A $20 million Centennial Campaign for Western Illinois University was announced to donors, alumni and invited guests at a May 2 WIU Foundation event.
"Through the Centennial Campaign we will expand private sector investment in the University's students, programs and facilities as WIU celebrates its first 100 years of achievements and an opportunity to set the direction for future generations of students," said President Donald S. Spencer.
The Centennial Campaign will focus on four central themes: graduating the best prepared, most ambitious students in Illinois; developing a University that is globally aware and technologically advanced; preparing the campus for the 21st century; and maintaining the strength of existing programs and services.
Securing $10 million in endowment to support scholarship, faculty and academic programming is the most prominent campaign focus. Enhanced scholarship resources will continue Western's efforts to attract high-quality students, and fellowships will support student participation in significant studies with accomplished faculty mentors, Spencer said. Additional funds will support the WIU Honors Program, enhance library resources, as well as create endowment to assist faculty in their teaching, research and other scholarly activities.
Western's leadership position in the use of technology for instruction and course delivery will be the focus of a $3 million component to enhance a globally aware, technologically advanced learning environment. Funds will support the University's continued enhancement of computer and instructional facilities, maintain state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities for teaching and instructional delivery and support equipment for the sciences and music.
Preparing the campus for the 21st century is the purpose of a $2 million focus for enhancing campus facilities. Resources will be sought for equipment and enhancements to the planned music recital facility in Simpkins Hall. A Centennial Grove project is planned to commemorate Grote Hall (constructed as Monroe Hall), the first campus residential facility and funds will be sought to rehabilitate selected campus interiors, including the original assembly location for WIU students, the third floor Sherman Hall Auditorium. Funds will also be sought to improve athletic facilities and to assist with general campus beautification.
The Centennial Campaign seeks $5 million through annual fund activities for the immediate needs of departments and colleges as well as supplemental support for the arts and athletics; NPR affiliate WIUM-WIUW, the WIU Minority Achievement Program, student services activities and alumni programming.
Since the pre-public phase of the campaign was launched in July 1995, more than $11 million has been raised, more than half of the five-year campaign goal.
"This campaign brings together the leadership of the WIU Foundation Board of Directors, the University's Board of Trustees, the University's Development staff and members of the Alumni Council, assisted by a national committee of honorary co-chairs composed of alumni and friends of the University," said Spencer. "I want to congratulate the WIU Foundation Board of Directors and the campaign leadership for their efforts and thank the alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University for their response in support of Western."
The Centennial Campaign is under the direction of Larry Mortier, vice president for public affairs and development, who also serves as executive officer of the WIU Foundation.
"The generosity of Western's alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students has enabled the University to enhance its quality and innovation and create a more productive and supportive teaching-learning environment for our students," said Mortier. "Our success to date is significant and the response from our alumni and friends to the campaign thus far has been very encouraging. We are approaching this public phase with great confidence as we help prepare the University for the challenges that await us in the 21st Century."
The Physical Plant is planning the annual University campuswide power shutdown for maintenance of the high voltage electrical system for the weekend of May 30 and May 31. The shutdown is required to inspect and maintain the electrical distribution system and locate problems which could cause an unscheduled outage.
Power will be temporarily shut off to every building on campus starting on Saturday, May 30 with north campus (north of Murray Street, but not the Union, Beu, or Knoblauch Hall) and Sunday, May 31 going to south campus (south of Murray street including the Union, Beu and Knoblauch). In addition, the Student Recreation Center, Morgan, Western, Waggoner, Wetzel, and Tanner halls may be without power Sunday morning. A detailed schedule will be available by Friday, May 29.
The campus community is asked not to schedule activities during these dates and times, as there will be no lights, air conditioning, power or elevator service during these times.
Call 298-1834 with questions.
President Donald S. Spencer will discuss Civil Rights for the New Millennium at the Ninth Annual President's Affirmative Action Reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in Stipes Hall 501.
Spencer's presentation is part of the event which recognizes the University's commitment to justice, equity and diversity.
Seven individuals will be recognized for their initiative, innovation and dedication to the promotion of multiculturalism at Western. Karen Harris and Paula Wise, psychology, will receive the Faculty Excellence in Multicultural Programming Awards. Janine Cavicchia, Student Residential Programs, will receive the Administrative Excellence in Multicultural Programming Award. Eugene Mathis, psychology, and Curtis Smith, Macomb, will receive Community Excellence in Multicultural Programming Awards. Shalonda Walton, a senior, and Kadria Freeman, a senior, will receive Student Excellence in Multicultural Programming awards.
Reservations are encouraged. Call the Affirmative Action office at 298-1977.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Services recently honored outstanding WIU staff at a Friday, May 1 reception.
Rita King, financial aid adviser II, and Luis Moreno, assistant director of student activities for multicultural student services, were named Student Services Employees of the Year.
King was also honored as the Civil Service Employee of the Month for April.
Donna Denoncourt, complex director, Thompson Hall, was honored as the Student Services Administrative/ASP Employee of the Month for April.
Several employees received Student Services Act of Kindness Awards. They include: JoAnn Bloomberg, Kimberly Branch, Janine Cavicchia, Kate Ceh, Janet Cobb, Donna Denoncourt, Jim DiTulio, Karolynn Dyer, Anne Edsall, Cari Fealy, Nazareth Hattwick, Tom Ingrassia, Ken "KJ" Johnson, Ada Macias, Nikki Milbrook, Cari Sheets, Mike Walker, Becky Wayland, and the Westec Executive Board, which consists of Jason Kamrath, Bryan Kyrouac, Carol Nickles, Christian Rusteberg and Melissa Waggoner.
The National Football League's St. Louis Rams will return to Macomb and WIU for their six-week 1998 summer training camp, beginning mid-July.
Second-year head coach Dick Vermeil will bring rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans into camp Saturday, July 18. Veterans are scheduled to report to camp Thursday, July 23, with full team practices beginning Friday, July 24.
Team practices are open free to the public. Tentative practice schedule times will be announced closer to the camp's opening. Practices typically run twice a day, with morning and afternoon drills. Daily updated practice times will be available beginning July 18 by calling 298-RAMS (7267).
The Rams' summer facilities are located at the north area of the WIU campus off University Drive and include training areas in Brophy Hall, with the NFL training fields just north of Brophy. Free visitor parking is available in Q-lot off University Drive.
Summer 1998 marks the third consecutive year for the St. Louis Rams to train on the WIU campus. The March 30 announcement of the Rams' commitment to return to Macomb includes a two-year agreement with an option for a third year.
The Rams 1998 summer camp schedule includes a Saturday, Aug. 1 scrimmage with the Indianapolis Colts in Urbana-Champaign, a Saturday, Aug. 8 pre-season game with the Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos in St. Louis and a Saturday, Aug. 15 pre-season game in San Diego against the Chargers. Wednesday, Aug. 19 is the date scheduled for the Rams to break camp in Macomb.
For visitor guides and information, call the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (MACVB) free at 1-888-2GORAMS. Information may also be accessed from the websites www.wiu.edu and www.macomb.com/maccvb.
Cathy Powers, retirement specialist from SURS, will answer general questions about the three SURS plans from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 in the Union Lamoine Room.
Employees who plan to retire by 2002 may schedule thirty-minute retirement counseling appointments with Powers by calling 298-1853.
WIU faculty, administrators and staff can hear multiple perspectives on the many facets of cultural diversity and gain practical strategies for enhancing their teaching at the 5th Annual Dealing with Difference Summer Institute (DWDSI).
The 1998 DWDSI, to be held Sunday through Wednesday, May 17-20, will provide sessions and workshops on the following: Understanding the Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Religion; Implementing an Inclusive Curriculum; Teaching for Social Justice; Reducing Prejudice: Building Coalitions; Affirmative Action: Discussing a Misunderstood Issue; Recognizing Our Own and Others' Culturally Determined Behavior; Responding to Students Across the Diversity Spectrum; Creating Learning Environments that Foster Transformational Experiences; and Identifying Multicultural Resources.
Featured presenters for the Institute are Johnnella Butler, a leader in curriculum transformation and professor at the University of Washington, and William Ayers, a professor of education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is also a school reform activist.
In addition, the DWDSI will bring together a number of distinguished panelists and workshop leaders from WIU with experience and expertise in many areas of multicultural education.
The DWDSI is partially funded through a HECA Grant awarded by the State of Illinois Board of Higher Education for a project titled "Expanding Cultural Diversity in the Curriculum and in the Classroom" and is co-sponsored by Faculty Development.
The Office of Faculty Development will cover the $40 registration fee for WIU administrators, faculty, and staff who participate in the Institute. Contact Nita Burg, 298-2434, for a registration form.
Season tickets for the Bureau of Cultural Affairs' 1998-99 season are now available.
The season, themed "A Cultural Kaleidoscope: From Rock to Opera," features the following events.
Monday, Sept. 21Smokey Joe's Café, featuring 50's and 60's rock and roll hits by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Saturday, Oct. 24Chuck Berry, featuring the premier figure of rock and roll himself.
Tuesday, Nov. 10Spirit of the Dance, one of the most successful shows in British Theatre consisting of 30 pairs of thunderous feet dancing as one.
Wednesday, Dec. 2The Nutcracker by International Ballet Theatre.
Friday, Feb. 19Chicago Jazz Ensemble, famous as one of the few bands Duke Ellington allowed to perform his music.
Thursday, March 4Madama Butterfly by the New York City Opera Company, a musical story direct from Lincoln Center.
Friday, March 26River North Dance Company, a co-ed, multicultural group dedicated to preserving jazz dance.
Thursday, April 22Mr. Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band, a re-creation of a small town band at the turn of the century.
In addition to the above Mainstage Series events, BCA will also sponsor five Series Elite performances.
Season ticket prices for the public range from $48 to $65 depending on seating section. Prices are less for senior citizens and WIU students. To purchase tickets, call the Union Box Office at 298-1254 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Current season ticket holders must order by Monday, June 15 to keep their same seats for the 1998-99 season.
For more information on BCA events, call the Office of Student Activities at 298-3232.
The Macomb Brass Band, an adult community band, will perform a spring concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10 in Browne Hall Hainline Theatre.
Under the direction of WIU's Bruce Briney, the Macomb Brass Band concert will feature a wide variety of music. Admission is $3. Seniors and children under 12 will be admitted free.
For more information, call 298-1123.
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.
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.
College of Education and Human Services Dean David R. Taylor and Assistant Dean Bonnie Smith participated in The White House Teacher Training Outreach Summit April 24 in Washington, D.C.
The summit was sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology.
Taylor and Smith were invited to the summit as a result of an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) award this spring for innovative practices in teacher preparation in technology and the college's partnerships with Ameritech and GTE in preparing teachers for the 21st century.
Kathy Barclay, elementary education and reading, presented "Emergent Literacy Instructional Program and Support Services: A Head StartWestern Illinois University Cooperative Agreement" at the National Head Start Conference convention in Seattle, WA.
Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, presented "Home School Partnerships Enhance Early Literacy Development" at the annual conference of the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children.
Amy Betz and Judy Potter, Macomb Projects, presented "See What We Can Do" at the Association for Childhood Education International Annual Conference in Tampa, FL.
Mark S. Boley, Clay D. Nall, and Benjamin D. Murphy, physics, presented "Enhancements in High Temperature Superconductivity Data Acquisition Techniques" at the 1998 Spring Meeting of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) held at Knox College in Galesburg. This presentation was awarded third place in the Student Research Symposium at the conference.
Mark S. Boley, Doug A. Franklin, Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, and Matthew G. Walker, physics, presented "Investigation of the Effects of Neutron Irradiation on In-Field Critical Current Density in Superconductor Ho-Ba-Cu-O" at the 1998 Spring Meeting of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) held at Knox College in Galesburg.
Laura Finch, physical education, presented "Parenting the Parents in Youth Sports: Turning Your Biggest Nightmare Into an Asset" and "Mental Skills Profiling: Case Studies in Sport Psychology at the AAHPERD National Convention in Reno, NV.
Finch was the review chair for the sport psychology section of the Research Consortium responsible for coordinating the abstract review process for the 1998 programming.
Giri Raj Gupta, sociology and anthropology organized a session, "Self and Deviance," and presented a paper, "Self and Social Construction of Alcoholism," co-authored with Michael S. Reagan, graduate student, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Kansas City, MO.
Satish Kedia, sociology and anthropology, presented "Health Assessment and Care (HAC) Component for Resettlement Policies and Programs" at the 1998 Annual Meeting of The Society for Applied Anthropology in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Kristine Kelly, psychology, and Rebecca Ryan, psychology graduate student, presented "Attribution Biases as a Function of Embarrassability" at the Western and Rocky Mountain Psychological Associations joint conference in Albuquerque.
Kristine Kelly, psychology, Audra Lifka, undergraduate student, and Christina Schelling, psychology graduate student, presented "Effects of Self-Esteem and Social Exclusion on Self- and Other-Evaluations" at the Western and Rocky Mountain Psychological Associations joint conference in Albuquerque.
Ruth Kelly, psychology, presented "Linking Support Systems for Students and Families Through Functional Behavioral Assessment and Collaborative Problem Solving" at the National Association of School Psychologists conference in Orlando, FL.
Ruth Kelly and Paula Wise, psychology, presented "Blueprint for Training and Practice: Reflections by Practitioners and Trainers" at the National Association of School Psychologists conference in Orlando, FL.
Bill Knight, English and journalism, coordinated a journalism conference co-sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Peoria Newspaper Guild, Illinois Press Association and several area newspapers. The conference, held in Bloomington, featured speakers such as Lester Munson, investigative sportswriter at Sports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune statehouse correspondent Ray Long and farm columnist Alan Guebert.
Anita Magafas, RPTA, served as chairperson in organizing and sponsoring the "1st Humor and Health: The Laughter Prescription Institute" at the Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation held in Springfield.
In addition, the following RPTA faculty made presentations at the Institute:
Anita Magafas, "Humor as 'Proactivity': The Ecological Model and Flow;"
K. Dale Adkins, "Humor and Therapeutic Recreation: The Spirit Connection;"
Katharine Pawelko, "The Therapeutic Functions and Benefits of Humor."
Anita H. Magafas and Katharine A. Pawelko, RPTA, co-presented "Building Cardboard Boats, Teamwork, and A Sense of Community: An Innovative Outdoor Program" at the North-eastern Recreation Research (NERR) Sym-posium at Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY.
Judy Potter and Amy Betz, Macomb Projects, demonstrated adaptive devices for early childhood at the Great River Assistive Technology Workshop in Jacksonville.
F. Gene Miller, elementary education and reading, exhibited materials distributed by the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse at the Illinois Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference in Springfield.
Miller also exhibited materials distributed by the Materials Distribution Service for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at the Workplace Learning Strategies for Success Conference sponsored by the University of Wisconsin's Center on Education and Work in Milwaukee, WI.
The staff of the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse (CPC) recently edited, did camera-ready preparation, and began distributing Connecting College and Community in the New Economy? An Analysis of Community College Faculty-Labor Market Linkages (MDS-1084); Linking the NCTM Standards to Emerging Vocationalism: Technical Report (MDS-922); Importance of On-the-Job Experiences in Developing Leadership Capabilities (MDS-814); and Integrating Academic and Industry Skill Standards (MDS-1001) for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE). The reports are available by calling CPC at 298-1917 or by sending e-mail to Diana Burnell at Diana_Burnell@ ccmail.wiu.edu.
Sandy Larimer, CPC, exhibited materials distributed by the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse at the Illinois State Board of Education's "Connections" conference in St. Charles.
John Murphy, music, presented "A Studio Approach to Music Appreciation" at the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the College Music Society in Chicago.
Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences recently presented papers and posters at the meeting of the Mississippi River Research Consortium.
Michelle L. Gutierrez, graduate student, presented "Turtle Density and Community Composition in Selected Habitats of Upper Pool 20, Mississippi River," co-authored with faculty members Richard V. Anderson and Michael A. Romano.
Ryan D. Stouder, graduate student, presented "Diurnal Fight Activities of Breeding Great Blue Herons on the Mississippi River Near Keokuk, Iowa," co-authored with graduate student Robert L. Connour II and faculty member Thomas C. Dunstan.
Robert L. Connour II, graduate student, presented "Dispersion of Great Blue Herons Along Shorelines of Upper Pool 20, Mississippi River," co-authored with graduate student Ryan D. Stouder and faculty member Thomas C. Dunstan.
Michael A. Romano, biological sciences, presented "Analysis of Growth Relationships Among Turtles in Pool 20, Mississippi River," co-authored with Richard V. Anderson, faculty member, and Michelle L. Gutierrez, graduate student.
Thomas C. Dunstan, biological sciences, presented "Use of Mississippi River Lock and Dam 19 Area by Ospreys on Fall Migration," co-authored with graduate students Robert L. Connour II and Ryan D. Stouder.
Joseph R. Coelho, biological sciences, presented the poster session "Body Temperature and Flight Muscle Ratio in the Burrowing Mayfly Hexagenia Bilineata."
Robert W. Kennedy, graduate student, presented the poster session, "Selective Feeding by Freshwater Drum and Carp on Zebra Mussels Above and Below Lock and Dam 19, Mississippi River," with Richard V. Anderson, faculty member.
Katharine A. Pawelko, RPTA, co-presented "Research Trends in Doctoral Dissertations in Outdoor Education, 1980-1996" at the AAHPERD Research Consortium Poster Session for Leisure, Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity, and Dance in Reno, NV with RPTA graduate student, Deborah Norton.
Carol Schneider and Linda Robinson, Macomb Projects, presented "Technology for Tots" at Iowa's 1998 Assistive Technology Conference and Exposition in Des Moines.
Chuck Spencer, physical education, presented "Career Opportunities with HPERD and Appropriate Strategies for Finding Jobs in the New Millenium" at the AAHPERD National Convention in Reno, NV.
Fred Villanueva, political science, presented "When Contracting Out Public Service is not in the Public Interest," at the 40th annual conference of the Western Social Science Association in Denver, CO.
John Klasner was senior author with Gene LaBerge, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and Willam Cannon, U. S. Geological Survey, on a U.S.G.S. Geologic Investigations Series publication titled Geologic Map of the Eastern Gogebic Iron Range, Gogebic County, Michigan, a 1:24,00-scale map with accompanying text.
Shengming Tang, sociology, authored the following articles: "Repeated Home Leaving Behavior of American Youth," published in Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 28:(1) 147-159; "The Timing of Home Leaving: A Comparison of Early, On-Time, and Late Home Leavers," published in Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 26: (1) 13-23; "From Social Control to Disorganization: Official Corruption in China," published in Social and Economic Studies, 46: (1)135-147.
Tang was also the senior author of "Profile of College Examination Cheaters," published in College Student Journal 31:(3) 340-346.
Richard V. Anderson, biological sciences, received the Friend of the River Award from the Mississippi River Research Consortium for his many contributions to the study of the ecology of the Mississippi River. Only three such awards have been given previously in the 30-year history of the organization.
Barb Baily, Office of Graduate Studies, was recently installed as president of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals at the association's annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. She will serve a two-year term.