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Dec. 16, 2011• Vol 27, No. 9

University News

Hawkinson Named Provost

Ken Hawkinson has been named provost and academic vice president at WIU, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Western Degree Programs Make "Hot College Majors" List

Two undergraduate degree programs at WIU are hot, according to the "Hot College Majors" list, released this fall by U.S. News and World Report.

Katz Named November Employee of the Month

Ashley Katz, facilities manager for the University Union, has been named the WIU December Civil Service Employee of the Month.

Sodexo Employee at WIU Receives Presidential Citation

Jayson Nelson, an employee for Sodexo at the WIU campus, recently received Sodexo’s Presidential Citation in recognition for saving a life.

FY'12 Cash Flow Update (12/14/11)

Western Illinois University has received its final reimbursements from the state for FY'11. More.

2011 Big Pink Raises More Than $16,000 for Breast Cancer

WIU has provided yet another substantial contribution to help fund the cause of beating breast cancer.

Brattain Transfer Scholarship Established at WIU

A scholarship to benefit transfer students from Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties has been established at WIU by William "Dr. B" and Jacquie Brattain.

Grant Continues to Help PACERS Program

Thanks to AT&T, Rock Island (IL) High School PACERS (Positive Achievement and Creativity Equals Righteous Success) and WIU-QC continues to benefit from a nearly $375,000 infusion to help at-risk ninth grade students in the Rock Island School District (RISD).


Save the Date - Macomb Campus Master Plan Open Forums

Three firms will be on the WIU-Macomb campus next month as part of the Quality-Based Selection (QBS) process to select a firm to provide an update to the Macomb Campus Master Plan. The plan, which was first completed by Goody Clancy in 2007, is intended to be updated every five years. Goody Clancy and Smith Group JJR will present Jan. 23, while Durant will present Jan. 24. Open forum times and more details will be announced following the holiday break.

WIU Archives Offers Unique Holiday Gift Idea

For a nominal fee, anyone can get a high-quality version of any print in the Archives collection to be reprinted.

WIU's 2011 Fall Honors, Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 16-17

Commencement Ceremonies will be held Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17 in Macomb.

WIU School of Ag Selling Organic, Locally Produced Rocky Popcorn and Honey

Give the gift of organic and locally grown and/or produced honey and popcorn this holiday season.

Western Illinois University Break Schedule

WIU's Macomb and Quad Cities campuses will observe winter break with holiday and administrative closure Friday, Dec. 23-Monday, Jan. 2.

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Division of Student Services Awards

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Grants and Contracts

View the most recent listing of grant and contract recipients, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

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