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November 03, 2017 • Vol. 33, No. 6

University News

Military Appreciation Week Nov. 6-11 at WIU

Western Illinois University will commemorate Military Awareness Week Monday-Saturday, Nov. 6-11. The events are sponsored by the WIU Veterans Resource Center, which helps veterans, service members, military family members and the University and surrounding communities.

Provost's Award of Excellence Winners

Five Western Illinois University faculty members and one academic adviser have been named 2017 Provost's Award of Excellence winners. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) at WIU organized six-member committees charged with evaluating excellence in each of the determined areas.

WIU: #TheRightChoice Contest

2,050, That's how many WIU: The Right Choice yard signs and banners have been delivered and installed, from southern Illinois (and into Missouri) to northern Illinois and all points in-between, by student and faculty volunteers, including Western Illinois University Economics Graduate Student and Honors College Graduate Assistant Wil Gradle. WIU faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to submit photos in #TheRightChoice social media contest from Nov. 1-Nov. 25 for a chance to win a variety of WIU-related prizes.

Stuff the Bus Event Moved to Spring 2018

This year, Sodexo's annual food drive has moved to spring. "Stuff the Bus 2018 - Get off your Cans and Donate" will be held Wednesday, April 11.

UHDS Conducting Dining Survey

University Housing and Dining Services is conducting a satisfaction survey about the campus dining experience.


Negotiations update

Since my initial letter of Sept. 19 notifying the University community of our intent to request mediation, there has been much information shared on campus, in the community, and via traditional and social media. More at:


Summer Stipend Award Recipients

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects is awarding nine summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2018. 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 that can normally be pursued during the academic year.   Proposals are encouraged in research leading to publication, development of a significant curriculum proposal, creation of work leading to a performance or exhibition, mastery of a new instructional technique and research required in preparing an application to an external granting agency.


Summer 2018 recipients include:

Andrea Alveshere, Sociology and Anthropology; Gregory Baldi, Political Science; Jenq-Kuen Huang, Mette Soendergaard and Liguo Song, Chemistry; Barbara Lawhorn, English; Saisudha Mallur, Physics; Susan Stewart, Management and Marketing; and Melissa Stinnett, Curriculum and Instruction.

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for October 2017

Administrative Employee of the Month: Nick Katz, Office of Student Activities

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Michael Payne, Admissions Office

Student Employee of the Month: Lindsay Gleason, Women's Center

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: Stephanie Hovsepian and Katie Kane

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, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

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