Oct 08


Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff

The College of Education and Human Services recently held a Scholarship and Distinguished Alumni Gala, on September 15 in Naperville, IL. One of our own COEHS celebrities, Miss Illinois Megan Ervin, KIN student, hosted the evening of fun with a purpose! The focus of the inaugural Gala was to begin a scholarship fund to assist students admitted to the COEHS as they work to obtain their goal of a college degree and to honor three distinguished alumni.

Chuck Adams, ’97 M.S. IDT, was chosen for making significant accomplishments in his chosen field. Chuck received his B.A. in American History and a M.S. in Instructional Technology from Western Illinois University.  He has significant experience in training and development-focused positions. Mr. Adams is Global Head of Talent Operations at Aon, a Fortune 500 risk and human resource solutions firm with 62,000 colleagues located in 120 countries. His operations group has responsibility for performance management, training and mentoring tools and systems utilized by the firm. He is also involved in global training deployment, training finances, vendor management, colleague support and global metrics and reporting.

Chuck was recognized for making significant accomplishments in his chosen field. He has strong ties to WIU having met his wife Kimberly while attending the University. They have one son, Dane, and two daughters, Jordan, and Taylor, who is currently attending Western.

Karen Bloch, ’98 Athletic Training, was recognized for her service and significant contributions to WIU. Karen received her degree in Athletic Training in 1998 and went on to earn her M.S. from Oklahoma State University and her Doctor of Chiropractics in 2012 from Southern California University.

Karen has extensive experience as an athletic trainer. She has been an athletic trainer for USA softball at the Canadian Cup and Pan American Qualifier; head athletic trainer for the Women’s Professional Softball League All-Star Team and for the USA Bobsled Team at the World Cup in Germany. She has been a member of the sports medicine staff for the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, held athletic trainer for Women’s Basketball at the University of Wisconsin, and has covered USA Olympic Water Polo for the past two Olympics, Beijing 2008, and most recently at the 2012 London Olympics. Karen has offered her expertise in a mentor/advisory capacity to the Athletic Training Education Program at WIU. She has also supervised many WIU athletic training student interns and has agreed to speak to students in the kinesiology department.

Carolyn Parks, ’84 M.S., Health Education, Community Health, (no picture available) was chosen for her service at the local, state and national levels. Ms. Parks earned her M.S. in health education from WIU, 1984. She went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee with a health education emphasis.

Carolyn has over 20 years of teaching, research and practice experience at the university level as a community health education specialist. Her community research and practice has focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of grassroots health promotion and disease prevention strategies for African Americans, disadvantaged and poor populations, and other groups of color. Carolyn is currently the Senior Service Fellow, Behavioral Scientist for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Capacity Building Branch. In her position, she specifically focuses on the development and implementation of HIV prevention strategies for African American churches.

Carolyn was unable to attend the gala because she was in Kenya conducting research. Reverend Von Matthews and his daughter Jennifer accepted the award on her behalf.

The Food and Culture Club held an event on October 3, Sustainability:  Foods and Culture Iin the Grand Ballroom. The event was co-sponsored by DFMH, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Casa Latina, Hospitality Administration Association (HAA), Student Association for Nutrition Education and Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity INC.

Seung Won Yoon, IDT, and Paul Schlag, RPTA, have both received the Provost’s Awards for Academic Excellence. The reception to honor awardees will be held on October 10 at 4:00 pm in the Lamoine Room. Presentation of awards will begin at 4:30 pm.

Christine Anderson, C&I, will present a breakout session, Teaching Tools for Students with ADHD, at the upcoming Current Perspectives on ADHD conference on October 12 in the University Union. For more information on how to register, call the WIU office of Non-Credit Programs at (309) 298-1911, or visit for a downloadable registration form.

Darlos Mummert and Christine Anderson, C&I Special Education Program, will hold a panel discussion, The Emotional Cycle of Deployment, on October 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in room 102 at the WIU-QC 60th Street campus. Panelists will discuss issues faced by families when a parent is deployed and what educators can do to help. Presenters include Christine Weiss and Juliann Steinbeigle from the Illinois National Guard, Ron Pettigrew, Marine Chaplin, and David Rohall, WIU Department of Sociology. The public is welcome to attend.

Rachel Smith, RPTA, and Tara Buchannan, Disability Resource Center, published Community Collaboration:  Use of Universal Design in the Classroom in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.

Deborah Miretzky, EIS, received $1,000 from Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) for “Bringing Theory to Practice Grant.”

Sarah Schoper, CSP, recently attended the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in Traverse City, MI held September 19-22. Schoper presented Facebooking a Learning Community Poster Presentation, and Using the Learning Partnerships Model to Transform Student Learning with Aaron Hill, M.S. CSP ’12

The WIU-QC Society of Educators hosted the annual Block Party at the 60th St. campus on Friday, September 28, 2012.  Approximately 200 guests and volunteers participated in pirate themed activities such as pirate balloon art, “Toys That Kids Make” science activities, cookie decorating, pirate make-and-take activities, bounce house, Xbox activities, communication games, caricature artists, and piñata breaking.  Clifford strolled the grounds throughout the evening and was enjoyed by young and old alike.  A number of student organizations, as well as WQPT, supported the event by hosting activity rooms and providing volunteers. Susan Massey, C&I, is one of the SOE Advisors.

Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton, and students Jodi Anderson, Justin Ensinger, Amanda Griffith, Shanen Norlin, Jessica Shoop, and Kiely Suhr, CNED, presented Adventure Based Counseling: Creative Interventions for Children and Adolescents, at the Counselor Academy on Friday, September 28, 2012 in Rock Island, IL.  The Academy was held for local school counselors. It was an exciting learning experience for the presenters and participants!

The 2012 IAPS Conference was held at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal on September 12-15. The theme of the Conference was “Thinking Sport in a Global Era.” The conference consisted of 100 presentations in English and Portuguese.  The conference proved to be an excellent opportunity for students to network with other sport management practitioners and enjoy the Portuguese hospitality. Algerian Hart, KIN, and graduate students Ben Blodgett, Jil Price, Dustin Vissering, Justin Wilson and Alan Savage attended the conference. Ben Blodgett, Dustin Vissering, and Justin Wilson submitted and presented at the conference with Dr. Hart. WIU brought the largest group of students from any one university to the conference.

Students in Terry Smith’s, C&I, ELED 470, are participating with their mentor classrooms in area schools in the 2012 Global Monster Project, which is now based at WIU. Kim Stickelmaier and Bryan Dickinson, Canton Westview 4th grade, Sarah Brackenbury, Monmouth Central 4th grade, and Ellen Rush, Good Hope 4th grade along with 2012 alum Rebecca Gallico are taking part in a project network with schools across the United States and schools from Canada, England, Myanmar, and Australia. See photos of the classes on the project site.

Cheng Lun Chu (CL) Tarantola, graduate student in RPTA, will be in Shelbyville, IL, for 11 months where she will focus on the development of the city’s historic district, helping the Chautauqua committee and developing a community profile. She is currently working on a brochure about Shelbyville that will be used by the tourism office and real estate offices.

The WIU Foundation recently announced the establishment of the Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund at WIU. The fund was established in honor and in memory of Capt. Derek Dobogai, LEJA ’03, and 2nd Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin, IT ’93, who lost their lives fighting for our country. The fund will support student veterans and service members enrolled at WIU. If anyone is interested in making a donation, visit to make a contribution.

Seungmug (Zech) Lee, LEJA, recently wrote a monograph, which was sponsored and published by ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security). Lee also presented the monograph during the ASIS annual seminar and exhibit.

Senior kinesiology exercise science major, Katie Hosteng, is winding down her volleyball career at WIU. Read more here.

Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students

Nora M. Ten Broeck, MS CSP ’96, was recently elected the national president of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. While at Western, Ten Broeck was active in Alpha Sigma Alpha, Panhellenic Council, the University Union Board, Order of Omega, was a resident assistant, and was a member of the Blue Key honor society.

Adrian O’Donnell, LEJA ’10, was recently hired as a police officer by the Oak Forest Police Department. O’Donnell was sworn in on September 25.

John C. Redington, LEJA ’87, was recently selected as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Holly Van Vlymen, ‘00 MSEd, WIU women’s softball coach, was recently inducted into the 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame.

Grant Fleetwood, RPTA ’11, ’12, was recently hired as the new Outdoor Coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL.

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