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Oct. 21, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 05

University News

Fallen Soldiers 5K is Saturday Morning

Runners and walkers will take over the Western Illinois University campus this weekend to honor two alumni .... and many other veterans ... who died in the line of duty.

While the early registration date for WIU's fifth Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk has passed, entries are still being accepted for the event, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at the WIU-Macomb campus. This year's event will have a new option for those wishing to walk a bit less than 3.1 miles: a one-mile walk (untimed).


PAS Beerfest Planned for Saturday

The Performing Arts Society (PAS) at Western Illinois University will hold its eighth annual Beerfest from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Forum in downtown Macomb.

Admission for the public is $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and admission for students in $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Advance admission tickets are available at West Pierce Liquors, 111 W. Pierce St. or at the Hainline Theatre Box Office on the WIU campus.


Provost's Award of Excellence Winners

Six Western Illinois University faculty members and one academic adviser have been named 2016 Provost's Award of Excellence winners. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) at WIU organized six-member committees charged with evaluating excellence in each of the determined areas.

"It is a privilege to present the Provost's Awards of Excellence to the WIU faculty and staff who have dedicated themselves to Western Illinois University and who go above and beyond, in and out of the classroom, to ensure that their students receive an outstanding learning experience," said Interim Provost Kathy Neumann.


WIU Division Updates

Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

- Contract Negotiations Update: Formal negotiation meetings are set to begin Oct. 26. Subsequent dates include Nov. 2 and Nov. 16.

- If you would like to travel with Graduate Studies to recruit for your program while saving travel costs, consider participating in Fall Off-Campus Recruitment Fairs. Contact Amanda Schulz at

- The WIU-QC Social Entrepreneurship Salon Series continues with the Oct. 26 program, "Sustainable Partnerships in Floreciente."

- Roger Viadero and Environmental Science Ph.D. students helped plan and host the Upper Mississippi River Conference at the iWireless Center in mid-October.

- The Quad Cities Testing Center has expanded its service hours to include early evening and Saturday hours to accommodate more working students and the growth in hybrid and online courses.

- Town Hall meetings are being scheduled for the four academic colleges and the Library. The Library Town Hall was held Oct. 20. The COFAC Town Hall will be held Oct. 24.


Administrative Services

- Ethics testing must be completed by Nov. 2.

- All eligible employees should have received the letter from CMS regarding online registration. The letter included your personal ID number in order to access your benefits information on the site. If you have not received it, please contact Human Resources (309) 298-1971.

- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides counseling services to employees (up to three visits free of charge). Contact Magellan, the WIU EAP service provider, at (866) 659-3848 or visit For additional information, contact Bev Lawyer or Linda Farr at (309) 298-1971.

- "Like" the WIU Office of Public Safety (OPS) Facebook page.

- The month of September was designated as Campus Safety Awareness Month. As part of the month, OPS initiated a "rewards" program for individuals who participated in safety programs and initiatives on the WIU campus. Over 2,000 individuals attended 30 safety-related programs, and 22 individuals used public safety escorts. During the month, OPS officers gave out special certificates to random students who were "caught" obeying the law and/or using a service provided by OPS. Donations from campus businesses - the University Bookstore, Union Burger King, and local businesses Hardee's and McDonald's - allowed officers to reward students for being safe.

- Transportation Services now has revised hours, from 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

- During the Fall 2016 We Care event, over 200 volunteers planted 700 mums, eight trees and 20,000 flower bulbs, and spread over 20 tons of mulch.

- Air conditioning and heating switch: Facilities Management must protect the aged equipment so heating and cooling can be provided for the duration of each season. If a system is turned on or off prematurely, a system failure can occur. To protect the system and to ensure adequate time to prepare the heating systems, Facilities Management requires three consecutive days with daytime high temperatures to not exceed 60 degrees, and for the nighttime low temperatures to not exceed 45 degrees, and no extended forecast for above normal temperatures before the start of the conversion process.


Advancement & Public Services

- It's the week of the Fallen Soldiers 5k! Packet stuffing has commenced, final prepping is taking place and packet pick-up will be on Friday, Oct. 21, as well as on Race Day (Oct. 22) in the Campus Rec Center. Registration is still available through race day at or at the Rec before the race.

- Meet your student Phonathon callers! Our student callers not only keep our alumni connected to Western and raise important scholarship and unrestricted funds, but they also gain the opportunity to build their networking and communication skills while building their resume. The Phonathon operates in Morgan Hall 122 Monday through Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. Scheduled visits from faculty and staff are always welcome. Our callers love to hear how their efforts are making an impact. To schedule a visit, contact or call 298-1874.

- Work is commencing on the annual Foundation Holiday card. The Foundation will again work with a WIU student artist, who will create the artwork to be used for the Holiday card.


Quad Cities & Planning

- October Strategic Planning update:

- VP Joe Rives will present the "Pearls of Wisdom" Lecture at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 on the QC campus.

- Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-noon and/or from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 21 for the annual WIU-QC campus We Care campus beautification event. This year, We Care volunteers will mulch the Quad City Complex side of campus, as well as plant spring flower bulbs. Last month, volunteers mulched, pulled weeds and planted mums as part of the United Way Day of Caring.

- The WIU-QC Counseling Association is hosting a food drive through Oct. 31 to benefit The Project of the Quad Cities.

- WIU-QC Beta Alpha Psi took part in a River Cleanup 2016 Oct. 15. WIU-QC's chapter partnered with Living Lands and Waters to adopt a mile of the Mississippi River, along the shoreline of Illiniwek Forest Preserve.


Student Services

- The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has already accepted applications and admitted students for 2017-2018. Thus far, over 1,500 students have visited the Macomb campus. Two Discover Westerns have been held, with two additional dates scheduled for Oct. 29 and Nov. 11.

- Big Pink Volleyball began Oct. 17, and the championship game was held Oct. 20. The annual event, co-sponsored by UHDS and Campus Recreation, raises money to support local breast cancer patients.

- Dads' Day will be Oct. 22.

- UHDS will host Safe Trick or Treat from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 and Haunted Housing runs from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28-29, with family night taking place from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30.

- Make a Difference Day takes place Saturday, Oct. 22 with student volunteers performing community service at various locations in the Macomb community.

- Financial Aid remains busy due to a policy change that allowed students to apply for financial aid beginning Oct. 1. Thus far, 3,879 FAFSA records have been received for the 2017-18 academic year, and that number represents only seven days, based on the new filing date.



Phi Beta Delta International Scholarship Event Nov. 12

Phi Beta Delta will present A Taste of India: International Scholarship Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Campus Students for Christ, 1545 Riverview Dr. The event will include a silent auction, authentic food and entertainment.

Tickets, available in advance in Memorial Hall, 347 or at Citizens Bank in Macomb, are $12 for non-students and $7 for students. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for non-students and $10 for students. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Proceeds from the event will support scholarships in international education.


Malpass Plant Sale Oct. 25-27

The Western Illinois University Leslie F. Malpass Library, well known for its abundant greenery, is hosting a plant sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 25-27. The sale includes many of Malpass Library's plants and will be held in the staff lounge on the basement floor of the building. Proceeds will go toward resources for University Libraries and the development of library programs. All sales are cash only.

University Libraries Gardener Rebecca Fross said the approximately 200 plants for sale will include such varieties as the wax privet (Peperomia glabella) and grape/oak leaf ivy (Cissus rhombifolia or "Ellen Danica").

Prices range from $3-15 per plant. Most hanging baskets will be sold for $6-7. There will also be container plants, such as rubber tree plants and corn plants, ranging in height from one to five feet. A printed sheet describing basic care of each plant will be available, as well.


Civil Service Personnel Updates

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


Professional Accomplishments

Grants and Contracts & Professional Accomplishments

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



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