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Another Year of Change Ahead for WIU

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TSPR Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University’s president used his State of the University address during Thursday's University Assembly to say this will be a year of change at the institution.

TSPR Emily Boyer

The newest building at Western Illinois University isn't located on the main campus in Macomb but rather at the school's golf course.

Rich Egger

The new school year begins August 20 at Western Illinois University -- less than two weeks from now.  But there is still no contract in place for President Jack Thomas (see editor's note below for update).

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University announced in June plans to lay off two dozen faculty members and eliminate another 62 positions that are either vacant or soon to become vacant.  Tri States Public Radio previously reported a breakdown of the faculty layoffs. But, we're just now learning more about the 62 positions slated for elimination.  The data comes from Western's response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Western Illinois University laid out its plans for restructuring and realigning its academic offerings during a much anticipated news conference on Monday.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

Rich Egger

Leaders at Western Illinois University said they will unveil details about the school's realignment plans on July 16.  They said everything is being evaluated so it's too soon to discuss what might be included in the plans.

TSPR

A few details are emerging about the layoffs at Western Illinois University, which were authorized by the Board of Trustees during a special meeting late last week. A total of two dozen faculty members and two other employees in academic affairs are losing their jobs.

Rich Egger

Two dozen faculty members at Western Illinois University will lose their jobs as the university contends with declines in student enrollment and state financial support.  During a special meeting of Western's Board of Trustees on Thursday, Chair Cathy Early said the university is repositioning itself while remaining fiscally responsible.

Courtesy WIU

Western Illinois University continues to bend the ears of state leaders regarding a major construction project planned for the Macomb campus: the Center for Performing Arts.

The state of Illinois has a budget in place for next fiscal year, which will help public colleges and universities with their planning.  But the president of Western Illinois University said the state appropriation of $47.2 million for WIU falls short of what his school needs.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas is completing his seventh year at the helm, yet he has never signed a contract with the school.  Instead the Board of Trustees has always signed a Letter of Employment with him. (see editor's note below for update)

Jonathan Ahl

The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps trained at Western Illinois University for three weeks this spring. They are leaving for their summer tour with positive thoughts about Macomb, a community that wants them back next year.  

TSPR Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University will receive $47.2 million under the state's budget for Fiscal Year '19, which begins July 1, 2018.  That reflects a 2% funding increase for public higher education across the state.  WIU President Jack Thomas told Tri States Public Radio that the slight funding increase is helpful following several years of financial uncertainty including the two year state budget impasse. 

Tri States Public Radio

Faculty and staff at Western Illinois University have voted to ratify a new employment contract. Western's Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider the agreement during a special meeting Friday.

Western Illinois University's inaugural Business Leadership Symposium, hosted by the College of Business and Technology, featured an alumnus who has earned a reputation for fixing businesses. Bob Nardelli's new firm is XLR-8, LLC, Investment & Advisory Co, which he said follows three basic fundamentals when fixing businesses:

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees this week held the first of a series of special monthly meetings.  The Board hopes to use the meetings to delve into issues in greater detail than is possible during its regular quarterly meetings, but the first portion of the first monthly meeting turned into forum for community members to speak out.

Screen capture from Boise State University's website

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas was in Idaho Thursday for a job interview. He is a finalist in the search for the next president of Boise State University.

Resilient WIU Students – I Salute You!

Apr 25, 2018

Working past challenges, even when you are facing failure, is tough. But I see our students do it every day on the WIU campus.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University and the union representing the university's faculty and staff released a joint statement Tuesday night regarding their ongoing contract talks. The two sides said they are close to a reaching a tentative agreement following Monday's mediation session.

The union representing faculty and staff at Western Illinois University marched through the heart of campus Monday afternoon demanding a fair contract from the administration.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Faculty and staff at Western Illinois University have voted to authorize a strike. 

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Dr. Jack Thomas is one of five finalists in the search to replace the outgoing president at Boise State University. 

TSPR Emily Boyer

Students are able to pick up a week's worth of food when they visit the food pantry on Western Illinois University's Macomb Campus.  The food pantry is open every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. this spring semester and will continue operating one day a week this summer with plans of expanding to two days a week this fall.   

Pahntom Regiment

The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps will hold its summer camp at Western Illinois University this year.  The group of 150 high school and college aged musicians plus 50 staff members will be on campus for three weeks as they rehearse for their summer tour around the country.

Courtesy WIU

Members of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) Local 4100 will hold a strike authorization vote on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses as contract talks with the administration drag on. The union represents faculty, advisors, admissions counselors, and other counselors, according to Chapter President Bill Thompson.

Rich Egger

The Board of Trustees at Western Illinois University said it will stand by the administration despite last month's "no confidence" vote by faculty.  65% of faculty members who returned their ballot stated they do not have confidence in the administration.  

Food Waste & Climate Change

Apr 6, 2018
Miranda Corbett

The food you throw out every day might be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates about one-third of all food produced in the United States is wasted. Throwing out leftovers and food scraps contribute to that number.

TSPR

Western Illinois University faculty members took a vote of "no confidence" in the administrative leadership for the first time. It passed with 65% of those who voted stating they do not have confidence and 33% voting they do.

Tim Schroll/WIU

The Western Illinois University’s Board of Trustees will discuss a no confidence vote taken by the faculty at its next meeting.

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