Rep. Dan Swanson spends day at Western Illinois University

Photo credit: Lonnie H. Chambers Jr /

State Representative Dan Swanson spent the day at Western Illinois University in Macomb on Friday, February 4th learning more about the great things happening on campus.

While on campus, Rep. Swanson participated in a campus tour, a meeting with Dr. Guiyou Huang, President of WIU, met with Dr. Andy Baker in the Agriculture Department, Chaplain Ron Pettigrew and LTC Oborski regarding Veterans Services in the Military Science Department, Dr. Jill Myers in the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Department, Dr. Ranessa Cooper in the Biology Department, and Dr. Buzz Horn in the Broadcasting & Journalism Department.

One of the highlights of the visit beyond engaging with the students and faculty was discussion about the increased freshmen to sophomore retention rate at WIU. Rep. Swanson plans to visit campus again during the Spring.

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Dr. Huang, WIU President (Left) and Rep. Dan Swanson (Right)
Chaplain Ron Pettigrew (Left), Director of the Veterans Resource Center, and Cory Booher (Right), President of the Veterans Club, with Rep. Dan Swanson (Center) in the WIU ROTC Building.
Dr. Buzz Hoon and Rep. Dan Swanson look on at students in the Broadcasting and Journalism class working on a WIU Baseball team/coach story. Notable area WIU Journalism graduates include Marcia Lense of KWQC.