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Sept. 2, 2016 • Vol. 32, No. 02

University News

Annual CUPP Party Planned for Sept. 7

The Community-University Partnership Program (CUPP) will hold its 11th annual Welcome Back Party from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 on the front lawn of Sherman Hall (rain location: University Union Heritage Room).

The event, which is open free to the public, will feature music, food, games and prizes.

"For the past 11 years we have partnered with the city of Macomb to bring our students, faculty, staff and community members together at this annual block party," said Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas. "This event is a great opportunity for everyone to meet and to join together to celebrate the start of a new academic year."

WIU Again Named 'Best Midwestern College'

The number 13 is a lucky one for Western Illinois University.

For 13th consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Western Illinois University a "Best Midwestern College." Western is one of 156 regional universities, and one of three Illinois public institutions, named to the "Best in the Midwest" list by The Princeton Review.

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: Development of a significant curriculum proposal

  1. Mastery of a new instructional technique
  2. Research leading to publication
  3. Research required to prepare an application to an external granting agency
  4. 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

Dance Marathon 5K Sept. 24

Put on your running (or walking shoes) to help Western Illinois University students and their dancing shoes!

The WIU Dance Marathon will host an inaugural 5K (3.1 mile) race Saturday, Sept. 24 as part of the organization's year-round effort to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals, St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. The year-long event culminates April 1, 2017, with the 12-hour Dance Marathon, which honors the 12-hour shifts of doctors and nurses, as well as children who are unable to stand.

Lodge and Libations Sept. 24 at Horn Field Campus

Western Illinois University's Horn Field Campus (HFC) will once again be the venue for the annual Lodge and Libations fundraiser for the Frank Lupton Outdoor Education Building.

Set to start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 (with a campfire to follow the program), Lodge and Libations, this year, will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the WIU Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration's Environmental, Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE) program, a semester-long field studies program that supports professional preparation in outdoor leadership through experiential education.


Curriculum Library Hosting Book Sale Sept. 12-16

The Curriculum Library of the Western Illinois University Libraries will host a book sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 - Friday, Sept. 16 inside the Curriculum Library (Horrabin Hall, room 80). The sale will include picture books, young adult fiction and informational books for preschool through 12th grade. The sale is open to the public and nothing is priced over $3. All proceeds go to the purchase of new materials.

All sales are cash only with no refunds or exchanges. Sales will be on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, contact David Macchi, unit coordinator, at (309) 298-1101 or email

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