The completion of the second phase of a utility tunnel project at WIU was recommended by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) as the top priority capital project for public universities in the state for fiscal year 1998-99.
The IBHE approved capital and operating budget recommendations at its Jan. 6 meeting, including capital funds for WIU totaling $8,831,200 and $77,776,000 in operating funds for FY99.
"The IBHE's recommendation recognizes the challenge Western and other universities face in maintaining a quality infrastructure," said President Donald S. Spencer. "When completed, the utility tunnel project will reduce maintenance and operational costs by encasing utility lines in concrete tunnels rather than operate these service lines underground where there is greater risk of damage from the elements."
The $6,313,400 utility tunnel project second phase provides for an additional 1,750 lineal feet of walk-through utility tunnel. The new section will extend the tunnel constructed with funds appropriated in 1991 to the Heating Plant. A shallow trench tunnel will be installed connecting the main tunnel to Western, Waggoner and Morgan halls.
The project includes installation of steam supply, condensate returns, electrical and fiber optic communication distribution systems within the entire length (3,600 lineal feet) of the main tunnel beginning at the Heating Plant.
The FY99 capital recommendation includes $1,655,400 for remodeling of Horrabin Hall and Simpkins Hall to provide space for the performing arts and accommodate relocation of the department of military science.
Funds totaling $2,309,300 were appropriated in FY97 to renovate the Simpkins Hall gymnasium into a 600-seat music and theatre recital hall, upon the relocation of the military science department to Horrabin Hall.
The IBHE also recommended $862,400 for capital renewal projects at WIU. They include replacement of the Browne Hall chiller and cooling tower, east roof replacement for Currens Hall and elevator upgrades in Morgan and Stipes halls.
The IBHE's FY99 operating budget recommendation for WIU is a 4.5 percent increase over the FY98 allocation of $74,438,800. The increase in operating funds recommended for WIU includes $552,800 for equipment for broadcasting, $150,000 for a general mathematics lab, $300,000 for application of student and faculty expertise to problems in rural areas, $100,500 for retaining critical faculty and staff, $425,000 for deferred maintenance, $118,400 for library increases and $1,690,500 for compensation increases. The compensation increase recommended by IBHE would provide an average increase of three percent for faculty and staff salaries at all public universities.
Western's Board had submitted a 1998-99 budget request of $80,386,300 in operating funds, an eight percent increase over the current FY98 budget. The IBHE recom- mendations will be forwarded to Gov. Jim Edgar and the General Assembly. Final action will take place during the legislative session.
WIU will offer computer simulations in science, biology, physics and math training programs for elementary and secondary school teachers through $149,000 in IBHE grants.
Science teachers will be prepared to select and use available computer simulation software, access additional programs via the internet, develop curriculum materials and provide staff development to disseminate project activities in middle school, junior high and high school science classrooms.
Thirty teachers will be selected from 38 west-central Illinois schools and community unit districts and the Regional Offices of Education in Adams, Pike, McDonough, Hancock, Rock Island, Bureau, Stark, Knox, Henry, Henderson, Mercer, Warren, Fulton and Schuyler counties to participate in the training, funded through a $25,000 grant.
WIU faculty members Don Nelson, elementary education, and Lee Tichenor, computer science, are coordinating the project.
Western was awarded $45,000 for a mathematical instruction with technology program to assist Galesburg, Knoxville, Oneida (ROWVA), Williamsville and Abingdon school districts. A three-day seminar will be conducted for teams of mathematics teachers in grades kindergarten through eight who participated in 1997 sessions. A seven-day seminar will be held for 25 new teachers to be trained in 1998. The program allows teachers to become familiar with technology, develop meaningful activities using technology for teaching mathematics and learn appropriate assessment techniques. Judy Olson, Melfried Olson and Lynae Sakshaug, mathematics, are coordinating the project with support from the Knox County Regional Office of Education.
A $45,000 grant was awarded to WIU to continue the operation of a biology education resource laboratory to assist high school biology teachers from more than 20 central and west-central Illinois area high schools.
The project promotes active problem solving and hands-on experimentation through a workshop for high school biology teachers and supports the operation of a biology education resource laboratory at Western for teachers.
Teachers who complete the workshop will be authorized to bring their students during the academic year to a hands-on laboratory of experiments at WIU. James Nielsen, Rick Anderson and Laura Barden are coordinating the project.
Continuation funding of $34,000 was awarded for the WIU secondary physics instrumentation laboratory project.
In-service training will be provided for approximately 36 secondary physics teachers from west-central Illinois. Equipment and computer software will also be provided to maintain the summer workshop for physics teachers. During the academic year, trained high school teachers may bring their students to the WIU physics lab for hands-on experiments and instruction. Harold Hartcoordinates the program.
Western alumni, friends, students and staff are invited to WIU Night at The MARK of the Quad Cities Friday, Jan. 30 when the Quad City Thunder basketball team hosts the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The WIU cheerleaders, Rocky, and staff from alumni, athletics, admissions and the WIU Regional Center will be at the 7:05 p.m. tipoff.
As an alumnus or friend of WIU, tickets are $11 or $8. Tickets can be purchased by calling 298-1190 or by mail from the WIU Athletic Ticket Office, Western Hall 103, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Reservations must be postmarked no later than Thursday, Jan. 22. Tickets will not be mailed; orders will be held at the "will call" window at The MARK.
To assist University departments in planning for purchases that must be approved by the WIU Board of Trustees (purchases of $250,000 or more), the purchasing office offers the following schedule of meeting dates and deadlines for submission of materials.
For the Board to consider purchases at its Feb. 20 meeting, departments must have submitted materials to the purchasing office by Dec. 12. The purchasing office submitted the materials to the office of the vice president for administrative services Jan. 16. Materials will be submitted to the President today.
For the Board to consider purchases at its Friday, May 15 meeting, departments must submit materials to the purchasing office by Friday, March 13. The purchasing office will submit the materials to the office of the vice president for administrative services Friday, April 10. Materials will be submitted to the President on Friday, April 17.
For the Board to consider purchases at its Friday, Aug. 21 meeting, departments must submit materials to the purchasing office by Tuesday, June 16. The purchasing office will submit the materials to the office of the vice president for administrative services Friday, July 17. Materials will be submitted to the President Friday, July 24.
For the Board to consider purchases at its Friday, Nov. 20 meeting, departments must submit materials to the purchasing office by Friday, Sept. 18. The purchasing office will submit the materials to the office of the vice president for administrative services Friday, Oct. 16. Materials will be submitted to the President Friday, Oct. 23.
Call the purchasing office, 298-1819, with questions.
WIU employees may charge goods and services provided by various campus departments to their University account. Once the charges are placed on the employee's account, the billing and receivables office sends statements to employees on a monthly basis. If a bill is not paid within two billing cycles, the amount due is taken from the employee's paycheck (involuntary wage deduction).
An example of the billing process follows.
2/10/98 Charges placed on employee account
2/15/98 First billing sent
3/15/98 Second billing sent
4/15/98 Involuntary wage deduction letter sent to employee
Beginning immediately, employees will lose the privilege of charging goods and services for a minimum of one year if an involuntary wage deduction letter is required because of nonpayment of any charges assessed after Sunday, Feb.1.
Should an employee's privilege be suspended, he or she will be able to request reinstatement to the billing and receivables office at the conclusion of the one-year suspension.
Questions related to employee accounts can be directed to the billing and receivables office, 298-1831.
WIU will celebrate its centennial in 1999, and there's no better way to commemorate the year-long celebration than by involving the people who witnessed the institution's milestones during the past 100 years.
The Centennial Public Relations Committee is looking for general-interest articles and photos that pertain to the University's history.
Articles may be used in a variety of materials, such as a calendar, local newspapers, current and new campus publications and centennial publications. Articles should be approximately 600-1,200 words, typed and double-spaced and suitable for placement in the media. These items will be developed as part of the 1999-2000 celebration with the theme: "The Western Illinois University Centennial: Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Education."
Papers may focus on how the campus has changed; or they may contrast differences in the University between 1899 and 1999; or articles may focus on historical events, such as World Wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the development of arts and music, etc. Personal experience anecdotes about general campus life and student programs and activities are also needed.
Articles should be written for a broad audience, ranging from current and prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the greater Macomb community.
Include unique photos (black and white or color) that represent the people or the main idea of the article. Please submit captions that include names of people and the year the photo was taken if possible. Art and other graphics are also acceptable. All visuals will be returned to the provider. Send your article and visuals to John Maguire, c/o Centennial Public Relations Committee, Sherman Hall 302 or e-mail: JC_Maguire@wiu.edu. Please send only a few visuals. If you have a lot of visuals, please call John Maguire at 298- 1993.
Applications are available for the WIU 1998-99 Affirmative Action Administrative Internship Program.
The program's purpose is to increase the pool of qualified women and minorities for administrative positions at Western. The program develops and increases administrative skills in an area of interns' interests.
Interns work on a temporary released-time basis under the direction of an administrative mentor and participate in many of WIU's decision-making processes. Internships typically last half-time for a full academic year or full-time for one semester.
The program does not guarantee a change in employment or salary status when the internship ends, but experience has shown that the program can enhance an intern's competitiveness when applying for administrative positions.
Applicants must submit a complete application, current résumé, names and addresses of two references and statement of support from their immediate supervisor. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 30.
To request an application, or receive assistance in completing the application process, call Donna Wynn at 298-1977.
Most WIU employees will receive two W-2 forms for their 1997 earnings, one from the state comptroller's office and one from WIU. However, employees paid the entire year from local funds only (bond revenue, grants, "3" accounts) will receive only one W-2 form. Please do not file your tax returns until you are certain that you have received all of your W-2 forms.
Call the payroll office, 298-1867 for details.
WIU employees who plan to retire by December, 31, 1999, may schedule an individual conference with a counselor from the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) by calling Human Resources. SURS counselors will be at WIU Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Call Nancy Sherer at 298-1853 by Tuesday, Feb. 10 to schedule a confidential appointment. Be prepared to provide your social security number, campus department and phone number, anticipated date of retirement, sick and vacation balances at retirement, and information about service credit you can purchase.
An SURS counselor will give an overview of retirement, disability and survivor benefits from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Union Fox Room and from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the Union Cardinal/Oak Room. Call Human Resources, 298-1853, if you have questions.
Phi Kappa Phi is seeking nominations from the WIU faculty for 1998 faculty initiates. Nominations must be accompanied by a letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee's current detailed résumé containing a list of scholarly achievements and other activities indicating high-quality academic work.
Phi Kappa Phi members are especially encouraged to nominate faculty who they believe are deserving of the honor.
Nominations should be sent to Tej Kaul, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi faculty initiates committee, Stipes Hall 431, or to any member of the committee: David Beveridge, Stipes Hall 101; Charlene Callison, Knoblauch Hall 140; Sterling Kernek, Morgan Hall 450; Kenneth Keudell, Waggoner Hall 232 or Deb Miller, Browne Hall 117A. Nominations must be received by the committee no later than Friday, Feb. 20.
The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center will host its 10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Union Sandburg Theatre. Featured speaker Reverend Edward Jones II from the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing, MI will give a presentation in honor of King's human rights legacy.
The public is invited to attend the celebration. For more information, call 298-2220.
The WIU Foundation and the Macomb Educational Foundation were beneficiaries of bequests from the estate of William S. Gillidette.
A $182,000 gift to the WIU Foundation will support establishing a scholarship endowment for graduates of Macomb High School attending Western.
"Scholarship support is an essential element in attracting and retaining highly qualified academic students to the University," said Larry Mortier, WIU vice president for advancement and public services. "Mr. Gillidette's generous gift is particularly welcomed because it will enhance educational opportunities for more Macomb High students attending Western."
An additional bequest of $45,600 was made by the Gillidette estate to the Macomb Educational Foundation (MEF). The gift has been placed in the MEF endowment fund, according to Foundation president Dennis Iversen. "This gift puts us on the right track toward our $200,000 endowment fund goal," Iversen said.
Gillidette had served as treasurer for the Macomb School District for 40 years. He had been employed as a cashier at Citizens National Bank for six years and was employed by Union National Bank as a cashier for 25 years.
A World War II Navy veteran, Gillidette was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, American Legion Post 6, the Macomb Elks Lodge, the Macomb Jaycee's and Macomb Community Theatre. Gillidette died on March 23, 1997.
Wm. Leroy Moffett, Artist and Teacher: Retrospective of Art 1957-1997, accom- panied by a display of art works by 11 former students, is on exhibit at the WIU Art Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 12.
Moffett, WIU art faculty emeritus, and several of his former students will attend the 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 public reception at the Gallery. The WIU Art Gallery is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays during exhibitions.
The 28th Annual Agriculture Mechanization Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Western Hall.
The two-day event, completely organized and conducted by WIU Agriculture Mechanization Club members and agriculture students, will feature farm tractors and machinery, livestock equipment and supplies, crop drying and handling equipment, agriculture structures, agriculture management, conservation, crop supplies, crafts and farm toys, as well as lectures and presentations by agriculture professionals. More than 225 exhibitors will participate; the expo is expected to draw nearly 15,000 people.
In addition to agriculture students orchestrating the expo, the Hospitality Administration Association, a WIU family and consumer sciences student group, helps by working with craft and toy exhibitors.
Heavy farm equipment, such as combines, will be on display in the Q-Lot parking area adjacent to Western Hall and in the east end of Western Hall. Look for crafts, education and farm toy booths in the upper levels.
Presentations include global positioning systems, futures market, conservation reserve program and various craft demonstrations.
Show times are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. An opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Max Armstrong, agriculture broadcaster for the Tribune Radio Network, will speak at Saturday's opening ceremonies. Admission and parking are free.
An interdisciplinary collaboration of Illinois landscape paintings and poems coordinated by WIU art professor Fred Jones will be displayed at the Illinois State Museum (www.museum.il.us) in Springfield through Sunday, March 29.
A public reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at the museum, which is located on the corner of Spring and Edwards streets in the Capitol Complex. Museum hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
"An Illinois Portfolio" celebrates the state's diverse landscape through the paintings of six Illinois artists, including internationally acclaimed painter Harold Gregor, and six Illinois poets, including 1997 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Lisel Mueller of Lake Forest. "An Illinois Portfolio" is the fourth interdisciplinary publication of the Western Illinois Folio Press, which Jones founded in 1981 with a mission to produce collaborative works of artists and poets. It may be viewed on the World Wide Web at cait.wiu.edu/ilportfolio/.
Escape the winter doldrums. Travel to the islands with the WIU Pan Clan Band of Steel.
Directed by Richard Cheadle, the band will perform at a fundraiser from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Macomb Dining Company. Wear your island vacation clothes and dance with the University Dance Theatre to island music.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door and will be available in January. All proceeds will benefit the Band of Steel's equipment fund.
Call Deb Miller at 298-2619 for details.
The WIU agriculture department will host Beef Day from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at the WIU Livestock Pavilion north of Tower Road in Macomb.
The event, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will begin with a tour of the WIU bull test and WIU beef herd and feedlot facilities. Industry experts will present various exhibits, and speakers will discuss issues that impact the beef industry's future.
Participants will also be among the first to hear about a new cooperative venture between WIU agriculture, the Cooperative Extension and USDA to explore various methods of extending the grazing season, cutting overwinter cow feeding costs and increasing cow/calf profitability.
For information, contact Teresa North, 298-1288 or 837-4900.
Jackie Thompson has been named vice president for administrative services at WIU, effective immediately, according to President Donald S. Spencer.
Thompson had been serving as interim vice president since March 1997.
"Rarely have we seen a search committee express such unanimous support of a candidate's credentials," Spencer said. "I was delighted by the favorable comments received by the committee from people at the interview sessions."
Thompson said, "I look forward to bringing the division into the 21st century and facing these challenges in a customer-solution oriented mode."
Prior to serving as interim vice president, Thompson was a special assistant to the vice president for administrative services and director of auxiliary services, which oversees the copy center, telecommunications, mailing services, WIU golf course, office supplies store, transportation, word processing, risk management and campus-wide vending.
Thompson earned her bachelor's (1985) and master's degrees (1994) from WIU. She has worked at Western since 1970. She was one of the co-chairs of the campus recycling committee, for which she helped obtain grant funds, and she is a member of the WIU Alumni Council and Centennial Steering Committee.
Administrative services includes business services, human resources, budget, physical plant, public safety and auxiliary services.
Fred Villanueva, political science, authored "Nuclear Policy Option: A Caveat Emptor," published in Indian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 48, no. 2, April/June 1997.
Russell Morgan, psychology, co-authored the chapter "Memory Retrieval Processes" (chapter 23) in Learning and Behavior Therapy, William O'Donohue, Editor, Allyn & Bacon, 1997.
Kathy Barclay, elementary education and reading, co-authored "The Importance of Appropriate Nutrition and Nutrition Education," published in Young Children, vol. 53, no. 1, January 1998.
Jack Bailey, geology, authored "Neural Spine Elongation in Dinosaurs: Sailbacks or Buffalo-Backs?" published in the Journal of Paleontology, vol. 71.
Cathy Werner, affirmative action and ADA compliance officer, and Janice Owens, scholarship coordinator, presented "The Ethics of Diversity in Communication" at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District Five 23rd Annual Conference in Chicago.
Michael Dickson, Center for the Application of Information Technologies, was the keynote speaker at the Illinois Association of Education and Computing Technology conference in Chicago. His speech was titled "Partnerships Not Charity."
Laurence Leff, computer science, received $43,919 from American Network, Inc. for his project "Help Desk III."
Ed Gettinger, art, and Deb Miller, College of Fine Arts and Communication, were awarded funds from the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts for a scholarship for a deserving art student. According the foundation, 36 schools nationally have been awarded funding for scholarships this year. Twenty-nine of those were schools who received new funding while WIU's department of art was one of only seven schools to receive funding for the first time. Some of the schools receiving awards include University of Michigan School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Julliard, Northwestern University and UCLA.
John Gruidl, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), received $2,000 from various sources for his project "Peace Corps Fellows-Community Contributions 98."
William Faulkner and Richard Mathers, sociology and anthropology, received $252,725 from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for "Testing, Test Evaluation and Test Construction 98."
Larry Wall, College of Business and Technology, and Carol Fimmen, cross- cultural education, received a three-year grant for $116,964 from the U.S. Department of Education for the North American Consortium for International Advancement (NACIA) project.
Norman Walzer, IIRA, received $5,000 from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois for his project "Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly 98."
Robert Fischer, law enforcement and justice administration, received $19,514 from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for "Illinois Law Enforcement Executive InstituteAdministrative."
Michael Dickson, Center for the Application of Instructional Technologies, and Bruce Barker, College of Education and Human Services, received $56,070 from the Kirby School District #140 for their project "Challenge Grant for Technology in Education: Reality-Based Learning Project Year 2."
Marian Swisher, family and consumer sciences, received $6,000 from the Lamoine Valley Vocational System for her project "Tech Prep Connection 98."
Kenneth Kohberger, student judicial programs, received $2,000 from the Chicago Resource Center for his project "Annual Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Awareness Week."
David Beveridge, College of Business and Technology, Carol Fimmen, cross-cultural education, and Jeff Crump, geography, received $9,436 from Michigan State University/U.S. Department of Agriculture for their program "Measuring Social Capital Indexes in Two Midwestern States and Its Impact on Community Development."
Mary Prerost and Patricia Sartore, Beu Health Center, received $844 from the Rock Island County Department of Public Health for their project "HIV/AIDS Educational Risk Reduction Project."
Patricia Sartore and Mary Prerost, Beu Health Center, received $6,890 from the Susan G. Komen Memorial Chapter of Peoria for their project "Western Illinois University Breast Health Awareness and Education Project."
Bonnie Johnson, library, received $1,599 from Small Public Library Management Institute participation fees for the project "Small Public Library Management Institute Planning Project 98."
Kathy Barclay, elementary education and reading, has been appointed by Illinois State Superintendent of Education Joseph A. Spagnolo to serve as the external co-chair of the steering committee for the Illinois Right to Read Initiative.
Robin A. Johnson, IIRA, has been named to the executive committee of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Johnson was chosen for one of five spots reserved for public sector members of the council.