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Feb. 17, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 12
President Thomas, BOT Chair Early Participate in Higher Education Rally
On Feb. 8, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas spoke before the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education Rally in the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield. The coalition hosted the event to advocate for support for higher education.
The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (DFL) Selection Committee is soliciting nominations for the 2018 award from the faculty, staff and students of Western Illinois University. Self-nominations are welcome.
WIU BSN Nursing Degree Named One of Top Five Most Affordable
College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has recognized Western Illinois University as one of the most affordable online BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degrees in the country.
WIU Miracle Jeans Day March 1
On Wednesday, March 1, Western Illinois University employees are invited to participate in the WIU Dance Marathon's Miracle Jeans Day, with proceeds of the event going to St. Louis-area Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Approval has been granted for WIU employees in all departments to participate in the special "wear jeans day," if they choose.
WIU Division Updates
- Recyclemania, a national contest between colleges and universities, continues. Members of the WIU community are encouraged to take the sustainability pledge.
- On Wednesday, March 1, WIU employees are invited to participate in the WIU Dance Marathon's Miracle Jeans Day, with proceeds of the event going to St. Louis-area Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
- Calling all WIU supervisors or those who will soon be a supervisor. Human Resources' "The Professional Supervisor Training Certificate Program" is about to launch with new sessions to choose from. Register for any of the eight sessions to earn your certificate.
- Gary Rehahn, Social Security district manager, will present information on Social Security and Medicare eligibility for retirees and survivors, the cost of Medicare and the offset of benefits for SURS retirees at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Union Sandburg Theatre. A question-and-answer session will be held following the presentation.
Advancement and Public Services
- The Office of Annual Giving continues to seek 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.
- The WIU Foundation and WIU Alumni Association will host WIU Night at the Peoria Rivermen game Friday, March 3. Celebrate Col. Rock III's 7th birthday, complete with Col. Rock III "throwing" the game puck that evening.
Quad Cities and Planning
- Please nominate your students for leadership awards through the Office of Student Activities. Nomination forms, available on PurplePost, are due March 9.
- Admissions will host Discover Western Monday, Feb. 20.
- Housing Renewal continues through Feb. 28.
- Western Leader interviews were held Feb. 10. Various student services staff interviewed 233 students for Western Leader positions.
- UHDS will sponsor the Women's and Men's Leathernecks Basketball games, Saturday, Feb. 25. Women's game vs. South Dakota State @ 4:30 p.m., Men's game vs. Fort Wayne @ 7 p.m.
- Celebrate Col. Rock III's birthday at the Feb. 25 games, and stop by the University Union between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, March 3 for a cupcake, a button and a high five from Col. Rock to celebrate his 7th birthday.
Save the Dates
- Tanner Hall's Annual St. Baldricks: Sunday, March 26, noon-4 p.m., Tanner Circle. Register to be a shavee and donate.
Corbin-Olson Corbinstock: Tuesday, April 18, Corbin-Olson. More information to come.
- Lincoln-Washington-Grote Warrior Dog Dash: Saturday, April 22, outside of Lincoln-Washington-Grote. More information to come.
- IHC presents Siblings Weekend: Friday-Sunday, April 21-23.
Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Spring break will be held March 13-17.
- The UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiation teams met to continue discussion of detailed proposals. The next meeting of the negotiation teams is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22.
- University 100 applications are due Feb. 17. 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.
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.
Upcoming Peace Corps Events
The Peace Corps at Western Illinois University has a variety of upcoming events, including:
- As part of Peace Corps Week, several returned Peace Corps volunteers, who live in the Macomb area, will share stories from their time serving in countries around the world Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m., in the Garden Lounge of Malpass Library. The event is open free to the public and snacks will be provided.
- A session to learn about the life of a Peace Corps volunteer and how to be competitive in applying for Peace Corps service will be held Wednesday, March 1 in Stipes Hall, 120. WIU Peace Corps recruiter Jake Hamilton will conduct two general information sessions, from 5-6 p.m. and from 6-7 p.m. Both events are open free to the public.
March Cultural Cafe Featuring Cameroon
The Center for International Studies March Cultural Cafe will feature cultural aspects about Cameroon from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in the University Union Heritage Room. The event will feature a presentation and authentic food from Cameroon. This event is open free to the public.
FY18 University Research Council Internal Grants Competition
The University Research Council (URC) has announced the deadline for the FY18 Internal Grants Competition is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. This competition is for projects conducted from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.
URC support is intended to promote research, or its scholarly equivalent, in appropriate fields by providing seed money for the initiation of new, one-year projects. Eligible applicants include tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are not members of the URC at the time of application.
Application materials are available on the OSP website.
OSP will conduct two technical assistance workshops for those interested in applying. The workshops will be held from 3-4 p.m. March 3 and March 21 in the Malpass Library, room 180. To attend, register with CITR or call (309) 298-1191.
International Bazaar March 4 at WIU
Travel the world at the 44th International Bazaar from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 4 in the University Grand Ballroom at Western Illinois University.
Participants can visit booths that represent countries from all over the world, where they can get their "passport" stamped and sample authentic cuisine ranging from $1-$2.50 per item. There will be non-stop entertainment, including world music, performances by students and a fashion show displaying traditional clothing.
Other highlights will be a Kids Craft Corner from 5-8 p.m. and an International Marketplace for purchasing souvenirs and other items. Admission is $5 for the public, $2 for students with a valid WIU ID and $2 for youth ages 5-12. Children 4 and under will be admitted free.
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.