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Covid Surveillance Testing Underway At Western Illinois University Campuses

October 10th, 2020
Covid Surveillance Testing Underway At Western Illinois University Campuses

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Surveillance testing is underway on Western Illinois Unviersity’s Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Each week, approximately 700 students, faculty and staff will receive an email encouraging them to get a free COVID test provided by Beu Health Center. According to Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management Joe Roselieb, the University is now using the self-administered BD Veritor nasal swab tests, which are completed on-site at the test distribution center on the Macomb Campus. The Quad Cities campus will continue to administer a saliva-based test that... Read More

WIU Professors, Students Encouraging Voter Registration

October 9th, 2020
WIU Professors, Students Encouraging Voter Registration

MACOMB, IL – Two Western Illinois University professors, who are members of the McDonough County League of Women Voters, are bringing voter registration information to the WIU community. Anthropology Professor Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and Political Science Professor Julia Albarracin are teaching students how to register to vote. They are also working with a group of students, organized by Erbin Zejnuloski and University Television, to create a video encouraging voter registration. “In 2020, Millennials and Generation Z students will compose the largest share of eligible voters, and we want... Read More

Horn Field Campus Opens its Corn Maze with October Hours

October 8th, 2020
Horn Field Campus Opens its Corn Maze with October Hours

MACOMB, IL — This year’s annual visit to the corn maze at Western Illinois University’s Horn Field Campus will be administered in a new way to follow the University’s event protocol. The maze will be open Saturdays and Sundays in October, beginning Oct. 10. Reservations will be required to attend the activity this fall. Planning and preparation take on a whole new scenario as we want to do our best to maintain the safety of our participants. The event is limited to 50 attendees at one time, so reservations will be taken in one hour blocks on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Social... Read More

Looking For Some GOOD News, Quad-Cities? Check Out Our What’s The Good News For This Week!

October 8th, 2020
Looking For Some GOOD News, Quad-Cities? Check Out Our What's The Good News For This Week!

We’re falling into fall, and looking at some of the good news and positive things going on around the Quad-Cities, as we HAVE DONE (foreshadowing there) every month in What’s The Good News, Quad-Cities? Every month around this time, we’ve dropped this column on QuadCities.com and I appear on our media partner show, “Paula Sands Live” on KWQC-TV6 to give you a rundown of some of the cool things going on in and around the area. It’s all good news, all the time. AND… because this has been such a popular feature since it debuted three years ago, we’ve decided to give you... Read More

Local Nonprofit Offering Rent/Housing and Utilities Assistance for Immigrant Students

October 8th, 2020
Local Nonprofit Offering Rent/Housing and Utilities Assistance for Immigrant Students

MACOMB, IL — The local nonprofit Western Illinois Dreamers offers up to $2,000 in rent/housing and utilities assistance for immigrant students (does not include international students) who lost income or suffered a hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, such us increased health care costs. The information students provide is confidential. For more information, contact students Anthony Gomez, a-gomez6@wiu.edu and Alondra Lavariega, A-Lavariega@wiu.edu, or Professor Julia Albarracin. J-albarracin@wiu.edu at (309) 836-5202, or apply directly at forms.gle/Myg6URSKEhMqgcBs7.  Read More

Western Illinois University Waiving Its Application Fee Through October 31

October 7th, 2020
Western Illinois University Waiving Its Application Fee Through October 31

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University is waiving the $30 application fee for undergraduate, graduate, and international students who apply to WIU (wiu.edu/apply) between Oct. 1-31. Graduating high school seniors and transfer students, dual enrollment students, graduate students and international students, as well as those applying through the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program, who apply for admission to Western for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters, will have the application fee waived during the fee waiver month beginning at 12 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 through 11:59 p.m.... Read More

Faculty Chamber Music Series Concert Presented Virtually Oct. 7

October 6th, 2020
Faculty Chamber Music Series Concert Presented Virtually Oct. 7

MACOMB, IL — The Western Illinois University School of Music will present the Faculty Chamber Music Series Concert I, featuring members of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and The Hopper Jazztet, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall. Due to the restrictions currently in place, there are no general admission performances in the COFAC Recital Hall.This performance will be broadcast on the School of Music’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. PROGRAM: Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet, Op. 37 – Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) I.... Read More

Free Flu Shot Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Clinic Offered for WIU Employees, retirees Oct. 8 (WIU-Macomb); Oct. 15 (WIU-QC)

October 6th, 2020
Free Flu Shot Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Clinic Offered for WIU Employees, retirees Oct. 8 (WIU-Macomb); Oct. 15 (WIU-QC)

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Western Illinois University employees and retirees can help ward off the flu by taking advantage of a free flu shot drive-thru/walk-up clinic from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Q-Lot on the WIU-Macomb campus. A flu shot clinic will also be held at the WIU-Quad Cities campus from 10 a.m.-noon in QC Complex, Building C, room 1418. Masks are required to participate. Please wear a shirt that will allow the vaccine to be administered in the upper arm. The McDonough County Health Department will administer the vaccines on the Macomb campus. Participants will need... Read More

Frank Fulkerson Endowed Psychology Transfer Scholarship Established

October 4th, 2020
Frank Fulkerson Endowed Psychology Transfer Scholarship Established

MACOMB, IL – To help Western Illinois University psychology transfer students to make ends meet, Psychology Professor Emeritus Frank Fulkerson has established the Frank Fulkerson Endowed Psychology Transfer Scholarship. Fulkerson joined the WIU psychology faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 1968, and was named department chair in the Fall 1976. “After I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from St. Louis University, I accepted my first academic position in the WIU Psychology Department in the Fall of 1968,” Fulkerson said. “It was a thriving, collegial Department, very welcoming... Read More

Master’s Degree Project by WIU Alumnus Attracts Endangered Bee Species

October 4th, 2020
Master's Degree Project by WIU Alumnus Attracts Endangered Bee Species

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – The sting of a single bee has elevated the graduate school project of a Western Illinois University alumnus into a home for an endangered species. Ross Smith received his master’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) in 2018. For his final project, Smith transformed two underutilized baseball diamonds in Hampton, IL, into a prairie area for the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District, where he has been employed since 2015. “The baseball diamonds were underutilized, compared to neighboring diamonds and with the Dorrance Forest Preserve... Read More