Insights Newsletter

Sep 10

Insights Newsletter

graphic Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff graphic

Dan Walter, KIN, has been selected to receive the 2012 National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Outstanding Service Award. The award will be presented to Walter in November in Las Vegas, NV, at the DEMA ’12 Trade Exhibition. 

Students from SPED 420 led by Dr. Darlos Mummert, C&I, have been helping the school psychology program as interview volunteers. This unique collaboration allows school psych graduate students to be a sounding board for the SPED students for any problems they may encounter in their field placements.

Donna Aguiniga, SW, began serving as a volunteer for the Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) this past summer. The McDonough County CASA program opened in July of 2011. Volunteers in the program are trained, judge-appointed community volunteers who speak in court on behalf of abused or neglected children. For more information about the CASA program visit

Mark Cole, KIN, and R. L. Schmidt, presented the paper Athletic Trainers as Medical Coordinators:  Aces in Their Places at the 2012 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO, June 28th. Cole was also interviewed on Training and Conditioning with Kristin Maki of Momentum Media. The interview was regarding the above presentation.

Mark Cole, KIN, along with colleagues conducted Handling Injured Athletes for the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Coaching Education Webinar.

Cindy Piletic, KIN, was the 2012 recipient of the William A. Hillman Distinguished Service Award by the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. She was recognized in July at the 2012 NCPERID Conference at Herdon, VA.

Rob Porter, RPTA, and Algerian Hart, KIN, recently visited with RPTA internship student Shayla Taeger and alum Scott Reifert, M.S. Sport Management. Taeger is doing her internship with the White Sox “At Your Service” which handles various game operations for the team. Talks began to develop an interdepartmental (RPTA and KIN) relationship with multiple individuals, offices, and efforts within the White Sox organization. Mr. Reifert is Senior VP for Communications for the White Sox. During their time in Chicago, Hart and Porter visited with RPTA internship student Michael Smith who is doing his internship with the Bulls/Sox Academy. Smith coordinates their summer sports camps and was involved in various outreach efforts of the Bulls/Sox to local park districts.

Jack Rozdilsky, HS, recently published an article, City as a sandbox for green building:  The Greensburg tornado recovery. Read the article at

Sebastian Szyjka, C&I, received a grant from the University Research Council for his project, The Science Teaching Enhancement Pilot Project (STEPP) and was awarded $3,750.

Rebecca Newgent, CNED, was awarded her license as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor from the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation this summer.

The Department of Counselor Education welcomes Tiffany Stoner-Harris to the faculty! Tiffany comes to us from the University of Iowa. Her research interests include a focus on multiculturalism, victimization, and substance abuse.

Amanda Divin, HS, along with Keith Zullig, WVA, conducted a study that shows college-aged females who abuse painkillers are more likely than males to feel depressed and suicidal. Divin and Zullig’s research suggests that students may be inappropriately self-medicating psychological distress with prescription medications. Their paper appeared in the August 2012 issue of Addictive Behaviors:  An International Journal.

Dennis Bowman, LEJA, was quoted in an article on China’s studies of the U.S. to help revamp and upgrade its domestic police force. To read the article go to

graphic Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students graphic

Corinne GalvanEIS graduate student, spent her summer in the rural Cotswold’s area of England. Galvan was awarded a Global Teacher Fellowship. She is an agriculture teacher at West Prairie High School and is currently finishing her Masters degree in EIS. Corinne designed her own travel program called “Plows to People” and spent her time gaining experience on how the British view agriculture.

Nina Struss, DFMH, registered dietician, began implementing a new program at the Milan Hy-Vee over the summer. The “Sprouts – Get Out and Grow” cooking program and kids’ garden provided a seed-to-table experience for young children to foster a love of vegetables and educate the community on the benefits of gardening and eating vegetables.

Emily BrinkBS ’12 DFMH, is back playing golf after a series of surgeries forced her to miss an entire season of college golf. Brink played in the Quincy Women’s City Championships in July as strong as ever and is eager to play her final year at WIU.

Megan Ervin, KINexercise science major, was named Miss Illinois at the Miss Illinois pageant in June. Ervin competed with 24 other contestants from around the state and now advances to the Miss America pageant to be held in Las Vegas, NV, in January 2013.

Chris Taylor, senior DFMH major, has had a busy summer. Taylor, who has a fashion merchandising concentration, was featured on KHQA in Quincy for several segments where he showcased his designs that are based on using reconsumed, common household items, and/or vintage items. To read more about Taylor’s savings on style segments read Western’s Beyond the Bell Tower blog at

Kip Sullivan, ‘73 Ed.S., retired on May 31 from Sul Ross State University after 44 years of experience in teaching and education administration.

Dallas Bowman, ’79 LEJA, conservation police officer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently retired after 32 years in the law enforcement field, 25 years of which were with the IDNR.

Jason Rogers, ’10 LEJA, was recently appointed to a full-time position with the Prospect Heights Police Department.

World’s Fittest Man Joe Decker, ’98 KIN, will host a 36-hour race in Cuba, IL, on September 14-15. Decker is a Cuba native who owns and founded the San Diego-based boot camp Gut Check Fitness. Check out “The Suck” website or to learn more about Decker and Gut Check Fitness go to

Angela Barker Wilson, ’97 ELED, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year for the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity Schools and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year in a ceremony held at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 24, 2012. Angela is the daughter of Bruce Barker, former chair of the then Instructional Technology Department, ’92-’96, and later an assistant dean in COEHS from ‘96–’98.

Michael D. Evans, 1989 M.S. LEJA, was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. Evans has served in the military for 22 years.

Jesse Crawford, ’05 ELED, was recently named Morton High School varsity baseball coach. Crawford is excited to be back in the central Illinois area and plans to hit the ground running by developing an off-season program.

Lt. Dennis Bingheim, ’90 M.S. LEJA alum, was promoted to the rank of deputy chief of police of the Quincy Police Department on August 1st. Bingheim brings 32 years of experience to the position.

Scott Sullivan, LEJA ’01, was promoted to Sgt. in the Huntley Police Department. Sullivan has worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, officer in charge, bicycle officer, and other positions before being promoted to Sergeant.


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