Mar 22

Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff

Showcasing Changing Technology

April 24 from 11 am – 1 pm
in the Horrabin Hall Gymnasium.



COEHS has a new submission form for Insights! The form can be accessed on the COEHS website. Submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. Every effort will be made to include the information in the current Insights. If you do not see your entry, it will be inserted in the next issue. Upcoming Insights publication dates are April 12, April 26, and May 10.


WIU College of Education and Human Services is on Facebook!!  Watch our Facebook page for fun and interesting COEHS news! Like COEHS at


Eta Sigma Gamma, Health Sciences Honorary, hosted a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on March 20. From 4-9pm, individuals who presented a special ticket when they paid their bill were able to have 10% of their ticket donated to Eta Sigma Gamma. This event served as a kick off pre-fundraising event for the Color Craze 5k, which will occur Saturday, March 23, at Vince Grady Field. Proceeds from the two events will go to Special Olympics, Western Area 4.


Jill Myers, LEJA, has created an interactive bullying survey for parents and children. The survey is available on WQPT’s website. WQPT is a media service of WIU-QC in Moline, IL. The Cyber Safe Cyber Savvy Survey provides an additional anti-bullying resource for families and is available in conjunction with WQPT’s promotion of its new program, Stop Bullying with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, which began airing at 8:00 pm on March 18.


Tim Piper, KIN, presented at the McHenry County College Midwest Strength and Conditioning Clinic on March 16 in Crystal Lake, IL. The one-and-a half hour session was a hands-on presentation on instructional sequences for teaching the Olympic Weightlifting movements of the snatch and clean and jerk.


Kathy Barclay, C&I, presented Is handwriting the New ‘Great Debate’?  The Whys and Hows of Research-based Handwriting Instruction, K-3 on March 15 at the Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield, IL.



Kathy Barclay, C&I, and seven WIU students majoring in the Early Childhood Program attended the Illinois State Reading Conference in Springfield, IL on March 14-16. The students attended sessions and special events throughout the three days, including luncheons with authors Steve Layne and Rosemary Wells, and then shared informally with classmates about their experience.  (From Left: Ashley Behymer, Elizabeth Williams, Michelle McCormick, Kendra Shelts, Jessica Davison, Kathy Barclay, Brittney Edwards, Emily Kilman.)


On March 12th, the Maurice G. Kellogg Science Education Center teamed up with the Dallas City Elementary School Family Reading Night to introduce students and parents to the nighttime sky.  Don Powers, C&I, set up the STARLAB Planetarium in the Dallas City School’s Gym and took multiple groups of students and parents on a tour of the evening sky.  The location of currently visible stars, constellations, planets, and Comet Panstarrs were identified in the planetarium.  Stories behind the constellations were also told.


A new team will be serving as journal editors for Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA). Congratulations to Andrea Hyde, Katrina Daytner, Sharon Stevens, and Deb Miretzky of EIS!


On March 6, Amanda Divin, Health Sciences, Health Services Management majors Bethanie Litow, Brianne Augustine, and Kinesiology major Krista Shirley, were interviewed by Kristen Aguirre and featured live on the KHQA morning show. The purpose of the appearance was to promote the upcoming Color Craze 5K (3/23/13), an event hosted by Eta Sigma Gamma, HS Honorary, and Phi Episilon Sigma, Kinesiology Honorary, which will raise money for the Special Olympics.  YouTube videos can be viewed here.


Tracy Davis, EIS, received the ACPA:  College Student Educators International Senior Scholar Award in Las Vegas, NV on March 6. Davis also delivered two programs as part of an ACPA Institute on Masculinities in Student Affairs: Theoretical Foundations of Men and Masculinities Studies and Liberatory Approaches to Social Justice Work with College Men.


Sarah Schoper, EIS, presented at the CPA:  College Student Educators International Annual Convention, in Las Vagas, NV on March 6th. The presentation discussed three professional development opportunities using Facebook, as well as other ways that social media can be used to provide professional development opportunities.


The College Student Personnel, (EIS), program team of Sara Dam, Emily Isaacs, Warren Grove and Bob Just won 3rd Place in the 12th Annual Virtual Case Study.  Students were presented their award on March 5th at the ACPA: College Student Educators International Conference during the WIU social and will have their PowerPoint published in the 2013 e-journal.


Starnet Regions I and III, part of the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood, was a co-sponsor of the IFLC 7th Annual Family Conference: Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities. The conference was held in Peoria, IL on March 9th.


Tiffany Stoner-Harris, CNED, successfully defended her dissertation on March 8th. Congratulations Tiffany!


Sandy Ginther, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood/Starnet Regions I and III, in collaboration with Illinois Early Intervention Trainers, presented the workshop Building Bridges: The Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood on March 7 in Peoria, IL.


Carrie Woodside and Amy Betz, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood/Provider Connections, were exhibitors at the Seventh Annual Empowering Professionals Conference, Digging Deeper to Strengthen Practice, on March 1 in Alsip, IL. Approximately 360 Early Intervention Providers attended this one-day conference.


Katherine Perone and Donna Aguiniga, SW, and thirty-three Western Illinois University social work students attended National Association of Social Workers-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Day on February 28. Over 750 social workers and students from educational institutions across the state attended the daylong event. The event was held to raise awareness and advocate for social services around Illinois.


On February 25-27, Amanda Divin, Health Sciences, traveled to the University of Michigan to attend the Collegiate Mental Health Research Symposium and the Conference on College Depression. Dr. Divin was invited to give a 75-minute presentation on a paper she published last year: The association between non-medical prescription drug use, depressive symptoms, and suicidality among college students.



February 25-27, Amanda Divin, Health Sciences, and HS graduate students Chaundra Bishop, Megan Williams, and Lisa Biernat, traveled to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan’s Conference on College Depression. A who’s who of collegiate mental health professionals from across the country were in attendance as Chaundra, Megan, and Lisa presented their research poster Implementing Mental Health First Aid on College Campuses on Feb. 26.


Dick Janoski, LEJA, presented a customized two-hour presentation February 27 on Conflict Resolution and Civility in the Workplace. The interactive presentation was attended by a diverse contingent of department heads and staff members. The presentation focused on diffusion of internal conflicts to better enhance employee performance and to also maximize the school’s core values. The presentation was at the request of the acting President of Muscatine Community College.


Marisa Beard, OPPDT, conducted a six-hour workshop All About your iPad and More on February 26 at the Illinois Computing Education Conference in St. Charles, IL. Beard also presented a workshop the following day, iPad Creativity and Integration.


Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students

Stacy Fisher, ’06 BS Community Health, has been appointed the new administrator at the LaHarpe (IL) Davier Health Care Center.


Mandy Alexander, RPTA, is completing a tourism internship in Gilbert, AZ.  Alexander is working with Gilbert’s Parks and Recreation Manager to improve Gilbert’s regional visibility with significant results. Read the full story here.


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