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December 15, 2017 • Vol. 33, No. 9

University News

Congratulations, Class of 2017: President Jack Thomas

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our December 2017 graduates. I would also like to thank our students, faculty and staff for an outstanding fall semester."

Happy Holidays from Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas

Western Illinois University wishes our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

2017 Foundation Holiday Card Designed by WIU Art Major

Western Illinois University students will soon be returning home for the holidays, but for one WIU undergrad, that saying has a special meaning this year.

Col. Rock III 2018 Calendar on Sale at University Bookstore

Enjoy Col. Rock III .... and the talents of University and area artists ... all year long with the Western Illinois University Col. Rock III calendar.

Jorgensen Awarded National Communication Service Award

Western Illinois University Department of Communication Chair Pete Jorgensen was recently awarded the 2017 National Communication Association (NCA) Training and Development Division's Outstanding Service Award.

Nominations Sought for 2018 PKP Faculty Initiates

Phi Kappa Phi, the largest all-discipline national scholastic honor society at Western Illinois University, is seeking nominations from Western faculty for 2018 faculty initiates who have been at Western for five or more years.

President Thomas: Letter to University Community

Dear University Community, it is always my goal to be forthright and transparent in my communications with the University community. I have held 13 town hall meetings and two brown bag lunch discussions this semester alone, where individuals have had the opportunity to voice their concerns and where I have answered questions regarding a variety of topics, including the University's proposals during the negotiations process.

BOT Meeting Set for Dec. 15

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will consider the active duty tuition rate at the Friday, Dec. 15 Board meeting in the University Union Capitol Rooms on the Macomb campus.

WIU Featured in Illinois Education Research Council Report

Western Illinois University has been ranked among the top seven Illinois four-year institutions serving underserved students and appears in the new report, "Cornerstones of Student Success: Institutions Yielding High Return on Investment of Underserved Students," recently released by the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC).

Lotz Named Human Resources Director

Cynthia Lotz, interim director of human resources at Western Illinois University, has been named the director, effective Jan. 1.

University Counseling Center Receives Reaccreditation

The Western Illinois University Counseling Center (UCC) has been re-accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), Inc., an Alexandria, VA-based organization of United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies. Western is one of five universities in Illinois with an IACS accredited counseling center.

WIU: Military Times "Best College" 2018

Western Illinois University has once again - for the eighth consecutive year - been selected as a Military Times "Best College" (formerly known as Best for Vets College") by Military Times magazine. Western is the only Illinois public four-year university in the top 70 among four-year schools and is one of two Illinois public universities appearing on this year's four-year schools' list.


New York City Community Theatre trip

The Office of Study Abroad and Outreach is now taking registrations for the long-running New York City Community Theatre trip. Co-leaders Tammy Honesty (former WIU Theatre and Dance faculty) and Kim McDaniel (Study Abroad and Outreach) are ready to lead you on more adventures around the city during the daily optional walking tours. Al Goldfarb, President Emeritus, WIU, continues to provide his expertise on show selection. Combining favorite locations and new insights, this trip is back for another round of subways, great food and unforgettable theatre.

Registration is available online at Registration deadline is January 31, 2018. For more information or questions, contact Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-2504 or

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for November 2017

Administrative Employee of the Month: Renee Hughes, University Housing and Dining Services - Conference Services

Civil Service Employee of the Month: Peggy Bowen, Admissions Office

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Shannon Daly, General Building Operations - Events

Student Assistant of the Month: Holden Mercer, University Housing and Dining Services.

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: Myranda Anderson, Amy Bielicki, Tara Buchannan, Maria Camargo, Matthew Collum, Kiersten Deutsch, Crystall Dooley, Eden Driscoll, Rodrigo Estrada, Andrew Haugen, Zachary Jones, Nathan Knuffman, Nicholas Lampert, Bryce Miller, Benjamin Minogue, Katie Oparnico, Digger Oster, Terrence Petry, Samantha Ralphs, Revanth Ravakanti, Jonathan Reed, Carmello Rizzo, Amanda Shoemaker, Julie Terstriep, Eric Vaughn and Lili Velazquez

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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