Campus Connection - November 6, 1998
Campus and Community Section

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WIU Foundation Expands Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Students

The WIU Foundation has announced the establishment of 20 additional scholarships for academically-talented new freshmen and community college transfer students entering WIU in the fall 1999.

"The approval of these increases represents more scholarship opportunities for students and represents a significant increase in long-range monetary commitment from the Foundation Board and the WIU Alumni Council," said Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Larry Mortier. "The new scholarships are a direct result of increased contributions for scholarships through the Centennial Campaign."

Western's Alumni Council voted to support an increase in the WIN Alumni Association New Freshman Scholarships from five at $500 to 12 at $500 and to fund eight $500 Community College/Transfer Scholarships. With the increase the Alumni Association will provide $12,000 annually in scholarship support for WIU students.

Five Centennial Scholarships will also be added for fall 1999. The new scholarships will mirror the 15 four-year Presidential Scholarships now in place. The Centennial Scholarships are valued at $1,000 per year and will be funded by the WIU Foundation.

Like the four-year Foundation and Presidential Scholarships, the Centennial Scholarships will be awarded to new entering freshmen with ACT scores of 28 or above and class rankings starting in the upper 15 percent.

"This has been an excellent year for scholarships," said Coordinator of Scholarship Activities Janice Owens."When thousands of dollars are given to your institution annually to fund new scholarships that tells you two things...people believe in the University's future and you must be doing something right."

Students interested in obtaining scholarship information should contact the Scholarship Coordinator, Sherman Hall 308, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390; 309/298-2001.


Civil Service Holiday Food Drive Begins Nov. 9

The Civil Service holiday food drive will begin Monday, Nov. 9 and end Thursday, Dec. 10.

Donations from the food drive help restock shelves for local charities. WIU faculty and staff are asked to do their part to help those less fortunate have a good holiday season. The following buildings will house receptacles for non-perishable food items.

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
Mowbray Hall
Physical Plant office
Sallee Hall 108
Seal Hall 141
Sherman Hall (each floor by elevator)
Simpkins Hall 124
Stipes Hall 101
Tillman Hall 115
Univerity Union (Union Service Center)
Waggoner Hall 100
Western Hall 210

Donations may also be brought to the Civil Service holiday luncheon, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 10.


Traffic on Sherman Hall Drive

Persons using the east entrance of WIU's Sherman Hall drive are asked to exercise caution as construction vehicles will be allowed two-way traffic. This is necessary to accommodate the Hursh Hall demolition crew.

Bob Fitzgerald, Office of Public Safety acting director, said that workers have been using the east entrance of the drive to enter and exit Bennett-Hursh Halls' circle drive since Oct. 29.

Drivers should be aware of large trucks hauling debris from the work site, which includes the section of the Sherman Hall drive that lies between Bennett Hall and W. Adams Street. The east entrance of the Sherman Hall drive (from Bennett Hall to W. Adams Street only) will remain two-way traffic, for construction workers only, until further notice.

For more information, contact Fitzgerald at 298-1949.


1998 Holiday Schedule

The University's schedule for the 1998 holiday season will be as follows:

Thurs., Dec. 24 Holiday
Fri., Dec. 25 Holiday
Mon., Dec. 28 Administrative Closure
Tues., Dec. 29 Administrative Closure
Wed., Dec. 30 Administrative Closure
Thurs., Dec. 31 Holiday
Fri., Jan. 1 Holiday

The University will be closed to the public Thursday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 1. Only those employees providing essential services (e.g. Heating Plant, Public Safety, etc.) will be required to work as assigned during this period.

To enhance the holiday spirit and to conserve energy in University facilities, non-negotiated employees will be excused with pay on Dec. 28, 29 and 30. Employees in positions covered by collective bargaining agreements will observe the holiday period as stated in their respective contracts.

If an employee must work on Dec. 28, 29 or 30, overtime will not be incurred and alternative arrangements for equivalent time off should be made with the supervisor.

December 28, 29 and 30 will be reflected on civil service time cards with a plus sign (+) in the "other hours" section. There will be no automatic vacation deduction for non-negotiated administrative and professional employees.

A list of employees required to work in the essential services areas during the period Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 must be submitted to the appropriate vice president by the supervisor no later than Thursday, Dec. 17.

Direct questions to Human Resources, 298-1971.


Campus Briefs

TV Game Shows and Math Topic of WIU Nov. 12 Lecture

What does math have to do with TV game shows? Find out at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 when the WIU mathematics department hosts Paul Coe speaking on "TV Game Shows and Mathematics." The presentation will be held in Morgan Hall 101A.

Coe, an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Rosary College in River Forest, has presented several papers on recreational mathematics and teaching of statistics at national meetings. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and his master's degree and doctorate from Northwestern University.

The presentation is open free to the public.

Leadership Panel Discussion Nov. 16

The Professional Advancement Committee of the Western Organization for Women (WOW) will sponsor a panel discussion on community leadership from 4 to 6 p.m Monday, Nov. 16 in Knoblauch Hall 239.

Panelists include Marilyn Eck, Laura Swanson, Mary Kay Lunt, and Sheila Dye.

Cultural Diversity Cadre Fall Potluck

The Cultural Diversity Cadre (CDC), a coalition of WIU faculty, staff, students, and administrators working to expand an awareness and commitment to cultural diversity throughout the University, will hold its fall potluck dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center.

To participate contact Margaret Frohne in the University Advising and Academic Support Center, 298-1846 or cc:mail, and plan to bring your spouse or a friend, a dish to share, and table service for you and your guest.

CDC is open to everyone at WIU.

Spirit of the Dance Nov. 10

Spirit of the Dance, one of the most successful shows in British Theatre, is coming to WIU. The Bureau of Cultural Affairs, WGEM-TV and MidAmerica National Bank will present the foot-stomping Irish dance production at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.10 in Western Hall.

The skill and precision of 30 pair of thunderous feet will perform pieces based on tap dance, jazz, classical ballet and flamenco. Spirit of the Dance also combines show-stopping Irish dance with a passionate story line and love songs as the ethereal Spirit searches for her true love.

Tickets are $13, $11 and $9 for WIU students and $16, $14 and $12 for the public. Call the Union Box Office at 298-1254 for tickets. For more information about Spirit of the Dance, call the Office of Student Activities at 298-3232.

Alumni Association Host Gridiron and Hoops Action

Join the WIU Alumni Association as it journeys to Cedar Falls, IA and Moline, IL Nov. 14-15.

The first pre-game event will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 at Nicker's Grille, 205 E. 18 Street, Cedar Falls. The original location at Pepper's has been changed, to accommodate two buses from Macomb. A 4 p.m. social will jump-start the evening followed by a 6:30 p.m. gridiron battle against the University of Northern Iowa at the UNI-Dome.

The next stop is the Planted Earth Café at the John Deere Commons 1300 River Drive; Moline, Sunday, Nov. 15. The social starts at 1 p.m. followed by a 3:05 p.m. tip-off with the Leathernecks facing the University of Iowa at The Mark of the Quad Cities.

The Cedar Falls social is $7 per person; game tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children. The Moline social is $9 per person; game tickets are $18 per person.

To reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Association at 298-1914 by Monday, Nov. 9.

Seek Items for International Bazaar Auction

It is that time of year to look among your belongings for items which have originated in another country and donate them to the International Bazaar Auction to be held Saturday, March 6.

Large and small items (especially things children might like) are welcome. Attach a note to each item to specifying the country from which the item originates and its estimated value (especially for expensive items). If you donate something very valuable, please provide a minimum price you think the item should be sold for. If it doesn't sell for the recommended price, it will be returned to you for future donation.

All donors will receive a listing of items sold, the amount for which each item sold and the total value of the donation for use in filing income taxes.

Bring items for donation to Julie Rose, Memorial Hall 237. Call 298-2426 for more information.

Seek Black History Month Events for Calendar

The 1999 University Black History Month Planning Committee is seeking submissions for the Black History Month calendar of events, to be published and posted around campus and the community in February.

WIU faculty are especially encouraged to sponsor/plan academic activities, lectures, or other events which celebrate Black history to be held on-campus in February 1999. WIU faculty, staff and student and professional organizations who have already coordinated programs are asked to submit the information about the event to Belinda Carr, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, by Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Calendar submissions should appear in the following format: program title, date and time (no TBA), place, sponsor and co-sponsors, admittance charge, restrictions (if any), targeted participants, telephone number for more information, whether the event is open to the public and type of event: lecture, movie, special event, art/exhibit, or entertainment.

Call Carr with questions at 298-2220.

Madrigal Dinner Tickets

Tickets for WIU's annual Madrigal Dinner -- to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; Friday, Dec. 4; and Saturday, Dec. 5 – go on sale soon.

Window sales will begin Thursday, Nov. 12. Mail orders for tickets are now being accepted.

The 28th annual Madrigal Dinner will include music, entertainment and food, reminiscent of the Renaissance period.

Tickets are $20 per person.

Mail orders for tickets should be sent to the University Union Service Center, WIU, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. Patrons are encouraged to make first, second and third choices on their ticket requests.

Window sales at the Union Service Center will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Sales will continue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A 70/30 split for each performance guarantees there will be tickets available for window sales.

No phone orders will be accepted. There is no limit on numbers of tickets per order.

For more information about tickets, call the Union Service Center, 298-2421.

Thank You

We want to thank you for all the cards, calls, food, many tokens of kindness, and prayers during my mom's hospital stay and passing.

Your concern and prayers helped us with this very difficult time.

–Frank and Vicky Woolam

I want to thank everyone at WIU for their thoughts and prayers during the illness and death of my father. Your support was greatly appreciated. Many special thanks to my co-workers in the mail room.

–Sharon Twaddle


Campus Connection - November 6, 1998
Faculty and Staff Section

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URC Fall Grant Results

Fifteen applications were submitted to the University Research Council for the Fall 1998 Competition. Eight of these proposals were funded. They are:

Paige Goodwin, Robert Intrieri, Dennis Papini, psychology, "Selective Optimization of Social Resources by Urban and Rural Older Adults"

John Hartman, chemistry, "Development of Ligands to Improve the Solubility of Platinum Complexes in Aqueous Media"

Young Suk Hwang, educational and interdisciplinary studies, "The Social and Cultural Implications of Living in the South as Asian American Students"

In Lee, information management and decision sciences, "Precision Agriculture Decision Model for Farmers: Integration of Information Technology and Agronomics"

Marietta Loehrlein, agriculture, "Development of New Floricultural Crops"

Toni D. Sauncy, physics, "Photoluminescence Studies of Strained Semiconductor Quantum Wells: The Effect of Temperature"

Jeanette Thomas, biological sciences, "Comparative Analysis of Behavior and Vocalizations of Captive Bobcats and Mountain Lions"

T.K. Vinod, chemistry, "NMR Investigation of the Ring Current Disruption on Annulenoannulation of an Annulene"


Civil Service Promotions/Transfers

Cramer, Rebecca, secretary III, Extended Learning, promoted to secretary IV, music, 11/11/98.

Wells, Maurice, farmer, Agriculture, promoted to grounds worker, Grounds, 11/4/98.

Youngmeyer, Martha, secretary III, Financial Aid, promoted to secretary IV, Institutional Research and Planning, 11/10/98.


Civil Service Resignations

Heap, Blake, building service worker I, Building Services, 10/31/98.

Goldenson, Karen, chief clerk, Educational/Public Service Radio, 12/11/98.


Civil Service Retirements

Sullivan, Marjorie, staff secretary, Elementary Education and Reading, 11/30/98.


Summer Stipends

The WIU Foundation is accepting applications for summer 1999 stipends.

The 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.

Stipends provide chances 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 deadline is noon Friday, Nov. 13.

Application forms and guidelines are available from the WIU Foundation.

Call Lu Hutson, 298-1808, for details.


Professional Activities

The WIU chapter of AFSME local 417 of Council 31 celebrated its 50th anniversary at the chapter's Nov. 3 membership meeting. The chapter was established at WIU in 1948.

Lisa Reimler, theatre, presented "Creating the Multicultural Humanities Course: How to Make It Accessible and More than a Buzz Word" at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists hosted by the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

John Beaver and Robert Collier, elementary education and reading, presented "Science for Young Children: GEMS & STC Curriculums" at the Illinois Science Teachers Association Annual Convention in Chicago. Beaver also presented "New Standards for Illinois Science Performance" and "Slime Mold: The Creeping Fungus" at the convention.

Steve Bennett, geology, and student Steve Gustafson, presented "Ranges of Hydraulic Conductivity Estimates Predicted from Grain Size Data and their Effects Upon Anisotropy" at the Geological Society of America Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada.

Mark S. Boley, physics, along with students Benjamin D. Murphy, Matthew G. Walker and Doug A. Franklin, presented "Investigation of the Effects of Cobalt Doping on Magnetic Field and Temperature Dependence of Transport Critical Current Density in Polycrystalline Superconductor YBaCuO," at the 46th Annual Midwest Solid State Conference held at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

Doug A. Franklin and Mark S. Boley, physics, presented "Eliminating Student Misconceptions of Physics to Enhance the Learning Process" and Benjamin D. Murphy and Mark Boley, physics, presented "Non- Contact Magnetic Detection of Torque for Use in Electric Power Steering Systems," at the 1998 Fall Meeting of the Illinois Sectional Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) held at Highland Community College in Freeport.

Lillian Snyder, history professor emeritus, attended the Communal Studies Association meeting in Ohio, and presented an award to Robert Sutton, WIU history professor.


Grants

Larry Conrad, archaeological research lab, received $7,628 from Klingner and Associates for "Dallas Rural Water District Phase VI–Shovel Probing."

Fred Jones, art, received $1,350 from the Illinois Humanities Council for "An Illinois Portfolio."

Cari Gill Van Blair, College of Education and Human Services at the WIU Regional Center, received $154,358 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Academic Research Connecting the Sciences (ARCS) Staff Development Project Year 3."


Service and Awards

William S. Compton, marketing and finance, recently passed the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Regulation, Inc. examination to become a certified public arbitrator at the Dispute Resolution offices in Chicago. NASD Regulation, Inc. regulates the securities industry and the NASDAQ Stock Market.

Len Harzman, agriculture, has been selected by the National Council on Agriculture Education, to serve on a committee that will develop high school instructional materials on world food security issues. He was chosen for his international experience.

George Peek, accountancy, successfully completed the certification examination to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). A Certified Fraud Examiner is a specialist in the detection and deterrence of a variety of fraudulent conduct, from discovering employees or executives who misappropriate funds to assisting investors who are defrauded in the course of commercial transactions. Peek is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).


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