Campus Connection

CC Submissions for Aug. 26, 2011



Note of Thanks


I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for all of your support and encouragement during my 31 years at Western. I have been proud to serve in numerous roles over the years and have been gratified to work with all of you to make life better for our students. They are the heart of the University and are able to be successful because of your efforts and caring. Thanks, and keep up the great work! Go Leathernecks!

W. Garry Johnson


Western Walks-a-Thon

A Western-Walks-a-Thon sponsored by Hy-Vee will take place from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the Hanson Field Track (rain site: Spencer Student Recreation Center track).

The event is free of charge, but registration is required at Human Resources, 105 Sherman Hall, or the Campus Recreation Office in the Spencer Student Recreation Center. All donations go to Samaritan Well. Hy-Vee will provide a healthy snack. All registered participants will receive an Employee Wellness T-shirt.

For more information, contact Lori Buresh-Anderson or Judy Yeast at 309-298-1228, ext 243, or

Faculty & Staff News

Grants & Contracts

  • Carol Dennhardt, Radio Information Service—$36,968 from the Illinois State Library for "Radio Information Service - FY12."
  • Tom Erekson, College of Business and Technology—$52,734 from the Western Area Career Services for the project entitled, "WACS - FY12."
  • John Gruidl, IIRA—$23,920 in supplemental funding from Western Kentucky University for "Alliance to Enhance Entrepreneurial Impact to Stimulate Economic Growth - Year 4."
  • Gisele Hamm, IIRA—$158,400 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "MAPPING the Future of Your Community FY11."
  • Joyce Johanson, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education—$381,659 from the Illinois Department of Human Services for "Provider Connections:  Credentialing and Enrollment - FY12." 
  • Karen Mauldin-Curtis, IIRA—$10,000 in supplemental funding from various sources for "Peace Corps Fellows Community Contributions."  Linda Robinson, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education—$978,500 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Illinois STARNET Northwest Region I and Central Region III - FY12."
  • Lori Sutton, IIRA—$4,978 in supplemental funding from various sources for "Continuum of Care Support."

Professional Activities

  • Keith Holz, art history, presented a paper, “Westheim, Kokoschka, Weidler und die Ausstellung ‘20th Century German Art’ in London,” in the colloquium “Wie das zweite Exil das erste zum Sprechen bringt: Moskauer Archive und die Künste in Paris 1933-1945," held June 23-24 at the German Historical Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation. His paper was discussed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany newspaper), in an article by Kerstin Holm (July 16 edition).
  • Jim Sears, WIU-QC Business and Technology— $4,036,000 from the U. S. Army Benet Laboratories for "Near Net Shape Manufacturing for Current and Future Generation Armament Systems.