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Aug. 2, 2013 • Vol 28, No. 18

University News

WIU Professor, Students Work on Tornado Study

The research of a WIU professor, Marcus Buker, and two of the school's meteorology students could contribute to better tornado prediction methods.

Rocky Moves for Scholarships

To assist with scholarship funding, the WIU Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) has launched the campaign, "Moving Rocky for Scholarships."

Rocky on Parade Artists

The work of regional artists, including WIU students and faculty/staff, as well as students from WIU's Kappa Pi honorary art fraternity, is about to "go to the dogs."


WIU Community Music School 2013-14

The WIU Community Music School (CMS) is once again offering programs and private lessons for members of the Macomb and surrounding communities interested in finding their inner musicians.

Allison Farm Field Day Aug. 8

Nutrient management is the theme for the WIU Organic Research Program's annual Allison Farm Field Day.

Performing Arts Society's Annual Diamonds and Denim Aug. 9

The Performing Arts Society will once again bring its "Diamonds and Denim" event to The Forum in Macomb on Friday, Aug. 9.

Moreno Book Signing Sept. 14

Richard Moreno, director of student publications and a faculty member in Western's English and journalism department, will be signing his latest book, "Myths and Mysteries of Illinois: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained," from 10:30 a.m.-noon and again from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at New Copperfield's Book Service in Macomb.

Faculty & Staff News

Summer Stipend Opportunities

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to ten summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2014.

Lytle Named Employee of the Month

Jason Lytle, a police officer in the Office of Public Safety (OPS), has been named the WIU Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

Mhango Named Chair of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality Dept.

Mary Mhango, formerly a professor in the College of Education at Marshall University (West Virginia), has been named chair of the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality. She began her post July 15.

Gregory Named Chair of Curriculum and Instruction Dept.

Anne Gregory, formerly a professor in the Boise State University (BSU) Department of Literacy, has been named chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She began her post July 22.

Parsons Named Associate Provost

Nancy Parsons has been named associate provost for undergraduate and graduate studies, effective Aug. 1.

Bell Named Director of Athletics

James (Tommy) Bell, director of intercollegiate athletics, recreation and intramurals, Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne (IPFW), has been named director of athletics. Bell will begin his duties Aug. 12.

Jani Services

Services for Subhash N. Jani, 73, professor of special education at WIU for 29 years, were held on Saturday, July 20.

Derry Services

Services for L. Elaine Derry, a retired long time WIU employee, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the Sciota Christian Church.

Professional Activities

Grants and Contracts

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

Professional Activities

View the most recent publications and presentations by WIU faculty and staff.

Civil Service Personnel Updates

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


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