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WIU Panel to Provide Perspective on Wall Street Turmoil

October 1, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT), in conjunction with the WIU Chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) and the Western Organization for Women (WOW), will present a panel discussion about the financial situation on Wall Street from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Stipes Hall 121.

According to Tom Erekson, CBT dean, the event will provide some perspective about recent financial market news and events that affect the U.S. economy and citizens.

"These are turbulent times on Wall Street, and it is having an impact in Macomb," Erekson explained. "To help people try to understand what's happening and how it will impact them, we have assembled a panel of experts from campus and the community who will share their knowledge and perspectives with us."

Panelists will include Western faculty William Polley from the economics department and James Tripp from the marketing and finance department, as well as Todd Lester from Citizens National Bank and Don Hubner from Edward Jones.

According to Polley, WIU provides a natural venue for such a panel.

"Those of us in academia have a responsibility to address issues of national, and indeed, global importance when they overlap with our area of expertise. The faculty members of Western are actively engaged in the study of these issues and would like to take this opportunity to share our perspective with the University community. The turmoil in the financial markets affects everyone in ways that are not necessarily obvious. Our goal is to shed some light on the situation for the benefit of the community," Polley added.

Polley also blogs about economic issues at

The Oct. 8 panel discussion is open free to the public.

For more information, contact Schuyler Meixner at (309) 298-2442 or

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