Insights Newsletter

Oct 19

Insights Newsletter

Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff

Brad Carnduff, ’98 B.S. LEJA, who is currently the Director of the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) in Springfield, IL, will be on campus Monday, October 22. Carnduff will give an overview of the STIC, intelligence-gathering methodologies and privacy issues. The presentation will be held in Stipes Hall 121 at 12:00 pm. For more information about Carnduff’s Oct. 22 presentation or about Western’s Homeland Security Research program or homeland security minor, contact Dean Alexander at Visit Western’s School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration online at

Kathy Barclay, C&I, received $78,567 from the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) for “Illinois Reading Council Journal.” FY13

Cindy Dooley, COEHS, received $54,422 from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for “West Central Grow Your Own Teachers Education Initiative” FY13

Kathy Perone, Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education in the Social Work Department, was named the 2012 Social Work Leader of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Kathy has served as president of the Illinois Chapter and was recently elected to the National Nominating Committee. The award was given “In recognition of her excellence in leadership”.

The Kappa Delta Pi annual conference was held on October 6. Presenters at the Carousel of Educational Essentials Conference included Terry Smith, C&I, keynote address, Future Trends in Education; Pamela Godt, retired C&I, Story Telling for Differentiation of Instruction; Gregg Jorgenson, C&I, Effectively Using Common Core Standards to Integrate Social Studies into your Literacy Curriculum;
Marisa Beard, OPPDT, Live Binders; Spotlight on Apple Products: How Apple Products Can Help With Education, Kyle Randolph, WIU Apple Representative; and FaceBook Safety, Nicole Dobyns, RPTA Graduate Assistant.

Former WIU student, Emily Zoha Hawk, spoke to students in John Timmons, DFMH, Lifespan Development class about her life before and after gastric bypass surgery on October 5.

Paul Schlag, RPTA, received the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching with Technology on October 10 in a reception hosted by the Provost.

Seung Won Yoon, IDT, was awarded the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative/Performative/Professional Activities at the Provost’s Award of Excellence reception on October 10.

Minsun Doh, RPTA, took eleven students on a Travel Workshop (RPTA 450) to Chicago on October 10-11. They visited tourism attractions to develop an itinerary for a marketing plan, and had facility tours of the Chicago Cultural Center and Soldier Field. They also met with Scott Rendell, Event Coordinator at SMG/Soldier Field, and Warren Wilkinson, Chief Marketing Officer of Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Sodexo’s Resident District manager Allen Nemec is pictured with DFMH chairperson, Karen Greathouse. Sodexo recently announced their commitment of $400,000 to fund scholarships over the next four years to Western Illinois University. Sodexo’s scholarship commitment is shared between the new Western Commitment Scholarships and the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality. A gift of $250,000 will be directed to the Western Commitment Scholarships to strengthen recruitment and retention, while $150,000 will fund annual scholarships for high-achieving students majoring in dietetics or hospitality management.

Dean Alexander, Todd Lough, Bob Elliot, and Thomas Meloni, LEJA Homeland Security Research Program, held a panel discussion, “Policing Dissent: The Ethical Management of Political Protests in the United States,” on Wednesday, October 17.

The CSP program in EIS will host a Student Affairs 101 Conference on October 25 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the University Union. The conference is designed for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students interested in pursuing professional preparation programs and careers in student affairs. Registration deadline is today, October 19. For more information contact Sara Lytle at 309/298-1183, or register at

LEJA Professor Emeritus Clyde Cronkhite, recently had a book published, “Law Enforcement and Justice Administration: Strategies for the 21st Century.”
Virginia Kessler, CPEP Field Supervisor, assisted with testing procedures for the kindergarten class at West Prairie North Elementary School, Good Hope.

David DeVries, CPEP Field Supervisor, completed training last semester and is currently involved in scoring candidate work for the Pearson Teacher Performance Assessment Project. As an evaluator, his focus is middle school social studies.

Tamara LaPrad, CPEP Field Supervisor, participated in a conference in Chicago on “Civic Reflection and Higher Education”. The sessions focused on assisting students in becoming engaged and effective citizens.

Anyone interested is invited to view the new student teacher/athlete photos on the wall near the CPEP Office in HH 91. Action and stationary photos of student teacher/athletes from Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 are featured. A “thank you” goes to Leatherneck Athletics for their assistance. The photo collection will be updated each semester.

Jackie Richmond, Coordinator for University Field and Clinical Experiences, attended a presentation on “TPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) and the Public School” at Elgin U-46 CUSD.

Phoebe Wilson, CPEP Academic Adviser, attended the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Conference in Nashville, TN.

Virginia Kessler, CPEP Field Supervisor, served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Macomb CUSD #185.

An interest meeting was held on October 17 for the WIU SCUBA Club at the Brophy Hall pool. For more information on the WIU SCUBA Club or minoring in SCUBA diving (KIN) go to the SCUBA Club homepage.

Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students

Notre Dame College Prep senior William J. Hilger has been selected for Western Illinois University’s Centennial Honors Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition, fees and a residence hall room at the school. Hilger chose WIU because he prefers the atmosphere of a college town and plans to major in LEJA.

Scott Harris, ’06 MS LEJA, will return to his alma mater as Director of Public Safety. Harris has been Chief of Police in Rock Island since 2010 and will begin his new job at WIU on November 5th.

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