Centennial Honors College

Centennial Honors College Staff

Dr. Lorette Oden, Interim Dean
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Dr. Lorette S. Oden is a Professor, Interim Dean of the Centennial Honors College and Chairperson in the Department of Health Sciences and Social Work. She has been a faculty member at WIU since 1999 and most recently has served as the Interim Associate Dean for Administration for the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Oden earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, an M.B.A. in Finance and Health Care Management, and a Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio. She has taught courses in health services management, personal and community health, statistics, research methods, and multicultural health issues. Dr. Oden is also the chairperson of the WIU Minority Health Month Planning Committee. In addition to her administrative duties, she continues to actively engage in research and service activities. She collaborates with colleagues within and external to WIU on numerous scholarly/professional activities. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, health literacy, domestic violence, violence prevention, and environmental and health issues of underrepresented and underserved populations. 

Coming Summer 2021, Academic Honors Advisor (Student last name begins with A-L)

Currently, all Macomb honor students can contact Krista Skien with any questions.

Krista Skien, Academic Honors Advisor (Student last name begins with M-Z)
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Krista has been at WIU since 1999. During her time here, she has worked with recruitment, enrollment and martketing strategies, instructional design, website management, and has supervised admissions processing in both Undergraduate and International Admissions. Krista also earned her BA and MS degrees from WIU and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She has received the Employee of the Month award as well as the President's Distinguished Service Award. Krista grew up in Streator, IL. She came to Bushnell, IL in 1998 where she lives with her husband Mike. She has two adult children, Nick and Alayna, and at least one or two dogs. In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, photography and fishing.

Dr. James "Jim" Rabchuk, Quad Cities Honors Coordinator
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Jim Rabchuk is a Professor of Physics and the Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the WIU QC campus. As the QC Honors Coordinator, he is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Honors College at the QC campus, including academic advising, recruiting, and organizing Honors College events.

Jim received his BS degree from Grinnell College, where he double-majored in Physics and the Russian Language. He taught Russian and Physics at Mt. Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, IL for 3 years before going on to obtain his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was hired into the Physics department at WIU Macomb in 1996, where he taught until he transferred to the Quad Cities campus in 2014.

Jim has taught two different GH 299 seminars at Macomb and in the Quad Cities, “Seeing the Invisible,” which uses a variety of readings and experiments to focus on the interplay between reason and observation in science, and “Science and Public Policy,” which uses a variety of readings and outside speakers to explore the ways that public policy, technology, and science intersect. In addition, Jim has guided several physics students to complete an Honors Thesis on topics in the modeling of magnetic fields in materials, and the use of electric fields to trap atomic ions in free space.

Jim currently lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife Jennifer. They have three kids, plus two cats and one dog. His personal interests include tennis and singing, and he is always open to having deep discussions about faith and science.

Julie Schoonover, Office Manager
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Julie Schoonover is from Colchester, Illinois and serves as the Office Manager for the Centennial Honors College.  She is a Western Illinois University graduate and has been employed at WIU for 19 years in various offices.  Julie is a member of the University's Civil Service Employees Council, which works to formulate policies relating to civil service employees.  She describes herself as a person who does not like to "sit still" and is "always ready for a shopping trip".  Julie enjoys outdoor water activities and watching motorsports, in particular motorcycle racing.

She likes helping others and has a heart for serving people.  She assists those in their golden years at Wesley Village as a home health care aid.  She also finds joy in cooking and preparing meals for others and hosting social events.  Julie has two adult children and enjoys spending time with her four month old granddaughter.  

Jessica Schaumberg, Student Worker
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Jessica Schaumberg is currently a sophomore Music Performance Major from Streator, Illinois. She also has minors in English and Spanish. In her time at WIU, she has performed with the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Macomb Community School of Music and the WIU Musical Theatre Department. She is also a two time finalist for the annual WIU Concerto Competition. During the summer, Jessica can be found playing in local flute choirs and helping out the Streator Township High School Marching Bulldogs as a band camp technician. Outside of music, she participates in the WIU Math Club, works part time at a nursing home in her hometown, and enjoys reading novels of all genres. Some of her favorite authors include Orson Scott Card, Edgar Allen Poe, J. K. Rowling, and Agatha Christie.