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Jan. 20, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 10
WIU Selected for U.S. DOE College Completion Toolkit
Western Illinois University is one of 11 colleges and universities from across the United States selected to appear in the U.S. Department of Education's (DOE) College Completion Toolkit, "Promising Practices for Improving Student Degree Attainment." The toolkit features schools that are increasing college completion rates for students on their campuses through promising practices.
Brody Establishes Pre-Med Symposium
Transitioning from Western Illinois University to medical school is about to get easier for undergraduate students at Western. Thanks to Dr. Jill Brody and McDonough Eye Associates, WIU will host the first-ever Pre-Med Symposium March 8, 2017.
WIU Counselors Begin "Kinder Mondays" Program
Two counselors from the Western Illinois University Counseling Center have come up with an idea to turn the negative stigma of Mondays into a day to do things for others.
As a result, counselors Amy Buwick and Ana Diaz developed "Kinder Mondays," a way to add to the positive environment at the University and, at the same time, encourage others to "pay it forward."
WIU Division Updates
Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Spring 2017 classes began Jan. 17.
- The Provost's Academic Task Force will have their first spring semester meeting Monday, Jan. 30. The Task Force will meet monthly throughout the spring semester.
- Contract Negotiations Update: UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiations resumed Jan. 11. Agreements were reached on ground rules for negotiations and Spring 2017 meeting dates. The next meeting of the negotiation teams is set for Friday, Jan. 20.
- Interested in helping first-year students transition effectively to WIU? Apply to be a University 100 instructor. Please consider completing the 2017-2018 UNIV 100 application and submitting it by Feb. 3, 2017. Current instructors should submit a renewal application. For more information, contact Nancy Parsons or Stacey Macchi.
- The demolition of East Village is underway. The contractor, Hood Demolition & Excavating, has been braving the elements and is making good progress. The project is anticipated to be complete in March.
Advancement & Public Services
- Foundation and Development is currently working on Calendar Year 2016 annual receipts.
- Planning is underway for the 2017 Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
- Planning continues on the proposed Scholarship Park, with a projected lead gift from the family of Jim and Bea Wehrly.
- WIU's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration will hold their annual RPTA Friends and Alumni Social held near the 2017 IPRA/IAPD Conference in Chicago. This event provides an opportunity for alumni
and friends to engage with current faculty and students in a fun and festive environment and to raise money for student travel and scholarships. Those not able to make the event are encouraged to participate via Facebook
Live around 6:15 p.m. (CST) Friday, Jan. 20 at facebook.com/rpta.wiu/. Facebook viewers will also have the opportunity to participate in the fundraising portion of the event and have their gifts displayed on our electronic donor wall in real-time.
Quad Cities & Planning
- Quad Cities administration is leading the efforts to host WIU's next round of high school summits. Seven high school summits have been scheduled in Quincy, Havana and Macomb (Feb. 1); Peoria, Galesburg and Moline (Feb. 2); and St. Louis (Feb. 7).
- WIU-QC is hosting Lunch-n-Learns during Spring 2017. The first program will be later this month on the topic of "Guest Service," led by Kat Broughton from RPTA. The goal is to improve interactions with potential students and other visitors. A second Lunch-n-Learn is in the works on the topic of "Heart Health" or "Workplace Health."
- WIU-QC faculty/staff socials began Jan. 19. The socials will be held every third Thursday of the month.
- The Quad Cities Campus will host Spring 2017 Entrepreneurship Salons: Feb. 2, Local Foods Movement, and March 23, "For Purpose" Businesses. The events, which are open free to the public, are held at 3:30 p.m. in Rooms 103/104 on the Riverfront campus.
- Get in a workout state of mind and start the year off right! Visit wiu.edu/fitness to check out the variety of Group Fitness classes offered at the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center in Spring 2017.
- Housing renewal for the 2017-2018 academic year begins Jan. 27.
- Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students about the Western Leader program. Applications are open for the positions of admissions ambassador, desk assistant, Leatherneck Success Team, peer career adviser, resident
assistant and summer assistant. Offices hiring through the Western Leader recruitment process include Undergraduate Admissions, University Housing and Dining Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services and the Career Development Center. Information on each position and the application can be found at bit.ly/WIULeader (students must log into the Purple Post to see job
descriptions). Applications will close Jan. 30. Students can apply for multiple positions to be considered for the interview process.
- Bayliss Hall second floor and Thompson Hall third floor (women's) had the Fall 2017 Highest Floor GPAs with 3.4 and 3.6, respectively.
Social Security District Manager on Campus Feb. 22
The district manager for Social Security will be on campus to make a presentation for Western Illinois University employees at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre.
Employees will have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation, which will be about Medicare eligibility for retirees and the offset benefits for retirees.
Fred Jones Exhibit Opens at University Art Gallery
An exhibit to highlight the artwork of Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus Fred Jones will be on display at the University Art Gallery Tuesday, Jan. 17-Friday, Feb. 17.
The exhibit will feature landscape paintings by Jones.
The Camerata Woodwind Quintet will play in the gallery at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8 with a performance related to the landscape theme of Jones' work. A reception for Jones and his exhibit will be held at the Art Gallery from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Jones will deliver a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
For additional information about Jones' work, visit fredjonesviewsofnature.com.
Civil Service Personnel Updates
View the latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Civil Service Employees Council.
Grants and Contracts & Professional Accomplishments
View the most recent listing of grant and contract recipients and professional accomplishments, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.