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Jan. 17, 2014 • Vol 29, No. 9

University News

Distance Learning Earns U.S.News Rankings

For the third consecutive year, Western Illinois University's distance learning program has been recognized by U.S.News Best Online Education Program rankings.

WIU Named a Top Military-Friendly School in 2014 'Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities'

Western Illinois University has been designated a "Top Military-Friendly University" in the Military Advanced Education (MAE) "2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities."


Rocky on Parade to be Featured on Two Upcoming Television Specials Jan. 17

The 14 statues that make up the Western Illinois University Rocky on Parade public art project will be featured in two upcoming television shows, one on University Television and one on the PBS program "Illinois Stories."

New Deal Art Exhibit to Open at WIU Art Gallery Jan. 18

A new exhibit opening at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery Saturday, Jan. 18 will highlight the University's collection of Federal Art Project pieces.

Budget Presentation Set for Jan. 23

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas will host a presentation Thursday, Jan. 23 to discuss the University's current budget and the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

'Yes, You Can!' Employee Wellness Session Jan. 29

Western Illinois University Employee Wellness will present, "Yes, You Can!" from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre free of charge.

Enrich YOU at WIU! Programs for Employees

It's a new year, and it's time to learn something new. Western Illinois University's Human Resources office is sponsoring several programs, to be held during the spring semester, centered on new learning opportunities for WIU employees, including faculty, staff and administrators.

WIU's Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center to host 28th MLK Celebration

The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center at Western Illinois University will host its 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative celebration Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Difficult Conversations 3, Stereotyping Each Other: Experiencing the Urban/Rural Divide Off Campus Feb. 5

The February DifCon focuses on tensions experienced off campus due to racial, ethnic and other differences.

Faculty & Staff News

403b Universal Availability Notice

The WIU 403b supplemental retirement plan is another avenue to use pretax earnings to save for retirement and reduce your taxable income. The voluntary plan includes providers offering a variety of investment options from mutual funds to guaranteed return funds.

Chambers Named Employee of the Month

Derinda Chambers, a medical transcriptionist II at Beu Health Center, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for January.

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