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Campus Connection Submissions - April 15, 2011

Notices, Reminders and Upcoming Events

Benefits Choice Meetings Scheduled

The Benefits Office will conduct meetings discussing upcoming changes for the  Benefit Choice Period (May 1-May 31). All changes made during this period will be effective July 1.

Meetings at the Macomb campus (covering the same information) will be held at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3-4 in the University Union Western Room. (Quad Cities campus meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in Room 102A/B.)

 For more information or to pre-register, contact the Benefits Office at 298-1853.

Juvenile Justice and Special Education Research Forum

Parents, secondary education teachers, and all those in the human services field—as well as the general public—are invited to attend a Juvenile Justice and Special Education Research Forum at Western Illinois University.

The free event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in Stipes Hall 121.

"Our mission will be to discuss issues related to antisocial behaviors, delinquent behaviors, and the medicated child," explained Barry McCrary, assistant professor of law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) at Western.

The forum will include a panel discussion to examine the current process by which juvenile justice workers, teachers and academics in different disciplines provide services and/or address antisocial and delinquent behaviors, and to determine if there are valuable insights and procedures that juvenile justice workers, teachers and academics use to address antisocial and delinquent behavior.

For more information, contact Barry McCrary at (309) 298-1220 or


Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activities

  • Dean Alexander, LEJA, gave three different lectures on terrorism-related issues at Sapir College in Sderot, Israel in March. He also interviewed Fatah and Hamas terrorists at a prison in Beersheba, Israel. In April, Alexander gave four different lectures on terror financing and terrorist radicalization in Ankara, Turkey, including Baskent University.
  • Doug Huff, music, authored the article, “An Interview with Lewis Hugh Cooper (December 2000) Regarding Pedagogy Used in Developing Rapid Articulative Facility,” which was published in the Winter 2010 edition of The Double Reed - The Quarterly Journal of the International Double Reed Society.
  • Bill Kincaid, theatre and dance, was nominated for three Syracuse Area Live Theatre awards (for Best Production of the Summer Season) for his production of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" at Cortland Repertory Theatre.
  • Loren Logsdon, English (retired), was selected to direct an oral history project modeled on the works of journalist Studs Terkel that includes interviewing and collecting stories of Eureka College alumni. Logsdon also authored an essay, "Ray Bradbury's Tale of Two Cities: An Essential Message for a Technologically Dominated Society," published in MidAmerica, which was published in the annual journal of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. The edition of the journal is also dedicated to Logsdon.
  • Moises Molina, music, instructed at the Tennessee Cello Workshop at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in February.
  • Nicholas Pano, history (emeritus), authored "Albania 1990-2010: Promise and Fulfillment" in SUDOSTEUROPA Mitteilungen (vol. 51, No.1, 2011). Pano was also recently appointed senior research associate of the Albanian Institute for International Affairs (Tirana, Albania).

  • Jake Romig, music, authored the composition “Variations” for string quartet, which was performed by the JACK Quartet at the University of Alabama-Huntsville's New Music Festival in February. 
  • Erin Taylor, political science, and Lora Ebert Wallace, sociology/anthropology, presented "Navigating Breastfeeding Realities and Risks" at the Feminism and Breastfeeding Symposium held March 11-12 in Chapel Hill, NC. 
  • Tammie Walker, music (piano), adjudicated the Quad Cities Music Teachers Association annual piano competition, held Feb. 5 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Walker also gave a public masterclass to pre-college students at West Music (Moline, IL) on Feb. 19.

Several political science faculty members presented work at and participated in the Midwest Political Science Association meetings held March 31-April 3 in Chicago:

  • Julia Albarracin (with Nathan Munier, graduate student) and Anna Valeva, economics and decision sciences, "Social Connectedness and Social Participation Among Latinos: Does Interaction with Other Ethnicities Make People Participate More?" Albarracin also chaired the panel "Political Psychology in Comparative Perspective."
  • Gregory Baldi, "Losing It: Managing Deindustrialization in Britain and Germany." Baldi also was a discussant for the panel "Welfare States: Politics and Preferences."
  • Keith Boeckelman and Jonathan Day, "The Impact of Legislative Term Limits on State Spending and Debt." Boeckelman also presented "Economic Development Rhetoric in the 2010 Gubernatorial Elections" and chaired the panel "Fiscal Economic Development." Day also presented "The Strategy of Presidential Campaigns."
  • Casey LaFrance and MaCherie Placide, "Another Trip to the Firing Range: Testing the Target Model of Discretion in Local Law Enforcement Agencies"
  • Jongho Lee, "Explaining Cross-Border Political Activities Among Latino Immigrants."


Division of Student Services Awards

The Division of Student Services has announced its award recipients for March:

Employees of the Month

  • (Civil Service) Heather Higgins
  • (Administrative) Kathy Meyers

Act of Kindness Awards

  •  Earl Bracey and Amelia Wood, for assisting the VPSS Office with preparation for the WIU Board of Trustees meeting;
  • Sonia Creekmore, Building Services, "for being willing to help with anything and everything in the Union";
  • and Mel Blasi, golf, for hosting "Get Back in the Swing of Things."