Western Illinois University

State Funding Still An Issue
4:24 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Challenging Financial Times Continue for WIU

WIU President Jack Thomas
  • Interview with WIU President Jack Thomas

Western Illinois University is facing another year of reduced state funding while also playing a waiting game with the state.

WIU President Jack Thomas has asked each vice president at the school to reduce his or her division's total budget by 2%. Thomas said the state reduced it support of Western for the new fiscal year by $3.4 million, a cut of more than 6%.

He said WIU recently received a $6.3 million payment from the state but is still owed around $13 million for the Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30.

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Weather and Weeds are topics
10:35 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Agronomy Day Offers Look at Research

Western Illinois University's Agronomy Day will feature two topics that can make or break a farming operation-weather and weeds.

Dr. Mark Bertrands is one of the speakers. He says winter annual weeds got a head start due to early warm weather this year

He also says, “The other challenge that I've seen is that we had several periods where it was quite dry and many times we put down pre-emergence herbicides that keep the weeds from coming up. Many of those failed. Put some pressure on the herbicides we applied later on to take care of what was missed the first time.”

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New Exhibit at Western Illinois Museum
8:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Emphasis - June 22

Sue Scott stands at a teacher's desk that's part of the "Legacy of Learning" exhibit
Rich Egger

Rich Egger's guest is Western Illinois Museum Curator Sue Scott. They talk about the museum's new exhibit Legacy of Learning: A History of Our Schools.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the museum. Scott promises there will not be a test! The exhibit remains on display until September 22, 2012.

The exhibit follows a timeline. Scott said that will help visitors follow some of the nuances of information such as changes in ordinances and laws and the types of schools.

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Largest donation of items in library history
9:19 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Malpass Library Receives Nielsen Collection

The late Dr. Maurice Nielsen has left a legacy beyond his contributions to the philosophy department he helped establish at  Western Illinois University in 1959.

His family has donated his personal collection to WIU's Malpass Library.

It is the largest such donation in the library's history. It is composed of more than 9,000 items including nearly 3,000 books.

Library Specialist Greg Phelps helped to catalog the collection. He says it was a “treasure hunt” that took about six months.

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WIU Targeted for Facility
7:51 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Macomb Might Not Get Police Academy

  • Interview with Dana Biernbaum

There has been talk about relocating the Police Training Institute to Western Illinois University but it appears those plans have stalled.

The facility would have replaced one in Urbana. The University of Illinois was preparing to close it June 30 because of the operational costs, which it shares with the state.

The U of I questioned the expense of more than $600,000 a year on something that isn't part of the school's academic mission or geared toward students.

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