Campus Connection

Campus Connection Submissions for March 7, 2014

Grants & Contracts

Scott Coker and Nathan Brunnelson, Facilities Maintenance—$100,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for "Energy Efficiency Program-Double Up Natural Gas." FY14

Justin Ehrlich, Computer Science—$16,384 from U3E for "Implementing genetic algorithms to simulate behavior as voting blocks on budgets." FY14-15

Richard Mathers and William Faulkner, Sociology and Anthropology—$200,019 from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for "Test Construction, Delivery, Scoring, Test Evaluations and Trainer/Course Evaluations." FY14

Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA)—$25,000 from various sources for "PCF Community Contributions (continuous)." On-going

Tina Saddler, School of Nursing—$10,000 from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for "Nurse Educator Fellowship." FY14

Kimberly Sikes, Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT)—$72,880 from the McDonald's Corporation for "McDonald's Introduction to Marketing and Insights eLearning 2014." FY14-15

Professional Activities

Brendan Young, assistant professor of communication at WIU-QC, recently published an invited book review of Mark Woodford's "Men, Addiction, and Intimacy: Strengthening Recovery by Fostering the Emotional Development of Men and Boys." The book appears in the Routledge series, "Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men" and the review appears in the current issue of "The Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery." Young's research focuses on social support in addiction and recovery.

Vice President for Student Services Award Winners for February 2014

Administrative Employees of the Month - Michelle Harvey and Nick Katz, Office of Student Activities

  • Civil Service Employee of the Month - Beth Campbell, University Housing and Dining Services
  • Graduate Assistant of the Month - Christine Nguyen, Career Development Center
  • Student Employee of the Month - Amber Taylor, Campus Recreation

Acts of Kindness Award Winners:

  • Robert Adcock
  • Brook Beasley
  • Barbara De Renzy
  • JoAnn Hairston-Jones
  • Sara Lytle
  • Mike Perrin
  • Colleen Savage

Valic Now Provides a Roth 403b Option

Valic Financial Advisors has instituted a new Roth 403b plan in conjunction with the WIU 403b Supplemental Retirement Plan. A Roth 403b is a unique savings opportunity that uses after tax payroll dollars to fund a retirement savings plan option. The main benefit of a Roth 403b plan compared to a traditional pre-tax 403b is that a Roth 403b has the potential for tax free earnings and withdrawals to participants.

Participants and non-participants can meet with the VALIC representative to discuss the option of starting a Roth 403b to take advantage of this extraordinary benefit.

The first pay periods when the VALIC Roth 403b option will be available to start deductions are as follows:

  • Bi-weekly – 3/17-30/2014
  • Semi-monthly – 3/16-31/2014
  • Monthly – 3/1-31/2014

The VALIC representative is at the University Union as scheduled below on the first floor in the small conference room near the Grand Ballroom on the following Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. He can be reached at (217) 653-9171 or can be emailed at to set an appointment to ask any questions or enroll.

  • 3/11/2014
  • 3/25/2014
  • 4/8/2014
  • 4/22/2014
  • 5/6/2014
  • 5/20/2014