Insights Newsletter

Nov 30

Insights Newsletter

Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff

Holly Nikels, CNED, along with Sterling Saddler, Dean of COEHS, accepted a contribution from AT&T in Rock Island, IL November 29 on behalf of Western Illinois University. The $70,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation supports PACERS, which stands for Positive Achievement and Creativity Equals Righteous Success. PACERS is an intensive mentoring, academic and volunteer-based program developed through school and community efforts and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities to help at-risk high school students in the Rock Island School District. The contribution is part of AT&T’s focus on education, specifically helping to prepare students for college and careers. Contact Holly Nikels at (309) 762-1876 or for more information on PACERS.

Terry Smith, C&I, was a co-presenter with long time Internet project partner, Larisa Tarasevich from Siberia in Seattle, WA on November 17. This was the first time Smith and Tarasevich met in person and it was Tarasevich’s first trip to the United States. The social studies project they presented was Landmark Games:  Global Detectives, a yearly global competition that attracts classrooms from around the world. Smith manages the project for Kidlink International.

The COEHS Faculty Awards of Excellence reception was held on November 15. The event was hosted by students in DFMH’s Hospitality Administration Association (HAA) organization. Recipients included:

  • Andrea Hyde, EIS, Award for Outstanding Community and University Service
  • Todd Lough, LEJA, Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • Susan Moore, HS, Award for Internationalization of the Campus
  • Paul Schlag, RPTA, Award for Innovative Use of Technology
  • Seung Won Yoon, IDT, Award for Outstanding Scholarly/Professional Activity


Vladimir Sergevnin, LEJA, presented The Rise and Fall of KGB on November 28.

Jack Schafer, LEJA, also presented The Robert Hanssen Case, as part of the LEJA Center for Applied Criminal Justice Fall 2012 program.

Susan Massey, C&I, recently presented The Three C’s of Professional Development: The Coach, the Content, and the Context at the 56th Annual Conference of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers held in Grand Rapids, MI.

Sara Simonson, C&I, presented in a panel discussion, at the 2012 TED Conference (Teacher Education Division – Council for Exceptional Children) on November 9 in Grand Rapids, MI. The session title was IHE Partnership:  Integrating Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Content into Teacher Preparations Programs.


The following COEHS faculty presented at the annual Association for Educational Communications and Technology conference in Louisville, KY:

  • Bruce Harris, IDT, and Reinhard Lindner, EIS – Assessing Self-Regulated     Learning Strategies in Online Courses
  • Bruce Harris and Richard Thurman, IDT, Pina, A., and James West, IDT, –
    Challenges in   Growing an Undergraduate Program in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Bruce Harris, IDT and Pina, A. – Online Course Design: Lessons Learned
  • Pina, A., Bruce Harris, IDT, Bohn, L., and Ashbaugh, M. – A Faculty, Instructional Designer and Administrator Dialogue on the Continuing Evolution of Distance Education

The Western Illinois Black Caucus Mentorship Program, Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men’s Development (CSMMD) and the African American Studies Department hosted a campus visit for 10-15 students from Kennedy-King Community College, Chicago, IL, held November 2nd-3rd. A dinner was held followed by a lecture and panel discussion. The lecture was given by Mr. Fredrick Douglass Dixon of Kennedy-King Community College. The panel discussion was on Black Males in the Culture of Higher Education, andwas moderated by Algerian Hart, KIN. Events on November 3rd included a program titled Navigating the Landscape and a mini resource fair. Byron Oden-Shabazz, CSMMD, served as host for the visit.

Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students

Michael Shonrock, ’81 CSP, president of Emporia (KS) State University, is one of six WIU alums selected to receive the WIU Alumni Achievement Award at the Saturday, December 15 Commencement exercises.

Carin Stutz, ’78 DFMH, was named the CEO and president of Cosi, Inc., a 135-unit restaurant chain, is also one of six WIU alums selected to receive the WIU Alumni Achievement Award at the Saturday, December 15 Commencement exercises.

The 33rd Annual North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) was held in New Orleans, LA November 7th-10th.  The theme of this year’s conference was Sport in Place. The conference consisted of over 100 presentations from academic scholars and graduate students from 26 different states and 5 different countries.  The conference proved to be an excellent opportunity for students to network with other Sport practitioners and enjoy the New Orleans hospitality. Students Justin Wilson, Sport Management and Cedric Utley, MBA, and two faculty members, Algerian Hart, KIN Sport Management Graduate Coordinator, and Darcy Plymire, KIN, gave five presentations. Wilson gave a presentation on Exposure vs. Exploitation.

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