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Sept. 16, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 03

University News

WIU Homecoming 2016: 'Rocky in Space: Our Pride is Out of This World'

Campus pride will be out of this world at Western Illinois University Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8, as Western hosts its annual Homecoming celebration with "Rocky in Space."

Events kick off the week before with the 10th annual "Celebrating Town & Gown" event Thursday, Sept. 29. Then, Homecoming weekend events begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 with an All Alumni Social at the Alumni House. Complimentary food, beer, wine and soda will be available, as well as a cash bar. Reunion celebrations for the classes of 1966, 1976 and 1991 also begin Friday and continue throughout the weekend. Alumni of all years are welcome to celebrate being a Leatherneck.


Paint the Paws Sept. 30

Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to participate in Western Illinois University's annual Homecoming tradition, Paint the Paws, Friday, Sept. 30.

Paint the Paws, which is sponsored by the Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC), the governing board of the Student Alumni Association, involves the painting of more than 200 paws along University Drive and Western Avenue to welcome alumni and visitors to campus on Homecoming.


Rocky Quest is Oct. 15

The Macomb and campus communities will come together from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 for a unique competition to raise money for the Western Illinois University Rocky on Parade Scholarship Fund.

Rocky Quest, sponsored by the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC), will feature a chance for members of both communities to take photographs with all of the Rocky on Parade statues in Macomb. The photos will then be uploaded to social media with #RockyQuest for a chance at a variety of prizes.


Fallen Soldiers 5K Oct. 22

Western Illinois University's fifth Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 at the WIU-Macomb campus.

Last year's Fallen Soldiers 5k set a new record with close to 600 participants (595) registering, 100 more than the 2014 event, and making it the largest race in McDonough County. More than $18,000 was raised for the WIU Fallen Soldier's Scholarship Fund. Since the event's inception in 2012, more than $75,000 has been raised for the scholarship, which honors WIU alumni Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin, who were both killed in the line of duty.



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

For more information about the guidelines, contact Lisa Krieg at (309) 298-1808 or


CSC Ribbon Cutting Sunday, Sept. 18

Campus Students for Christ (CSC), which has served Western Illinois University students since 1969, will host a ribbon-cutting/open house event Sunday, Sept. 18 to debut the CSC's new facility on Riverview Drive. The original CSC center on Riverview was built in 1971 as a sorority house. CSC purchased the building in 1978.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday. More than 300 alumni and friends will be present to celebrate the open house. Activities for children and food will be available, and tours of the new facility will be held throughout the event. A brief program and the ribbon-cutting will begin at 5:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for the event is Charlie Ferguson, who was the campus minister at CSC from 1989-2007.

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