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WIU English Professor Establishes Campaign for Diverse Authors Books for Macomb School District

June 17th, 2020
WIU English Professor Establishes Campaign for Diverse Authors Books for Macomb School District

MACOMB, IL – When Western Illinois University English Professor Rebekah Buchanan started thinking about ways she could do something to get others involved in making a difference, she kept returning to education. Because of her background and love for books and reading, Buchanan has initiated a fundraising campaign to purchase books by authors of color for Macomb School District No. 185 schools. “Education is key in creating understanding and empathy and one way we do that is through reading. Creating a way to get more books and resources to our teachers is a way to add to their tool kits... Read More

WIU Summer Reading List Focuses on Raising Understanding and Awareness of Racism

June 16th, 2020
WIU Summer Reading List Focuses on Raising Understanding and Awareness of Racism

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Two Western Illinois University professor emeriti who have worked extensively on cultural diversity issues and programming have compiled a comprehensive reading list to deepen understanding of the pervasive racism that has repeatedly led to violence against the Black community. “Given all that has been going on in the USA related to the treatment of African Americans the past few weeks, not to mention the previous 400 years, we would like to provide resources to the WIU community that further awareness and understanding of the systematic oppression and racism that is... Read More

Western Illinois University Food Pantry Announces Summer Hours

June 14th, 2020
Western Illinois University Food Pantry Announces Summer Hours

The Western Illinois University Food Pantry has announced its hours for this Summer 2020. The pantry will be open to serve all students, staff and faculty in need from 3-5 p.m. each Tuesday. Proper cleaning measures are in place, as well as social distancing practices due to COVID-19. The health and well-being of all volunteers and patrons remains a top priority. For more information, if you are in need outside of our operation hours, or have any questions or concerns, contact Casey Hendricksen at cv-hendricksen@wiu.edu, Britney Van Tine at bn-vantine@wiu.edu or Emily Shupe at er-shupe@wiu.edu.  Read More

Western Illinois University Announces Administrative Changes, Hires

June 12th, 2020
Western Illinois University Announces Administrative Changes, Hires

Western Illinois University announces the following administrative changes and hires. Centennial Honors College Lorette Oden, chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Social Work and interim associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has been named interim dean of the Centennial Honors College, effective July 1. She will serve in her role as department chair concurrently. Oden has served as the associate dean since August 2018 and as chair of health sciences and social work since 2015. She joined the department (formerly called the WIU Department of Community Health and... Read More

Western Illinois University Admissions Incentives: Apply for Free Through June 30

June 10th, 2020
Western Illinois University Admissions Incentives: Apply for Free Through June 30

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – As Western Illinois University continues to prepare for a traditional campus experience for Fall 2020, scholarship incentives and more are available for incoming new freshmen and transfer students. WIU operates on a “rolling deadline,” which means prospective students can apply any time at wiu.edu/apply. Prospective students can apply to WIU for free through June 30. To support current high school seniors who are unable to take or retake a Spring 2020 SAT/ACT, and current high school juniors who may be unable to take an ACT/SAT test at this time due to the pandemic,... Read More

Bricks Available for Final Phase of the Western Illinois University Alumni Plaza

June 10th, 2020
Bricks Available for Final Phase of the Western Illinois University Alumni Plaza

The deadline is quickly approaching to be a part of the Final Phase of the Western Illinois University Alumni Plaza brick project. The last date to purchase a brick, which will be installed in July, is Monday, June 15. More than 750 donors, representing 31 states have already placed about 800 bricks in the plaza, raising more than $110,000. The plaza is a brick patio, just north of the anchoring the North entry to the University Union. Once the project is complete, it will adjoin a Mascot Memorial Plaza, paying tribute to WIU’s live mascots, “Rocky” and “Ray.” The... Read More

Western Illinois University Professor Extends Online Teaching into Summer Courses, CSI Experience

June 8th, 2020
Western Illinois University Professor Extends Online Teaching into Summer Courses, CSI Experience

MACOMB, IL – As Western Illinois University transitions into its summer course sessions, its faculty continue to reach students through alternative methods, extending beyond traditional coursework to reach more people. Educators across the University’s various academic schools and departments have worked together, collaborating to make each student’s educational opportunity a valuable one. In the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, as in other WIU offices, professors have shared teaching and research ideas, including helping each other adjust to the technology needed... Read More

Western Illinois University Alumnus Pens Second Book with LEJA Faculty Member

June 3rd, 2020
Western Illinois University Alumnus Pens Second Book with LEJA Faculty Member

MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University alumnus has partnered with a WIU faculty member to co-author their second children’s book, which will be released later this year. “The Adventures of Darrius; The Hall Monitor,” follows the pair’s first book together, “Princess and the Power of Melanin,” which has a goal of combating bullying, colorism and uplifting young girls around the world. Alumnus Jeremy McCool received his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting in 2015 and his master’s degree in communication in 2017. He is currently working on his doctoral... Read More

Western Illinois University Voice Student Chosen for National Competition

June 2nd, 2020
Western Illinois University Voice Student Chosen for National Competition

MACOMB, IL – A student of Western Illinois University Assistant Professor of Voice Penelope Shumate was recently one of only 14 singers in the United States chosen to compete in his division in the upcoming National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competition. Joshua Pitt, a sophomore vocal performance and music education major, of Racine, WI, initially won first place in the regional NATS vocal competition in Fall 2019. He won the award in the Lower Classical Tenor/Baritone/Bass Division to be eligible to compete at the national level. Because of the coronavirus, Pitt competed... Read More

Western Illinois University Holding New Student Virtual Orientation

May 29th, 2020
Western Illinois University Holding New Student Virtual Orientation

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL –Western Illinois University’s virtual summer orientation experience kicked off Wednesday, May 27, and will continue throughout June. Incoming new first-year students on the Macomb campus can sign up for their virtual summer orientation day by logging into their STARS account. Several dates remain available in June. During virtual summer orientation, students will meet their orientation leaders and begin to learn how to be a successful student at WIU. New students will continue to have opportunities to engage with staff and have opportunities through the summer to take... Read More