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June 20, 2014 • Vol 29, No. 17

University News

BOT Elects Officers

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees (BOT) elected officers at its June 6 meeting to serve July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

WIU Board of Trustees Approves FY'15 Spending Plan

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved the University's FY'15 preliminary spending plan of $243.9 million at its June 6 meeting.

Board Grants Tenure

Thirty-two Western Illinois University faculty members were granted tenure by the WIU Board of Trustees at the Board's June 6 meeting.

Reminder: Severe Weather Preparedness

Information regarding shelter and preparedness.


WIU Allison Farm Field Day Aug. 14

Monitoring and Managing Crop Health and Quality is the theme of the 2014 Allison Farm Field Day.

President Thomas to Appear on "Across the Miles"

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas will be the featured guest on this month's "Across the Miles," produced by University Television (UTV) at WIU.

WIU Agronomy Field Day June 26

Results of long-term research with cover crops will be the subject of the keynote address at the School of Agriculture 2014 Agronomy Field Day.

The Dead Filmmakers Society Returns for Summer 2014

The summer film favorite "The Dead Filmmakers Society" returns this year with nine showings scheduled on Thursday nights in the Sandburg Theater of the Western Illinois University Union.

WIU HR to Host Summer Socials for Employees

The Human Resources office will host a variety of summer socials for WIU employees.

Faculty & Staff News

Sprinkle Named May Employee of the Month

Denise Sprinkle, a route driver for the Western Illinois University Office of Document and Publication Services (DPS), has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for May.

Heflin Named June Employee of the Month

Mark Heflin, a building service worker at Western Illinois University, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June.

Williams Named 2014 Employee of the Year

Curtis Williams, associate director of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Academic Advising and Student Services, was named the WIU 2014 Employee of the Year.

Seeking Support Center Technician

University Technology is seeking a full-time support center technician.

Polley Named CBT Interim Associate Dean

William Polley, an associate professor of economics at Western Illinois University, has been named interim associate dean of the College of Business and Technology.

Elfrink Named CBT Interim Dean

Jack Elfrink, an accounting professor and former associate dean of the College of Business and Technology (CBT), has been named interim dean of the CBT.

Rabchuk Named CAS Assistant Dean at WIU-QC

Professor Jim Rabchuk has been named assistant dean for the CAS at WIU's Quad Cities campus.

Smith Named Interim Dean of COEHS

Erskine Smith, associate dean for administration in Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), has been named interim dean of COEHS.

Fansler Named Quarterfinalist for National Music Educator Award

Director of Bands Mike Fansler has been named a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

Schoper Recognized with Annuit Coeptis Award

Sarah Schoper, an assistant professor in the Western Illinois University College Student Personnel (CSP) Program, was honored with the prestigious Annuit Coeptis Award.

Adams, Welsch: Couza Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity

J.Q. Adams, professor of educational and interdisciplinary studies, and Janice Welsch, English professor emeritus, each received the 2014 Cathy O'Neill Couza Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity.

Hutchins Honored with National Advising Award

Cheryl Hutchins, an adviser for the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality (DFMH), was awarded the "Outstanding Advising Award-Primary Advising Role Certificate of Merit."

Professor Emeritus Wall Passes Away

Management Professor Emeritus Lewis Wall, 88, passed away June 11 in Missouri.

Professor Emeritus Shearer Passes Away

Funeral services for Professor Emeritus Ned Shearer, 76, were held June 7.

Professor Axley Passes Away

Management Professor Stephen Axley, 63, passed away May 13 in Macomb.

Professor Shryock Passes Away

Retired Department of Mathematics Chair and Professor A. Jerry Shryock passed away Sunday, May 18 in Macomb.

Professional Activities

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Professional Activities

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