Campus Connection

Campus Connection Submissions - March 4, 2011


Notices, Reminders and Upcoming Events

CITR Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

The Western Illinois University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research is now accepting nominations for the annual Outstanding Academic Adviser Award. Deadline for nominations is April 15.

Eligibility: Full- or part-time faculty members or academic support personnel responsible for the academic advising of undergraduate students and assigned a caseload of academic advisees. The period of service covered by the award is Fall 2010 through Spring 2011. It is expected that nominees will be employed at WIU during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Criteria: Nominations will be accepted from students, peers, supervisors, or through self-nomination.

The nominating letter should document excellence in two or more of the following categories:

  • Service to students as an adviser
  • Student perceptions of adviser's abilities based on evaluations
  • Size, composition, and effective management of caseload with emphasis on qualitative management
  • Knowledge of advising principles and University rules and regulations and
  • Meeting student needs beyond the expectations of the position.

Procedure: Nominations should be submitted to the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research, 637 Malpass Library. Each nomination letter should describe the nominator's perception of the adviser's effectiveness. The nomination must be accompanied by a minimum of two and a maximum of five letters of support secured by the nominator. Letters of support from students are particularly encouraged. If the nominator is not the department chair or supervisor of the nominee, the nominator should ask the chair or supervisor to submit in writing his/her perceptions of the advisor's effectiveness.

Award: The recipient will receive a $250 cash award from the Office of the Provost and $250 in line item expenditures and a plaque from the CITR. The application packet of the winner will be submitted as Western Illinois University’s entry to the NACADA (National Academic Advisers Association) competition. Selection will be made by the Outstanding Academic Adviser Award Committee: the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (chair), previous year's recipient, a representative of the Faculty Senate, a representative of the Council of Academic Advisers, and a representative of the Student Government Association. Every college is encouraged to submit a candidate for this award.

University Diversity Committee Seeks Award Nominations, Recipes for Cookbook

The 22nd Annual President’s Excellence In Diversity Reception, "A Legacy of Diversity," will take place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in the University Union Lamoine Room. The reception celebrates diversity and multicultural leadership efforts during the preceding year that have advanced the University's goals of Higher Values in Higher Education, increased diversity, and created a campus climate that welcomes and supports all individuals.

The University Diversity Council is now accepting nominations for individuals or groups who go above and beyond to promote and enhance diversity. The group also is requesting submissions for a cookbook that will be available at the reception. Interested participants are asked to submit any recipe that is important to them and reflects their family’s richness in culture. Both the recipe template and nomination forms are available 
on the Equal Opportunity and Accesses web site (

SURS Sessions

A representative from SURS will present information about the three SURS retirement options and be available to answer questions at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the Sherman Hall Auditorium (third floor). To register, call the Benefits Office at 298-1853.

See NYC with the President

Have you always wanted to see New York City through the eyes of a native New Yorker? Or heard the rave reviews of President Al Goldfarb’s community trip but never participated? Then you’re in luck!  Limited spaces are still available for this year’s trip.

Cost is $2,395 per person for roundtrip charter coach from Macomb, roundtrip air transportation to/from New York, charter coach to/from the airport in New York, double room accommodations at the Hotel Edison, group dinner the night of arrival, and tickets for six theatrical performances.  

For more information or to register, contact Kim McDaniel, study abroad adviser for group programs, at or 298-2504. Spaces are limited so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!


Faculty and Staff News

Grants and Contracts

  • Gisele Hamm, IIRA —$350 and $2,527 in supplemental funding from various sources for "MAPPING Community Support."
  • Gordon Rands, management—$5,400 in supplemental funding from Northern Michigan University for "A Brazilian and U. S. Partnership for People, Planet and Profits: Fostering Socially, Environmentally, and Economically Sustainable Entrepreneurship - Year 3."
  • Michael Romano, biological sciences— $164,120 from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for "Phytoplankton Identification/Enumeration."
  • Lori Sutton, IIRA—$4,562 in supplemental funding from various sources for "Continuum of Care Support."

Professional Activities


Divisions of Student Services Awards

The Division of Student Services has announced its February award recipients:

Division of Student Services Employees of the Month

  • Civil Service  – Amelia Hartnett
  • Administrative – Tera Monroe

Act of Kindness Awards:

  • Larry Monniger, University Union, for "going above and beyond the call of duty without hesitation," and
  • Jason Robinson, Sodexo, for "handling an emergency with positivity and a calm demeanor."