The WIU Board of Trustees approved a guaranteed four-year rate for tuition, fees, room and board for entering freshmen at WIU, beginning summer/fall 1999, at its May 15 meeting.
"This program is a powerful incentive for students to enroll in their program of study, remain enrolled and graduate in what should be the normfour years," said President Donald S. Spencer.
The guaranteed rate structure complements WIU's GRADTRAC program, which guarantees that students in most WIU academic programs can complete their degrees in four years. The GRADTRAC program, which starts fall 1998, guarantees that if a WIU student enrolled in a four-year degree program does not complete a degree in four years because WIU failed to provide required classes, the University will pay additional tuition for classes needed to graduate.
"Both programs are focused on students completing degrees in a timely fashion," said President Spencer. "We believe WIU is the first public university in the country to offer two four- year guarantee programs."
The four-year guaranteed cost plan will apply to new undergraduate students, full- or part-time. The rate for tuition, fees, room and board will be fixed for a four-year period and remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. If the student is in a degree program which requires more than four years to complete, then the guarantee will be extended to cover the expected time to degree completion.
The plan will not apply to graduate students or to already enrolled WIU students. The new rate structure will be applied on a per semester hour enrolled basis. Currently WIU charges an hourly rate for part-time students enrolled from 112 credit hours. Students enrolled in 1318 credit hours pay the same tuition as those enrolled in 12 semester hours. Continuing students will pay tuition on the same basis as before.
Students enrolled for the first time in summer/fall 1999 under the guarantee program will pay a per semester hour rate. Three public universities in Illinois currently assess tuition on the per credit hour basis. The guarantee plan also freezes fees and room and board rates. However, if a new fee is approved by the Board, it will apply to all students when implemented. Each year the board will set new rates for the entering class. Current estimates would establish increases of approximately 3% in tuition and fees and 5% in room and board for each entering class through the 2002-2003 year.
A tuition rate of $91 per semester hour is suggested for fall 1999. A double room cost per student would be $2,568, with board costs of $1,722. The combined estimated in-state annual cost for a matriculating WIU student enrolled in 15 semester credit hours for 1999-2000 would be $7,860 (excluding student health insurance). Final approval of tuition, fee and room and board rates will be made at a later date. The 1998-99 in-state WIU annual cost for tuition and fees, double occupancy room and board is $7,063.
The Board also approved a collective bargaining agreement with representatives of One Voice, the University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100 chapter representing 245 clerical and technical staff at WIU. The three-year agreement includes a one-year salary distribution equivalent to 3% of the unit's June 30, 1997 salary base. The salary increase shall be made in accordance with the distribution plan prepared by the union. Only representatives of the collective bargaining unit in pay status as of Jan. 1, 1997 are included in the salary distribution. Salary reopeners are provided for in the second and third years of the agreement.
The Board approved remodeling of the second floor of the Beu Health Center, which had been used as an infirmary, into examination rooms and offices at an estimated cost of $600,000. A contract with Stagecraft Industries, Inc., Portland, OR, for replacement of theatrical rigging and installation of a catwalk in Western Hall was approved in the amount of $281,274.
The Board also approved an update of the Student Code of Conduct. Academic-related actions taken by the Board included the recommendation to offer a master's degree in gerontology in the Quad Cities and the recommendation to change in the name the Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts degree program to the WIU Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree program. Both recommendations must be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for final action.
The Board approved awarding tenure to nine faculty: Laura Barden, biological sciences; Janece Clough, art; Wayne Crawford, English and journalism; Cindy Dooley, elementary education and reading; Randall Faust, music; John Murphy, music; Katharine Pawelko, recreation, park, and tourism administration; Shengming Tang, sociology and anthropology; and Danny Terry, agriculture.
The WIU Board of Trustees elected Lorraine Epperson of Macomb to serve as chairperson for the 1998-99 year at the Board's May 15 meeting. Current Board officers were all re-elected to serve in the same roles for next year.
Epperson, a graduate of Western, is co-owner and operator of Century 21 Purdum-Epperson, Macomb.
C. Robert Leininger, senior vice president of administration for Magna Group Inc., Springfield, and former superintendent of education for the state of Illinois, was elected as vice chairman.
Dexter Yarbrough, a Chicago police officer, was elected secretary of the Board.
The Board named Maureen Schuering, principal, St. Dominic School, Quincy, to serve as a member of the executive committee. The executive committee includes Board officers and a member selected by the Board to act on issues as needed between regularly scheduled trustees meetings.
The Board will hold a retreat with facilitator George Janik, an Association of Governing Board mentor, at a date to be determined. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the WIU Board will be Friday, Aug. 21.
W. Garry Johnson was named vice president for student services at WIU, effective immediately.
"Dr. Johnson has a thorough understanding of the challenging student life issues on today's college campus, having served as head of a national award-winning residential program and most recently supervising University admissions and financial aid operations as well as student services functions at the WIU Regional Center," said President Donald S. Spencer. "He has experience in a broad range of student services area and has demonstrated a strong commitment to Western's mission and students."
Johnson had been serving as interim vice president since fall 1997 and as associate vice president for student services since Jan. 1, 1997. A member of the WIU administration since 1980, Johnson was director of residence life from 198083, when he was named assistant vice president for student servicesresidence life. He served as president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) from 199293, an organization of more than 5,000 professionals from 800 colleges and universities.
Johnson, Prior to coming to WIU, Johnson was assistant director of residence life at the University of MissouriColumbia. He earned his bachelor's degree at Southern Colorado State College and completed his master of education degree in counseling and personnel services and his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri.
Johnson is an associate professor of counselor education and college student personnel.
He replaces Robert G. Cabello, who was named district vice president for student affairs at Broward Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
WIU's capital budget projects for FY99 were first and 10th on the list in the recently adopted Illinois General Assembly budget, a positive step for the University, according to President Donald S. Spencer.
"We appreciate very much the General Assembly's and Governor's recognition of Western's special capital needs," said Spencer.
"Capital resources will help us improve our campus and renovate facilities to provide more space for the performing arts. The operational budget for Western signifies state support of our mission to focus on undergraduate education." The budget includes capital funds for WIU totalling $8,615,600 and operating funds of $77,776,000 for FY99.
The $6,313,400 utility tunnel project provides for an additional 1,750 lineal feet of walk-through utility tunnel. Listed as the top priority University capital project, the new section will extend the tunnel to the Heating Plant and connect the main tunnel to Western, Waggoner and Morgan halls. When completed, the utility tunnel project will lower maintenance and operational costs. Encasing utility lines in concrete tunnels rather than operating these service lines underground reduces risk of utility line damage from the elements.
The FY99 capital budget includes $1,655,400 for remodeling of Horrabin Hall and Simpkins Hall to provide space for the performing arts and to accommodate relocation of the department of military science. This is the second phase of the project. The budget also includes $646,800 for a variety of smaller capital renewal projects at WIU.
The FY99 operating budget recommendation for WIU is a 4.5% increase over the
FY98 level. The increase in operating funds includes $552,800 for classroom
equipment, $150,000 for a general mathematics lab, $300,000 for application
of student and faculty expertise to problems in rural areas, $100,500 for retaining
critical faculty and staff, $425,000 for deferred maintenance, $118,400 for
library increases and $1,690,500 for compensation increases. The compensation
increase would provide an average increase of 3% for faculty and staff salaries
at all public universities.
The Community Quality of Life Advisory Committee for Macomb and McDonough County is looking for persons who exemplify the caring and committed people of McDonough County who work with youth.
The committee will recognize those people whose efforts make a positive difference in the experiences of people growing up in the McDonough County area. Nominations are due Wednesday, July 15.
For more information, including how to submit a nomination, call Bill Jacobs at the Housing Authority at 837-2363.
One of the special features of this year's Home and Garden Tour, sponsored annually by the Performing Arts Society, is a guided tour of the newly landscaped area around Lake Ruth.
The Home and Garden Tour will be held during Heritage Days from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and will feature four homes and three gardens. The homes include: home of Marilyn and Tim Kling, Virginia and Wayne Woodrum, Kay and Richard Derry; all of Macomb, and Dorothy and Ron Curtis of Sciota. Featured gardens are located at the homes of Judy and Richard Davis, Ramona and Carl Steinkruger and Lake Ruth.
Admission is $10 and tickets will be available at The Medicine Shoppe, (downtown Macomb location), Nostalgia Decorating Company, No Place Like Home and at the log cabin information station downtown during Heritage Days. Maps are included.
Proceeds will provide free cultural programs for area school children throughout the school year. During 1997-98, more than 8,000 children attended these programs at WIU.
Business owners looking for ways to cut costs with waste prevention practices may want to attend a free interactive satellite forum presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"Waste Prevention Pays: Businesses Cut Costs by Cutting Waste," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 in the Center for Management and Professional Development in Stipes Hall 506.
To register or for more information, call the WIU Center for Management and Professional Development at 298-1555 or send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six area nurses have been awarded scholarships for WIU's summer 1998 term through the Dorothy R. Hanson endowment. The scholarships are given to registered nurses who live or work in McDonough County and attend classes at WIU.
Edward F. Hanson, the son of WIU's legendary athletic director and football coach Ray "Rock" Hanson, funded the endowment through the Foundation in 1980 in honor of his wife Dorothy, who died in 1976.
Recipients of the scholarships for summer 1998 are: Joyce Gabbert of Camden; Sandra Busard of Donnellson, IA; and Jane Baxter, Mary Clark, Marcena Gabrielson and Grace Mbere Gachanja of Macomb.
New or renewal scholarship applications for fall 1998 are due July 1 to the department of health education and promotion, Stipes Hall 402, 298-1076.
Jack Bailey, geology, has gained international attention for his new theory about a variety of dinosaurs.
He has formulated the theory that the thick spines of what were traditionally thought of as sailback dinosaursincluding Ouranosaurus, Spino-saurus and some 28 otherswere really used as support for muscular humps, much like the modern day bison. Bailey believes these were adaptations for a migratory lifestyle. He theorizes that the muscles of the hump ensured efficient transport while the fat within the hump provided the energy storage and heat-shielding needed to survive long-distance treks across the unshaded and seasonally dry terrains of the late Mesozoicone of the hottest periods of earth history.
Bailey's independent research manuscript, Neural Spine Elongation in Dinosaurs: Sailbacks or Buffalo-Backs?, was published in the November 1997 issue of the Journal of Paleontology. Magazine articles outlining Bailey's ideas appear in the April 1998 issue of Discover and on Discover's Web site; the Feb. 20 issue of Science; the Summer 1997-98 issue of Nature Australia; and the May 1996 issue of New Scientist. His research was also presented in March on Canada's Discovery Channel Web site and a summary of his theory was presented by Donald Phillips in the Spring 1998 edition of The Spirifer, a publication of the New York Paleontological Society.
The April 12 issue of London's The Sunday Times contained a two-column article, titled "Dinosaurs were like camels."
Bailey was recently approached by the editor of Dinosaur World magazine for an in-depth interview to be published later this year.
Seventy-nine faculty have been granted Professional Achievement Awards (PAA) for the 1998-99 academic year.
The PAA recommendations were initiated at the departmental level, reviewed by the college deans, the University Personnel Committee and Provost Burton O. Witthuhn prior to final approval by President Donald S. Spencer.
Receiving PAA in the College of Arts and Sciences were Bem Allen, Eugene Mathes, Alphons Richert, and Paula Wise, psychology; Richard Anderson, Robert Gessner, Lawrence Jahn, Kenneth Keudell, Paul Nollen and Jeannette Thomas, biological sciences; Daniel Colvin, June Frazer, Timothy Frazer, John Hallwas, Bruce Leland, Maurine Magliocco, Karen Mann and Janice Welsch, English and journalism; Larry Balsamo, Darrell Dykstra, George Hopkins, Sterling Kernek, Robert Sutton, Thomas Watkins and John Werner, history; Jack Bailey and John Klasner, geology; Iraj Kalantari, Abdul-Qayyum Khaliq, Judith Olson, Melfried Olson and David Voss, mathematics; William Faulkner, Edward Kurjack; Brendan Maguire and Mary Radosh, sociology and anthropology; Michael Fimmen, social work; Lawrence Lewis, Richard Rieck and James Vining, geography; Morris Vos, foreign language and literature; Jutta Helm, political science; Thomas Helm and Mario Morelli, philosophy and religious studies.
In the College of Business and Technology PAA recipients were David Bloomberg, marketing and finance; Thomas Drinka, agriculture; George Peek and Lucia Peek, accountancy; Michael Pledge, Vaman Rao, Steven Rock, LaVonne Straub and James Yunker, economics; Patsy Dickey-Olson, Darlene Pibal, and Stephen Straub, information management and decision sciences; J. Pat Spicer, engineering technology; and William Maakestad, management.
Recipients of PAA in the College of Education and Human Services were Steven Cox, Robert Fischer, Michael Hazlett and Thomas Tomlinson, LEJA; Robert F. Hall, Steven Rittenmeyer and Arthur Yonke, educational administration and supervision; Patricia Hutinger and Linda Thistlethwaite, elementary education and reading; Subhash Jani, special education; and Chuck Ulrich, health education and promotion.
College of Fine Arts and Communication PAA recipients were Tanya Carey, Richard Cheadle, Jon Dugle, Hugo Magliocco, and Paul Paccione, music; Donald Crouch, art; Judith Dallinger, communication; and Egla Hassan and David Patrick, theatre.
Library faculty member Frank Goudy was a recipient of a PAA.
The Civil Service Employees Council has announced that Bertha Morrow, secretary in the communication department, has been selected as the June Employee of the Month.
Morrow received the award because of her generosity to others, and for making staff and students' experiences at WIU positive ones.
Judy Potter and Amy Betz, Macomb Projects, presented "I Can Do It-You Can Too! Make the Arts Accessible for All Children" at the National Lekotek Conference in Rockford.
Vickie Frohne, physics, presented "A New Introductory Physics Course for Pre-Service Elementary School Teachers" at the joint American Physical Society/American Association of Physics Teachers (APS/AAPT) conference in Columbus, OH.
Tze-San Lee, mathematics, presented "Detecting Change in Mean of Unequally Spaced Longitudinal Data" at the 30th Symposium on the Interface Between Computing Science and Statistics in Minneapolis.
Larry Conrad, archeological research lab/IEM, received $4,855 from Klingner and Associates for "Dallas Rural Water District."
Joni Deems, College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), received $36,375 from Regional Office of Education No. 26 for "Distance Learning Project."
John Graham, University Art Gallery, received $6,030 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for "Conservation Assessment Program."
John Gruidl, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), received $39,000 from various local agencies for "Peace Corps FellowsCommunity Contributions 99."
The WIU College of Business and Technology (CBT) honored faculty and students at its annual awards banquet held recently in the University Union Lamoine Room.
John Drea and Joe Hanna, marketing and finance faculty, were recognized for outstanding research. Anthony Falgiani, accountancy, and Jim Patterson, management, were recognized for outstanding service. Thomas Drinka, agriculture, and V.T. Raja, information management and decision sciences, were honored for outstanding teaching.
Hassan Espahbodi, accountancy, and Rolf Hackman, marketing and finance, received faculty research grants.
Five retiring faculty members were also honored: Karl Marx, Robert Morey, Peter Stratton, Jayne Schiek and Rick Voss.A University Relations Publication