A Centennial website has been added to the WIU homepage (www.wiu.edu) in preparation for WIU's 100th anniversary celebration, Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Education," which will be observed April 24, 1999 through April 24, 2000.
The Centennial site, designed by Hunt Dunlap, assistant professor of University Libraries, includes a welcome page with a message from President Donald S. Spencer and a guest book; a calendar of activities; a historical look at WIU, with photographs and text; a slide show of WIU's nine presidents; and information about Centennial memorabilia. Dunlap also included a Centennial digital countdown.
Dunlap serves WIU as a reference librarian and the world wide web coordinator for the University Libraries. His research interests include the impact of electronic information systems upon scholarly communication in the humanities.
"This project has been a wonderful opportunity to create an online forum for alumni, friends and the campus community to celebrate WIU's Centennial year," Dunlap said. "The website seeks to provide information on Centennial activities in an enjoyable and easily accessible format."
The Centennial website can be accessed from the WIU homepage, www.wiu.edu. The direct URL is www.wiu.edu/users/micent.
The WIU Board of Trustees approved a guaranteed four-year rate structure for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board for fall 1999, during an Oct. 16 conference call.
Previously the Board approved the concept of a guaranteed rate structure. Action taken at the teleconference meeting established a rate for tuition, fees, room and board for new undergraduate students which 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.
A tuition rate of $91 per credit hour for undergraduates was adopted. 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."
There will be no tuition increase for undergraduate students continuing enrollment at WIU next fall. Fees were increased by 6.2 percent for continuing students. A graduate tuition increase of 3.1 percent was adopted for fall 1999. The Board adopted a plan to reduce out of state tuition charges from triple to double the instate rate.
The new undergraduate rate structure will be applied on a per semester hour enrolled basis. Currently, WIU charges an hourly rate for part-time students enrolled from 1-12 credit hours. Students enrolled in 13-18 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. A transit fee of $20 per semester will be considered at the Nov. 20 Board meeting. 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.
Tuition and fees for the academic year 1999-2000 are as follows: Returning students: instate undergraduate tuition based on 12-18 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 instate 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, instate 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 adopted 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 adopted for 1999-2000 is $1,722, a 5 percent increase. The room and board rates will 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 will 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.
Also during the conference call, three collective bargaining agreements between the University and employee groups were ratified by the Board. An agreement was approved with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 417, representing approximately 160 building service workers, allocating a three percent increase in base wages effective Sept. 15, 1998 and a one-time lump sum payment of $50 for each bargaining unit employee.
An agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 was approved providing a three percent base wage increase to approximately 36 employees, effective Aug. 1, 1998. The Board also approved an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council authorizing a three percent base wage increase for 20 employees in public safety positions, effective July 1, 1998.
John Deere Health Care in Moline and the WIU College of Business and Technology (CBT) have joined forces to enhance educational programs in the Quad Cities.
According to CBT Dean David Beveridge, both organizations are committed to serving the needs of the greater Quad Cities area and see the partnership as a means for accomplishing their respective goals.
"We are continually searching for individuals with skills and knowledge in the information systems arena so we can remain competitive in the health services industry," said Jim Aubry of John Deere Health Care. "We believe that by aligning with Western Illinois University we can secure professional employees in information systems with the attributes and characteristics to contribute in substantive ways to our success, and who will make contributions to our local community as well."
John Deere Health Care will provide four components within the partnership arrangement. First, they will provide semester-long internships for students who will work directly with John Deere Health Care employees. The students will receive academic credit as well as experience related to the operations of John Deere Health Care. Additionally, part-time positions will be available to qualified students.
Another component of the alliance will be the use of John Deere Health Care managers as guest lecturers in classes. By linking class discussions with ongoing projects, students can gain greater appreciation for the complexities of the work environment, while at the same time classes can offer creative alternatives for solutions to problems raised, Beveridge added. Finally, John Deere Health Care has made a commitment to provide scholarship funds to assist students in the pursuit of their educational objectives.
"Our students in the Quad Cities are responsible adults who are looking for opportunities in the area to advance their career," Beveridge said. "Joining with John Deere Health Care will provide another avenue for our students to contribute to the ongoing development of one of the cornerstone corporations in the Quad Cities. We are convinced that such arrangements are beneficial to everyone, but most particularly to our students."
The Office of University Relations is exploring the production of a master calendar for the University's Centennial Celebration. The University community is asked to submit events that will occur during the Centennial year, April 1999April 2000.
Estimated dates are acceptable for submission at this time. Send an e-mail with the name of the event and approximate date via the cc:mail system to "WIU Centennial."
A committee at WIU is attempting to highlight, through a photographic exhibit, 70 to100 women who have contributed significantly to the shaping of the University.
Seven to 10 notable women of Western for each decade of the University's existence will be selected. The exhibit will appear in the University Art Gallery during the Centennial Celebration.
Nominees should be for women who have played an important role in Western's past and/or present development, and may include women who are or have been employees of WIU, or who have contributed to WIU in important ways without necessarily being on the payroll. The committee is not seeking nominations for alumnae who have been successful in other places after leaving WIU.
Nominations can be sent directly to Paula Wise, Waggoner Hall 133, 298-2652, or to any member of the committee (Chris Adamski, Virginia Boynton, Virginia Helm, Maurine Magliocco, Polly Radosh, Phyllis Farley Rippey).
COAP Meeting With the President
COAP's meeting with the President will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 Union Lamoine Room.
Following the session with President Spencer, the COAP Administrative Employee of the Year award will be presented. This meeting will be followed by a luncheon; if you wish to attend the luncheon, but missed the reservation deadline, call Julie Murphy at 298-1873.
The WIU Student Alumni Council will host a raffle during Family Weekend Saturday, Oct. 24, and the prize is something all parents would like to win.
First prize is tuition and fees paid for one semester; second and third prizes are fees paid for one semester (worth $500). Tickets, $5 each or five for $20, will be sold in the University Union Concourse Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24.
The drawing will be held during the Family Weekend banquet Saturday night. Participants need not be present to win. For more information, call Alumni Programs at 298-1914.
Dine Out For Public Radio
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, selected area restaurants will participate in "Dine Out For Public Radio" by donating a percentage of their evening's receipts to public radio WIUM/WIUW to help maintain public radio service in the tri-state area.
Participating Macomb restaurants are: Damone's, 111 E. Carroll St., 833-4209; Macomb Dining Company, 127 E. Carroll, 833-3000; Parkside Sports Grill,127 E. Carroll, 833-3000; and The Red Ox,1302 W. Jackson, 833-4200.
Reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 298-1873 or 800/895-2912.
Coffee House Opens
President Donald S. Spencer cut the ribbon Wednesday, Oct. 14 officially opening The Daily Grind, a student-run coffee house located on the lower level of Bayliss and Henninger Halls.
Food service and lodging management students run the business. They staff the coffeehouse, manage the budget, order supplies and work on marketing and advertising efforts.
The project, which is administered by family and consumer sciences (FCS) associate professor Karen Greathouse and chair Charlene Callison, started three years ago when University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) started looking at an alternative place for students to gather. FCS student Ed Cavanaugh, who was also an Inter-Hall Council member, worked with UHDS and his department to get the coffeehouse concept off the ground.
Callison said that The Daily Grind is an excellent example of how academics and student services can work together to provide quality experiences and activities for students.
In addition, The Daily Grind will be open for visits by parents and families after the football game Saturday, Oct. 24.
The Daily Grind is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, and organizations and groups can host meetings at the coffeehouse at other times upon request.
For more information or to schedule a meeting in The Daily Grind, call 298-1085, or 298-1581 or e-mail Greathouse.
Shakespearean Comedy Week
Two of William Shakespeare's classic comedies will be performed at WIU during "A Celebration of Shakespearean Comedy" week Nov. 2-7.
The plays are sponsored by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA) and the University Theatre.
The week kicks off with the National Shakespeare Company performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" presented by the BCA at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 in the Union Grand Ballroom.
Later in the week, the University Theatre will present one of Shakespeare's earliest works, "The Comedy of Errors" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 4-7.
"From the battle of the sexes' in Shrew' to the misadventures regarding the mistaken identities of two sets of identical twins in Errors', these comedies involve classic stories that most audiences have enjoyed before," said Ken Kohberger, advisor to the BCA. "However, this week of activity will give students and the community the opportunity to enjoy these stories as told by the master, William Shakespeare."
Interested students to meet with the actors of the National Shakespeare Company at two workshops. "From Page to Stage" will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 and the other "Voice and Movement for the Actor" will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 in Simpkins Hall.
For information about these workshops, contact the Office of Student Activities at 298-3232.
Tickets for the National Shakespeare Company performance of "Taming of the Shrew" are free to WIU students with valid student ID and $5 for the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tickets for the performances of "Comedy of Errors" are available for $10 public, $8 student/senior, $7 for groups of 15 or more, by calling the Hainline Theatre Box Office at 298-2900 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays, the week of the performance. For more information, call 298-1543.
Haunted Trail Oct. 30-31
For two bone-chilling nights, area children can experience the thrills and chills of creatures lurking in the dark along the Haunted Trail.
The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 at WIU's Horn Field Campus on China Road in Macomb.
Sponsored by the Student Recreation Society of WIU's department of recreation, park, and tourism administration, the event includes shuttle-bus transportation from the Macomb Jr.-Sr. High School parking lot to Horn Field Campus. There will be no parking at Horn Field Campus.
Tickets are $5 for anyone 12 years of age or older. Any child aged seven to 12 who is accompanied by a paid adult will be charged $3. Children under seven years old can enjoy a craft room for $1.
Call 298-1967 for more information.
SRC Membership Information
WIU faculty, staff, spouses, retirees and retired spouses are eligible to purchase a yearly membership to the Student Recreation Center.
A yearly membership runs through Aug. 31, 1999 and costs $198/year. (Starting Nov. 1, the proration rate will be $165/year). The following methods of payment are acceptable: cash, check, charge of WIU account or payroll deduction.
Contact Julie Terstriep at 298-2797 or Julie_Terstriep@ccmail.wiu.edu for more information about membership.
Conferences and Workshops
Illinois Bibliographic Information Service (IBIS). 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Library Computer Classroom. Also offered 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. Call 298-2434 or cc:mail Nita Burg to register.
Scott Holt, biological sciences, co-authored "Diferentiation of Dextran-Producing Leuconostoc Strains by a Modified Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA Protocol," published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 64, pages 3,096-3,098.
Jeanette Thomas, biological sciences, co-authored "Underwater Hearing Sensitivity of a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus Obliquidens," published in Aquatic Mammals 1998 with authors, Donald Tremel, Ken Ramirez, Gregory Dye Wendy Bachman, Alexander Orban and Kristine Grimm.
John Simmons, philosophy and religious studies, authored "The Forgotten Contribution of Annie Rix Militz to the Unity School of Christianity," published in Nova Religio, 1998, vol.1, no. 3, pages 76-92.
The following faculty and staff presented at the state conference of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children:
Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, presented "Creating Community: Projects & Play, Ceremony & Celebration, Rituals & Routines."
Andrea Hanna, WIU Infant and Preschool Center, presented "Mixed-Age Groupings for Children from Birth to ThreeGrowing Together."
Sharon Sample, WIU Infant and Preschool Center, presented "Where Children Play: Playground Design and Safety."
Karen Greathouse, family and consumer science, authored Instructor's Manual for Foodservice Procurement Purchasing for Profit, published by Prentice Hall.
Charlene G. Callison and Tammy Kinley, family and consumer sciences, presented "The children's Christmas Shopping Mall" at the 2000 Connections Convention in Springfield.
Beverly Smith, student servicesWIU Regional Center, was one of 40 facilitators who met to form a positive health initiative for the Quad Cities during the collaborative partnership between Genesis Health System and Trinity Regional Health System.
Bob Baxter, Office of Public Safety, has been selected by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to be a consultant and interview panelist for the Illinois Law Enforcement Intern Training Program. Baxter was chosen for his law enforcement experience and qualifications.
The WIU Foundation is accepting applications for two separate programs: fall 1998 grant proposals and summer 1999 summer stipends.
The Foundation annually distributes $10,000 in grants to faculty sponsored projects and research, with awards typically ranging from $200 to $1,500.
Priority is given to proposals designed to positively affect enrollment; increase or maintain quality in academic standards; improve instruction; and support scholarly meritorious research and scholarly or creative activities that positively impact several areas of the University. Funds are limited; there will not necessarily be opportunities to present proposals in the spring.
Application deadline for fall grants is noon Friday, Oct. 30. Updated guidelines and an application cover have been mailed to deans and chairpersons. These also are available from the WIU Foundation, Sherman Hall 303, and through electronic mail. Call Lu Hutson, 298-1808, for details.
The summer stipend program has been expanded to include five new stipends from the Office of Sponsored Projects. It now includes up to 10 stipend awards of $2,500 each, available for summer 1999 research, creative and professional enhancement.
The tenth-year program provides opportunity for selected faculty to engage in projects of significant scholarly or creative activity not easily pursued during regular academic sessions.
Stipends are awarded through the WIU Foundation, with line item support from Faculty Development and the Office of Sponsored Projects. The stipend deadline is noon Friday, Nov. 13.
Application forms and guidelines are available from the WIU Foundation.
Call Hutson, 298-1808, for details.