WIU: Who We Are, What We Do: Macchi & Roderick
March 2, 2016
Behind the bricks and mortar, there are the people of Western Illinois University and the Macomb community.
Who I Am: Hello! I am Stacey Macchi (some call me smacks or smacchi)! I am someone who LOVES to teach, someone who LOVES to mentor and someone who LOVES WIU. I am a Leatherneck through and through as I try to give 110% in everything I do.
What I Do: I am an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and the First Year Experience faculty associate for WIU. What I hope I do every day is make a difference in the life of someone at WIU.
Why I Love WIU: WIU is home to me. Moving around as a kid, I never lived in one location for more than two years. That is, until I moved to Macomb. As someone who attended WIU for both undergraduate and graduate studies and now works at my alma mater, there isn't anything else I would say except that WIU is home to me. Because WIU is home to me, I feel like I am one of the guardians of this institution. One of the main reasons why I love WIU is because of the people. There is always a smiling face and a kind hello. People are always making a difference to our students, WIU and Macomb communities and ... to me.
Who I Am: Joe Roderick. I am a 2007 broadcasting graduate from WIU and I currently live on the Illinois side of St. Louis. I was born in Chicago, where I lived until I was 12, and I am a second generation WIU alum (mother).
What I Do: I host a sports talk radio show in St. Louis on CBS Sports 920/InsideStl.com. I have being doing radio in St. Louis since 2009. While attending WIU, I hosted a 6-9 a.m. morning show my senior year on 88.3 The Dog.
Why I Love WIU: I love being a WIU alum because I feel that my school will always be there for me. It is a bond that I have with WIU and the town of Macomb. I have friends who attended Mizzou and Illinois, and I can always tell that the connection I have with WIU is different than what they have with their schools. I felt accepted from the first day I set foot on campus, and to this day I still keep in touch with so many professors and classmates.