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Nov. 18, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 07

University News

WIU Aid Award Letters Lead the Way

When the U.S. Department of Education changed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) filing date from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1, Western Illinois University was ready. Within the first month of the Oct. 1 filing date opening, WIU Financial Aid received nearly 11,000 FASFA records, up more than 1,500 from the previous Jan. 1 deadline date.

Because of the swift work of Western's financial aid staff, prospective WIU students have begun to receive their preliminary financial aid award letters for 2017-2018, which puts WIU ahead of any other Illinois state university to send out the letters, noted Admissions Director Seth Miner.


Vice President for Student Services October 2016 Award Winners

Civil Service Employee of the Month - Heidi Ausbury - Career Development Center

Graduate Assistant of the Month - Jerome Scott - Office of Student Activities

Student Employee of the Month - Adams Kerns - University Housing and Dining Services


WIU Performing Arts Gala Set for April 8

The Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) annual Performing Arts Society Gala will take place Saturday, April 8 in the University Union Grand Ballroom, instead of its traditional November date.

The Performing Arts Society includes community and University volunteers who are patrons of the arts and dedicated to advancing art programs at WIU and in the Macomb community.


Gradle Named Lincoln Laureate for 2016

Western Illinois University senior economics major William Gradle, of St. Charles, IL, has been named the University's recipient of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois' Student Laureate Award for 2016.

The award, presented annually to an outstanding senior of each of Illinois' four-year degree-granting institutions, honors a student's overall academic excellence and extracurricular activities.


WIU Division Updates

Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • Contract Negotiations Update: The UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiating teams met Nov. 16. Negotiations are ongoing and will resume after the first of the year.
  • University 100 instructor applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are available at Instructors must possess a minimum of a master's degree.
  • Town Hall meetings are being held with each of the colleges and the Library. President Jack Thomas and Interim Provost Kathleen Neumann have met with the College of Business and Technology, College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Library. Meetings with the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences will occur following Thanksgiving break.
  • Registration is underway for Spring 2017.
  • Finals week will be held Dec. 12-16, with Fall 2016 Commencement to take place Dec. 17 in Western Hall.


Administrative Services

  • The University will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • 2016-2017 Winter Holiday schedule for eligible employees: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 26-27 (holiday); Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 28-30 (administrative closure); Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (holiday).


Advancement & Public Services

  • The FY '16 Foundation Year in Review can be viewed online at
  • The new Western Alumni Magazine is online at
  • The WIU Foundation will promote #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on Nov. 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and after the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season to inspire people to give back to the charities and causes they support. This year's WIU #GivingTuesday event will focus on the Ray "Rock" Hanson Memorial Statue Project.
  • The WIU Foundation is working with Facilities Management on a potential "Scholarship Park" patio area in memory of Jim and Bea Wehrly.


Quad Cities & Planning

  • WIU-QC Development Director Paul Plagenz is co-coordinating, with local resident Maria Ontiveros, a weekly mercado (market) that will be held in Moline's Floreciente community to further enhance community engagement, student recruitment and cultural awareness. 
  • Mark your calendars for the WIU-QC Fall Graduate Reception at the iWireless Center, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. RSVP to Nicky Friedrichsen at


Student Services

  • University Housing and Dining Services received the Outstanding Commitment to Inclusion and Equity Award at the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers regional conference. Staci Kohen, Tanner Hall assistant complex director, received the Outstanding Graduate Practitioner Award and won the graduate-level case study competition. John Biernbaum, associate vice president for student services, and Justin Schuch, assistant director of residence life, received a "Top Ten Program Award" for, "Crisis Leadership: How Good Leaders Navigate Difficult Times," and Jacque Hoeft, Thompson Hall assistant complex director, won the graduate-level case study competition.
  • Veterans Awareness Week was held last week with many well-attended events, capped off by a successful Veterans Day ceremony on the Sherman Hall lawn.
  • Student Services recently hosted the discussion, "Now is the Time," address student concerns related to campus climate.
  • Sodexo Campus Services' "Stuff the Bus" brought in 6,000 pounds of food for local food pantries.
  • The Office of Student Activities' Salvation Army Angel Tree will be ready in the University Union after Thanksgiving break. Unwrapped gifts will be due to OSA by Dec. 9.
  • More than 700 financial aid award letters have been mailed out for incoming freshmen for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Admissions will host a Principal's Summit's Nov. 29-30 to get feedback on WIU from area high school principals in Macomb, Quincy, Peoria and the Quad Cities.
  • Upcoming Events: Gwendolyn Brooks Dance Troupe Concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Union Grand Ballroom; Heritage Ensemble Concert, 6 p.m. Nov. 30, Union Heritage Room; Unity Drag Show, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Horrabin Hall Theatre; Pre-Kwanza Celebration, 7 p.m., Dec. 8, Multicultural Center.



Hamilton to Give Peace Corps Presentation Nov. 29

Jake Hamilton, returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (2013-2015) and WIU Peace Corps campus recruiter, will present on the life of a Peace Corps volunteer and discuss the competitive application process for the Peace Corps Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Stipes Hall, 120.

The first session will run from 5-6 p.m. and the second from 6-7 p.m. Anyone interested in learning about Peace Corps service, and those interested in serving are encouraged to attend.


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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