Cuba is only 90 miles from the Florida coast but it sometimes feels as if it’s much farther away. While travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased in recent years, their relationship over the last five decades is far from close.
A small group of students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville just returned from a 10 day visit to Cuba under an educational arrangement between SIUE and the University of Havana. Harvard University is the only other institution to take advantage of such an opportunity under the initiative.
Incoming students at SIU Edwardsville will pay more next year. The SIU Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase for next year's new students, which is a 2 percent decrease over what administrators had proposed.
SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe says they'll have to make due with what the Board has decided, but this choice will send her back to the drawing board.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville has named a new chancellor. She is Julie Furst-Bowe, currently an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Furst-Bowe was introduced to the campus today after a four-month search. She replaces Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift, who led SIUE for eight years. Furst-Bowe says she was sold on the school after a visit to campus this year.