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Oct. 17, 2014 • Vol. 30, No. 4

University News

President's Town Hall Meetings

President Jack Thomas will host a series of town hall meetings.

BOT Approves FY'16 Budget Recommendations

The Board of Trustees approved Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget and capital budget recommendations, as well as the FY'15 All-Funds Budget at its Oct. 3 Board meeting.

Contact WIU Forestry Club to Protect Ash Trees in Macomb Area from Emerald Ash Borer

As a service to the Macomb area community and to raise funds for activities, the WIU Forestry Club will begin treating ash trees this fall to protect them from EAB.

WIU Part of Announcement for Macomb Bypass

Gov. Pat Quinn announced a $35 million investment to continue work on the Macomb Bypass, a new highway that will take motorists around the west side of Macomb.


Corn Maze at Horn Field Campus Open Every Weekend in October

The Corn Maze at Horn Field Campus (HFC) is ready for you, your family and your friends this coming weekend and every weekend in October!

WIU SUAA Luncheon Oct. 14

The State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) will hold its annual fall luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.

Hopkins to Speak at WIU Oct. 14

Steve Hopkins, founder of 3E Love, will visit Western Illinois University at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Take Back the Night Rally is Oct. 16

The 25th annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) march and rally takes place Thursday, Oct. 16. This year's theme is "Shatter the Silence: End the Violence."

'Sock Monkey Saturdays' Oct. 18 and Nov. 15

The Western Illinois University Art Gallery will present "Sock Monkey Saturdays," from 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.

Gluck Festival Starts Friday at WIU Oct. 17-19

The School of Music will host the Gluck Festival Friday-Sunday, Oct. 17-19 in Memorial Hall at in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

WIU AGR Annual Smokin' Hog Fundraiser Oct. 18

The Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) Fraternity at will present its 22nd annual Smokin' Hog fundraiser.

6th Annual Cohen Lecture: "Public Health in an Age of Inactivity" Set for Oct. 28

Curt L. Lox, professor and interim dean at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, will deliver the College of Education and Human Services' sixth annual Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 28

Italian-African Filmmaker to Visit WIU Nov. 5

Italian-African filmmaker and social activist Fred Kudjo Kuwornu will visit the Western Illinois University campus Wednesday, Nov. 5, to speak from 7-9 p.m., in the Sandburg Theater.

'Stuff the Bus' Returns to WIU Nov. 5

The seventh annual "Helping Hands Across America Stuff the Bus 2014" food drive will be held from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 on Western Illinois University's campus and in Macomb.

WIU Libraries Holding Special Fall Fiction Frenzy Book Sale Nov. 10-13

University Libraries will host a special "Fall Fiction Frenzy" book sale from 11 a.m-5 p.m. each day Monday-Thursday, Nov. 10-13. The sale will take place in the Leslie F. Malpass Library staff lounge, located on the first floor, and is open free to the public.

Faculty & Staff News

Lascelles Named October Employee of the Month

Western Illinois University staff nurse II Ann Lascelles has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for October.

Grant Enables WIU Ed Faculty Members to Visit Canton (IL) Elementary School to Help Inform Teacher Prep Programs

Last month, a daylong visit to Westview Elementary School in Canton (IL) provided 15 College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) faculty members with the opportunity to observe how Response to Intervention (RtI) principles are put into practice in an elementary school setting.

SECA 2014 Campaign Launched

The Office of Human Resources announced the launch of the annual State and University Combined Appeal (SECA) campaign, which provides employees the opportunity to donate to the charitable cause of their choice. The campaign will be held through Nov. 7.

Honesty Wins Two Theatre Design Awards

Assistant Professor Tammy Honesty has been awarded two prestigious regional theatre awards for her design work on a 2013 show at the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH.

Professional Activities

Grants and Contracts

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

Civil Service Personnel Updates

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Professional Activities

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Retired plumber Hayden Mac Cooper II, 70, passed away Oct. 7.


Kenneth Epperson, 90, retired community college relations director for Admissions, died Oct. 2 in Macomb.


Patti Hutinger, 82, former director of Macomb Projects (later, The Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education) and professor of early childhood education, passed away March 26 in Macomb.


Physical education Professor Emeritus Alice Kellogg, 85, died Monday, Sept. 29 in Macomb.


Jerry Markley, 67, a retired television services broadcast engineer, died Oct. 5.


Retired Professor and Administrator Eric Stiffler, 67, passed away Aug. 24 in Macomb.

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