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Feb. 19, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 03

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WIU Infant Preschool Vying for New Playground

The staff and faculty at the Western Illinois University Infant Preschool Center have entered a sweepstakes to win a playground for the facility.

The contest is part of the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes through Together Counts, a nationwide program that inspires active and healthy living. The program was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to reduce childhood obesity.


Collegiate FFA Pancake Breakfast Feb. 24

The Western Illinois University Collegiate FFA's annual Pancake Breakfast is set from 7-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Knoblauch Cafe (Knoblauch Hall, room 239) at WIU. Cost is $5 per meal of two pancakes, three sausage links, one serving of biscuits and gravy and one drink (chocolate or white milk or orange juice).

Syrup, butter, silverware and a napkin are also provided with each $5 meal.


Nominations Sought for Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Initiates

Phi Kappa Phi, the largest all-discipline national scholastic honor society at Western Illinois University, is seeking nominations from Western faculty for 2016 faculty initiates who have been at Western for five or more years.

A letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee's current detailed vita, containing a list of outstanding scholarly, teaching and service accomplishments, must accompany the nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.


WIU Dance Marathon Raises More than $70,000

Through the third annual dance marathon, students at Western Illinois University raised more than $70,800 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, surpassing the $70,000 goal for the event. Last year's event raised $53,000, and the first event raised $22,000.

The event, a yearlong campaign to raise money and awareness, brought in $70,885 this year for St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.



WIU Honor Society Announces Research Competition

The Phi Kappa Phi honor society has announced a competition for the best research paper submitted by a Western Illinois University senior.

Students entering the competition are eligible for awards of $300, $250, $200 and $150. The first place winner will be named the recipient of the Lowell Grabill Undergraduate Research Award, established by the first woman Ph.D. recipient at Western, Virginia Lowell Grabill.

The competition is open to seniors in any academic discipline and entries are due by Monday, March 7. The single authored papers (one per student) should be the result of independent and original library, laboratory or field research projects. Papers must be endorsed by a full-time WIU faculty member who was either mentoring or supervising the work.

For additional information on the competition, contact Michael Romano at (309) 298-1374 or (309) 298-1546 or by email at


Beware of Calls From Computer Scammers

Recently, several state employees have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be from Dell, Microsoft or other companies, advising there are problems with the individual's computers.

The callers are quite convincing, and a few state employees have been victimized by these scams, providing password and other information to the caller. Quick action by the employees and their agencies have resulted in rapid mitigation of the threat, but it has resulted in an increased threat to state systems and lost employee productivity time.

For more information on the scam, or to learn how to protect yourself, visit


International Honor Society to Host Sale in Union

Members of the WIU chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Beta Delta will host a sale of international items in the University Union Concourse from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 24-25. Authentic international items will be available, with most items priced between $1-$5. 

All proceeds benefit scholarships supporting international education. The sale is sponsored by the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society.

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for January 2016

Administrative Employee of the Month - Janine Cavicchia, Women's Center

Civil Service Employee of the Month - Angie Louden, Office of Student Activities

Graduate Assistant of the Month - Dan Wallace, Athletics

Student Employee of the Month - Jenna Griffith, Campus Recreation

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: Adam Brunner, Jamie Herrygers, Jerone Lester, Rebecca Richards, Sara Robinson and Danielle Tucker


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