Mar 18


Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff


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.


The first installment of the Spring 2013 Homeland Security Research Lecture Series (LEJA) was held on February 7. Representatives from the FBI Terrorism Task Force gave a presentation that provided an overview of the organization; its activities in combating domestic and international terrorism; and career opportunities in law enforcement. For more information on the HSRP Lecture Series contact Dean Alexander at


RPTA held its Summer Camp Job Fair on February 7. Interested students came prepared with their resumes and references, as some directors interviewed on the spot.

LEJA will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services in Fall 2013. The Illinois Board of Higher Education recently approved the new degree. LEJA has offered a fire administration minor through the School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach since Fall 2002.  Read more here.


RPTA students along with faculty members Rachel Smith and Minsun Doh, spent their winter break on an experiential education Disney Cruise through Western’s study abroad program. During the week-long trip 16 students gained first-hand experience of what it is like to work and live on a Disney Cruise ship and resort in the Caribbean. During the trip the students were exposed to several nationalities and cultures giving them a unique window into cultural experiences. In addition, the students learned about the behind-the-scenes life of a crew member on a cruise ship. See photos above.

As a consultant for Yoga in Schools, Andrea Hyde, EIS, recently participated in an in-service training for the staff of the Promise Program in Rankin, PA. The Promise Program is a newly organized, stand-alone alternative education school for students needing intensive behavioral support. The staff is preparing to practice and teach mind-body tools: breathing, movement and mindful awareness. The students will learn to reduce stress and increase self-awareness and self-control. Dr. Hyde will also monitor this effort as part of a district-wide program evaluation.


Cheryl Hutchins, DFMH, was named advisor of the month for November 2012. Congratulations, Cheryl!


Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students

The Sarah Knight Memorial Scholarship for Bilingual Education has been established in memory of alumna Sarah Knight, ’09 BI-ED, who passes away unexpectedly in 2011. Her family established the scholarship to honor Sarah’s love and dedication to teaching. For scholarship information and applications, contact the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) at (309) 298-1183 or


Erin Merryn’s, SW ’09, long-time goal to have a law passed that focuses on educating children on the issue of sexual assault and sexual abuse was realized when Erin’s Law (House Bill 6913) was signed into effect by Governor Quinn on January 24. Merryn, herself a victim of sexual assault, has worked tirelessly to have a law that will hold all elementary, middle and high schools in the state accountable for implementing and carrying out curriculum designed to educate children about sexual assault and sexual abuse. At this time Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Maine and Michigan have adopted Erin’s Law. Merryn’s goal is to get the law passed in all 50 states.

Dates to Remember

The inaugural lecture of the CSMMD speaker series will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 7-8:30pm in Hainline Theater. Dr. Jason Laker will present State of Manhood. This lecture is the first in an ongoing speaker series dedicated to addressing the issues surrounding men’s development and the intersections of masculinities in society. Dr. Laker will be speaking about men and masculinities on college campuses. Laker is professor and chair of the department of counselor education within the Lurie College of Education at San José University.


Health Sciences Career Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 20 in the Union Grand Ballroom from 5-7pm. HS alumni and professionals who work in Health Services Management, Health Sciences, and Emergency Management will provide insight on careers in these fields. For more information contact Chaundra Bishop at


Horn Field Campus is holding an Outdoor Skills Seminar on Saturday, February 16. The seminar is free and open to the public. Skills included in the seminar include making wax fire logs, knots, water purification, animal snare construction, forestry restoration project and more! For more information contact
Allen Rudicil at aj-rudicil@wiu.edfu or call (309) 833-5798.


YOU CAN MAJOR IN THAT? Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Discovery Showcase will be held Monday, February 18th from 6-7:30 in the University Union Prairie Lounge to answer your questions about what recreation majors really do. Current RPTA students will have tables and displays demonstrating career opportunities for students with an interest in the recreation field. For more information contact the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
at (309) 298-1967.


Health Sciences Career Forum, Wednesday, February 20 from 5 – 7pm in the Union Grand Ballroom will offer information on majors in the health field. HS alumni and professionals will be available to provide information on careers in Public Health, Health Services management and Emergency Management.


Wilderness First Responder Certification courses March 9-17and Re-certification courses March 18-20 are being offered at Horn Field Campus. This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who spend time in remote areas. For course information and the online registration form, click here.  For more information, contact Mindy Pheiffer at 309/833-5798, Susan Welsh at 309/298-2026, or Horn Field Campus at

The final Difficult Conversations of 2012-2013 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, and is titled, The Gender Box: Pressures to be ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ Continue. For more information, contact Deb Miretzsky, EIS, at or call (309) 298-1528.

The 10th annual Western Illinois University Environmental Summit, Wednesday, April 3,
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the University Union. This year’s theme is Making Peace With the Planet.


CITR EVENTS – To view all upcoming events and registration information


From Armed Service to the Academy: Assisting Veteran Students with the Transition to the University
Lloyd Kilmer, Educational Leadership
Jonah McKendrick, Veteran Student
Wednesday, February 13, 3-4 pm
Malpass Library, Room 180


Civic Reflection Series: Session I – Difference and Connection
Tamara La Prad, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Monday, February 18, 12-1 pm
Malpass Library, Room 180


Civic Reflection Series: Session II – Difference and Connection
Tamara La Prad, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Monday, February 25, 12-1 pm
Malpass Library, Room 180


Civic Reflection Series: Session III – Difference and Connection
Tamara La Prad, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Monday, March 4, 12-1 pm
Malpass Library, Mary Lou Kent Conference Room


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