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Ashley January Exhibition Jan. 17-Feb 24 at Western Illinois Art Gallery

February 24th, 2024
Ashley January Exhibition Jan. 17-Feb 24 at Western Illinois Art Gallery

Chicago artist Ashley January will have a solo exhibition, “Human | Mother | Black,” on display Tuesday, Jan. 17 – Friday, Feb. 24 at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery. A reception for the artist will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31. The artist will speak about their work at 5 p.m. January creates contemporary paintings informed by her maternal experience. Due to pregnancy complications that led to her son’s premature birth, her body of work addresses the crisis of the Black maternal mortality and morbidity rate in America. Recently, January became the first... Read More

Western Illinois Girls Softball Takes A Split In Doubleheader

February 20th, 2024
Western Illinois Girls Softball Takes A Split In Doubleheader

Western Illinois played two on Sunday, a doubleheader at Arkansas-Pine Bluff that saw the Leathernecks split the day, losing in the first game, but coming up victorious in the second. A massive day at the plate saw senior Gabriela Drager extend her hitting streak to seven games, as she went 5-6 with a walk, two runs, and two RBIs on the day. A Monday series finale saw the Leathernecks take a loss in a game dominated by pitching. The Leatherneck offense took a while to get going in game one, but Leatherneck starting pitcher Emily Price came out hot. Price struck out the side in the first inning,... Read More

Western Illinois University to Offer Virtual Graduate Information Sessions

February 15th, 2024
Western Illinois University to Offer Virtual Graduate Information Sessions

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – – Have you thought about going back to school? The Western Illinois University School of Graduate Studies will offer multiple virtual information sessions this semester and summer. Individuals interested in pursuing a master’s degree, post-baccalaureate certificate or who want to take graduate level courses as a non-degree student are invited to attend and will be provided with the information needed to get started. Graduate Studies staff will provide a brief presentation and be present to answer any questions about degree options, curriculum, admission and... Read More

Pynes Named Interim Director of Institutional Research at Western Illinois

January 30th, 2024
Pynes Named Interim Director of Institutional Research at Western Illinois

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – – Christopher A. Pynes, Philosophy professor at Western Illinois University, has been named interim director of Institutional Research and Planning, effective Jan. 15. Pynes has served as professor in the Philosophy department at WIU since 2014. Prior to that, he was an associate professor (2009-14) and assistant professor (2005-09) of Philosophy and co-director of the WIU Program for the Study of Ethics (2006-15), course director for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Sciences (2005-11) and lecturer of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville... Read More

Three COFAC Faculty Honored with Awards of Excellence

January 27th, 2024
Three COFAC Faculty Honored with Awards of Excellence

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Three Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) faculty were recently named winners of the 2021 COFAC Awards of Excellence. “The faculty in the College of Fine Arts and Communication continue to excel in all areas,” said COFAC Interim Dean William “Buzz” Hoon. “We are fortunate to have a number of dedicated, hard-working individuals educating our students and I am happy to recognize their achievements.” COFAC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – Department of Art and Design Professor Bill... Read More

Western Illinois Leathernecks Hit the Road for Southern Indiana, Morehead State

January 25th, 2024
Western Illinois Leathernecks Hit the Road for Southern Indiana, Morehead State

The Western Illinois men’s basketball team begins a four-game road stretch with a pair of games this week. The Leathernecks open the trip on Thursday, heading to Southern Indiana to take on the Screaming Eagles at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU along with the normal ESPN+ online stream and Q98.1 FM radio/online audio broadcast. The Leathernecks (12-7, 5-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play) follow that with a Saturday match at OVC leader, Morehead State. Western Illinois is coming off its first OVC loss of the season, a 58-57 defeat at the hands of Tennessee State inside Western Hall.... Read More

Western Illinois University ’24-’25 Housing Renewal to Begin Jan. 26

January 24th, 2024
Western Illinois University '24-'25 Housing Renewal to Begin Jan. 26

Housing renewal for current Western Illinois University students who wish to live on campus for the 2024-2025 academic year begins Friday, Jan. 26. Students were emailed individual renewal times and instructions late last week. Based on where students wish to live and the number of semester hours accrued, students will be assigned renewal times on the following schedule:   Same hall/same room (for qualified floors or qualified rooms): Friday, Jan. 26 – Monday, Jan. 29   Group moves: One day only – Wednesday, Jan. 31   Graduate student/seniors: Begins Thursday,... Read More

Western Illinois Hold on at Eastern, Winning 63-60

January 16th, 2024
Western Illinois Hold on at Eastern, Winning 63-60

CHARLESTON– Nine-straight wins. A 5-0 start in Ohio Valley Conference play. And now, alone in first place. The Western Illinois men came up big at both ends down the stretch topping instate-rival Eastern Illinois 63-60 on Saturday afternoon, extending their win streak to nine, improving to 5-0 in conference play and taking sole possession of first place in league play. Jesiah West’s layup with 29 seconds left gave the Leathernecks a 62-60 lead, then a block shot by Drew Cisse with two seconds left saved the day, giving Western Illinois (12-6, 5-0) the win. James Dent Jr. split a pair of... Read More

Western Illinois Students Receive Go West Security Awards

January 15th, 2024
Western Illinois Students Receive Go West Security Awards

Three Western Illinois University students were honored on December 4 by GoWest/McDonough County Transit for their work as GoWest security officers. • Officer Alexander Betinis, a freshman Biology Science major, of Maywood, IL, received the Guard of Semester award and was promoted to corporal. • Officer Ian Thomas, a freshman Forensics Chemistry major, of Dixon, IL, passed his probationary period. • Officer Sam Graeser, a freshman LEJA major, of Divernon, IL, passed his probationary period and received the Guard of Semester award. “I’m very proud of the Go West Security team and... Read More

Woolam Named Western Illinois University Employee of The Year For 2023

January 11th, 2024
Woolam Named Western Illinois University Employee of The Year For 2023

Western Illinois University Agriculture (Ag) Office Manager and Account Technician Barbara Woolam has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Year for 2023. Woolam started at WIU in May 2000 as a Facilities Management, Building Services secretary. Over the years, she demonstrated exceptional dedication and work ethic, leading to a series of promotions. She transitioned to a secretarial role in Continuing Education before becoming the office support specialist for the Educational Leadership program in 2003. After several promotions, she was named the office manager for... Read More