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April 6, 2012• Vol 27, No. 14

University News

BOT Appointments

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced appointments to the Board of Trustees.

Think Purple Postage Stamp

Now, you can use a Think Purple postage stamp on your letter or postcard to show your Western pride nationwide.

DeWees Named VPAS

Julie DeWees, interim vice president of administrative services (VPAS), has been named the vice president of administrative services.


Nominations for Employee Recognition Awards

The nominations for the 2012 service awards for employees of WIU are being accepted through Friday, April 6.

COFAC Dean Interviews

Three candidates will interview for the position of dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

FYE Town Hall Meetings

The WIU First Year Experience (FYE) Review Committee will host a series of town hall meetings next week to discuss the review committee's report and to obtain input from WIU faculty, staff and students.

"Cocktails with Larry Miller"

WIU's Bureau of Cultural Affairs presents "Cocktails with Larry Miller" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Retirement Receptions

Retirement receptions will be held for Computer Science Instructor Martha Klems and Judy Brown on Thursday, April 12 and for Journalism Professor Bill Knight on Thursday, April 19.

2012-2013 Civil Service Employees' Dependent Scholarship Deadline

The deadline for 2012-2013 Civil Service Employees' Dependent Scholarship applications has been set for 3 p.m. Friday, April 13.

Health Screenings

The following health screenings are offered on Tuesday, April 17, 8-9:15 a.m. in Horrabin Hall, Room 1.

Blood Pressure, Body Composition provided by Exercsie Science Students within the Department of Kinesiology FREE of Charge!

Bone Density Screening provided by McDonough District Hospital Outreach Services FREE of Charge!

Total Cholesterol Screening provided by the Department of Kinesiology for $25.00

Planning & Budget Presentations

Western Illinois University's annual report presentations will be held from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Thursday, April 19 and from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday, April 20 in the University Union Capitol Rooms on the WIU-Macomb campus (Quad Cities Riverfront campus video-conference locations listed below). The presentations provide the campus communities with a progress report in support of the Higher Values in Higher Education Strategic Plan, accomplishments and outline goals - including fiscal savings suggestions - for the upcoming year.

The schedule is as follows:

April 19

  • 8 a.m. - President Jack Thomas - welcome; President's Area (RF 218)
  • 9 a.m. - Vice President for the Quad Cities, Technology and Planning Joe Rives (RF 111)
  • 10 a.m. - Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Brad Bainter (RF 218)

April 20

  • 8 a.m. - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Hawkinson (RF 230)
  • 9 a.m. - Vice President for Administrative Services Julie DeWees (RF 218)
  • 10 a.m. - Vice President for Student Services Gary Biller (RF218)

Mass of the Children Symphony Finale

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of WIU School of Music Professor Bruce Briney, will present "Mass of the Children" as the finale to its "Landscapes" concert season at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Quincy Junior High's Morrison Theater. The event is open free to WIU faculty, students and staff. Featured guest soloist and former WIU faculty member Virginia Broffitt will perform. Tickets for non-WIU faculty, staff or students are $15 ($12 seniors). Children 18 and under are admitted free.

Video Captioning Resource Available

Did you know that videos posted on WIU's website intended for public consumption must be captioned? The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) requires it. But there is a captioning help available if you need it. Fill out the video caption request form.

Faculty & Staff News

Symposium on Teaching, Research and Creative Activities

WIU's Annual Symposium on Teaching, Research and Creative Activities was held on March 23 in the University Union.

SURS Pension Forum Power Point

A PDF of the SURS pension powerpoint, which was presented at open forums March 29, can be found here. Click on "SURS Employee Forum Presentation" under "Top Links" on the right side of the web page.

Professional Activities

Grants and Contracts

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

Professional Activities

Recent publications and presentations by WIU faculty and staff.

Civil Service Personnel Updates

The February and March listing of changes in Civil Service personnel are now available.


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