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WIU Converting Building into a Digital Rec Center

Apr 29, 2021
Courtesy WIU

Western Illinois University will open a digital rec center on its Macomb campus this fall. The center will house Western's eSports team and be a platform for competitive gaming.

Rich Egger

On April 26, 2011, Pat Quinn was Illinois' governor and Al Goldfarb was president of Western Illinois University. And on that date, they were joined by others for a groundbreaking ceremony for a performing arts center on WIU's Macomb campus.

Rich Egger

Tuition will rise by 4% next school year at Western Illinois University. The increase applies only to new underclassmen and new graduate students.

Courtesy WIU

Western Illinois University said it is planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies this spring.

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Enrollment at Western Illinois University has dropped precipitously during the past decade. New President Guiyou Huang said he intends to turn that around.

QC Leaders Question WIU

Feb 22, 2021

Community leaders in the Quad Cities are worried about Western Illinois University and its future plans for the campus in Moline.

Mayor Stephanie Acri says she's learned from meetings with university leaders of their ambitious plans to raise enrollment, but she thinks those plans are focused on the main campus in Macomb.

"When I look at the strategy I see some components of some kind of feeder courses for finishing at Macomb and then some adult courses, but that's not our vision, that's not our vision for that campus."

Interview with WIU's New President

Jan 27, 2021
Darcie Shinberger

TSPR hosted an interview with Dr. Guiyou Huang, WIU's new president, on January 20, 2021  It was our intention to host a Facebook live event, however technical difficulties forced us to move to an audio format.  Questions were submitted by our listeners.  TSPR News Director Rich Egger moderated the event.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University's new president is getting a two-and-a-half year contract.  Western's Board of Trustees approved the deal unanimously.

Courtesy WIU

Dr. Guiyou Huang spoke with Tri States Public Radio Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Huang as the 12th president in WIU history.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted 8-0 Monday to hire Dr. Guiyou Huang as the school's 12th president.

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, November 16, to announce the school's new president.

Rich Egger

The group leading the search for Western Illinois University's next president has narrowed the field of candidates to six.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for January 5, 2021 for the Western Illinois University freshman accused of shooting his roommate.

Rich Egger

Illinois has designated the location of the Reverend C.T. Vivian's childhood home in Macomb as an Illinois State Historical Site. The city and state unveiled the marker during a ceremony that more than 100 people attended.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University said a freshman who shot his roommate Tuesday night turned himself in to police in Chicago Wednesday afternoon.

Shooting at WIU

Sep 16, 2020
Rich Egger

Police are searching for a Western Illinois University student accused in a shooting in a residence hall Tuesday night in Macomb.

Western Illinois University's interim president said he is "extremely happy" with this fall's enrollment data even though overall enrollment decreased.

Rich Egger

Black students at Western Illinois University say they deserve better treatment from the institution and the city of Macomb. They have issued a list of demands for the university.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University reported 16 students living on the Macomb campus tested positive for the coronavirus. The information comes from the university's newly released COVID-19 dashboard.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University's administration and the University Professionals of Illinois, which represents faculty, have agreed on a plan for holding classes during the fall semester.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University's interim president said he is optimistic about the year ahead. But he added there are plenty of challenges to tackle.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University intends to hold in-person classes beginning August 24 in Macomb and the Quad Cities. But the union representing faculty members is fighting that plan.

Western Illinois University Interim President Martin Abraham is not mincing words when it comes to systemic racism in Macomb.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University - like schools across the state - shut down its campuses in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interim President Martin Abraham is leaving no doubt about whether in-person classes will resume for the fall semester.

Rich Egger

Tri States Public Radio has confirmed that a top administrator at Western Illinois University is no longer with the school. Dr. Joe Rives was Western's Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Initiatives & Vice President for Quad Cities. He oversaw the Quad Cities campus.

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved an increase in student fees, which go to athletics and other student activities.  But the change did not come easily.

Rich Egger

When the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees met on May 6, Chairperson Polly Radosh warned the COVID-19 crisis is saddling Western with a new set of budget challenges.

Courtesy WIU

Dr. Martin Abraham, interim president of Western Illinois University, told the Board of Trustees (BoT) during its May 6 meeting that his goal is to hold classes on campus in the fall.

Courtesy photos

One of the anthropology classes offered at Western Illinois University examines how communities have responded to past disasters. But when the global COVID-19 pandemic struck this semester, the focus shifted to analyzing a major disaster as it unfolds.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University hired Dr. Martin Abraham about a year ago to serve as its next provost.  But when President Jack Thomas announced he would step down at the end of June, 2019, the university's Board of Trustees asked Abraham to serve as acting president.

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