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May 5, 2017 • Vol. 32, No. 17

University News

Two WIU Professors Honored During 2017 Undergraduate Research Day

Western Illinois University Sociology Associate Professor Diane Sandage and Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) Professor Katharine Pawelko were honored at the Centennial Honors College annual Undergraduate Research Day April 19.

Retirement Reception for Sharon Evans

Sharon Evans, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC), will retire from the University May 31. A reception will be held in her honor from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in the University Art Gallery.

WIU Disability Resource Center Honors Faculty for Welcoming Diversity

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Western Illinois University celebrated WIU faculty members' contributions to disability access in the classroom at the annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Wednesday, April 19.

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.

2017 WIU Distinguished Alumni

The outstanding accomplishments of Western Illinois University graduates James A. Leopardo, president of Leopardo Companies, Inc. of Hoffman Estates, and Michael J. Litwin, a founding member and senior executive vice president and chief credit and risk officer for NXT Capital, LLC of Chicago, will be recognized Saturday, May 13 at Western's Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises in Western Hall. Litwin will be recognized at the 9 a.m. ceremony, while Leopardo will be recognized at the 1 p.m. ceremony.

College Courses Offered to Area High School Students

High school seniors from west-central Illinois can put their college career on the fast track beginning this fall through a special program offered at Western Illinois University.

Save the Date: WIU Homecoming 2017!

The story of Western Illinois University is a great work of non-fiction ... from its humble beginnings in 1899 (opening in 1902) to the comprehensive University it is today, the tale of a university set in west central Illinois and the proud alma mater of over 130,000 alumni is part of this year's WIU Homecoming.

TSPR Wins Two Regional Murrow Awards

The newsroom at Tri States Public Radio (TSPR) has been named the winner of two Regional Murrow Awards in the 2017 competition, held by the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).


WIU Division Updates

Administrative Services

  • WIU-Macomb employees who passed away between March 2016 and March 2017 will be remembered at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8 during a brief ceremony at the Memorial Tree Grove.
  • Benefits Choice period began May 1 and runs through May 31. Employees must register online to make any changes or view benefits. Benefits Choice information meetings will be held from 9-10 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. May 8 and May 10 in the Union Capitol Rooms.
  • OPS and Parking Services will hold the annual bike auction beginning at 6 p.m. June 2.
  • The School of Agriculture Livestock Center painting project is ongoing, with completion expected within two weeks.
  • The installation of all DCEO lighting, which is a grant-funded project, is nearing completion.
  • WIU cell tower construction operations are nearing completion.
  • The prep work for summer maintenance work in WIU classrooms and residence halls is underway, with work scheduled to begin following the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

Advancement and Public Services

  • The Western Challenge 24-hour online giving event raised over $134,000 from 1,071 donors to support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics and campus improvements. Gifts from $5 to $25,000 were contributed from 40 states, Canada and from as far away as Sweden, Switzerland and Armenia. Sixty-eight percent of donors are alumni, with 24 percent of donors designated as WIU faculty and staff.
  • 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

  • WIU's annual report presentations were held May 4-5. The presentations provide the campus communities with a progress report of the University's master plan and allows University leadership to share division accomplishments and goals, including fiscal savings suggestions, for the upcoming year.
  • On April 28, the third education summit was held in Galesburg. The three additional summit locations in the coming weeks include Macomb, Moline and St. Louis.
  • The WIU-QC campus hosted the third annual Student Research Symposium April 28.
  • On May 9, the WIU-QC will hold its Annual Awards and Years of Service Recognition Ceremony.

Student Services

  • The Resident Assistant Council awarded Carina Hall, Tanner 12 Women, as the "First Year Experience Community of the Year" and Dustin Varney and Taylor Stirmell, Corbin 4, as the "Sophomore Year Experience Community of the Year."
  • The recent Warrior Dog Dash raised over $1,450 for the Warrior Dog Foundation.
  • Corbinstock was a successful event, raising money and canned goods for WIRC and Genesis Garden.
  • Higgins Hall will be imploded on July 1. There will be events leading up to the implosion. For answers to some FAQs about the project, as well as a viewing area map and more details to be announced about the events.
  • Residence halls will close at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12. Break/Summer housing is available.
  • Student Services Employee of the Year Awards: Administrative Student Employee of the Year - Leann Meckler, assistant director of UHDS marketing and communications; Civil Service Employee of the Year - Heidi Ausbury, financial aid adviser, Financial Aid; Graduate Assistant of the Year - McKensie Vissering, Office of Student Activities; Student Employee of the Year - Jerome Halsey, Beu Health Center; and Top Flight Award - Casa Latina Cultural Center.
  • Jessica Butcher, assistant to the vice president for student services, was named the Council for Administrative Personnel Employee of the Year.

Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • Contract Negotiations Update: The next meeting of the negotiation teams is set for May 5. Additional meetings are scheduled for May 16, May 18, May 23 and May 25.
  • Final Exam Week begins May 8.
  • Commencement Weekend is May 12-14.


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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.

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