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Western Illinois University Professors, Students Encouraging Voter Registration

September 21st, 2020

Two Western Illinois University professors, who are members of the McDonough County League of Women Voters, are bringing voter registration information to the WIU community. Anthropology Professor Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and Political Science Professor Julia Albarracin are teaching students how to register to vote. They are also working with a group of students, organized by Erbin Zejnuloski and University Television, to create a video encouraging voter registration. “In 2020, Millennials and Generation Z students will compose the largest share of eligible voters, and we want students to... Read More

Princeton Review Names Western Illinois University “Best Midwestern College”

September 20th, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Continuing a 17 year trend, Western Illinois University’s combination of excellent academics, affordability, supportive faculty, and student services has again brought a “Best Midwestern College” designation for Western from The Princeton Review. Western is one of 158 regional universities, and one of only three Illinois public institutions, named to the “Best in the Midwest” list. The 158 colleges included in the “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,... Read More

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

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

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

Western Illinois University Named Best Bang for the Buck, Top Master’s School, Best for Student Voting

September 11th, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – For the eighth consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been listed among the best of the best, and one of the best colleges for student voting by the Washington Monthly. This year, WIU, ranked at number 12, is listed in the top 25 of “Best Bang for the Buck” Midwestern schools, according to the 2020 Washington Monthly College Guide, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, WIU is also the highest ranked Illinois public master’s institution out of 614 nationwide in the Washington Monthly’s Top Master’s... Read More

U.S. Constitution Day Being Celebrated Sept. 17 at Western Illinois University

September 10th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University will celebrate U.S. Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 17 both virtually and through channel 3. This year’s theme is “The U.S. Constitution: Applying the Enduring Document to Our Lives.” Constitution Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. “This year’s Constitution Day celebration features a Zoom event with Dr. Heriberto Urby, and a panel discussion on WIU channel 3 with Dr. Keith Boeckelman and Dr. Rick Hardy, and Lt. Colonel Joan Sommers will serve as moderator,” said Honors College... Read More

The Color of Friendship: Local Teacher and WIU Alumna Writes About Diversity

September 9th, 2020

MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University alumna and Macomb school teacher Adrienne Graham grew up playing school in Maywood, IL, and telling stories with her sister. Now, she’s a first-grade teacher in Macomb who recently published her own book, “The Color of Friendship,” focusing on children learning about diversity. Graham, who graduated from Western in 2014, with a teacher education degree, and in 2018, with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, is in her seventh year of teaching for the Macomb School District. This past year, she decided it was time... Read More

Going Green With A Grant! WIU School of Agriculture Helping Create The Future Of Biofuels

September 8th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – Just 12 months after Western Illinois University Agriculture Professor Win Phippen announced the award of a $10 million federal grant to investigate the use of Pennycress as a commercial cash crop, a second grant has been awarded that dovetails into the initial grant and helps ensure a consistent version of the alternative crop is produced. WIU will receive just under $1 million of a $13 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant aimed at genetically strengthening pennycress plants for use in sustainable energy work. For WIU’s portion of the grant, the University Farm will... Read More