Michael Ericson


Michael Ericson is a professor of music at Western Illinois University. He joined the faculty at WIU in 1986 and is a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. For more than 25 years, Ericson served as Principal Oboist for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Crystal and Opus One records, and his arrangements of works for Oboe and Piano, as well as Double Reed Choir, are published by Trevco-Varner Music.


Members of the Oboe Studio at Western Illinois University have won such national and regional competitions as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Woodwind Competition and the College Division of the Midwest Oboe Competition. Graduates of Professor Ericson’s studio have been accepted into many of the country’s most prestigious university graduate music performance programs.

 Ericson holds bachelor of music and bachelor of music education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master of music in Oboe Performance from Indiana University. Previous to working on his graduate degree, he was a high school band director in Colorado. He is a member of The International Double Reed Society, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and MTNA. He has presented concerts and clinics at national conferences for each of these associations, as well as the International Horn Symposium and the National Flute Association.


Rafael Obregón


Associate Professor Rafael Obregón of the Department of Engineering Technology at Western Illinois University and is an internationally recognized expert in design and manufacturing. He has completed Ph.D. work in industrial engineering at the University of Iowa, earned a M.S. degree in industrial technology from Western Illinois University, and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from ITESM Campus Querétaro in Mexico. He has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer, manager, and educator. Past work experiences includes 10 years of service for the Monterrey Tec in Querétaro Mexico, some of which included chairing the Technological Development Center, five years as a Project Lead the Way instructor in the state of Illinois, and one year as interim chair for the Department of Engineering Technology at WIU.


Obregón has been Principal Investigator for Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored projects, is a Certified Manufacturing Technologist by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, serves as Engineering and Technology division chair for the Illinois State Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators and the Latin America and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions. He is the 2015 recipient of the Provost Award of Excellence in the area of Scholarly/Creative/Performance Activity.

Yong Tang


Dr. Yong Tang is an assistant professor of journalism and media law and director of the journalism program in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism. He teaches mass media law and other journalism courses. Tang's major areas of research are media law and global media studies. He has presented papers to various leading academic conferences. His articles appear in scholarly journals such as Journal of Information Policy, Communication, Culture & Critique, Chinese Journal of Communication, and tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. In addition, Tang is the author of a four volume book, America in the Eyes of Yong Tang.


Before joining the WIU faculty in 2011, Tang worked as a journalist for nearly 15 years for People's Daily, the largest and most politically influential newspaper in the People's Republic of China. He was the paper’s international news editor in Beijing and its residential correspondent in Washington, D.C. Among his accomplishments were interviews of former President Jimmy Carter and many other high-profile newsmakers.


Tang's list of academic and professional honors and awards include China Enyang High School Outstanding Alumni Award (2015), Chinese Communication Association Outstanding Service Award (2015), Western Illinois University Professional Achievement Award (2014 and 2015), Faces of Penn State (2013), Top 50 Journalism Professors from Journalismdegree.org (2012), AEJMC First Place Faculty Paper Award (2012), AEJMC Best Research Scholar-to-Scholar Presentation Award (2011), and China News Awards (2004).

Tang earned his doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Communication University of China. He holds a master’s degree from George Washington University.



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