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News for the WIU Campus Community

Sept. 17, 2010 • Vol 26, No. 2

University News

Freshman, Transfer and Graduate Numbers Up

Western Illinois University's Fall 2010 new freshman, transfer and graduate student enrollments have increased, while total enrollment for the University declined less than one percent due to large graduating classes in May 2009 and May 2010, according to 10-day enrollment reports.

Founders' Day Luncheon, State of University Address, Sept. 23

Faculty, staff and community members are invited to celebrate "The History of Western Illinois University" at the 17th annual Founders' Day Celebration Thursday, Sept. 23 in the WIU-Macomb University Union Grand Ballroom.

WIU Homecoming 2010: Sept. 24-25

Join the WIU Alumni Association on campus for Homecoming Weekend, with this year's theme of "2010 Reasons to Love Purple and Gold."

Thompson Announces Retirement

Jackie Thompson, who has served as vice president of administrative services since 1997, announced Sept. 13 that she will retire July 31, 2011 after 41 years of service.

"Jackie's significant contributions and leadership will be missed. Her vast knowledge of Western and her insight has made her an invaluable member of the University's administrative team, and has contributed to the many successes and advancement of administrative services at Western over the years," noted WIU President Al Goldfarb.

Notices, Reminders and Upcoming Events

'Liaisons' African American Studies Speaker Series

The Western Illinois University Department of African American studies will host "Liaisons," a lecture and discussion series, on topics relevant to the study of African American history, culture, and experiences. The next will be Tuesday, Oct. 5, "African Americans and Health Issues," presented by Fetene Gebrewold, health sciences, at 6 p.m., Morgan Hall 109 View the full schedule of speakers and topics here.

Murray St. Closure Extended

The closure of West Murray Street (C.T. Vivian Way) on the Western Illinois University campus has been extended through 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

We Care 2010

The Western Illinois University Fall We Care event, which has become a Homecoming Week tradition, will take place Monday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 23.

Tickets Available for Cannon Firing Raffle

Help support Western Illinois University's Army ROTC program by purchasing canon firing raffle tickets.

Upcoming Talks on Sustainability

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) will once again sponsor a series of Sustainability Brownbagger events from 12:30–1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in WIU's Leslie F. Malpass Library, third floor.

The first presentation is on Tuesday, Sept. 21: "Sustainability Across the Curriculum from Brainstorm to Action: Realizing Our Education and Outreach Goals" by Amy Patrick Mossman, associate professor of English.

See the full schedule in the Sept. 14 news release.

Facutly and Staff News

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.

Grants and Contracts

Richard Chamberlain and Crystal Hack, CAIT, received $239,760 from the Illinois Community College Board for "GED Illinois Online - Statewide Curriculum Deployment FY11." View the complete list of recent grant recipients here.

COEHS Faculty Excellence Award Winners

Six faculty members in Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) were honored recently at the COEHS "Opening of School" reception for their contributions to WIU and the college during the 2009-20110 academic year. For full information on the awards and their recipients, including comments fro m Lance Ternasky, COEHS associate dean, read the news release from Sept. 15.

Changes in Civil Service Personnel

New employees, reassignments and promotions, and resignations of Civil Services employees at WIU from Aug. 25. See the full list here.

Vizdal Named September EOM

Dana Vizdal, an office support specialist in the study abroad office at Western Illinois University, has been named the WIU September Civil Service Employee of the Month.

According to her nominators, "Dana is extremely organized and efficient. She demonstrates both enthusiasm and outstanding performance when carrying out her job duties. Read more about Vizdal in the full news release from Sept. 14.


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