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Lawson Named Director of Distance Education and Support; Bartels Named Distance Education Support Specialist

April 29th, 2021
Lawson Named Director of Distance Education and Support; Bartels Named Distance Education Support Specialist

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Raymond Lawson, dean of online learning at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines and Skokie (IL), has been named the director of distance education and support at Western Illinois University, effective June 1, while Jacob Bartels has been named the distance education support specialist, effective May 17. Lawson has served as dean of online learning at Oakton Community College since 2017. In this role he has directed the development and implementation of programs, and collaborated with faculty and staff to set and implement goals for online learning. Lawson also was responsible... Read More

Western Illinois University COVID-19 Moderna Vaccination Clinic #2 April 29

April 28th, 2021
Western Illinois University COVID-19 Moderna Vaccination Clinic #2 April 29

Western Illinois University students, faculty and staff on the Macomb campus who received their first Moderna vaccine on April 1 will receive their second Moderna dose at a clinic in the WIU Campus Recreation Center (enter through the MAC Gym, south entrance) on the WIU-Macomb Thursday, April 29. The appointment times for the April 29 second-dose Moderna clinic will be the same time as an individual’s first dose was given at the April 1 clinic. For example, if your appointment time was 8:30 a.m. April 1, your appointment time for your second dose will be 8:30 a.m. April 29. NOTE: For those... Read More

MIchelle Janisz Named Western Illinois University April Employee of the Month

April 27th, 2021
MIchelle Janisz Named Western Illinois University April Employee of the Month

Western Illinois University Director of Transitional Programs Michelle Janisz has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for April. Janisz began working at WIU in July 2001 as the assistant director of student activities. She left WIU in June 2005, but returned in August 2011 as director of student activities and coordinator of development. She transitioned to her current position in February 2019. According to her nominator, Janisz has embraced a recent restructuring in her office to better serve students. “Michelle embraced the change with open arms and... Read More

Western Illinois University Career Center Adapting During Pandemic to Help Students Prepare for Careers After Graduation

April 26th, 2021
Western Illinois University Career Center Adapting During Pandemic to Help Students Prepare for Careers After Graduation

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University strives to prepare its students for the wider world of jobs and higher education in a variety of ways. One of the most valuable resources at the disposal of students at Western is the Center for Career Preparation and Employer Engagement. According to the mission statement of the Career Center, “The mission of the Center for Career Preparation and Employer Engagement is to support students and alumni by empowering individuals to create and achieve their goals through active career planning and preparation. The Career Center offers engaging... Read More

Western Illinois University Application Fee Waiver Available Through May 9

April 25th, 2021
Western Illinois University Application Fee Waiver Available Through May 9

Western Illinois University is waiving the $30 application fee for undergraduate students, who apply to WIU (wiu.edu/apply) through Sunday, May 9. Graduating high school seniors and transfer students, dual enrollment students and 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 beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 21 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 9. “We love it that we are still able to provide opportunities for this fall to students who may be deciding on a college... Read More

Western Illinois University Psychology Student Seeks Volunteers for Research Study

April 23rd, 2021
Western Illinois University Psychology Student Seeks Volunteers for Research Study

Monika Mazela, of Winnebago, IL, a senior Honors student in the Western Illinois University Department of Psychology, is conducting a study titled “Eyewitness Memory Performance” to gain knowledge about factors that influence memory. The goal of Mazela’s study is to examine how different questioning formats affect eyewitness memory. She has worked in collaboration with Associate Professor of Psychology Katherine McGuire, whose focus is forensic psychology, since Spring 2020. After COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, the collaborators used them as an opportunity to redesign... Read More

Western Illinois University Study Abroad Opportunity Announced for the Netherlands

April 23rd, 2021
Western Illinois University Study Abroad Opportunity Announced for the Netherlands

Two Western Illinois University professors have created a unique study abroad opportunity for students to follow the history of the legality of cannabis in the Netherlands. Students taking part in the Cannabis and Culture in Amsterdam program will travel with Anthropology Professor Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor Sarah Haynes from May 20-30, 2022. The study abroad course can be taken for credit in the Anthropology or Liberal Arts and Sciences programs. Interest meetings for the travel opportunity will be announced at a later date. The Netherlands has a long history... Read More

Western Illinois University Students Launch “Western Unedited: Our Voice, Our Story, Our Time”

April 21st, 2021
Western Illinois University Students Launch "Western Unedited: Our Voice, Our Story, Our Time"

Because of some experiences that Western Illinois University graduate student Aleezah Washington had during her undergrad years at WIU – some very good and some not-so-good at all – she was thinking of ways to reach out to other marginalized students, both current WIU students and prospective students. She reached out to WIU Student Legal Advocate Torrey Smith to talk and brainstorm. And with that, Washington’s vision to give students a voice, became “Western Unedited: Our Voice, Our Story, Our Time.” Washington, an MBA graduate student from Naperville and a graduate assistant... Read More

Western Illinois University Broadcasting and Journalism Wins Five Awards at State Competition

April 19th, 2021
Western Illinois University Broadcasting and Journalism Wins Five Awards at State Competition

As award season continues, the Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting and Journalism won five awards at the annual Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) April 10. Leatherneck Insider won first place in Outstanding Sports Television Program, while NEWS3 won second place in Outstanding Television Newscast. Devin Brooks, a senior broadcasting and journalism major, from St. Louis, MO, won first place in Outstanding Television News Reporting and Outstanding Television Sports Reporting. RJ Larson, a senior sports broadcasting major, from Burlington, WI, won second place for Outstanding... Read More

Exhibit by Senior Art Prize Winner Opens April 20 at Western Illinois University Art Gallery

April 18th, 2021
Exhibit by Senior Art Prize Winner Opens April 20 at Western Illinois University Art Gallery

Western Illinois University senior Art major Andrea Kliffmiller, of Rushville, IL, will have her solo Bachelor of Fine Arts graduation exhibition, “Bound,” on display Tuesday, April 20-Friday, April 30 at the University Art Gallery. Kliffmiller is also the recipient of the 2021 Mavigliano/Brabec Senior Art Prize through the WIU Department of Art and Design. The exhibit is open free to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on University holidays. For more information about the Gallery, visit wiu.edu/artgallery.  Read More