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April 7, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 15

University News

WIU Dance Marathon Raises $123,200, Beats $100k Goal

Western Illinois University Dance Marathon's purpose is to help others, specifically the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis. The student organization's goal for the fourth annual Dance Marathon, a yearlong fundraising campaign for CMNH St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center that culminated in a 12-hour event April 1 on the Macomb campus, was $100,000. At the stroke of midnight at the event's end, the grand total was revealed: $123,200, which marked a record for a school of WIU's size in the St. Louis Children's Miracle Network market to raise that amount in only four years.

WIU Students, Faculty Spend Spring Break Cleaning America's Rivers

Four students and one faculty member from Western Illinois University's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) spent their Spring Break week with a national organization whose mission is cleaning up America's rivers.

Divers Alert Network Injury & Prevention Director to Speak at WIU April 19

Peter Buzzacott, the director of injury monitoring and prevention for the Divers Alert Network (DAN) in North Carolina, will present "Non-Fatal Close Calls and Lessons Learned from Scuba Diving Incidents" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 in Brophy Hall 224 at Western Illinois University.

WIU Professor Uses Giant Interactive Map to Promote Illinois Geography

When WIU Professor Christopher Sutton delivered his Distinguished Faculty Lecture in Macomb March 22, he had a unique visual to help make his point. Sutton delivered "The Power of Maps" in Macomb and again this week on WIU's Quad Cities campus.

CBT Celebration of Leadership & Engagement April 11

For 50 years, the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT) has prepared our students by providing the skills necessary to contribute and thrive in the ever-changing business environment. Throughout those 50 years, more than 27,000 College of Business and Technology graduates have learned to apply these skills in all sectors of business and industry.

Undergraduate Research Day

Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors College is accepting proposals for the Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day, which will be Wednesday, April 19, in the University Union.

WIU Homeland Security Research Program Lecture Series Set for April 7, 14

The Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) will host the semi-annual Homeland Security Research Program lecture series in April, with two lectures featuring guest presenters. Both presentations are open free to the public.

Phase Two of School of Ag Greenhouse Project Officially Opened Friday

A ceremonial purple ribbon was cut Friday afternoon, officially opening the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture's third greenhouse, and widening teaching and research opportunities available to the University's faculty and students.

Renee Polubinsky Athletic Training Award

Western Illinois University Professor and Athletic Training Program Director Renee Polubinsky has been awarded the National Athletic Training Service Award.

BOT: 2017-18 Cost Guarantee

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees (BOT) approved at its March 31 meeting to increase the 2017-18 Cost Guarantee rates (fees, room, and meal plan) by .35 percent ($71.90 undergraduate; $67.52 graduate) for incoming undergraduate and graduate students on the Macomb campus and a fee increase of .06 percent ($6, undergraduate; $4.80 graduate) for incoming students on the Quad Cities campus.

WIU Division Updates

Administrative Services

  • Economic Interest Statements from the Illinois Secretary of State should be completed and submitted to the VPAS office no later than Friday, April 21. There must be an entry under each numbered item. If there is nothing to report, please enter None or N/A. The form must be signed and dated or it will be returned to the individual for completion. The Executive Ethics Commission has also sent an e-mail 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.
  • Western has received "Tree Campus USA" designation for the fifth consecutive year.
  • The Office of Public Safety (OPS) hosted a special Coffee with a Cop with WIU international students April 6. 
  • 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.
  • As a result of the McDonough/Schuyler counties 9-1-1 merger, all landline 9-1-1 calls from Western Illinois University 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.

Advancement and Public Services

  • A Western Challenge is set for Monday, April 24! The Western Challenge is a 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, the 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.

Quad Cities and Planning

  • The third round of High School Summits begins today (April 7) in Peoria, Havana and Quincy.
  • Alison McGaughey will start as the Public Information Specialist on the QC campus Monday, April 10.
  • The April Student Art Show began on campus April 3 and will run through the end of April.

Student Services

  • The Spring Career Fair was held March 7 and had 70 employers and 250 students in attendance.
  • The Clothesline Project was April 4, presented by the Women's Center to bring awareness to domestic violence.
  • University Union Board has set the Homecoming theme this year: "Storybook Homecoming: A Tale of Leatherneck Pride."
  • Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity has been on campus to plan for colonization in Fall 2017.
  • Admissions and Casa Latina are partnering to host Latino Day today (April 7).
  • The University Bookstore will hold its Spring Cleaning Sale today-Saturday, April 7-8. All regularly-priced clothing and gifts will be 25% off, and all clearance items will be discounted to even lower prices. * No other discounts apply; graduation apparel and announcements are not included in sale.
  • Moms' Day will be held Saturday, April 8.
  • National Student Employment Week is April 9-15.
  • Campus Recreation presents "The Secrets of Sodium" from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Monday, April 10 in the Union Capitol Room. The event is open free to the WIU community. Register by emailing
  • On Tuesday, April 11, UHDS will hold an RA Kickoff to welcome new and returning resident assistants to and back to the team for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The WIU Campus Recreation Walking Group will meet during the lunch hour (12:15-12:50 pm.) April 12, 17, 24, 26 and May 1, 3 at Hanson Field (during inclement weather, the group meets in the University Union Grand Ballroom for bodyweight, band and stretching exercises). The group is open free to the WIU community. Register by emailing
  • Corbin-Olson is partnering with the University Union Board to bring Backtrack to campus for Corbinstock 2017. Join us for live music, food and fun at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.
  • 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.
  • RAC will hold their annual banquet Sunday, April 23 for RAs and hall staff.
  • 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

  • Contract Negotiations Update: The UPI and WIU Administration contract negotiation teams met for a full day of negotiations March 17. The next meeting of the negotiation teams is set for Friday, April 7.
  • Deans and directors presented their annual reports March 24 and March 31. The annual report from the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will be presented at 9 a.m. May 4 in the University Union Capitol Rooms with videoconference to WIU-QC Rooms 103 & 104. 
  • CITR's Faculty Research & Creative Activities Awards Presentation and Reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the University Union Lamoine Room.
  • For the final event of the 50th Anniversary of the College of Business and Technology, on Tuesday, April 11, the CBT will host the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Leadership and Engagement. Jeffrey Hayzlett, best-selling author, global business celebrity, and media personality will provide the Keynote Address to College of Business and Technology students, faculty, corporate partners and the general public beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Union Grand Ballroom.
  • The School of Agriculture Greenhouse held an open house/ribbon-cutting March 31 for the third research and teaching greenhouse.


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.


FY2018 Internal Grants Competition

The University Research Council (URC) has announced that the deadline for the FY18 Internal Grants Competition is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. This competition is for projects that will be conducted from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.    

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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