The WIU Board of Trustees considered a guaranteed four-year rate structure for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board for fall 1999 during a conference call meeting at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 16.
The board also reviewed three collective bargaining agreements between the University and employee groups. The teleconference meeting originated from Sherman Hall 209.
Previously, the board approved the concept of a guaranteed rate structure. Trustees are expected to formally set the fixed rates for the four-year cost plans and to establish rates for continuing students. A tuition rate of $91 per credit hour for undergraduates is proposed. The guaranteed rate structure complements WIU's GRADTRAC program, which guarantees that students in most WIU academic programs can complete their degrees in four years.
"Both programs are focused on students completing degrees in a timely fashion," said President Donald S. Spencer. "We believe WIU is the first public university in the country to offer two four-year guarantee programs."
The four-year guaranteed cost plan would apply to new undergraduate students, full- or part-time. The rate for tuition, fees, room and board will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment.
If the student is in a degree program which requires more than four years to complete, then the guarantee will be extended to cover the expected time to degree completion.
No tuition increase is proposed for undergraduate students continuing enrollment at WIU next fall. There will be a proposal to increase fees by 6.2 percent for continuing students. A graduate tuition increase of 3.1 percent is proposed for fall 1999. The board will consider a proposal to reduce out-of-state tuition charges to twice the in-state rate.
The new rate structure would be applied on a per-semester-hour-enrolled basis. Currently, WIU charges an hourly rate for part-time students enrolled from 1 to12 credit hours. Students enrolled in 13 to 18 credit hours pay the same tuition as those enrolled in 12 semester hours. Continuing students will pay tuition on the same basis as before.
The guarantee plan also freezes fees and room and board rates during the continuous enrollment period. However, if a new fee is approved by the board, it would apply to all students when implemented. Each year the board will set new rates for the entering class, creating a set of tuition, fee and room and board charges based on the year a student enters the institution.
Proposed tuition and fees for the academic year 1999-2000 are as follows: Returning students: in-state undergraduate tuition based on 12 to 18 semester hours (on-campus and extension), $2,184, no increase from 1998-99; fees, $840, an increase of 6.2 percent from the 1998-99 rate of $791.04. Graduate in-state tuition (based on 12 semester hours on-campus or extension), $2,376, up 3.1 percent from the 1998-99 rate of $2,304. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition, $4,368, down 33.3 percent from $6,552; out-of-state graduate tuition, $4,752, down 31.3 percent from the 1998-99 rate of $6,912; and fees, $840, an increase of 6.2 percent from the 1998-99 rate of $791.04.
New students: Due to the new rate structure, in-state undergraduate tuition, now based on 15 semester hours, (on-campus and extension), will be $2,730, an increase of $546, up 25 percent; graduate tuition (based on 12 semester hours on-campus or extension), $2,376, up 3.1 percent; fees, $840, an increase of 6.2 percent from $791.04. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (based on 15 semester hours), $5,460, down 16.7 percent from $6,552; out-of-state graduate tuition, $4,752, down 31.3 percent from $6,912; and fees, $840, an increase of 6.2 percent from $791.04.
Room rates proposed for 1999-2000 are $2,570 for double occupancy and $3,426 for single occupancy. Both rates are an increase of 5 percent from the current rates. The basic à la carte board rate proposed for 1999-2000 is $1,722, a 5 percent increase. The room and board rates would remain in effect for the fall 1999 entering class through the 2002-2003 year.
The combined in-state annual cost for a matriculating WIU undergraduate student enrolled in 15 semester credit hours for 1999-2000 would be $7,862 (excluding student health insurance). The 1998-99 in-state WIU annual cost for tuition and fees, double occupancy room and board is $7,063.
Families of WIU students will go "Out to Sea" Friday Oct. 23 Sunday, Oct. 25 for the annual Family Weekend festivities.
The weekend features a whale of a show by rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, to be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in Western Hall on the WIU campus and a 1 p.m. Oct. 24 football game where the Leathernecks will attempt to sink Illinois State.
The journey on the high seas begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 with children's activities in the Union Capitol Rooms. The high seas adventure continues with a 7 p.m. showing of "Titanic" in the Union Sandburg Theatre. There will also be bingo in the Union's Murray Street Café from 7:30 to 11 p.m.; karaoke in the Union Heritage Rooms from 8 to 11:30 p.m.; and Casino Night in the Union Lamoine Room from 8 to 11:30 p.m.
Events scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 are a 9 a.m. Fun Run/Walk at the Student Recreation Center; an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student Services Fair in the University Union; an 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Porthole of Fun" inflatable obstacle course behind the Union; and an 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. sand castle contest behind the Union.
Also on Saturday, at 1 p.m. the Leather-necks will battle Illinois State University at Hanson Field. Children can have free pictures taken with Rocky at the game.
Preceding the Oct. 24 Chuck Berry concert, the Captain's Dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Union Grand Ballroom.
Events for Sunday, Oct. 25 include a 9:30 a.m. brunch and a 10 a.m. craft show.
Advanced reservations are required for the Captain's Dinner, brunch, and the Chuck Berry concert. Call the Union Box Office at 298-1254, for tickets. Ticket orders received after Oct. 17 will be held at the Union Box Office for pick up.
Call 298-1190 for football game tickets. For more information on Family Weekend, call the Office of Student Activities at 298-3232.
State employees may receive free flu shots from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct . 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Union Algonquin Room.
Flu shots will be given to WIU Regional Center employees from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at 3205 60th St., Moline, and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 3801 7th St, East Moline. Other times and locations are available. Call Mary Massa at the Regional Center at 309/762-9481.
A health ID card will be required for identification. These shots are available to retired employees as well as active employees eligible to be covered by a state group health plan. For more information, contact Human Resources, 298-1853.
Macomb Dining Company to Host Halloween Party to Benefit WIU's Jazz Studio Orchestra
The Macomb Dining Company will host a Halloween party to benefit the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) from 8:30 p.m. to the "witching hour" (midnight) Saturday, Oct. 31 in the "Midevil" Lounge (Parkview Room) of the restaurant.
The event will feature "swing" dancing to the music of JSO, a cash bar and a variety of appetizers including witch's brew (hot apple cider), vampire veggies, wolf snacks (fruits), Dracula meat (meatballs), bat wings (BBQ wings), mummy munchies (egg rolls) and ghoulie snacks (cheese and crackers). Halloween costumes are optional.
Tickets, $7.50 each in advance or $9 at the door, can be purchased by sending a check payable to the JSO for each $7.50 ticket in your party to the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Browne Hall 117. For more information, call 298-1552. All purchased tickets will be held at the door. All proceeds will benefit the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra.
Financial Strategies For Retirement Seminar
"Financial Strategies for a Successful Retirement," an 11-hour seminar designed to equip participants with facts necessary to prepare for a financially secure retirement, will be held in four evening sessions at WIU.
Sessions will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 in Stipes Hall 506.
Session topics will include the foundation for a successful retirement, presented Oct. 28; retirement income and putting dollars to work with fixed-income securities, Nov. 4; putting dollars to work with equity investments, Nov. 11; and risk management and estate planning, Nov. 18.
Cost of the seminar is $59 per person. Couples may attend for a discounted fee of $69. For more information, contact WIU's Center for Management and Professional Development, 298-1555.
Public Lecture Series
Learning is Forever (L.I.F.E.), a group of retired or semi-retired men and women who explore stimulating learning experiences, in association with the WIU School of Extended and Continuing Education, is sponsoring a series of free public lectures on issues that may arise as we approach the end of one millennium and the beginning of another.
James Calhoun senior vice president of Infobahn Outfitters and formerly director of Academic Computing at WIU, will discuss the Y2K problem in computing at 4:15 p.m. today, Oct. 16 in the library's Mary Lou Kent Room.
Stephen Hopper, president and CEO of McDonough District Hospital, will examine national trends affecting healthcare providers and discuss developments in delivering healthcare in the community at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in the library's Mary Lou Kent Room.
The Office of Student Activities will host a forum on the state of WIU's student leadership development opportunities in November. Faculty and staff who use leadership theories or concepts in their curriculum, or who participate in leadership training and development at Western are invited.
For more information about the forum, contact Dani Gabe, graduate assistant for leadership programs, at 298-3232 or e-mail DJ-Gabe@wiu.edu by Friday, Oct. 30.
Women's Center Events
The Women's Center hosts the "On Our Own Together" divorce empowerment support group for WIU employees who have been or are going through a divorce from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. The group is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and the Employee Assistance Program. Call 298-2242. A divorce empower-ment support group is also held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday for WIU students who have been or are going through a divorce. Call the University Counseling Center at 298-2453 for an intake interview .
The Ninth Annual Take Back the Night March against violence/march for empower-ment will begin on the steps of Sherman Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.
Feminist singer-songwriter Jolie Christine Rickman will perform after the march at The Daily Grind Coffeehouse, lower level of Bayliss/Henninger Halls. Rickman will also speak at Disability Awareness Day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Union, and she will participate in a Women's Open Mike (mic) Night at the Turning Point Café in Macomb on Friday, Oct. 23.
Recitals and Concerts
Faculty recital featuring violinist Monte Belknap, hornist Randall Faust, and pianist Michael Campbell. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Hainline Theater. Free.
Suzuki concert honoring Shinichi Suzuki, teacher and developer of the Suzuki Method.
4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Hainline Theatre.
WIU Flute Ensemble. 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Hainline Theatre. Free. Reception honoring Gerald Carey immediately following in the Union Lincoln Room.
Chamber Music recital. 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Hainline Theatre.
Guest Saxophone concert, featuring Timothy McAllister. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Union Heritage Room.
The next International Series presentation, held the first Thursday of the months during fall semester, is Nov. 5.
"Morocco: Come With Me to the Casbah!" will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall 239. Light refreshments will be served for a $1 donation.
I wish to express my true appreciation to my many friends of the WIU community who have supported me through cards, letters, phone calls and prayers during the time of my stem cell transplant and as I continue my recovery.
God has blessed me immeasurably. May He bless each one of you.
Thank you for all the prayers and concerns for mom while she was in the Oaklane Nursing Center in Stronghurst. Also thank you for all the prayers and cards I received at her passing away. A special thank you to the financial aid office for the lovely plant they sent to the funeral.
May God bless all of you
There will be a Student Recreation Center Open House from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 to celebrate Family Weekend.
Campus Recreation's first annual 5K event, the 5K Run, Walk or Roll!, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the main entrance of the SRC. Families welcome.
Square One, the program that gives SRC members a personal orientation on how to use the new Cybex equipment and/or cardiovas-cular machines, is in full swing. For more information, call 298-1228.
Russell Morgan, psychology, co-authored "Time-Dependent Changes in Inaccessible Memory," published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1998, 5 (3), pages 523-527.
Kathy Barclay and Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, presented "It's Happening! The Use of Technology in Teacher Education Leads to Effective Use of Technology in the Elementary Classroom" at the Eastern Regional Conference of Technology, Reading & Learning Difficulties, co-sponsored by the International Reading Association, in Framingham, MA.
Herb Edwards, biological sciences, presented "A Presumed Adhesive Material Associated with Primary Germ Tubes and Appressoria on Barley Leaves Infected with Erysiphe Graminis Hordei" at the Seventh International Congress of Plant Pathology in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mary Jensen, special education, presented "Gangs and School Violence" at the September meeting of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Theta Chapter in Macomb; "Bullies and Victims: Bully-Proofing Your School" at the Chatham School District Inservice; and "Proactive Classroom Management Strategies" at the Pleasant Plains School District Inservice.
Jensen also presented "Positive Strategies for Managing Problem Behavior in the Classroom" to School District 130 in Cook County; "Bully and Victim Behavior: Strategies for Intervention" to the Bushnell-Prairie City School District; and "Gangs and School Management Strategies" for the New Mexico Gang Task Force Conference in Albuquerque, NM.
Jai Hyon Lee, English and journalism, was an invited speaker at the Asian Festival, jointly sponsored by Augustana College, Black Hawk College, St. Ambrose University and East-West Center of Hawaii. He spoke on "The Asian Economies: Globalization Redefined."
Scott W. Palmer, history, presented "Visions of Soviet Space Flight in the 1920s," at the National Aerospace Conference at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.
Kathy Barclay and Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, received $60,000 from the Illinois Department of Human Services for "Building Quality Child Care Programs Through Caregiver and Parental Education."
Carol Fimmen, cross-cultural educational programs, received supplemental funding of $1,750 from various sources for "Learning to Lead Summer Institute."
Larry Jahn, biological sciences, received $149,068 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for "Deer-Kill Checkers Station Program 98-99."
Judith Olson, Melfried Olson, Lynae Sakshaug and Kay Wohlhuter, mathematics, received $80,000 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Problem Solving and Performance Assessment Assistance in Rural Schools."
Dan Voorhis, Small Business Development Center, received $103,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs for "Small Business Development Center 99."