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Western Illinois University’s William Pratt Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by QCESC

March 8th, 2021

MOLINE, IL – – Western Illinois University School of Engineering Director William Pratt has been selected to receive the Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award was presented to Pratt Thursday, Feb. 25 at the 59th annual National Engineers Week QCESC STEM virtual celebration. “Dr. Pratt’s leadership as founding director of the WIU School of Engineering balances the priorities of strategic partnership development and innovation with teaching and individualized mentorship of WIU students. He inspires K-12 students... Read More

At 22, New Deanery School Executive Director Has Years of Music and Theater Leadership Under His Belt

March 8th, 2021

If you think a 22-year-old is too young to be an executive director of a new music school, you don’t know Rishi Wagle. A bright, articulate and friendly 2016 Pleasant Valley High School alum and 2020 graduate of Brown University, Wagle was recently named the first head of the new Deanery School of Music, 1105 Main St., Davenport, whose founder and artistic director is Hannah Holman, principal cellist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and a busy teacher (including as cello instructor at University of Northern Iowa). “Rishi, who went through substantial music education here in the Quad-Cities,... Read More

Resources at Western Illinois University Help Students Find Success

March 8th, 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Statistics show that first-year college students who take advantage of tutoring and other academic success resources have a higher GPA than those who didn’t seek assistance, and are more than likely to finish college in a more timely fashion. At Western Illinois University, the offices throughout the University are continually putting more resources into place so WIU students have the tools to succeed during their time at Western. According to Justin Schuch, executive director of retention initiatives at WIU, involvement in success programs makes a difference, and not... Read More

BREAKING: Moline Mayor Intensifies Concerns Over WIU Quad Cities Campus

March 8th, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri wants to break up with Western Illinois University, but the public riverfront campus wants more time to work things out. Last month, new WIU president Guiyou Huang wrote to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker  about ongoing discussions regarding a potential transfer of the WIU Quad-Cities campus to another state institution. Huang became president Jan. 1, 2021. At that point, Western has not been included in the discussion, he noted, copying Mayor Acri and Quad Cities Chamber president/CEO Paul Rumler. She responded that she’s had concerns about the impact of... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa and Illinois Expand Covid Vaccine Administration

March 7th, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: More residents of Rock Island and Scott counties are eligible to receive long-awaited vaccines against Covid-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced that beginning Monday, March 8, health care providers are now authorized to vaccinate individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from Covid-19. Qualifying underlying conditions can be found on the Centers for Disease Control list of underlying conditions. The IDPH press announcement stated: “This announcement comes as several Iowa counties... Read More

Tiffany D. Jackson Virtual Author Visit Hosted by the Davenport Public Library and the Rock Island Public Library

March 7th, 2021

The Davenport Public Library and the Rock Island Public Library are excited to announce a virtual visit with award-winning young adult author, Tiffany D. Jackson on Tuesday, March 9th! We are happy to welcome her into the classrooms and home-learning spaces of students on both sides of the Mississippi River. If any teen (ages 11-19) is interested in attending the Tiffany D. Jackson virtual author visit and does not attend a school that currently has a partnership with the Davenport or Rock Island Public Library, please contact Amber Carlson at acarlson@davenportlibrary.com for information. Ms.... Read More

Davenport Schools Need More Substitute Teachers

March 7th, 2021

Davenport schools need more substitute teachers, and this problem is not unique to the Quad-Cities. According to the Chicago Tribune, a lack of available subs has reached a crisis level at many school districts across the Chicago area, and a nationwide shortage of substitute teachers was a chronic problem long before the arrival of the pandemic. The New York Times reports that “The nation’s schools need thousands of more teachers, full-time and substitute, to keep classrooms open during coronavirus outbreaks.” Some states and districts have even suspended college course requirements, or permitted... Read More

Western Illinois University Virtual Spring Book Study Begins March 10

March 7th, 2021

Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Initiative for Social Justice Pedagogies (ISJP) will host a virtual spring book study in March for Bettina L. Love’s book, “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.” This book study is open to anyone in the WIU community who is interested in educational reform and civic engagement: current and future educators, staff, administration and community members. This book study will meet a total of four times: March 10, 17, 24, 31, from noon-1 p.m. Love is an award-winning author and a professor... Read More

Western Illinois Student Completes Ground Breaking Research in Race and Leisure

March 6th, 2021

For faculty at Western Illinois University, watching their students excel in and out of the classroom is gratifying. When that academic work crosses over into the University’s core values, and includes unique and ground breaking research, that pride is elevated. As Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) graduate student Taylor Brooks, of Chicago, finishes her degree, she is doing research on the exploring how Black residents’ leisure choices and involvement are impacted by living in a rural part of the country. Her research helped her win the poster presentation division... Read More

Davenport North’s Virtual Theater Keeps Students Excited About Acting

March 6th, 2021

The pandemic has suppressed live theater performances and movie theaters alike, but it hasn’t brought down Leslie LaCorte’s spirits. LaCorte, a Language Arts/Theater instructor at North High School in Davenport, IA, is working to keep her students excited about acting by turning it into a virtual experience. Back in early 2020, LaCorte’s theater students were working to stage a production of the musical, Into The Woods. but then the COVID-19 virus began to spread. The resulting national pandemic made it necessary to cancel the production. “We kept up rehearsals online,” she said, “we... Read More