay for it. Their scholarships, because they are student fee dependent, if enrollment goes down, there (are) fewer amounts of dollars that go down to athletics to pay for their scholarships,” Glassman said. “So since our enrollment is down a little bit, what we’re doing is reducing the amount of scholarships because (athletics) can’t afford as many of them.”

Conversations concerning athletics were a conversation even before Eastern started its vitalization project, which looked at programs on campus. There was also a workgroup dedicated to looking at intercollegiate athletics in the vitalization project. While the university ultimately decided not to cut any athletic programs, it did cut one academic program during the vitalization project — Africana Studies, though it still is a minor and taught in general education courses.

However, Glassman said academics and athletics are two completely different issues.

“We want to make sure that the athletic department has success, but at the same time we have to make sure … that they can stay within their budget,” Glassman said. “Really, to make the comparison of why cut this and not cut that, (it’s) just totally different areas, totally different questions, and totally different parameters. It’s just not an apples and apples comparison. A lot of people try to make (it) that, but the situation is much more complex than that.”

Glassman said he came to the decision to keep all athletic programs by weighing all the different factors involved and by listening to the discussions around campus.

“If we were to eliminate sports, that could have a negative impact on our tuition. Not all students have scholarships in sports, and we felt that at this time, it’s important to keep our tuition revenue as high as it is,” Glassman said. “In order for (athletics) to manage their budget, they have to reduce their number of scholarships.”

Brooke Schwartz can be reached at 581-2812 or

Eastern will not cut any sports, but plans on reducing scholarships

Illinois Officials Seek Input On Adult Education Plan


The Illinois Community College Board is calling on residents to give feedback on its draft five-year strategic plan to improve adult education. The plan includes ways to remove financial barriers for adults wanting to pursue post-secondary education. Matt Berry is with the Illinois Community College Board. He said having a college degree is becoming more essential in the workforce. “The economy has changed now, where even manufacturing and some other careers where you could enter straight from high school with a high school diploma now require additional credentialing or post-credential skills,” he said. The draft plan is available on the ICCB website. Informational meetings will be held this week in Bloomington and Palos Hills.

Illinois Officials Seek Input On Adult Education Plan

Charleston business’s talk economic impact of Eastern students

Local businesses shared their support of the Eastern community and expressed concerns about declining enrollment and the approaching end of the spring semester.

An impact study conducted by Coles Together, an economic development organization, detailed the economic effect Eastern has on the Charleston community.

According to this study, Charleston businesses attribute up to 40 percent of their revenue to Eastern’s presence.

For every 1,000 students enrolled at Eastern, spending in Coles County increased by $8.6 million.

Angela Griffin, the president of Coles Together, said the organization was inspired to research this subject because of concerns from local businesses.

Julian Avalos, manager of Mi Casa Tu Casa and an Eastern student, said he has noticed support from students and faculty during his year working at the restaurant, which is located near Old Main.

The restaurant has struggled to gain new customers, he said, noting that most of their returning customers are connected to the university.

The restaurant is even considering temporarily closing during the summer, as many students leave after the spring semester or graduate, Avalos said.

Avalos said he estimates nearly 60 to 70 percent of Mi Casa Tu Casa’s business comes from Eastern students and staff.

Mi Casa Tu Casa also employs students, making it difficult to keep the business fully staffed in the summer.

Because the restaurant relies on Eastern’s population, declining enrollment poses a challenge for them as well.

“The owner tells me when there is less enrollment it really does affect us,” Avalos said.

Maurices, a women’s clothing store, also attracts business from the Eastern community, Angelina Palermo, the store’s assistant manager, said.

She said the store has six employees who study at Eastern, including herself.

Maurices relies on students who shop for campus events and functions throughout the school year, Palermo said.

“Eastern is really important to our business,” Palermo said. “A lot of faculty also come here looking for clothes.”

David Kirsch, general manager of Unique Suites Hotel, said the business depends on the Eastern community to be successful.

Along with families visiting their students throughout the year, Kirsch said athletic events at Eastern also draw business in.

The Days Inn Charleston also considers Eastern’s presence in the community a contributing factor in their business, Cameran Lotz, assistant manager of the hotel, said. She said the hotel is busiest during athletic events and occasions such as Family Weekend.

Lotz said professors at Eastern who live out of town often stay the night at the hotel, and this helps their business as well.

Carl Wolff, the owner of Gateway Liquors, said all of his employees study at Eastern.

“Eastern affects the whole city of Charleston, that’s what Charleston is. It’s a university town,” Wolff said.

Robin Atteberry, store manager of CVS Pharmacy, said the store employs five students. “That’s 30 percent of our staff,” Atteberry said.

Vicky Hinds, the owner of First Impressions Salon, said Eastern’s presence attracts more businesses in Charleston, which gives her salon more traffic.

She said the salon is able to draw more clients in because of its connection to Eastern. “It allows us to get involved in EIU events, Homecoming and Greek life,” Hinds said.

Lynnsey Veach can be reached at 581-2812 or


Charleston business’s talk economic impact of Eastern students