Ceremonies recognizing the accomplishments of Western Illinois University students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19 during WIU's Fall Commencement Weekend. More than 900 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students who will have completed degree requirements are eligible to be recognized.
Friday, Dec. 18 ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. in Western Hall with the Academic Honors Convocation for undergraduate students achieving academic distinction during the completion of their degrees. Medallions will be awarded to honors students and those achieving cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude status.
WIU's military science department will conduct Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning at 6 p.m. Friday in the Union Lincoln Room. Graduate Commencement Exercises will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Western Hall.
Undergraduate Commencement Exercises will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 in Western Hall and will include the presentation of six WIU Alumni Achievement Awards.
Board of Trustees chair Lorraine Epperson of Macomb will give remarks on behalf of Western's Board, and WIU President Donald S. Spencer will confer degrees at each Commencement ceremony.
A public affairs director, a former NBC executive and a world-renown biology professor are among six Western Illinois University graduates selected to receive the WIU Alumni Achievement Award at WIU's Dec. 19 Commencement.
This year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Robert Christie, director of public affairs for FMC Corporation, of Wheaton; Robert Gould, retired director of business development/production facilities at NBC, Inc, of North Hills, CA; Clifford Haka, Michigan State University director of libraries, of East Lansing, MI; Tom Schweer, Hinsdale Central High School physical education department chair, of Naperville; Jeanette Thomas, WIU biological sciences professor, of Geneseo; and Randall Witter, president of Cook-Witter, Inc., of Springfield.
Christie, who earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1976, is the public affairs director for FMC Corporation, a worldwide leading producer of chemicals and machinery for industry, government and agriculture. He is responsible for leading a team of five regional public affairs managers who provide strategy direction and support for FMC operations regarding state and local legislation, community relations, crisis communications and communication advice on environmental issues. In addition, Christie serves as the liaison with FMC's Washington, D.C. office on their political action committee and grassroots programs. He also oversees the operations of the FMC Foundation.
Prior to joining FMC in 1987, he served as the government relations director of ARCO Chemical Company in Philadelphia, a regional state government relations director for ARCO in Rolling Meadows and as a consultant to the Senate Minority Leader on the Illinois Senate Republican Staff.
Christie is a board member of Illinois Issues magazine and the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, and is active in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Manufacturers Association and the State Relations Roundtable of the Chemical Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C.
Robert Gould, a 1966 graduate, obtained his degree in communication arts. He recently retired from NBC in Burbank, CA following a 32-year career, which began in 1966, where he started in the guest relations program. From there he moved up the ranks, serving as editorial/production assistant for the news, broadcast operations coordinator, production coordinator and unit manager of KNBC (the NBC-owned station), entertainment production manager, West Coast sports operations director and production and technical services director. He was named director of business development/production facilities in 1996.
Gould was responsible for pursuing business opportunities nationwide with an emphasis on marketing the Burbank production facility. He also served as a consultant for the production of specials, pilots, talk shows, games shows and sitcoms. He has received an L.A. Area Emmy Award for The Nancy Wilson Show, and was honored as a distinguished NBC Employee. For more than a decade, Gould was a co-host for the annual NBC employee family Christmas party on the Burbank lot attended by more than 2,000 children and their families.
Clifford Haka transferred to WIU in 1969 and he earned a degree in history in 1971. He was named the 1998 Distinguished Alumni for the WIU history department. He has been director of libraries at Michigan State University since 1997.
Before being named director, Haka was the assistant director for administrative services of MSU Libraries of six years, the assistant director for access services (MSU), circulation librarian at the University of Kansas and historical research editor for the Illinois State Historical Library. In addition, he has published numerous articles and consulted at several libraries.
He is a reader for Handicapped Services in East Lansing, a supervisor of the Summer Youth Program and a youth hockey team coach. Haka has also been a foster parent and coached and referreed several children's sports teams. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard from 1971 to 1977.
Tom Schweer, a 1974 and 1979 graduate, has been with Hinsdale School District since 1985. He is the department chair of health and physical educaiton and driver education.
He started coaching at Macomb High School, where he began the girls swimming program. Schweer was the head coach for the WIU swim team from 1980 to 1985. He has been the head swimming coach at Hinsdale since 1985, leading the team to three state championships and four second place state finishes during his tenure.
Schweer has been named state coach of the year eight times in the last 12 years by the members of the Illinois Swimming Association. He is the director of the Hinsdale Swim Club, a developmental program for more than 150 swimmers, during the summer. Schweer is a member of the Illinois Swimming Association, United States Swimming, National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
World-renowned mammalogist Jeanette Thomas is a 1973 biological sciences graduate. A Blandinsville native, Thomas has taught biology at WIU since 1989. She has also worked as a research scientist for the Naval Ocean Systems Center, adjunct professor at San Diego State University, director of Sea World Research Institutes' bioacoustics laboratory and a wildlife information specialist.
Thomas has conducted groundbreaking research in the field of mammalogy, in the areas of sensory behavior and the effects of manmade noise on animals. She has published numerous articles and books on a variety of topics.
Thomas has secured more than $1.2 million in grants to conduct research throughout the world on subject such as the effects of offshore drilling on arctic marine animals, sea otter oil spill study and acoustic research on Weddell seals.
In addition to teaching at WIU and its Regional Center in Moline, Thomas also teaches at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Randall Witter earned his degree in speech in 1970. He formed Cook-Witter, Inc., a governmental consulting and lobbying firm, in 1985. The company has been instrumental in the passage of such laws as the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act, the Residential Mortgage License Act and the Illinois Title Insurance Act. Prior to creating the corporation, Witter was director of governmental affairs for the Illinois Association of Realtors.
Witter, who earned the designation Certified Association Executive (CAE), has been active as a member and officer of the Illinois, Chicago and American Societies of Association Executives. He served as speaker of the Illinois Third House in 1987, representing more than 1,000 registered lobbyists in the state. In Springfield he has been a member of the YMCA Board of Directors, a lay member of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Council, the Illinois State Museum Society Board of Directors and the Springfield Arts Council.
While the WIU Fighting Leathernecks prepare for their NCAA I-AA semifinal playoff game Saturday, Dec. 12 against Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, another WIU representative is preparing for the other playoff game in Natchitoches, LA.
WIU Campus Recreation Director Jim Keeney is a member of a hand-picked Gateway Football Conference officials crew assigned to the semifinal game matching No. 2 ranked Northwestern (LA) State University Demons and No. 11 ranked University of Massachusetts Minutemen.
Keeney is familiar with playoff games having worked the Division I-AA championship (1993) and semifinal (1996), quarterfinal (1995) and second round (1992) games.
Meanwhile, Coach Randy Ball's Fighting Leathernecks (11-2), ranked No. 4, are preparing to face No. 1 ranked Georgia Southern Eagles (13-0) at noon (CST) in the 18,000-seat Allen E. Paulson Stadium. WIU advances to the I-AA semifinals for the first time in history after defeating the University of Montana 52-9 in the playoffs' opening round and Florida A&M 24-21 in quarterfinal action.
WIU senior linebacker James Milton is a major contributor to the Leathernecks success. The 6-foot-1 230-pounder from Miami, FL was recently named The Sports Network's Buck Buchanan 1998 award recipient, recognizing the nation's best defensive player at the NCAA I-AA level. He was also named the 1998 Gateway Defensive Player of the Year, marking the first time in league history that a Leatherneck has been the top defensive player in the conference.
The deadline to enter "The Photograph as an Art Object," Western's 15th triennial competition, is Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999. The exhibition of accepted entries will run from Tuesday, March 23 through Thursday, April 15 at the WIU Art Gallery. Merchandise and purchase awards will be presented during a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 23 at the Gallery.
Photographers may submit up to two black and white or color prints for a non-returnable $25 entry fee. Photographs must be mounted or matted with white mats; frames and glass will not be accepted. Entries must be clearly identified with name, address, phone number, social security number (for purchase awards), title, insurance if not for sale or sale value on the back.
Shrink-wrapping is advised, but not required. Entries, along with the $25 fee made payable to the WIU College of Fine Arts Public Service account, may be delivered or mailed to the WIU Art Gallery. For more information, contact the WIU Art Gallery, 298-1587.
The Physical Plant will shut the steam off to the north campus from 8 a.m. Sunday, May 16 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. A second steam outage to north campus is tentatively scheduled from 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13.
Buildings affected will include: Bayliss and Henninger halls; Brophy Hall; Commissary; Currens Hall; Greenhouse; Higgins and Thompson halls; Horrabin Hall; Knoblauch Hall; Morgan Hall; Physical Plant; Stipes Hall; Tanner and Wetzel halls; Library; University Union; Waggoner Hall; and Western Hall.
The shutdown is necessary to inspect and repair the large steam lines which serve the buildings on north campus and to insure a minimum amount of problems during extreme weather. If you have any questions or problems with these dates, please contact Art McEwen, 298-1834.
The initial steam shutdown for south campus is scheduled for the two weeks after spring semester 2000. The second steam shutdown is tentatively scheduled for the two weeks after the 2000 summer school.
Julie Murphy and Brian Haezebroeck have accepted positions of assistants to the dean in the College of Education and Human Services.
Haezebroeck's appointment began Dec. 1; Murphy's appointment will begin Jan. 1.
Organizational Meeting Scheduled
The first organizational meeting of the gay, lesbian, bi and allies faculty and staff group will held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Union Chicago Room. The agenda will include approving bylaws, electing officers and discussing a name for the group. For information, contact Martin Dupuis, 298-1261, or Beth Higgs, 298-1056.
Civil Service Compensation Policy
Section II. D. I of the Civil Service Compensation Policy has been changed as follows: "Promotion to a classification assigned to a higher pay grade than that of the employee's present classification, either through assignment to a position in another class or through reclassification or reallocation of the employee's present position, shall result in an increased rate of pay equal to 10 percent (10%) or to the minimum of the new salary range, whichever is higher." This change in promotional increase from 5% to 10% is effective Dec. 1, 1998 in accordance with the recommendation of the Civil Service Employees Council.
WIUM/WIUW Celebration Concert Series Kicks off Dec. 13
WIUM-91.3 FM/WIUW-89.5 FM will kickoff a Celebration Concert Series of free presentations of live music beginning with a 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 concert by folk-pop singer/songwriter Susan Werner in the Union Lamoine Room.
Seating is limited; call WIUM/WIUW at 298-1873 for reservations. The Celebration Concerts are made possible in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
A retirement reception for Nancy Ward, supervisor of duplicating services, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 in Stipes Hall 501. Please join her colleagues in wishing her a happy retirement.
The campus community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Liz Faries of the department of communication. The reception will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the Union Lincoln Room.
OSA Office Hours
The Office of Student Activities, located in the University Union, will modify its hours during finals week and break. Effective Monday, Dec. 14 through Monday, Jan. 18, OSA office hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student Recreation Center hours of operation during the break will be:
Sat.-Sun. Dec. 19-20 Noon-6 p.m.
Mon.-Wed. Dec. 21-23 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs.-Sat. Dec. 24-Jan. 3 Closed
Mon.-Fri. Jan 4-8 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. Jan 9-10 Noon-6 p.m.
Mon.-Fri. Jan.11-15 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. Jan. 16-17 Noon to 6 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 18 Noon to 11 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 19 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Thank you for all your acts of kindness at the unexpected sudden death of our daughter Vicki Haney. Prayers, cards, phone calls and visits to show your condolences were a great comfort to us during this very difficult time.
- Sharon Twaddle and
Loren "Barny" Twaddle
Get Out Of Debt Workshop
Plan ahead to start the new year on a positive note by attending the three-hour workshop "How to Get Completely Out of Debt," which will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 and repeated from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 in the Western Illinois University Center for Management and Professional Development, Stipes Hall 506.
The workshop is designed to help people regain ownership of their financial life, no matter what their income level, by applying the concepts of the "Debt-Fee and Prosperous Living" money management seminar, which is published by the INC 500 company Financial Independence Network Limited, Inc.
Participants will learn about the educational program which is designed to help an individual use his or her own resources to get and to stay out of debt. The workshop does not present debt consolidation, refinancing, bi-monthly mortgage payments or investment plans.
Registration fee is $39 per person. Married couples may attend for a discounted fee of $59. Each participant will receive a "Debt Free and Prosperous Living" workbook.
For more information or to register, contact the WIU Center for Management and Professional Development, 309/298-1555. Electronic registration is available at URL www.wiu.edu/users/micmpd.
· W-2 Forms
In the past, most employees received two W-2s, one issued locally by the Payroll Office and one issued through the Comptroller's Office in Springfield. Because of a change in payroll processing during 1998, all WIU wages will be reported on a single W-2 issued by the Payroll Office. The W-2s will be mailed in January to the legal address on file in the Payroll Office.
· W-4 Forms
Has your marital status or the number of your withholding allowances changed? If so, you may be required to file a new Form W-4 with the Payroll Office.
If the number of withholding allowances you are entitled to increases (e.g., the birth or adoption of a child) you may submit a new W-4 any time thereafter. A new W-4 form is required to be submitted within 10 days if the number of withholding allowances you are entitled to decreases (e.g., you get divorced or legally separated, or you are no longer supporting a dependent) or if your claim of exemption from withholding is no longer valid because you realize you will have to pay income tax in the current year.
Call the Payroll Office with questions at 298-1867.
Civil Service Employee of the Month
Cheryl Hutchins, secretary IV in the special education department, has been selected as the Civil Service Employees Council Employee of the Month for December.
Hutchins is honored for her outstanding work and enthusiasm.
Ray Gabica, theatre, and sophomores Nicholas Viane, Jon Krajecki and Eric Boye took the one-act play "The Dwarfs" to Chicago's Navy Pier as part of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt display. Gabica directed the play and the students performed the Harold Pinter play which explores the relationships between three young men with AIDS
Tim Piper, physical education, and senior Mark Buckingham presented "Development of a Varsity Basketball Post-Season Conditioning Program" at the Illinois Association for Heatlh, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance convention.
Bob Quesal, communication sciences and disorders, presented the mini-seminar "Assessing Reactions, Disability, and Handicap in People who Stutter" and the poster session "Measurement of Multiple Outcomes in Stuttering Treatment: A Preliminary Investigation" at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX.
Jeanette Thomas, biology, served as scientific adviser to the Marine Mammal Commission at its annual meeting in Portland, ME.
Four political science faculty presented papers at the Illinois Political Science Association meetings in Springfield. Presenters included Geoffrey Brewster, "Using the Internet to Teach Introductory American Government: One Instructor's Experience and Assessment;" Martin Dupuis, "State Legislative Response to Hawaii's Same-Sex Marriage Case;" Charles Helm, "Death by Textbook: General Education and the Introduction to American Politics;" and Aimee Shouse, "Civic Education and Democratic Values: The Necessity of a Political Education for Teacher Education Students." Helm also chaired a panel on "Teaching Political Science."
James Caldwell, music, had his composition Elegy, which was recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, released in CD by MMC Recordings, Ltd. In addition, Caldwell's electroacoustic composition Pocket Music IV is posted on the Society for Electro- Acoustic Music in the United States AudioClip Web Concert at the following URL: http://comp.music.lsu.edu/seamus/audioclips
David Voss, mathematics, published the invited paper "Parallel MIRK Methods for ODEs" in the special issue of the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) Quarterly: Solving Differential Equations on Parallel Computers, vol. 11, no. 1, Amsterdam, 1998.
Janis Edwards, communication, received a top paper award for her presentation "Towards a Theory of Visual Parody in Political Discourse" at the National Communication Association meeting in New York City. She also presented a media form on depictions of gender in political cartoons, titled "Draw/Laugh/Man/Woman."
Tim Piper, physical education, and senior Mark Buckingham received a Student/Mentor Award at the Illinois Association for Heatlh, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance convention.A University Relations Publication