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March 7, 2014 • Vol 29, No. 12

University News

New Way to Vote for WIU: Final Four NCAA Contest

Attention Leathernecks fans! There's a new, faster (and NCAA approved!) way to vote Western all the way to 100k! Simply go to and follow the instructions. Vote for Western Illinois University in the NCAA 6th Fan Competition by typing in the captcha code over ... and over and over ... again.

WIU Celebrating Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month (NWHM), and the Western Illinois University Women's Center has released a calendar of events containing numerous relevant programs and activities happening throughout the month on campus and in the community.


Valic Now Provides a Roth 403b Option

Valic Financial Advisors has instituted a new Roth 403b plan in conjunction with the WIU 403b Supplemental Retirement Plan.

Annual Rock and Gem Show March 8-9

The 34th annual Geodeland Earth Science Club Inc.'s (GESCI) Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be held March 8-9 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Gardener's Day March 15

The University of Illinois Extension and McDonough County Master Gardeners will bring the 19th annual Gardener's Day to the second floor of the University Union Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Stony Brook Professor to Speak at WIU March 18

Professor Pradeep Dubey, of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, will present a lecuture, "Game Theory, Economics, and Matching Between Donors and Recipients of Organs," on Tuesday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Center.

Faculty & Staff News

Trusley Named WIU Employee of the Month

Karen Trusley, program assistant in the Western Illinois University Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for March.

Outstanding Academic Adviser Award Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Outstanding Academic Adviser Award.

Viadero Named Director of New WIU Ph.D. Program

Western Illinois University Institute for Environmental Studies Director Roger Viadero has been named director of the school's new Ph.D. program in environmental science.

WIU Faculty Artists Receive International Recognition for 'The Devil's Tale' Performances

A Western Illinois University faculty chamber group was featured at the 2014 College Band Directors National Association North Central Divisional Conference in Muncie, IN, March 1.

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