The WIU Board of Trustees modified the tuition rate for students attending classes in the Quad Cities, adopted amendments to trustee regulations and approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police at its Feb. 20 meeting.
A proposal to establish a Quad Cities tuition rate at the current extension rate level was adopted by the board. Tuition rates for students in the Quad Cities currently vary based on location or type of course. The new policy, effective summer 1998, applies uniform undergraduate and graduate level tuition rates to students enrolled in classes offered at the WIU Regional Center, Quad Cities Graduate Study Center and the Rock Island Arsenal.
The board approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Labor Council. The three-year agreement, ratified Feb. 17 by FOP members, commences July 1, 1997 with a reopener for wage negotiations. The first-year wage proposal calls for adjustments ranging from 1.7 to 4 percent, resulting in a 3 percent increase in base salaries on an annualized basis. There are 18 employees, primarily in police officer classifications, covered by the agreement.The board adopted amendments to Board of Trustees regulations which allows for automatic revisions in regulations when such changes are mandated by state statute. The revisions will be brought to the board for information.
A change in regulations was also approved to expand tax-deferred supplemental retirement plan opportunities for employees. A contract not to exceed $350,000 was awarded to StarNet, Fort Washington, MD, for the provision of services for the WIU/Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Satellite Education Network. Services include a digital satellite transponder for transmission of credit courses, support for equipment maintenance at various sites, training and Internet services for members. Approximately 6,000 teachers use the WIU/ISBE Satellite Education Network and StarNet for instructional resources.
The board also delegated to WIU President Donald S. Spencer authority to finalize a contract with the St. Louis Rams for Summer Training Camp 1998. The Rams held summer training camps at WIU in 1996 and 1997. Rams and University officials are negotiating a contract for 1998 which would involve the lease of land for an additional practice field.
In committee meetings prior to the board session, trustees discussed a proposal to establish a guaranteed four-year tuition, fee and room and board rate for WIU; an update on budget and deferred maintenance; priority statements for FY2000 budget; and an update on the University Professionals of Illinois contract.
The Women's Center invites the WIU community to celebrate Women's History Month during the month of March.
"This year's theme, Living the Legacy of Women's Rights,' was chosen because 1998 marks the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention," said Loretta Kensinger, director of WIU's Women's Center.
The convention produced the "Declaration of Sentiments," which declares women's rights to liberty and personal freedom in bold and uncompromising terms, according to Kensinger. A copy of the declaration is on display at the WIU Women's Center.
Special events are planned to commemorate women throughout March, including the March 25 speeches by Salome Chasnoff, co-founder of the Women's International Information Project, and Njoki Kamau, associate director of Northwestern University's Women's Center.
A six-week course titled "Women Role Models in Macomb History" will be offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evenings March 24and 31 and April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Spoon River College in Macomb. Call 833-6031 for more information.
Other events scheduled during the month include dinners, art exhibits, video presentations, brown bag lunches and programs on women's health.
Call the Women's Center at 298-2242 for more information.
The University Research Council announces its spring 1998 competition. The
deadline is noon, Thursday, April 9. The original plus 10 copies of the completed
application must be delivered to the Office of Sponsored Projects, Sherman Hall
320. Copies of the application package may be obtained from department chairs
or the Office of Sponsored Projects.
The 27th 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 the Statement of Candidacy form below 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.
The WIU Undergraduate Admissions Office will host its Western Express program, bringing more than 40 high school and community college counselors to WIU Wednesday through Friday, March 4-6.
Representatives from WIU admissions staff will be on the train when the invited guests board the Amtrak Illinois Zephyr and travel from Chicago's Union Station to Macomb for a special WIU orientation. The event includes a briefing of the campus' features and benefits to prospective students. In addition, a group of counselors from Peoria will arrive by bus to participate in the program. Counselors from the Quincy area will also attend.
"The Western Express Counselor Train will provide some counselors with their first opportunity to see the campus, and for others it will provide an update of available resources," said Karen Helmers, director of admissions.
A community welcome is planned at the Macomb Depot when the Western Express train arrives Wednesday evening. On Thursday, the counselors will meet with student service staff and representatives from academic departments, then meet the Provost and academic deans. They will also have a chance to talk with students and take an extensive tour of campus, including academic buildings, the library, residence halls, computer labs and Student Recreation Center. A reception at the President's home and evening banquet are also scheduled.
The Visual Production Center (VPC), Memorial Hall 418, provides a variety of photographic and graphic services for the University.
Photographic services include production of slides, photos and other graphic materials for classroom instruction, photos for University news releases and publications, slide duplication, production of color and black and white prints, and electronically scanned prints and slides onto computer disks.
Individual, group, passport and I.D. photos are taken in the VPC studio, and numerous campus events and activities are photographed on request.
VPC's graphic services include production of signs, logos, overhead transparencies and displays. Computer presentation development and traditional slide/tape programs are available. Other services include lamination, mounting visuals, displays, CD-ROM and television studio set production.
Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call VPC at 298-1358.
The WIU Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will sponsor an organ recital, featuring John Barr of Bridgewater, VA, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb.
Barr, a professor of organ and piano at Bridgewater College, will also present
a workshop on his own compositions at
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the church. Both events are open and free to the public.
The fifth annual Outdoor Skills Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Horn Field Campus. The event is sponsored by WIU's Student Recreation Society and the Horn Environmental Learning Project (H.E.L.P.).
Some of the sessions include ethical considerations of fire-building and alternatives, outdoor cooking and baking, treading lightly in the backcountry, outdoor apparel, map and compass orienteering, rope splicing and knots, and water purification. Frank "Doc" Lupton, RPTA professor emeritus, will give the keynote address to start the program in the morning.
Registration begins at the Old Oak Lodge at Horn Field Campus at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $3; registration on March 1, the day of the event, is $4. Participants will need to dress for the outdoors and bring their own lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
For more information or to pre-register, call the RPTA office at 298-1967 or Horn Field Campus at 833-5798.
The 10th annual African-American and 11th annual Latino Recognition banquets will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1, respectively, for Quad Cities area high school juniors, seniors and GED graduates.
The African-American Recognition will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Black Hawk College's (Moline) Building 4 cafeteria. The Latino Recognition will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Cosgrove Hall at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.
Keynote speakers, a college fair and dance performances are included in the weekend.
Call Zobeida Laufenberg at the WIU Regional Center, 309/762-9481, for more information.
Dr. Burks Oakley II, an associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Illinois, will be on campus Wednesday, March 4 to present "The Internet and Higher Education: Silicon and Fiber Replacing Bricks and Mortar." Oakley's presentation will take place in the Capitol rooms of the University Union from noon to 1:30 p.m.
He will discuss how Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) techniques can be used to supplement a lecture-based course taken by on-campus students, and how it can be used in totally online courses, which are taken by students far from campus.
Following Oakley's presentation, WIU faculty will demonstrate innovative ways of integrating technology into their courses at a Technology Fair sponsored by Faculty Development. Demonstrations will be conducted from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Capitol Rooms.
For details, call 298-2434.
More than 100 employers, recruiting agencies and school districts will be at WIU in upcoming job fairs March 31 and April 9.
More than 75 agencies will be recruiting for full-time employees at the sixth annual Multicultural Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 in the Union Grand Ballroom.
Recruiters from approximately 50 school districts will participate in the Seventh Annual Mid States: Western IllinoisEastern Iowa Educational Recruitment Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Union Heritage Rooms. People wishing to attend need to pre-register before April 3 at no charge. After that date a $5 fee will be charged.
For further information on the job fairs contact the WIU Occupational Information and Placement Office, Sherman Hall 116, 298-1838.
The vocal area faculty of the WIU music department will present a Faculty Song Recital at 2 p.m. Sunday March 8 in Browne Hall Hainline Theatre.
The theme of the recital is "Songs of the Vernacular," and features faculty members Charolette Megginson, soprano, Marietta Dean, mezzo-soprano, and Lynn Thompson, baritone, as well as guest artist Kathleen Randles, mezzo-soprano, who is on the faculty of Illinois State University in Normal. Pianists will be WIU faculty members Michael Campbell, Hyung Ja Kim, and James Magsig.
The program will include songs by Charles Ives, Lee Hoiby, Christopher Berg, and cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg.
The recital is free and open to the public.
Agriculture producers can keep up with the changes by participating in the Agriculture Technology Fair at WIU Monday, March 16.
The fair will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Knoblach Hall. Classroom sessions include precision farming, remote sensing, precision ag equipment, yield mapping lessons and technology resources. Computer lab sessions include agriculture uses of the Internet, field planning and recordkeeping software. WIU agriculture professor Gordon Roskampwill be a featured presenter.
Cost of the workshop is $5 per person. For more information or to register by the March 13 deadline, call the McDonough County extension office at 309/837-3939.
Meckinley Scott, mathematics, co-authored "On the Number of Customers Lost in a Finite State-Dependent Queue," published in Opsearch, vol. 34, no. 4, 1997.
Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, communication, co-authored "The Role of Personal Relationships in Drug Offer Situations" that was presented at the Western States Communication Association conference.
Katharine Pawelko, recreation, park, and tourism administration, and Jacqueline Rickman, interdisciplinary studies, presented the workshop "Before They Fall Through the Cracks" at the Teachers of Experiential and Adventure Methodology (T.E.A.M.) conference at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.
Robert W. Quesal, communication sciences and disorders, co-presented two papers at the 38th Annual Convention of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Arlington Heights. They were "Successful' Stuttering Therapy: An In-Depth Case Study" and "Stuttering and the Internet: A Live Demonstration." He also served as co-chair for the fluency track at the convention.
Leonard Harzman, agriculture, received $1,770 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Agricultural Education Supplemental Funds 98."
Norman Walzer, economics and IIRA, was recognized by the USDARural Development for his "contribution and commitment to improving the quality of life in rural Illinois" and was awarded a plaque at a recent Rural Partners meeting.