The WIU Board of Trustees will consider a tuition rate for students attending classes in the Quad Cities, amendments to trustee regulations and a collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) at its meeting today in the University Union Capitol Rooms.
The WIU Board will hold a finance committee session from 8 to 9:30 a.m.followed by a 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. academic and student services committee meeting. The Board meeting is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.An executive session may be held in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act.
A proposal to establish a Quad Cities tuition rate at the current extension rate level will be considered by the Board. Rates for students in the Quad Cities vary based on location or type of course. If approved, the rate would be effective for the Summer 1998 term and would apply uniformly to classes offered at the Arsenal, Quad Cities Graduate Study Center and the WIU Regional Center.
The Board may consider a three-year agreement between the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council and the University regarding wage increases for 18 employees. At press time, the FOP was holding a ratification meeting on a tentative agreement.
The Board is scheduled to consider amendments to Board of Trustees regulations which would allow for automatic revisions in regulations when such changes are mandated by state statute.
Committee agenda items for discussion include a proposal to establish a guaranteed four-year tuition, fee and room and board rate for WIU; an update on budget and deferred maintenance information; priority statements for FY2000 budget, and an update on the University Professionals of Illinois contract.
Students attending Black Hawk College will have an opportunity to make the transition to WIU even easier through a dual admission program agreement signed Feb. 10.
President Donald S. Spencer and Black Hawk President Judith Redwine announced and signed the agreement which allows students to be admitted to the two schools and be eligible for student services provided by both institutions.
The dual admission is for degree programs at Black Hawk's Kewanee and Moline campuses and includes transition to WIU programs at the Regional Center and the Macomb campus.
"Dual admission is a way to encourage students to complete an associate's degree as they work towards a bachelor's degree," Spencer said.
The agreement will serve as a model for Western. This spring WIU plans on finalizing dual admission agreements with colleagues at Spoon River College, Canton; John Wood Community College, Quincy; and Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, according to Spencer.
Benefits to students include academic adviser tracking of progress with both institutions. Students starting the program at Black Hawk will have financial aid handled through the community college. Upon transfer to WIU their financial aid and advising records will be handled by Western faculty and support staff.
The 26th year of the WIU Civil Service Employee Council is coming to an end. Five representatives to the Council will be elected, one from each employee group, to serve a three-year term.
The council is responsible for working with the director of human resources in the formation of policies relating to all civil service employees; considering problems of civil service employees; providing a medium for ideas between employee groups and the director of human resources; and planning activities for civil service employees.
The election will be held by mail during the week of March 30. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible employees prior to the election.
Any employee interested in running for representative is encouraged to fill out a Statement of Candidacy form and return it to Bonnie Taylor, Sherman Hall 227 by 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13.
Direct questions to the election committee:Pat Robinson, Mary Abbott, Jean Kipling, Bill Sibley, John Lahnum or Bonnie Taylor.
Eating disorders affect more than 5 million Americans. In conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 23-28, Beu Health Center and the Counseling Center will sponsor Eating Attitudes Day for WIU students Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Students can receive educational information, a written screening test, an interview with a healthcare professional and referrals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Union Cardinal/Oak Rooms. All services are free and confidential.
"We are not trying to diagnose eating disorders; we are showing students how their eating attitudes compare to those associated with eating disorders," said Mimi Prerost, Beu health education coordinator.
"If a person's score would indicate a potential eating disorder, we will refer that person to a healthcare professional."
Prerost stressed that students who would simply like more information can visit the Cardinal/Oak Rooms or the information booth which will be located in the Union Concourse.
For more information, call Prerost at 298-1888 or the Counseling Center at 298-2453.
The Office of Faculty Development invites faculty who have integrated technology into their courses to demonstrate what they have done during a Technology Fair from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Union Capitol Rooms. Faculty members who have used computer-assisted instructional strategies such as presentation software, online homework and tests, interactive tutorials and journals, the WWW, etc. in innovative ways are needed to present their innovative strategies to other faculty members.
Contact Faculty Development at 298-2434 or Roger Runquist at 298-1860 or via ccmailby Tuesday, Feb. 24 to participate in the demonstrations.
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at WIU is seeking rural communities throughout Illinois to host Peace Corp Fellows from June 1998 to May 1999.
Nine Fellows, who have experience in community development work overseas, will work on an economic or community development project in Illinois to complete their graduate study at WIU, according to John Gruidl, program director and IIRA faculty member.
"The Fellows, who are returned Peace Corps volunteers, will work on projects that the community has identified," Gruidl explained. Many communities have found that the Peace Corps Fellow serves as a spark plug to spur local development efforts, Gruidl added.
For more information, contact Gruidl at 800/526-9943 or 298-2237. Applications are due by Sunday, March 1.
Public Radio for the tri-states, WIUM-91.3 FM/WIUW-89.5 FM, will present the musical duo Trout Fishing in America at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Grand Theatre in Keokuk, Iowa,.
Musicians Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwoodhave been charming audiences with their eclectic folk-rock music, off-beat lyrics and wacky antics for over 15 years.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased by calling WIUM/WIUW at 298-1873 or 800/895-2912. Internet e-mail ticket requests can be sent to email@example.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the WIUM/WIUW program fund.
Work-out enthusiasts are upholding their new year's resolutions. In the first
18 days of the spring semester, the Student Recreation Center averaged over
1,200 users per day. The SRC staff reminds all WIU faculty and staff that minimum
usage hours are from 6 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. daily and all hours on weekends.
Faculty and staff who work out at the center three times a week from 6 to 8 a.m. for 30 days will receive a free t-shirt and 15 percent discount for merchandise. This offer is good through Wednesday, April 15.
Casa Latina Cultural Center will hold Conversational Spanish workshops from4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Monday beginning Feb. 23. The informal meetings are free and open to all. Call 298-3379 for more information.
Title IX Compliance and Gender Equity in Collegiate Athletics, an interactive teleconference from the University of Vermont, may be viewed from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in the Union Sandburg Theatre and Horrabin Hall 1. For more information, contact Cathy Werner, 298- 1977.
Basic HTML for Macintosh will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in Knoblauch Hall B34. Presented by Roger Runquist, faculty development. Call Faculty Development at 298-2434 to register.
Sister's Lunch Rap will be held at noon and 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 2 in Memorial Hall 200. Topic: Learning to Love Your Body. Lunches welcome, drinks provided. Come to whichever time best fits your needs. Call 298-2242 for information.
Introduction to HTML for Windows will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3in Horrabin Hall 68. Presented by Bruce Leland, English and journalism. Call Faculty Development at 298-2434 to register.
Advanced Windows will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 in Horrabin Hall 68. Presented by Bev Baker, academic computing. Call Faculty Development at 298-2434 to register.
Carl UnCover workshops will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb 23 and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in the Library Computer Lab. Presented by Kate Joswick and Jeanne Stierman, library. Call Faculty Development at 298-2434 to register.
Virginia W. Leonard, history, published a review of Circle of Love Over Death: The Story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, by Mathilde Mellibovsky. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 1997, on the web site H-LatAm@h-net.msu.edu.
N.M. Made Gowda, chemistry, co-authored "Oxidation of L-Glutamine by Manganese (III) in Acetic Acid, and Pyrophosphate Media: A Kinetic and Mechanistic Study," published in the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, vol. 30, 1998.
Siyoung Park, geography, authored "Women and Development on Cheju Island, South Korea," published in Asian Women and Their Work, part of the Pathways Series published by the National Council for Geographic Education.
Trevor Parry-Giles, communication, co-authored "A Stranger to Its Laws': Freedom, Civil Rights, and the Legal Ambiguity of Romer v. Evans' (1996)" in Argumentation & Advocacy, vol. 34, 1997.
Meckinley Scott, mathematics, co-authored "Single Counter Queueing Models Involving Multiple Servers," published in Opsearch, vol. 34, no. 4, 1997.
Bruce Barker, College of Education and Human Services, presented "Establishing an Instructional Technology Faster Degree Program via Distance Learning at Western Illinois University" at the Illinois Higher Education Distance Learning Conference held at Illinois State University.
WIU is a participant in the new grant program recently announced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which will enable WIU to send two or more students to Mexico and/or China in the fall of 1999. The grant includes two two-week summer institutes at the UIUC campus in May 1998 and 1999 and is shared by the Illinois Consortium for International Education (ICIE), of which WIU is a member.
Bonnie Johnson, library, received $70,000 from the Illinois State Library for "Small Public Library Management Institute."
John R. Harvey, health education and promotion, was lauded for his expertise in serving on the editorial board of a new textbook, Perspectives: Drugs & Society, Courswise Publishing, Dubuque, IA.
James Patterson, management, served as a judge on the Integrity Awards selection committee for the Bettendorf, IA Better Business Bureau and served as a member of the Outstanding Business Student Awards committee for the Quad Cities Management Association. Patterson was also named as a faculty associate for the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies in Tempe, AZ, a joint venture between the National Association of Purchasing Management and Arizona State University.
Tom Green, agriculture, has been named president-elect of the Illinois Arboriculture Association (IAA). Green will serve as president-elect through November 1998, then will become president of the organization for one year.