Campus Connection - May 1, 1998
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Spring Commencement Weekend May 15-16

Ceremonies recognizing academic and personal accomplishments of WIU students and alumni will be held Friday and Saturday, May 15-16 during WIU's Spring Commencement weekend.

More than 1,400 undergraduate students and nearly 400 graduate students who will have completed degree requirements are eligible to be recognized. In addition, an honorary doctorate recipient and a distinguished alumnus will be recognized.

Friday, May 15 ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. with the Academic Honors Convocation in Western Hall for undergraduates achieving academic distinction during the completion of their degrees. Medallions will be awarded to honor students and those achieving cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude status.

WIU's military science department will conduct Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning at 6 p.m. Friday in the Union Heritage Room. At 7:30 p.m. Western Hall will be the site of Graduate Commencement Exercises, recognizing students completing graduate and education specialist degrees.

Two commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 16 in Western Hall for undergraduate students. At 9:30 a.m. students in the Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts (BOG/BA) degree program, the College of Business and Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences will be recognized.

During the morning ceremonies William A. O'Toole, Jr., senior vice president of Walt Disney World Services, Orlando, FL will receive Western's highest honor, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree. O'Toole, a 1968 graduate of Western, has been with the Disney organization since 1979. He has led the Walt Disney World Services team which provides critical services and support to the major operating divisions, and he has served as vice president for theme parks and controller for Walt Disney World.

O'Toole is actively involved in community activities serving on the executive committee of Florida Citrus Sports Association and the board of directors for the Foundation for the Advancement of the Community through Schools in Seminole County and Bishop Moore High School in Orlando.

At the 1:30 p.m. Saturday commencement ceremonies undergraduates in the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Education and Human Services and individual studies bachelor of arts and bachelor of science program, will be recognized.

Also recognized will be Distinguished Alumni Award recipient James E. Shipp, the president and owner of Cummins Metropower, Inc., headquartered in the Bronx, NY. The award, given since 1973, recognizes alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have brought credit to the University and themselves.

Shipp, who attended Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, is a 1964 WIU graduate. 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 for being a conference wrestling champion 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.

Board of Trustees chair Lorraine Epperson of Macomb will give remarks on behalf of Western's Board, and WIU President Donald S. Spencer will confer degrees.


Peters New Dean of Libraries

Thomas A. Peters, associate director for collections and technical services for the University Libraries at Northern Illinois University, has been named Dean of University Libraries at WIU, effective July 1, according to Provost Burton O. Witthuhn.

"Dean Peters has a keen understanding of the role libraries must have in connecting with information systems at the state and national levels," Witthuhn said. " He appreciates the integral role the library has within the university, one which has expanded from being a repository for books to an on-line resource for information, academic support and a research tool for students, faculty, staff and the community."

Peters has been associate director at NIU since 1994. He previously served as a collection development coordinator at Mankato State University's Memorial Library ( 1991-1994) and was a humanities reference librarian and coordinator of bibliographic instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas Miller-Nichols Library (1987-1991).

At Northern he is responsible for obtaining grant funds to support electronic access to information. He has authored books on the use of computers and on-line catalogs and contributed chapters on a virtual library and articles on remote access to collections. He is a member of the American Library Association, the Library and Information Technology Association and state committees dealing with electronic information resources.

Peters replaces Donna Goehner, who retired last December.


Dallinger Named UWE Director

The Provost's Office has appointed Judith Dallinger, communication, to a one-year, full-time position as coordinator of assessment and director, University writing exam (UWE). In the latter capacity, she replaces Jay Balderson, who resigned as UWE director effective summer 1998.

Dallinger has served as a half-time faculty associate for assessment for several years, and began her involvement with assessment in 1992-93 as a faculty development faculty associate assigned to participate in early university-level assessment activity. She has coordinated the team leaders of the five General Education Assessment Research Teams (ARTs) the last three years, as well as working with the Office of Assessment and the Provost's Office to support departments in their assessment activities and data analysis.

Additionally, she has written and edited the monthly assessment newsletter which has kept the campus community informed about this important educational enterprise.

This new, temporary position will combine Dallinger's previous assessment duties with those of the director of the University writing exam. In that role, she will continue her predecessor's coordination of the writing exam committee and will work with the director of the writing program, the director of the writing center and the assistant director of the University writing exam to ensure a continuing campus-wide commitment to writing. Dallinger will also serve as a liaison with the various committees and councils that deal with assessment or assessment-related activities including: Council on Assessment and Student Learning, Council on General Education, WID Committee and the Graduate Council.

In making this appointment, Provost Witthuhn commented, "Given the importance of assessment to the achievement of student learning outcomes, I look forward to the enthusiasm and diligence Dr. Dallinger will bring this assignment."

Committee Seeks Honorary Doctorate Nominations

The honorary doctorate committee is seeking nominations for persons to be considered as recipients of Honorary Doctorates for the 1998-99 academic year.

Consideration will be given to those who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state or national level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business or the professions.

Honorary degrees may also be awarded to persons who have made an especially outstanding and significant contribution to the University or to higher education.

Elected or appointed officials and members of WIU or its governing boards are not eligible for consideration.

Members of the honorary doctorate committee include: Nancy Chu, elementary education and reading; Pouran Espahbodi, accountancy; Diana Green, communication; Morris Vos, foreign languages and literatures; and John Werner, history. For more information, contact any committee member. The committee may also provide assistance in preparing documentation.

Please send nominations and supporting materials to Morris Vos, chair, Honorary Doctorate Committee, Morgan Hall 332, by Monday, May 4.


Medical Leave

A medical leave of absence may be granted upon the recom-mendation of a personal physician and consultation with the WIU human resources department. If time off is needed due to a medical condition, including pregnancy, contact

Jan Johnson, Human Resources, 298-1971 or e-mail, to discuss your leave.


Committee Seeks Honorary Doctorate Nominations

The honorary doctorate committee is seeking nominations for persons to be considered as recipients of Honorary Doctorates for the 1998-99 academic year.

Consideration will be given to those who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state or national level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business or the professions.

Honorary degrees may also be awarded to persons who have made an especially outstanding and significant contribution to the University or to higher education.

Elected or appointed officials and members of WIU or its governing boards are not eligible for consideration.

Members of the honorary doctorate committee include: Nancy Chu, elementary education and reading; Pouran Espahbodi, accountancy; Diana Green, communication; Morris Vos, foreign languages and literatures; and John Werner, history. For more information, contact any committee member. The committee may also provide assistance in preparing documentation.

Please send nominations and supporting materials to Morris Vos, chair, Honorary Doctorate Committee, Morgan Hall 332, by Monday, May 4.


WIU to Celebrate Intergenerational Day; Community Forum May 4

Differing age groups will come together Monday, May 4 for a community forum at WIU as the nation celebrates May as Older Americans Month and the week of May 2-9 as Independent Living Week in America.

President Donald S. Spencer proclaimed May 4 Intergenerational Day in support of the community-wide forum which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the WIU Union Lamoine Room.

Co-hosted by WIU and the Macomb Area Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the forum will feature interactive roundtable discussions around the theme, "Working Together Makes a Difference in the Community." Discussions will include Macomb lifestyles, Macomb beyond 2000, diversity, speaking across the generations, volunteerism for all ages, social security, and healthcare.

The May 4 forum is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations, contact the WIU African American Studies department, 298-1181.


WIUM/WIUW to Present Documentary on Disability History

During the week of May 4 WIUM/WIUW will air a documentary series, Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project. The series focuses on America's disability community, told from a cross-disability and historical perspective.

The four-part radio documentary is designed to give the public a more authentic perception of the disabled community and dispel the common stereotypes of affliction and triumph.

Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project and all of NPR's complimentary programming may be heard from 1 to 3 p.m., May 4-8, on NPR member stations WIUM 91.3FM and WIUW 89.5FM. For a program guide, contact WIUM/WIUW at 298-1873


JSO Concert and CD Reception

The WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) will present its final concert of the semester, "Beyond Category," at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the WIU Browne Hall Hainline Theatre.

Immediately following the concert the JSO will host a reception to celebrate the release of its new compact disc "Live in Europe."

Tickets for the May 7 concert and reception, $2 for the public and $1 for students, will be available at the door. Compact discs will be available for purchase for $15; cash, check or Visa or Mastercard will be accepted.

For further information, or to order a compact disc by phone, call 298-1505.


Wind Ensemble President's Concert

The WIU Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its annual President's concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the WIU Browne Hall Hainline Theatre.

The concert will feature the works of Australian born composer Percy Aldridge Grainger.

Following the concert, the Ensemble will host a reception to celebrate the release of its compact disc "A Salute to Leonard Bernstein."

Tickets for the May 9 concert and reception are $2 for the public and $1 for students and are available at the door. Compact discs will be available for purchase for $15, cash, check or Visa or Mastercard will be accepted.

For more information, or to order a compact disc by phone, call 298-1505.


Campus Connection - May 1, 1998
Faculty and Staff Section

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Professional Activities

K. Dale Adkins, RPTA, presented "The Unreachable Child" at the Illinois Sectional Conference of Christian Camping International, Lake Williamson Christian Center, in Carlinville.

Adkins also presented "Camp Bridgers" at the Mid States Camping Conference in Chicago.

Kathy Barclay, Pamela Godt and Susan Schoon, elementary education and reading, presented "Fostering Emergent Literacy in Preschool Children Through Innovative Staff Development Practices" at the Annual International Conference of the Association for Childhood Education International held in Tampa, FL.

Keh-chang Chu and John D. Noble, physics, presented "Demonstrating Poisson's Spot Using Microwave" at the 1998 Joint Meeting of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers in Columbus, OH.


Publications

Mario Morelli, philosophy and religious studies, published a book review of A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, edited by Dennis Patterson, in Teaching Philosophy, vol. 21, no. 1 (March 1998), pp. 105-108.

Catherine Null, WESL Institute, and Therese Trotochaud, English and journalism, published "Creating a Cross Cultural, Technological, Writing Community" in the spring 1998 "Conference Papers" edition of the Illinois English Bulletin.

Meckinley Scott, mathematics, co-authored the paper "An Extension of the Multiple Vacation Queue Model," published in the Journal of Applied Statistical Science.


Service and Awards

Paul C. Thistlethwaite, marketing and finance, was selected as a fellow of the Marketing Management Association (MMA) at the spring 1998 meeting in Chicago. The fellow award recognizes outstanding service to the association as well as those who have made other significant contributions throughout the association's 21 years. Thistlethwaite was also elected to serve another three-year term as the MMA executive secretary.

Carolyn Tripp's, marketing and finance, article "Services Advertising: An Overview and Summary of Research, 1980- 1995" has been nominated for the Journal of Advertising's Best Article Award for 1997.


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