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March 15, 2019 • Vol. 33, No. 32

University News

President Thomas: Budget Update March 2019

In recent meetings and other communication, I, along with members of the leadership team, have shared with you the fiscal realities facing Western Illinois University. It has been essential to make reductions to meet the University's financial obligations, including payroll and contractual commitments.

Watts Named OPS Interim Director

Derek Watts, a lieutenant with Western Illinois University's Office of Public Safety (OPS), has been named interim director of the department, effective Saturday, March 16, according to Interim Vice President for Administrative Services Bill Polley. Watts replaces Scott Harris, who will retire March 15, after seven years of service.

WIU Alumnus Wins IPPA Distinguished Service Award

Western Illinois University alumnus Jeff Galle, of Pittsfield, IL, was recently awarded the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Distinguished Service Award.

Jo Ann Sanders Obituary

A memorial service for Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus Jo Ann Sanders, of Macomb, was held March 9 at the First Baptist Church in Macomb.

WIU Participating in Recyclemania 2019

Western Illinois University is in the middle of an eight-week recycling competition with 600 other schools nationwide.

WIU School of Graduate Studies Hosting Informational Seminars

The Western Illinois University School of Graduate Studies will offer a series of seminars for anyone interested in pursuing a master's degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate or taking a few graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student.

WIU Physics Department Tops National List of Master's Degrees Awarded

The Western Illinois University Department of Physics is ranked first in the nation by the American Physical Society's list of the average number of master's degrees awarded per year between 2015-2017.

Food Insecurity Conference

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities will host its third annual Food Insecurity Conference on March 22 in Riverfront Hall with check-in beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required by March 15th.

PTAC at IIRA Helps Business Moving Veterans From Illinois Veterans Home

The Central Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University, is helping a Quincy, IL, business navigate the state paperwork necessary for them to help move residents while the Illinois Veterans Home (IVH) in Quincy is renovated.

Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Underway

The Western Illinois University Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has kicked off its sixth annual book drive, which runs through April 30.

WIU Junior Awarded Prestigious Summer Research Opportunity

Western Illinois University junior psychology major Megan Bardmass, of Edwardsville, IL, has been admitted to a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program at the University of Michigan.


Intercollegiate Athletics Director Interviews

Four candidates for the director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Western Illinois University will be on campus for interviews Tuesday, March 19, Thursday, March 21, Thursday, March 28 and Monday, April 1.

VPAS Interviews Scheduled

Two candidates for the Western Illinois University vice president of administrative services (VPAS) position will be on WIU's campuses for interviews Monday-Tuesday, March 18-19 and Wednesday-Thursday, March 20-21.

Provost Interviews Set

Interviews for the Western Illinois University provost position will be held Monday-Tuesday, March 18-19; Thursday-Friday, March 21-22; Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2; and Wednesday-Thursday, April 3-4.

Universitywide Enrollment and Marketing Information Session

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas will host an enrollment and marketing information session for the University community Monday, March 18.


University Technology (uTech) will be implementing changes

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, University Technology (uTech) will be implementing some changes in order to improve user experience and security. These changes are possible due to the updated University Password Policy. As part of this project, ECom account activation and password changes will soon be handled using a new updated password and account management system that is mobile friendly.

uTech will be phasing out GUAVA and moving all passwords and account-related functions to this new system. Expect a new web interface when changing your passwords after March 19; more details, including instructions on how to change your password, will be emailed to the campus community the morning of the change. Read more and see a screenshot of the new interface on the University Technology website.


The University Research Council Internal Grants Competition

The University Research Council (URC) has announced that the deadline for the FY2020 Internal Grants Competition is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. This competition is for projects that will be conducted from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

URC support is intended to promote research, or its scholarly equivalent, in appropriate fields by providing seed money for the initiation of new, one-year projects. Priority will be given to those proposals that are likely to result in external funding and publication in peer-refereed journals, or exhibitions and performances.

Eligible applicants include tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are not members of the URC at the time of application. An individual may not be an applicant or co-applicant on more than one proposal per funding cycle.

Proposed projects may not be for dissertation research or used in any way to fulfill degree requirements. In addition, projects cannot be considered for textbook writing, curriculum development or personal development.

Note that for FY20 only, the URC encourages (not requires) the departments and colleges to participate by voluntarily contributing to the project budget. This voluntary contribution, or lack thereof, will not affect the decisions of the URC.

Application materials are available on the OSP website at

OSP will conduct 1 technical assistance workshop for those interested in applying to the FY 2020 competition. The workshop will be held on March 19, 2019 from 3-4 p.m in the Library - room 180.

Register with CITR or call OSP at 298-1191 for further information.


Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for February 2019

Administrative Employee of the Month: Andrew Haugen, University Housing and Dining Services

Civil Service Employee of the Month: Kellie Arnold, Student Development Office

Graduate Assistant of the Month: Christopher Hawk, University Housing and Dining Services

Student Assistant of the Month: Kylie Crouse, University Union

Act of Kindness Award Recipients: Julia Albarracin, Tracy Davis, Amelia Hartnett, Samantha Klingler, Michema Lafontant, Bridget McCormick, Justin Schuch, Chocoletta Simpson, Shemyra Tabor and Richard Utter

Top Flight Team for the Fall 2018: Beu Health Center



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