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June 17, 2016 • Vol. 31, No. 08

University News

June Budget Update by WIU President Jack Thomas

On Tuesday, May 31, the Illinois legislature adjourned without reaching a budget agreement following an unprecedented 11-month budget impasse.

As we near the end of Fiscal Year 2016, we urge the legislators and the Governor to reach an agreement that provides a budget for the state of Illinois and public higher education. Our students are our top priority, and it is our hope that our state's leaders will come together for the benefit of not only our students, but also for the citizens of Illinois.

Faculty Chamber Music Recitals June 17, 23 in COFAC Recital Hall

If you want to hear soprano Assistant Professor Penelope Shumate perform this year, you can go to Barcelona, New York, or to the free Faculty Chamber Music Recitals of the WIU Summer Music Institute.

This summer's performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, and at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 23, both in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

Shumate is one of a number of the WIU School of Music faculty members who will perform throughout the world this summer, as well as at the WIU Summer Music Institute.


PAS Arts Smarts Trivia Night Scheduled for Aug. 6

Test your trivia skills as the Western Illinois University Performing Arts Society (PAS) sponsors its first ever Arts Smarts Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at The Forum in downtown Macomb.

The trivia event, sponsored by Macomb Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, will not be a traditional trivia night and will include fun twists, such as celebrity questions.

Admission to the event is $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door; however, seating is limited. Teams of eight are still available. The Forum is located at 124 N. Lafayette St., just off the northwest side of the Macomb square.


'The Dead Filmmakers Society' Returns to WIU on Wednesdays

The summer film favorite "The Dead Filmmakers Society" returns this year with eight showings scheduled on Wednesday nights in the Sandburg Theater of the Western Illinois University Union.

All films begin at 5:30 p.m., and all showings are open free to the public. Many of the films will be preceded by selected short subjects.

Each film is from the private collection of WIU Film Professor Richard Ness, who will serve as host of each screening.


Public Art is Collaboration between WIU, Macomb

An artistic collaboration between Western Illinois University and the city of Macomb has resulted in 10 large-scale public art sculptures being added to the downtown Macomb area over the past few days.

The project was born during a November meeting between WIU Assistant Professor of Art Duke Oursler and Macomb Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry. Oursler has participated in numerous public art projects throughout the country with his large-scale sculptures; he also created the community art piece on the Rotary Club's West Jackson Street green space.



Changes Coming to WIU's Wi-Fi July 18

On July 18, University Technology (uTech) will disable two legacy wireless networks that are no longer necessary: "WIU-Secure" and "WIU-Guest."

Those who currently use either network to connect mobile devices, laptops, gaming systems or multimedia devices to the internet, should take action now to ensure they retain internet access. For instructions on configuring devices to connect to the correct wireless network, visit


Senior Services Directory Available Online and in Macomb

The McDonough County Illinois Senior Services Directory is now available online and at three Macomb locations.

The guide, which outlines local services available for seniors or their care providers, is available at the YMCA of McDonough County, Macomb City Hall and in the public relations department of McDonough District Hospital.

It can also be found at The site also includes links to numerous local businesses and service providers.


Civil Service Personnel Updates

View the latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Civil Service Employees Council.


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Grants and Contracts

View the most recent listing of grant and contract recipients, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.




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