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Western Illinois University Alumnus Honored with Illinois Farm Bureau’s Highest Award

December 31st, 2021
Western Illinois University Alumnus Honored with Illinois Farm Bureau's Highest Award

A life filled with local, state and national volunteer service has earned a Western Illinois University alumnus the highest award given by the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB). David Erickson, a 1980 agriculture education graduate, from Altona, IL, was presented the Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award during the IFB’s annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month. “The award honors distinguished service within agriculture, as well as in other organizations,” said Erickson. Erickson and his wife, Nancy, farm in Knox County, and run a farm management business. He was originally... Read More

Western Illinois University Students Enhance Classroom Skills Through Work at YMCA Circus Academy

December 29th, 2021
Western Illinois University Students Enhance Classroom Skills Through Work at YMCA Circus Academy

A group of Western Illinois University students have found part-time work through an artistic endeavor at the McDonough County YMCA, which teaches class members gymnastics and circus-related skills, and has resulted in educational lessons for the young women. Junior social work major Jessie Fansler; junior exercise science major Whitney Piper; and sophomore agriculture science major Alyssa Ring, all of Macomb, are coaches within the YMCA’s Circus Academy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with free Friday and Saturday performances, at 6:30 p.m. each day in the center’s... Read More

Maymi-Sugranes Named Dean of Western Illinois University Libraries

December 25th, 2021
Maymi-Sugranes Named Dean of Western Illinois University Libraries

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Hector Maymi-Sugranes (pronounced May-mee Sue-grah-knees) professor, College of Social Science and Humanities, CETYS University has been named dean of Western Illinois University Libraries, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Jeanne Stierman, who has served as interim dean since November 2019, will return to the assistant dean post. Maymi-Sugranes has served as a professor, College of Social Science and Humanities, CETYS University in Mexicali, Mexico, since 2007. In addition, he serves as director of the Institute of Creativity, Innovation and Development Studies at CETYS. He has also... Read More

Foundation Holiday Card Designed by Western Illinois University BFA Student

December 24th, 2021
Foundation Holiday Card Designed by Western Illinois University BFA Student

Since 2012 the Western Illinois University Foundation has worked with the WIU Department of Art to select a student to design the Foundation’s annual holiday greeting card. The opportunity gives a student the chance to showcase their skills and build their portfolio and also gives WIU alumni and friends a first-hand look at the talents of WIU students. Junior Bachelor of Fine Arts (art/studio art) student Mackenzie White of Virginia, IL, was selected by her instructors to paint a winter-themed picture for the Foundation card. The finished product is an original watercolor painting of historic... 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 Will Launch New Option in Early Childhood Education Summer 2022

December 22nd, 2021
Western Illinois University Will Launch New Option in Early Childhood Education Summer 2022

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – – Western Illinois University will offer the Early Childhood Degree on the Quad Cities campus, beginning Summer 2022. WIU will also launch a new, flexible program option designed for those who are currently working in the education field and want to work toward their bachelor’s degree, with an option for PEL (Professional Educator License). Enrollment is open now at wiu.edu/apply. All courses will be offered in flexible course formats, including online programming with in-person or live-streamed support. WIU has also established pathways for customized student... Read More

Western Illinois University LEJA Students Receive Go West Security Awards

December 21st, 2021
Western Illinois University LEJA Students Receive Go West Security Awards

Eight Western Illinois University law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) students recently received awards from Go West/McDonough County Transit for their work as Go West security officers. Nakyah Smith, a sophomore from Chicago, was named “Security Officer of the Semester” for her ability to handle critical situations with professionalism and for excellent performance throughout the semester. Seth Lewandowski, a senior from West Chicago, was recognized with the “Exceptional Mentorship Award” for going above and beyond his duties as an officer and the hours spent... Read More

Western Illinois University Alumnus Honored with Illinois Farm Bureau’s Highest Award

December 20th, 2021
Western Illinois University Alumnus Honored with Illinois Farm Bureau's Highest Award

A life filled with local, state and national volunteer service has earned a Western Illinois University alumnus the highest award given by the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB). David Erickson, a 1980 agriculture education graduate, from Altona, IL, was presented the Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award during the IFB’s annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month. “The award honors distinguished service within agriculture, as well as in other organizations,” said Erickson. Erickson and his wife, Nancy, farm in Knox County, and run a farm management business. He was originally... Read More

Friederichs Named Western Illinois University Civil Service Employee of the Year

December 19th, 2021
Friederichs Named Western Illinois University Civil Service Employee of the Year

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University Program Coordinator, Business Advisor Ann Friederichs, of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb 2021 Civil Service Employee of the Year. Friederichs, who was named the Civil Service Employee of the Month for June 2021, received an engraved clock and a $500 stipend from the WIU Foundation. She came to WIU in 2017, as a faculty assistant in the SBDC. In 2019, she transitioned to Civil Service and her current title. Her nominator said Friederichs has helped several small businesses flourish during the... Read More

Western Illinois University Students Enhance Classroom Skills Through Work at YMCA Circus Academy

December 17th, 2021
Western Illinois University Students Enhance Classroom Skills Through Work at YMCA Circus Academy

A group of Western Illinois University students have found part-time work through an artistic endeavor at the McDonough County YMCA, which teaches class members gymnastics and circus-related skills, and has resulted in educational lessons for the young women. Junior social work major Jessie Fansler; junior exercise science major Whitney Piper; and sophomore agriculture science major Alyssa Ring, all of Macomb, are coaches within the YMCA’s Circus Academy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with free Friday and Saturday performances, at 6:30 p.m. each day in the center’s... Read More