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Sept. 18, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 21
Homecoming 2015: "Rocky's Road Trip"
All roads lead to WIU Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2-3, as Western Illinois University hosts its annual Homecoming celebration with "Rocky's Road Trip." Homecoming 2015 will feature reunions for the classes of 1965, 1975 and 1990, but alumni of all years are welcome to celebrate being a Leatherneck.
WIU Founders Day is Sept. 23
Faculty, staff and community members are invited to celebrate "The History of Western Illinois University" at the 22nd annual Founders' Day Celebration Wednesday, Sept. 23 in University Union Grand Ballroom on the Macomb campus, and at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Rock Island County Board Community Room (Rms. 103/104) in Riverfront Hall on the WIU-QC campus.
Town & Gown Sept. 24
The Western Illinois University and Macomb community event, Celebrating Town & Gown, hosted by WIU President Jack Thomas and Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 at The Forum in downtown Macomb.
Celebrating Town & Gown, which kicks off Western's Homecoming, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a short program scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.
Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk is Oct. 10
Runners and walkers of all levels and ages are invited to take part in Western Illinois University's fourth Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 10 at the WIU-Macomb campus.
Since 2012, the WIU Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk has raised more than $46,000 for the WIU Fallen Soldier's Scholarship Fund, which honors two alumni who were killed in the line of duty. Last year, nearly 500 participants joined together to honor Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin.
Al Sears Jazz Festival is Sept. 18-20
The Macomb Chamber of Commerce and Western Illinois University's BCA present the 14th annual Al Sears Jazz Festival Friday-Sunday, Sept. 18-20.
This year's festival kicks off at the Western Illinois Museum at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.18, with "Journey to Jazz," featuring Semenya McCord and Frank Wilkins.
WIU SUAA Luncheon is Oct. 20
The Western Illinois University chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) will hold its annual fall luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.
The luncheon will begin at noon. Reservations are $14 (checks payable to WIU-SUAA) and must be made by Thursday, Oct. 15 to Penny Yunker, 1901 Riverview Dr., Macomb. Entree selection includes hot chicken salad or spinach mushroom quiche.
Budget Update: September 2015
Dear University Community,
Considerable uncertainty with regard to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget for Western Illinois University and Illinois higher education remains. This, coupled with an increased competition within student recruitment and the decline in state and federal funding affecting affordability, is having a direct impact on Western Illinois University.
While the Illinois budget situation is beyond our control, our strategic and long-term planning is not. As I indicated in my recent Faculty Assembly address, Western Illinois University has faced challenges before and transformed those significant challenges into significant opportunities to best position the University for a strong and sustainable future. We will do this again with respect to our history and in a manner that best serves current and future generations of students at this great University.
Lodge and Libations Fundraiser is Sept. 26
As of this year, Horn Field Campus (HFC) — the 92-acre outdoor educational facility just south of Macomb — has been part of Western Illinois University for 50 years.
A year ago in September, the first Lodge and Libations event (held at Horn Field Lodge) kicked off this year's anniversary celebration with an ongoing campaign to raise funds for a new outdoor education building at HFC.
WIU Named Finalist for State Sustainability Award
Western Illinois University has been named a finalist for the 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award, the nation's longest-running state award for excellence in environmental performance.
According to the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's website, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations since 1987. Award finalists include organizations that have implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable techniques or technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustaining environmental, social and economic health.
The 2015 Governor's Sustainability Awards Ceremony is set for Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Chicago.
Employee/Retiree Flu Shot Clinic is Oct. 14
A flu shot clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the University Union Heritage Room. Shots are available to all insurance carrying WIU employees/retirees and other state agency employees. Please have your state health ID card available at the door. Dependents and spouses are not eligible.
Faculty & Staff News
Neumann to Remain Interim Provost
Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas announced that Kathy Neumann will remain as interim provost for a two-year period. She was named to the post May 20. A national search for a provost will begin in Fall 2016.
"With the ongoing budget uncertainty and financial challenges facing Western, and to ensure consistency within academic affairs, Dr. Neumann will continue to serve as interim provost through the Spring 2017 semester," Thomas said. "Since assuming the role in May, she has worked tirelessly on critical budget and academic matters while moving academic affairs forward."
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