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April 21, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 16

University News

Budget Update: April 2017

Due to the ongoing budget impasse at the state level, we have been forced to implement numerous cost-saving measures. The University must continue to restrict spending to immediate and essential operational needs only. P-Card usage will again be limited, and open positions at all levels are under review. The longer the state's fiscal crisis lasts without a fully-funded budget, difficult decisions will continue to be made.

Western Challenge/Purple & Gold Day Set for April 24

Show your Leatherneck Pride Monday, April 24 as Western Illinois University hosts the second annual "Western Challenge," in conjunction with the University's annual Purple & Gold Day celebration.

Public Safety Expo April 24 at WIU

Western Illinois University will host a Public Safety Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 24 in the east arena of Western Hall.

Pair of Summit League Presidents Appointed to NCAA Roles

Two Summit League presidents were recently appointed to NCAA roles beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani was named to the Division I Board of Directors, and Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas to the Division I Presidential Forum.

Veterans Resource Fair planned for April 22

The Western Illinois University Veterans Resource Center, the YMCA of McDonough County Checkpoint Veterans Group, American Legion Post 6 and VFW Post 1921 are collaborating to host a Veterans Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Illinois National Guard Armory, 135 W. Grant St., in Macomb.

WIU Employee Appreciation Weekend

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas and the President's Round Table for Staff will host WIU Employee Appreciation Weekend May 4-8. While the celebration officially kicks off Thursday, May 4, employees are invited to attend the Thursday, May 2 WIU Leatherneck Baseball game versus the University of Iowa at Boyer Stadium. The game begins at 4 p.m.

2017 Volunteer Week

To celebrate spring and the warm weather, Western Illinois University will host its annual Volunteer Week April 23-30.

Donate To The Captain's Closet

The Captain's Closet of Western Illinois University's Career Development Center's is asking for donations of professional clothing for men and women.

12th Annual Author Recognition Ceremony

To celebrate the scholarly and artistic work of Western Illinois University authors, University Libraries will host the 12th annual WIU Author Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Malpass Library Garden Lounge.

WIU Division Updates

Administrative Services

  • OPS will hold the Mock DUI and Public Safety Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 24. The Mock DUI event will be held in the southwest portion of Q-Lot, while the fair will be held in the Western Hall east arena.
  • Campus 9-1-1: As a result of the McDonough/Schuyler counties 9-1-1 merger, all landline 9-1-1 calls from WIU-Macomb campus phone numbers (298 extensions) will go directly to the McDonough County 9-1-1 Center. The McDonough County Center currently provides emergency medical dispatch services and also supports 9-1-1 text messaging. Wireless calls will continue to be directed to the McDonough County 9-1-1 Center. There will be no noticeable changes in service. For non-emergency calls on the WIU Macomb campus, the Office of Public Safety can be contacted directly at (309) 298-1949.
  • As part of Arbor Day on Friday April 28, Matt Bierman, interim vice president, will read the Arbor Day Proclamation at 2 p.m., followed by a tree planting, at the tree grove north of University Union (between circular patio and sidewalk leading to Malpass Library).
  • A community meeting was held April 19 to discuss the Higgins Hall demolition project with residents who live near Higgins. The demolition, which will be completed by Spirtas Wrecking Company in coordination with WIU Facilities Management and University Housing and Dining Services, will take place July 1. More information, including Higgins Hall alumni reunion information, parking, day-of activities, etc. will be released as details are finalized.

Advancement and Public Services

  • The Western Challenge is set for Monday, April 24! The Western Challenge is spirited 24-hour giving challenge designed to encourage WIU alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and friends to demonstrate their Leatherneck Pride with a gift to support students at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. This year, WIU's challenge is to have at least 1,000 Leathernecks give a gift to Western between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on April 24, which is also WIU Purple and Gold Day. More information will be released soon. Follow "The Western Challenge" on Facebook for the latest news and updates.
  • The WIU Foundation's 2017-2018 "Think Purple" campaign planning is underway, with new "Think Purple" t-shirts in design. For the sixth consecutive year, "Think Purple" t-shirts will be provided to businesses in Macomb to help "Paint the Town" purple during important events and weekends.

Quad Cities and Planning

  • April Strategic Plan update
  • On April 20, WIU-QC hosted the Annual Art Show Reception and Awards Ceremony. The show included works by students, faculty and staff. Also on April 20, WIU-QC was represented by three administrators at the second annual Quad Cities Lumina Stakeholders Meeting.
  • Audrey Adamson, WIU-QC assistant director of student services, has been recognized by the ACPA (College Student Educators International) Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners with an award for Outstanding Achievement by an Experienced Student Affairs Professional.
  • With more than 700 pounds of donated non-perishable food, the WIU-QC Food Pantry is now stocked and ready to serve students. You can find this new service in QCC 2412, (in the middle of the 2nd floor of Building C).

Student Services

  • The Office of Student Activities hosted the 2016-17 Student Leadership Awards Ceremony April 17. Through these awards, the OSA acknowledges outstanding student leaders and organizations from across campus who have exemplified what it means to be a leader and a Leatherneck.
  • More than 35 WIU faculty, staff and administrators participated in a special Admissions Phonathon April 19. Volunteers spent the evening calling approximately 700 accepted students to discuss "next steps," including scholarships, in the admissions process.
  • Inter-Hall Council will host Siblings Weekend Friday-Sunday, April 21-23.
  • Lincoln-Washington-Grote presents the second annual Warrior Dog Dash obstacle course event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Registration is open through the day of event. More information, including a link to the registration form can be found on the Facebook event page
  • Residence halls will close at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12. Break/Summer housing is available.

Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • Summer School and Fall 2017 registration is underway. Pre-session for summer school begins May 15.
  • Contract Negotiations Update: The UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiation teams met for negotiations on Wednesday, April 19. The next meeting of the negotiation teams is set for Friday, May 5.
  • Interim Provost and Academic Vice President Kathleen Neumann will present the Academic Affairs Annual Report at 9 a.m. May 4 in the University Union Capitol Rooms with videoconference to WIU-QC Rooms 103 & 104.
  • Final Exam Week is set for May 8-12.
  • Commencement Weekend


Changes Coming to WIU's Wi-Fi on May 26

On the evening of May 26, 2017, University Technology (uTech) will be making changes to the University’s wireless networks. After May 26, all users of WIU’s wireless networks must configure their wireless devices to properly reconnect to Wi-Fi on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.   

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for March 2017

Administrative Employee of the Month: Dustin Van Sloten, Student Recreation Center

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Fernando Monge, Student Development Office

Civil Service Personnel Updates

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

Professional Accomplishments

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.



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