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Feb. 7, 2014 • Vol 29, No. 10

University News

WIU's First Ph.D. Program Gains Approval

The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have granted approval to Western Illinois University to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental science. The new degree program, which focuses on large river ecosystem, will be available at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.

FY'15 Budget Update

Read about the Fiscal Year 2015 budget update.

Plant Trees, Earn Volunteer Service Hours at Horn Field Campus

Staff members at Horn Field Campus are in need of volunteer help to plant 8,500 trees and remove honeysuckle this spring semester.

Capital Campaign a Success

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas, along with the WIU Foundation and its Board of Directors, announce the successful completion of the $60 million Higher Values in Higher Education Campaign.

WIU-QC Viewbook Wins Silver Award in Advertising Contest

The 2013-14 Western Illinois University-Quad Cities viewbook recently received a silver award in the 2013 Collegiate Advertising Awards (CAA) contest.


Go Red for Women's Heart Health Luncheon and Resource Fair Feb. 7

The WIU Women's Center, in collaboration with Beu Health Center, Campus Recreation, the Employee Wellness Committee and other partners, is sponsoring a luncheon with speakers and a campus and community resource table fair on Friday, Feb 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Multicultural Center first floor.

BCA Presents: Switchback Feb. 7

BCA will present a performance by the musical duo Switchback at Western Illinois University Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

'Nearly Naked Mile' to Raise Money for Tornado Recovery Feb. 8

Western Illinois University Campus Recreation and Century 21- Purdum-Epperson are sponsoring a Nearly Naked Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m., starting at the Hanson Field south entrance.

Award-Winning Chef at WIU Feb. 10

Chef Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef, Food Network personality and author of "Cooking: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove," will bring his skills to WIU's Macomb campus Monday, Feb. 10. at 7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom. The event is open free to the public.

The Affordable Care Act: Why it Matters Feb. 10

Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), will deliver, "The Affordable Care Act: Why it Matters," Monday, Feb. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall on the WIU-Macomb campus.

'The Vagina Monologues' Feb. 14-16

Western Illinois University's annual performance of playwright Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" (TVM) will be held on the Macomb campus Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16 as part of the V-Day 2014 campaign.

'Four Men for Men's Health' Feb. 19

Western Illinois University's Employee Wellness committee will present the fourth annual "Four Men For Men's Health" Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12:10 p.m. in the University Union Sandburg Theatre.

WIU Libraries' Open Access Task Force First Meeting Feb. 19

Western Illinois University Libraries will hold its first Open Access Task Force meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. in the University Union Capitol Room and in room 110 of the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus (via videoconference).

Horn Field Campus Wellness Weekend Feb. 22-24

Make time for yourself and a friend and head to Horn Field Campus next month for the sixth annual Wellness Weekend.

IIRA's 25th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference March 5-6

The 25th annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, "Revitalization and Development Opportunities," is set for Wednesday-Thursday, March 5-6 at the Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria (IL).

David Rohall: Distinguished Faculty Lecture March 26 in Macomb, WIU-QC April 1

Western Illinois University's 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, David Rohall, will address the ways sociologists study the military in society and discuss his research about the impact of military service on soldiers and their families.

Faculty & Staff News

WIU Music Professor, Alumnus Honored by State Association

Music Professor Christine Lapka and alumnus R. Brett Goad have been awarded the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA).

WIU Ag Alumnus Elected VP of Illinois Farm Bureau

David Erickson, a Western Illinois University School of Agriculture alumnus will serve Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals at the state level for the next two years.

Job Posting

University Technology - Research & Instructional Consultant/Network Infrastructure Specialist Western Illinois University-Macomb Campus

Collins Services

Western Illinois University Music Professor Emeritus Roger Collins, 72, passed away at his home in Macomb Saturday, Jan. 25.

Garner Obituary

James Garner, 87, passed away Jan. 26 in Macomb. He was a member of the WIU Foundation Board for 28 years, serving as president from 1981-83, and was a member of Western's Performing Arts Society. A 1950 WIU graduate, he received the University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987.

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 January 2014.


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