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November 17, 2017 • Vol. 33, No. 7

University News

WIU President Calls for Increased Investment in Public Higher Education

After a budget impasse that persisted over two years, the state of Illinois passed a Fiscal Year 2018 budget on July 6, 2017. Prior to this most recent budget, significantly decreased state appropriated dollars were allocated to Illinois public higher education institutions for two consecutive years. This lack of adequate funding resulted in a ripple effect that continues to impact our regional public institutions.

Holiday Safety Tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety (OPS) and the Macomb Police Department want to remind members of the campus and local communities to safeguard personal property by locking offices, desks and residence hall room doors, as well as vehicles and homes off campus, and to travel safely during the busy holiday season.

Development Day for University Employees Dec. 1

The inaugural Western Illinois University Development Day, presented by WIU Human Resources Talent Management and University Housing and Dining Services, will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in the University Union

#GivingTuesday at WIU Set for Nov. 28

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday ... Tuesday needs a special designation. Help Western kick off the holiday giving season and inspire Leathernecks everywhere to come together in generosity as we participate in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28.

WIU Graphic Communication Club Collecting Toys for Project Santa

The Western Illinois University Graphic Communication Club will sponsor its seventh annual toy drive to benefit the Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) Project Santa program.

Partnership Brings Big Band Music to Macomb

A unique collaboration that encompasses a local veterans' organization and talented musicians from the Macomb and Western Illinois University communities is bringing Big Band music to Macomb each month.



Mediation Update 

As you know, after a year of formal negotiations, we have progressed to mediation with the expectation of facilitating a mutual agreement. The University is committed to mediation, and we have met twice thus far with the federal mediator and members of the UPI negotiating team. We have additional mediation sessions scheduled for Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.

We are concerned that misinformation continues to be shared. This misinformation is unsettling to our University community and can undermine any progress that both parties are striving to achieve. This continued rhetoric risks harm to the institution's reputation, which in turn can have a detrimental effect on enrollment and recruitment initiatives.

Through our continued efforts, we look forward to a positive resolution.
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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 and professional accomplishments, provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

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