News for the
Aug. 5, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 01
Budget Update by WIU President Jack Thomas (7/26/16)
We are pleased that the Governor and Legislators came to an agreement that provides funding for higher education. Senate Bill 2047, which passed on June 30, 2016, provides bridge funding for Illinois higher education. Western Illinois University received its first allocation of approximately $5.5 million.
The state has a budget schedule to release funding over the remainder of the calendar year. Western's total portion of the bridge funding is $31.4 million, plus an additional $5.1 million to reimburse the University for the MAP grants that we provided to our students in Spring 2016.
Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk Scheduled for Oct. 22
Western Illinois University will pay tribute to members of the armed forces, along with two of its own fallen soldiers, Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin, Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of the fifth annual Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk.
Since 2011, the WIU Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk has raised more than $64,000 for the WIU Fallen Soldiers' Scholarship Fund, which honors the two alumni who were killed in the line of duty. Last year's event set a new record with close to 600 participants (595) registering, and making it the largest race in McDonough County.
College Choice Ranks WIU, Nursing Program Among Top Schools
College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has recognized Western Illinois University as a 2016 Best Midwestern Regional University and the University's School of Nursing as a 2016 Best Online RN to BSN Degree Program.
Western was among three Illinois public universities ranked in the top 50 as a Best Midwestern Regional University, and was one of two Illinois public university nursing programs ranked in the top 50. Western was ranked 44th and 18th, respectively, in the rankings.
WIU Foundation, Sponsored Projects Offering Summer Stipends
The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to 10 summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2017. Additional support is possible from the Office of Sponsored Projects.
The Foundation will award up to two additional grants specifically related to academic enhancements in the classroom. All of these grants provide opportunities for faculty to engage in projects leading to the professional advancement of the proposal writer and the enhancement of Western Illinois University in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity. While teaching, research and creative activities are expected of every faculty member, the summer stipend is intended to allow faculty to pursue projects well beyond those which can normally be pursued during the academic year.
Proposals are to be submitted in one of the following categories:
1) Development of a significant curriculum proposal
2) Mastery of a new instructional technique
3) Research leading to publication
4) Research required to prepare an application to an external granting agency
5) Creation of work leading to a performance or exhibition.
The selection committee will pay special attention to the "expected outcomes" section of the proposal to ensure that substantial outcomes result from the stipend-funded project.
Proposals for summer stipends must be submitted to the Foundation Office in Sherman Hall, room 303, no later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
Proposals must follow the guidelines and policies set forth by the committee. The committee will only consider applications that follow the guidelines, supply important information, present scholarly quality and meet the application deadline. Examples of successfully funded proposals can be found on the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching website at wiu.edu/CITR/resources/summer_stipend.php.
For more information about the guidelines, contact Lisa Krieg at (309) 298-1808 or LL-Krieg@wiu.edu.
Gmail Migrations Planned for Remaining Accounts
On Tuesday, Aug. 19, University Technology will schedule the migrations from Zimbra to Gmail and Google Apps for any University employees that have not yet made the transition to the new email and calendaring platform.
There is still time to migrate earlier - employees are encouraged to visit wiu.edu/GoogleApps for details and to sign up for an earlier migration date. Questions regarding the migration process should be first directed to departmental Google Guides, which can be located at wiu.edu/googleapps/resources/googleguides.php.
Arts Smarts Trivia Night is Saturday
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.
Civil Service Personnel Updates
View the latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Civil Service Employees Council.
Grants and Contracts
View the most recent listing of grant and contract recipients, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.