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Western Illinois University LEJA Students Receive Go West Security Awards

December 16th, 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 Professor Sharing the Love of Literacy

December 15th, 2021
Western Illinois University Professor Sharing the Love of Literacy

For eight years, Western Illinois University Associate Professor of English Barbara Lawhorn has shared the love of literacy and WIU with area school children, with her English 100 students writing letters of inspiration to elementary and secondary students in the region. This semester, Lawhorn’s English 100 students have sent letters, along with literacy kits, to 34 West Prairie Middle School eighth grade students in WIU 2021 English Education Graduate Connor Sullivan’s classroom. According to Lawhorn, her 41 students have written letters to each student to encourage literacy and share... Read More

Lidaywa Named Director of Purchasing At Western Illinois University

December 15th, 2021
Lidaywa Named Director of Purchasing At Western Illinois University

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Lora Lidaywa, procurement officer supervisor at Western Illinois University, has been named the director of purchasing at WIU, effective Dec. 1. Lidaywa has served as the procurement officer supervisor since September 2012. In this role, she was responsible for bids and proposals of $100,000 and more; serving as the lead buyer for construction projects; serving as a trainer for purchasing procedures; served as the P-card administrator; and built and maintained vendor relations to ensure BEP compliance. Previously, she was a purchasing officer III for four years. Lidaywa joined... Read More

Western Illinois University Honored in Campus Democracy Challenge for Student Voting

December 14th, 2021
Western Illinois University Honored in Campus Democracy Challenge for Student Voting

Western Illinois University was awarded a Bronze Seal Monday from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for nonpartisan student voter participation efforts in the 2020 election. A Bronze Seal designates that WIU students had between 50-60 percent voter turnout in the last presidential election. “I am honored that the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge has recognized Western’s efforts to encourage student voting with this Excellence in Student Voter Engagement recognition,” said WIU Political Science Chair Keith Boeckelman. “We plan to continue this important work in upcoming... Read More

Western Illinois University Students Honored for Volunteerism

December 13th, 2021
Western Illinois University Students Honored for Volunteerism

Three Western Illinois University students recently received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with the Cass-Putman Rescue Squad. Sophomores Elizabeth Markley, a political science major from Smithfield, received the silver award, and Bradley Mercer, a geographic information systems major and Taylor Lester, a fire protection services major, both from Cuba, received the gold award. They were recognized with the service award at a ceremony on Sept. 11 in Cuba. The trio were nominated by Cass-Putman Rescue Squad Chief Bob Schnarr “As I’ve been saving lives... Read More

Western Illinois University Foundation Summer Stipend Award Recipients Named

December 8th, 2021
Western Illinois University Foundation Summer Stipend Award Recipients Named

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects have awarded 12 stipends to WIU faculty for Summer 2022. “The WIU Foundation is proud to support our University faculty’s scholarly activity,” said Brad Bainter, executive officer of the WIU Foundation. “Since 1989, the Foundation has provided Summer Stipend Awards so faculty have the opportunity to engage in projects beyond those traditionally pursued during the academic year.” The grants, which total nearly $40,000, provide opportunities for faculty to engage... Read More

TODAY Is One Of Your Last Days For Vaccination Clinics This Year At Western Illinois University

December 7th, 2021
TODAY Is One Of Your Last Days For Vaccination Clinics This Year At Western Illinois University

The McDonough County Health Department, in cooperation with Western Illinois University, will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinics (including boosters) for WIU faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the general public, in December as the Fall 2021 semester comes to a close. The clinic will be held in the University Union Sandburg Lounge from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at no cost. NOTE: If the Dec. 7 date at WIU does not work for an individual’s schedule, the McDonough County Health Department will host vaccine... Read More

Honoring Alumni & Friends at New Memorial Park at Western Illinois University

December 6th, 2021
Honoring Alumni & Friends at New Memorial Park at Western Illinois University

It’s a place where memories live on. In June 2021, the new Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Parks was dedicated following a successful fundraising campaign. The park, located on the corner of Adams and Normal streets on the WIU-Macomb campus, is on the site of the former Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC), originally called the Black Cultural Center (BCC), and on the ancestral lands of the Illinois (Inoca) indigenous people. The Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Park was created to honor the legacy of an American icon and award-winning poet, the Illinois Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, nurturer... Read More

Western Illinois University Vaccine Clinics (Including Boosters) Update

December 5th, 2021
Western Illinois University Vaccine Clinics (Including Boosters) Update

The McDonough County Health Department, in cooperation with Western Illinois University, will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinics (including boosters) for WIU faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the general public, in December as the Fall 2021 semester comes to a close. The clinic will be held in the University Union Sandburg Lounge from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at no cost. NOTE: If the Dec. 7 date at WIU does not work for an individual’s schedule, the McDonough County Health Department will host vaccine... Read More

Alpha Phi Alpha at Western Illinois University Celebrates 50 Years

December 4th, 2021
Alpha Phi Alpha at Western Illinois University Celebrates 50 Years

It was 115 years ago, on Dec. 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, by seven young men known as “The Jewels.” Sixty-four years later, the Eta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was chartered at Western Illinois University. WIU’s storied fraternity charter recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. According to Christopher Towers, a 1998 WIU Alumnus and 50th Anniversary chair, the Founding Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. were no ordinary achievers. “Given the racial climate in the early 1900s, their... Read More