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LEJA, RPTA and Military Science to Offer Virtual 'Become a Hero' Open Houses April 17

April 2, 2021

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's departments of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA), Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) and Military Science invite prospective students and their families to learn about these programs, and opportunities to "Become a Hero."

The "Become a Hero" in-person and virtual open houses will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The day's activities will be offered face-to-face (limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions) and virtually over Zoom (with one exception - the use of the range) for those who register.

Registration for the event is required and can be done at

Prospective students who participate in this full-day activity, and who will be incoming freshmen or transfer students within the next two years, will be eligible for a one-time $1,000 Leatherneck Visitor Scholarship.

Larry Pickett, enrollment and scholarship officer for the WIU Military Science Department, said the "Become a Hero" them was chosen because program graduates make significant differences in the lives of others.

Careers in law enforcement, military, first responding and working with communities provide opportunities for graduates to lead from the front in facing society's issues and challenges," said Pickett.

This open house will utilize state-of-of-the-art technologies and techniques, allowing students and their families opportunities to interact and spend time engaging in activities and meeting with faculty that directly connect to career interests. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover the myriad of career options available with Bachelor of Science Degrees in LEJA, Fire Protective Services and Emergency Management, or a Bachelor of Science Degree in RPTA. They will also learn about the options available to those who earn a minor in military science.

Attendees will be able to interact with WIU faculty and students, while experiencing first-hand the methods and technologies used to respond to all-hazard disasters, to process crime scenes, to assist the public in real-world situations and to develop skills and techniques for problem-solving and community-building. They will be able to participate in sessions about behavioral analysis, cyber investigations, blood splatter analysis, polygraph/lie detector demonstrations, drone and disaster response, problem-solving and team building, terrorism target prioritizing and rifle range instruction (not available virtually).

For more information, contact the School of LEJA at, the Department of RPTA at, or the Department of Military Science at or call LEJA Director Jill Myers at (309) 298-1038.

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