After two years of study and planning, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed a New Student Seminar to help new WIU students make the transition to college life easier. The two-year pilot program, which will be offered beginning fall 1998, will provide students "with a stronger sense of how to approach college work and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the value of a general education," according to Phyllis Farley Rippey, dean of the college.
"Typically, more than 70 percent of first year experience programs are student services oriented, and that certainly is appropriate and important in helping students make the transition to college," said Rippey. "But we on the academic side also have a responsibility to help new students develop an appreciation for a broad liberal arts and sciences background, no matter what their intended major or occupation."
Nine "distinguished faculty" from the college were selected to design and teach six sections of the one credit hour seminar. They include Virginia Diehl, psychology; Charles Helm, political science; Iraj Kalantari, mathematics; Laura Barden, biology; Virginia Boynton, history; and Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, philosophy.
Three other faculty membersTom Joswick, English; Valerie Smead, psychology; and Steve Bennet, geologywill assist with program design this fall and begin teaching the seminar in fall 1999, with three additional faculty members.
"Students will develop an understanding of how the various arts and sciences' disciplines use various methods to study the same problem areas from different perspectives," said Virginia Diehl, psychology distinguished professor. "This foundation will give them a basis for further learning as they move through the general education curriculum and delve into their major. We hope it will make them even more successful in their college careers."
The pilot seminar is open to all new students across all majors.
International learning and global awareness are of growing importance to today's business world. To foster those values, WIU's College of Business and Technology (CBT) will sponsor a Globalization Series, beginning today, Feb. 6.
Computer science instructor Marzena Makuta will kick off the series with her presentation on Poland.
Other Friday lectures throughout the semester include Feb. 20Fetene Gebrewold, health education and promotion, speaking on Ethiopia; March 6Chuck Betts, Roquette America Inc. of Keokuk, IA, speaking on a French company (Roquette) operating in the United States; March 27Yi-Rey Chen, marketing student, speaking on Taiwan; April 10visiting professor Graham Morgan, University of Central England, speaking on England; and April 241979 WIU alumnus Steve Vanne, Caterpillar Logistics Inc., speaking on working in Switzerland and Europe.
"The college's Globalization Series is a means of learning from each other about the culture and the business climate of other countries," said Larry Wall, CBT assistant dean.
All Globalization Series presentations will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. All faculty, students and community members are invited to attend.
For more information, call 298-2442.
Phi Kappa Phi is seeking nominations from the WIU faculty for 1998 faculty initiates. Nominations must be accompanied by a letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee's current detailed résumé containing a list of scholarly achievements and other activities indicating high-quality academic work.
Phi Kappa Phi members are especially encouraged to nominate faculty who they believe are deserving of the honor.
Nominations should be sent to Tej Kaul, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi faculty initiates committee, Stipes Hall 431, or to any member of the committee: David Beveridge, Stipes Hall 101; Charlene Callison, Knoblauch Hall 140; Sterling Kernek, Morgan Hall 450; Kenneth Keudell, Waggoner Hall 232; or Deb Miller, Browne Hall 117A. Nominations must be received by the committee no later than Friday, Feb. 20.
John Simmons, philosophy and religious studies, has been selected as WIU's 1998 faculty lecturer. He will present Crossing the Millennial Threshold: Myths, Messiahs, and Mayhem in America for the Annual Faculty Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Union Sandburg Theatre.
The primary focus of his lecture will be the "millennial myth" and its current and potential impact on American culture as we approach the year 2000. Included in the lecture will be secular millennial themes, which "are quite evident in the Unibomer's manifesto, in the motivation behind the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma and in the militia and Patriot movements," Simmons said.
"There is a real possibility for continued internal violence as we add the provocative date 2000 to this mixture of social change, anger at the federal government and general belief in an imminent apocalyptic change for this nation," said Simmons, who will conclude his presentation with "some positive points on how we might 'defuse' millennial tension as we cross the millennial threshold."
The Phi Kappa Phi undergraduate research paper competition is open to seniors in any academic discipline. Single-authored papers (one per student) may report results of independent and original library, laboratory or field research projects done while a student at WIU. No specific format is required. Papers are limited to maximum length of 30 pages. Entrants should observe the tenants of excellent research and should write in a manner that can be understood by persons in other disciplines.
Winning students and the faculty members in whose classes the papers were written will be recognized at the Phi Kappa Phi Spring Luncheon April 26.
Include on the cover sheet: student's name, campus address and telephone number and faculty member's name and department. Entrants are not limited to members of Phi Kappa Phi. Awards are $250, $200, $150 and $100. The deadline to submit papers to Cheryl Cohen, physical education, is 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. For additional information on evaluation criteria, contact Cohen at 298-1058 or 298-1820.
Assessment Day is scheduled each semester to provide time for faculty and students to participate in activities furthering the institutional assessment of student learning.
All classes in Macomb Wednesday, Feb. 18scheduled before 4 p.m. are cancelled for the day except those meeting once a week. Evening classes and WIU Regional Center classes will be held.
The enhanced University Writing Exam will be administered between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for all rising juniors. All other students should be available for any departmental assessment activities scheduled during the day. Departments may require students to participate in major assessment activities.
This is the second time that the writing exam essay will be based on a short text (article) sent to students prior to the exam. This semester's text is an excerpt entitled "Chaos and Consciousness," from The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millenium. The essay deals with the nature and implications of human consciousness as being random rather than linear and orderly.
The Assessment Office reports that Assessment Days are being used by departments with increasing productivity. Faculty and administrators use the day for a wide variety of activities including: to meet with students in focus groups, to administer locally or commercially developed content exams, to develop and administer student surveys, to review portfolios with students, to analyze assessment data previously collected by the department or Institutional Research and Planning (graduating senior survey, alumni survey), to develop recommendations for enhancing the curriculum or begin implementation of previously generated recommendations, and to review curriculum or instructional issues in light of previous assessment findings.
WIU's Assessment Day was featured in a session at this year's North Central Association Annual Meeting.
WIU employees who plan to retire by December, 31, 1999, may schedule an individual conference with a counselor from the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) by calling Human Resources. SURS counselors will be at WIU Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Call Nancy Sherer at 298-1853 by Tuesday, Feb. 10 to schedule a confidential appointment. Be prepared to provide your social security number, campus department and phone number, anticipated date of retirement, sick and vacation balances at retirement, and information about service credit you can purchase.
An SURS counselor will give an overview of retirement, disability and survivor benefits from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Union Fox Room and from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the Union Cardinal/Oak Room.
Call Human Resources, 298-1853, if you have questions.
WIU's department of elementary education and reading is seeking faculty to teach one or more courses for Youth University, a summer program for gifted and talented students in grades 2-8. Youth University runs from June 15 through July 2. Instructors in the arts, sciences, business, technology, fine arts and communication are wanted.
For more information or to request a proposal form, please contact Cindy Dooley, 298-1923, or Betsy Hommel, 298-2171.
WIU will celebrate its centennial in 1999, and there's no better way to commemorate the year-long celebration than by involving the people who witnessed the institution's milestones during the past 100 years.
The Centennial Public Relations Committee is looking for general-interest articles and photos that pertain to the University's history.
Articles may be used in a variety of materials, such as a calendar, local newspapers, current and new campus publications and centennial publications. Articles should be approximately 600-1,200 words, typed and double-spaced and suitable for placement in the media. These items will be developed as part of the 1999-2000 celebration with the theme: The Western Illinois University Centennial: Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Education.
Papers may focus on how the campus has changed; or they may contrast differences in the University between 1899 and 1999; or articles may focus on historical events; such as World Wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the development of arts and music, etc. Personal experience anecdotes about general campus life and student programs and activities are also needed.
Articles should be written for a broad audience, ranging from current and prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the greater Macomb community.
Include unique photos (black and white or color) that represent the people or the main idea of the article. Please submit captions that include names of people and the year the photo was taken if possible. Art and other graphics are also acceptable. All visuals will be returned to the provider. Send your article and visuals to John Maguire, c/o Centennial Public Relations Committee, Sherman Hall 302 or e-mail: JC_Maguire@wiu.edu
Please send only a few visuals. If you have a large number of photos or graphics you'd like to submit, please call John Maguire at 298-1993.
The campus community is invited to a Monday, Feb. 16 farewell luncheon for Robert Caruso, assistant vice president for student services, who is leaving WIU to become vice chancellor at Western Carolina University. The luncheon will be held at noon at El Rancherito Restaurant in Macomb. Please RSVP to Judy Lisak, 298-3328.
Title IX Compliance and Gender Equity in Collegiate Athletics, a 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.
A year-end review of the Fighting Leathernecks 1997 football season has been made by the WIU broadcast communication. The 25-minute videotape, WIU Leathernecks Football Highlights, is narrated by "the voice of the Leathernecks" Larry Derry and contains highlights from each game, video commentary from eight senior players and sideline and locker room footage.
Cost for a tape is $20. Checks should be made payable to Broadcast Communication Activities. To order a tape or for more information, contact broadcast communication, 298-2888.
The William Leroy Moffett: Artist and Teacher exhibition and works by former students are on display at the WIU Art Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 12.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17, award- winning Peoria artist William E. Butler's watercolors will be exhibited along with the Society of Illustrators Traveling exhibition. A public reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17. The shows will be displayed through March 12.
Tom Watkins, history, has had his book, L. Munatius Plancus: Serving and Surviving in the Roman Revolutionpublished by the University of Illinois.
Patricia Chrosniak, elementary education and reading, presented two sessions on "Reading Strategies for Middle School and High School English Teachers" to Davenport (IA) public school teachers.
Paul Dennhardt, theatre, directed "The Golden Goose" for the Birmingham (AL) Children's Theatre as part of their 50th Anniversary Season.
Pamela Terry Godt, elementary education and reading, gave an inservice workshop on "Finding a Balance Between Phonics and Whole Language in Reading Instruction" to teachers and administrators in Chillicothe.
Rhonda Grover, international education, presented a student residential programs training session on "Effectively Communicating and Working with International Students" at WIU.
Virginia Leonard, history, presented "The Real Story of the 'Amistad!'" to students of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Anita Magafas and Katharine Pawelko, recreation, park and tourism administration, attended the 10th annual American Association of Therapeutic Humor Conference in Washington, D.C.
Cathy Onion, alumni programs, served as the newcomer's and preconference program chair for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District Five Conference in Chicago.
Gordy Taylor, alumni programs, gave three presentations at the CASE District Five Conference in Chicago. Taylor spoke on "Keeping an Overwhelmed Staff Motivated," "Utilization of an Alumni Center" and "Challenging Newcomers in Advancement."
Jeannette Thomas, biology, presented "Strategies for Pursuing a Career in Marine Mammal Science" at the World Marine Mammal Science Conference in Monaco.
The following graduate students co-presented student research poster sessions with Thomas at the conference: Maggie Fahner, "Echolocation and Signature Whistles by Pacific White-Sided Dolphins at the Shedd Aquarium" and Amy Nester, "Analysis of Whistles by False Killer Whales Near Costa Rica."