MOLINE, IL - Faculty, staff and community members are invited to celebrate the history of Western Illinois University at the WIU-QC Founders' Day event beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in rooms 103/104 at the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus.

A light breakfast will be served prior to the ceremony. Individuals may register for the event by contacting Chris Brown at (309) 762-9481 or at

The program, including President Jack Thomas's State of the University address, will begin at 9 a.m. and the ceremonial bell will be rung to signal the start of classes at Western Illinois State Normal School.
Provost and Academic Vice President Ken Hawkinson and Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning Joe Rives will serve as host and emcee.

The Macomb campus Founders' Day celebration will be held Monday, Sept. 23 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Established in 1994, Founders' Day is celebrated to honor the beginnings of the University that evolved from the Western Illinois Normal and Training School with 229 students on Sept. 23, 1902 to today's University, which offers a comprehensive curriculum to more than 11,000 students.

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