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WIU-QC Founders' Day

September 19, 2012

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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. 25 in the Goldfarb Atrium 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 will include a viewing of the WIU-QC 100-year celebration video, which will also air on WQPT public television in September and October. At the Phase I ribbon-cutting in January, WIU-QC kicked off its 100-year anniversary of providing public higher education in the Quad Cities. In 1912, Professor E.E. Van Cleve began teaching extension classes in various locations throughout the region, including Moline-Rock Island. The most popular extension course was the "Principles of Teaching."

The Macomb campus Founders' Day celebration will be held Monday, Sept. 24 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 12,000 students.

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