CoLA Outreach

Southern Illinois University



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High School Outreach

(Image: Ms. Bibi Eaton's Spanish class at Carterville High School. Dr. Janssen Sanchez and Dr. Albuixech visited their classroom.)

CoLA is working to strengthen our relationships with local high schools and beyond. Our faculty are not only experts in their fields, but they are also passionate and friendly educators. Contact us to set-up faculty presentations, discussions, or guest lectures.

Recent faculty talks have included discussions on careers for our majors, explanations of a Program field (example: What is Linguistics?), and presentations or lectures related to class content. We work with teachers to provide the type of talk that you want for your classroom.

Faculty are also happy to speak to a club or organization. These talks can be done either in-person or through Zoom (dependent upon faculty availability and school distance). We have available faculty in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Communication Studies, English, History, Languages, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

Recent Talks, Visits & Events

High Schools

  • Althoff Catholic, Belleville
  • Anna-Jonesboro
  • Benton
  • Brebeuf Jesuit Prepatory, Indianapolis (IN)
  • Cairo
    • Ted Cohen (Africana Studies/History)
      • Class (via Zoom): Randall Clift, History
    • Tobin Grant (Political Science)
      • Class (via Zoom): Randall Clift, Government
  • Carbondale
  • Carterville
  • Cobden
    • Ben Bricker (Political Science)
      • Class (via Zoom): Jamie Nash-Mayberry, Government
  • Crab Orchard
    • Patrick McGrath (English)
      • Class (via Zoom): Heather Crain, English
    • Joe Shapiro (English)
      • Class (via Zoom): Justin Crain, English
  • Freeburg
  • Herrin
  • Lockport
  • Marion
    • Jon Bean (History)
      • Class: Gene Mitchell, American History
    • Dave Johnson (Classics)
      • Classes (3): Scott Gimmy, Latin
  • Mascoutah
    • Yara Hindi & Yolina Lindquist (German undergraduate students)
      • Guest Speaker: German Club
  • Murphysboro
    • Ted Cohen (Africana Studies/History)
      • Class: Orlan Brown, African American History
    • Tobin Grant (Political Science)
      • Classes (4): Orlan Brown, Government
  • Nashville
    • Todd Graham (Communication Studies)
      • Classes (5): Ericka Patton, Civics
  • Trico
    • David Anthony (English)
      • Class: Cheryl Korando, English
    • Jeff Punske (Linguistics)
      • Classes (2, via Zoom): Richard Jaroski, English
    • Justin Young (Communication Studies)
      • Class (via Zoom): Kathy Hammel, Career Exploration
  • Vienna
    • Lourdes Albuixech (Spanish) & Brianna Janssen Sanchez (World Language Education)
      • Classes (3): Theresa Stearn, Spanish
    • Jeremy Allen (Sociology)
      • Classes: Edna Bundren, Career Pathways; Intro to Social Work
    • Mike Olsen (Linguistics) & Jeff Punske (Linguistics)
      • Classes (via Zoom): Edna Bundren, Career Pathways; Intro to Social Work
    • Brianna Janssen Sanchez (World Language Education)
      • Guest Speaker: Educators Rising Club
    • Ulrich Reichard (Anthropology)
      • Classes: Edna Bundren, Career Pathways; Intro to Social Work

Middle Schools

  • Jerseyville
    • Gretchen Dabbs (Anthropology)
      • Classes (4, via Zoom): Stephanie Warren, Social Studies

Community Colleges

  • John A. Logan College
    • Joseph Brown (Africana Studies)
      • Class: David Cochran, U.S. History
    • Gray Whaley (History)
      • Class: David Cochran, U.S. History
  • Rend Lake College
    • Joseph Brown (Africana Studies)
      • Guest Speaker: Black History Month event

Teachers are buzzing about their recent classroom visits:

Courtney Misener, Anna-Jonesboro High School, Biology Class

“I want to thank you for sending Dr. Reichard to our school. His presentation was amazing, and all of the students were very interested in what he had to share. The bell rang for the end of class, when most of them go to lunch, and not one student wanted to leave. Thank you so much for arranging the visit. I'm sure we will have to have him back to our school in the future.”

Justin Crain, Crab Orchard High School, English Dual Credit class

“Thank you for setting it up, and please tell Dr. Shapiro thank you for taking the time to speak to my class. I actually had a few students come up to me after class to discuss some career options Dr. Shapiro mentioned and some who were just excited from meeting with a "real college teacher". There will certainly be some kids headed to SIUC from this bunch.”

Gene Mitchell, Marion High School, American History class

“We really enjoyed Dr. Bean's lecture.  It was very informative. I would love for him to come again.  I will also look into him speaking for my Young Conservatives Club, if he would be interested.”

Orlan Brown, Murphysboro High School, 4 Government classes

"It was our pleasure to have Dr. Grant visit and speak with us!  I know that many of my students enjoyed and benefited from the experience."

Ericka Patton, Nashville High School, 5 Civics classes

"I just loved meeting Dr. Graham. The feedback from my students was positive! They loved what he talked about and his upbeat personality! He is incredibly knowledgeable and personable. Please put me on the list for next year!"

Theresa Stearns, Vienna High School, Spanish classes

"My students enjoyed the presentations and interactions with the presenters. I asked my students from my last period what they liked best and they said, 'The ladies! They were so nice!'"

Stephanie Warren, Jersey Community Middle School, 4 Social Studies classes

"Dr. Gretchen Dabbs of your department met with my four Social Studies classes last Friday. We are in the middle of an ancient Egypt unit, and Dr. Dabbs met with us to share some of her knowledge and talk about her experiences in Egypt. It was amazing to have such personal experiences brought to my students to enhance their understanding of ancient Egypt. Students were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed meeting with her. My principal came in to observe, and he was impressed at the level of engagement of all students. They were fascinated and all eyes were glued to the board during the meeting. We all (me included) learned a lot. It was an honor having her join us virtually for most of the day."