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Nov. 4, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 06

University News

'Now is the Time: A Community Discussion' Coming to WIU

To continue to enhance the positive town-gown relationship within the City of Macomb and Western Illinois University, a new Western Illinois University committee, the Social Well-Being and Understanding Committee, will host the event, "Now is the Time: A Community Discussion" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the University Union Heritage Rooms.

The committee, which is comprised of faculty and administrators, was established to address social issues regarding distrust between law enforcement and some people in the community, particularly persons of color.


National Parks Speaker at WIU Library

In celebration of the U.S. National Park Service's centennial year, Western Illinois University Libraries presents the speaker series, "Celebrating the National Parks and Park Service," delivered by WIU faculty members. The presentations in the series are open free to the public.

WIU Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Professor Michael McGowan will deliver the second presentation in the series, "Interpretation in National Parks," which is set to start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.


WIU: Best for Vets 2017

For seven consecutive years, Western Illinois University has been selected as a "Best for Vets College" Top 175 Schools by Military Times EDGE magazine. Western, ranked 13th (from 15th in the 2016 rankings), is the only Illinois public four-year university in the 2017 list's top 50 and is one of two Illinois public universities in the top 95. In the initial year of the rankings, WIU placed 25th.


Hancks Named Interim Director of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach Effective Nov. 1

Jeff Hancks, Florence and Lillian Baxter Snyder Professor of Regional and Icarian Studies and coordinator of Archives and Special Collections in Western Illinois University's Malpass Library, has been named interim director of Western Illinois University's School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, effective Nov. 1.


Schlag Named Office of the President Chief of Staff

Paul Schlag, associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA), has been appointed as the chief of staff in the Office of the President, effective Oct. 31.

Western's Board of Trustees recommended the hiring of a chief of staff to assist with executive level research, assignments, special projects and communication initiatives.


WIU Division Updates

Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

- Contract Negotiations Update: The UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiationing teams met for the first time Oct. 26. The teams discussed ground rules and the scheduling of upcoming meetings, along with the possibility of developing sub-committees to focus on some key issues. The teams also met Nov. 2. Matt Bierman, interim vice president for administrative services, provided an overview of the University's current fiscal state.

- An addition to the WIU School of Agriculture Greenhouse, which was built in 2014, is under construction.


Administrative Services

- Graduation is right around the corner! Document and Publication Services (DPS) offers personlized graduation announcements (with envelopes). Order anytime before or after graduation and receive your announcements in two-three days (plus shipping time, if applicable). Visit or stop by DPS for more information, or to place your order.

- P-Card holders interested in setting up an Amazon Business for Education account can contact Lora Lidaywa in Purchasing at This account provides discounts and free two-day shipping on eligible orders. Unlike Amazon Prime, there is no membership cost involved.

- Facilities Management mechanical maintenance department has teamed up with the Illinois Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association to provide continuing education to plumbing staff, as well as areas trades workers. This training opportunity was provided Oct. 28 on the WIU campus. 

- Site enhancements are coming to PaymentNet on Nov. 7, including a new cardholder dashboard, updates to the password requirements and security questions, and a chart of accounts favorites. Under "Messages" on the PaymentNet home screen, click on the link to PaymentNet Resources. New Cardholder Dashboard Overview and PaymentNet "What's New" - November 2016 Release attachments include more details.


Advancement and Public Services

- Three 2016-2017 University Marketing "I am a Success Story, I am a Leatherneck" commercials are in production. The first three - featuring WIU students Luke Otto, Edith Garcia and Korey Hughes - will be completed this month, with the remainder (Emily Manley, Amber Hoener, Jordan Detweiler and Nico Moreno) to be completed in early Spring 2017.

- The 2016 Foundation Holiday video will feature the Jazz Studio Orchestra, under the direction of School of Music Professor John Cooper.

- Western, The Magazine for Western Illinois University Alumni, which replaces the former alumni newspaper, Western News, was mailed out this week to WIU alumni. The magazine, which features stories and news alumni, students, faculty, athletics, the University and more, is produced by University Relations.


Quad Cities and Planning

- The College Student Personnel program recently hosted 160 individuals from across the region at the WIU-QC campus for the Student Affairs 101 Conference.


Student Services

- The demolition of Higgins Hall is scheduled for 2017. Work will begin in Spring 2017 to strip the building, with the implosion set for June or July 2017. The project has been planned and designed in conjunction with the demolition of East Village and Lamoine Village.

- The 27th annual Take Back the Night rally to promote awareness, empowerment and aid in the fight against sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence was held Oct. 20 with over 300 people in attendance.

- Faculty and Staff Partnerships for Accessible Solutions (FASPAS) workshop designed to embed Universal Design (UD) into the learning, physical and procedural environments at WIU begins Nov. 4. Anyone interested in attending can contact Tara Buchannan at

- The African Student Association will host a heritage night at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Multicultural Center.

- The ninth annual Stuff the Bus food drive will take place from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Please bring your nonperishable items to the GoWest bus parked in front of Sherman Hall. The Resident Assistant Council has alrady raised over $1,600 for various community charities, in addition to more than eight crates of canned goods that will be donated to WIRC and Loaves & Fishes as part of the Stuff the Bus event efforts.

- Discover Western will be held Nov. 11.

- The Veterans Day Tribute Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sherman Hall Flagpole (rain site - Sherman Hall Auditorium).



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.


Phi Beta Delta International Scholarship Event Nov. 12

Western Illinois University will commemorate Military Appreciation Week Monday-Friday, Nov. 7-11, sponsored by the WIU Veterans Resource Center, which helps veterans, service members, military family members and the University and surrounding communities.



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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