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News for the WIU Campus


September 7, 2018 • Vol. 33, No. 20

University News

Dance Marathon Color Run/Walk Sept. 16

The Western Illinois University Dance Marathon will hold an inaugural Color Run for The Kids Sunday, Sept. 16. The event is part of the student organization's year-round effort to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals, St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. The year-long event culminates March 30, 2019, with the 12-hour Dance Marathon, which honors the 12-hour shifts of doctors and nurses, as well as children who are unable to stand.

Application Fee Waiver Continues for Local Students

For the fifth consecutive year, Western Illinois University is waiving the $30 application fee for area high school students who apply to WIU. Those graduating seniors who apply for admission to Western for the Fall 2019 semester will have the University's application fee waived.

Western Illinois University: Academic Profile, Dual Enrollment Increase

With new academic initiatives underway, including the McCamey Crime Lab in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, enhanced scholarship opportunities, including a revamped Western Commitment Scholarship program, numerous new online programs in development and a focus on high-demand programs, Western Illinois University is positioned for the future and enrollment stability.

WIU Food Pantry Fall Hours

In the spirit of Western Illinois University's core value of social responsibility, the student organization "WIU Food Pantry" is open and ready for business for the Fall 2018 semester. The pantry provides free, non-perishable food items to the WIU community, including students, faculty and staff.

Leatherneck Match Saves a Life, Renews WIU Pride

There are countless stories of generous Western Illinois University students and graduates who have given selflessly in the spirit of the University's core values. But for two Leatherneck graduates, brought together by medical necessity and a bit of fate, their story takes WIU pride to a new level.

Named Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services

Lorette Oden, chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Health Sciences and Social Work, has been named interim associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), effective Aug. 1, according to COEHS Interim Dean Katrina Daytner.

First Wednesday Art Program Sept. 5 at WIU

The WIU art faculty combine their efforts to offer creative, hands-on activities to visitors. The event is open free to the public, and visitors are welcome from campus and the surrounding community and region.

AOD Resource Center Offering Bystander Training

The Alcohol and Other Drug Resource Center at Western Illinois University will host bystander training from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.18, in Seal Hall, room 317.

International Coffee Hours Began in Horrabin Hall

The Western Illinois University School of Global Education and Outreach will sponsor four International Coffee Hours held on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in Horrabin Hall, room 1.

WIU: Best Bang for the Buck, Top Master's School, Top Four-Year School for Adult Learners

Western Illinois University is among the best of the best, says the 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide, which has again recognized WIU as a "Best Bang for the Buck" Midwestern school, as one of the top master's degree granting institutions in the nation and as one of America's best four-year colleges for adult learners.

Nichols Named WIU's First Boren Scholar

A Western Illinois University senior will spend the Fall 2018 semester studying in Prague in the Czech Republic after being named a prestigious Boren Scholar.

WIU Employees Go "Over the Edge" for the Kids

Two Western Illinois University employees went "over the edge" for kids. Tim Hallinan, WIU alumnus and director of Annual Giving, and Larry Pickett, WIU alumnus and academic advisor for the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program, rappelled down the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, IA, as part of a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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

As part of Family Day at Western Illinois University, the School of Agriculture and the University Union Board will host the inaugural Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ Competition Saturday, Sept. 15 to kick off the 2018 Leatherneck football season.

Fifth Annual Lodge and Libations Event Sept. 22 at Horn Field Campus

The fifth annual Lodge and Libations event will be held Saturday, Sept 22 at Horn Field Campus (HFC).

WIU Founders' Day Sept. 24

In 1899, a bill to establish Western Illinois University (then called Western Illinois State Normal School) was passed by the state legislature. Macomb was selected in 1900 as the location for the new normal school in west central Illinois, and on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1902, Western Illinois State Normal School opened its doors for the first official day of classes on the new campus.

WIU 2018 Professional Development Series Sept. 10-20

Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) will host the annual Professional Development Series Sept. 10-20.

BOT Approves Continuation of Presidential Contract

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved the continuation of WIU President Jack Thomas' contract at its Aug. 24 Board meeting on the Macomb campus.

Kowalczyk Exhibit Opens in Heating Plant Annex Gallery Aug. 27

An exhibit by artist Tim Kowalczyk "B Sides" will be open in the Western Illinois University Heating Plant Annex Gallery through Monday, Sept. 17.

WIU Ceramics Program Offering Throwing Third Thursdays

The Western Illinois University Ceramics program will host Throwing Third Thursdays throughout the fall semester.

Universitywide Kinder Mondays Program Begins Fall 2018

What started as a program created by two counselors from the Western Illinois University Counseling Center is now a Universitywide program that aims to bring a little more kindness into people's lives.

Richard John Obituary

Graveside services for retired Western Illinois University Parking Services Agent Richard John, of Good Hope, IL, were held in August at the Good Hope Cemetery.

Princeton Review: WIU "Best Midwestern College" 15 Consecutive Years

For 15 consecutive years, Western Illinois University has been recognized among the "best of the best" by The Princeton Review. WIU's exceptional academic programs, services and resources has led to the 2019 "Best Midwestern College" designation for Western from The Princeton Review.

WIU-QC School of Engineering Receives Half-Million Dollar Boost from Carver Trust

The Western Illinois University School of Engineering has received $494,917 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to support laboratories and programs in the Quad Cities.

WIU Community Music School Opens for Fall Lessons, Classes

The Western Illinois University Community Music School (CMS) will soon start its fall private lessons, family music classes and the youth string orchestra.

Registration Open for 2018 WIU Fallen Soldiers 5K Oct. 27

Western Illinois University will pay tribute to members of the armed forces, along with two of its own fallen soldiers, Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin, Saturday, Oct. 27 as part of the seventh annual Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk. The event will begin with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in WIU Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center south gym, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. in front of Western Hall on University Drive.



Free Flu Shots

Free Flu Shots for eligible state employees will be given on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Union Heritage Room. WIU employees, retirees, survivors and other state agency employees who carry the state health insurance are eligible to participate. Please have your WIU ID card and state health ID card available at the door. Dependents and spouses are NOT eligible. 

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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