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Episode 6: Psychology Deptartment Hotline

Western Illinois University's Psychology Department is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the WIU Hotline call center. Hotline was founded at WIU in 1971, in response to the need for support services for a climbing suicide rate in McDonough County. It has evolved over the years to a nightly support line for students and community members of the western Illinois region and provides telephone and text support, crisis intervention, referrals, suicide prevention and general advocacy. WIU's Hotline is open for calls every day residence halls are open, from 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

Listen to "Psychology Deptartment Hotline" on Spreaker.

Episode 5: Reimagining and Revising the Reading Room Series in Response To COVID

The Reading Room Series, a monthly celebration of the literary arts in the Department of English featuring faculty, graduate and undergraduate students was placed on hold in the wake of COVID-19. Here are some of the voices of our incredible students reading original fiction and poetry written in response to our contemporary and changing world. In 2020-2021, the Reading Room Series will continue to change in response to the virus, but a way forward will be found to continue elevating and making room for the stories our campus community has to share.

Listen to "Reimagining and Revising the Reading Room Series in Response To COVID" on Spreaker.

Episode 4: Nursing Education in the Middle of a Pandemic

The WIU School of Nursing provides unique learning opportunities for its students that pushes them to critically think and to be poised to take the lead in healthcare when they graduate. (Also see the companion video: "WIU School of Nursing graduates COVID Panel Discussion" )

Listen to "Nursing Education in the Middle of a Pandemic" on Spreaker.

Episode 3: Religion and Disaster

What the postapocalyptic novel Station Eleven teaches us about living through pandemics. With Dr. Betsy Perabo, Professor of Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Listen to "Religion and Disaster" on Spreaker.

Episode 2: The COVID 19 Diaries

Ethnographic Field Journals from WIU Anthopology Students. (With thanks to Tri States Public Radio)

Listen to "The COVID 19 Diaries" on Spreaker.

Episode 1: Executives' and Public Administrators' Responses to COVID-19: Comparing State Level Variables

In this study, Political Science graduate student Courtney Dalton investigates the effects of three state-level independent variables on response outcomes over a 5 week period during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to "Executives' and Public Administrators' Responses to COVID-19: Comparing State Level Variables" on Spreaker.

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