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Western Illinois University Fall 2020 Enrollment Sees Gains Over Past Decade

September 19th, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – For the first time in 10 years, new student enrollment at Western Illinois University has increased. The number of new freshmen enrolling at Western this fall stands at 1,064, 18.9 percent over Fall 2019, while new transfer students total 721 (9.2 percent over Fall 2019) and new graduate students stand at 569 (10.3 percent over Fall 2019), for a total new student increase of 13.7 percent. In addition, the grade point average (GPA) of the incoming freshman class has increased to 3.49 (compared to 3.40 in Fall 2019). Total enrollment as of the 10th day is 7,490, according to... Read More

Western Illinois University GIS Students, Center Director Receive Statewide Awards

September 17th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – Two Western Illinois University students from the Geographic Information System (GIS) Center will be honored in October with the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) Outstanding Student Award. Senior GIS majors Zach Healy, of Dixon, IL, and Clint Quigley, of Glasford, IL, will be given two of five outstanding student awards presented statewide. The awards will be given during the ILGISA’s virtual annual conference Oct. 5-6. GIS Center Director Chad Sperry, the current ILGISA president, also serves on the Next Gen 911 Committee, which will receive a service award at the same conference. Sperry... Read More

Quad-Cities Singer/Songwriter Featured in Hallmark Channel Film

September 17th, 2020

Lewis Knudsen, a Rock Island-based singer/songwriter, had one of his original tunes debut last fall on the Hallmark Channel and he didn’t even know until a couple weeks ago. “The way it works with composition, there are so many libraries, so many songs. I have a good relationship with this library, but they don’t have the bandwidth to let every artist know,” he said Thursday of Gramoscope Music, which works with artists nationwide to place shows in TV and film. Knudsen had a two-year-old song, “I Need To Get Free,” as one of eight songs on the soundtrack for Hallmark’s “Love, Fall... Read More

Western Illinois University Student Benefits from Great River Teacher Corps Program

September 16th, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – – Emilee Rains, a 2020 Western Illinois University teacher education alumna and second grade teacher at George O. Barr Elementary in Silvis, IL, is the first student to graduate after participating in the Great River Teacher Corps (GRTC) program. Western’s GRTC program is meeting the need for more rural teachers by offering teacher education scholarships to students who will in turn work in west central Illinois schools. Rains initially chose Western because it was an affordable university near her hometown with a long history of successful teacher preparation.... Read More

25-Year-Old Quad-Cities Artist Creating Massive Mural on Moline Spiegel Building

September 15th, 2020

A dilapidated brick building, right off the 74 bridge on Moline’s riverfront, is all about possibility. And Brandon Nees is thrilled about bringing that surging potential to colorful life. The 25-year-old Davenport artist, who graduated from Moline High School, has been chosen to create a $10,000 public mural on nine panels of the boarded-up ground floor of the Spiegel Building, 200 20th St., just north of River Drive. Renew Moline partnered with the City of Moline and Quad City Arts to issue a call for entries, resulting in 28 submissions from artists around the Midwest. Renew’s Public Art... Read More

IBHE Awards WIU Grant to Strengthen and Diversify Early Childhood Education Workforce

September 15th, 2020

MOLINE, IL – – Western Illinois University is one of five Illinois colleges and universities, and the only four-year public university, to receive $1.3 million in grant funding from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to strengthen and diversify the early childhood workforce. Western received $225,516 for the coming year, which will be used to address the shortage and grow the qualified pool of early childhood educators for the rural McDonough County region. Boh Young Lee, project director and WIU associate professor, was able to recruit 14 participants who will begin courses... Read More

Tyson to Give Away Chicken on WIU’s Quad Cities Campus Sept. 18

September 14th, 2020

MOLINE, IL – Tyson Fresh Meats is partnering with Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities campus, WQPT and the Moline Rotary Club to give away 1,800 boxes of frozen chicken to the community, beginning at noon, Friday, Sept. 18. Volunteers will give one free 20-pound box of uncooked, breaded chicken tenders to each vehicle that arrives in the west parking lot on the WIU-QC campus, 3300 River Drive. Vehicles can access the lot from University Drive and there will be signage designating the entrance and exit locations. Chicken will be distributed until all boxes are given away and each box... Read More

Western Illinois University Senior Completes Remote Archaeological Internship

September 14th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University senior anthropology major spent her summer completing a remote internship at the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL), in Austin. Heather Leonard, of Pflugerville, TX, who previously volunteered at TARL, spent her summer processing burial forms from the Ernest Witte site and entering information into TARL’s database for collections of human remains. “Through my internship, I learned in-depth about recording burials, care and curation of human skeletal collections and specialized software, and databases used in osteology and forensic... Read More

Ordering Dinner? Put QuadCities.com’s Local Restaurant Roundup On Your Menu!

September 13th, 2020

Looking for a place to order dinner tonight? Check out our awesome listing of area restaurants offering carry-out, drive-through and pickup options! QuadCities.com offers you a list of local restaurants, bars and cafes that serve up a number of your favorite dishes. If you have information about a businesses not listed here, please feel free to send a quick email to eat@quadcities.com. Quad City Pizza Company 2724 Avenue of the Cities Moline            (309) 797-5600 Will be offering Carry Out & Delivery (expanded temporarily to Moline, East Moline, Silvis, Rock Island and Coal Valley)... Read More

PTAC at Western Illinois University Offering ‘GovCon 2020’

September 13th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Western Illinois University will host and facilitate an eight-week, online government contracting series for business owners. “GovCon 2020” will run weekly from Thurday, Oct. 29-Tuesday, Nov. 17. The deadline to apply for the free program is Monday, Sept. 7. Eligibility requirements include membership in the SBDC/PTAC network, two or more years in business and a verifiable business income. The cohort program promotes economic development by providing education and resources helping businesses work with federal,... Read More