Insights Newsletter

Apr 13

Departmental News

Katherine Perone, Social Work, presented, Fraternity in Field Education: The Use of an In-Service Project and Poster Presentation in the Agency Setting in San Diego, CA.

Josh Butcher, IDS, recently received the Student Supervisor of the Year award. He was nominated by Amanda Richards who works in the IMM Lab.

The Social Work Student Association held a food drive on March 30 to benefit Loaves and Fishes at Wal-Mart and Jackson Street Market. In addition to the food collected, students also raised $77 to donate to the organization. The picture featured at the top of the newsletter shows the students with the food collected.

Lloyd Kilmer, EDL, presented, Data Teams: Just Another Fad of the Promise for Improved Student Achievement? And Pay for Performance: Teacher and Principal Evaluation at the AASA Annual Conference in Houston, TX. He also served as Associate Editor for Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal.

Melissa Stinnett, C&I, and a colleague, published Literacy Coaches in the Middle School: Using the Literacy Coach Cycle for Success in

Donna Aguiniga and Katherine Perone, Social Work, accompanied 20 students to the National Association of Social Workers-Illinois Chapter Social Work Advocacy Day. Over 200 social workers and students from educational institutions across the state attended the daylong event. The event was held to raise awareness and advocacy for social services in Illinois.

Pamela Godt, C&I, presented the keynote address at the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education Initiation of new members in April. Her speech was entitled, Reminiscences on my Imminent Retirement Concerning KDP and General Life-Thoughts to Share. She also published Leadership in Reading: New Model for School Reform that Can Make a Difference in the Illinois Reading Council Journal.

Four RPTA students organized Free Parking Day, a demonstration they organized in conjunction with WIU’s 9th Annual Environmental Summit. Read the full article in the McDonough County Voice.

Amanda Divin, Mark Kelley and Allison Gilbert, Health Sciences, attended the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) March 13-17. Divin had three research posters accepted to the conference: The Association of Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use and Suicidality in College Students (co-authored with Dr. Keith Zullig, West Virginia University), Drinking Motives Behind Alcohol and Energy Drink Use (co-authored with Dr. Weston S. Kensinger, Oswego State University), and Mental Health First Aid for the Health Educator (co-authored with former HS graduate students Jo Ann Howd and Joseph Heckman). Allison Gilbert, HS senior, traveled to AAHPERD to attend the American Association for Health Education Undergraduate of the Year Ceremony. Allison was selected as the outstanding undergraduate health science major from Western Illinois and attended the AAHE ceremony celebrating her accomplishment.

Eta Sigma Gamma, the Health Sciences Honorary, traveled to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale April 1-2, 2012, to attend the 2012 Russell Research Symposium and mini-interstate Eta Sigma Gamma Conference. Several WIU students presented research posters at this event: Second year HS Masters student Doucette Alvarez presented Why do they leave? A Study Examining WIC Participation; first year HS Masters student Chaundra Bishop presented Contributing Factors to Health Disparities Experienced in the Development and Treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome in African American Men; first year HS Masters student Nkechi Nwaoha presented Factors Impacting Sexual and Reproductive Behavior in African American Adolescent Females; and junior HSM major Angela Castello presented Childhood Obesity: A National Epidemic. These research posters were peer reviewed prior to acceptance to the symposium. Eta Sigma Gamma faculty advisor, Amanda Divin, was also invited to present Benefits and Barriers to Physical Activity in College Students: What Can We Do To Get Them Moving? Pictures from the event are available on Cohesion.

Katharine Pawelko, Mike McGowan, RPTA and RPTA Alumna Rose Gochenaur, presented at the research poster session of the Eleventh Biennial Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (CEO) Research Symposium at Indiana University’s Bradford Woods Campus in Martinsville, IN. The title of the study was The Influence of Wilderness Leadership Training Courses on Self-Perception and Locus of Control.

Tim Piper, Cathy McMillan, KIN and others published Core Training Methods During Pregnancy in the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Piper and a colleague also published The Value of Variety in MILO.

Hoyet Hemphill (IDT), Diane Hamilton-Hancock (HS), and Leaunda Hemphill (IDT) presented Analyzing Asynchronous Discussions Using a Modified Version of the Community of Inquiry Model at the Annual WIU Symposium on Teaching, Research and Creative Activities.

Jack Rozdilsky, Heriberto Urby Jr., and Mark Kelley, HS, presented 9/11 Disaster Coping and Recovery in Shanksville: Qualitative Inquiry Concerning Emergent Group Activities at the Annual WIU Symposium on Teaching, Research and Creative Activities

The American Counseling Association (ACA) held its National Conference in San Francisco last month. Rebecca Newgent and Tiffany Stoner-Harris, CNED, presented a session on Gatekeeping from Admission to Graduation: Screening, Annual Review, Due Process, Remediation, and Retention. This session was sponsored by the Counselor Education & Supervision Academy. Faculty from across the country were impressed with the gatekeeping process established by CNED faculty. Newgent, along with colleagues from two other universities, Harrison Davis, Kristin Higgins, and Arie Greenleaf, presented Tips for Applying for Counselor Education Faculty Positions. These faculty were able to share their job search experiences and provide guidance to future counselor educators.  Several CNED students also attended the conference this year and deserve recognition: Leslie Scheck, Marcy Aronson, Allison Elfline, Bill Iavarone, and Stephanie Reagan. Great job students and faculty!

Leslie O’Ryan, CNED, recently had her abstract, A Phenomenological Exploration of Aging: A Contextual View of Global Perspectives from Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives, accepted for the International Federation on Aging’s 2012 Global Conference in Prague!

CITR Workshops:

Diane Hamilton-Hancock, HS and Leaunda Hemphill, IDT ~ Tools and Techniques for Identifying Online Health Scams and Frauds

Leaunda Hemphill and Hoyet Hemphill, IDT ~ How Can You Create a Sense of Instructor Presence in an Online Course?

Andrea Hyde, EIS ~ Yoga Tools for the College Classroom

Alumni in the News

  • Rose Gochenaur, RPTA, was featured in a story about introducing students to the great outdoors. Read the article here.
  • Dennis Franks, LEJA, has been named Elon University’s Director of Campus Safety and Police.
  • Les Huddle has been named Lafayette School Corporation (LSC) Superintendent.



  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) will host a banner signing for the WIU community to pledge to remove the “R-Word” from their vocabularies. It will be in Horrabin Hall from 9 am – 2 pm on April 26 and on April 27 will be in Morgan Hall (9-11 am), Union Concourse (11 am – 1 pm) and Stipes Hall (1-3 pm).
  • The travel award competition is open to all COEHS faculty who present at a professional conference. Applications are due to the Dean’s Office. Find the application at
  • Watch the Horrabin Hall Television for tech updates, pictures from events, and important dates for students!
  • Faculty, send your students to Horrabin Hall 104 to complete their technology projects. We provide hands-on assistance in a one-on-one or small group format. Send us a copy of your project or lesson plan that you will be having your students complete so that we are prepared to assist with their exact needs.

Upcoming Events

  • April 24 – Are you their leader? Perspectives on Blindness will be held at 5:30 pm in the Sandburg Lounge of the University Union. This panel, organized by Joanna Graham, HS, is designed to celebrate Minority Health Month.
  • April 25 – Barry McCrary, LEJA, and Christine Anderson, C&I, will present, When, What & Where is the First Line of Defense Against Anti-Social Behaviors? from 6-8 pm in Room 102 A,C at the QC 60th St. campus.
  • April 26 – Tech Fest 2012. Win IT with Technology! NOTE: The call for presentations date has been changed to April 9 and can be found at Following Tech Fest, join UTech at the Digital Commons Open House in the Malpass Library Basement!
  • April 28 – Donna Phillips Memorial 5K Fun Run/Dog Walk. More information and registration information is available at
  • April 29 – HFC climbing tower will be open from 1-4 pm.
  • May 15-16 – 19th Dealing with Differences Institute. Information is available at
  • September 14-16 – Joe Decker, KIN Alumnus and COEHS Distinguished Alumnus will host “The Suck”, a 36 hour race in Cuba, IL. To register, visit


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