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Feb. 20, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 11

University News

WIU-QC Receives Art Donation from KONE

Elevator and escalator manufacturer KONE recently donated a portion of its historic art collection to Western Illinois University in honor of the recent Quad Cities campus Phase II expansion.

Title IX Campaign Kicks Off at WIU

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at Western Illinois University has launched a campaign to educate the University community about Title IX.

Western Veterans and Service Members Invited to Develop Literary Magazine

"Veteran's Voices: Personal Stories of Combat and Peace" will become a literary magazine later this semester, once veterans and service members submit their creative contributions for the project.

Women's Art Exhibit Seeks Entries

The Western Illinois University Women's Center is seeking entries for the March 2015 "Women's Art: Women's Vision Art Exhibit." Female artists wishing to participate must complete and return submission forms by noon Wednesday, Feb. 25.


'A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer' at WIU Feb. 19-21

Western Illinois University's inaugural performance of playwright Eve Ensler's "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer" (MMRP) will be held on the Macomb campus Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 19-21 as part of the V-Day 2015 campaign.

'I Used to Play Piano' Classes Feb. 20-April 17

The School of Music will hold "I Used to Play Piano" classes 4:45-5:45 p.m. on Fridays from Feb. 20-April 17.

Jesse White Tumbling Team to Perform at WIU Leatherneck Game Feb. 21

The internationally-known Jesse White Tumbling Team will bring their talents and skills to Western Illinois University Saturday, Feb. 21.

Four Men for Men's Health Discussion Set for Feb. 25

The Western Illinois University Employee Wellness committee will present the fifth annual "Four Men for Men's Health" at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the University Union Sandburg Theatre.

Wellness Weekend at WIU's Horn Field Campus Feb. 21-22

Horn Field Campus will hold the seventh annual Wellness Weekend.

WIU Outdoor Skill Seminar at Horn Field Campus Feb. 28

Learn the skill of staying warm in the outdoors at the Western Illinois University "Freeze Fest: Outdoor Skill Seminar" from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at WIU's Horn Field Campus. The event is open free to the public.

WIU International Bazaar is Feb. 28

The 42nd annual International Bazaar will be held noon-7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Screening of Seberg Documentary Coming to WIU March 4

The fascinating life of actress and activist Jean Seberg is the subject of the compelling documentary "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg," which will be presented at at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in the University Union's Sandburg Theater.

Chase Rice to Perform at WIU March 4

The University Union Board (UUB) at Western Illinois University will host country artist Chase Rice on the Macomb campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

IIRA's 26th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference March 5-6

The 26th annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, "Designing and Creating Economic Recovery in Rural Illinois," is set for Thursday-Friday March 5-6 at the Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria (IL).

Sean Watkins with Ben Bedford- March 7

Tri States Public Radio will be on the road for a concert featuring Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins on Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in Burlington, IA.

Faculty & Staff News

Parry Named February Employee of the Month

Merrie Jean Parry, an administrative clerk in the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) Dean's office, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for February.

WIU Libraries' Author Recognition Reception April 29; Submission Deadline March 13

Western Illinois University Libraries is sponsoring the 10th annual WIU Author Recognition Reception in late April. Faculty, staff (including retired faculty or staff members) and students who published during the 2014 calendar year are encouraged to complete the Libraries' author submission form by Friday, March 13.

2016 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Call for Nominations

The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Selection Committee is soliciting nominations from Western Illinois University faculty, staff and students for the 2016 prestigious award. Self-nominations are welcome.

WIU Journalism Professor Publishes Four-Volume Book, "America in the Eyes of Yong Tang"

Western Illinois University journalism and media law Professor Yong Tang recently published a four-volume book, "America in the Eyes of Yong Tang."

Edsall Honored for WIU Broadcasting Video

Broadcasting Professor Sam Edsall will be recognized at the March 26 national convention National Broadcasting Society's Alpha Epsilon Rho.

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 latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

New Money Purchase Factors Effective Date Set For SURS Members

The SURS Board of Trustees recently set the effective date for changes to the Money Purchase factors as January 4, 2016.

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 3 summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2015.

URC Internal Grants Competition Deadline April 7

The University Research Council (URC) has announced that the deadline for the FY2016 Internal Grants Competition is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015. This competition is for projects that will be conducted from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.



Jack R. "Jackie" Koontz, 58, a building service worker in Western Illinois University's Facilities Management, passed away Feb. 5 at home.

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