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April 1, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 05

University News

Disability Culture Day April 6

Western Illinois University's Disability Resource Center (DRC) will host Disability Culture Day, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the University Union Capitol Room.

The purpose of this event is to spread awareness about disabilities within the community. The event will consist of panels of different speakers who will speak about different disabilities and the culture behind it.


President Thomas: Senate Appropriations Testimony

Earlier this month, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas presented the Fiscal Year 2017 budget testimony before the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee to urge legislators to end the current budget impasse, provide support and resources for higher education and to discuss the impact of the impasse and future reductions to higher education appropriations. Thomas and other University leaders appeared before the Senate March 10.


WIU Recognized by U.S. Department of Education

In a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Western Illinois University was identified as outperforming its peer institutions in enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients.

In a recent DOE report, "Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need," Western is one of two Illinois public universities recognized within the report. A Washington Post article referencing the report included WIU and select other institutions that are giving Pell Grant qualified students the opportunity to graduate. Those students comprise at least 40 percent of the population at the schools featured in the report, with at least 50 percent of those students graduating within six years.


Dedication Ceremony for WIU School of Ag's Bruce Engnell Set for April 1

Faculty, staff and students in the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture invite WIU "Aggies" from near and far, as well as members of the general public, to celebrate the legacy of Bruce A. Engnell, former WIU Farm manager and livestock judging coach, at a dedication ceremony Friday, April 1.


Hymn Festival Comes to Macomb April 10

The Western Illinois University Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a hymn festival at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Carroll St., Macomb.

The hymn festival, titled "Images of God," will be led by guest conductor and organist Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra of Ann Arbor, MI.


CSEC Awarding Scholarships to Dependents of CS Employees

Each year, the Civil Service Employees Council awards nine $1,000 scholarships to dependents of WIU Civil Service Employees. Applications are available now. Visit for an application.

Applications and requested information are due by 3 p.m. Friday, May 13. Applicants will be interviewed by the scholarship committee. The interview dates will be May 24, or May 25 if needed. The applications are available online or can also be obtained in Waggoner Hall 100 from Christine Staley.

All application materials should be sent via campus mail or mail (no electronic documents will be accepted) or brought to:

Civil Service Scholarship Selection Committee, Attn: Christine Staley, 100 Waggoner Hall, Psychology Department, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Illinois 61455,(309) 298-1593.


Kathleen Pearson

Western Illinois University Physical Education Professor Emeritus Kathleen Pearson, 87, passed away Thursday March 24 in Macomb. She was born to George and Martha Feikes Pearson on March 25, 1928. Cremation has been accorded. There will be no services.


Forrest Dean Robinson

Services for Western Illinois University English Professor Emeritus Forrest Dean Robinson will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 30 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Robinson, 84, passed away March 27 in Macomb.


Wilma Roberts

Services for former building service worker Wilma Roberts will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Clugston Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Roberts, 89, passed away March 21 in Macomb.


E. Lewis 'Lewie' Sell

Services for former painter E. Lewis "Lewie" Sell will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at Clugston Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the funeral home. Sell, 91, passed away March 20 in Good Hope.


Suzanne Henne Mayer

Former English instructor Suzanne Henne Mayer, 76, passed away on March 14 at home in Macomb. A memorial service will be at a later date.

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