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September 15, 2017 • Vol. 33, No. 3

University News

WIU Founders' Day Sept. 25: New Format to Feature Guest Speaker

Faculty, staff and community members are invited to celebrate the founding of Western at the 24th annual Founders' Day Celebration Monday, Sept. 25 at Sherman Hall, where history was made 115 years ago. This year's event will feature a new format, including a guest speaker.

WIU Responds to DACA

The recent announcement regarding the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has raised concerns across the nation.

Discover Western Open Houses Set for 2017-18, Application Incentives Part of This Year's Program

Discover your future at Western Illinois University by attending a Discover Western open house, which provides prospective students the opportunity to tour campus, meet with academic and student services staff, talk to current WIU students and more. New to this year's Discover Western programs is the waiver of the $30 application fee if students apply on-site for admission to WIU.

WIU: U.S.News Best Midwestern University

For the 13th consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been recognized as a "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News and World Report.

'Throwing Thursdays' Continue at WIU

"Throwing Thursdays" continue at the Western Illinois University Heating Plant Annex (HPA), from 5-7 p.m. each week.

WIU Employees Invited to 'Dec the Office' for Homecoming

In celebration of Homecoming at Western Illinois University, campus faculty and staff are invited to participate in "Dec the Office."


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Submit your FAFSA

Students should start filing their FAFSA on or soon after Oct. 1 to maximize eligibility for financial aid. Also, 50 students who submit their FAFSA on Oct. 1 will receive a $200 book award.

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 award 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 substantial outcomes result from the stipend-funded project.

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

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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