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News for the WIU Campus


August 3, 2018 • Vol. 33, No. 19

University News

Wingerter Named CBT Director of Development

Jeremy Wingerter, director of development at the University of Southern California (USC) Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been named director of development for the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology.

Pendarvis Named Director of Donor Relations

Abbie Pendarvis, associate director of the Monmouth (College) Fund, has been named the director of donor relations at WIU. Pendarvis replaces Amanda Shoemaker who has accepted a position at the University of Iowa.

Table Used by Former WIU Presidents Donated to University by Two Local Attorneys

An 1890s Empire-style table, which once sat in the Western Illinois University office of Frank A. Beu, the University's fourth president, is back on campus thanks to the generous donation of two members of Macomb's legal community.

Boost Your Mental Health with Human Resources' Programs

To be healthy as a whole, mental wellness plays a role. All Western Illinois University faculty, staff and administrators are invited to "boost your mental health" with WIU Human Resources Talent Management.

School of Global Education and Outreach: A Worldwide Educational Focus

To promote the commitment of Western Illinois University to online and adult learning and the integration of campus internationalization, the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach changed its name to better reflect and strengthen these areas. WIU's School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach was renamed the School of Global Education and Outreach (GEO).

Counselors Complete Bicycle Tour of Illinois' Colleges with Stop in Macomb

A group of high school counselors seeking to give their students firsthand advice about Illinois' colleges pedaled into Macomb as part of a unique fact-finding mission.

Inessa Levi Obituary

Western Illinois University former College of Arts and Sciences Dean Inessa Levi, 61, passed away in Florida May 18.

Larry R. James Obituary

A celebration of life service for retired building service worker Larry R. James, 64, of Blandinsville, IL, was held June 30, at Jones Mortuary in Colchester.

Duvall Named University General Counsel

Elizabeth Duvall, a partner with March, McMillan, Hennefent, DeJoode, Duvall, James & Humbert P.C., in Macomb, has been named University general counsel. Duvall replaces Rica Calhoun.

LTC Sommers Named Military Department Chair

LTC Joan Sommers has been named chair and the first female professor of the Western Illinois University Military Science Department, according to College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) Interim Dean Katrina Daytner.

WIU School of Ag and University Union Board to host BBQ Competition Sept. 15.

The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture and the University Union Board (UUB) are kicking off the 2018 Leatherneck Football season in a "pig" way by hosting the inaugural Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ Competition Saturday, Sept. 15 during tailgating in Q-lot. This joint venture celebrates agriculture and WIU Family Day.

Lukkarinen Named Interim Chair of RPTA

Western Illinois University Associate Professor Mike Lukkarinen has been named interim chair of the WIU Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA), effective Aug. 1.

Simpson Named Director of Equal Opportunity and Access

Chocoletta Simpson has been named director of the Western Illinois University Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), according to WIU President Jack Thomas.

Positioning Western Illinois University for the Future

Western Illinois University is making investments in its academic programs and service operations that will keep Western on the leading edge and position the institution for growth.

Sweet Named Director of the WIU Center for the Application of Information Technologies

Paul Sweet has been named director of the Western Illinois University Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT), according to WIU Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO)/Executive Director of University Technology Rebecca Slater.

Celebration of Life Set for Jeanette Ann Thomas

A celebration of life for Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Biology Professor Emerita Jeanette A. Thomas will be held Aug. 11. For more information, visit

CAIT's iPathways Program Collaborates on Federal Best Practices

The Center for the Application of Information Technology's (CAIT) active support of Western Illinois University's goal to enrich academic excellence through its mission-driven public service and outreach has been again recognized at a national level for the i-Pathways Project.

Mossman Named Interim Associate Provost, Director of School of Graduate Studies

Mark Mossman, chair of the Western Illinois University Department of English, has been named interim associate provost and director of the WIU School of Graduate Studies, beginning Aug. 1.


Summer Stipend Opportunities

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to ten summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2019. 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 Monday, Sept. 24.

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. The guidelines and examples of successfully funded proposals can be found on the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching website at

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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