All employees who participate in SURS have 12 months to choose one of three retirement plan options. Representatives of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) will explain your options at meetings in the University Union Sandburg Theatre March 10 and 11.
The two-hour meetings will begin at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, and at 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, March 11.
Watch your home mail for a personalized workbook in a packet from SURS. Study your information and come to one of the meetings to learn more.
Effective April 1, 1998, WIU employees will have a choice of three retirement plans; the traditional (current) retirement package; the portable plan; and the self-managed plan. Current employees have through March 31, 1999, to make a lifetime choice of retirement plans. Any employee who does not complete and return the election form in the SURS packet (coming soon to your home address) will remain in the traditional SURS plan.
If you are at least 55 years old and have eight or more years of service, or you are at least 62 years old with at least five years of service, you may not choose the self-directed plan, and you probably do not want the portable plan (you would forfeit your survivor benefit or refund).
If you are not eligible to retire on April 1, you need to explore your options and make an informed decision. If you have questions about the meetings, call human resources, 298-1853.
The WIU Foundation is accepting applications for spring 1998 grant proposals.
Nearly $4,789 in funding may be awarded. In the past, awards ranged from $200 to $1,500. Application forms are available from department chairs.
Deadline to submit applications is noon Friday, April 24. Call Lu Hutson at 298-1808 for more information.
Is there a woman you know who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of women at Western? If so, consider nominating her for the Annual WOW Achievement Award.
The award will be presented at the WOW Spring Luncheon Monday, April 27. Send a letter describing your nominee's activities and accomplishments and why she should be honored by Friday, March 27 to Virginia Diehl, Waggoner Hall 159, or via ccmail.
The Council of Administrative Personnel (COAP), in conjunction with President Donald S. Spencer, will recognize the outstanding accomplishments made by a member of COAP through the Council of Administrative Personnel Employee of the Year Award.
The award recognizes significant contributions that go above and beyond the call of duty in serving WIU. Any WIU employee may nominate a COAP member. Self- nominations are encouraged. Nomination forms can be obtained by calling Beth Seaton, 298-1191, or by e-mail. Applications are also being sent to all COAP members.
Deadline to submit nominations to Beth Seaton, Sherman Hall 320, is Thursday, April 2.
The University Union Bookstore offers a commencement apparel rental service. Complete doctoral and master's attire are available for $35, as well as individual caps, gowns, tassels and hoods, at lower fees. In addition, the bookstore offers attire for purchase.
No tax or shipping will be charged on orders received before Wednesday, April 8; however, late orders will be assessed a $10 charge to cover shipping.
Call Scott Smith at the bookstore, 298-1931, for a complete list of costs and order form.
The Affirmative Action and Equity Council invites nominations for the Excellence in the Promotion of Multicultural Programming award.
The award recognizes special efforts to promote diversity or multiculturalism beyond the overall responsibilities of the University department or program.
Nominations, including self-nominations, will be accepted through Friday, March 27. Nominations should consist of a brief summary addressing the following: 1) a clear description of the individual's or unit's multicultural activities, initiatives, or goals and their implementation; 2) an explanation of how these activities increased awareness of, or sensitivity to, diversity and multiculturalism; 3) a description of any results, outcomes or benefits and; 4) an explanation of how this activity or program or service goes beyond the nominee's everyday job responsibilities.
Send nominations and supporting materials, if appropriate, to Affirmative Action/ADA, Sherman Hall 202. The recipient will be recognized at the President's Affirmative Action Recognition Reception, Thursday, April 10, in the University Art Gallery. For more information, call 298-1977.
The Civil Service Employees Council has applications for its Dependent Scholarships available in the human resources office, Sherman Hall 105. Applications may be picked up or will be mailed upon request.
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
Full-time undergraduate student who has been accepted to Western for fall semester, spring semester or summer session.
Must be a dependent of a civil service employee at Western who holds a permanent status position. A dependent who is also a civil service employee in a permanent status position is not eligible.
Individuals may receive the scholarship only once and may not reapply in future years.
Selection criteria include dependability, leadership, motivation, community service and work experience.
The selection for the scholarships will be made by the Civil Service Award Selection Committee. Application deadline is Friday, May 1.
The Office of International Education and the School of Extended and Continuing Education announce the appointment of Steven Risch coordinator of international student admissions, effective March 2.
Risch's responsibilities include management of international admissions for both undergraduate and graduate students, credential evaluation, immigration advising and international recruitment planning and development.
Risch comes to WIU from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he served as international admissions counselor since 1995, gaining experience in all aspects of the international admissions process. He has studied in Germany and Austria as a study abroad student and traveled extensively in Europe as well as Asia, northern Africa and the Carribean. He holds a degree in communication from Franciscan University. Risch has also been an active member in NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
At WIU, Risch will work closely with all departments in an effort to enroll students representing a variety of countries and to maintain the University's long tradition in providing programs for international students.
Laurie Black, registrar's office, has been selected as the civil service employee of the month for March. She was nominated for her extensive work with the NCAA Self-Study Committee, dedication to her work and WIU and her efficient reporting of University data to the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Education.
More than 300 students from 21 west- central Illinois junior and senior high schools will use their research skills and imagination to revisit events, people and concepts of the past at the 1998 West Central Illinois Regional History Day Fair.
The fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 in the Union Heritage and Lamoine rooms. Student exhibits in the Heritage Room will be open for public viewing from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The opening ceremony for the 36th annual event, the seventh consecutive competition held on the WIU campus, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Lamoine Room. State Representative Rich Myers and Macomb Mayor Tom Carper are scheduled to take part in the opening ceremony.
Students will exhibit local history projects as part of the 1998 All-Illinois History Exposition. Projects, papers, performances and media presentations will be judged based on the students' research skills, understanding of the topic's historical significance and creative presentation. Entries for the 1998 regional competition include papers, media projects, group performances, exhibits and models.
"History Day is an exciting program that encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme," said Robert Lombard, WIU associate professor of elementary and secondary education and coordinator of the annual regional competition. "Students can make history come alive through imaginative projects, original performances, media presentations and papers."
Students earning a superior rating on their projects may advance to the statewide competition held in May in Springfield. Students whose projects relate to the 1998 National History Day theme, "Migration in History," may advance to the national competition this summer.
The west-central Illinois competition is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in cooperation with the Illinois State Historical Society.
For more information, contact Lombard at 298-1785 or 298-1961.
The Macomb Brass Band will perform a winter concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at the Assembly of God Church, 112 Robin Road, Macomb.
Directed by WIU associate professor of music Bruce Briney, the Macomb Brass Band features musicians from WIU, Macomb and the surrounding communities of Carthage, Monmouth, Galesburg and Quincy.
The concert will feature a wide variety of music including James Curnow's "Jubilation," Dean Goffin's "Rhapsody for Brass" and a collection of music by Stephen Foster.
Tickets, available at the door, are $3. Children under 12 and senior citizens will be admitted free. For further information, contact Briney at 298-1123.
Several years ago in a survey conducted by the Faculty Development Office, WIU faculty identified student motivation as a primary concern and challenge.
On Monday, March 9, Kenneth R. Bain, founding director of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence and a faculty member in the Department of History at Northwestern University, will be on campus to conduct two two-hour workshops to address this issue.
Bain's workshops are scheduled early and late in the day to give faculty an opportunity to attend one or both workshops. The first workshop, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Union Capitol Rooms, will focus on the broad issue of student motivation, introducing insights that have emerged from recent research and assisting participants to apply those insights in their courses, particularly general education courses.
The second workshop will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Capitol Rooms. In this workshop, Bain will introduce ideas that have come from motivation research and will focus on the implications and applications of those ideas to all aspects of higher education, including courses for majors and minors.
Bain has 32 years of teaching experience, including teaching at a community college and a public university with an open admissions policy. In his WIU workshops, he will cover principles of human motivation some of which, research shows, are counter-intuitive and will introduce several powerful tools faculty can use in structuring and teaching their courses to motivate students to achieve success.
Contact Faculty Development, 298-2434, or cc:mail Nita Burg, to register for the morning, afternoon, or both workshops.
So you've had a few beers, but you feel just fine to drive. Not a problem, you say. Find out what problems you can have after just a few beers at "Beer Goggles Behind the Union" Wednesday, March 11.
The event, sponsored by WIU Beu Health Center's SPEAK UP! student group, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union Plaza, directly north of the Union. Six "beer goggles," simulating a .15 blood alcohol content, will be available for people to participate in demonstrations and dexterity drills using bicycles, as well as field sobriety tests.
"We want people to be aware that even after just a few drinks, their motor skills and judgement are affected," said Matt Ulmer of SPEAK UP! " The beer goggles give participants a realistic look at alcohol impairment."
For more information, contact Beu Health Center's health education coordinators at 298-2084.
As part of Women's History Month, WIU's Beu Health Center will host "Healthy Women 2000" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in the Union Algonquin Room.
The brown bag lunch session will feature a panel discussion focusing on issues such as women and alcohol; women and sexually transmitted diseases; women and exercise; and the role of the nurse practitioner.
Sue Corey and Mimi Prerost, Beu Health Center health education coordinators; Judi Jones, Beu Health Center nurse practitioner; and Rosalyn Kalantari, Beu Health Center family practice nurse practitioner, will discuss what it takes to be a healthy woman in the year 2000.
For more information on the program, contact Prerost, Beu Health Center, at 298-1888, ext. 250.
The 11th annual New Music Festival at WIU will be held Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11.
The festival provides a unique opportunity for the community and region to hear new music and meet recognized composers and performers. The events of the festival have been designed to provide an opportunity to experience and understand the music of our time, according to Paul Paccione, WIU music professor and co-coordinator of the festival.
The festival will bring together some of Western's performing faculty, guest artists, faculty and student composers and performers for a round of lectures, concerts and workshops that explore numerous facets of today's new music world.
The featured composer will be Peter Garland, a composer, author and publisher and sound designer, who has strong ties to both native American and Mexican music and culture. He was the editor and publisher of Sounding Press, publishing scores by a wide variety of American composers, and works by poets and artists. Garland has written two books of essays on American music.
From 12:25-1:10 p.m. Monday, March 9Michael Edgerton from the University of Wisconsin and members of the WIU Steel Band will present a hands-on workshop at Macomb High School for MHS band students. Edgerton is an expert in African music and steel pans. He will introduce his newly commissioned work "Agwara-Nanga-Wolof" at the festival.
An 8 p.m. Monday, March 9 concert in WIU's Browne Hall Hainline Theatre will feature chamber music by several of the guest artists and WIU faculty. The concert is open free to the public.
Other performances include a 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 solo and chamber music concert in Hainline Theatre by featured composer Garland, and a 7:30 p.m. March 10electro-acoustic concert in the WIU Art Gallery.
The New Music Festival is supported in part by Arts Midwest, the Illinois Humanities Council, the WIU Visiting Lecturers Committee and the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
For more information contact Paccione at 298-1124 or 298-1544.
WIUM-91.3 FM (Macomb)/WIUW-89.5 FM (Warsaw/Keokuk) celebrates public radio's partnership with live performance music with the second in the Celebration Concert Series. The Bogside Zukes, Peoria's award-winning Irish-Celtic band will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Change of Pace in Macomb.
The talented and energetic Bogside Zukes play both Irish and Celtic music. They call upon a wide variety of instruments to fill a room with sound, including mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, bouzuki, snare drum, harmonica, whistle, bass and bodhran. Audience involvement is always on tap when The Bogside Zukes unleash their high energy interpretations of Irish and Celtic ballads, hornpipes, reels and jigs.
The Celebration Concert Series is designed to enhance access to, and generate enthusiasm and appreciation for, a variety of live musical performances in the region. With the support of the Illinois Arts Council, WIUM/WIUW is able to invite the public to attend this series free of charge. Reservations are appreciated. For more information, call WIUM/WIUW at 298-1873 or 800/895-2912.
WIUM/WIUW is a member-supported service of the School of Extended and Continuing Education.
Agriculture producers can learn how holistic planning can work on the farm at a one-day workshop sponsored by the WIU agriculture department.
"Holistic Decision-Making for Whole Farm Planning" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 in Knoblauch Hall 152. The session leader will be Steve Bonney, president of Sustainable Earth Inc. in West Lafayette, IN. Bonney is also president of the Indiana Sustainable Agriculture Association and is a consultant to Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.
"Whole farm planning is a process of considering all aspects of the farm as one system. One change in a production practice or enterprise can affect the entire farm," Bonney said. "Holistic management is a decision-making process that ensures each management decision is economically, environmentally and socially sound. Thousands of farmers now manage differently as a result of their holistic management training."
The program is co-sponsored by the Western Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Society and the McDonough County Cooperative Extension Service. Registration for the workshop is $10.
For more information or to register by the Wednesday, March 11 deadline, contact the WIU agriculture department at 298-1080.
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. To register by the March 13 deadline, call the McDonough County extension office at 837-3939.
The WIU human resources department has a vacancy for a benefits counselor II traineeresponsible for counseling employees regarding benefit options and plan provisions. Applicants interested in this trainee position must lack one or more of the minimum qualifications as established by the State Universities Civil Service System. In order to accurately evaluate work experience(s) and/or college course work, applicants must complete an application and provide transcripts if applicable.
Application materials may be obtained in Sherman Hall 10 or 105, or by calling 298-1971. Completed applications with transcripts must be received in Human Resources, Sherman Hall 105, no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13.
WIUM/WIUW seeks a public radio news director, who is an experienced broadcast journalist to supervise and participate in the production and presentation of news and information programming, including regular newscasts as well as indepth features addressing issues of interest to the region.
The successful applicant will provide leadership and training for a staff of full- and part-time reporters and enthusiastically participate in strategic planning and fundraising activities. A bachelor's degree (master's preferred), preferably in journalism, and not less than three years of experience as a journalist with at least one year as a supervisor or manager, is required. Salary commensurate with experience.
Send letter of application, transcripts, résumé, three current letters of reference and an audition tape illustrating qualifications to: Dorothy Vallillo, WIUM/WIUW, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.