Campus Connection - January 30, 1998
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Dr. Ruth to Speak Feb. 18

She's straightforward and frank. She's been the "sexpert" of the past two decades. Dr. Ruth Westheimer will bring her expertise and advice to WIU Wednesday, Feb. 18.

"Sexually Speaking with Dr. Ruth" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Union Grand Ballroom. She will discuss sexual literacy and awareness, as well as how to be responsible and caring in a relationship.

Dr. Ruth, a psychosexual therapist, appears on television specials and talk shows, has written 15 books, has created a board game and a home video and has her own World Wide Web page.

Dr. Ruth is currently an adjunct professor at New York University. She also has her own private practice and leads regular seminars for residents and interns in pediatrics on adolescent sexuality. Dr. Ruth frequently lectures at universities across the country and has twice been named "College Lecturer of the Year."

Dr. Ruth's visit is sponsored by the University Union Board Speaker's Forum. Tickets for her lecture are $3 for students and $6 for general public and may be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

A reception and book-signing with Dr. Ruth will be held in the Union Prairie Lounge following the lecture. The WIU Bookstore has copies of Dr. Ruth's latest book for sale.

For more information, contact student activities at 309/298-3232.

WIU Alum, Nationally Known Family Psychologist to Present Parenting Program

The parent-child relationship is a "two-way street." That's just one of the messages a Western Illinois University alumnus and nationally known family psychologist will bring to Macomb-area parents on Wednesday, March 11.

John Rosemond, a 1970 and 1971 WIU graduate, will present "Assuming the Power of Parenthood" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Macomb Junior-Senior High School Fellheimer Auditorium. His visit is sponsored by the WIU Alumni Association.

Rosemond was recently featured on the CBS news show "Public Eye" with Bryant Gumbel.

"Children can successfully empower themselves only to the degree their parents accept and exercise the power of parenthood," Rosemond said. "I'm not saying anything particularly new. I'm simply translating a traditional parenting philosophy into terms that speak to the modern ear."

Rosemond is the director of the Center for Affirmative Parenting in Gastonia, NC, a national parenting resource center. He has authored seven books, the most recentBecause I Said So. Rosemond's nationally syndicated column appears in more than 100 newspapers coast-to-coast.

For reservations, contact the WIU Alumni Association at 309/298-1993. Tickets are $13 per person.

Board Meetings and Correlating Submission Dates

To assist your department in planning for purchases that must be approved by the Board of Trustees ($250,000 or more), following is a list of meeting dates and submission dates for calendar year 1998. Please contact purchasing, 298-1819, with questions.

Calendar Year 1998
From campus Purchasing to To Trustees
to purchasing VP/AdminSvcs President Meeting

Dec. 12, '97 Jan. 16, '98 Jan. 23, '98 Feb. 20, '98
March 13 April 10 April 17 May 15
June 16 July 17 July 24 Aug. 21
Sept. 18 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Nov. 20

Poetry Contest Features $1000 In Prizes

The WIU centennial committee will conduct a poetry contest with the winning entry to be read at the April 24, 1999 Centennial Convocation program.

The first prize winner will receive $500. There will also be awards of $300 for second place and $200 for the third place poem. The poetry contest is open to WIU students, faculty and alumni. The poem topic must pertain to WIU or a personal experience with the University. Entries must be postmarked no later than Thursday, Oct. 1. Send submissions and inquires to John Mann, English and journalism, Simpkins Hall 124, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

Winners will be announced in April 1999.

WIU to Celebrate Black History

"The Fabric of Our Heritage" is this year's theme for WIU's celebration of Black History Month, which features events during February.

Some activities include: Friday, Feb. 6,KoKo Taylor and Her Blues Machine, 7:30 p.m., Western Hall. Call 298-1254 for tickets. Tuesday, Feb. 10, Shirley Portwood history lecture, 7 p.m., Morgan Hall 453. Saturday, Feb. 28, 10th Annual Soul Food Festival 5:30 p.m., Union Lamoine Room. For details and admission charge, call 298-2220.

Call Belinda Carr, 298-2220, for more information about Black History Month events.

Summer Camp Job Fair Feb. 5

WIU students, faculty and staff interested in investing their time and talents for children this summer are encouraged to stop by the 27th annual Summer Camp Job Fair Thursday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 the Union Grand Ballroom. The job fair will feature representatives from more than 50 camps which are seeking summer staff.

For details call Dale Adkins, 298-1967.

Small Business Workshop

A workshop designed to improve business success will be held at WIU on consecutive Thursdays, beginning in February.

"Starting or Expanding a Small Business" workshop sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19, 26, March 5 and 12 in the WIU Center for Management and Professional Development, Stipes Hall 506.

Sponsored by the WIU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and taught by Dan Voorhis, SBDC director, workshop sessions include building a winning image, analyzing the marketplace, business planning and getting the money.

Cost of the four-part workshop is $39. Married couples or business partners may attend for discounted fee of $59 per couple. Participants will receive a free copy of Starting a Business in Illinois.

For more information call 298-1555.

Proficiency Exam Feb. 19

The history department will administer proficiency examinations from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in Morgan Hall 304.

Exams will be given in Western Civilization 125, 126 and American History 105, 106. Students may register to take an exam for only one of these courses.

Application forms are available in Morgan Hall 438 and the registrar's office, Sherman Hall 110. Forms must be returned to the registrar's office prior to the examination. Students may take only one proficiency test per semester. A $5 fee is assessed for the exam. Students must present a receipt of payment to be admitted to the exam.

Child Care Open House

An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the WIU child care services and HOPE Head Start facility located at 318 Robin Road, Macomb. Refreshments will be served. For information call 837-2540.

Panel Discussion Feb. 4

The WIU Women's Center will sponsor "Winds of Change: Women's Athletics at Western" from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4in Horrabin Hall 1.

Panelists include Helen Smiley, intercollegiate athletics, Cathy Werner, affirmative action, Martin Dupuis, political science, and Larry Mortier, vice president for advancement and public services.

Call 298-2242 for more information.

Campus Connection - January 30, 1997
Faculty and Staff Section

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Caruso Accepts Position at Western Carolina University

Robert Caruso, assistant vice president for student services, has been named vice chancellor for student development at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

His appointment will become effective Sunday, March 1. Before becoming assistant vice president for student services at WIU, Caruso had served as assistant academic vice president and executive director for enrollment management at WIU. He served as dean of admission services for four years and dean of student affairs and services for two years at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Tufts University, Medford, MA, his master's degree in counseling and guidance from Rutgers University and a doctoral degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland.

Western Carolina enrolls about 6,700 undergraduate and graduate students and is located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

New SRP Directors

Two student residential programs (SRP) administrative changes have been announced by W. Garry Johnson, WIU's acting vice president for student services.

The reorganization is to handle responsibilities currently held by Robert Caruso, assistant vice president for student services and adjunct graduate faculty member for the college student personnel program, who will leave WIU to assume the position of vice chancellor for student development at Western Carolina University.

Caruso's departmental responsibilities will be handled by Al Harris, director of residential facilities and dining services, and Kathy Cavins, director of residence life. Harris and Cavins will report directly to the vice president.

"Harris and Cavins are experienced administrators in all aspects of residential services," Johnson said. "They will share the leadership of WIU's nationally recognized housing program and continue the excellent working relationship with faculty in the college student personnel program."

Harris has been at WIU since 1983. His responsibilities have included assistant director of residential programs and facilities, associate director of the University Union and director of the University Union Bookstore. He earned his bachelor's degree (1974) at Monmouth College and his master's degree (1985) at WIU.

Cavins has been at WIU since 1987. She has been a residence hall director, a complex director, assistant director of residence life and associate director of residence life. She completed her bachelor's degree (1986) and master's degree (1988) at Western. She is enrolled in the doctoral degree program at Illinois State University.

Student Residential Programs will search for two assistant directors of residence life to coordinate major departmental functions as part of the reorganization. The searches will begin immediately.

Kohberger Named Performing Arts Coordinator

Ken Kohberger has been named performing arts coordinator in the office of student activities at Western Illinois University. He replaces Mary Kubasak who served as the interim performing arts coordinator since August 1997. She will continue to work on Performing Arts Society projects.

"His wealth of experience with booking agencies and his understanding of the performing arts culture will enable him to attract high-quality programs to WIU," said Assistant Vice President for Student Services—Student Support Services Earl Bracey.

After completing his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York — Oswego, Kohberger was a road manager for Livingston Taylor and other groups on tours throughout the U.S.

He has served as production manager and stage manager at Don Law, a promoter in New England. He spent 15 years as a booking agent in New York City at Premier Talent and Associated Booking Corporation, and owned his own business, Duchess County Productions, where he produced about 175 shows a year in the Chance Theatre.

Kohberger will complete his master's degree in college student personnel at WIU in the spring of 1999.


Karen Harris, psychology, co-authored "Decision Making by Chinese and U.S. Students" published in The Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 138, no. 1, February 1998.

John Murphy, music, authored "The Rabeca and Its Music, Old and New, in Pernambuco, Brazil," in Latin American Music Review, vol. 18 no. 2, Fall/Winter 1997.

Larry O'Flaherty, biological sciences, co-authored "Phytoplankton Communities in Fertilized Fish Ponds: Effects of Different Nutrient Loadings" in Algae (Korean Journal of Phycology), vol. 12, no. 2, 1997.

Kathy Veroni and Mindy Dessert, intercollegiate athletics, co-authoredCoaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully, published by Human Kinetics, 1998. Laurie Black, registrar's office, took photographs for the book.

Professional Activities

Giri Raj Gupta, sociology and anthropology, was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Indian Sociological Society in Hyderabad, India. He presented "Challenges to Indian Sociology in the 21st Century" and participated in the panel, "Culture and Psychiatry," at the annual meeting of the Indian Psychiatric Association in Jaipur, India.

Thomas Helm, philosophy and religious studies, taught an honorary intercession course by invitation at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. The course was titled "The World Religions in Chicago."

Tim Howe, agriculture, presented "Pesticide Free Crop Production on the Allison Research and Demonstration Farm" at the Illinois Organic Crop Improvement Association's 1997 annual meeting at Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria.

Satish Kedia, sociology and anthropology, presented "Transformation in Therapeutic Decision-Making Among Garhwali Resettlers" in the session "Cross-Cultural Perspective in Health and Health Care" at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.


Michelle Barclay, agriculture academic adviser, received $1,000 from the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) to support the Ag-Vocators' involvement in the Illinois Agricultural Literacy Program. An additional $1,000 was received to support the participation of W.I.U. agricultural education students' attendance at state professional meetings.

Michael Cooke, African American studies, received $2,000 from Chicago State University/Higher Education Cooperation Act for "Minority Internship Program."

Cynthia Johnson, library, received $80,884 from the Illinois State Library for "ILDS courier Service FY98."

Service and Awards

Melfried Olson, mathematics, has been elected president-elect of the Research Council for Diagnostic and Prescriptive Mathematics.

Dyer Named Acting Director

Karolynn Dyer assumed the role of acting director of student activities in the office of student activities at WIU Monday Jan. 26.

"Assistant Vice President for Student Services—Student Support Services Earl Bracey and I are extremely pleased that Karolynn has accepted this assignment," said W. Garry Johnson, acting vice president for student services.

Dyer, formerly the assistant director of student services and admissions at the WIU Regional Center, has been involved in the development of a student government association at the WIU Regional Center and has been coordinating all major student services functions at the center. She has worked as a counselor at both the University Counseling Center and the WIU Regional Center. Dyer has a bachelor's degree (1990) and master's degree (1993) in counseling from Western.

A national search will begin in February to fill the position on a permanent basis.

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