Cool Class: LAA 300 – Life, Death and the Living Dead

Images of rotting, flesh-eating zombies familiar to fans of “The Walking Dead” are far removed from the Haitian folklore that inspired the term. But the different Hollywood and Haitian versions of zombies are an example of how different cultures interpret ideas of death, dying and the afterlife. Through cultural concepts such as the Haitian zombie […]

Careers & Curriculum

The college experience is meant to shape, guide and prepare students for success after graduation. As important as what’s learned in class is how students apply that knowledge outside class. “For students to be successful in the long term, it’s not just a degree alone. Employers are looking for motivated, well-rounded students who can apply […]

Putting the Issues in Perspective

Faculty called upon for expertise as media cover significant current events Tweet When a young man was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., media coverage did not naturally gravitate toward examining mid-century suburban development in the St. Louis area. For Clarence Lang, however, the connection between the current situation and his historical research on […]

Alumni Achievements: William Fisher, renowned geologist

Professor’s advice led distinguished alumnus to finding his niche Tweet Looking at the sum of his career, William Fisher attributes many of his accomplishments to a crucial conversation during his college years. Initially, Fisher was intent on a biochemistry major as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University. That is, until a professor (who just happened […]