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WIU Expanding Graduate Program to QC Campus

After 50 years on the main campus in Macomb, Western Illinois University plans to expand one of its graduate programs to the Moline campus. Beginning this fall, the master's degree program in Sport Management will be available in the Quad Cities.

Professor Katja Sonkeng says it makes sense because of all the sports-related opportunities here, including professional baseball and hockey, the TaxSlayer Center, and the new TBK sports complex in Bettendorf.

"We actually did a feasibility study to see if it's viable to extend our program to the Quad Cities. And the survey really showed us there's a huge demand for sport management in that region. But at the same time, also the desire to stay home and local."

The graduate program requires classes for four semesters, plus an internship, and there are currently 44 students enrolled in Macomb. They come from across the country, and some foreign countries too.

Sonkeng says program graduates now work as coaches, sports information directors, athletic directors, and academic advisors.

The M.S. degree in Sport Management is now part of WIU's Department of Kinesiology, and work is underway to add an under-graduate program.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.