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After a national review of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs across the nation by the U.S Department of Defense, WIU’s ROTC program passed.  The efficiency of taxpayers dollars are examined which Lieutenant Colonel John Drew says WIU’s ROTC does well. The quality and quantity of graduating cadets are assessed and if standards are not met, programs are destined to close.  Lieutenant Colonel Drew states, “WIU has a very viable program and is doing great things with the army and we don’t expect this to have any impact on our future operations.” By 2015, 13 of the present 273 ROTC programs at colleges and universities nationwide might close. WIU’s ROTC program engages nearly 300 students in some aspect of its program.  Students enrolled in the program are required to sign a cadet contract to enter the Army, National Guard or Army Reserves by their junior year. In 2013, 20 cadets graduated from WIU’s program. Congratulations to WIU’s cadets, Lieutenant Colonel John Drew and all who are responsible for making WIU’s ROTC program a success.

Faculty and Staff

Debbie Lee, C&I, taught the Active and Collaborative Learning class for the Quad Cities Professional Development Network on Jan. 25, a consortium of seven QC colleges and universities that offer faculty development. Lee also presented “Scaffolding Play with Indoor and Outdoor Prop Boxes” at the Chicago AEYC Conference in Chicago IL on Feb. 1.

reduce_your_riskOn Feb. 19 Russell Dahms, KIN, presented “Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease by 30 percent by Exercising 30 Minutes per Day,“ at the employee wellness annual “Four Men For Health” presentation. COEHS Associate Dean Dale Adkins moderated the event that included a presentation by College of Business and Technology Associate Dean John Drea, WIU Admission Counselor D’Angelo Taylor and WIU Music School Director Bart Shanklin.

Alumni and Students

Alumni Ari Briskman, LEJA ‘ 06, was recently hired as a deputy sheriff in Lake County along with two others.  Click here for more details.



The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration will present the Winter Workshop How Animals Stay Warm in Winter at Horn Field Campus on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 2-3p.m.
For full details click here

The College of Education invites Junior Faculty to the Brown Bag Lunch event on Feb 27, from 12-1p.m., with a presentation of A Conversation about Passion, Purpose, and Preparation for Scholarship. Presenters include Greg Montalvo, Bridget Sheng, and Sandra Watkins.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Passion, Purpose and Presentation
  • Managing the Workload: Time management: Managing the department criteria
  • Collaboration
  • Resources and Support Systems

The 2014 Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) is pleased to announce the National Assessment and Research Conference will be held September 5-6, 2014 in the Quad Cities. Registration is now available HERE

To fill out the Registration form and to make your payment, go to for complete registration.

A call for proposals will be on the AARC website at in the Spring! Deadlines will be May 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, contact the AARC Conference Chair Rebecca Newgent via e-mail, or via phone, 309.762.1876

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