Campus Connection

Campus Connection Submissions for Feb. 18, 2011

Save the Dates: 38th Annual International Bazaar

Western Illinois University's International Friendship Club and Casa Latina Cultural Center will once again sponsor the popular WIU International Bazaar. This year's theme is “Education Is the Seed of Knowledge”

6-9 p.m. Friday, March 4

Everyone is welcome to come visit the booths representing countries from across the globe.  You can learn about various cultures, taste food from around the world…without leaving campus! On this opening night, sample international pastries as you browse the displays, listen to music, and watch the non-stop performances.

Admission is $5 for the general public. Children 12 and under are free; bring the whole family to an educational and entertaining evening.

5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5; Children's room from 6-8 p.m.  

The festival continues with entertainment, such as a fashion show of national costumes, performances by Dana’s Dance Studio, Kami’s Kloggers, Banat Casablanca Tribal Belly Dancers, African Traditional Dance, and other musical and dance performances. Browse the displays and have the opportunity to sample cuisine from original recipes from Western's international students. Children will be able to participate in basic international dance workshops, language workshops, and international art activities.  

Admission is $5.50 for the general public. Children 12 and under are free, so bring everyone to celebrate diversity and world unity. For more information, contact Alda Godines, Casa Latina Cultural Center director, at (309) 298-3379 or

Employee Wellness Plasma Glucose Screening

Employee Wellness will sponsor a plasma glucose screening from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in the University Union Concourse.

The screening is free of charge and will be provided by Bella Hearst Diabetes Institute.

For more information, contact Natalie Zimmerman, Employee Wellness  intern, at

SURS Self-Managed Plan (SMP) Educational Seminars

The State University Retirement System (SURS) will offer free Self-Managed Plan (SMP) educational seminars from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 and Thursday, April 21 at the SURS office in Champaign (IL). For those unable to attend, the Self-Managed Plan Education Seminar will be available online.

Seminar topics will include:

Social Security
A Social Security representative will be available to discuss participants' eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, how their Social Security benefits are affected by SURS, and other general Social Security information.

An insurance representative will present information on eligibility, coverage, cost, and dependent information for both State of Illinois insurance and the College Insurance Plan (CIP).

Self-managed Plan

•Self-Managed Plan statistics
•Purchasing additional service credit cost, availability, ways to purchase, how the purchase may benefit you
•How to transfer funds and reallocate contributions
•Applying for retirement benefit
•Contacting Fidelity and TIAA-CREF
•Use of the Self-Managed Plan participant website
•Presentations by Fidelity and TIAA-CREF. These presentations will provide information on market volatility and the importance of asset allocation and diversification. They will help convey economic perspective and provide education on how to structure retirement contributions.

More Information
For additional general information about the seminars, contact Joan Richards in HR/Benefits at 298-1853 or

To register, contact at Karen Maggio at (217) 378-8813


Note of Thanks

The family of Elijah B. Staples would like to thank everyone for their expressions of condolence during our untimely loss of my brother. Please know that we really appreciated the visits, kind words, cards, food, and all other expressions of kindness lovingly shown to us.

 Belinda Carr, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC) director