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Oct. 4, 2013 • Vol 29, No. 3

University News

Western's Global Initiatives Continue

This fall, the University welcomed 15 new students from Brazil as part of a cooperative agreement with a federal program and the Brazilian government.


WIU Homecoming Events Oct. 3-12

Alumni and friends will descend on the WIU campus, joining current students, Oct. 3-12 to celebrate Homecoming 2013: "The Rocky Games: Western Is United."

Doktor Kaboom! Coming to Western Oct. 7

The Performing Arts Society (PAS) will present Doktor Kaboom!, an interactive one-man science variety show suitable for all audiences, free as a thank-you to the community, Monday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Big Picture, NCOD Activities Oct. 7-11

To commemorate National Coming Out Day Oct. 11, a variety of activities have been scheduled, beginning Monday, Oct. 7.

SECA Charity Fair Oct. 8

All Western Illinois University employees are invited to attend the State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) charity fair from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the third floor Sherman Hall auditorium.

Magoon to Deliver WIU's Annual Ferguson Lecture Oct. 14

Western Illinois University alumnus Patrick Magoon, president and CEO of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, will deliver the 2013 Robert and Mary Ferguson Lecture, "Improving Child & Adolescent Health in the Healthcare Reform Era," at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Gould Lecture Oct. 14

Lewis L. Gould, history professor emeritus of from the University of Texas, will speak on "Watergate Remembered: Representative Thomas Railsback and the Perspective from Western Illinois" on Monday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Morgan 101B. The lecture, based on the Railsback Papers held in the WIU Archives and Special Collections, is free and open to the public.

2013 Cohen Lecture to Cover Obesity and Lifestyle Approaches for Treatment Oct. 15

John M. Jakicic, professor and chair of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Department of Health and Physical Activity, will deliver the College of Education and Human Services' annual Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Health Screenings/Health Fair Oct. 23

Get a free health screening, and find out where your baseline health stats are now, and use that info to help plot out your health goals for the year from 11 a.m.-3 p.m at the Spencer Student Recreation Center.

Wellness Lecture Oct. 23

The third annual Jackie Thompson Wellness Lecture will be presented by Cathy McMillan, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. "The Sense and Cents of a Healthy Lifestyle" will be at the Sandburg Theatre in the University Union on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12:10 p.m.-1 p.m.

Free Diabetes Blood Screening Oct. 23

Bella Hearst Blood Screening is offered on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the University Union Concourse. Sponsored by the Bella Hearst Diabetes Institute.

Free Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose and Body Composition Screenings Oct. 29-31

Blood pressure, blood glucose and body composition screenings are offered at the following locations:

• Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8-9:30 a.m. in Horrabin Hall - room 1
• Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8-9:30 a.m. in University Union - Fox Room
• Thursday, Oct. 31, 8-9:30 a.m. in Sherman Hall - third floor auditorium

No appointment is necessary.
Blood pressure and blood glucose readings are sponsored by the School of Nursing.
Body composition readings are sponsored by Exercise Science Seniors.

Free Sun Damage Screening Oct. 29

Sun damage screening is offered on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8-9:30 a.m. in Horrabin Hall - room 1. Services are provided by McDonough District Hospital.

Free Hearing Screening Oct. 31

Hearing testing is offered on Thursday, Oct. 31, 8-9:30 a.m. in Sherman Hall, third floor auditorium. The screenings are sponsored by the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Cholesterol Screening Oct. 31

Cholesterol screening is offered on Thursday, Oct. 31, 8-9:30 a.m. in Sherman Hall, third floor auditorium. The cost is $25.

Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk Nov. 2

The second annual Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk is on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. The event raises funds for the Fallen Soldiers' Scholarship Fund. Entry fee, $25, due Friday, Oct. 25 to Holly Fecht in Sherman Hall 303. Race day registration will be accepted from 7-8:30 a.m. for $35.

Free Bone Density Screening Nov. 8

Bone density screening is offered on Friday, Nov. 8, 8-9:30 a.m. in Tillman Hall 301F. Services are provided by McDonough District Hospital. No appointment is necessary.

Free Family Skate Nov. 9

Family Skate is offered Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Spencer Student Recreation Center. Bring your little ones and enjoy a morning of free family skating to all the latest hits!

Delicious Nutritious Nov. 19

Delicious Nutritious is offered Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Knoblauch Hall 230--Small Kitchen. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 15. Cook tasty treats with senior dietetics students. The cost is $5.00; payment required at time of registration. Contact Sharon Chenoweth for reservations at or (309) 298-1971.

Faculty & Staff News

Edwards Named September Employee of the Month at WIU

Deborah Edwards, the chief clerk at the Center for International Studies, has been named the Western Illinois University Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for September.

Mandatory Notice of Insurance Marketplace

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) mandates the State of Illinois, as your employer, by and through Western Illinois University, to send you a notice that explains the option to purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Professional Activities

Grants and Contracts

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

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners

Vice president for student services award winners for September 2013.


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