The National Football League's St. Louis Rams will return to WIU for the team's summer training camp in 1998 and 1999. The announce-ment, made March 30 by the Rams organization, includes a two-year agreement with an option for a third year.
"We're very pleased to have this two-year agreement with the St. Louis Rams," said Larry Mortier, WIU vice president for advancement and public services. "Community members and University personnel have worked hard to provide a convenient and productive environment for Rams staff and players.
"We're excited about being a part of what we feel is a very bright future for this young football team under Coach Vermeil's leadership," Mortier added. "And we certainly enjoy showing off our campus and community to the thousands of Rams fans who attend practice sessions."
Macomb Mayor Tom Carper said he is "extra pleased with the multi-year agreement, because it allows us the ability to do some planning to take advantage of this opportunity."
"There was a great cooperative effort between WIU, the City of Macomb, the Macomb Area Industrial Development Corporation and a variety of community organizations and individuals in reaching this two-year agreement with the Rams," Carper added.
The new contract involves accommodations for other NFL teams to visit the Rams in Macomb for scrimmage and practice opportunities and greater involvement by the Rams organization in field maintenance operations, Mortier explained.
Summer 1998 marks the third consecutive year for the St. Louis Rams to train on the WIU campus. The NFL team moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995. That summer the Rams held training camp at Maryville College in suburban St. Louis. Since 1996, the Rams have selected WIU and Macomb as the summer training site on a year-to-year basis.
The six-week 1998 training camp will begin in mid-July. Starting dates for the camp will be announced after the NFL preseason schedule is finalized. NFL teams may begin training camp 14 days prior to the start of the first preseason game. The Rams will hold an advance camp with rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans four days before the full squad reports. Team practices, which typically run twice a day, are open free to the public.
The Rams summer facilities are located at the north part of the WIU campus and include housing in Thompson Hall, meeting rooms in Waggoner Hall and training areas in Brophy Hall, which are in close proximity to the NFL training fields.
The outstanding accomplishments of James Shipp, the president and owner of Cummins Metropower, Inc., headquartered in the Bronx, NY, will be recognized Saturday, May 16 when Shipp is presented the Western Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award during the spring Commencement Exercises in Macomb. Shipp will be honored at the 1:30 p.m. exercises.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, given since 1973, recognizes alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have brought credit to the University and themselves in their professional careers or through human service in community affairs at local, state or national levels and extended meritorious service for the advancement and continued excellence of WIU.
Shipp, a 1964 graduate, came to the WIU campus from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights. He has been the owner and president of Cummins Metropower Inc., a distributor of diesel engines, generator sets, service and parts, since 1991. Prior to this he worked in various vice president positions for Cummins Engine Company, Inc. in Columbus, IN. From 1969 to 1979, Shipp was the vice president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. in Brooklyn, NY.
He has also served as a youth corrections director in Chicago and as a youth corrections counselor for the Illinois State Youth Commission in Sheridan.
In 1997 Shipp was inducted into the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame. While at WIU, Shipp was a conference wrestling champ and a national finalist. Shipp received his master's degree in urban studies from Occidental College in California and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the Pratt Institute in New York. He is currently a board member of the Shorebank Corp., South Shore Bank, South Bronx Overall Economic Group, Volunteer Consultant's Group and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1994 he was named to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans by the Bronx Community College Foundation.
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:
The selection for the scholarships will be made by the Civil Service Award Selection Committee. Application deadline is Friday, May 1.
Graduate Commencement is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 15 at Western Hall. The School of Graduate Studies invites faculty to march in the ceremony. The deadline to order a rental gown from the bookstore is Wednesday, April 8. Faculty members wishing to participate in the ceremony should contact Penny Pugh at 298-l806.
More than 20 WIU students are among students from five Illinois universities who will present their research at the Ninth Annual Student Research Conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 3-4 in Currens Hall.
The conference beings at 1 p.m. Friday in Currens Hall and includes eight 20-minute podium presentations by student researchers.
Following a dinner for conference participants, Robert Minto, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Miami University (Oxford, OH), will present a keynote address on "Cures and Toxins: Approaches to Fungal Secondary Metabolism."
Fifteen student poster presentations will be displayed in Currens Hall beginning at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday's activities begin at 9 a.m. with four 20-minute podium presentations by student researchers.
Call 298-1538 for more information.
"Searching for the Online Goldmine: Making Money and Growing Your Business on the Internet," a live distance learning program, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Center for Management and Professional Development, Stipes Hall 501.
The program, sponsored by IBM and presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the WIU Small Business Development Center, will teach participants how to capitalize on the Internet's unique networking and marketing capabilities.
Participants will learn from case studies of business owners who have used the World Wide Web creatively to make money or to grow their business. Topics will include reaching new markets, going global and tapping into available information on the Internet. Discussion will also center on security, obstacles and the importance of updating your web site.
A panel of presenters, including webmasters and representatives from IBM, will provide additional insights.
For more information or to register, $5 per person, contact the Center of Management and Professional Development, 298-1555.
WIU will celebrate National Student Employment Week Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10 with a variety of activities and drawings, including two grand prizes.
"National Student Employment Week is a time for all WIU students, staff and faculty to honor and appreciate the students who are employed with the campus community," said Rita King, WIU student employment coordinator.
"WIU will join other institutions nationwide in honoring students who have been successful in the work force while meeting the rigors of their academic studies," King added.
The Student Employment Office will have drawings every hour, everyday throughout the week, from a list of currently employed student workers which numbers nearly 2,000. Prizes have been donated from numerous departments on campus.
Two grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the week. The University Union Bookstore will award one semester of books to a student worker, and the Financial Aid Office will provide a federal educational loan repayment award of $750 to a student worker.
Supervisors are encouraged to celebrate the week using their own ideas to recognize student workers in their department, King said.
Lake Ruth and the Student Recreation Center are just a few of the areas on campus that will benefit from the 1998 We Care Day Saturday, April 18.
According to Dan Reed, WIU grounds superintendent and We Care chair, the second phase of the Lake Ruth project includes additional perennials and shrubs, preparation for fountain installation and falls construction. In addition to tending to the Lake Ruth area, there will be the traditional campuswide clean-up April 18, additional plantings around the Student Recreation Center and mulching of trees and berms across campus. There will also be plantings for the savanna area near Higgins and Thompson halls. Volunteers should meet in front of Sherman Hall at 8 a.m., and should bring hand garden tools. We Care 1998 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers may participate in either or both sessions. Refreshments, provided by President Donald S. Spencer, will be served to all volunteers at noon.
We Care tree planting and spring clean-up day was established in1994. More than 75 trees were planted and trash pick-up was completed by students, faculty, staff and community members. In 1997 nearly 125 volunteers planted more than 1,000 trees and perennials throughout campus.
For more information about the We Care campaign, contact Reed at 298-2881. Donations should be sent to Reed at the Physical Plant or to the WIU Foundation office. The rain date for We Care 1998 is Saturday, April 25.
The distinguished professor and scholar of the Chinese University of Hong Kong will be the featured presenter at this year's WIU's Psychology Conference Friday, April 24.
Albert Yee will present "Psychology's Crisis with Race: Addressing the Confusion" at 9:30 a.m. in the Union Grand Ballroom. At 12:45 p.m. he will present "Evolution of the Nature Nurture Controversy."
Yee earned his degrees from the University of California-Berkley, San Francisco State and Stanford. In 1972 he was awarded a Senior Fulbright Lectureship in Japan and assigned to Tokyo University and Tamagawa University. His reports on China in 1972 and 1973 were among the first to recognize the devasting nature of the cultural revolution. Yee has published more than 200 works He retired from teaching in 1995 but continues to write.
The WIU Psychology Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is designed for clinical and school psychologists, teachers, counselors, social workers, school administrators and school board members. The conference is sponsored by WIU's psychology department and School of Extended and Continuing Education.
In addition to Yee's keynote and afternoon lecture, discussion sessions include such topics as the average American and race, perceptions of racism, the role of the American Psychological Association and practical effects and applications.
The cost of the day-long conference is $59 for professionals and $19 for students, which includes continental breakfast, refreshments and conference materials. Lunch is an additional $6. To register by the Friday,
April 17 deadline, or for more information, contact the School of Extended and Continuing Education Non-Credit Programs at 298-1911.
The Western Organization for Women (WOW) has announced its annual spring luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday April 27 in the Union Lamoine Room. The luncheon minestrone, spaghetti noodles, meat and vegetarian marinara sauce, broccoli, caesar salad, dessert and assorted beverageswill be served buffet style from 11:30 to 12:30. Those who attend are encouraged to arrive when they can and leave when they need to.
The program, set for 12:15 p.m., will feature keynote speaker Gloria-Jeanne Davis, director of opportunity programs department for Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, Inc., in Normal, IL. She provides leadership in the development and review of company policies that are impacted by affirmative action/equal opportunity. Prior to joining Mitsubishi, Davis served as assistant to the president for affirmative action/equal opportunity at Illinois State University in Normal. Speaking on self-motivation, her talk is titled "Getting to Know You."
The WOW "Woman of Achievement" Award will also be presented. Luncheon cost is $6.25 per person. Send a check payable to "WOW" to Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, department of philosophy and religious studies, WIU. Payment must be received by Friday, April 17 to reserve a place.
A ceramics invitational exhibition, and prints and drawings by Muscatine, IA artist Jon Fasanelli-Calwelti are on exhibit through Thursday, April 16 at the WIU Art Gallery.
"One Firing: A Ceramics Invitational" documents the results of one firing of a unique, two-chambered, wood-fired kiln on the WIU campus, which was designed and constructed by WIU assistant art professor Gil Stengel.
The second exhibit includes recent prints and drawings by Fasanelli-Cawelti, whose figurative drawings combined with collage and mixed-media techniques result in a unique freshness to his imagery. Since 1985, Fasanelli-Cawelti has served as a printer and personal assistant to Mauricio Lasansky's private studio in Iowa City, IA.
The WIU Art Gallery is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays during exhibitions.
For more information, call 298-1587.
The WIU Archives requests copies of all journal articles, presentations, and books by faculty and administration, as well as departmental newsletters. Faculty who have published books are asked to donate one copy to archives.
If a spare copy is not available, please send the title, name of publisher and price to University Archives for purchase consideration.
For more information call the archives at 298-2717 or 298-2718.
Non-Credit Programs, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Network for Safety (WINS) and Cooper Power Systems, Inc. of Macomb, will present the OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance Workshop on Friday, April 10 and Friday, April 17.
Anyone interested in industrial safety can attend the OSHA workshop, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Cooper Power Systems, Inc. in Macomb.
Conference sessions are geared toward improving attendees' ability to recognize, avoid and prevent costly safety and health hazards in the workplace. The sessions include classroom instruction as well as safety demonstrations.
The U.S. Department of Labor will issue certification cards to participants upon completion of the workshop.
Registration fee is $99. Each participating company must bring the text Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry, or the 1,500-page WIU OSHA Training Manual can be ordered for an additional $40.
Call Non-Credit Programs at 298-1911 for a registration form.
John Wozniak, sociology and anthropology, co-presented "Reconsidering Restorative Justice: The Corruption of Benevolence Revisited" and was an invited speaker for "Roundtable: Teaching Peacemaking Criminology" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sara Simonson, elementary education and reading, presented "Preservice Teachers, Multiethnic Literature, & Rural Communities: Exploring Beliefs in a Language Arts Practicum" at the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, presented "Home and School: Partners in Early Literacy Development" at the 30th Annual Conference of the Illinois Reading Council.
Julie Kyllonen Rose, international education, presented "Saudi Women in the 21st CenturyImpacts of Modernization," at the Noel Gist International Seminar at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Laura Barden, James Nielsen, and Richard Anderson, biological sciences, received $45,000 from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for "Biology Education Resource Laboratory Year 2."
Carol Fimmen, cross-cultural education programs, received $5,000 from the Academy of Applied Science for "Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program 98-99."
Dan Voorhis, Small Business Development Center, received $77,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs for "Small Business Development Center 1998."
Melfried Olson, Judith Olson, and Lynae Sakshaug, mathematics, received $45,000 from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for "Supplementing Meaningful Mathematics Instruction with TechnologyYear 2."
F. Gene Miller and Phyllis Plank, College of Education and Human Services, received $7,500 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Career Awareness and Development."
Bonnie Johnson, Library, received $29,877 from the University of Illinois/HECA for "Library Equipment Grant."
Michael Romano, biological sciences/IEM, received $98,610 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for "Spring 1998 Turkey Check Station Project."
Loleta Foutch, physical education, received $1,500 from McDonough District Hospital for "Heart Adventures Challenge Course."
Michael Dickson, Center for the Application of Instructional Technologies, received $3,333 from the Western Illinois Education Consortium for "WIEC Tier I Support."
Katharine A. Pawelko, recreation, park, and tourism administration, and Deborah Norton, RPTA graduate student, co-authored "Research Trends in Doctoral Dissertations in Outdoor Education, 1980-1996," published in the March 1998 issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Journal.
Steven Rock, economics, authored "Impact from Changes in Illinois Drivers License Renewal Requirements for Older Drivers" in Accident Analysis and Prevention, January 1998, and "Testing for Instrumentation in Transportation Time Services Data: A Case Study" in Transportation Research Record #1581.
Mare Beal, instructional technology and telecommunications, authored "Communication Technologies Help Teachers Coach Students in Scientific Investigations: A Case Study," published in Teacher Education and Professional Development, volume three of Wired Together: The Online Classroom in K-12.