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Oct. 3, 2014 • Vol. 30, No. 3

University News

2014 State of the University Address

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas presented the 2014 State of the University Address, "Looking Back to Move Forward," at the 21st Annual Founders' Day celebration Sept. 23.

WIU: Best Bang for the Buck

The 2014 Washington Monthly College Guide has recognized Western Illinois University as a "Best Bang for the Buck" school.

BOT to Act on FY'16 Budget

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will consider the Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget and capital budget recommendations, as well as the FY'15 All-Funds Budget to be presented to state governance at the Friday, Oct. 3 Board meeting in the University Union Capitol Rooms on the Macomb campus.

Kellogg to Serve as WIU Homecoming Grand Marshal

Western Illinois University Alumnus and Education Professor Emeritus Maurice Kellogg has been named the grand marshal for the University's 2014 Homecoming Celebration.


WIU Homecoming Weekend Oct. 3-4

Alumni and friends will descend on the Western Illinois University campus Oct. 3-4 to celebrate Homecoming 2014: "WIU: A Hero's Homecoming: Who's Your Hero?"

'Finding Your Ancestors' Presentation Oct. 7

Western Illinois University Libraries is sponsoring the presentation "Finding Your Ancestors" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, second-floor classroom.

COFAC to Host Guest Recital Oct. 8

Western Illinois University's College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) will host a guest recital featuring percussionists Nick Fox and Trevor Saint at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the COFAC Recital Hall.

Celebration Concert-Robbie Fulks Oct. 18

Join the Celebration Concert featuring Robbie Fulks at 7 p.m Oct. 18 in the Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio.

Big Pink Volleyball Set Oct. 20-23; Team Registration Due Oct. 14

Western Illinois University's annual Big Pink Volleyball (BPV) breast cancer awareness fundraising tournament is set to take place Monday-Thursday, Oct. 20-23 on the WIU-Macomb campus.

CAS Scholarship Dinner Nov. 1

The Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will host its eighth annual scholarship dinner Saturday, Nov. 1 in the University Union Lamoine Room.

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.

Faculty & Staff News

Film Studies Professor at European Film Conference

Film studies professor Richard Ness was one of several international film scholars attending the Music and Movies: National and Transnational Perspectives Conference.

Westen Awarded Outstanding Advisor Award

Accountancy Instructor Cheryl Westen was presented the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, in August.

COFAC Faculty Award Winners

Read about the 2013-14 College of Fine Arts and Communication Faculty Award winners.

Biernbaum Receives Honorary Alumni Award

Western Illinois University presented the 2014 Honorary Alumni Award to John Biernbaum, WIU associate vice president for student services, during the annual Town & Gown celebration Sept. 25, hosted by the WIU Alumni Association.

Bierman Named Interim Director of Business/Financial Services

Matt Bierman, budget director at Western Illinois University, has been named the interim director of business and financial services.

WIU COEHS Faculty Excellence Awards 2014

Five Western Illinois University College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) faculty members were honored over the summer with the 2014 COEHS Excellence Awards.

EOA Office Calling for Video Captioning Volunteers

The Western Illinois University Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) is issuing a call for volunteers to help out with captioning videos.

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 2014.


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