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September 1, 2017 • Vol. 33, No. 2

University News

Homecoming 2017 - Storybook Homecoming: A Tale of Leatherneck Pride

Once upon a time, in 1899, a local politician by the name of Lawrence Sherman created a bill to establish Western Illinois State Normal School, and because of Sherman's persistence, the new normal school - which is now known as Western Illinois University - was established in Macomb, IL, in 1900. Celebrate the WIU story during the annual Homecoming celebration Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30. This year's theme is "Storybook Homecoming: A Tale of Leatherneck Pride."

WIU President Jack Thomas: Cultivating Peace

As the first week of a new academic year is underway, I would like to take this opportunity to remind the University community, as well as visitors and guests, of our University's commitment to equity, civility and diversity.

WIU Named Among Best Online Colleges in Illinois

According to, of the 200 colleges and universities in Illinois, 75 percent of schools offer online and distance education opportunities. Recently, recognized the Top 20 Best Online Accredited Colleges in Illinois, and Western Illinois University is among the best of the best for providing students with a variety of degree programs online.

President Jack Thomas: 2017 State of the University Address

"Today, we come together for this State of the University address to reflect on our past, describe where we are and outline how we will move forward...." - Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas, 2017 State of the University Address.

Celebrating Town & Gown 2017

Celebrating Town and Gown, the annual signature Western Illinois University and Macomb community event hosted by WIU President Jack Thomas and Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, will kick off this year's WIU Homecoming activities Thursday, Sept. 14. The Inaugural Macomb Alumni and Friends Golf Outing will continue the celebration Friday, Sept. 15.
The 11th annual Celebrating Town and Gown event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Forum in Macomb, with a short program at 6:15 p.m. All Macomb and WIU community members are welcome to attend. Casual attire is welcome.


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WIU Foundation, Sponsored Projects Offering Summer Stipends

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to 10 summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2018. Additional support is possible from the Office of Sponsored Projects.

The Foundation will be awarding up to two additional grants specifically related to academic enhancements in the classroom. All of these grants provide opportunities for faculty to engage in projects leading to the professional advancement of the proposal writer and the enhancement of Western Illinois University in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity. While teaching, research and creative activities are expected of every faculty member, the summer stipend is intended to allow faculty to pursue projects well beyond those which can normally be pursued during the academic year.

Proposals are to be submitted in one of the following categories:

1) Development of a significant curriculum proposal
2) Mastery of a new instructional technique
3) Research leading to publication
4) Research required to prepare an application to an external granting agency
5) Creation of work leading to a performance or exhibition.

The selection committee will pay special attention to the “expected outcomes” section of the proposal to ensure that substantial outcomes result from the stipend-funded project.

Proposals for summer stipends must be submitted to the Foundation Office in 303 Sherman Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Proposals must follow the guidelines and policies set forth by the committee. The committee will only consider applications that follow the guidelines, supply important information, present scholarly quality and meet the application deadline. Examples of successfully funded proposals can be found on the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching website at

For more information about the guidelines, contact Lisa Krieg at 298-1808 or

Civil Service Personnel Updates

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

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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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