Desiderata Quote


 GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.


Activities for Home Quarantine

Looking for ideas of things you and your family can do from home while quarantined? We have assembled a list of ideas you can enjoy and possibly even improve your knowledge and life skills in the process. Fun and educational activities just for you. If you know of any we can add please let us know by emailing us at "mail at iluvlocalplaces dot com"

Photo of Live cam of Sea Life

 View the National Aquarium via live stream

There's nothing like experiencing the National Aquarium firsthand—but our live cams are the next best thing! Tune into our Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion and Pacific Coral Reef livestreams and enjoy a piece of the Aquarium from home. 


Life After Coronavirus For Local Business

The Coronavirus Pandemic will eventually end. What will life be like once we can again go out to eat, shop and play without fear of infection? Will your favorite local restaurant, business or entertainment venue still be in business when the crisis has passed?

With the canceling of events and CDC advice for us to stay home, many businesses are experiencing the worst possible loss in revenue ever. The drop in foot traffic and a reluctance to go out will leave shops and restaurants empty. Not only does this affect the business owner but it also means many, if not all, of their employees will be unemployed.

We would like to encourage you to consider what you can do to help others during this time.

Below are a few ideas. Can you think of more?


Become a Touch of Nature member now to enjoy bird seminar and other special events and benefits

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Registration is now underway for a Bird Identification and Feeding Seminar at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center in February.

This intriguing event is just one of the special activities and benefits available exclusively for Touch of Nature members.


2019: A Southeast Year in Review

2019 was a remarkable year of achievement at Southeast.

From reaffirmation of our Higher Learning Commission accreditation and innovation in academic programs to new partnerships and facilities, and athletic accomplishments, Southeast continues to look to the future while maintaining our ever present commitment to student success. As 2019 comes to a close, we look back at some of the University’s remarkable achievements this year.



NAFSA International Student Economic Tool Ranks Southeast Among Missouri’s Top 10


Southeast international students perform at Carpe Diem 2019.

The economic impact of Southeast Missouri State University’s international students on the local economy recently was highlighted by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA): Association of International Educators.

NAFSA’s annual state-by-state and congressional district 2018 analysis has ranked Southeast Missouri State University among the top 10 higher education institutions in Missouri whose international students add academic and cultural value to the campus and local community.


Creative thinking is abundant as HackSI 2019 draws largest crowd in history

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Creativity and innovative thinking were in abundant supply when hundreds of technology enthusiasts converged at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the seventh annual HackSI event, Nov. 2-3. The “hackathon” has grown by leaps and bounds since it began just a few years ago and at the end of the two-day brainstorming session, several teams and individuals walked away with bragging rights and prizes.


This weekend’s SIU HackSI event promises to be biggest ever

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Gather a bunch of technology and computer enthusiasts. Put them together in a room and give them a challenge and a time limit and see what innovative things they can create.

That’s the principle behind a “hackathon” as the HackSI hackathon returns to Southern Illinois University Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, courtesy of the university and the not-for-profit organization HackSI.


Angela Davis to Keynote Southeast’s King Dinner

Angela Davis, an American political activist, academic and author will present the keynote address at Southeast Missouri State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Jan. 29 in the Show Me Center.

The theme for this year’s dinner will be “Women in Action: Pursuing the Dream.”


Southeast Hospitality Management Students Create, Bottle, Sell University’s First Hawk Sauce

Students in Southeast Missouri State University’s hospitality management program have created the University’s first hot sauce – being marketed as Hawk Sauce – a fiery condiment heating up the campus and local community.


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