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Feb. 15, 2013 • Vol 28, No. 11

University News

Alumnus Donates Lincoln Portrait

Before he became the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln sat for a portrait in June 1860, and three sets of glass negatives were preserved. Nearly 153 years later, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, WIU alumnus Matthew Toland donated a framed portrait, made from one of those sets of negatives, to his alma mater.

Budget Update

President Jack Thomas presents the budget update.

WIU to Host Royal Thai Embassy Officials to Celebrate Int'l Studies Relationship

The Center for International Studies will host individuals from the Royal Thai Embassy on WIU's Macomb campus Feb. 16 - 18.


WIU Theme Speakers Series Feb. 19

Journalist Peter Bergen, one of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden, will speak Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the University Union Heritage Room.

Voca People Feb. 19

The group, Voca People, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Western's Hainline Theatre.

"State of Manhood" Feb. 20

Guest speaker Jason Laker will be speaking about men and masculinities on college campuses. In his address, he will explain the relationship between gender and leadership, how masculinities influence campus culture and share his experiences as an educator, administrator and male on today’s college campus. The lecture will be Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Hainline Theatre in Browne Hall.

Performing Arts Society Wine Tasting Feb. 23

The Performing Arts Society's 14th annual wine tasting event will be themed, "Corks and Court" and will combine wine tasting with the Leathernecks men's basketball game in the ESPN Bracket Buster. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the University Union Heritage Room.

40th Annual WIU Jazz Festival - Feb. 14-16

The Festival performance of the WIU Jazz Ensembles will be Friday Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the COFAC recital hall with special guest Marvin Stamm.

10th annual WIU Environmental Summit

The 10th annual WIU Environmental Summit, "Making Peace With the Planet," will be held Wednesday April 3 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the University Union.

Faculty & Staff News

Sells Named Civil Service Employee of the Month for February

Anita Sells, a human resources associate level two, has been named Civil Service Employee of the Month for February.

2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Call for Nominations

The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Selection Committee is soliciting nominations from WIU faculty, staff and students for the 2014 prestigious award. Self-nominations are welcome.

URC Internal Grants Competition Deadline April 9

The University Research Council (URC) has announced that the deadline for the FY2014 Internal Grants Competition is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. This competition is for projects that will be conducted from July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014.

Academic Advisor for the Month

Please nominate an outstanding academic advisor for the month.

Robert Joseph Synovitz, 79, died Dec. 19

Robert Joseph Synovitz died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Born Feb. 3, 1931, in Milwaukee, WI, Robert (Bob) became a scholar, athlete, coach, mentor, educator, author, husband, father, brother and more. Bob was professor and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, IL from 1968 to his retirement in 1989.

Professional Activities

Civil Service Personnel Updates

The February listing of changes in civil service personnel are now available.

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