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Feb. 6, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 10

University News

January 2015 Budget Update

Read the buget update letter from President Jack Thomas.

WIU's College Student Personnel Master's Program to Offer Higher Ed Leadership Track in Fall 2015 at WIU-QC

Beginning next fall, the Western Illinois University College Student Personnel (CSP) Program will offer a new track for advanced-degree seeking professionals interested in pursuing or continuing a career in student affairs.

WIU Accountancy Named In 30 Most Affordable List

Western Illinois University's Bachelor of Business in Accounting was named number 11 on a list of the 30 most affordable bachelor's degrees in accounting in the United States.

Vote for WIU: Stanley Safety Grant Competition

It's time once again to show that Leatherneck Pride is alive and well ... and in full force at Western Illinois University! Help WIU win $150,000 to make our campus even more secure!

RecycleMania 2015

For the eighth consecutive year, WIU is participating in the RecycleMania initiative, a national competition between colleges and universities across the nation.

FOP Lodge No. 169 Fundraiser Underway

The annual fundraiser for Western Illinois University Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 169 is underway. Donations collected will help the WIU FOP to supply bike helmets to McDonough County elementary school students, as well as to provide support for a host of local organizations and events.

Munson Hybrids Donates Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is now among the tools Western Illinois University School of Agriculture faculty members will have access to thanks to Munson Hybrids.

Black History Month Commemorated at WIU

Western Illinois University will celebrate Black History Month 2015 with an extensive calendar of events, lectures and entertainment offerings.

WIU Marking Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month, and Friday, Feb. 6 is National Wear Red Day for Women's Heart Health, sponsored by the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women organization.

WIU Launches Video, 360 degree Photo Tours of Macomb Campus

First impressions are key, and Western Illinois University has launched online video "tours" to give prospective students and their families that key first impression of WIU before they step foot on campus.

WIU Speaks Out, Takes a Stand Against Sexual Assault and Violence

To combat sexual assault and other acts of sexual misconduct, Western Illinois University is taking a strong stand and speaking out.


45th Annual WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo Feb. 7-8

Get a glimpse of emerging ag technology, tractors and machinery, livestock and crop equipment and supplies and much more.

Social Security District Manager Presentation Feb. 10

Gary Rehahn the Social Security District Manager from the Quincy, Illinois office will conduct a presentation in the University Union Sanburg theatre Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.

IIRA Brownbaggers Sustainability Sessions Spring 2015

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) will again sponsor the winter/spring series of sustainability-themed brown bag lunch-hour discussions from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Leslie F. Malpass Library.

Sock Monkey Saturdays

The Western Illinois Art Gallery will hold Sock Monkey Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 24 and March 28.

PAS Wine Tasting Feb. 14

The Performing Arts Society (PAS) will host its 16th annual Wine Tasting at Western Illinois University Saturday, Feb. 14.

Free RAD Classes Begin Feb. 17

WIU's Office of Public Safety (OPS) will offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17.

President's Reception for High School Juniors and Seniors Feb. 18

Western Illinois University faculty and staff residing in a 10-county region adjacent to Western and who are the parents of high school juniors and seniors can share the opportunities offered at WIU by encouraging their high school junior/senior to attend a special event, designed especially for them, at WIU Feb. 18 from 5-7 p.m.

Lappie Exhibition Open at the WIU Art Gallery

An exhibition by artist Joseph Lappie will be on view in the Western Illinois University Art Gallery through Saturday, March 7.

Faculty & Staff News

Thomas named WIU Employee of the Month

Tammy Thomas, staff secretary and office manager for the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for January.

Yong Tang Appointed Visiting Professor of SWUFE in China

Western Illinois University journalism and media law Professor Yong Tang has been appointed a visiting/guest professor at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), a prominent university in China.

Calhoun Named Director of University Technology at WIU-QC

Jeff Calhoun has been named director of University Technology (uTech) for the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus.

Smith Named Dean of Education and Human Services

Erskine Smith has been appointed dean of Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

Siddiqi Selected as WIU 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

The Western Illinois University 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Mohammad Ahmadullah Siddiqi, will present "Digitization and the Future of Media. In What Form Will Newspapers Survive?" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall (Macomb) and at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus, room 103-104 (Moline).

WIU Professor Publishes Research About Unique Cardinal

Western Illinois University biological sciences Professor Brian Peer is receiving attention for his research and publication on a bilateral gynandromorph bird found in the wild.

Yoder Named Chair of WIU Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Dept.

Daniel Yoder has been named the chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA).

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.

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 6, 2015. This competition is for projects that will be conducted from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.



Retired Assistant Professor Richard Voss passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20 in Lewistown.

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