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April 17, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 15

University News

Smoke-Free Campus Task Force Established at WIU

To comply with the new Smoke-Free Campus Act, which will go into effect at public university campuses statewide July 1, all public universities were required to have a Smoke-Free Campus Task Force established by Dec. 31.

WIU, Macomb Join Together for Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service

The third annual Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service highlighted the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.

Kim to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Western Illinois University graduate Hyuk-Jong Kim, president of Gwangju University in Korea, will receive the Western Illinois University Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Western's Spring 2015 Commencement exercises Saturday, May 16.

WIU-QC Lifelong Learning Courses

The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Lifelong Learning program is a great opportunity to learn something new.

Civil Service Employees Council to Hold Elections April 15-23

The Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) will hold its election for the upcoming fiscal year.

IIRA's MAPPING the Future of Your Community Assists Rural Towns with Development Projects

The program has been guiding rural communities toward great outcomes for more than 20 years.


Blood Pressure and Grip Strength Testing April 14-29

The Employee Wellness Committee is offering blood pressure and grip strength testing free of charge.

Coffee House Bash April 17

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Student Organization (IDEAS) will sponsor a Coffee House Bash from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, which will feature local author Brent Tubbs.

WIU Commercial Music Ensemble Performs 'A Love Story' April 18

The Commercial Music Ensemble Concert presents "A Love Story" at the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall Saturday, April 18.

WIU Campus Greens Earth Fest April 18 in Chandler Park

The annual Earth Fest celebration from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Chandler Park in Macomb. The theme for this year's event is "I Stand for What I Stand On."

Mock DUI April 20

The dangers of drunk and buzzed driving will be presented Monday, April 20 as Western Illinois University Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), a volunteer student organization, re-creates a realistic scene of an alcohol-related accident at the 24th annual Mock DUI project.

Rocky on Parade Artist Draft Day April 21

Rocky on Parade 2015 kicks off with Artist Draft Day from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in the University Union Heritage Room.

'Jane Eyre' April 21-23

The Theatre and Dance will present its mainstage production of "Jane Eyre," at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 17-18 and Tuesday-Thursday, April 21-23 in the Hainline Theatre.

Tree Planting April 22 to Remember WIU Students

Five Western Illinois University students who passed away during the 2014-2015 academic year will be remembered during a tree planting ceremony on the Sherman Hall west lawn at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.

Hubble Space Telescope Lecture Set for April 23

Western Illinois University Libraries will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope with a lecture by Esteban Araya, assistant professor of physics at Western, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.

WIU Arbor Day Celebration April 24

A great way to "thank" what trees do for us will be held Friday, April 24 as Western Illinois University's Facilities Management and Horn Field Campus host the Annual Arbor Day Celebration and special spring We Care event.

Philosopher to Speak at WIU April 27-28

Stephen Asma, a philosopher from Columbia College-Chicago, will present two public lectures at Western Illinois University Monday-Tuesday, April 27-28.

'Body Poets' to Perform at WIU April 28

The "Body Poets," former contestants on the television show "America's Got Talent," will perform in the Heritage Room of the Western Illinois University Union at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Hawkinson Retirement Reception April 30

A retirement reception for Ken Hawkinson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the University Union Lamoine Room.

April is Minority Health Month

A variety of activities have been planned to celebrate the month-long event, which has a theme of "Equity and Ethics: Personal Health and Social Responsibility."

April Observed as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Western Illinois University's Interpersonal Violence Prevention Committee (IVPC) has planned a month of events as part of April's observance as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

Third Annual Jani International Sporting Event (JAIHO) May 2

Western Illinois University's third annual Jani International Sporting Event (JAIHO) "Beep Ball" is set from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at WIU's Vince Grady Field.

Benefits Choice Meetings

The Benefits Office staff will present benefits choice meetings at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, May 4 and Thursday, May 7 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre (May 4) and Union Heritage Room (May 7) for current WIU employees.

During the benefits choice period, which runs May 1-31, employees (and retirees) may make changes to health and dental benefit plans, coverage for adult children, drop or add dependents and change life insurance plans.

For more information, contact the Benefits Office at (309) 298-1853.

Civil Service Employees Council Annual Spring Employee Luncheon May 7

Take me out to the ball game! All Western Illinois University employees are invited to join the Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) at the CSEC spring luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in the Mac Gym at the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center.

Faculty & Staff News

Ausbury Named April Employee of the Month

Heidi Ausbury, an office support specialist in the intercollegiate athletics department at Western Illinois University, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for April.

Neumann Named Interim Provost

President Jack Thomas has named Kathy Neumann as interim provost, effective May 20. A national search for a provost will begin immediately.

Neumann Named CBT Dean

Kathleen Neumann, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology (CBT), and associate provost for budget, planning, personnel and technology, at Western Illinois University has been named as the dean of the college.

Wheeler Named COAA Advisor of the Month

The Council of Academic Advisor (COAA) Awards and Recognition Committee named Kenny Wheeler the February Academic Advisor of the Month.

Additional Summer Stipend Award Recipients

The recipients of the additional proposals that will be funded for the summer of 2015 are Patrick McGinty from Sociology and Anthropology, Kimberly Rice from Political Science and Timothy Waldrop from the Art Department.

WIU professor, chief clerk inducted into Honor Society

The Eta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta at Western Illinois University inducted eight new members April 6. The purpose of the Eta Epsilon chapter is to recognize, and encourage, high professional, intellectual, academic and personal achievements in the field of international education. Applications are accepted year-round and an induction ceremony is held each spring.

Civil Service Personnel Updates

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

Employee Service Recognition

The 32th Annual Employee Recognition Reception will be held on April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Lamoine Room, University Union, to honor employees who have completed 10-35 years of service to 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.

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners

Vice President for Student Services Award winners for March 2015.

Professional Activities

View the most recent publications and presentations by WIU faculty and staff.

Seeking University Technology-Microsoft Server, Desktop, and Security Specialist

University Technology seeks a full-time Microsoft Server, Desktop, and Security Specialist.

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