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Western Illinois University Webber International University (commonly referred to as Webber or WIU) is a private institution of higher learning located in Babson Park, Florida, with a beautiful setting overlooking Crooked Lake. ...

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Motto Higher Values in Higher Education
Established 1899
Type Public
Endowment $24,717,000[1]
President Alvin Goldfarb
Staff 185
Undergraduates 11,300
Postgraduates 2,300
Location Macomb, IL, USA
Campus Small town, 53 Buildings over 1,050 acres on the Macomb campus
Athletics Fighting Leathernecks Westerwinds
Colors Purple and Gold
Mascot Bulldog (Colonel Rock)
Website http://www.wiu.edu
Logo image © Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a public university founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School. Like many similar institutions of the time, Western Illinois State Normal School focused on teacher training for its relatively small body of students. As the Normal School grew, it became Western Illinois State Teachers College. Today, Western Illinois University is composed of two campuses that provide a wide range of academic programs. The main campus is located in Macomb, Illinois, while Western Illinois University - Quad Cities is in Moline, Illinois. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Alvin Goldfarb is the tenth president of Western Illinois University. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Macomb is a city located in McDonough County, Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Military organizations, like nearly all large exclusive organizations, develop slang as means of self-identification. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A Bulldog, which is also known colloquially as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog, is a medium-size breed of dog that originated in England. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Macomb is a city located in McDonough County, Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Moline is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. ...

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Western Illinois University, a comprehensive university, is composed of four academic colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology, Education & Human Services, and Fine Arts & Communication in addition to an Honors College. As a comprehensive university, Western is known for it deep commitment to teaching. The 17:1 faculty to student ratio maintained by WIU is among the best in the State of Illinois.[citation needed]


In the US News & World Report college rankings, WIU is classified as a Masters University, meaning one that grants few doctoral degrees and draws students primarily from the surrounding area, rather than nationally. US News rates Masters universities against other universities within the same region; WIU ranks in the top half of US News' rankings of Masters universities within the Midwest.[2] U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... A doctorate is an academic degree of the highest level. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ...


The University offers 71 undergraduate majors over 51 degree programs and 13 pre-professional degrees at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, 42 degree and certificate programs are offered. A recent addition to the University is a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), Western’s sole doctoral degree. 95% of all courses are taught by full-time faculty.[3]


Western Illinois University's Four-Year Tuition Guarantee, was one of the first of its kind in the nation. It was used in 2004 by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as a blueprint to institute similar measures at all public universities in Illinois.[4] When freshmen enroll at Western, the per-hour rate of the entire four-year education is locked in, freezing the annual rate for tuition and fees. The majority of majors also qualify for the "Gradtrac" program, which guarantees graduation in four years. If graduation is delayed past the four years due to class availability, additional tuition for such classes is waived, even beyond four years. Milorad Blagojevich, commonly known as Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced IPA:  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ...


WIU also mandates the FYE (First Year Experience) Program for all incoming freshmen. This program is designed to ease the transition from high school to college, and fosters the participation of FYE students in co-curricular events such as concerts, art exhibits, and guest lectures.


Library System

Western Illinois University has a comprehensive library system with extensive collections of literature and various other resources. Completed in 1982, the Leslie F. Malpass Library is the main branch of the library system.


History

Sherman Hall
Sherman Hall

Western Illinois University was founded in 1899 to address the problem of poorly prepared teachers in the state’s grammar schools. The land for the University was donated to the State of Illinois by Macomb's Freemasons (Illinois Lodge #17). Macomb was in direct competition with Quincy, Illinois and other candidates as the site for a “western” university. The Illinois legislature selected Macomb as the location. University administrators uncovered evidence of the Freemason’s efforts on Macomb’s behalf when they opened Sherman Hall’s (the administration building) cornerstone during their centennial celebrations. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1200x800, 1219 KB) Summary Sherman Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1200x800, 1219 KB) Summary Sherman Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, 2006. ... “Freemasons” redirects here. ... Sherman Hall is the main administrative building of Western Illinois University and site of the original Western Illinois State Normal School in Macomb, Illinois. ...


Sherman Hall served as the University’s primary facility for many years, but as the University and its programs expanded, a need surfaced for further expansion. Today, the Macomb campus consists of 53 buildings over 1,050 acres. Sherman Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

Inspired by the surrounding “vast golden prairie strewn with purple coneflowers,” Western Illinois University adopted purple and gold as its official colors in 1902. WIU is proud to be the only non-military institution in the nation with permission from the Department of the Navy to use the United States Marine Corps Official seal and mascot, the Bulldog. Colonel Rock, or Rocky, is the University mascot representing “The Fighting Leathernecks” for all male sports teams. Rocky was affectionately named after Ray "Rock" Hanson, a former WIU athletic director and ex-Marine. Female sports teams are nicknamed “The Westerwinds.” Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Seal The United States Department of the Navy was established by an Act of Congress on April 30, 1798, to provide administrative and technical support, and civilian leadership to the United States Navy. ... A Bulldog, which is also known colloquially as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog, is a medium-size breed of dog that originated in England. ... Ray Hanson Ray Rock Hanson (deceased 1974), former United States Marine Colonel and veteran of World War I and World War II, was best known as the football coach at Western Illinois State Teachers College (now Western Illinois University) in Macomb, Illinois, USA from 1926 to 1964. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ...


National Acclaim

US News & World Report, 2006, ranked Western Illinois University at 70th among all public masters universities and 24th among 70 public universities in the Midwest.[2] Masters universities are those which offer a wide variety of baccalaureate programs and are committed to graduate education. Recently, Western incorporated its first doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). Western Illinois University also was recognized as one of the “Best in the Midwest Colleges” by The Princeton Review in 2004, 2005, and 2006. U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


Presidents of Western Illinois University

10th Alvin Goldfarb (2002-Present)
9th Donald S. Spencer (1994-2001)
8th Ralph H. Wagoner (1987-1993)
7th Leslie F. Malpass (1974-1986)
6th John T. Bernhard (1968-1973)
5th A. L. Knoblauch (1958-1967)
4th Frank A. Beu (1942-1957)
3rd Walter P. Morgan (1912-1941)
2nd Alfred Bayliss (1906-1911)
1st John W. Henninger (1901-1905)

Alvin Goldfarb is the tenth president of Western Illinois University. ...

Athletics

Western Illinois sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in The Summit League (Gateway Football Conference for football). The Western Illinois Leathernecks Basketball team is the basketball team that represent Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... The Summit League (or The Summit) is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates primarily in the Midwestern United States, with outlying teams in Louisiana and Utah. ... The Gateway Football Conference is a college athletic conference which operates in the midwestern United States. ...


Student Newspapers

The Western Courier serves more than 14,000 students, faculty, and staff at Western Illinois University, publishing each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the academic year, excluding holidays and breaks. ...

Computer security

On June 5, 2006, WIU detected a breach of computer security that may have compromised student's personal data. On June 19, 2006, WIU sent a letter to students advising them to take precautions to protect themselves from identity theft.[5] is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Notable alumni

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References

  1. ^ 2006 NES Listing (.pdf) (English). National Association of College and University Business Officers (2006). Retrieved on August 28, 2007.
  2. ^ a b America's Best Colleges 2008 (English). U.S. News & World Report (2007). Retrieved on August 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Western Illinois University Majors Offered (English). Western Illinois University (2007). Retrieved on August 28, 2007.
  4. ^ Campus Connection (English). Western Illinois University (2007). Retrieved on August 28, 2007.
  5. ^ W. Garry Johnson (2006). Computer Security Breach (English). Western Illinois University. Retrieved on August 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Ann Stack (1996). Arts & Entertainment Band to bring angst to Omaha (English). Daily Nebraskan.com. Retrieved on August 28, 2007.

External links

  • Official Website of Western Illinois University
  • Official Website of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
  • Official Website of Western Illinois University Athletics
  • Official Library Website
  • Campus Map
  • First Year Experience Program
  • The Western Courier

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Western Illinois University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (530 words)
WIU also has a campus located in the Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois, which is referred to as Western Illinois University - Quad Cities.
Western Illinois University's Four-Year Tuition Guarantee model (one of the first of its kind in the nation) was used as the blueprint by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to institute similar measures at all State-Funded Illinois Campuses in 2004.
WIU is the only public school in the U.S. that has permission through the Department of the Navy to use the United States Marine Corps official seal and mascot (the bulldog) along with the nickname, The Fighting Leathernecks (female athletic teams use the nickname Westerwinds).
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