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DFMH Fashion Show | Environmental Summit

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DFMH students held a fashion show as part of the 10th Annual Environmental Summit held on April 3.  Four groups of students in fashion classes designed and created dresses out of Star Burst wrappers, cereal boxes, coffee filters, and newspapers and magazines.

Environmental Summit - Candy Dress

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Two Nights of Gun Violence and Safety Education

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Two Nights of Gun Violence and Safety Education

Two Nights of Gun Violence and Safety Education
Organized by Dr. Anthony McBride-School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Co-Sponsored by Minorities in Blue


The impact of gun violence sends a negative, disheartening and tragic reality of loss of life that carries deep in my heart. I have always stated, “When someone gets shot and killed it should hurt you as much as the victim’s family.” In the School of LEJA, we are about promoting and saving lives, building better people, and teaching quality decision making, discipline, and empathy. As well as teaching students to be prepared to face very painful realities of the streets.

Two Nights of Gun Safety

So how do we prepare our future practitioners of these realities? We do this by extending the learning late into the evenings with two seminars of experts in the field of law enforcement and probation educating our students on gun violence and gun safety. That’s what it’s all about – teaching students about being safe and saving lives, as well as taking guns off the street that continues the cycle of violence.

These two nights were possible because of our collaborative movement to partner with our resources. We are pleased that Captain Lisa Snow from Peoria Police Department was able to share her twenty-nine years of experience with our students. We were also pleased that probation officers Michael Stewart and Scott Moon from the Tazewell County Probation Department were able to conduct the firearm safety seminar.

Please stay tuned for the two day seminar on gangs in February 2013.

Dr. Anthony McBride

Kennedy-King Community College Visit

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Kennedy-King Community College Visit

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 Illinois on November 2nd-3rd, 2012.

A welcoming ceremony and dinner were held on November 2nd for Kennedy-King College attendees. Following the dinner, Mr. Fredrick Douglass Dixon of Kennedy-King Community College gave a lecture followed by a panel presentation themed Black Males in the Culture of Higher Education moderated by Dr. Algerian Hart, KIN.

On November 3rd a program titled Navigating the Landscape was held. The program was a mini Discover Western resource fair, specifically targeted toward these students. Representatives from select departments and organizations gave a short presentation to help these students understand what each organization offers. Immediately following the presentations, the students were given the opportunity to visit the tables and speak directly with representatives to gather information and ask any questions about programs and services. Byron Oden-Shabazz, CSMMD, served as the host for the visit.


2012 Social Work Fair

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2012 Social Work Fair

On Thursday, September 6th, the Social Work Department hosted the 3rd Annual Social Work Fair. Approximately 110 social work students met with representatives from 22 social service agencies in Macomb and surrounding communities, and from nine WIU campus organizations.  The students received information about available services and resources, and learned about volunteer and practicum opportunities.  The Fair was well received by students and by agency representatives. Student Rikki Johnson shared “The Social Work Fair really got me excited about Practicum! It was really nice to get to talk to the agency representatives one-on-one and ask them questions. At the Social Work Fair is actually where I decided what my first choice for Practicum would be!” Another student, Makenzie Littig shared “I thought the Social Work Fair was very useful. I got some ideas for future practicum sites. Being able to talk to the agency representatives was helpful and eased my mind a little bit.”  One agency representative stated, “I enjoyed meeting social work students one on one to provide information about our agency.”  Another agency representative stated “This has been the best student turnout since I began participating in the fall fair.”  “Students are asking excellent questions to obtain information about our agency.”


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Drs Amanda Divin and Mark Kelley and Allison Gilbert, Health Sciences, traveled to Boston, Mass, to attend the American Allience for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) March 13-17. Dr. Divin had three research posters accepted to the conference: The assocation of nonmedical prescription drug use and suicidality in college students (co-authored with Dr. Keith Zullig, West Virginia University), Drinking Motives Behind Alcohol and Energy Drink Use (co-authored with Dr. Weston S. Kensinger, Oswego State University), and Mental Health First Aid for the Health Educator (co-authored with former HS graduate students Jo Ann Howd and Joseph Heckman). Allison Gilbert, HS senior, traveled to AAHPERD to attend the American Association for Health Education Undergraduate of the Year Ceremony. Allison was selected as the outstanding undergraduate health science major from Western Illinois and attended the AAHE ceremony celebrating her accomplishment.

Eta Sigma Gamma, the Health Sciences Honorary, traveled to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale April 1-2, 2012, to attend the 2012 Russell Research Symposium and mini-interstate Eta Sigma Gamma Conference. Several WIU students presented research posters at this event: Second year HS Masters student Doucette Alvarez presented “Why do they leave? A study examining WIC participation,” First year HS Masters student Chaundra Bishop presented “Contributing factors to health disparities experienced in the development and treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome in African American men,” First year HS Masters student Nkechi Nwaoha presented “Factors impacting sexual and reporductive behavior in African American adolescent females,” and Junior HSM major Angela Castello presented “Childhood obesity: A national epidemic.” These research posters were peer reviewed prior to acceptance to the symposium. Eta Sigma Gamma faculty advisor, Dr. Amanda Divin, was also intivted to present “Benefits and barriers to physical activity in college students: What can we do to get them moving?” The symposium concluded with a presentation by Dr.Bryan Keith Lindsey, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, entitled: “80/40/15 USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee: Past, Present, Future.”


Illinois Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER) Distinguished Service Award

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Illinois Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER) Distinguished Service Award

Mindy E., an Early Childhood Resource Specialist at the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood/Starnet Regions I & III, was presented the annual Illinois Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER) Distinguished Service Award for her work in promoting, developing, and improving education and rehabilitation services for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The award was presented on February 16, 2012 in Schaumburg, Illinois.


Professional Development Conference

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Professional Development Conference

Jill Joline Myers, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Department, and Leaunda Hemphill, Instructional Design and Technology Department, were invited presenters at the Professional Development Conference, “Focus on Excellence: Classroom Best Practices”  sponsored by the Regional Office of Education Peoria County.   The WIU faculty members conducted two breakout workshops. The first workshop dealt with  ”Digital Dirt: The Realities of Network Privacy in Online Communications” and the second workshop  highlighted their collaborative research on effects of social networking on schools and proactive strategies for developing digital citizenship.


Fashion students in Chicago at site visits and at Fashion Group International

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Administrators’ Round Table

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Dr. Christopher Koch, Illinois State Superintendent, was the featured speaker at the November 4th, 2011, meeting of the Administrators’ Round Table of Western Illinois. COEHS Dean Sterling Saddler introduced Dr. Koch. A large crowd of superintendents and principals participated in the meeting held in the Capitol Room of the University Union. Also in attendance were Associate Dean Lance Ternasky and Assistant Dean Rori Carson.