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August 7, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 18

University News

DPS Service Changes

Effective Sept. 1, University Relations and Publications will prepare all University-related publications (design/layout and editing/proofreading, and bidding), at no cost to campus departments.

WIU Department of Broadcasting, Journalism Program Merging

In an effort to expand learning opportunities available to students, the WIU Department of Broadcasting and the University's journalism program will merge beginning in Fall 2015.

Geography and Geology Departments Build Visualization Sandbox

The geology and geography departments have constructed a virtual augmented reality sandbox for WIU students to better study topography.


Kiah Farewell Reception Aug. 12

A farewell reception for Jude Kiah, director of Go West Transit and the University Bookstore, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 in the University Union Lamoine Room.

University Union Open House Aug. 13

An open house to highlight the special event capabilities of the University Union will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in the Union's Lamoine Room.

Allison Organic Farm Field Day Set for Aug. 13

"New Opportunities in Organic Farming" is the theme of the 2015 Western Illinois University Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm's annual Allison Farm Field Day, slated for Thursday, Aug. 13.

Diamonds and Denim Aug. 14

The Performing Arts Society (PAS) will host its ninth annual "Dueling Diamonds and Denim" fundraiser featuring a dueling pianos band on Friday, Aug. 14.

Faculty & Staff News

Calhoun Named University Attorney

Rica Calhoun, assistant director of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), has been named the University attorney.

Dorethy Named Employee of the Month

Office Manager Stacy Dorethy has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for August.

Battles Named WIU Employee of the Month

Centennial Honors College Special Events Facilitator Patty Battles has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

Bailey Named Interim Dean, College of Business and Technology

William "Bill" Bailey, professor in the School of Agriculture, has been named interim dean in the College of Business and Technology, effective July 1.

Morgan Named Interim Associate Provost in Office of Provost/Academic VP

Russ Morgan, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and professor in the Department of Psychology, has been named interim associate provost for budget, planning and personnel.

Mayborn Named Interim Associate Dean of College Arts and Sciences

Kyle Mayborn, professor in the Department of Geology, has been named interim associate dean in the WIU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), effective July 1.

Myers Named Interim Director of the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Jill Joline Myers has been named interim director of the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA), effective July 1.

Daytner Named Associate Dean for College of Education and Human Services

Katrina Daytner has been named the associate dean for administration in the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), effective July 1.

Shumate Named Semi-Finalist for American Prize Competition

Assistant Professor of Music Penelope Shumate has been named a semi-finalist in the American Prize

Simonson Named Interim Chair in Curriculum and Instruction Dept.

Sara Simonson has been named the interim chair for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, effective July 6.

WIU Faculty Promotions

Forty-two Western Illinois University faculty members have been promoted, effective Fall 2015.

Summer Stipend Opportunities

The Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to ten summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2016.

Professional Activities

Grants and Contracts

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

Professional Activities

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

UTech Job Opening

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



Chemistry Department Physical Science Technical Assistant, Robert Bahr, 71, passed away July 3 in Peoria.


Retired janitorial worker Marilyn Vincent, of Zion, IL, passed away July 13.

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