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The Western Illinois University College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has announced that beginning in Fall 2014, Bilingual/Bicultural Education will become an official major at the WIU-Quad Cities campus.
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Faculty and Staff


On March 7, Debbie Lee, C&I, presented E-Book for Young Children – I Want That App! to preschool and kindergarten teachers at the state ASCD Pre-K & Kindergarten Conference in Schaumburg, IL.

EIS Editors Katrina Daytner, Debra Miretzky, Sarah Schoper and Sharon Stevens are looking for people interested in serving as reviewers for the Mid-western Educational Research Association

To find out more about the journal, visit http://www.mwera.org/MWER
To sign up to serve as a reviewer, please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mtcva7Lr-UDLOwf6zxgTUfw7eU1XCBfaPT5fZxgX7Xs/edit?usp=sharing

Dates to Remember


Join Kimberly Dodson and Jill Myers, LEJA, for their innovation in teaching and research workshop. The Tips for Teaching Mass Lectures will be held on Tuesday, March 25 in the Malpass Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab, from 12:00-1:00 pm. You may register for this workshop at http://wiu.edu/citr/.

Join the Department of Kinesiology for the annual Donna Phillips Run on Saturday, March 29. Check in begins at 8:30 am in the Brophy Hall Gym with the 5K run beginning at 9:30, the 5K Dog Run at 9:35, and the Dog Walk at 9:40. Pre-registration must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, March 21. Late and day of event registration will be accepted until 9:15 a.m. the day of the race. All pre-registered individuals receive a race day t-shirt and gift. Late and day of event registrants will receive gift only. Prizes will be given to winners in different categories for both the fun run, dog run and dog walk.

For registration information, visit wiu.edu/kinesiology/donnaphillipsrun.

Save the date for presentation on Tips for Better Road Bicycling presented by Loran Erdmann, KIN, on Tuesday, April 1, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The presentation will discuss road bicycling equipment, safety, resources and tour opportunities.

Join WIU Senior Dietetic Students on April 3 and Cook with Quinoa in Knoblauch Hall 230, small kitchen, from 5:00-6:30 pm. The cost is $5. Please make reservations by Monday, March 31, by contacting Sharon Chenoweth at (309) 298-1971. Payment is required at time of reservation, limited to first 20 people

The most colorful fun you will ever have is at the Color Craze 5K on April 5. The Color Craze focuses on fun instead of speed. Come out and enjoy this 5K workout. The race begins and ends at Vince Grady Field on the WIU Campus. Participants will be showered with color when they reach each kilometer. A Color Craze Dance Party that includes Zumba, prizes, music and more fun will be held after the race. Contact Amanda Divin at colorcraze5k@gmail.com or via phone (309) 298-1076 to register.

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Hooray to Joanna Graham, HS, and her HE 433 School Health Curriculum students for being the key organizers in the 2014 WIU Relay for Life. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 11 from 4:00-10:00pm. Please consider creating a team or fundraising for the cause. Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to participate. Contact Joanna Graham via e-mail at JE-Graham@wiu.edu if you would like a presentation to your faculty, staff or student classes.

RPTA’s annual Professional Development Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014. PDC is an annual celebration to celebrate and honor the RPTA Department culture. It offers alumni presentations and socials for student learning and professional connections, the department presents the annual department awards and accomplishments and it exposes the campus community to the offerings within the RPTA major. This year’s theme is “Map Out Your Success.” This year’s conference is open to all majors on campus. Register at www.wiu.edu/rpta

Join the College of Education and Human Services for Tech Fest 2014. We are going back in time with how Tech Fest started! From 11 am – noon breakout sessions will be offered on topics such as Using iPads for Teaching and Learning; Integrating Technology into the Classroom at WIU; Global Project-based Learning in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms; The New iTunesU; Using Adobe in the classroom and The online business of the Macomb Food Co-op. At noon, join us for “Why Mobility Matters”, a keynote by Apple, Inc. A description for the talk is as follows: Mobile pedagogy represents a fundamental shift in content access and the role of the traditional classroom. This is not about technology fads or the latest gadgets. This is about facing the challenges and maximizing the possibilities of a connected classroom. In addition to exploring the dynamics of a mobility-based education paradigm, we will examine the practical implementation strategies, hardware, and support necessary to improve learning opportunity. This session will cover three areas: WHY – Why do education institutions need to explore mobility theory? WHAT – What does a mobility rich environment look like? and HOW – How are schools around the world doing this? An iPad drawing, sponsored by Citizens Bank will be held around 1:00 pm in
Horrabin Hall 1. Watch your inbox for more information!

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