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Oct. 7, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 04

University News

WIU Homecoming 2016: 'Rocky in Space: Our Pride is Out of This World'

Campus pride will be out of this world at Western Illinois University Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8, as Western hosts its annual Homecoming celebration with "Rocky in Space."

Events kick off the week before with the 10th annual "Celebrating Town & Gown" event Thursday, Sept. 29. Then, Homecoming weekend events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 with an All Alumni Social at the Alumni House. Complimentary food, beer, wine and soda will be available, as well as a cash bar. Reunion celebrations for the classes of 1966, 1976 and 1991 also begin Friday and continue throughout the weekend. Alumni of all years are welcome to celebrate being a Leatherneck.

Rocky Quest is Oct. 15

The Macomb and campus communities will come together from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 for a unique competition to raise money for the Western Illinois University Rocky on Parade Scholarship Fund.

Rocky Quest, sponsored by the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC), will feature a chance for members of both communities to take photographs with all of the Rocky on Parade statues in Macomb. The photos will then be uploaded to social media with #RockyQuest for a chance at a variety of prizes.


Fallen Soldiers 5K Oct. 22

Western Illinois University's fifth Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 at the WIU-Macomb campus.

Last year's Fallen Soldiers 5k set a new record with close to 600 participants (595) registering, 100 more than the 2014 event, and making it the largest race in McDonough County. More than $18,000 was raised for the WIU Fallen Soldier's Scholarship Fund. Since the event's inception in 2012, more than $75,000 has been raised for the scholarship, which honors WIU alumni Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin, who were both killed in the line of duty.


WIU Division Updates

Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • The IBHE recently approved the new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. The new program will be available at the WIU-QC campus beginning with the Spring 2017 semester.
  • Graduate Recruiting Grants are due to the School of Graduate Studies by Oct. 14. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.
  • 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
  • Contract Negotiations Update: Members of the administration and UPI negotiating teams met Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 with a representative from the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service to provide both groups with training in traditional and interest-based bargaining. Formal negotiation meetings were tentatively set to begin Oct. 5, but have been postponed to Oct. 19 to allow the negotiations teams sufficient time to prepare. Additional meetings have been scheduled for Wednesdays, every two weeks for the remainder of Fall 2016.


Administrative Services

  • Ethics testing is underway. Complete by Nov. 2.
  • The mobile tower, which is being constructed near Q-Lot, should be completed by Nov. 5.
  • The Oct. 22 Fallen Soldiers 5K Race will feature a one-mile walk this year. Register at


Advancement & Public Services

  • The next "The Purple Chair" episode, which airs on Cable Channel 3 and is produced by University Television and hosted by Amanda Shoemaker of VPAS, will feature WIU Alumna Cheryl Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF.
  • The new alumni magazine, designed and produced by University Relations, will debut later this month.
  • The WIU-Quad Cities Scholarship Breakfast was held Wednesday, Oct. 5.
  • The 2016-2017 Phonathon is underway! Phonathon volunteers know that no one wants to receive a call during the MLB playoffs or Presidential debates, even if the cause is something you support, like scholarships for Western students. You still have the opportunity to make a pledge without receiving a call. Simply text "GIVEPURPLE" to the number "41444." You will be sent a secure link to fulfill a pledge at your convenience.


Quad Cities & Planning

  • The September planning update is available at
  • WIU's Homecoming was celebrated all week at the QC campus. The festivities will culminate on Saturday with the Leatherneck Football game streamed on the big screen, games and a cookout on the Riverfront campus.
  • The WIU-QC Communication Student Society is leading efforts to help students register to vote and hosting presidential debate viewings; the WIU-QC Toastmasters held their Area Contest for Humorous Speech and Tall Tales; and the World Affairs Council sponsored "Living as a Muslim in America" panel discussion. 
  • The Quad Cities Fall Career Fair was held Sept. 29 on the WIU-QC campus.


Student Services

  • During opening weekend of the University's residence halls, University Housing diverted 6,830 lbs (that's nearly four tons!) away from the trash and to recycling.
  • Reunions, the parade, the game and more take place this weekend as WIU celebrates Homecoming 2016. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by The Right Place tent and tailgating in Q-Lot and the football game at 3 p.m.
  • UHDS and Campus Recreation are gearing up for Big Pink Volleyball, which starts Oct. 17 with faculty/staff teams playing Oct. 18. The last day to register is Oct. 10. Visit .
  • The Career Development Center hosted the Fall Career Fair on Oct. 4 with 84 employers and 278 candidates searching for jobs.


Homecoming Old Stompin Ground Run Around Oct. 8

The 30th annual Homecoming 2016 5K Run/Walk, the Old Stompin' Ground Runaround, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Western Illinois University Alumni House. Registration for the run/walk begins at 7 a.m., and the entry fee is $15, which includes a commemorative t-shirt.

The 5K fun run/1.5 mile walk will begin at the east end of Sherman Circle. Chocolate milk, provided by Praire Farms, will be distributed by WIU agriculture students following the race as part of the "Chocolate Milk, Trusted by Athletes. Backed by Science" program.


Flu Shots Offered Oct. 12 in Heritage Room of University Union

Flu shots will be given from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 the Heritage Room of the University Union. State employees, retirees, survivors and University staff who have health insurance through the Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP), a state sponsored, managed care plan, or a state sponsored, Medicare advantage plan are eligible. 

Eligible participants need to bring their state-sponsored health insurance card and state ID card. Retirees must present their state-sponsored health insurance card and another form of identification. For more information, contact the Benefits Office at (309)298-1853


Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for September

Administrative Employee of the Month: Leann Meckler - University Housing and Dining Services

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Staci Kohen - University Housing and Dining Services

Student Assistant Employee of the Month: Brittany Taylor - Undergraduate Admissions Office

Acts of Kindness Award Winners:
Alan Arvin, Brian Briggs, Laura Caldwell, Carol Clemons, Rod Featherlin, Elizabeth Henley, Kelley Kenady, Nick Knowles, Larry Kurk, Nick Lampert, Sam Marlow, Heather McMeekan, Marla Miller, Digger Oster, Mindy Pheiffer and Sara Thomas.


CMS Introduces New Insurance Site

Central Management Services (CMS), the State of Illinois' insurance administrator, has been working with Morneau Shepell, a third-party administrator, to provide online insurance enrollment for all insurance eligible state employees. Effective Sept. 30, insurance eligible employees will be able to register and make insurance changes through the state of Illinois web-based online insurance enrollment platform, MyBenefits MarketPlace. 

This site has been designed to offer a "one-stop shop" for insurance needs. Registration is required, although there are no insurance plan changes at this time. Employees will receive a mailing from CMS regarding online enrollment including their personalized Employee ID Number (EIN) to access the MyBenefits MarketPlace site, Customer service and enrollment over the phone is available Monday - Friday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at (844) 251-1777 or TTY toll free at (844) 251-1778.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - a collaborative effort started in 2003 between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Each week throughout October is focused on a different cybersecurity issue. WIU’s University Tecnology (uTech) will be promoting the weekly NCSAM topics by means of a website (, social media, campus digital signage and more.  

uTech's Associate Director of Security Gary Douglas will make a presentation on Gmail security at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 and at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in Malpass Library room 180. Gmail's two-step verification and password security and privacy topics will be covered. The campus community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Follow uTech during the month of October to learn more about keeping yourself safe online.

Civil Service Personnel Updates

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

Professional Accomplishments

Grants and Contracts

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