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Looking For A Covid Test? Western Illinois University Offering Spring 2021 COVID Tests

January 27th, 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Beginning the week of Feb. 1, Western Illinois University will begin COVID-19 surveillance testing and continue as the semester progresses. Additional open appointment times may be added periodically for those who would like to be tested,but have not been selected as part of the surveillance test population. Each week, approximately 700 students, faculty and staff will receive an email encouraging them to get a free COVID test provided by Beu Health Center. According to Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management Joe Roselieb, the University is using the... Read More

WIU School of Ag Transitions Grant Funding to Aid with Remote Learning

January 27th, 2021

A yearly donation from the Illinois Farm Bureau, earmarked for student development projects in Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture, has been transitioned because of the COVID-19, and used to purchase technology to enhance remote student learning. School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker said he asked Illinois Farm Bureau representatives to revise spending requirements for the funding after the pandemic hindered the ability of students to travel or participate in traditional development activities. “They graciously agreed to allow us to spend $2,500, so we have purchased... Read More

WIU Named Winner of the 2020 Regroup Ready Award

January 26th, 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University has been selected as the winner of the second annual Regroup Ready Award after demonstrating exceptional implementation and usage of mass notifications to serve its campus community. According to Regroup Mass Notification, which is the provider for Western’s Emergency Alert System (WEAS), the Regroup Ready Award program was created to recognize organizations and institutions that use the power of mass communication in exceptional ways. This includes implementing day-to-day communications to improve operational efficiency and emergency messages... Read More

Ervin to Deliver WIU’s Black History Month Keynote Address Virtually Feb. 2

January 25th, 2021

As part of the 2021 celebration of Black History Month at Western Illinois University, University of Missouri-Columbia Associate Professor Keona Ervin will deliver the keynote address, “Reimagining Liberation: Black Feminism from the Combahee River Collective to the Movement for Black Lives,” virtually from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The address will provide an overview of the organizing work of radical Black feminists from the 1970s to present. It will include a discussion of the ways Black feminism has uniquely shaped and critiqued movements for social democracy. The virtual address... Read More

AGR’s Smokin’ Hog Event Raises $10,000 for WIU School of Ag, Food Pantry

January 24th, 2021

The annual Smokin’ Hog fundraising event, put on by Western Illinois University’s Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity, raised $10,000 for the WIU School of Agriculture and the WIU Food Pantry. This was the 28th year for the event, which had to be altered slightly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The food was delivered in a drive-through format from the AGR house on North Lafayette Street. “We faced a lot of diversity this year due to current COVID-19 restrictions, not being able to have in person dining or a concert preceding the event,” said AGR President Cameron Kessling,... Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters Trivia Contest Set for Jan. 27-30

January 24th, 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – For more than 20 years, the Western Illinois University and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of McDonough and Warren counties connection has been strong, with nearly 73 percent of “Bigs” in McDonough and Warren counties composed of WIU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Because of that connection, members of the WIU community are invited to take part in the organization’s annual trivia contest fundraiser, which, like everything else these days, has gone virtual. The contest will be held over four days, and individuals and teams (up to 12 players) can participate... Read More

Western Illinois University Announces Fall 2020 Graduates

January 23rd, 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – A total of 678 students earned academic degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates after the Fall 2020 semester at Western Illinois University. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 508 graduates. Academic distinction was awarded to baccalaureate graduates who achieved high grade point averages. This includes: Summa Cum Laude, 3.90 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; Magna Cum Laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and Cum Laude, 3.6-3.74 GPA. Master’s and doctoral degrees were earned by 171 graduates, including two Ph.D. graduates and seven doctoral graduates. Graduates, grouped by... Read More

WIU Hosts WIU Week Two of Winter Weeks of Welcome

January 23rd, 2021

The Western Illinois University Office of Student Engagement (OSE), in conjunction with numerous other campus offices, will host “Winter Weeks of Welcome” for the first four weeks of the Spring 2021 semester. The goal of the events is to help engage students and help them make meaningful connections. The schedule for Monday- Friday, Jan. 25- 29 includes: • Monday, Jan. 25 – All day, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – University Counseling Center Kinder Monday, in-person at Memorial Hall – 7 p.m. – TASC Leatherneck Success Leader Information Session – virtual • Tuesday,... Read More

BRASSFEST 2021 Presented Virtually Jan. 24

January 22nd, 2021

The Western Illinois University School of Music Brass Faculty and BCA present BRASSFEST 2021 on Sunday, Jan. 24. The annual BRASSFEST is an all-day event that features performances by the WIU Faculty Brass Quintet and guest artists, instrumental masterclasses, clinics and opportunities to play in and learn about various brass ensemble settings. Due to measures to protect against the novel coronavirus, BRASSFEST 2021 will present live one-hour virtual masterclasses with featured guest artists: David Bilger, principal trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra; Elizabeth Freimuth, principal horn, Cincinnati... Read More

Western Illinois Teacher Education Programs: Preparing Future Teachers Since 1902

January 21st, 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – When Western Illinois University opened its doors 118 years ago, on Sept. 23, 1902, the school was called Western Illinois State Normal School (WISNS). The school’s primary mission was to train country school teachers, and included a “lab school” for area children in which WISNS teacher education students learned their trade. From Western’s initial beginnings through present day, WIU has prepared thousands of teachers throughout the state of Illinois and beyond for successful careers in the classroom. According to Greg Montalvo, College of Education... Read More