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April 15, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 06

University News

Save the Date - Homecoming 2016

Whether your graduation from Western Illinois University was many moons ago or just last year, WIU alumni and friends should mark their calendars now for Oct. 7-8, 2016, for an "out of this world" good time in Macomb at WIU's annual Homecoming celebration. This year's theme is "Rocky In Space: Our Pride Is Out Of This World!"

Homecoming activities begin Thursday, Sept. 29 with "Celebrating Town and Gown," sponsored by the WIU Alumni Association, and continue Friday, Sept. 30 with "Paint the Paws," sponsored by WIU's Student Alumni Association.


WIU SUAA Annual Meeting, Dinner April 26

The Western Illinois University chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) will hold its annual meeting and dinner Tuesday, April 26 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Reservations are $15 (checks payable to WIU-SUAA) and must be made by Friday, April 22. to Penny Yunker, 1901 Riverview Dr., Macomb. Entree selection includes Hawaiian chicken on rice or broiled balsamic vegetables on rice.

Members are encouraged to invite potential members as guests.


April Budget Update: University Layoffs

Due to the budget impasse, which is now in its 10th month, it is with much regret that I announce additional layoffs of approximately 110 non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University. Individuals facing layoffs will be given the appropriate 30-day notice. Within the next week, those individuals who are impacted will receive a letter.

Other additional measures are also immediately necessary. As of this week, all appropriated budgets have been swept and funds from those accounts are being held at the vice presidential level. To further limit spending, all P-Card purchasing is suspended, unless authorized by the division's respective vice president. We must conserve all cash resources.



VPSS Employee Awards and Act of Kindness Awards

Vice President for Student Services Employee Awards and Act of Kindness Award Recipients:

Civil Service Employee: Sara Swallow, Financial Aid; Graduate Assistant: Ryan McNeil, University Housing and Dining Services and Student Employee: Amanda Pankhurst, Campus Recreation.

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: Alexis Austin, Katie Barnard, Ana Diaz, Emily Henkelman, Michelle Howe, Martin Kral, Zach Neil, Alondra Olvera, Chris Parks, Jeanine Pollmeier, Steve Schauz, Brandy Shelton-Jones, Gretchen Steil Weiss, Dana Vizdal, Tess Waller, Jason Woods and Amy Yang.


Employee Recognition Reception April 26

The 33rd annual Employee Recognition Reception at Western Illinois University will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the University Union Lamoine Room. The reception is to honor employees who have completed 10-40 years of service to Western. For a list of this year's honorees, visit


Administrative Professionals Day April 27

Administrative Professionals Day will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Colonel Rock's Bistro, in the University Union Lamoine Room.

Lunch is $9.69, plus tax, per person and is a chance to show appreciation to the University's administrative professionals.

Reservations can be made by April 21 by calling (309) 298-1292. For more information, or to see a menu, visit


CSP Summer Institute June 23-24

Western Illinois University will host the biennial College Student Personnel (CSP)-Student Services Summer Institute for current students and alumni of Western's CSP program, as well as current and former student services staff Thursday-Friday, June 23-24, on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Keynote speaker and WIU CSP alum Deborah Garrett will be providing insight on how to conduct assessment utilizing the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She is currently the Vice Chancellor for Student Services at Arkansas State University-Beebe and the President of CAS. Paul Brown-also a WIU CSP alum-will be presenting about the use of social media and technology in higher education.

The Institute will provide opportunities to enhance skills and expertise on key higher education topics, such as Title IX, as well as foster collaboration between alumni and friends of one of the best CSP programs in the country and the best of the best current and former student services staff.

Institute registration is $30 and includes meals, sessions and a drink at the Welcome Reception.



Charles L. Swise

Funeral services for retired Western Illinois University carpenter Charles L. Swise, 75, of Canton, IL, will be held Thursday, March 31 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.

Swise began working at Western in June 1995 and retired in November 2007. For additional obituary information, visit


Civil Service Personnel Updates

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Grants and Contracts

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Faculty Accomplishments

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