The WIU Board of Trustees approved a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and contracts between the University and the U.S. Department of Education pertaining to a $9.8 million distance learning grant during a conference call meeting Oct. 28.
The Board approved a three percent wage increase as part of an agreement between the University and representatives of AFSCME Local 417, representing 150 employees in building service worker classifications at WIU.
Contracts between Western's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) and other partners in the $9.8 million federal Star Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education were approved by the Board. In partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the five-state United Star Distance Learning Consortium, Western's COEHS will provide interactive instructional programming that integrates reading throughout the curriculum at all grade levels for children and their families; will deliver advanced placement courses in mathematics, science and foreign languages for elementary and secondary students; and will offer professional development opportunities for teachers focusing on reading and mathematics instruction.
The Civil Service holiday food drive began Monday, Nov. 3 and ends Thursday, Dec. 4.
Donations from the food drive help local charities restock their shelves for
the holiday season. Many buildings on campus house receptacles for nonperishable
food items. Receptacles are located at:
Beu Health Center
Brophy Hall 212
Browne Hall 122
Currens Hall 400
Horrabin Hall 72
Knoblauch Hall each floor by elevator
Library staff lounge
Memorial Hall 237 and 401
Morgan Hall dean's office
Physical Plant office
Sallee Hall 108
Seal Hall 141
Sherman Hall each floor by elevator
Simpkins Hall 124
Stipes Hall 101
Tillman Hall 115 Tillman Hall 115
Waggoner Hall 100
Donations may also be brought to the Civil Service holiday luncheon, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Union Lamoine Room.
Many WIU international students will be spending their fall break in Macomb, and would like to experience a Thanksgiving tradition. The WIU international education department needs volunteers who will share their holiday with an international student. To be a Thanksgiving host, contact Fran Hamilton before Monday, Nov. 17 at 298-2426.
Staff and students in the student services division were recognized for their dedication to work and the University and their kindness to others during a recent recognition reception.
Building service worker Larry Clark was named the student services civil service employee of the month for his dependability, friendliness and helpfulness to students, employees and University Union guests.
Luis Moreno, student activities, was named the student services administrative employee of the month for his professionalism, enthusiasm and motivation.
Casa Latina Cultural Center Director Nazareth Hattwick and the WESTEC executive board earned student services act of kindness awards.
Hattwick was honored for "going beyond the call of duty" to help a student and his family from Mexico attend WIU's Western English as a Second Language (WESL) program. She gave the family blankets and cooking supplies, helped them get their children to the doctor's office and helped them find employment.
The WESTEC executive board was honored for their commitment and dedication in setting up sound and lighting for various Bureau of Cultural Affairs, University Union Board and other student events. Board members include Christian Rusteberg, Bryan Kyrouac, Melissa Waggoner, Jason Kamrath and Carol Nickles.
Until June of this year, Lee Eavy lived in a town surrounded by mine fields in the remote reaches of eastern Angola. His life has quieted down considerably since he's moved to Macomb to take the position of manager for WIU's Peace Corps Fellows Program.
Eavy and his wife Barbara most recently lived in Angola, on the southwest coast of Africa, where they worked with Save the Children to provide emergency food services and programs to restart Moxico Province's agricultural base.
"This is a country troubled by guns and tension. The people live in an environment of fear," Eavy said. "We were in Angola because there was important work to do. We were there one year and left only because the situation became too threatening."
Angola is just one of the many countries in which Eavy has lived and worked as an agroforestry and agriculture development specialist. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Nepal 21 years ago. He grew up as a dairy farmer, and has degrees in natural resource management, entomology and forest biology. For the past 10 years, he has worked in various overseas locales such as Cape Verde, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Eavy's job as Peace Corps Fellows program manager for Western's program through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at WIU is a result of his wife's quest for continuing education. Barbara Eavy is a member of the 1997 class of Peace Corps Fellows, in the geography department.
Managing the Peace Corps Fellows program consists of recruiting communities in which the Fellows can serve their 11-month community development internships, and supporting the Fellows while at their internship sites, among other duties. Next semester, Eavy will also teach a senior-level conservation course through the agriculture department.
"I like the opportunity this job gives me to support the IIRA, the Fellows Program and the State of Illinois," Eavy said. "It feels right to do this. The work is fun, challenging, and it really is humanitarian."
Carolyn English, staff secretary in the provost's office, has been named the Civil Service Employee of the Month for November. English was nominated for her attention to details, her friendly personality and for the many hours she devoted to preparing the text of the UPI Agreement.
Sharon Maroney, special education, authored "It's in the Bag: A Dozen Language Arts Activities to Promote Active Learning" in Intervention in School and Clinic, Vol. 33, No. 1, Sept., 1997.
Burton O. Witthuhn, provost, authored "Accreditation and CQI" in Quality in Higher Education, Oct. 1997.
Molly Herman Baker, instructional technology and telecommunications, presented "The World and Your District: Making the Connection" at the Rock Island/Milan Education Conference in Rock Island. She also presented "Technology and Teaching in the Communications Age" at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Laurie Black, registrar's office, and Kathy Orban, intercollegiate athletics, presented an update of NCAA academic eligibility rules at the 75th annual conference of the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO) in Champaign.
Wayne Crawford, English and journalism, along with students Brian Kuhle, Mandy Montalbano, Jennifer Musick, Lisa Noble, Richard McGowan, Julie Pollitt, Sandra Slomski, Mike Uyder and Gavin Wolever, presented "The 'Story of an Hour': Exploring Centers of Interest" at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) Fall Conference in Decatur. He also presented "English Education: A New Framework for Teacher Preparation" at the conference.
Judith Dallinger and Cheryl Bailey, communication, presented "Gender Stereotypes: Still Strong After All These Years?" at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender conference in Chicago.
Bruce Gardner, Charolette Megginson and Lynn Thompson, music, judged the Regional Student Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held in Columbia, MO.
Pamela Terry Godt, elementary education and reading presented "Multiage vs. Traditional Classrooms in the Elementary Grades: A Comparison of Teacher and Parent Perspectives" at the Western Illinois Reading Council's Carousel of Reading Conference.
Joe Gregory, art, presented "Borderline Art: Ontological Ambiguity in the Work of Carl Andre" at the annual meeting of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts in Atlanta.
Catherine Null, WESL Institute, and Therese Trotochaud, English and journalism, presented "Creating a Cross-Cultural, Technological, Writing Community" at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English Conference in Decatur.
Cari Curlott Van Blair, College of Education and Human Services, WIU Regional Center, received $168,029 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Academic Research Connecting the Sciences (ARCS) Staff Development Project Year 2."
Michael Dickson, Center for the Application of Information Technology, received $3,335 from the Western Illinois Education Consortium for "Fall Semester Videobridge."
Steve Kline, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, has received $40,000 from the Illinois Department of Public Health for "Health MAPPING Project."
David Beaver, physical education, was named a distinguished alumnus of Springfield (MA) College, for his professional excellence, outstanding achievements and service.
Laurie Black, registrar's office, was named chair of the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers' (IACRAO) west-central district.
Robert Fischer, Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Institute, was named to a statewide intern advisory committee which considers the implementation of the Law Enforcement Intern Training Act.
Larry Ham, recreation, park and tourism administration, received the 1997 Best Dissertation Award from the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, Leadership 21 will present "Women Leading the Way to the 21st Century," a panel discussion which features Phyllis Farley Rippey, College of Arts and Sciences; Belinda Carr, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center; Loretta Kensinger, Women's Center; Amy Dertz, Feminist Action Alliance; Rhonda O'Neill, WIU Civil Liberties Union; and Gloria Delany-Barmann, education and interdisciplinary studies. The panel discussion will be held in the Union New Salem Room. For more information, call Dusca Patterson at 295-2059.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, Thomas A. Angelo, associate professor of educational and psychological studies and coordinator of the higher education program at the University of Miami, will lead the videoconference "Evaluating Teaching Performance" along with Peter Seldin, distinguished professor of management at Pace University. The videoconference will be held in Horrabin Hall 1. Call Nita Burg, 298- 2434 with questions.A University Relations Publication