MOLINE, IL -- The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Graduate Studies Program will host an open house for interested students, their families and business professionals from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the WIU-QC 60th Street Campus, room 102A. 

"The open house is an excellent opportunity for current students and business professionals to meet and network while learning about the our graduate programs," said Antoinette Murphy, assistant director of admissions for Graduate Studies. "There will be a variety of campus representatives available to discuss resources, career developm ent and financial aid assistance." 

The event will include guest speakers from financial aid and career services, as well as individual program and break-out sessions about program requirements and graduate assistant opportunities. The event will also feature student panel discussions, faculty question-and-answer sessions and a tour. 

For more information, contact Murphy at (309) 762-9481 or . Learn more about WIU-QC Graduate Studies at

MOLINE, IL -- A screening of the PBS documentary, "Poor Kids" will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Rooms 103 and 104 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus.

Produced by Jezza Neumann and Lauren Mucciolo, the documentary tells the story of child poverty in America through the eyes of children, including some from the QC region.

In this documentary, "Frontline" follows several of the more than 13 million children in poverty for a glimpse at what life is like for a child in need. There is the near-constant hunger, the stress that comes from watching a parent struggle, and oftentimes, days and weeks spent living in a shelter or bouncing from motel to motel. A post-film discussion will be led byTammy Werner of the WIU-QC sociology department.

While the screening is open free to the public, participants are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the River Bend Food Bank. The screening is sponsored by WIU-Quad Cities, the WIU-QC Communication Student Society (CSS), WQPT and the River Bend Food Bank of the Quad Cities.

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Beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Rock Island High School, the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., will announce a joint grant to Western Illinois University-Quad Cities counselor education department and Rock Island High School's PACERS program. PACERS is an intensive mentoring and academic support program designed to help at-risk ninth grade students with personal, social and academic success.
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities  will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 29 at  3 pm directly west of Building One, 3300 River Dr. in Moline.Gov. Quinn has been invited to attend the celebration, and federal and state government representatives, area legislators, community leaders and University officials will take part in the ceremony.
MOLINE, IL--Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Spring 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast Sunday, May 27th at 12:30 pm on WQPT. The program length is one hour, 33 minutes and is a rebroadcast of the ceremony held Sunday, May 13th at The i wireless Center, Moline. Please see to find WQPT on your television service provider's channel guide.  For more information, please contact 309-764-2400 or
APRIL 11, 2012 

MOLINE, IL -- The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Admissions department will host an open house for interested students and their families  from 1-3:30 pm. Friday, April 13 at the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus Alvin & Elaine Goldfarb Grand Atrium. 

"The open house is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to meet with admissions professionals and WIU-QC instructors, while learning about the programs offered at the Riverfront Campus," said Kassie Daly, assistant director of admissions. "There will be a variety of campus representatives available to discuss resources, career development, academic assistance, dual enrollment with community colleges, financial aid and more." 

According to Daly,  during the open house, students will be able to sit in on a class, meet with faculty, explore different majors and interact with current students. 

Reserve a spot at the Discover Western Illinois University-QC Event by logging on to Free prizes and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact Daly at 309-762-1495 or
MOLINE, IL - Beginning this fall, a new major in human resource management (HRM) will be available to students at Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus.

WIU College of Business and Technology Dean Tom Erekson said the addition demonstrates WIU's commitment to the future.

"WIU is educating business leaders for the Quad Cities by expanding the business majors offered to include the HRM program," he said. "We have highly qualified faculty and a first-rate program that meet AACSB international accreditation standards."

According to Susan Stewart, associate professor of human resource management at the WIU-QC campus, WIU students who major in HRM gain a robust skill set that will help them to effectively manage human capital within organizations.

"We're excited to offer this major at the WIU-Quad Cities campus," said Gordon Rands, interim chair of marketing and management at WIU. "In today's global economy, the HRM field is ever evolving. This field is diverse and spans a broad variety of pivotal functions from equal employment opportunity law to staffing to training and development and more."

While completing the degree, students take courses in several functional areas including staffing, compensation, legal compliance, performance management and training and development. These are in addition to courses in broader areas such as organization behavior and general management.

The national SHRM organization also provides a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) Certification Exam and an Assurance of Learning Exam for students. Recently, five students at the Quad Cities completed and passed the rigorous PHR exam and have achieved the certification.

"I'm proud that our students are taking this step in their careers as human resource professionals," said Stewart. "By taking these exams they are demonstrating their knowledge of the most current principles and core practices of HRM, and they will better compete for the top HR positions across the nation and internationally."

Stewart has planned "HRM Day" Friday April 27 for students to network with HR professionals from the Quad Cities, learn more about career tracks in HRM and understand the HRM major and minor programs at WIU-QC.

"HRM is our newest educational opportunity, joining recent announcements of new English and communication majors, that once again is based on requests and documented need for local and regional employers," said Joe Rives, vice president for the Quad Cities, planning and technology. "We are proud to offer strong in-demand programs that help recruit and retain a highly talented workforce in the community and the region."

For more information or to RSVP for HRM Day, contact Stewart at

MOLINE, IL-- As part of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities' 100th anniversary celebration, set to begin in 2012, WIU-QC staff are calling on Quad Cities-area references to search their photo albums and memory banks.

The WIU-QC Anniversity Committee is seeking photographs and/or media and information related to WIU's presence in the Quad Cities (students and instructor photos; building shots; etc). The anniversary committee is also looking for individuals to interview who may have attended classes at Villa de Chantal and other original WIU sites; who had a relative attended WIU classes in the Quad Cities many years ago; and former professors and students who taught or attended classes in the Quad Cities; etc.

Photos/information and interviews will be used to create a documentary of WIU's history throughout the years in the Quad Cities to air on WQPT. WIU University Television and University historians/archivists will produce the documentary.

Slides, photographs, videos and stories will be collected, copied and returned to the original owners, who will receive a photo credit for the contribution(s). Electronic photos and video files are also welcomed.

To contribute photos and other information by Dec. 30 , contact Tami Seitz at

(309) 762-9481 or Photos, at least 300 dpi JPEG format, should be emailed to Seitz.