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News for the WIU Campus Community

Sept. 3, 2010 • Vol 26, No. 1

University News

Welcome Back from the President

While the start of the school year is always meaningful, the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year is even more personally meaningful as this marks my final year at Western Illinois University. As in years past, it is my pleasure to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff to Western for the new school year. As Elaine and I begin our ninth and final year at Western, I want to express our sincere appreciation to the campus community for its continued support and dedication. Click here to read more...

Al Harris Named Admissions Director

Al Harris, associate vice president for student services at Western Illinois University, has agreed to serve as the associate vice president and undergraduate admissions director at WIU, effective Sept. 1, according to Vice President for Student Services Garry Johnson. Click here to read more...

Ann Comerford Named University Union Director

Ann Comerford, director of Western Illinois University's Office of Student Activities, has been named the University Union Director, effective Sept. 1, according to Vice President for Student Services Garry Johnson.

Comerford succeeds University Union Director Al Harris, who has been named director of undergraduate admissions at Western, effective Sept. 1. Click here to read more...

Cash Flow Update

In recent weeks, the University has been reimbursed $10 million from the state of Illinois for FY'10 expenditures; however, we are awaiting reimbursement for the remaining $6 million of the FY'10 appropriated budget. We are very appreciative of the state's efforts to finalize FY'10 appropriated reimbursements.Click here to read more...

Notices, Reminders and Upcoming Events

Award-Winning Journalist Bill Knight to Deliver Hallwas Lecture

Bill Knight, an award-winning journalist, professor and deputy director of the journalism program at Western, will present the Eighth Annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture, "I Read the News Today — Oh, Boy: Journalism, Empathy and the Liberal Arts," Tuesday, Sept. 7 at WIU-Macomb and Wednesday, Sept. 8 in Room at WIU-Quad Cities. Click here to read more...

Homecoming 2010: Sept. 24-25

Join the WIU Alumni Association on campus for Homecoming 2010…"2010 Reasons to Love Purple and Gold." Click here to read more...

Free Employee Wellness Events Sept. 13, 29

"Wellness Within: How to Recognize and Use Your Hidden Psychological Resource to Enhance Your Wellness," presentation by Dr. Tracy Knight, psychology; Western Walks-a-Thon on the Hanson Field Track Click here to read more...

Public Comments Sought: Accreditation

Western Illinois University alumni, faculty, staff, students, donors and friends, as well as community members, are invited to submit comments about the University for the institution's evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. All comments must be submitted by Jan. 14, 2011. Click here to read more...

Faculty and Staff News

URC Internal Grants Competition Deadline Oct. 6

Eligible applicants include tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are not members of the URC at the time of application. Click here to read more...

Faculty Summer Stipend Proposals Due Sept. 24

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to 13 summer stipends of $3,000 each for Summer 2011. Click here to read more...

Grants and Contracts

A listing of faculty and staff awards from Summer 2010. Click here to read more...

Professional Activities

Presentations and other professional activities by WIU faculty and staff. Click here to read more...

Civil Service Awards Renamed to Reflect Goldfarb's Generosity

Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb and his wife, Elaine, have established an endowment to permanently fund the University's Civil Service Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year awards. The awards have been renamed the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month Award and the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Year Award to reflect the Goldfarb's generosity and commitment to Western.Click here to read more...

July EOM

Keri Allison, facilities manager for the University Union at Western Illinois University, was named the WIU July Civil Service Employee of the Month. Click here to read more...

August EOM

Jane Woerly, an office support specialist in the department of philosophy and religious studies, has been named the WIU August Civil Service Employee of the Month. Click here to read more...

DeWees Named COAP Employee of the Year

Julie DeWees, director of the budget office at Western Illinois University, has been named the 2010 Employee of the Year by the Council of Administrative Personnel (COAP) for her extraordinary leadership and tireless efforts analyzing and maintaining the University's budget processes. Click here to read more...


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