2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Services

Beu Health Center
Corner of Western Avenue and Murray Street; (309) 298-1888

Beu Health Center, located on the Macomb campus, provides outpatient primary care services for students and their spouses or domestic partners. The Center is equipped with its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facilities, and the Center’s physicians and mid-level practitioners provide diagnosis, treatment, and prescriptive services for individuals. Health education services are provided free of charge. There are fees associated with services such as x-ray examinations, pharmacy products, injection services, laboratory services, equipment, and office visits. Information about Beu Health Center services can be found at beu.wiu.edu.

Campus Recreation
Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center; (309) 298-1228

Campus Recreation provides students the opportunity to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The Spencer Student Recreation Center features five multipurpose gym courts, two group fitness studios, an elevated track, three weight rooms, three cardio areas, a boxing room, a core room, five racquetball courts, and an aquatics center: pool, sauna, and hot tub.

The Intramural Sports program offers students over 40 events annually with leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions at competitive, intermediate, and recreational levels of play. Sport Clubs also provide opportunities for regional and national competition just below the intercollegiate level. A variety of group fitness and water aerobic classes are offered daily. Informational programs and personal trainers are available to assist students with fitness equipment and goals. Information about on-campus recreational facilities and activities can be found by visiting wiu.edu/campusrec.

Career Services
Memorial Hall 125; (309) 298-1838

Career Services offers career planning information to support students from freshman through senior year and beyond. The office prepares students to market themselves to prospective employers for internship and full-time career pursuits. Marketing preparation consists of assistance in job searching, exploration of where the students’ major study is applied in the work world, mock interviews, resume preparation, creating applications and cover letters, and employer research. Students and alumni have access to online registration services, virtual career fairs, and the website wiu.edu/careers. Pre-employment preparation classes are taught each semester and provide students with a comprehensive process of learning to market themselves to prospective employers.

Casa Latina Cultural Center
Multicultural Center, Suite 202; (309) 298-3379

The Casa Latina Cultural Center offers a variety of programs to enlighten the University community and surrounding area about the history and cultural aspects of the international and Latino societies. Casa Latina also provides support services for international and Latino students that encourage and motivate them to have a successful college experience.

Counseling Center
Memorial Hall 102; (309) 298-2453

The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides personal, academic, career, and study skills counseling services to students. Both individual and group counseling are available. Sessions are confidential and free of charge to WIU students. In addition, a number of educational programs are offered on topics such as study skills, healthy relationships, depression, and career information. Complete vocational, psychological, and learning problems assessment is provided, as well as consultant services to other offices and agencies. The UCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. All staff counselors hold master’s or doctoral level degrees and are certified and/or licensed in their respective disciplines. More information about the Counseling Center is available online at ucc.wiu.edu.

Disability Resource Center
Memorial Hall 143; (309) 298-2512 (voice), -1856 (TTY)

Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity. To that end, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate inclusion and ensure accessibility to University programs for students with disabilities. Students experiencing barriers in the academic or physical environment or who are interested in accommodations, such as alternative testing arrangements, sign language interpreters, text conversion (i.e., Braille, electronic, enlarged) services, and note-taking assistance should contact the DRC at (309) 298-2512 or disability@wiu.edu.

Financial Aid
Sherman Hall 127; (309) 298-2446

The Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of student assistance programs, including grants, student employment, tuition waivers, and low interest loan funds. More than 76 percent of WIU students receive financial aid from private, federal, state, or University sources. Additional information about financial assistance and applications are available at wiu.edu/fa.

Go West Transit
University Union; (309) 298-3353

Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from and around campus and with service to the entire Macomb community. Carrying over 2 million riders per year, Go West provides students with a reliable, low-cost public transportation system. Maps and schedules are available online at gowest.wiu.edu.

Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center
Multicultural Center; (309) 298-2220

The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Poet Laureate of Illinois. The mandate of the Center is to promote the rich cultural experience of African Americans. The Center is committed to helping the campus community adjust to a multicultural society without regard to age, race, or economic status.

Intercollegiate Athletics
Western Hall; (309) 298-1190

Western Illinois University sponsors 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports (10 for men and 10 for women), providing competitive competition opportunities for more than 500 student-athletes. Western has earned conference championships in numerous sports over the past several years, bringing national recognition to the University and the Athletics Department. The football team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at Division I level through the Summit League. All of Western’s sport programs are guaranteed NCAA post-season tournament opportunities through conference championships.

LGBTQA Resource Center
Seal Hall 311–313; (309) 298-4004

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, questioning/queer, ally (LGBTQA) Resource Center’s primary objective is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all sexualities and gender identities/expressions at Western Illinois University and the greater Macomb community. The Center serves as a connection for Western Illinois University to LGBTQA-related topics through resources, support, and education. In addition, the Center continues to enhance LGBTQA identity formation through various leadership opportunities, Safe Space Training, as well as developing and implementing programming on LGBTQA issues.

Student Activities
University Union; (309) 298-3232

The Office of Student Activities, located on the first floor of the University Union, is the primary resource for student organizations and programs. Student life at WIU is enriched by involvement in any of the hundreds of campus organizations that meet the diverse, cultural, intellectual, and social interests of students. Opportunities for student involvement include leadership development, volunteer services, student programming, Student Government Association, Greek organizations, and almost 250 student organizations. Co-curricular activities provide opportunities to develop leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and to meet new people and have some fun. The Office of Student Activities provides students with developmental learning experiences while ensuring that a spectrum of programs is provided to enhance the campus community.

Student Assistance and Parent Service Center
University Union; (309) 298-2092

The Student Assistance and Parent Service Center is the place to start when students, parents, and family members have questions about the University. The Center provides necessary information and services in one centrally located office, including help with financial aid questions, STARS, parking permits, electronic services, and housing and dining assistance. Through the web, over the phone, or in person, the Student Assistance and Parent Service Center is dedicated to providing high-quality customer service in a streamlined manner. The Center’s office personnel may be contacted at the number above or online at wiu.edu/student_services/sapsc. From this website, students and family members may print forms, utilize STARS, and access important information regarding University and community resources.

Student Development and Orientation
Seal Hall 301; (309) 298-1884

The Office of Student Development and Orientation (SDO) provides programs, services, and support to enhance student success, learning, and personal development focusing specifically on college transition. SDO facilitates WIU’s New Student Orientation programs that assist students’ transition to the institution. In addition, SDO coordinates the Building Connections Mentoring Program that pairs incoming first-year students with University mentors. The SDO staff also interacts with family members, University faculty and personnel, and community agencies in assisting students with crisis situations. SDO is the liaison that assists students who experience any trauma due to emergency health or personal problems. In addition, SDO conducts exit interviews for students contemplating a University withdrawal. More information about SDO is available at sdo.wiu.edu.

Student Judicial Programs
Seal Hall 101; (309) 298-2436

Student Judicial Programs (SJP) promotes responsible individual and group behavior on the WIU campus and within the Macomb community. This office informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct and numerous program presentations. Through coordination and management of the disciplinary review process, SJP endeavors to address student behavioral problems, reinforcing standards of academic excellence and social responsibility, promoting educational opportunity and personal growth, and encouraging activities that prevent violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Student Judicial Programs also maintains student disciplinary records and completes conduct clearance forms.

Student Legal Services
University Union, First Level; (309) 298-1003

A licensed practicing attorney represents students charged with traffic and misdemeanor offenses in McDonough County court. In addition, the attorney provides legal advice and counseling for a variety of issues including landlord-tenant conflicts, consumer problems, small claims court, and rental lease questions. No fees are charged for these services.

Student Publications: The Western Courier and Western Illinois Magazine
Heating Plant Annex; (309) 298-1876

The Western Courier is a student-run newspaper and news website (westerncourier.com). The printed version is published three days per week during the regular academic year. Advertising revenue and a student publication fee provide funding for the newspaper and website. Students who work at The Western Courier are paid for their efforts.

Western Illinois Magazine is a student-run publication published once per semester. It is entirely supported by advertising revenues. Student editors who work on the magazine are eligible for partial tuition talent waivers.

University Housing and Dining Services
Seal Hall; (309) 298-2461

The mission of University Housing and Dining Services is to provide safe, clean, comfortable residence halls and apartment facilities; a nutritious, well-balanced food service program; and programs that support students’ academic goals. The University Housing and Dining Services staff provide a wide range of services and programs for students living on campus. A wide variety of options are available to make life in WIU’s residence halls a unique educational experience. Options are available for students who prefer a single room or suite-style accommodations. All residence halls are smoke-free. Living learning community options include fine arts, honors, broadcasting, nursing, transfer, and international floors. All residence hall rooms are wired for Internet and LAN connection. A range of choices also exists for on-campus apartments. WIU offers one- and two-bedroom apartments for graduate and non-traditional students and for students who are married, are in a documented domestic partnership, or have children.

University Union
(309) 298-1986

The University Union is the community center of the University. It provides a variety of meeting and dining facilities for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. Union services include a food court, meeting and banquet rooms, ballrooms, a bookstore, guest rooms, computer stations, a small theatre, wireless Internet, check cashing, ATM machines, fax service, cashier services, and a convenience store.

Veterans Resource Center
Wright Residence; (309) 298-3505

The Veterans Resource Center is committed to assisting those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military and their family members. The Center, in collaboration with University departments and community organizations, provides coordinated services and resources in one centralized location to ensure that all veterans and service members are afforded the greatest opportunities for success. Students receive assistance with obtaining educational and military transcripts; completing applications for the G.I. Bill, Illinois Veterans Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant, Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship, Federal Tuition Assistance, and federal student aid programs; identifying policies regarding military activation and deployment; securing appropriate housing accommodations; requesting military records; and acquiring community living information, outreach services, and health benefits.

WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course
1215 Tower Road, Macomb, IL; (309) 298-3676

The Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a scenic and challenging 18-hole championship venue featuring beautiful vistas, spectacular elevation changes, four sets of tees, undulating greens, and bentgrass tees and greens. In addition, the course provides a driving range, putting green, golf instruction, a nine-hole pitch and putt course, and a pro shop that carries a full line of quality golf equipment, logo apparel, and accessories. More information about the course and daily fee rates can be found at golf.wiu.edu.

Women’s Center
Multicultural Center; (309) 298-2242

The mission of the Women’s Center is to promote gender equity through education, support, and advocacy and to respond to issues affecting the status of female students, faculty, and staff on campus, as well as women in the community and in society. The Women’s Center provides information, programs, resources, and referrals related to the specific needs of women in such areas as health, education, finance, and employment. Women’s Center staff and volunteers connect people with resources on campus and in the community, region, and nation, and can help with research papers and class projects as well as provide resources and support in understanding and confronting gender-based discrimination and violence. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to utilize the resources in the lending library of books, periodicals, DVDs, and video and audio tapes. The Center sponsors several empowerment and support groups as well as student organizations. For additional information about the Women’s Center, please go to wiu.edu/wc.