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Nov. 20, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 25

University News

Annual WIU Holiday Festival of Choirs Saturday, Dec. 5

Western Illinois University Choirs will present its annual Holiday Festival of Choirs for the Macomb and WIU communities Saturday, Dec. 5 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 309 W. Jackson St., Macomb.

A matinee concert will begin at 2 p.m. and the evening concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

'Giving Back for the Holidays' - Dec. 3

Next month, several Western Illinois University departments and community organizations will come together to host, "Giving Back for the Holidays: The Power of Blood."

Set for Thursday, Dec. 3 at the WIU Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, the event will include a blood drive, confidential HIV/AIDS testing, blood typing services, blood glucose screening services and awareness tables.

Campus Holiday Safety Tips

As the 2015 holiday season fast approaches, the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety (OPS) and the Macomb Police Department want to remind members of the campus and local communities to safeguard personal property by locking offices, desks and residence hall room doors, as well as vehicles and homes off campus, and to travel safely during the busy holiday season.

November 2015 Budget Update by President Thomas

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, I was invited to testify before the Illinois House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to discuss the impact of the budget impasse on public higher education institutions.

The points shared at Tuesday's hearing included our University's economic impact on this 16-county region and our responsiveness to the needs of the state and our region as we have created programs in such high demand fields as nursing, community and economic development, and engineering, along with offering stellar signature academic programs and many other notable degree programs. I also discussed the ongoing evaluation of academic and non-academic programs to ensure that we are operating efficiently.



Flu Shots Still Available For Employees

State employees with state health insurance can contact the McDonough County Health Department until December to receive a flu shot at no cost. For those without state insurance, flu shots are available for $30 for Quadrivalent and $50 for high dose (for those ages 65 and older). Call (309) 837-9951, ext. 208 to schedule an appointment or for more information about flu vaccinations.

WIU Club Collecting Toys for Project Santa

The Western Illinois University Graphic Communication Club will sponsor the club's fifth annual toy drive to benefit the Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) Project Santa program. The program provides toys, clothing and food baskets to hundreds of local children and families during the holiday season.

In 2014, the organization collected nearly 400 toys for the project. This is the fifth year the club has worked with the Project Santa program.

New (unwrapped) toys for children of all ages can be dropped off through noon Monday, Nov. 30 at the WIU Department of Engineering Technology, Knoblauch Hall 135.

For more information, contact Joyce Runquist at (309) 298-1860 or or Catherine Drinka at (309) 298-1676 or


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