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March 6, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 12

University News

Ashley Luke: Capital One Academic All-America of the Year

The College Sports Information Directors of America named Leatherneck junior forward Ashley Luke as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division I women's basketball.

February 2015 Budget Update

On Feb. 18, Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his budget address, and as outlined in his State of the State address from earlier this month, he has proposed a budget that has serious implications for our state and higher education.

WIU Provost Presents Program Review

WIU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Hawkinson recently presented to faculty and staff an academic program review, which included recommended program eliminations, consolidations and reinvestments.

"Rural Grocery Store Start-Up and Operations Guide" Now Available

A new edition of the "Rural Grocery Store Start-Up and Operations Guide" has been released by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA). The guide is available for free download.


WIU Celebrates Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month, and the Women's Center has released a calendar of events happening on campus and in the community.

Concerto/Aria/Composition Concert March 6

The School of Music (SOM) will sponsor its annual Concerto Concert, featuring WIU student winners of the annual SOM Concerto/Aria/Composition Competition, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

WIU Dance Marathon March 7

Western Illinois University will host its second Dance Marathon from noon-midnight Saturday, March 7 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

WIU's 40th Annual History Conference May 9

The Department of History's 40th annual History Conference will be held Saturday, May 9 on the WIU Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL.

Electronic Music Mini Festival March 9-10

Western Illinois University's New Music Festival will host the annual Electronic Music Midwest Mini Festival Monday-Tuesday, March 9-10 in the COFAC Recital Hall.

Fulbright Scholar to Speak at WIU March 11

Columbia University Fulbright Scholar Rebecca Adami will speak at Western Illinois University at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in Stipes 121.

WIU's 43rd Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale March 13

Western Illinois University will host the 43rd Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 in the WIU Livestock Center.

Rock and Gem Show March 14-15

The 35th annual Geodeland Earth Science Club Inc.'s Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 14- 15 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Employment Fair for Veterans and Service Members March 25

A program designed to help veterans translate their service, education and experience into employment opportunities will be held at Western Illinois University from 2-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

20th Annual Gardener's Day March 28

The 20th annual Gardener's Day will be held Saturday, March 28 at the Spoon River College Outreach Center on East Jackson Street in Macomb.

Annual Thompson Lecture is March 30

The Western Illinois University Department of Communication's 23rd annual Wayne N. Thompson Lecture will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the University Union's Sandburg Theatre.

Relay for Life April 10

The 2015 Relay for life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and organized through Western's Colleges Against Cancer chapter, will be held from 4-10 p.m. Friday, April 10 on the Macomb campus.

Faculty & Staff News

Housewright Named Employee of the Month at WIU

Matthew Housewright, an applications programmer II in Administrative Information Management Systems (AIMS) at Western Illinois University, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for March.

Civil Service Personnel Updates

View the latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Civil Service Employees Council.

State University Retirement System Counselors In Macomb

Counselors will be conducting half-hour appointments to discuss retirement annuity estimates with employees.

The Council of Administrative Personnel (COAP) is currently seeking nominations for the 2014-2015 Employee of the Year Award.

This award was designed to recognize significant contributions made by a member of COAP who goes above and beyond the call of duty in serving Western Illinois University.

Professional Activities

Grants and Contracts

View the most recent listing of grant and contract recipients, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

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.



Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) Assistant Professor Emeritus Dennis Bliss, 65, passed away in Macomb Saturday, Feb. 21.


Facilities Management painter Kevin Hazell, 61, passed away March 2 in West Burlington.

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