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Feb. 5, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 02

University News

PAS Wine Tasting Feb. 13 at Western

The Performing Arts Society (PAS) will hold its 17th annual Wine Tasting at Western Illinois University Saturday Feb. 13.

This year's event, in the Heritage Room of the University Union, runs from 7-9 p.m. The wine tasting will feature more than 60 wines, a variety of hors d'oeuvres, live music by the President's International String Quartet and a Beer Bistro Cash Bar option for those who prefer beer to wine. In keeping with the Valentine spirit of the night, fresh flowers will be available for purchase at the event.


Goldfarb to Deliver Last Lecture Feb. 24

Western Illinois University President Emeritus and nationally known theatre educator Al Goldfarb will deliver the Spring 2016 Quad Cities Research and Scholarship Symposium's Last Lecture. Goldfarb's lecture, "The Greatest Influences on My Academic and Administrative Career," is set to start at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the WIU-QC Riverfront Hall, room 103/104. A reception will follow the presentation.

Goldfarb was named Western's president in 2002 and served through 2011, when he retired. A child of Holocaust survivors, Goldfarb is a board member and scholar who worked on the National Jewish Theatre Foundation's Holocaust Theatre Catalog. Prior to his time at WIU, Goldfarb served at Illinois State University as the chair of the theatre department, the dean of fine arts and as the provost and academic vice president.


FOP Lodge No. 169 Fundraiser Underway

The annual fundraiser for Western Illinois University Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 169 is underway. Donations collected will help the WIU FOP to supply bike helmets to McDonough County elementary school students, as well as to provide support for a host of local organizations and events.

In 2015, the FOP distributed helmets to every first grader in McDonough County school districts. In addition, the WIU FOP assisted various McDonough County organizations including the Bushnell Area Travelling Sluggers, Colchester and Good Hope Little League, Macomb Kiwanis, Macomb High School After Prom, PRIME, McDonough County Girls Softball League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Samaritan Well, as well as Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics and St. Baldricks Foundation. The FOP also awarded book scholarships for McDonough County high school graduates attending Western.


Art Department Hosting First Wednesdays

Western Illinois University's Department of Art will be hosting First Wednesdays. These events will take place every first Wednesday of the month and will be open to individuals who want to make art. The first event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 in Garwood Hall and the Heating Plant Annex. These events are open free to the public.

The other upcoming First Wednesdays include:

  • March 2 from 7-9 p.m.
  • Apr. 6 from 7-9 p.m.
  • May 4 from 7-9 p.m.


WIU to Celebrate Black History Month

Western Illinois University will join in the celebration of February as Black History Month. This year's theme is "Rebirth: Journey to Umoja," celebrating a new beginning and the spirit of unity in the African American community.

Sponsors of WIU's Black History Month commemoration include the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Black Student Association, WIU Department of African American Studies, the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project and the Latino American Student Organization.



URC Announces Internal Grants Competition Deadline

The University Research Council (URC) has announced the deadline for the FY'17 Internal Grants Competition is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. This competition is for projects that will be conducted from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

URC support is intended to promote research, or its scholarly equivalent, in appropriate fields by providing seed money for the initiation of new, one-year projects. Priority will be given to those proposals are likely to result in external funding and publication in peer-refereed journals, or exhibitions and performances.

Eligible applicants include tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are not members of the URC at the time of application. An individual may not be an applicant or co-applicant on more than one proposal per funding cycle.

Proposed projects may not be for dissertation research or used in any way to fulfill degree requirements. In addition, projects cannot be considered for textbook writing, curriculum development or personal development.

Application materials are available on the OSP website at

The Office of Sponsored projects will conduct two technical assistance workshops for those interested in applying for the FY'17 competition. The workshops will be held from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 3 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, room 180. To register, visit or call OSP at (309) 298-1191.


Spring 2016 Employee Wellness Events

Four Men for Men’s Health
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Sandburg Theatre, 12:05-12:50 p.m.
Cosponsored by the Center for Masculinities and Men’s Development
Moderator: Dale Adkins

Bill Knox, English "Daily Doing: Creating Unobtrusive Exercise"

Michael Hott, Facilities Management: "Why Work Out?"

Ron Pettigrew, Distance Education Support; "Personal and Spiritual Resilience"

Greg Phelps, Malpass Library; "Hooping for Health, Noon Time Basketball on Wellness”


Living Your Bucket List
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Lincoln Room, University Union 12:10-12:50 p.m.
Wellness Series provided by the University of Illinois Extension Service, Cara Allen, Family Life Educator

Reservation due to Danette Phelps, Sherman Hall, room 200, by Thursday, Feb. 11. Call (309) 298-1800


Heart Healthy Soups
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Knoblauch Hall, room 230, small kitchen
5-6:30 p.m. with senior dietetics students

Register by Friday, Feb. 19, cost is $5
Payment is required at time of reservation with Danette Phelps, Sherman Hall, room 200.


Nearly Naked Mile
Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m., starting on courts 1 and 2 of the Spencer Student Recreation Center.
Race Day Registration $20

Proceeds will benefit YMCA McDonough County Scholarship Program.
For more information, call (309) 298-1228.


Stiffler Obituary

Western Illinois University English Chair and Professor Emeritus Beth (Lenora) Mackey Stiffler passed away Dec. 18 in South Yarmouth. A memorial service will be set at a later date.

Allen Obituary

Services for retired Western Illinois University carpenter Robert Wear Allen, 87, of Macomb, were held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Allen passed away at Jan. 12 in Macomb.

Koester Obituary

A memorial service for retired Western Illinois University Building Service Worker Catherine Koester was held Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Koester, 61, of Macomb, passed away Friday Jan. 15.

Combs Obituary

A visitation for retired Western Illinois University stationary fireman Delwyn Combs, 84, of Sciota, IL, was held Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. No services will be held. Combs passed away Sunday, Jan. 24 in Macomb.


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