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March 3, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 13

University News

"You are Welcome Here" Campaign Debuts at WIU

Colleges and universities across the United States are banding together in a campaign, "You Are Welcome Here," to remind current and prospective international students that they are welcome to pursue their education in the United States. The campaign, which began at Temple University, has now been adopted by over 100 American colleges and universities, including Western Illinois University.

University Relations, University Marketing Win Top Awards for Marketing, Social Media Efforts

For the second consecutive year, University Marketing's (UM) and University Relations' (UR) efforts at Western Illinois University have earned top honors from the Higher Education Marketing Report (HEMR) Educational Advertising (EduAD) Awards.

Nelson, Mabrey to Receive 2016 Town & Gown, Honorary Alumni awards, respectively

To recognize his contributions for exceptional service in continuing the partnership between Western Illinois University and the Macomb community, John Nelson, third generation owner of Nelson's Clothing, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Town & Gown Award from the WIU Alumni Association. Nelson was recognized during the Feb. 25 Men's and Women's Leathernecks Basketball games in Western Hall, and will be presented with the award at the Purple & Gold Day celebration April 24 at the Sports Corner.

WIU-QC to Host Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center

Western Illinois University announced that the University is expanding its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) operations, which is under the direction of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), to the Quad Cities Riverfront campus. An International Trade Center (ITC) will also be established as part of the SBDC presence at the QC campus.

Office of Student Activities Leadership Award Nominations

The Western Illinois University Office of Student Activities is now accepting nominations on PurplePost for outstanding students, advisors and student organizations.

WIU Division Updates

Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Spring break will be held March 13-17.
  • The Distinguished Faculty Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. March 22 in the COFAC Recital Hall; Reception to follow in the Brattain Lounge. Christopher Sutton from the Geography department will present "The Power of Maps."
  • The UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiation teams met on Feb. 22 to continue discussion of detailed proposals. The next two meetings of the negotiation teams are set for Friday, March 10 and Friday, March 17.

Administrative Services

  • Recyclemania, a national contest between colleges and universities, continues. A "snap" takeover highlighting WIU's sustainability efforts will take place next week.
  • Facilities Management will conduct controlled landscape burns across campus beginning Monday, March 13-Saturday, March 18 (weather permitting) between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Questions or concerns should be directed to Tara Beal at or (309) 298-1834.
  • Facilities Management Landscape Maintenance will begin spraying larger landscape beds and berms with pre-emergent herbicides for weed control beginning Monday, March 13. Treatments will continue until applications have been completed on the targeted areas. Questions can be directed to Eric Reed at (309) 298-1834.
  • Economic Interest Statements will be mailed Wednesday, March 15 from the Illinois Secretary of State to employees' home addresses. These forms should be completed and submitted to the VPAS office no later than Friday, April 21. Do not return to the Secretary of State. The Executive Ethics Commission will be send an e-mail mid-March regarding the Supplemental Statements of Economic Interest. In the e-mail, employees will receive a pin to access and complete the form online. These are two different forms from two different agencies. These are requirements of state employment.
  • WIU's P-Card provider, JP Morgan Chase, is moving the program to a new card transaction processing system March 17. This change will introduce updates to card features that will help improve overall servicing and enhance card security. PaymentNet will be unavailable beginning 10 a.m. March 17-10 p.m. Sunday, March 19. All P-Cards will be replaced with chip cards by the end of August 2017.
  • Central Management Services (CMS), the State of Illinois' insurance administrator, has contracted with Morneau Shepell, a third-party administrator, to provide online insurance enrollment for all insurance eligible state employees. Registration is required to access insurance benefits (there are no insurance plan changes at this time). In October, employees received a mailing from CMS regarding online enrollment, including their personalized Employee ID Number (EIN) to access the MyBenefits MarketPlace site. Employees can register without the EIN (using last four digits of social security number). For enrollment assistance, contact customer service at (844) 251-1777 or TTY toll free at (309) 298-1778.

Advancement & Public Services

  • Every Leatherneck has a story, and we want to hear yours. If you are/were, or know someone is/was, the recipient of scholarship support as a student at Western, the WIU Foundation wants to hear the stories. Tell us how donor support has impacted you, or nominate a student who may have a story to tell. For more information, contact Tim Hallinan, director of the WIU Annual Fund.
  • For the second consecutive year, University Marketing's (UM) and University Relations' (UR) efforts have earned top honors from the Higher Education Marketing Report (HEMR) Educational Advertising (EduAD) Awards. The new alumni magazine received a "Gold" award in the internal publication category. University Marketing's 2016-2017 "I am a #SuccessStory, I am A Leatherneck" commercial featuring WIU Luke Otto and tuition reduction campaign and University Relations' "Rocky Takes Over Snap" each received a merit award. Last month, UM and UR received a gold award for social media, "The Western Challenge - #LeatherneckStrong;" a silver award for a single newspaper ad, "Keeping the Region Strong;" two bronze awards for social media and total ad campaign for "#RockySnapTakeover" and "Tuition Reduction" campaign, respectively; and three merit awards for publication: "Western: The Magazine for Alumni," social media: "#WIUGrad16" Storify and television ad: "I Am a #SuccessStory, I Am a Leatherneck" (Otto commercial) from the 14th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA).

Quad Cities & Planning

  • February 2017 Strategic Plan
  • Engineering Week last week on the QC campus was a success. Attendance from the community, the schools and the current WIU students exceeded expectations.
  • The WIU-QC Diversity Committee just completed its Black History Month Poster Display around campus. The WIU-QC Diversity Committee will host its annual Women's History Essay and Poster Competition for students. Winners will be announced next week. Posters and essays will be displayed around campus for the rest of March during Women's History Month.
  • The Quad Cities welcomed Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti Feb. 28 for a Rivers Coordinating Council meeting.
  • The Quad Cities held a press conference Feb. 28 to announce the expansion of the SBDC to the Quad Cities Campus and the establishment of an International Trade Center.
  • Today (March 3), the Quad Cities VP will host three education summits in Havana, Galesburg and Savanna, along with the College of Education and Human Services and Admissions.

Student Services

  • Career and Internship Fairs/WIU Graduate Program Expo will be held from noon-3 p.m. March 7 in the Grand Ballroom.
  • Black Violin Performance will be held at 7 p.m. March 8 in the Grand Ballroom.
  • A partnership between the Veterans Resource Center and the Career Development Center created a LinkedIn group to bridge the gap between students and alumni of WIU who identify as veterans or service members. The goal for this group is to help current WIU students make connections with veterans or service members who may live or work in the areas that the student may be interested in pursuing for a career. To join the group, search for WIU Veterans & Service members on LinkedIn and click "request to join." If you do not have a LinkedIn account, the WIU Career Development Center can guide you in setting up your free account. 
  • The University Counseling Center will have an accreditation visit on March 20-21.
  • The annual State of the Student Address will be at 3 p.m. March 29 in Sherman Hall Auditorium.
  • Beu Health Center will host "Get Yourself Tested" April 6.
  • Disability Culture Day will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 in the Capitol Room.
  • Nominate a deserving student for a campus student leadership award. Make a difference and give students the recognition they deserve!
  • The Sodexo campus dining survey is underway.


WIU Dance Marathon's Miracle Jeans Day

The WIU Dance Marathon (DM) Executive Board would like to thank everyone who participated in Dance Marathon's Miracle Jeans Day at WIU March 2. Because of your generosity, the WIU Dance Marathon raised more than $1,400 for the kids. In addition, March 2 was a day-long fundraising push, and the most generous donors helped the organization to raise over $10,000 in one day. The WIU DM, which is a recognized student organization, has a series of yearlong fundraisers taking place for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the organization's designated charity. The fundraising events culminate April 1 with a 12-hour Dance Marathon on campus, which honors the 12-hour shifts of doctors and nurses, as well as children who are unable to stand. Western's Dance Marathon is entering its fourth year on the WIU campus, with this year's goal set at $100,000.


Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for February 2017

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Drew Reyes, University Housing and Dining Services

Student Employee of the Month: Nicholas Abele, Go West Transit

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: David Hainline and Frank Tate

Civil Service Personnel Updates

View the latest changes in civil service personnel, provided by the Civil Service Employees Council.

Professional Accomplishments

Professional Accomplishments

View the most recent listing of professional accomplishments, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.



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