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May 3, 2019 • Vol. 33, No. 35

University News

'The Marriage of Figaro' Comes to WIU May 3-4

Western Illinois University's School of Music Opera Theatre (WIUOT) will present Le nozze di Figaro ("The Marriage of Figaro") at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 3-4 in the Hainline Theatre.

A Decade of Engineering Excellence: WIU-QC School of Engineering Celebrates 10 Years

The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities School of Engineering will celebrate "A Decade of Engineering Excellence" Friday, May 3 at the WIU-QC Riverfront Hall 103/104.

Sock Monkey Saturdays May 4 at WIU Art Gallery

Western Illinois University invites children and their parents or caregivers to participate in "Sock Monkey Saturdays" from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 4 in the University Art Gallery.

Memorial Tree Planting May 7

Western Illinois University-Macomb employees who passed away between March 2018 and March 2019 will be remembered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 7 during a brief ceremony at the Memorial Tree Grove, located on the southeast section of campus by University Village, near the West Pierce Street entrance. The ceremony is open to the public.

LIFE Class Concert May 13 in Macomb

A concert, connected to one of the Learning is ForEver (LIFE) classes in Macomb, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb, 400 E. Carroll St.

WIU Spring 2019 Commencement Weekend

Ceremonies recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western Illinois University students and alumni will be held Friday-Saturday, May 10-11 in Macomb and Sunday, May 12 in the Quad Cities during the 2019 Spring Commencement Weekend.

2019 WIU Distinguished Alumni

The outstanding accomplishments of Western Illinois University graduates Stephen C. Mills and Carin L. Stutz will be recognized Saturday, May 11 at Western's 1 p.m. Spring Commencement Exercises in Western Hall.

The Western Challenge Breaks Record, Exceeds Goal

For the third consecutive year, The Western Challenge - held in conjunction with Western Illinois University's Purple & Gold Day April 24 - broke a fundraising record AND exceeded its goal.

Saunders Drafted to Kansas City Chiefs

Khalen Saunders' childhood dream came to fruition when he was selected 84th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The former Western Illinois University defensive tackle will begin his professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

WIU to Offer First Online Sociology Degree by Illinois Public Institution

Beginning in the Fall 2019 semester, the Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences will offer an online sociology degree. WIU is the first public university in the state to offer an online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree and is one of only a few programs in the nation.

Athletic Training Program Opens Injury Clinic for Military Science Cadets

Western Illinois University's Departments of Kinesiology and Military Science will partner to open an injury prevention and rehabilitation clinic to serve military science cadets and offer hands-on training opportunities to athletic training students.

WIU Senior Named Winner of Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Western Illinois University senior Mariah Dicksen, a biology major from Lockport (IL), has been named a winner in the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Dicksen is also a student in WIU's Centennial Honors College, is a WIU Presidential Scholar and is a member of The Marching Leathernecks. She is the first female WIU student to win the Goldwater Scholarship.

Oliva to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Western Illinois University graduate Samuel N. Oliva will receive the Western Illinois University Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Western's Spring 2019 Commencement exercises Saturday, May 11.

World Champion Drum and Bugle Corps Phantom Regiment to Return to WIU for Summer Training Camp

The two-time world champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (and honorary Leathernecks) will return to Western Illinois University for their summer training camp.

Swigart Named COFAC Development Director

Elizabeth Swigart, former banking center manager and regional sales and service development officer at Fortress Bank in Macomb, has been named the Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) development director.

WIU Professor Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Music

A Western Illinois University School of Music professor has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, the first in the University's history.

WIU HR Announces Service Award Winners

The Western Illinois University Office of Human Resources has announced the University's 2019 Community Service and Distinguished Service award winners.

Honors College Advisor at WIU Wins National Advising Award

Academic Advisor Molly Homer, of the Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University, has been awarded the "Outstanding Advising Award-Primary Advising Role Certificate of Merit" by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She will be honored and presented with the award during the NACADA Annual Conference in the fall.

Tri States Public Radio Wins Murrow, AP Awards

For the 15th consecutive year, Tri States Public Radio at Western Illinois University has won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Stuff the Bus 2019 Brings in More Than 5,700 Food Items

The 13th annual "Stuff the Bus, Get Off Your Cans" food drive, held April 10, brought in 5,740 non-perishable food items and $1,122 in donations.

Ag Legacy Sale Tops $32,500 for WIU's Animal Science Curriculum

The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture hosted its annual online Ag Legacy Sale Tuesday, April 16. This year's event had 134 lots up for sale, bringing in $32,547 for the University's animal science curriculum.

Candace J. Eastman Obituary

Retired Assistant Director of Development for WQPT Candace J. Eastman, of Silvas, IL, passed away April 11 in Peoria. Funeral services were held in Silvis April 15, followed by burial in East Moline.


Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for April 2019

Employee of the Month: Nikki Friedrichsen, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Administrative Aide

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Hannah Hildreth, Undergraduate Admissions Office

Student Assistant of the Month: Grant Downin, Undergraduate Admissions Office

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: Elizabeth Aguilar and Kaylie Guerrero

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