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Centennial Honors College

Hardy: Honors College Director

Rick Hardy

Rick Hardy, political science professor and interim director of the Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University has been named the permanent director, effective July 1.

Hardy has served as the interim director of the Honors College since 2011. Previously, he served as the chair of the WIU political science department from 2006-2010. He is currently a professor in the department.

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Centennial Honors Scholarship Recipients Excel at WIU

When Western Illinois University rolled out its new Centennial Honors Scholarship, 23 high school seniors who were offered the full tuition, fees and room and board four-year scholarship enrolled at Western and began their college career in August 2012.

Megan Opiekun, a freshman Centennial Scholar from Burlington, IA, said that being selected as a Centennial Scholar is an honor.

"I wanted to go to Western because it's close to my hometown and I loved the campus. The Centennial Scholarship made it possible for me to enroll," Opiekun said. "I would advise prospective high school students to visit the colleges they are interested in. When I visited Western, I immediately loved the campus and knew this was a place I could spend four years of my life. If incoming freshman get a chance to be part of the Honors College at Western, they should definitely take advantage. The professors and advisers take a personal interest in each and every member of the Honors College."

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30th Anniversary of Honors at WIU

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Honors at Western Illinois University. The Centennial Honors College will be commemorating this important milestone this fall with programs and events to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of Honors staff, faculty, students, and supporters throughout the three-decade history of Honors at WIU. Announcements concerning the anniversary will be made available during the summer, so visit check the Centennial Honors College website for details and plan to join us in celebrating Honors at WIU.

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