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September 21, 2018 • Vol. 33, No. 21

University News

Homecoming 2018 - Game On: Leathernecks Win It All

It's time to get your game faces on and roll the dice on this year's annual Western Illinois University Homecoming celebration Friday-Saturday, Sept. 28-29. This year's theme is "Game On: Leathernecks Win It All."

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.

McCamey Crime Lab Underway

For nearly 50 years, the Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) has been recognized as one of the top criminal justice/public safety programs in the world. The School prepares graduates for careers across all sectors of law enforcement and public safety- from state and federal policing, to corrections and probation, to fire services and homeland and private security positions. In the near future, WIU's School of LEJA will have a premier state-of-the-art crime lab to complement the criminalistics and critical thinking component of the students' studies.

COFAC Presents 2018 Awards of Excellence

The College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) at Western Illinois University recently released the winners of its annual Awards of Excellence.

Sept. 23 Brassfest to Feature Tower Brass of Chicago

The annual Brassfest event will be held at Western Illinois University Sunday, Sept. 23 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

Sock Monkey Saturdays Resume Sept. 22

Sock Monkey Saturdays resume Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery.

Hott Obituary

A memorial service for Michael Hott, 50, was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. Hott, architectural superintendent with Western Illinois University Facilities Management, was killed in a motorcycle accident Sept. 12 in rural Macomb.

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. 

WIU Alumnus to Offer Stress Relieving Classes

Western Illinois University alumnus, leadership development expert and certified laughter yoga teacher Michael "Mr. Mirth" Bork, will offer a variety of stress-relieving classes at the Spencer Student Recreation Center Thursday, Oct. 4. The classes are open to students, faculty and staff.

Bork will offer:

Laughing Leathernecks from noon-12:45 p.m. and again from 4-5 p.m. The class, in the center's fitness studio, teaches the benefits of laughing as a way to relieve stress, anxiety and depression and improve, mood, energy, self-confidence and relationships.

Laughter & Latex from 6-8 p.m. in the center's fitness studio. The class is $10 and will feature "the plight of the poor, stressed balloon animal" to teach stress management through yoga, meditation and therapeutic laughter.

Space for each class is limited and the required registration can be completed at

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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