Spring 1998 semester enrollment is 11,363, an increase of 327 students from the 1997 total of 11,036 and the highest spring total since 1994.
Enrollment increases were reported on-campus, at the WIU Regional Center and for those enrolled in extension classes.
"Retention among new freshman and continuing students continues to improve, an indicator the University is moving forward in our efforts to recruit and retain outstanding students," said President Donald S. Spencer.
Total on-campus enrollment this spring is 8,850 compared to 8,705 in 1997. New transfer students enrolled for spring semester totaled 301, up slightly from the 283 who transferred to WIU in spring 1997. There were 74 new freshmen enrolled for spring 1998, down slightly from 94 last spring.
The number of students enrolled in extension classes in 1998 rose to 2,098 from 1,977 in the spring 1997 semester. Enrollment at the WIU Regional Center in Moline is 412 for spring 1998, up from 354 last year.
This is the first spring semester WIU has offered classes at the recently renovated WIU Regional Center. WIU offers 10 undergraduate degrees through the WIU Regional Center.
Arthur Cyr, president of the World Trade Center in Chicago, will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 in Stipes Hall 506.
Cyr will present "The Asian Crisis: How Serious for America?" He has served as the program director of the Chicago council on foreign relations and currently teaches at Northwestern University. His most recent book is titled After the Cold War: American Foreign Policy, Europe and Asia.
Admission to the lecture is free. Cyr's visit is sponsored by the College of Business and Technology, Cross-Cultural Educational Programs and the political science department.
WIU will host the 28th annual National Forensic Association (NFA) Individual Events Championship Thursday through Monday, April 16-20, marking the second time in three years for the national tournament to be held in Macomb.
"WIU has facilities that work out nicely, and NFA officials were impressed with our logistics when we held the 1996 national tournament," said Roger Sadler, WIU associate communication broadcasting professor, who is serving as the on-site coordinator for NFA.
The championships will bring approximately 1,000 competitors to WIU from more than 100 two-year and four-year colleges and universities nationwide.
Individual event competition includes speeches in a variety of categories: after-dinner speeches, a seven-minute extemporaneous speech and Lincoln-Douglas debate.
For information, call Sadler, 298-2256, e-mail: Roger_Sadler@ccmail.wiu.edu.
Randy Powell has been appointed director of auxiliary services and Linda Hillyer has been named assistant to the vice president for administrative services at WIU, according to Vice President for Administrative Services Jackie Thompson.
"I'm pleased that Randy and Linda accepted these appointments," Thompson said. "They are knowledgeable and effective leaders."
Powell, who has been at WIU since 1979, had been serving as acting director of auxiliary services since March 1997. His responsibilities include supervision of the office supplies store, word processing, telecommunications, golf course, vending and mail services, copy centers, transportation, records management, disaster planning and environmental safety.
As assistant to the vice president for administrative services, Hillyer will administer the University's insurance program, including property coverage and Western's participation in a self-insured liability program; develop a campuswide policy manual; coordinate special projects; serve on various campus committees; and represent the vice president in her absence. She has been at Western since 1979 and has served in the administrative services division in financial areas, including acting director of budget.
Melissa Inman has been named assistant to the dean for development and director of special projects for the College of Arts and Sciences, according to College Dean Phyllis Farley Rippey.
Inman takes over for Marla Rice-Evans, who resigned at the end of the 1997 fall semester because of a family relocation.
"We are delighted to have Ms. Inman's expertise and experience to carry on the work begun by Ms. Rice-Evans," Rippey said. "She is a valuable addition to our staff."
Since 1996 Inman has worked in marketing for the McDonough County Telephone Cooperative. She previously was an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (1988-1996) and worked two years as a telemarketer and fundraiser (1985-1987).
Inman earned a bachelor of arts degree in French with minors in biology and chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985.
Mel Blasi has been named golf course proshop manager for WIU's O. L. Champion Golf Course, effective Monday, Feb. 16.
Blasi, who is currently teaching and coaching golf at Monmouth High School, has been involved in golf course management and teaching golf since 1980. His was head coach of the WIU men's golf team from 1988-1990, coach for southern Illinois college teams and coached the 1995 state champion golf team.
Blasi has a bachelor's degree in physical education (1987) from Western and a master of science degree in education (1995) from Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale.
"Mel's experience will greatly enhance the overall operations of WIU's
golfing facility. With his abilities, we are looking forward to growth in golf
tournaments and an increase in membership," Terry Twaddle, administrative
The Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee to examine the summer session requests your input. Please send your comments and suggestions concerning the summer school mission, scheduling and offerings to Michael Pledge in Stipes Hall 442 or by cc:mail.
The physical plant will inspect and repair large steam lines across the WIU campus beginning spring 1998 in order to minimize problems during extreme weather.
This will affect lines that serve buildings on WIU's south end of campus during spring 1998, and buildings on the north side of campus in spring and summer 1999.
When the steam is shut off on the south campus, there will be no hot water
or air conditioning (except in areas with local mechanical units) in the following
Art Gallery Lincoln-Washington Halls
Auxiliary Services Memorial Hall
Beu Health Center Mowbray Hall
Bennett-Hursh Student Center Sallee Hall
Browne Hall Seal Hall
Corbin-Olson Halls Sherman Hall
East Village Simpkins Hall
Garwood Hall Tillman Hall
Heating Plant Annex University Village
The steam will be shut off to the south part of campus from 8 a.m. Sunday, May 17 until 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 and from 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Call Art McEwen at the physical plant, 298-1834 with questions.
Upcoming silver anniversary celebrations include the WIU Jazz Festival, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 19-21, and the International Bazaar, Friday and Saturday, March 6-7.
The Jazz Festival includes approximately 50 junior high, high school and college bands in master class instruction and competition. Highlighting the 25th festival will be the 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 concert by Grammy award-winning clarinetist Eddie Daniels, accompanied by the WIU Alumni Jazz Band in Western Hall. Tickets for that performance $13, $11 and $9 for public and $10, $8 and $6 for WIU students are available at the Union Box Office, 298-1254.
The International Bazaar will feature food, costumes, entertainment and information about more than 20 world countries. Organized by Western's International Friendship Club, the bazaar will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 6 and from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7 in the Union Grand Ballroom. An auction will be held on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Two-day passes $6 for public and $4 for students are available through the Union Box Office, 298-1254. Individual day passes are also available.
The WIU Hoof and Horn Club will host a jackpot steer and heifer show Saturday, March 7 at the WIU Livestock Center on Wigwam Hollow Road.
Show time is 10 a.m. Check-in times are6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7. Entry fee is $25 for steers and $15 for heifers. Guaranteed prize money, subject to increase, is $500 for Grand Champion Steer; $40 for Breed Champion; $150 for Grand Champion Heifer; and $25 for Breed Champion.
Registration papers are required for all purebred classes. Steer classes are broken on weight and three head are required for a class. Classes include: Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Shorthorn, Maine-Anjou, Crossbred and other breeds.
For more information contact Beau Bewleyor Darrell Grubbs at 833-5596.
The Cultural Diversity Cadre (CDC) will host a potluck from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21at the Alumni House.
The CDC is a coalition of WIU faculty, academic and civil service staff, students, and administrators working to expand the awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity throughout the University.
If you, and a spouse or friend, would like to attend call Faculty Development at 298-2434, or contact Nita Burg by cc:mail. Please bring a dish to share and table service.
This semester's Safe Space Program training session will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.
The program allows faculty, staff, administrators and students the opportunity to identify themselves as allies to gay, lesbian, and bisexual students and colleagues. The Safe Space decal signals a safe environment where gays, lesbians and bisexuals are free to share issues which often affect their class performance, interaction within residence halls, and overall ability to function in the campus community.
The training session will focus on issues that gay, lesbian, and bisexual students face and provide practical tools for dealing with homophobia and heterosexism. Even if you participated in last year's Safe Space Program it is recommended you attend this year's session, as the program is continually expanded and updated.
For more information, contact the Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, and Friends Association Office at 298-3203, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Be a friend to an international student currently enrolled at WIU or at the WESL Institute. There are no home stays, no dues, no meetings requiredjust an open heart for someone from another country who is experiencing our community for the first time. Although there are no rules, we suggest contact be made with the student about once a month, either by going for a walk, having dinner together, or by sending a card.
Call 298-2221 for information.
A new WIU International Newsletter, which will emphasize the global outreach of our University, is underway. News items about international programs and activities undertaken by faculty, staff or students since January 1997 are needed.
Items of particular interest are: presentation at an international conference; consultation for an international client; overseas travel or residency for the purpose of research, teaching, or study; programs, courses or events with a particular international dimension organized by a department or faculty; and visiting professors, scholars or visitors hosted by University departments.
This publication will be shared with the WIU community and other universities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as overseas educational advisers who recommend U.S. schools to international students, and to any organizations and individuals interested in WIU's international commitment.
Please submit information by Friday, Feb. 20, to: Julie Rose, Memorial Hall 236, 298-2426, or Lila Blum, Memorial Hall 201, 298-1107.
WIU will hold the sixth national conference on adapted physical activity March 26-28 at Brophy Hall and the University Union.
The conference, Achieving a Balance, is open to anyone interested in adapted physical activity for people with disabilities.
There will be more than 20 classroom conference sessions and 19 audience participation sessions on topics such as fitness and motor skill assessment, activity-based intervention for preschoolers with disabilities, training individuals to work with people with disabilities and many other topics.
Registration fees are $80 for professionals, $35 for full-time students and $45 for consumers or parents and must be received bySaturday, March 14. Continuing education units are available.
Call Non-Credit Programs at 298-1911 for more information.
A WIU program will help prepare students to be better leaders in the areas of national and international affairs.
Learning to Lead: Students Analyzing Public Policy and Race Issues will be held in two parts this summer. Classroom participation will be held June 6-26 and field placement will be held July 1-August 14.
During the classroom phase, students complete an academic curriculum based on public policy analysis and ethnic politics in America, computers and technology appli- cations and intensive expository writing. Field placement consists of a six-week field experience that allows students to experience firsthand the role of leaders and the public policy issues they confront.
Participants can receive up to nine semester hours of academic credit, and are responsible for tuition costs. Room and board and all classroom materials will be provided. Students will also receive a $500 stipend to offset expenses incurred during field placement.
For eligibility information or to request an application, contact Carol Fimmen at 298-2924, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. An application can also be downloaded from the Web at www.wiu.edu/users/micce/.
The WIU department of family and consumer sciences and School of Extended and Continuing Education are offering six culinary courses this spring. They are: Basic Kitchen Skills, Mondays, March 23 and 30, 6-9 p.m., $79; Wine Appreciation, Monday, April 6, 7-9 p.m., $39; Cooking for Couples, Mondays, April 13 and 20, 6-9 p.m., $139 per couple; Cooking of Provence, Mondays, April 27 and May 4, 6-9 p.m., $79; Quick Breads, Monday, May 18, 6-9 p.m., $59; and Simple Saute, Monday May 25, 6-9 p.m., $59.
The courses will be taught by John Lawrence, family and consumer sciences, and will be held in Knoblauch Hall 230 (except for the Wine Appreciation course, which will be held in the Union Lincoln Room). Enrollment is limited.
Call Non-Credit Programs at 298-1911 for a registration form.
Members of the WIU chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present their ninth annual recital of solo and ensemble music for organ, instruments and voice at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Carroll, Macomb.
Several WIU music faculty members will participate, including Anita Werling and Lynn Thompson. The recital is open to the public.
Award-winning Peoria artist William E. Butler will attend a 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 reception at the Art Gallery, kicking off his exhibition of watercolors which will be on display through Thursday, March 12.
Also on display Feb. 17 through March 12will be the Society of Illustrators Traveling Exhibition, a juried show of the best of contemporary American illustration.
Beginning Tuesday, March 3 through Thursday, March 12 the Art Gallery will have on display selections from its permanent collection.
The 10th Annual Soul Food Festival, a highlight of WIU's celebration of Black History Month, will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Union Lamoine Room.
The festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, barbecue chicken quarters, coleslaw, rolls, peach cobbler, lemon cake and beverages.
Tickets are $13 per person. The event is sponsored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center and is open to the public.
Call 298-2220 for tickets.
The American Red Cross and Panhellenic Council are sponsoring a blood drive in the Union Heritage Rooms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16; Tuesday, Feb. 17; and Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Thank you to Liz Swango in the Union Business Office for implementing a successful recycling project. She asked all areas of the University Union to bring any letter-sized, used paper that had printing on one side to the office. Now, the clean side of the paper is used to make file copies of billings for services that originate in the Union Business Office. Her efforts are truly appreciated.
University Union Staff
Nancy Coney, social work, co-authored "A Reexamination of Gilligan's Analysis of the Female Moral System," which was published in Human Nature, vol. 8, no. 3, 1997.
WIU's College of Education and Human Services and Macomb Community Unit District No. 185 received more than $87,000 from the Illinois State Board of Education.
As part of a Goals 2000 grant, the funds will be used for Engaged Learning technology training for teachers, and preservice opportunities for WIU students. The grant writing team was led by WIU faculty members Sandra Nelson, Lance Ternasky, Kathy Barclay, Bruce Barker and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Sherri Zimmerman.
Sue Corey, Beu Health Center, received $1,195 for the YouthAlcohol Mini-Grant funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Patricia Hutinger, elementary education and reading/Macomb Projects, received $780,000 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "STARNET 98."
Jeanette Thomas, biological sciences, received $7,542 from the Office of Naval Research for "International Conference on Biological Sonars."
Dorie Vallillo, WIUM/WIUW-FM, received $24,571 from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for "Basic Operating Support for Public Radio 1998-2000."
Norman Walzer and Steve Kline, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, received $115,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs for "Mapping for the FutureYear 3.
Patricia Chrosniak, elementary education and reading, has been selected for inclusion in the fifth edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers: The Best Teachers in America Selected by the Best Students.
Julia Mossbridge, biology graduate student, won one of two pre-doctoral student awards at the World Marine Mammal Science Conference in Monaco for the poster session "Antarctic Killer Whales Paritition an Acoustic Niche to Prevent Competition with Leopard Seals." The session, which she co-authored with WIU biology professor Jeanette Thomas, was chosen from among 500.
Gordy Taylor, alumni programs, was presented with the President's Award for Outstanding Service for contributions to the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce.