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Dec. 2, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 08
Letter to the Campus Community - Budget Update
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) allocated $8.4 million to Western Illinois University. This allocation was made from the special fund created for the IBHE as a part of the June 30, 2016 stop-gap measure. The one-time $20 million fund was created to provide financial support and essential operations at public universities and community colleges.
This funding demonstrates IBHE's recognition of our best practices of responsible financial stewardship and stabilized enrollment. The funding also indicates that the state and IBHE have confidence in WIU, which is partially a result of our frequent advocacy in Springfield for Western and public higher education. We continue to forge ahead and meet our mission of providing quality education to a diverse student population.
WIU Foundation Announces Summer Stipend Recipients
The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects has awarded 12 stipends to WIU faculty for Summer 2017.
The grants, which are funded by the WIU Foundation for $3,000 for each recipient, provide opportunities for faculty to engage in projects leading to the professional advancement of the proposal writer and the enhancement of Western Illinois University in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity. According to Shannon Sutton, director of the Office of Sponsored Projects, proposals are encouraged in research leading to publication, development of a significant curriculum proposal, creation of work leading to a performance or exhibition, mastery of a new instructional technique and research required in preparing an application to an external granting agency.
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.
2017 Col. Rock III Calendar Available at WIU Bookstore
A year just wouldn't be the same without the Western Illinois University Col. Rock III calendar.
The 2017 calendar, designed by University Relations Graphic Designer Shanee Sullivan, features photos of Western's beloved canine and important WIU dates, such as Founders' Day, Homecoming and Purple & Gold Day. The photos, taken by WIU Visual Production Center photographers and by Rocky's "person" Joe Roselieb, feature Col. Rock III through the years.
The calendar is on sale now at the University Bookstore for $5.50 and is also available for purchase online at http://tinyurl.com/pkxt744.
Holiday Festival of Choirs Scheduled for Sec. 3 at St. Paul
Western Illinois University Choirs will present its annual Holiday Festival of Choirs for the Macomb and WIU communities Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 309 W. Jackson St., Macomb.
A matinee concert will begin at 2 p.m., and the evening concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will feature choirs of WIU singers, madrigal singers and the concert choir. Special guests will include the 60-voice Holiday Festival Children's Chorus and the Macomb High School Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers.
WIU Division Updates
Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Contract Negotiations Update: UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiations will resume after the first of the year.
- The final town hall meetings with President Thomas were held this week (COEHS and CAS).
- Registration continues for Spring 2017.
- Finals week will be held Dec. 12-16, with Fall 2016 Commencement to take place Dec. 17 in Western Hall.
- As a result of a preliminary injunction recently filed by a federal judge, the University has suspended the implementation of the revised FLSA rules that were schedule to take effect Dec. 1. University administration will continue to keep employees informed of any change to the rules and WIU's implementation. For more information, contact Human Resources, (309) 298-1971, or Academic Personnel, (309) 298-2216.
- Due to the Jan. 1 holiday, monthly and semi-monthly payroll will not be paid until Jan. 3. Administrative Services/Payroll encourages employees to make adjustments to their banking schedules.
- WIU Facilities Management has recently formed a Facilities Management Roundtable that will meet monthly to help get information to and from the director. The first meeting was held Nov. 30.
- Facilities Management employees Monte Colley and Don Mutch have announced their retirements (Nov. 29 and Dec. 30, respectively).
- Construction Updates: School of Agriculture greenhouse project is nearing completion and the roof on the sheep barn is in the process of being replaced; DCEO-grant funded electrical work is underway in various campus buildings.
- The 2016-2017 snow removal priority route can be found at tinyurl.com/zf93fxb.
Advancement & Public Services
- The WIU Foundation held #GivingTuesday Nov. 29. More than $14,000 was raised for the Rock Hanson Memorial Statue Project and other WIU programs, initiatives and scholarships.
Quad Cities & Planning
- The November Strategic Plan Update is available at wiu.edu/university_planning. This month's update provides data from two external sources that show Western Illinois University places high
in regional and national collegiate ranking systems.
- Upcoming Events: Unity Drag Show, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Horrabin Hall Theatre; Pre-Kwanza Celebration, 7 p.m., Dec. 8, Multicultural Center.
- The University Bookstore will have a "progressive sale" during finals week (Dec. 12-17). One item: 20%, two items: 25%, and three or more items: more 30% off (in store only; no coupon needed; cannot be combined with other promotions or coupons).
- University Admissions hosted Principal's Summit's Nov. 29-30 to get feedback on WIU from area high school principals, superintendents and regional superintendents in Macomb, Quincy, Peoria and the Quad Cities.
Information Technology Strategic Plan Review
Work on the 2017-2022 version of the Western Illinois University Information Technology Strategic Plan began over a year ago when University Technology Advisory Group (UTAG) members reviewed and edited the 2013-2018 version in a series of sessions.
The primary focus at that time was centered on removing accomplished items and rewording endeavors that were in progress. Since then, Stephen Frazier, CIO, researched what other universities and colleges were including in their newer IT strategic plans, as well as numerous predictions of the future for technology and higher education.
The University Technology staff has vetted this draft. It has also been shared for comment with various governance groups including UTAG, the Council for Instructional Technology, the Faculty Senate, the Student Government Association, and the Deans and Directors that report directly to the Provost. In the spring semester, it will be presented to the President’s Cabinet and then the Board of Trustees for their ratification.
We encourage the University community to review and provide feedback on the draft 2017-2022 IT Strategic Plan. The document and its feedback form are only available to Western Illinois University employees and students and require that you be logged on using your university-assigned credentials. Please feel free to also email feedback to Stephen Frazier, CIO, at SL-Frazier@wiu.edu. He is also available to speak to groups upon invitation.
To access the draft document and feedback form, please visit wiu.edu/itstrategicplan.
Civil Service Personnel Updates
View the latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Civil Service Employees Council.
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.