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WIU Sees Jump in High Ability Applicants

Western Illinois University has seen a notable spike in interest from high-achieving high school seniors for the Fall 2013 semester.

WIU Admissions Director Andy Borst said Western has admitted 90 students for the fall semester who scored in the top one percent in the nation on the ACT or SAT, compared to 17 students in Fall 2012 with similar academic profiles. Borst attributed the large increase in interest to the involvement of deans, chairs and faculty to recruit high-achieving students and to the new Centennial Honors Scholarship.

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Pre-Law Symposium a Huge Success

Neither rain nor snow could stop the 2013 Honors Pre-Law Symposium, which took place Monday, February 18 in the University Union Lamoine Room. The event, aimed at WIU students who are considering law school, began at 5:00 p.m. with an informational reception. Admissions officers and recruiters from Chicago-Kent Law School, Drake University, the University of Iowa, John Marshall, Valparaiso University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Marquette University, Washington University, Saint Louis University, Wisconsin Law School and the University of Missouri-Columbia were in attendance.

WIU alumnus Larry Eaton, an attorney with Cozen O'Connor in Chicago, presented "The Long and Winding Road" at 6:00 p.m., speaking about his experience at WIU and his work in subrogation recovery litigation. A panel comprised of WIU graduates Amanda Doyle, a first year law student at Valparaiso, Kristin Olson, a second year law student at Southern Illinois University, Arsenio Mims, a second year law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Tom O'Brien, a John Marshall School of Law graduate, Alison Vawter, a Columbus School of Law graduate and John Bouslog, a Drake University School of Law graduate, shared their experiences as law students.

Undergraduate Research Day Expanded

The Annual Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day will be expanded to two days in Spring 2013 and will be held April 16 and 17 in the University Union. Once again, the Centennial Honors College is pleased to sponsor the event and encourages all undergraduate students to present their projects.

Students are invited to present posters and make podium presentations of their research and give performances of creative works. Guidelines, Abstract Submission Forms, and additional information can be found at All projects selected will be recognized, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be presented to those judged "best projects."

Tentative Schedule:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
6:00-6:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks-University Union Prairie Lounge
6:15-6:30 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Presentation - Alex Heuer, class of 2008
6:30-8:30 p.m. Podium Presentations - University Union

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
8:30-10:30 a.m. Poster Set Up - University Union Grand Ballroom
10:30-12:00 Noon Performance Presentations - Prairie Lounge
12:00-12:15 p.m. Welcome and Remarks
12:30 to 2:00 Poster Presentations - Grand Ballroom

If you have questions, please contact the Honors College at (309) 298-2228.



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