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April 15, 2011• Vol 26, No. 14

University News

SURS and HMO Changes Announced

The State of Illinois has selected four managed care plans to provide benefits to state employees, dependents and retirees starting July 1. Health Alliance was not one of the providers selected. In addition, changes to SURS affecting retirement annuities have been announced.

See Notices, Reminders and Upcoming Events (below) for Benefits Choice Meeting dates.

PAC Ceremonial Groundbreaking April 26

Western Illinois University's Performing Arts Center will be one step closer to reality when the ceremonial groundbreaking takes place Tuesday, April 26.

Candidates for VPSS to Begin Interviewing

Four candidates for the WIU vice president for student services (VPSS) position have been announced.

COEHS Names New Dean: Saddler

Sterling Saddler, professor and vice president of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), has been named dean of Western's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), effective July 1.

VP for Administrative Services Interviews Ongoing

Interviews for the WIU vice president of administrative services (VPAS) candidates are continuing through May 4.

Notices, Reminders and Upcoming Events

Benefits Choice Meetings

The Benefits Office will conduct meetings covering upcoming changes to insurance options (see "Changes Announced" above) on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3-4.

Celebration Concert

The next offering in the Tri States Public Radio Celebration Concert Series will feature Corky Siegel and Randy Sabien.

Juvenile Justice and Special Education Research Forum

Parents, secondary education teachers, and all those in the human services field--as well as the general public--are invited to attend a Juvenile Justice and Special Education Research Forum at Western Illinois University.

Summer Youth Programs Available

Three academic summer camps will be offered through Western's Non-Credit Programs: Adventures in Filmmaking, Art for Gifted and Talented Students and Girls Plus Math.

Donna Phillips Memorial 5K Run/Dog Walk April 16

Provide your pooch with a fun day of walking and get out and get some exercise for a good cause during the Second Annual Donna Phillips Memorial 5K Fun Run/Dog Walk.

Employee Wellness Events

Find more events and information on the Employee Wellness page.

Faculty and Staff News

Employee Discovers Authentic Lincoln Signature

When Roger Kent of University Television (UTV) looked a bit closer at a picture that had been hanging in his office for a few years, he noticed what looked like a signature belonging to the nation's 16th president. His hunch proved to be right.

Waugh Retirement Reception April 28

Teri Waugh, a financial aid adviser IV, will retire from WIU with 35 years of service.

Dean to be Honored with Art Dedication, Reception

An art dedication reception honoring WIU School of Music Professor Emerita Marietta Dean will be held Sunday, April 17 in the Multicultural Center.

Professional Activities

Recent faculty and staff presentations, publications and more.

Division of Student Services Awards

The Division of Student Services has announced its most recent listing of award winners.

Garrett to Direct Illinois Small Business Development Center

Greg Garrett, a native of Fulton County (IL), has been appointed director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Western.


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