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Feb. 3, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 11
WIU Reponse: Executive Order on Immigration Ban
Serious concerns have been raised on both Western Illinois University campuses and in this nation regarding the recent executive order from the White House, which impacts immigration and entry into the United States for persons from seven countries. To that end, WIU remains committed to our core values, which include: academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility.
FOP Lodge #169 Fundraiser Underway
The annual fundraiser for Western Illinois University Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 169 is underway. Donations collected will help the WIU FOP to supply bike helmets to McDonough County elementary school students, as well as to provide support for a host of local organizations and events.
Federal Tax Forms Available in WIU Malpass Library
April 15 is just around the corner, and while federal and state tax forms are available online, for individuals who would like a paper copy, the Western Illinois University Leslie F. Malpass Library has a limited number of paper forms available.
Alumnus James Leahy: Spring 2016 CBT Executive in Residence
Western Illinois University Alumnus James Leahy, chief operating officer of Veterans Canteen Services (VCS), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has been named the Spring 2016 Executive in Residence for the College of Business and Technology (CBT). Leahy graduated from Western in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in marketing.
WIU Division Updates
- In FY16, Western Illinois University implemented furlough and voluntary temporary pay reduction programs for Civil Service and Administrative employees. In FY17, a furlough program was implemented for administrative employees. In August 2016, PA 99-0897 was signed into law allowing employees affected by either furlough or voluntary pay reduction in FY16 and/or FY17 to establish service and earnings credit for periods of furlough OR periods of voluntary pay reduction taken in lieu of furlough. Frequently asked questions, including links to appropriate forms, have been developed and are available on the HR web page.
- The demolition of East Village is complete, and clean-up of construction debris is proceeding.
- Recyclemania, a national contest between colleges and universities, is underway.
- DCEO lighting upgrades are taking place in various buildings, and the planning for spring/summer concrete work is in the initial stages.
Advancement and Public Services
- The Office of Annual Giving is seeking current students from all areas of study to help showcase the impact of scholarship assistance to WIU alumni and friends. If you know of a student who has overcome particular hardships to attend Western and would be willing to share their story, please contact Tim Hallinan at 298-1874 or TP-Hallinan@wiu.edu to make your nomination.
- University Marketing, in collaboration with University Relations and University Television, continues the I am a #SuccessStory, I am a Leatherneck campaign to promote WIU. Check out two of the latest commercials at http://tinyurl.com/h7ljul4 and http://tinyurl.com/h4m7s9x currently airing on social media, area television stations and the Macomb movie theatre.
Three more commercials are in production and will air on television stations across the state, as well as social media. During the holiday season, Luke's and Edith's commercials aired in movie theatres across Illinois and Iowa, and select Missouri theatres.
Quad Cities and Planning
- On Jan. 27, the WIU-QC campus celebrated the opening of its food pantry and the completion of its first food drive with the speaker event, Food Insecurity and Social Justice. The WIU-QC campus held the first of several Lunch and Learns, covering the topic of guest services.
- The WIU-QC is coordinating seven educational summits between Feb. 1-7. The summits are a part of the President's Executive Institute for Corporate and Educational Outreach.
- On Feb. 2, the Quad Cities Campus hosted the Social Entrepreneurship Salon, Local/Organic Foods Movement.
- The January Strategic Plan Update is available at wiu.edu/university_planning. This recent update highlights WIU's inclusion in the United States Department of Education's (DOE) Promising Practices for Improving Student Degree Attainment that was published in December 2016. Only 11 institutions nationally were featured in this publication.
- Admissions counselors will host Counselors' Summits in February to provide information about WIU and receive feedback. Admissions will also host Chicago-area Welcome Receptions Feb. 25-26 for prospective students.
- The Career Development Center's Spring Career Fair will be held from noon-3 p.m. March 7 in the Union Grand Ballroom.
- Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center events: "Why I Love Black Women," 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Union Heritage Room; Career Night, 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Multicultural Center; and Black Violin Musical, 7:30 p.m. March 8, Union Grand Ballroom.
- "The Vagina Monologues" performances will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 10-11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Multicultural Center. Doors open one hour before show. Advance tickets are $5 for students and $7 for non-students. A Friday cocktail hour will be held from 6-7 p.m, featuring a cash bar, free appetizers and a special guest performance.
- Office of Student Activities Leadership award nominations, available on PurplePost, are due March 9. Please nominate your students for these awards.
- If you know of any students looking for employment, Sodexo is hiring for Thompson Hall Dining Center. Interested students should visit the dining center for an application.
Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Contract Negotiations Update: The UPI and WIU administration contract negotiation teams met on Jan. 27 to exchange detailed proposals. The next meeting of the negotiation teams is set for Friday, Feb. 10.
- The Provost’s Academic Task Force met Jan. 30 to discuss recruitment initiatives and curricular means of enhancing citizenship and community engagement among WIU students. The Task Force will continue to meet monthly throughout the spring semester.
Nominations Sought for 2017 PKP Faculty Initiates
Phi Kappa Phi, the largest all-discipline national scholastic honor society at Western Illinois University, is seeking nominations from Western faculty for 2017 faculty initiates who have been at Western for five or more years. A letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee's current detailed vita, containing a list of outstanding scholarly, teaching and service accomplishments, must accompany the nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.
Phi Kappa Phi members are encouraged to nominate colleagues who they believe are deserving of the honor. Nominations, which must be received by Friday, Feb. 24, must be sent electronically to Heidi Clemmens, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Initiates Committee, at HS-Clemmens@wiu.edu.
Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for January 2017
Administrative Employee of the Month: Hilda Rojas-Duarte, University Housing and Dining Services - Residence Life
Graduate Assistant of the Month: McKensie Vissering, Office of Student Activities
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.