Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides outpatient primary care services for students and their spouses or domestic partners. The center is equipped with its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility, and the center's physicians and mid-level practitioners provide diagnosis, treatment, and prescriptive services for individuals. Health education services are provided free of charge. Services such as x-ray examinations, pharmacy products, injection services, laboratory services, equipment, and office visits may have a co-pay. Information about Beu Health Center services can be found at www.student.services.wiu.edu/beu.
Campus Recreation provides students the opportunity to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The newly expanded Spencer Student Recreation Center features five multipurpose gym courts, two group fitness studios, an elevated track, a weight room, two cardio theatres, five racquetball courts, and an aquatics center. The Intramural Sports program offers students over 50 events annually with leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions at competitive, intermediate, and recreational levels of play. Sports Clubs also provide opportunities for regional and national competition just below the intercollegiate level. Group fitness and water aerobic classes are offered daily. Informational programs and personal trainers are available to assist students with fitness equipment. Information about on-campus recreational facilities and activities can be found by visiting www.campusrec.wiu.edu.
The Career Services Office serves the primary function of preparing students to market themselves to prospective employers and in the occupational guidance of students during their studies at Western. Preparation of students in the marketing process includes the composition of resumes and letters of communication, job searching, employer research, and interviewing skills. The Career Services Office offers comprehensive Internet services to students, alumni, and employers which include on-line registration, Internet job searches, SIGIplus Career Guidance programs, and Virtual Career Fairs. Providing career guidance through computer technology, the office supports a LAN program which is available throughout the campus. Services are available to students at every class level.
The Casa Latina Cultural Center offers a variety of programs to enlighten the University community and surrounding area about the history and cultural aspects of the international and Latino societies. Casa Latina also provides support services for international and Latino students that encourage and motivate them to have a successful college experience.
The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides personal, academic, study skills, and career counseling services to students. Both individual and group counseling are available. Sessions are confidential and free of charge to WIU students. In addition, a number of educational programs are offered on topics such as study skills, healthy relationships, depression, drug and alcohol concerns, and career information. A resource center is available with computers, books, videos, audio tapes, and other materials. Complete vocational, psychological, and learning problems assessment is provided as well as consultant services to other offices and agencies. The UCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. All staff counselors hold master’s or doctoral level degrees and are certified and/or licensed in their respective disciplines.
Disability Support Services (DSS), in accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations to make programs and activities accessible for WIU students with disabilities (orthopedic, visual, hearing, learning, chronic health). Any person desiring accommodations in the area of academics, housing, or auxiliary aids should contact DSS well in advance of intended enrollment. DSS will provide WIU publications in alternative format upon request.
The Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of student assistance programs, including grants, student employment, tuition waivers, and low interest loan funds. More than 70 percent of WIU students receive financial aid from private, federal, state, or University sources. Additional information about financial assistance and applications are available on the website www.fa.wiu.edu.
Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from their nearby residences to campus and with service to local merchants. Carrying over 1 million riders per year, Go West provides students with a reliable, low-cost public transportation system. Maps and schedules are available online at gowest.wiu.edu.
The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetess and Poet Laureate of Illinois. The mandate of the Center is to promote the rich cultural experience of African Americans. The Center is committed to helping the campus community adjust to a multicultural society without regard to age, race, or economic status.
Western Illinois University sponsors 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sport programs (10 for men and 10 for women), providing competitive competition opportunities for more than 500 student athletes. Western has earned conference championships in numerous sports over the past several years, bringing national recognition to the University and the Athletics department. The football team competes in the Gateway Football Conference, while all of the other 19 sport programs compete in the Mid-Continent Conference. All of Western’s sport programs are guaranteed NCAA post-season tournament opportunities through conference championships.
Learning to Lead is a comprehensive leadership experience that helps students develop and enhance their leadership abilities through courses, workshops, community service, and practical experience. For more information, visit the Learning to Lead website at www.student.services.wiu.edu/ltl/.
The Office of Student Activities, located on the first floor of the University Union, is the primary resource for student organizations and programs. Student life at WIU is enriched by involvement in any of the hundreds of campus organizations that meet the diverse, cultural, intellectual, and social interests of students. Opportunities for student involvement include leadership development, volunteer services, student programming, Student Government Association, Multicultural Programs, Greek organizations, and almost 200 student organizations. Co-curricular activities provide opportunities for leadership, organizational and communication skills, and opportunities to meet new people and have some fun. The Office of Student Activities provides students with developmental learning experiences while ensuring that a spectrum of programs is provided to enhance the campus community.
The Student Assistance and Parent Service Center provides students with information regarding financial aid, registration, housing and dining, public safety, cultural centers, health and counseling, disability support, childcare, scholarships, veterans resources, and community resources in one central location. Students may check on university bills, obtain telephone codes or photo IDs, and activate WIU e-mail accounts at the Center.
The Office of Student Development and Orientation (SDO) provides programs, services, and support to enhance student success, learning, and personal development focusing specifically on college transition. SDO coordinates WIU’s new student orientation programs that assist in their transition to the institution. Beyond the orientation process, the SDO staff interacts with family members, University faculty and personnel, and community agencies in assisting students with crisis situations. SDO is the liaison that assists students who experience any trauma due to emergency health or personal problems. In addition, SDO conducts exit interviews for students contemplating a university withdrawal. More information about SDO is available on the website www.sdo.wiu.edu.
Student Judicial Programs (SJP) promotes responsible individual and group behavior on the WIU campus and within the Macomb community. This office informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct and numerous program presentations. Through coordination and management of the disciplinary review process, SJP endeavors to address student behavioral problems, reinforcing standards of academic excellence and social responsibility, promoting educational opportunity and personal growth, and encouraging activities that prevent violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
A licensed practicing attorney represents students charged with traffic and misdemeanor offenses in McDonough County Court. In addition, the attorney provides legal advice and counseling for a variety of issues including landlord-tenant conflicts, consumer problems, small claims court, and rental lease questions. No fees are charged for these services.
The Western Courier is a student-run newspaper. It publishes three days per week during the regular academic year and on a reduced schedule during the summer session. The newspaper is funded by a combination of ad revenue and a student publication fee.
The mission of University Housing and Dining Services is to provide safe, clean, comfortable residence halls and apartment facilities; a nutritious, well-balanced food service program; and programs that support the academic goals of students. The University Housing and Dining Services staff provide a wide range of services and programs for students living on campus. A wide variety of lifestyle options make life in WIU's residence halls a unique educational experience. Special lifestyle options are available for students who prefer 24-hour quiet, a single room, or suite-style accommodations. All residence halls are smoke free. Other popular lifestyle options include fine arts, nontraditional nine-month housing, and the new transfer floor. All residence hall rooms are wired for Internet and LAN connection. A range of choices also exists for on-campus apartments. WIU offers one- and two-bedroom apartments for graduate and non-traditional students and for students who are married, are in a documented domestic partnership, or have children. An International House provides students a 12-month living environment.
The University Union, located between the north and south campuses, is the community center of the University. It provides a variety of meeting and dining facilities for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. Union services available include a food court, meeting and banquet rooms, ballrooms, bowling lanes, a billiards room, a bookstore, guest rooms, computer stations, a small theatre, wireless Internet, check cashing, ATM machines, fax service, cashier services, and a convenience store.
The Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a scenic and challenging 18-hole championship venue featuring beautiful vistas, spectacular elevation changes, four sets of tees, undulating greens, and bentgrass tees and greens. In addition, the course provides a driving range, putting green, golf instruction, a nine-hole pitch and putt course, and a pro shop that carries a full line of quality golf equipment, logo apparel, and accessories. More information about the course and daily fee rates can be found on the website www.golf.wiu.edu.
The mission of the Women’s Center is to promote gender equity through education, support, and advocacy and to respond to issues affecting the status of female students, faculty, and staff on campus as well as women in the community and in society. The Women’s Center provides information, programs, resources, and referrals related to the specific needs of women in such areas as health, education, finance, and employment. Women’s Center staff and volunteers connect people with resources on campus and in the community, region, and nation and can help with research papers and class projects as well as provide resources and support in understanding and confronting gender-based discrimination and violence. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to utilize the resources in the lending library of books, periodicals, DVD’s, and video and audio tapes. The center sponsors several empowerment and support groups as well as student organizations. For additional information about the Women’s Center go to www.wc.wiu.edu.