Advancement & Public Services
Dec. 11: Normal School Hosts Farmers Convention
The State Normal School hosted a convention for farmers of the Military Tract region of Illinois. More than 200 farmers attended the two-day convention, where they shared how well their crops and livestock had done for the year and discussed new methods and procedures to increase yields in the upcoming year.
Dec. 12: Henninger Recruitment Trip
John W. Henninger, president of the State Normal School, left on a three-day recruitment trip in Green County Illinois. He visited high schools in White Hall, Wrights, and Greenfield to speak with the students about the new Normal School and why they should attend Western.
Dec. 17: Last Day of Classes
Dec. 17 was the last day of class in the inaugural year of 1902 for the State Normal School. Students left Macomb and went home for the holidays until classes resumed Jan. 6.
Dec. 13: Professor Gives Talk on Military Tract
J.C. Burns, history professor, presented a lecture on the origins and history of the Military Tract region of Illinois. He covered how the idea had been formed to pay soldiers in the War of 1812 with land and what life was like for the first settlers to live in the Military Tract region.
Dec. 17: School Christmas Party Held
A school-wide Christmas party was held for the students of the Normal School. Refreshments were served, carols were sung, and almost everyone, including important figures like President Morgan and the Dean of Women Caroline Grote, wrote letters to Santa Claus.
Dec. 11: Pep Band Tryouts
The WIU Music Department announced that it was holding tryouts for positions in the school's pep band. All students who could play instruments were encouraged to audition for a spot, as both instrumental and conductor positions were available for the basketball season.
Dec. 13: Illinois Football Coach Speaks at Football Banquet
Ray Eliot, the head coach of the University of Illinois football team, was in Macomb to speak at the Western High/Western Illinois State College football awards banquet.
Dec. 14: Sigma Tau Gamma Goes Undefeated, Wins IAC Football Crown
The Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity beat the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity 41-0 to complete an undefeated football season and win the IAC (Inter-fraternal Athletic Conference) football championship.
Dec. 10: Sexual-Harassment Policy Established
Western's official sexual harassment policy was created (it was implemented in Spring 1981). WIU became the first university in the state to have an official policy.
Dec. 10: Students Hold Memorial Gathering for John Lennon
A large group of WIU students gathered at the University Union to mourn the death of John Lennon, who had been shot outside his New York City home Dec. 8.
Dec. 12: Fraternity "Freezes" for Iranian Hostages
Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity began a "freeze for the hostages" campaign to gain attention and sympathy for the American hostages in Iran, who were spending their second Christmas in captivity. Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon took turns camping out and braving the cold winter temperatures on the front yard of their Adams Street residence through all of finals week.
Dec. 8: Physics Department Receives Wireless Telegraph
The Normal School's physics department received a donation of a wireless telegraph, and held a demonstration in the Sherman Hall Auditorium.
Dec. 5: All School Basketball Tournament Held
An inter-class basketball tournament was held at the Normal School. Two teams were comprised of WISNS students, and teams for the 9th-12th grades of the Academy were organized, with a total of six teams participating. The tournament’s winner was the 12th grade Academy team.
Dec. 7: Athletics Constitution Amended
Coach Roberts met with the Board of Control regarding the need to amend the athletics constitution due to complaints about the way varsity letters, numbers, and awards were given out following football season. The amendment was aimed at lessening the requirements for players to receive awards in the future.
Dec. 4: Russian Art Exhibit Displayed in Arts Building
The Work of Russian Artist Alexander Archipenko was displayed at the Arts Building until the beginning of Christmas Break.
Dec. 6: New Addition to the Morgan Gym
Construction of a new addition to the Morgan Gym began. The new two-story addition featured an enclosed swimming pool, locker rooms, a student lounge, five multipurpose activity rooms, and a two-lane bowling alley.
Dec. 4: Trash Fire Chute Fire at Wetzel Hall
Macomb firefighters were called to Wetzel Hall in the early morning hours to fight a fire, which originated in the building’s trash chute. The 10th through 13th floors received smoke damage (no one was injured). The cause of the fire was later found to be a cigarette that was thrown down the chute.
Dec. 8: University TV Launches Children's Programing
TV-2, Western's television station, began airing "Macomb Express," a children's educational program. The show was hosted by Engineer Mike and his puppet friend, Clancy.
November 26-December 2
Nov. 26: Western's Inaugural Football Season Ends
The first football season for the State Normal School came to an end when the team traveled to the Tri Cities for a match against Moline High School on Thanksgiving Day. Western lost the game 33-5, which gave the team a final record of 3 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.
Nov. 28: State Normal School Hosts McDonough County Teachers Institute
A teacher’s institute was held for the McDonough County public school teachers.
Nov. 29: Good Speech Week to be Held at State Normal School
Nov. 29 marked the beginning of “Good Speech Week” at the Normal School. All week Western students were told about how and why it was important to practice “good English” in their daily lives. Some of the programs that were presented included "Down with Slang," "Good English: An Asset to Business: and "The 10 Commandments of Good Speech."
Nov. 26: Long-time Former Professor Cooper Dies
Bessie M. Cooper died at a hospital in the Quad Cities. Cooper retired in 1946 after spending 34 years as an elementary education instructor in the laboratory school. Even in her retirement, she had remained involved and volunteered regularly at the school.
Nov. 27: Laboratory School Opens New Gym
The Western High Cardinals basketball team moved into a new gymnasium, which was opened on the north side of the laboratory school (now the COFAC Recital Hall). The first game in the gym was played against Keokuk High. Western High lost 44-28.
Nov. 30: WIU Debate Team Places at State Tournament
Western’s debate team competed in the Illinois State Debate Tournament and came home with a third place finish. Some of the teams they faced and defeated were Wayne State, Illinois State, and Northwestern University. Harvard University won the tournament.
Dec. 2: Freshmen Class Enrollment Projected to Rise
WIU President Leslie Malpass announced that he expected the 1981 freshmen class to be significantly larger than the Fall 1980 class. On Dec. 1 applications were up 15 percent and acceptance into WIU had increased more than 7 percent compared with the figure from the previous year.
Nov. 20: Trustees Meeting Held in Chicago
The Board of Trustees for the Western Illinois State Normal School met and conducted their meeting at the Office of the State Architect in Chicago. The reason for the unique location was that the Board had many bills to pay, contracts to settle, and plans for the continuation of the Main Building's (now Sherman Hall) construction to discuss. Additionally, the Board voted to relieve the Macomb Citizens Committee of any further obligations in the construction and operation of the State Normal School.
Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break
The State Normal School announced that it would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, starting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and continuing through the following Tuesday.
Nov. 24: Literacy Societies Hold Joint Party
Both of the Normal School's literary societies, The Emersonians and The Platonians, held a joint Thanksgiving dinner and party.
Nov. 19: Grote Enforces Rules for Female Students
A meeting was called by Caroline Grote for all local families who had female students living with them. At the time WISNS had only one residence hall, so many students rented rooms. Grote informed the families who leased rooms that she had updated female student code of conduct, and she highly recommended that all families housing female students enforce the rules.
Nov. 19: Drama Club Performance
The Green Door Drama Club completed a two-night showing of the fall musical, “The Neighborhood,” directed by Lee Compt.
Nov. 22: Student Band Holds Performance
The Western Illinois State Normal School Band held its first public performance. The band, directed by E. Eller, was comprised of volunteers from the normal school student body.
Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Dinner Held for Students
The annual Student Thanksgiving Dinner was held in Grote Hall.
Nov. 21: Art Professor Named to Board
Paul Swain was named to the Illinois Art Education Foundation's Board of Directors. Swain, an assistant professor of art, came to Western in 1945 and taught art classes for college students and for students in the Laboratory School.
Nov. 22: Student Gives Music Concert
Edward Pease performed in concert for WIU students in the Sherman Hall auditorium. Pease, a senior, sang several classical selections, such as exerpts from Handel's "The Messiah."
Nov. 19: WIU Student Honored by City of Macomb
WIU student Mike Maher was awarded as the 1980 Outstanding Citizen of Macomb by the Macomb City Council. Maher, a business administration major, was a wide-receiver on the WIU football team for three years, earning All-American Team status following his performance during the 1980 season.
Nov. 20: Blood Drive Success
A blood drive, was sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega Sorority and the Beu Health Center held on campus collected 577 pints of blood from donors. This feat put WIU in the top 10 for university blood drives in the United States.
Nov. 24: Western Awarded Two Microcomputers
The WIU Biological Sciences Department was awarded two new microcomputers by the Apple Education Foundation. These new microcomputers, which had a combined worth of $11,118, were programmed so students could use them for self-instruction in science.