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Western Illinois University Honoring Alumni And Friends at New Memorial Park

November 30th, 2021
Western Illinois University Honoring Alumni And Friends at New Memorial Park

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 Counseling Center Receives Reaccreditation

November 28th, 2021
Western Illinois University has not decided whether to require vaccinations on campus.

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — The Western Illinois University Counseling Center (UCC) has been re-accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS), Inc., the premier leader in setting the benchmark for the full range of professional counseling services on college and university campuses. Western is one of five universities in Illinois with an IACS accredited counseling center. According to UCC Director Amy Buwick, following a recent evaluation by IACS, the Center was recognized for its outstanding professional services to its clientele, which demonstrates the University Counseling... Read More

Von Kaenel Named Director of Corporate Relations

November 27th, 2021
Von Kaenel Named Director of Corporate Relations

MACOMB/MOLINE – Jennifer Von Kaenel has been named the director of development for corporate relations for Western Illinois University. While she will be based at the WIU-Quad Cities campus, she will serve the entire University, reporting to the executive director of development in the WIU Foundation and Development Office. Von Kaenel, who started Nov. 1, previously served as the development director for Junior Achievement of the Heartland in Moline, IL. She has extensive experience working with, and volunteering for, multiple Quad Cities region nonprofits for over 25 years, including WVIK Quad... Read More

Western Illinois University Provost’s Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

November 26th, 2021
Western Illinois University Provost's Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Five Western Illinois University faculty members and one academic adviser have been named the 2021 Provost’s Award of Excellence winners. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) at WIU organized six-member committees charged with evaluating excellence in each of the determined areas. “It’s always a privilege to present this award to our faculty and staff who go above and beyond, both in the classroom and outside of class. Our students have wonderful opportunities and experiences because of our faculty and staff. Congratulations and thank... Read More

Western Illinois University Students Raise Over $10,000 to help Non-Speaking Students in the Region

November 25th, 2021
Western Illinois University Students Raise Over $10,000 to help Non-Speaking Students in the Region

The Western Illinois University Speech and Hearing Clinic recently raised $10,250 in 10 days to purchase iPads with communication software to help non-speaking students in regional school districts. The Gifting a Voice Campaign ran from Oct. 10-20, which had an initial goal of $5,000, with money raised by students in the WIU Speech Pathology and Audiology program. The Western Illinois Speech Clinic is an on-campus clinic that serves people of all ages with a myriad of communication deficits. However, the clinic touches more than just the clients who attend the on-campus clinic. Additionally, the... Read More

Retired Western Illinois University Library Specialist Mary Beth Smith Passes Away

November 24th, 2021
Retired Western Illinois University Library Specialist Mary Beth Smith Passes Away

Retired Western Illinois University Library Specialist Mary Beth Smith, of Macomb, passed away Monday, Nov. 1 in Rushville, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned. Smith began working at WIU in November 1980, and retired in June 2016. She is survived by her ex-husband, Randy Smith; one brother, Anthony; and two sisters, Kathleen and Nancy. Additional obituary information can be found at clugston-tibbitts.com.  Read More

Western Illinois University Waiving Application Fee Through Nov. 30

November 23rd, 2021
Western Illinois University Waiving Application Fee Through Nov. 30

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University is waiving the $30 application fee for domestic undergraduate, graduate and general studies students who apply to WIU (wiu.edu/apply) through Nov. 30. Domestic high school seniors, transfer students and graduate degree seeking students, as well as those applying through the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program, who apply for admission to Western, will have the application fee waived during the fee waiver month through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. To apply, visit wiu.edu/apply. For more information about WIU scholarships, visit wiu.edu/scholarships.  Read More

McGarry Honored With Quad Cities Core Values Commitment Award

November 22nd, 2021
McGarry Honored With Quad Cities Core Values Commitment Award

MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University Assistant Professor Jenny McGarry has been chosen as the recipient of the WIU Quad Cities Core Values Commitment Award. McGarry, a faculty member in WIU’s Department of Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences, was presented with her award at a recent campus potluck. A nameplate for her honor will be installed on the award board on the third floor of the Quad Cities Complex. The award recognizes McGarry’s leadership in expanding the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, as the organization’s faculty advisor. WIU-QC has a long... Read More

Vaccine Clinic (Including Boosters) Scheduled at WIU-Macomb Campus Dec. 7

November 21st, 2021
Vaccine Clinic (Including Boosters) Scheduled at WIU-Macomb Campus Dec. 7

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. In addition, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot... Read More

Alpha Phi Alpha at Western Illinois University Celebrates 50 Years

November 18th, 2021
Alpha Phi Alpha at Western Illinois University Celebrates 50 Years

Nearly 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