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First WIU Student Graduates with Cannabis & Culture Minor; Online Option Begins Fall 2021

June 22nd, 2021
First WIU Student Graduates with Cannabis & Culture Minor; Online Option Begins Fall 2021

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – In Fall 2020, Western Illinois University jumped to the head of the line when its two cannabis-related minors debuted in Fall 2020: WIU College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) Cannabis & Culture minor and the School of Agriculture’s Cannabis Production minor. The Cannabis & Culture minor is an interdisciplinary minor that is nationally distinctive as it is the only known minor that focuses on social justice issues related to cannabis use and the cannabis industry. In Spring 2021 WIU graduated the first of its five Cannabis & Culture minors. According to... Read More

Western Illinois University Holds Student Government Association Elections

June 21st, 2021
Western Illinois University Holds Student Government Association Elections

During the recent Western Illinois University-Macomb Student Government Association (SGA) elections, Kinsey Tiemann, a senior agriculture major from LaGrange, MO, was elected as the student member to the WIU Board of Trustees, while Elizabeth Orwig, a freshman from Princeton, and Jonathan Lewellyn, were elected SGA president and vice president, respectively. Tiemann served as the vice president of the SGA during the 2020-2021 academic year. She is also the president of WIU Women in Business, a chancellor for the School of Agriculture AgVocator Recruitment Team, president of the College of Business... Read More

Looking For Positive News? Here’s The Good News For June, Quad-Cities!

June 21st, 2021
Scott Beck and Bryan Woods winning a Saturn Award for "A Quiet Place"

It’s summer, covid is fading, and spirits are high for new beginnings and positivity! And we here at QuadCities.com, as we do every month, are giving you a dose of that positivity with our What’s The Good News column! Every month, we, in conjunction with our friends and partners at KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” give you a rundown of some of the positive things going on in and around the Quads. So, what’s the good news for this month? Here ya go… Quad City Arts Metro Arts Is Coloring Moline The Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program has... Read More

Western Illinois University Celebrates Spring Graduates

June 20th, 2021
Western Illinois University Celebrates Spring Graduates

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – A total of 1,017 students earned academic degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates after the Spring 2021 semester at Western Illinois University. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 679 graduates. Academic distinction was awarded to baccalaureate graduates who achieved high grade point averages. This includes: Summa Cum Laude, 3.90 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; Magna Cum Laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and Cum Laude, 3.6-3.74 GPA. Master’s and doctoral degrees were earned by 272 graduates, including three doctoral (Ed.D.) graduates. Graduates, grouped by county, state... Read More

Enrollment Spots Still Available for Western Illinois University Summer Youth Program

June 19th, 2021
Enrollment Spots Still Available for Western Illinois University Summer Youth Program

Western Illinois University’s Office of Study Abroad and Outreach is offering virtual and face-to-face youth programs for Summer 2021. This year’s class list includes: Wednesday, July 7, TechVenturing Virtual Workshop This one day workshop is available only for students in grades 9-12. Program times are 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3 p.m. Instructor: Rafael Obregon, interim chair of the WIU Department of Engineering Technology July 12-16, WIU’s STEM Virtual Camp Class is available for students in grades 7-12. Program cost is $100. Instructors: Physics Professor Esteban... Read More

Elkin-Larkin Award Presented to Two Western Illinois University Sophomores

June 17th, 2021
Elkin-Larkin Award Presented to Two Western Illinois University Sophomores

Western Illinois University sophomore Kanika Palecanda, of Laramie, WY, and sophomore Madalynn Boyd, of Plymouth, IL, have been awarded this year’s Elkin-Larkin Award, given to outstanding students in the University Advising program. Palecanda and Boyd were chosen for the awards based on their outstanding academic background and their University involvement. They were each awarded $250 for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters and their names will be added to a permanent plaque in the First Year Advising Center. The award is given in honor of the late Robert Elkin and the late Jeanne Larkin,... Read More

Brooks Named Senior Executive Assistant to the President At Western Illinois University

June 15th, 2021
Brooks Named Senior Executive Assistant to the President At Western Illinois University

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Athena Brooks, administrator of Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, has been named the senior executive assistant to the president at Western Illinois University, effective June 21. Brooks has served as the administrator at Heartland since 2015. She had previously served as the administrator at LaHarpe Davier Health Care Center since 2009. Brooks has also served as the director of Courtyard Estates in Bushnell and as a regional marketing director for Petersen Health Care’s Assisted and Supportive Living division. In her roles as administrator, Brooks managed the... Read More

Western Illinois University Peace Corps Fellows Program Receives Grant Award

June 14th, 2021
Western Illinois University Peace Corps Fellows Program Receives Grant Award

The Peace Corps Fellows Program, within the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University, learned this week it is one of 13 programs statewide receiving federal grant funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. The WIU program, the only downstate program to receive federal grant funding this fiscal year, will get $185,748, and an additional $76,140 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Award funding. The grant money helps the Peace Corps Fellows program recruit returned Peace Corps volunteers, who then enroll in one of 10 graduate... Read More

COVID-19 Summer Test Clinics Slated At Western Illinois University

June 12th, 2021
COVID-19 Summer Test Clinics Slated At Western Illinois University

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University-Macomb COVID-19 summer test clinics will be held from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Thursday, Aug. 12, in the University Union Sandburg Lounge. Fall 2021 test clinic times and days will be announced prior to the start of the fall semester, which is set to begin Monday, Aug. 23. WIU-Macomb faculty, staff and students will have the SHIELD Illinois fast-turnaround saliva-based COVID-19 tests created by the University of Illinois available. The SHIELD test requires individuals to deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial,... Read More

Gwendolyn Brooks Park Dedication Taking Place At Western Illinois University

June 11th, 2021
Gwendolyn Brooks Park Dedication Taking Place At Western Illinois University

“Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourselves to lead” – Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. The new Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Park Dedication will take place on the Western Illinois University Macomb campus beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The Park is located on the corner of Adams and Normal streets on the WIU-Macomb campus, on the site of the former Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC). As COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, the event will be limited to 100 participants, by invitation only. The dedication will also be livestreamed on WIU’s YouTube channel at... Read More