Six WIU employees have been selected to receive community service and distinguished service awards. They, along with employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to WIU, will be honored at the Employee Service Recognition Reception to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the Union Lamoine Room.
Kathy Cavins, director of residence life, will receive the Administrative Community Service Award; and Jim Hommel, physical plant building service worker I, will receive the Civil Service Community Service Award. Cavins and Hommel will receive plaques prepared by the office of Human Resources and stipends of $250 funded by the WIU Alumni Association.
Cathy Werner, affirmative action director, will receive the Administrative Distinguished Service Award. Three employees receiving Civil Service Distinguished Service Awards include Tim Engel, associate publications director, university relations; Mary Hughes, music secretary IV, bands office; and Barb Woodford, occupational information and placement secretary III. These employees will receive certificates and a $250 stipend funded by the office of Human Resources.
As director of residence life, Cavins oversees the training of more than 170 resident assistants, graduate assistants and staff members who are responsible for more than 4,000 students living in WIU residence halls. She serves on the WIU Crisis Management Team, teaches a leadership class and serves as an adviser to a campus sorority. Cavins is also an active member of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce. She served as Chamber president in 1997, and for the past four years Cavins has served as facilitator for the Community Leadership Academy. Cavins is working toward a doctorate at Illinois State University.
Hommel , who serves as a custodian in Currens Hall, is working toward a degree in urban forestry. He recently conducted tree inventories at local parks for the city of Macomb and is currently preparing a CD ROM that will be used by the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA) to promote urban forestry at WIU. Additionally, Hommel volunteers his time to youth programs at the YMCA, Macomb schools, the Macomb Basketball Association and the local girls' softball association, serving on the boards, preparing for games and coaching. This summer, Hommel will coach the girls' 16 and under traveling softball team.
Werner serves the University as affirmative action and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance director. She is a member of the Illinois Affirmative Action Officers Association (IAAOA) executive board and is the Illinois state coordinator for the American Association of Affirmative Action (AAAA). Werner often speaks to University classes and campus and community organizations about affirmative action, sexual harassment and ADA compliance. She serves on the professional development committee for the Western Organization for Women (WOW), is vice chair of the Western Illinois Credit Union, is past president of the Council on Administrative Personnel and is a board member for Kita House in Macomb.
Engel has served as associate director of publications since 1995, and previously he was a graphic designer in the office of university relations. He is the primary contact for publications that project the University's image to outside audiences, including student recruitment publications such as the viewbook, WIU Foundation fundraising publications, student orientation and residence life pieces. Engel works with each client through design and production and monitors the printing process to assure high quality publications.
Hughes serves as the bands office secretary, working behind the scenes for a number of events which bring large numbers of high school and college-age students to campus including the Marching Band Classic, the Jazz Festival and the Band Showcase. She coordinates administrative details, maintains business records, designs and produces publications and manages mailings and entries for the major events in addition to daily office work. Often times Hughes works weekends and evenings to assure smooth running of these events.
Woodford has been a WIU employee since 1982, working as a secretary in a variety of offices including payroll, learning resources and her current position in the occupational information and placement office where she produces the weekly job placement bulletin. In addition to coordinating the job bulletin which is available to WIU alumni, faculty and staff by subscription, Woodford designs office brochures, flyers, employer table signs and table tents for five annual job fairs. Within the community, Woodford is involved as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, assists with various 4-H and McDonough County Extension Program projects and serves her church in numerous ways.
Fighting fires, teaching classes, delivering babies. Today's girls will be the working women of tomorrow, and millions of people will devote a workday to fostering girls' abilities and self-esteem on Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Thursday, April 23.
For the second year, WIU will take part in the national celebration, offering information packets on the day, a luncheon for girls and their sponsors and an afternoon event at the campus recreational facility.
The Office of the President, Office of the Provost, vice president for administrative services and Women's Center invite girls around the ages of 8 to 16 to spend the day with their parent or a sponsor at work. WIU students may consider bringing their daughters to classes with the advance permission of their instructors. Participants should give at least three days' to one week's notice to employers or instructors if they would like to participate. Supervisors and faculty have the final authority to determine whether the worksite or classroom is suitable for young guests.
An Italian buffet lunch is planned from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union Delta Deli. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for daughters. Reservations must be sent to the WIU Women's Center, Memorial Hall 200, by Tuesday, April 21. Reservation forms can be obtained from the Women's Center, 298-2242, or from the Women's Center cc:mail bulletin board.
From 1:30-3 p.m. 50 pre-registered participants may use the Student Recreation Center at no cost. Campus Recreation staff and graduate assistants will supervise an art table, as well as aerobics, golf and putting green, racquetball, swimming, table tennis and walleyball activities. Registration and completion of a waiver is required. Forms can be obtained from the Women's Center and must be returned to 206 Student Recreation Center by Monday, April 20.
"The day is a time to focus on girls' abilities rather than appearances," said Loretta Kensinger, director of the Women's Center. "It's a day for girls to envision the possibilities for their future."
Take Our Daughters to Work Day was founded in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation to help girls stay strong and remain confident.
The Women's Center can provide suggestions for worksite administrators, parents and sponsors and WIU faculty for making the most of visits by daughters. The University does not accept responsibility for children while on campus. A general parental waiver of claim form must be signed by participants and left with supervisors. Forms and suggestion lists are available in the Take Our Daughters to Work Day packet, available from the Women's Center or from the Center's cc:mail bulletin board.
For more information about WIU's celebration, contact the WIU Women's Center at 298-2242. For information on the national observance, including information for boys, visit the website www.ms.foundation.org.
If you found that the amount of taxes withheld in 1997 was either too much or not enough, you can make a change by completing a new W-4 form in the payroll office.
If you are having too much tax withheld and have not claimed all of your withholding allowances, you may want to increase the number of withholding allowances. If you didn't have enough tax withheld and find that you owe at the end of the year, you may want to decrease the number of withholding allowances you claim.
Call the payroll office, 298-1867, with questions.
Students attending Carl Sandburg College (CSC) will have an opportunity to make the transition into Western Illinois University easier through a dual admission program agreement signed by the two institutions.
President Donald S. Spencer and Carl Sandburg College President Donald G. Crist announced and signed the agreement, which allows students to be admitted to the two schools and to be eligible for student services provided by both institutions.
Students are admitted to both institutions at the same time and will have the advantage of a seamless transition from Carl Sandburg's associate's programs at the Galesburg campus as well as the Carthage and Bushnell attendance centers, into Western bachelor's degree programs.
The WIU-Sandburg agreement is the third for the University. Agreements were recently signed with Black Hawk College and Spoon River College. Additional dual admission agreements are under consideration between WIU and other Illinois and Iowa community colleges.
Benefits choice meetings are scheduled Tuesday, April 28 in the Union Nauvoo Room. Meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. for active employees and retired employees without Medicare.
A meeting for retired employees with Medicare A & B will be held at 2 p.m. The benefit choice period consists of only one month, May 131, 1998. Employees are encouraged to come to a meeting and to attend the Benefits Fair in the adjoining room.
Nancy Sherer, human resources, will explain the telephone change option and introduce representatives of the tax-deferred supplemental retirement plans. Benefit choice options booklets will be distributed through campus mail before the meetings.
All employees will pay an additional health cost of $5 per month effective Wednesday, July 1. Forms to change your health and/or dental coverage or to apply to increase your life insurance coverage are available at the meetings and from Human Resources, Sherman Hall 105, 298-1853.
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Outstanding Academic Adviser Award to be presented fall semester 1998. The recipient will receive a $250 cash award from the Alumni Association, $250 in line item expenditures from Faculty Development and a plaque.
Any full- or part-time faculty member or academic support personnel assigned a caseload of academic advisees is eligible. The period of service covered by the award is fall semester 1997 through spring semester 1998. Since the award is given in the fall 1998 semester, it is expected that nominees will be employed at WIU during the 1998-99 academic year.
Nominations will be accepted from students, peers, supervisors, or through self-nomination. The nomination letter should document excellence in two or more of the following areas: 1) service to students as an adviser; 2) student perceptions of adviser's abilities based on evaluations; 3) size, composition and effective management of caseload with emphasis on qualitative management; 4) knowledge of advising principles and University rules and regulations; and 5) meeting student needs beyond the expectations of the position.
Letter of nomination, and a minimum of two letters supporting the nomination should be submitted to the Provost's Office, Sherman Hall 211 by Thursday, April 30.
For more information, call 298-1066.
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 lot of visuals, please call John Maguire at 298-1993.
WIU employees who have YMCA memberships through WIU payroll deduction recently received a letter from the YMCA specifying new rates. If you wish to cancel your YMCA membership, you will need to call or cc:mail Sheila Downin in Human Resources, 298-1971, to sign a revocation card by Thursday, April 30.
If you plan to continue the membership through payroll deduction, you do not need to do anything. Your membership will continue at the new rates effective Friday, May 1 and you will receive new cards from the YMCA.
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 chairpersons.
Deadline to submit applications is noon Friday, April 24. Call Lu Hutson at 298-1808 for more information.
A three-car accident claims the life of two and seriously injures three more innocent people. All because of one person who chose to drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car.
This is the scenario the WIU Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a volunteer student organization, is re-creating for its annual Mock DUI project. The accident scene will take place at 11 a.m. today in Q-Lot East parking lot (near the Heating Plant annex).
Officers from the Illinois State Police, Macomb Police Department, McDonough County Sheriff's Department and the WIU Office of Public Safety, as well as emergency personnel from the Western EMS, Macomb Fire Department, McDonough District Hospital and Life Flight from St. Francis Hospital in Peoria will respond as if the scene were a real accident.
"Through the help of emergency personnel, we will simulate an accident scene in which alcohol is involved. We want to provide a real view of drunken driving and the devastating effects it has on the people involved," said Jennifer Dahmm, a Western EMS volunteer. "The Mock DUI project is realistic. It shows the pain and suffering caused from DUI-related accidents."
For more information, call 298-2863.
To combat "summer setback," WIU elementary education students will host a workshop Tuesday, April 21 for parents of school-age children.
"Easy Ways Parents Can Support Children's Learning at Home" will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Lincoln School in Macomb. Pizza will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for parents and children, with workshops running from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Parents are invited to attend one session of their choice.
Children, ages three to nine, will attend a separate session in the Lincoln School gym. Child care, sponsored by the New Parent Program, will be provided for children under age two. Students from WIU elementary education professor and department chair Kathy Barclay's parent involvement class will conduct the seven workshop sessions while students from Cindy Dooley's early childhood class will entertain children with storytelling and activities.
Workshop sessions for parents include Fish into Reading (grades PreK-1); Using Math Manipulatives at School and Home (grades PreK-1); Math 1, 2, 3 ½ (grades 2-3); Reading Around the World (grades 2-3); Booking and Cooking (grades PreK-3); Pour, Mix, Stir and Squish (grades PreK-3); and Fostering Family Writing (grades 2-3). More than 95 parents of Macomb school-age children attended last year's workshop.
"Children whose parents are involved in their education tend to have better grades, test scores and long-term academic achievement, as well as better attitudes and behavior than those with uninvolved parents," Barclay said. "The home-learning activities that will be presented at the workshop will engage both parents and children in tasks that will positively support academic learning.
Reservations are required as space is limited. To register, contact your child's teacher or school office.
Bring cookies to work; pick up litter; volunteer at a nursing home; give someone flowers for no specific reason. These things we do "just because" qualify as random acts of kindness.
To encourage people everywhere to practice random acts of kindness, WIU's Office of Student Activities (OSA) will sponsor Random Acts of Kindness Week Wednesday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 6.
"We'd like to invite the entire community to participate in this celebration of humanity, civility and selflessness," said Luis Moreno, assistant director of student activities at WIU. "Acts of kindness don't necessarily require a lot of work or money. Simply telling someone you appreciate their work or opening a door for someone counts."
During April 29-May 6, community and campus groups and individuals are encouraged to do something nice for someone else, and carry this message to others.
National Random Acts of Kindness Week began in 1995. WIU began its own celebration in spring 1996 in which more than 60 campus and community organizations and businesses and 100 individuals did more than 300 kind acts.
Any person or organization who would like to participate in the week, or would like to suggest the name of a person that is in need of a kind act should contact Moreno at 298-3232.
Puccini's one-act comic opera "Gianni Schicchi" is the presentation of the WIU music department Opera Workshop, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 24-26. Performance times in the Horrabin Hall Theatre are 8 p.m. Friday with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.
Vocal assistant professor Lynn Thompson is the workshop's musical director. Stage direction is by associate music professor Bruce Gardner,
Tickets, $5, will be available at the door. Students will be admitted free with ID.
Computational issues in science and engineering applications will be discussed during the Midwest Numerical Analysis Day, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 in Morgan Hall.
Presenters will include Joe Flaherty from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who will speak about "Adaptive Methods for Partial Differential Equations (PDEs); Bill Gear from the NEC Research Institute, who will present "Scientific Computing and Computer Vision;" and Edward Twizell from Brunel University in England, who will present "Computational Bio-Mathematics."
In addition, nearly 20 talks and poster sessions by participants will be presented.
There is no registration fee.
For more information, call Voss at 298-1562, or Abdul Khaliq at 298-1562.
WIU art students' senior exhibitions show begins Monday, April 20 in the Art Gallery. On Tuesday, April 21 the annual juried student awards show will also be available for viewing. The exhibitions will run through Friday, May 8.
The awards show will feature work in a variety of media and styles from 46 WIU student artists. A public reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, with award presentations at 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery.
Mark S. Boley, Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, and David K. Rigsbee, physics, co-presented "Investigation of the Effects of Neutron Irradiation on In-Field Critical Current Density in Polycrystalline Superconductor HoBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x)" at the Ninth Annual Student Research Conference of the former Board of Governors Universities held at WIU.
Mark S. Boley, Doug Franklin, Matthew G. Walker, and Amul Tevar, physics, co-presented "Investigation of the Effects of Cobalt Doping on Magnetic Field and Temperature Dependence of Transport Critical Current Density in Polycrystalline Superconductor YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x)" at the Ninth Annual Student Research Conference of the former Board of Governors Universities held at WIU.
Mark S. Boley, Clay D. Nall, and Benjamin D. Murphy, physics, co-presented "Enhancements in High Temperature Superconductivity Data Acquisition Techniques using Customized Software and Uniquely Designed Spring-Loaded Mechanical Contact Assemblies" at the Ninth Annual Student Research Conference of the former Board of Governors Universities held at WIU.
Patricia Chrosniak, elementary education and reading, presented "Teaching Reading to the Limited English Proficient High School Student: The Role of the English Teacher," to the United Township/Feeder Schools Joint Institute in East Moline.
Wayne Crawford, English and journalism, presented "Examining the Soundtracks of Our Lives: Speaking the Body of Popular Music" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago
Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, philosophy and religious studies, presented "A Kantian and Humean Critique of Contemporary Theories of Moral Education" at the 29th annual meeting of The American Academy for 18th Century Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Joe Gregory, art, presented "The Theme of Religious Persecution in the Work of Pieter Bruegel" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Art History Society in Chicago.
Pamela Terry Godt, elementary education and reading, made a research presentation titled "Booklinks with Jamaica: Initiating an International Book and Penpal Exchange Between Illinois and Jamaican Students" at the Illinois Reading Council's 30th Annual State Reading Conference in Springfield. The research was presented in conjunction with Liz Burton and Janet Jackson, teachers at VIT school.
Godt also made a research presentation titled "Teachers Action Research Vignettes" at the same reading conference. Four graduate students, who were selected by a vote of the other students in the capstone graduate course "Leadership in Reading," co-presented summaries of their own classroom research projects. They are: Judy Mosher, Farmingdale Elementary School, Pleasant Plains, IA; April Schilb, Hillcrest Elementary School, East Moline; Carol Tellefson, Longfellow School, Clinton, IA; and Pamela Worlin, Eastview Elementary School, Canton.
Hallie S. Lemon, English and journalism, presented "His/story or Her/story: Gender Distinctions in Electronic Discourse Communities" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago.
Forrest Robinson, English and journalism emeritus, participated in "An Illinois Portfolio" symposium at Bradley University where he read his own poetry.
Aimee Shouse, political science, presented "A Political Apprenticeship: The Political Activity of Illinois Direct Entry Midwives" at the 1998 Wilma E. Grote Symposium for the Advancement of Women at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.
Sara Simonson, elementary education and reading, presented "Strategies for Incorporating Trade Books in the Content Areas" at a workshop for teachers at George O. Barr Elementary School in Silvis.
Bea Wehrly, counselor education/college student personnel emeritus, participated with the team that presented the all-day pre-convention Professional Learning Institute, "Counseling Multiracial Individuals and Families," at the American Counseling Association national meetings in Indianapolis.
She was also co-presenter of "Counseling Cross-Racial Adoptive and Foster Families," and was an invited participant in the ACA National Multicultural Ad Hoc Committee meeting at the ACA national convention.
The following Macomb Projects staff made presentations and conducted workshops at the Early Childhood Technology Conference at WIU:
Sharon Doubet coordinated the conference and presented "Software Review, Ages Birth Through Three."
Linda Robinson and Carol Schneider presented "If You Give a Teacher HyperStudio."
Letha Clark and Carol Bell presented a "Software Review."
Terry Carley, Carol Bell, Amy Betz, Judy Potter, Margaret Smith and Rob Derry, conducted a "Software Exploration Lab."
Marisa Beard and Clare Terry presented "Cruising the Internet."
Judy Potter and Amy Betz presented "Technology Brings the Expressive Arts to All."
Joyce Johanson, presented "Grant Writing: Using Internet Resources."
Janet Bond, Clare Terry and Marisa Beard presented "Help! I Need a Home Page."
Letha Clark, Terry Carley and Carol Bell conducted "Switch Workshop"
Carol Schneider and Linda Robinson presented "Making Technology Recommendations from Observational Data."
Patricia Hutinger, elementary education and reading/Macomb Projects, received $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for TEChPLACEsYear 2 (Technology in Early Childhood Planning and Learning About Community Environments).
Kenneth Clontz and J. Gayle Mericle, law enforcement and justice administration, co-authored "Computer Crimes: A Primer," published in the Illinois Law Enforcement Media Resource Center News, March 1998.
Wayne Crawford, English and journalism, authored with Michael Uyder, graduate student, "Engaging Students with Literature: A Centers of Interest Approach," in Illinois English Bulletin, spring 1998.
Satish Kedia, sociology and anthropology, co-authored "Culture, Structure, and Community: Factors that Shape the Social Aging Process," published in The Aging and Aged: Challenges before Indian Gerontologists, ed. by N. K. Chadha, Delhi: Friends Publications (India) pp. 33-55, 1998.
Nader Vakil, mathematics, authored "Title: Pseudo-Uniform Convergence, a Nonstandard Treatment," published in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 126, no. 3, March 1998, pages 809-814.
Vakil also authored "A Virtual Theory of Classes for Internal Set Theory," published in the Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop in Analysis and its Foundation, Mathematoca Moravica, special volume 1997, pages 369-387.
Sara D. Simonson, elementary education and reading, authored "Building Trust and Community in the Classroom," published in The New Press Guide to Multicultural Resources for Young Readers, (1997), In D. Muse (Ed.). (Reprinted from MultiCultural Review, 4, 36-42, by S. D. Simonson, 1995).
Paul C. Thistlethwaite, marketing and finance, authored "Perspectives of Parents in Romania Concerning the Future of their Children," in the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, fall 1997.
Lowell G. Oxtoby, University Library, is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in Media and Communication 1998-1999.