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Aug. 8, 2014 • Vol 29, No. 18

University News

Presidential Letter: Purchase Authorization Limit Changed

Effective Aug. 1, the authorization limit for purchases requiring prior approval of a vice president or president will be increased to $1,000, from the current limit of $500.

WIU Unveiled New Website

Western Illinois University unveiled its new website design on Aug. 4 at

WIU Awarded 2014 Retention Excellence Award

Western Illinois University's recent retention success has garnered the institution the 2014 Lee Noel-Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award.

WIU to Target More Local Students

High school seniors from a nine-county area adjacent to Western Illinois University who apply for admission to Western for the Fall 2015 semester will have the University's $30 application fee waived.

Advocating for Employees & Retirees: WIU SUAA

Western Illinois University's chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), which has been in existence since 1971 and boasts more than 700 members, serves as an advocate for WIU employees and retirees.

WIU Student Serving in Afghanistan Raising Funds to Bring Puppies to U.S.

Western Illinois University senior Garrett Rogers (Lindenhurst, IL), who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan, is looking to have a furry friend in tow when he returns stateside later this year.


PAS Plans Gala Prelude Event Aug. 11

On Monday, Aug. 11 at The Forum in downtown Macomb, the PAS will host a free screening of the movie "Casablanca," accompanied by a free dance lesson to teach moves from the era.

WIU Allison Farm Field Day Aug. 14

Monitoring and Managing Crop Health and Quality is the theme of the 2014 Western Illinois University School of Agriculture's Allison Farm Field Day program.

25th Annual Purple and Gold Auction Aug. 16

Western Illinois University Athletics and the Leatherneck Club invites you to support The Fighting Leathernecks intercollegiate teams during the 25th annual Purple and Gold Auction.

28th Annual Macomb Balloon Rally Sept. 5

The theme of the 28th annual balloon rally in Macomb is "Far Out!" Join people from all over the region for this popular, free, family-friendly event featuring at least 20 hot air balloons 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Vince Grady Field. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show.

Social Security District Manager Visiting Campus Sept. 10

Gary Rehahn, district manager for the Quincy Illinois Social Security Office, will conduct a presentation Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in the University Union Sandburg Theatre, regarding Medicare eligibility, cost and offset of benefits for SURS retirees. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Contact the Benefits Office at 298-1853 to register.

Town and Gown Sept. 25

To kick off the 2014 Homecoming festivities, WIU's annual Celebrating Town and Gown Event will be held in the fall again this year.

Faculty & Staff News

Billingsley Named WIU Employee of the Month

Beu Health Center Medical Assistant Gina Billingsley has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

WIU Professor Named to Prestigious Committee

Western Illinois University Broadcasting Professor Richard Ness has been named to the Student Writing Awards Committee of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).



Kinesiology Professor Emeritus David Beaver, 79, passed away on July 27 in Macomb.


Law enforcement Professor Emeritus John Conrad, 77, passed away on July 6 in Macomb.


Retired Beu Health Center Pharmacy Supervisor Jack T. Harn, 70, passed away on July 24 in Peoria.


Physical education Professor Emeritus Paul Hutinger, 89, passed away on July 17 in Florida.


Professor Emeritus Edward B. Kurjack, 76, passed away on Aug. 2 in Melbourne, FL.


Counselor education Professor Emeritus Bea Wehrly, 88, passed away on June 15 in Macomb.

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

View the July changes in civil service personnel.

State University Retirement System Counselors In Macomb

Counselors will be conducting half-hour appointments to discuss retirement annuity estimates with employees.

Summer Stipend Opportunities

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to 10 summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2015.

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