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Sept. 19, 2014 • Vol. 30, No. 2

University News

Ribbon-cutting, Grand Opening: WIU-QC Riverfront Phase II

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the WIU-QC Riverfront Phase II was held Sept. 3.

Summer 2014 Projects Bring Updates, Improvements to WIU Campus

During Summer 2014, Western Illinois University Facilities Management personnel completed numerous projects to spruce up the WIU campus.

WIU Enhances Scholarship Program

Western Illinois University will significantly enhance its Western Commitment Scholarship program for new freshmen applying for Fall 2015.


Illinois River Sweep Sept. 20

Personnel from Facilities Management and Horn Field Campus are encouraging members of the WIU and Macomb communities to contribute to their efforts for the Illinois River Sweep, an annual one-day cleanup event on the Illinois River and its tributaries.

WIU Founders' Day Sept. 23

Faculty, staff and community members are invited to celebrate "The History of Western Illinois University" at the 21st annual Founders' Day Celebration Tuesday, Sept. 23 in University Union Grand Ballroom on the Macomb campus, and at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Goldfarb Atrium at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus.

Banned and Determined: Banned Book Celebration Sept. 24

Western Illinois University Libraries will host the seventh annual Banned and Determined event starting at noon Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, room 180.

Town & Gown Sept. 25

The annual Town & Gown event that kicks off Western Illinois University's Homecoming activities is set for Thursday, Sept. 25 at The Forum in Macomb.

Paint the Paws Kicks Off WIU Homecoming Sept. 26

Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to participate in Western Illinois University's annual Homecoming tradition, Paint the Paws, slated for Friday, Sept. 26 on the Macomb campus.

PAS Beerfest Sept. 27 at The Forum

For the sixth year, beer aficionados will gather at The Forum Saturday, Sept. 27 for the Performing Arts Society's (PAS) annual Macomb Beerfest celebration.

Lodge and Libations at Horn Field Campus (HFC) Sept. 27

The WIU College of Education and Human Services, the RPTA department and HFC staff are hosting "Lodge and Libations," starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Brownfield Redevelopment Workshop Oct. 7 in Peoria

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University will co-host a workshop to educate and assist communities about the potential for brownfield land reuse and revitalization.

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?"

Flu Shots

The flu shot clinic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the University Union Heritage Room. Shots are available to all WIU employees/retirees and other state agency employees. Please have your WIU ID card and state health ID card available at the door. Dependents and spouses are not eligible.

Actress Rita Moreno Oct. 9

Award-winning entertainer Rita Moreno will be in the University Union Heritage Room at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 for "A Night with Rita Moreno."

2014 WIU Fallen Soldiers 5k Set for Oct. 18

Western Illinois University's third annual Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at the WIU-Macomb campus.

Prairie Lands Environmental Summit Oct. 22

The Prairie Lands Environmental Summit will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Faculty & Staff News

Hill Named WIU Employee of the Month

Western Illinois University water station operator Clint Hill has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for September.

WIU Director of Bands Completes Fourth Australian Tour

Western Illinois University Director of Bands Mike Fansler spent two weeks of the 2014 summer break conducting clinics with high school and university wind bands in Sydney, Australia.

Charles A. Spencer Obituary

Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus Charles A. Spencer, 73, of Vermillion, SD, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Vermillion.

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