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Campus Connection Submissions for Aug. 5, 2011


Note of Thanks

Thank you to all my friends and colleagues past and present for making my 41 years at WIU a wonderful and fulfilling experience. Having the opportunity to serve as the Vice President for Administrative Services the last 14 years has been deeply rewarding. WIU is a great University with great people. I will never forget you.

Jackie Thompson


Faculty & Staff News


  • Rick Best, WQPT—"$50,000 from the Illinois Arts Council for "Profile on Illinois Artists" and $20,000 from the National Center for Media Engagement for "Achieve Quad Cities."
  • Richard Chamberlain, CAIT—$200,000 from the Illinois Community College Board for the project entitled, "GED Online - National Deployment Model - FY12" and  $34,600 from the McDonald's Corporation for "McDonald's Golden Arches Code Deployment - Hosting and Support 2011."
  • Monte Colley, Physical Plant—$10,831 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "Public Sector Electric Efficiency Program." 
  • Ralph Graham, Kinesiology— $4,403 from the Illinois Association for Health, PE, Recreation & Dance for "Effects of Exercise Training and/or Nutritional Counseling on Inflammation."  
  • Joel Gruver, agriculture—$12,300 from The Ceres Trust for "Systems Strategies for Weed Management on Organic Grain Farms."
  • Gisele Hamm, IIRA—$5,000 in continuation funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service for "Community Outreach Support," and $800 from various sources for "MAPPING Community Support."
  • Fred Iutzi, IIRA— $91,882 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "Wind for Schools in Illinois."
  • Karen Mauldin-Curtis, IIRA— supplemental funding from various sources in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000 and $5,500 and for "Peace Corps Fellows Community Contributions."  
  • Chris Merrett, IIRA— $400,000 from the U. S. Small Business Administration for "ISBDC Congressional Earmark" and $100,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "SBDC Jobs Act Project."
  • Michael Music, Bureau of Cultural Affairs — $1,000 from Arts Midwest for "Doktor Kaboom!"
  • Rafael Obregon, Engineering Technology—$9,000 in supplemental funding from the Innovative Design and Research Corporation for "Design and Analysis Collaboration Project - Phase I" and $2,256 in supplemental funding from various sources for "MAPPING Community Support."  
  • Andrea Porras-Alfaro, biological sciences—$91,588 in continuation funding from the National Science Foundation for "Collaborative Research: Dynamics of Plant-Soil Feedbacks in Changing Environments."  
  • Tammy Sayles, Libraries— $3,000 from the American Library Association for "Let's Talk About It:  Making Sense of the American Civil War."
  • Kimberly Sikes, CAIT—$47,550 from the Illinois Attorney General for "Illinois Attorney General - Web Support FY12." 
  •  Tim Spier, biological sciences—$54,727 from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for "Intensive Basin Survey Assistance."
  • Dorie Vallillo, WIUM/WIUW—two grants from the Illinois Arts Council: $43,462 for "Basic Grant for Public TV/Radio - FY2011" and $11,000 for "Celebration Concert Series."



Professional Activities

  • Kathy Barclay, curriculum and instruction, authored "Helping Parents Understand Homework," which was published in the Utah Journal of Reading and Literacy. 14 (1), 6-14, 2011.
  • James Caldwell, music, performed his compositions for trombone and computer, "Tremulous II" and "Texturologie 11: Three Studies, No. 2 Trombone," and programmed an electroacoustic composition on fixed media, "Inflorescence," at the Electronic Music Midwest Invitational Mini-Festival on March 16 at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
  • John Cooper, music, composed “Baecker Jazz Worship Service: Offertory,” which was selected as a semifinalist in the jazz category in the Billboard International Songwriting Competition.
  • Brett Eberhardt, art, exhibited works at the Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, as well as in the Critic’s Top Picks group exhibition at the April 10, 2011 AGallery in Chelsea, New York, NY.
  • Mike Fansler, music, conducted the Apollo Conference Honor Band on March 9th at Effingham (IL) High School and the Lincoln Trail Conference Honor Band on March 14 at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. Fansler also served as adjudicator at the Clark County Advanced Concert Band Festival held March 18-19 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
  • Randall Faust, music, performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto Nr. 1 in D Major, K. 412, as well as the premiere of the orchestration of Dukas’ “Villanelle for Horn and Orchestra," with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) principal horn at the KGS March 26 concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, IL. Also on March 26, Faust presented “The French Horn” for the Music Mornings Program at the Galesburg Public Library.
  • Diane Hamilton-Hancock, health sciences, and Leaunda Hemphill, instructional design and technology, conducted the webinar "Mobile, Social, and Well: Using Social Networking Sites to Enhance Your Wellness Program" for the National Wellness Institute on July 7, 2011. 
  • William “Buzz” Hoon and Sam Edsall, broadcasting, attended the Broadcast Education Association conference April 10-13 in Las Vegas, NV. Edsall hosted and moderated a panel, "New Technologies to Enhance Student Learning," and Hoon presented "Developing Multimedia Sports Journalists." In addition, Hoon received the COFAC Teaching with Excellence Award, and Edsall the COFAC Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award.  
  • Richard Hughey, music, directed the WIU Chamber Orchestra, and presented "If It Ain’t Baroque, Fix It" in a lecture-recital at the 2011 national conference of the American String Teachers Association, held March 17th in Kansas City, MO.
  • Won Moo Hurh, sociology emeritus, contributed the entry on Korean immigrants to "Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of The Newest Americans, Volume  3," published by Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2011.
  • Jenny Knavel, art, had two pieces accepted into the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild’s National Art Premiere 2011 at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. Knavel’s painting, "The Lesson," was also featured in the online Trib Local-Elmhurst.
  • Stacey Macchi and Cynthia Ridel, communication, presented "The Hellos and Goodbyes of Perception" in April at the Central States Communication Association in Milwaukee, WI. Maachi also co-presented work with Lisa Miczo, Nathan Miczo, and Jamie Bochantin.
  • Lisa Miczo, communication, co-presented a paper, "Fear Appeals and Effective Parenting," with a graduate student at the Central States Annual Conference held April 7 in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Nathan Miczo, communication, co-authored the article "The Strength of Strong Ties: Media Multiplexity, Communication Motives, and the Maintenance of Geographically Close Friendships," which was published in Communication Reports, 24, 12-24. He also co-presented the paper "Communication Anxiety and Cognitive Competence as Predictors of Affiliative and Aggressive Humor" in April at the Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association, in Milwaukee, WI.
  • John Mindeman, music (trombone and euphonium), played the world premiere of “American Song” for unaccompanied trombone by composer Steve Hicken on March 7 at the annual New Music Festival at Western Illinois University.
  • Mark Ostoich, music, presented a masterclass, reed seminar and recital March 27 at Western Illinois University.
  • Vince Palacios, art, had works selected into the "Craftsmanship: Concept: Innovation Exhibition" at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT. His work also was juried into the 35th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; the 24th Annual Feats of Clay juried competition; and the Arte Natura Exhibition at the Limner Gallery in New York.
  • Istvan Szabo, music, played a recital with students in April at the West Music store in Moline, IL.
  • Tim Waldrop, art, had work accepted into the 24th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA and into the Tallahassee International 26th Annual Juried Exhibition at Florida State University.
  • Tammie Walker, music, co-performed a duo-piano recital of contemporary music on April 8 at Knox College, Galesburg, IL, and April 12 at WIU. Walker also performed a recital with Virginia Broffitt, music, in Madison, WI, and the University of Wisconsin Pyle Conference Center. Broffitt also was the featured guest artist for the Annual Wisconsin Flute Festival.
  • Linda Zellmer, University Libraries, authored an annotated webliography, "The Geosciences: Selected Web Resources," which was published in the Spring 2011 edition of "Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship," an open access journal that publishes peer reviewed articles related to science librarianship.