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March 4, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 04
Western Illinois University to Cut $20 Million
As a result of the budget impasse and probable reductions to state appropriated funding for higher education, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas has announced the University plans to cut $20 million over the next two fiscal years (Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018).
Various strategies to conserve resources will be implemented in Fiscal Year 2017, including reducing contracts from 12 to 11 or 10 months for select administrative positions; closing and/or combining select offices/units; reducing 100 personnel (faculty and staff) across divisions; implementing a hiring freeze (effective immediately); and reducing the hours of various offices/units.
National Women's History Month Celebrated at Western
March is National Women's History Month (NWHM), and the Western Illinois University Women's Center is celebrating with a calendar of events happening on campus and in the community.
Nationally, the celebration and recognition of women's historic achievements began in 1980, when National Women's History Week was first proclaimed. In 1987, this national celebration was expanded by a Congressional resolution to include an entire month.
Mandatory Furlough Days Announced
With the budget impasse approaching nine months, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas announced March 1 that mandatory furloughs and voluntary pay reduction programs will be implemented for all non-negotiated personnel (administrative/non-academic and civil service personnel not covered by unions). While the mandatory program will take place June 1-30, employees may voluntarily elect to spread out their furlough days or participate in the voluntary pay reduction program beginning April 2.
SGA President to Present State of the Student Address March 9
Western Illinois University Student Government Association (SGA) President Wil Gradle will present a State of the Student Address at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in the Sherman Hall Auditorium (third floor).
Speakers include SGA Speaker of the Senate Jacob Tomlinson, WIU Student Trustee Michael Quigley and Gradle.
Gradle said he encourages his fellow students to attend to learn more about the budget impasse and how it is affecting WIU, and to hear factual information regarding the budget. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.
WIU To Host Public Safety Expo March 23
Western Illinois University will host its first Public Safety Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the east arena of Western Hall.
Participants include the Illinois State Police, Macomb Fire Department, Macomb Police Department, McDonough County Sheriff's Office, McDonough District Hospital and the WIU Office of Public Safety (OPS).
WIU: Who We Are, What We Do
Behind the bricks and mortar, there are the people of Western Illinois University and the Macomb community.
At a recent round-table meeting, Student Development Director Tracy Scott came forward with an idea to illustrate the people behind what makes Western Illinois University a great place to study and to work, and the people in the community who stand behind the University. From that, the "Who We Are, What We Do" -- #WeRWIU -- campaign was born.
Andy Baker, director of the WIU School of Agriculture, and Scott were the first to respond to the request, so this goodwill campaign kicks off with these long-time Leathernecks.
New Exhibit Opens at WIU Art Gallery Saturday
An exhibit by Coastal Carolina University Associate Professor Jim Arendt, titled "Those of Us Still Living," will open at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery Saturday, March 5 and will run through April 23.
Arendt, who is also director of the art gallery at Coastal Carolina University, is an artist who explores "the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture," according to his website.
A reception for the exhibit will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, March 10 and will feature a gallery talk by Arendt at 5 p.m.
Grants and Contracts
View the most recent listing of grant and contract recipients, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.