Campus Connection

Campus Connection Submissions for September 28, 2012

Academic Advisor of the Month Nominations

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.

Deadline for Nominations: 4 p.m. - Last Tuesday of each month (September 25th, October 30th, November 27th, February 26th, March 26th and April 30th).

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

The nominating letter should document excellence for the current month being nominated, which may include, but is not exclusive to, any of the following categories:
1.        Service to students as an advisor.
2.        A specific instance where an advisor went "above and beyond" for an advisee.
3.        Knowledge of advising principles and University rules and regulations.
4.        A specific instance where an advisor used a "best practice" in dealing with a student.

Procedure: Nominations should be submitted to Lisa Melz-Jennings via email at  Each nomination letter should describe the nominator's perception of the advisor's effectiveness and evidence of the above criteria. Letters of support from students and others on campus are encouraged.


Grants & Contracts

  • Justin Ehrlich, Computer Science—$55,510 from the University of Kansas for "Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills Phase II." FY13
  • Gisele Hamm, IIRA— $5,000 from Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for "Community Outreach Support ." FY12
  • Ed Heflin, IIRA— $1,610,527 from Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for "Rural Transit Assistance Center FY13-15." FY13-14
  • Karen Mauldin-Curtis, IIRA— $3,772 from the City of Macomb for "Peace Corps Community Contributions (supplement)." on-going.
  • Karen Mauldin-Curtis, IIRA— $3,772 from various sources for "Peace Corps Community Contributions (supplement) ." on-going.
  • Deborah Miretzky, EIS— $1,000 from Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) for "Bringing Theory to Practice Grant." FY13
  • Kimberlee Wisslead, CAIT— $14,719 from District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (DCCFSA) for "Online Training Upgrade - Mandated Reporter." FY9-12

Professional Activities Conference Presentations

  • Dr. Virginia R. Boynton, Professor of History, presented her research paper on "Louise deKoven Bowen:  Shaping the War Effort in the Midwest, 1917-1919" at the 34th Annual Mid-America Conference on History, hosted by Missouri State University, on Sept. 20 in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Keith Holz, Associate Professor, Art History, Department of Art, presented a paper in the international conference "The Post War Moment: Historical Futures in Visual Culture,"June 15 at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin, Germany. His talk was entitled: "Postwar reckonings with Nazi Art in the writings of Lincoln Kirstein, Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, and Hildegard Brenner." The conference is a collaboration between the Terra Foundation for American Art and the John-F.-Kennedy Institute Alumni Association.
  • Rachel Smith, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, and Tara Buchannan, Disability Resource Center, "Community collaboration: use of universal design in the classroom." Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 25 (3), 257-263.

Changes in Civil Service Personnel 9/19/12

New Employees

  • Ahmed, Hani M., Procedures and Systems Analyst II, Financial Aid, 8/20/12.
  • Barnett, Alisha A., Editorial Writer, University Relations, 9/4/12.
  • Henley, Elizabeth M., Police Officer, Public Safety, 9/12/12.
  • Kenney, John A., Office Support Associate, Registrar, 9/20/12.
  • Quinn, Amanda L., Office Support Associate, Computer Sciences, 9/4/12.
  • Pratt, Charla K., Financial Aid Adviser II, WIU QC Student Services, 9/24/12.
  • Roush, Suzanne E., Office Support Assistant, WIU AC Administration, 9/5/12.
  • Thorman, Timothy N., Route Driver, Mail Services, 9/19/12.
  • Ward, Lynne, Staff Clerk, English & Journalism, 9/4/12.
  • Weaver, John D., Stationary Fireman Helper, Heating Plant, 9/24/12.


  • Barnes, Denis L., Inventory Specialist, Accounting promoted to Inventory Record Control Supervisor, Accounting, 9/10/12.
  • Chambers, Nathan L., Maintenance Worker, Building Maintenance transferred to Stationary Fireman Helper, Heating Plant, 9/10/12.
  • Downin, William C., Maintenance Worker, Building Maintenance promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Building Maintenance, Building Mechanical Maintenance, 9/17/12.
  • Ford, Julie A., Office Support Associate, Management & Marketing, promoted to Office Support Specialist, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration, 9/24/12.
  • Georges, M. Rene, Accountant I, Physical Plant reassigned to Accountant I, Budget Office, 9/4/12.
  • Schulz, Amanda S., Office Manager, Kinesiology promoted to  Administrative Assistant I, Graduate Studies, 9/4/12.
  • Toland, Marlene, Office Manager, Broadcasting transferred to Office Manager, History, 8/27/12.
  • Waller, Teresa K., Image Processing Technician III, Admissions promoted to Admissions/Records Officer, Graduate Studies, 10/1/12.
  • Woolam, Barbara A., Office Support Specialist, Educational Leadership promoted to Office Manager, Broadcasting, 9/17/12.

Name Changes:

  • Collins, Deborah T., Medical Assistant, Beu Health Center, 8/23/12.  Former Name: Deborah Protsman.


  • Coker, Scott A., Assistant Director of Physical Plant, Physical Plant, 9/30/12.  Accepted an A&P position on campus.
  • Dawson, Katerina L., Office Support Associate, Admissions, 9/16/12.  Accepted an A&P position on campus.
  • Lenz, James F., Broadcast News Specialist, Educational/Public Service Radio, 9/14/12.
  • Ruppert, Jessica A., Office Support Associate, Registrar, 8/31/12.
  • Shryack, Leann R., Office Support Associate, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration, 9/30/12.  Accepted an A&P position on campus.
  • Taylor, Tiffany A., Chief Clerk, Mathematics, 8/23/12.