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Jan. 15, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 01

University News

uTech Moving to University Union

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 17, the University Union Concourse location, currently occupied by the uTech Computer Store, will become uTech's primary walk-in support location. In addition to the personal sales and repair services currently offered, much of the support services historically offered from uTech's Stipes Hall location will call the Union home.

uTech (in the Union) will assist patrons with installing various software packages, as well as configuring mobile devices to work with the campus wireless network and Zimbra. In addition to warranty repair services, several fee-based services will also be available for personally-owned devices, such as removing malware, attempting data recovery from malfunctioning portable drives, operating system reinstallations and non-warranty repairs for both Windows and Macs.

Goldfarb to Deliver Last Lecture Feb. 24

Western Illinois University President Emeritus and nationally known theatre educator Al Goldfarb will deliver the Spring 2016 Quad Cities Research and Scholarship Symposium's Last Lecture. Goldfarb's lecture, "The Greatest Influences on My Academic and Administrative Career," is set to start at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the WIU-QC Riverfront Hall, room 103/104. A reception will follow the presentation.

Goldfarb was named Western's president in 2002 and served through 2011, when he retired. A child of Holocaust survivors, Goldfarb is a board member and scholar who worked on the National Jewish Theatre Foundation's Holocaust Theatre Catalog. Prior to his time at WIU, Goldfarb served at Illinois State University as the chair of the theatre department, the dean of fine arts and as the provost and academic vice president.

Williams Named Interim Vice President for Student Services

Ronald Williams, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Western Illinois University, has been appointed as the interim vice president for student services at Western, effective Jan. 11, according to President Jack Thomas.

Williams has served as assistant vice president for academic affairs since July 2008. In that role, he provides direction and leadership for various areas within academic affairs; collaborates with deans, departmental chairpersons, school directors and faculty to assist with academic program development and expansion; oversees the University Advising and Academic Services Center and the Office of Academic Services; maintains articulation agreements and 2+2 programs and fosters collaborative relationships with community colleges; and directs summer school and academic aspects of commencement exercises.

In-State Tuition for all Undergraduate, Graduate Students

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees recently approved an in-state tuition rate for all domestic undergraduate and graduate students.

Previously, the in-state rate was available only to students from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin.


IT Governance Council Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 28

The IT Governance Council is scheduled to meet in Horrabin Hall 1/QC Complex 2204 at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. The meeting is open ot the entire WIU community. A proposal to "Implement Google Apps for Education at WIU" will be presented for the council's consideration.

Students, faculty and staff will also be given an opportunity to make brief remarks concerning the proposal. Details can be found online about this proposal.

Members of the IT Governance Council include the President's Leadership Team, the CIO, the budget director and the University's legal counsel. More information is available online about WIU's IT Governance process.


Rao Obituary

A memorial service for Western Illinois University Economics Professor Emeritus Vaman Rao was held Friday, Jan. 8 at St. Patrick's Parish Center in Cedar Falls, IA. Rao, 82 passed away Jan. 5.

Blauvelt Obituary

Private funeral services for Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus John F. Blauvelt, 77, were held Friday, Jan. 8 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

Brattain Obituary

Western Illinois University Associate Vice President Emeritus for Student Services and Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration William E. Brattain, 77, passed away Dec. 25. Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.

Foster Obituary

Funeral services for retired Western Illinois University Building Service Worker Janet Foster were held Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Bushnell.


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