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

September 5th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – – Western Illinois University is one of five Illinois colleges and universities, and the only four-year public university, to recieve $1.3 million in grant funding from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to strengthen and diversify the early childhood workforce. Western recieved $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’s Annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture Postponed

September 4th, 2020

The 34th annual Mary Olive Woods lecture at Western Illinois University has been postponed for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Michael Rea, the John A. O’Brien professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Philosophy and Religion at Notre Dame has been rescheduled to deliver the lecture, “The Hiddenness of God,” in September 2021. Rea has taught at the University of Notre Dame since 2001. His research focuses primarily on topics in metaphysics, philosophy of religion and analytic theology. He has written or edited more than 10 books and 40 articles, and... Read More

Western Illinois University Offers Summer Camps in Virtual Format

September 4th, 2020

MACOMB, IL — In a typical summer, Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Office of Study Abroad and Outreach (SAO) hosts an average 10 summer camps, programs in which youth in grades 4 and up spend a week on campus. During their week on campus, University faculty and staff give students a snapshot of what their degree programs and departments have to offer. This summer, along with many other things across campus, our camps looked quite different. Instead of campers getting to come to campus, they met via Zoom, and WIU faculty and staff worked hard to make it an engaging experience, despite... Read More

Western Illinois University Graduate Student Publishes Academic Article

September 3rd, 2020

MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University graduate student has published a peer-reviewed journal article based on research about how social capital and frequency of media exposure affects the well-being of individuals in China. Fanbin Zeng, of China, is starting his second year as a graduate student in the WIU Department of Communication. For his article, published in the journal “East Asia,” he analyzed the 2015 Chinese General Social Survey, a nationwide, comprehensive and continuous social investigation project in China. Before coming to WIU, Zeng was an associate professor with... Read More

Hail To The Scholars! Western Illinois University Releases Summer 2020 Dean’s List

August 31st, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – A total of 238 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University were named to the 2020 Summer Dean’s List. The total includes 47 students at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus. To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0, which equals an A in a minimum of 6 credit hours of graded courses; pass-fail hours are not counted (e.g., student teaching, internships). Students earning Dean’s List honors are listed by Illinois counties, cities and towns, as well as other states/towns and other nations. The... Read More

Like Father, Like Daughters: The University Experience Transcends Generations

August 30th, 2020

MACOMB, IL – If ever the catchphrase “following in your father’s footsteps” applied to someone connected to Western Illinois University, it would be the late Dean Emeritus of Graduate Studies Hank Sather, and his daughters, Kristi, Signe and Ingrid. Not only did Sather influence nearly a decade of students in the University’s biological sciences department, his daughters followed his example to earn degrees in and advance to careers in biology. A lifelong educator, Sather went beyond the traditional classroom with his students for a series of summer field trips to America’s... Read More

Western Illinois University Astrophysics Research Experience Finishes With International Bang

August 29th, 2020

MACOMB IL – Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, the Western Illinois University Physics Department’s Astrophysics Research Laboratory provided $3,000 scholarships to two undergraduate students and a full-time Research Assistantship to a graduate student to participate in a 2020 Summer Research Experience. Under the supervision of Professor of Physics Esteban D. Araya, students conducted research in the area of star formation, based on data analysis of observations conducted with the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico, and the Arecibo Observatory in... Read More

Western Illinois University Quad-Cities’ Student Services Center Offering Extended Hours

August 27th, 2020

MOLINE, IL – The Student Services Center at Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities campus is offering extended hours as the Fall 2020 semester gets underway. Because of COVID-19, masks are required to be worn on campus. Additional information about the University’s pandemic plan is available at wiu.edu/coronavirus. The Quad Cities Student Services Center will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 29; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31-Thursday, Sept. 3 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. For more information about WIU-QC offices, departments and services,... Read More

Protect the ‘Necks Plan: New Policies, Procedures in Place for Fall 2020 At Western Illinois University

August 17th, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Western Illinois University is committed to creating a campus environment focused on the academic success and health of all students, faculty and staff. The Protect the ‘Necks Plan is a comprehensive plan that has been put into place to keep the University community safe by mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Several committees have worked to develop procedures, tools and protocols necessary to ensure the successful and safe return of students, faculty, staff and campus activities. As procedures and guidelines are updated, the information will be shared with the University... Read More

WIU Human Resources Student Chapters Receive Prestigious Awards from SHRM

August 16th, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – – Western Illinois University’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapters on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses both received awards from the national chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for providing superior growth and development opportunities to student chapter members. SHRM awarded a 2019-2020 Superior Merit Award designation to the WIU-Macomb SHRM chapter and a Merit Award designation to the WIU-Quad Cities SHRM student chapter. The SHRM student chapter merit award program encourages the development of more... Read More