Authentic Lincoln signature discovered at WIU

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the United States. And a Western Illinois University staff member recently discovered that a document found on a campus–that appeared to be signed by President Abraham Lincoln–is indeed authentic. The document will now be housed in the archives at Western Illinois University’s Malpass Library, as explained in an article in from McDonough County Voice.

Look for more information soon at wiu.edu/news!

Thunderstruck? Not these guys!

Five WIU students were recently featured on WQAD News for their attempt to chase down a tornado–and they explained why storm spotters are helpful to the National Weather Service, too.

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screen shot of WQAD news clip

Learn more the meteorology program at WIU, and what makes it one of the very few of its kind in the Midwest.

Kangaroos, emus, and ‘wine science’: WIU Ag students hit Australia

In a recent article from the McDonough County Voice, professor of horticulture Mari Loehrlein poses an interesting question:

“What do you get when you combine 24 college students, a boomerang, a world-famous opera house, and a major agricultural production region? Well, if you stir gently, bake in the hot Australian sun, season with fresh local flavors of your choice (e.g. rugby, fruit bats, and beaches right next to an urban center), I think you’ll get the idea.”

As Professor Loehrlein describes, 24 students from the Western’s School of Agriculture spent 10 days over spring break learning about Australian culture and agriculture, with tours including the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Culture Center (see photo, below), a citrus orchard, and the wine science program at Charles Sturt University, among other highlights.

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image of WIU students visiting Muru Mittigar aboriginal center

Senior agriculture majors Mellisa Herwig (left) and Joe Dickinson (right) with tour guide at the at the Muru Mittigar aboriginal center

To learn more about the trip, read Professor Loehrlein’s highlights, or check out the entire page of trip photos from Professor Jon Carlson’s page!