Quantcast
   
Saturday - February 4, 2023
Quad Cities USA - Guide to Davenport & Bettendorf Iowa and Rock Island & Moline Illinois
 

Anti-Racism Task Force Established at Western Illinois University

April 11th, 2022
Anti-Racism Task Force Established at Western Illinois University

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – When Guiyou Huang started his tenure as Western Illinois University’s 12th president in January 2021, one of his core initiatives was to further the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and efforts. Huang has created a new Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF), composed of approximately 22 faculty, staff, students from both campuses, as well as community members. The task force recently held its first meeting, which included training presentations from Jessica C. Harris, vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Southern Illinois... Read More

Western Illinois University Establishes Universitywide Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

December 23rd, 2021
Western Illinois University Establishes Universitywide Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dear University Community, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Black Student Association (BSA) Executive Board and student leaders for their leadership. In Fall 2020, the BSA presented the previous WIU administration with a list of 11 demands, which include re-establishing the African-American Studies Program, working toward a more diverse employee population and more to ensure a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution. We recently submitted a summary response to these demands, meeting with the BSA leadership to gain feedback. I would like to thank the BSA leadership... Read More

Western Illinois University President Huang Continues Inaugural Alumni & Friends Tour With Moline Stop

August 2nd, 2021
Western Illinois University President Huang Continues Inaugural Alumni & Friends Tour With Moline Stop

Western Illinois University’s 12th President Guiyou Huang will be hitting the road once again as part of his Inaugural Alumni & Friends Tour, this time heading to Moline, IL, and to Texas. WIU alumni and friends are invited to join Huang, members of the WIU Board of Trustees and Alumni Programs Director Amy Spelman as they stop on Aug. 3 at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, 1300 River Drive in Moline, IL, from 4-7 p.m. for complimentary social/open house. The tour will continue with four stops in Texas, including Monday, Aug. 30 (San Antonio); Tuesday, Aug. 31 (Austin); Wednesday, Sept.... Read More

Western Illinois University Students And Staff Expected To Be Vaccinated Against Covid Prior To Fall

July 17th, 2021
Western Illinois University Students And Staff Expected To Be Vaccinated Against Covid Prior To Fall

In a message from Western Illinois President Guiyou Huang, he mentions that WIU students and staff are expected to be vaccinated against covid going into the fall semester. His message in full, released yesterday, reads: Dear University Community, As we prepare to resume the traditional in-person experience this fall at Western Illinois University, to further safeguard the members of our WIU family (and beyond), we expect members of our University community to get their COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the semester, which begins August 23. Getting vaccinated will help our communities mitigate... Read More

Western Illinois University, Highland Community College Partner to Address Teacher Shortage

May 27th, 2021
Western Illinois University, Highland Community College Partner to Address Teacher Shortage

MACOMB/MOLINE/FREEPORT, IL – Western Illinois University and Highland Community College (HCC) in Freeport recently signed an agreement to create an education pathway from high school through college for HCC students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with WIU. The agreement provides the opportunity for Freeport-area students to begin the Elementary Education Pathway at high schools via dual credit, complete an Associate of Arts Degree at Highland and then complete the Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from WIU on Highland’s campus. Students who have... Read More

Western Illinois University President Huang “Gets Cooking” In New Virtual Show

May 15th, 2021
Western Illinois University President Huang "Gets Cooking" In New Virtual Show

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – When Western Illinois University President Guiyou Huang isn’t taking care of business as WIU’s 12th president, you may likely find him doing what he enjoys outside of work … cooking for family and friends, among other hobbies. “Cooking, like many other things worth doing, requires resources and preparation and involves lots of creativity and even innovation, something that is much expected of the higher ed industry,” Huang said. WIU faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to join Huang in a virtual cooking show from 4-5 p.m. Saturday,... Read More

Western Illinois University President Guiyou Huang Speaks About WIU Pride Month

April 2nd, 2021
Western Illinois University President Guiyou Huang Speaks About WIU Pride Month

Dear University Community, While Pride Month is celebrated annually each June in remembrance of the Stonewall uprising, Western Illinois University will celebrate Pride Month throughout April to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had at WIU throughout the years. The WIU LGBT*QA Resource Center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Multicultural Center and other University programs and departments have several activities scheduled to commemorate Pride Month. More information about the activities and events scheduled during April can be found... Read More

A Message from Western Illinois President Guiyou Huang: Denouncing Racism & Hate

March 18th, 2021
A Message from Western Illinois President Guiyou Huang: Denouncing Racism & Hate

Western Illinois University denounces and condemns all forms of racism, hate, and discrimination. I am deeply saddened and affected by the recent violence and racism against the Asian and Asian American community. These acts, no matter where they take place, affect members of our Leatherneck family, and we stand with our students, faculty, and staff. Hate, racism, threats, sexism, anti-immigrant sentiments, and violence have no place at our University, in our community, and in our society. We remain committed to ensuring that our University remains safe, welcoming, and inclusive. Any member of... Read More

BREAKING: Moline Mayor Intensifies Concerns Over WIU Quad Cities Campus

March 8th, 2021
BREAKING: Moline Mayor Intensifies Concerns Over WIU Quad Cities Campus

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

Quad-Cities Chamber President Agrees Change Needed at WIU-QC Campus

February 19th, 2021
Quad-Cities Chamber President Agrees Change Needed at WIU-QC Campus

Paul Rumler, president/CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber, is among concerned local leaders who want the state of Illinois to consider another public institution to replace Western Illinois University on the Moline riverfront. “The best intentions started with great promise, and then in the last few years, it’s fizzled,” he said Friday, noting negatives in WIU enrollment, marketing and change in leadership. There have been well-publicized discussions among Western’s Board of Trustees, dating back two years, and faculty senate, questioning the value of the Moline campus, he said. “You’ve... Read More