WIU Supports Federal Funding of Amtrak
On Wednesday, July 8 the Senate Subcom-mittee on Transportation agreed to recommend $555 million for the continued funding of Amtrak, according to Senator Laura Kent Donahue of Quincy and Rep. Rich Myers of Macomb.
WIU officials will support continued federal funding for Amtrak.
"This (continued funding) is a vital issue for our region and our state," said President Donald S. Spencer. "We appreciate the support of our representatives and local officials, and we pledge our commitment to see that the federal funding comes through."
While the Senate subcommittee has recom-mended the allocation for Amtrak, the funding must be approved by both the full House and Senate.
"We are asking the residents of Macomb and area communities to urge Congress to support the federal funding of Amtrak," said Myers.
Donahue added that the Amtrak rail service is a vital link to western Illinois, and the public needs to send their letters of support for the service to their elected officials. "This train service is important for economic development, WIU recruitment, local business professionals and the traveling public," Spencer said.
Amtrak serves Illinois with an average of 48 trains a day. A total of 2.7 million passengers used Amtrak trains in Illinois during the last fiscal year, including 30,306 in Macomb.
Creger Honored by NACADA
The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has honored a WIU academic adviser for her contributions.
Rita Creger, the coordinator/adviser of the individual studies program in the University Advising and Academic Support Center, was awarded an Outstanding Adviser Certificate of Merit from the national association.
Creger's primary duties include coordinating the individual studies program; advising individual studies students in curriculum design, academic progress and degree completion; and preparation, supervision and evaluation of internship experiences. Prior to her current position she was the undergraduate academic adviser for the department of engineering technology.
In 1996, Creger was the recipient of Western's seventh annual Outstanding Academic Adviser Award.
WIU Board to Hold Workshop
The WIU Board of Trustees will hold a board workshop today and tomorrow, July 17-18. The opening session is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. tonight in the Union Sandburg Lounge.
The Board will assess its effectiveness and discuss presidential assessment with the assistance of facilitator George Janik of the American Governing Boards Association.
An executive session may be held in accord-ance with the Open Meetings Act. Sessions are expected to continue from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Union.
Cavins Named Assistant Vice President for Student Services
Kathy Cavins, director of residence life at WIU, has been named assistant vice president for student services--student life at WIU.
As the assistant vice president for student services--student life, Cavins will be responsible for all aspects of the University's housing program, including the business and personnel function, as well as supervise and coordinate student services child care.
Cavins began her career at WIU as an assistant hall director in 1986. From there she has moved through the ranks, serving as residence hall director, conference coordinator and complex director, assistant director of residence life and facilities and associate director of residence life. Most recently, Cavins was director of residence life.
Cavins has been instrumental in forming the Disney Service training and New Student Convocation. She is a member of the WIU Centennial Celebration Planning Committee, Domestic Violence Committee, College Student Personnel Days Committee, RA Selection Committee and the University Talent Grant Committee. She is an active member of the Macomb Chamber of Commerce, serving as president during 1997-98, and the regional and national housing associations, GLACUHO and ACUHO-I, respectively.
"This appointment is a natural move for Kathy. Her years of experience in student services at Western, and her involvement in campus committees and the Macomb community, provide her with the background and knowledge necessary to carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of this position," said W. Garry Johnson, vice president for student services.
Cavins received her bachelor's and master's degrees from WIU, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational administration at Illinois State University.
Stuck Named Director of Development
Michael A. Stuck has been named director of development at WIU.
"Mike will be a great addition to our team of fundraising and advancement professionals and support personnel who are engaged in Centennial Campaign activities," said Larry Mortier, vice president for advancement and public services. "We are fortunate to bring to Western an individual whose experience is broad-based and includes extensive campaign work."
Stuck will be responsible for developing strategies for ongoing campaign fundraising efforts and coordinating contact with prospective University donors.
Stuck has served as director of institutional advancement for The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA from 1992-93. He previously served as director of development at Reed College in Portland, OR and director of development and alumni relations at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Since 1994 he has been a consultant with Lorenz Management Systems, Ann Arbor, MI, working in a marketing and recruitment role.
Stuck earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan. He has served on the Ann Arbor, MI Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and Downtown Business and Development Association and served as a director for the Bay Area Family Y.
Carter Named Director of Internal Auditing at WIU
Carole Carter, the information systems auditor for WIU, has been named director of internal auditing at WIU, effective July 20.
Carter, a Certified Public Accountant, has been with Western since 1989. In addition to her responsibilities in internal auditing, she has also taught accounting at Spoon River College and WIU. Prior to coming to WIU, Carter was the business manager for the West Central Illinois Special Education Cooperative.
"Carole's experience and insight are invaluable. I'm delighted she has accepted this position," said President Donald S. Spencer.
Carter is a member of the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She replaces Jack Schoonover as director of internal auditing. Schoonover has been named director of residential facilities at Western.
Carter received her bachelor's and master's degrees in accountancy from WIU.
Egger Named News Director for WIUM/WIUW
Public radio for the tri-states, WIUM/WIUW, has named Rich Egger as news director.
Egger comes from WJBC/WBNQ, Bloomington, where he served as reporter and anchor for the station's news department. Prior to his affiliation with WJBC/WBNQ, Egger worked for more than 12 years as news anchor at WRMN/WJKL in Elgin, where he earned numerous awards from United Press International for newscasts, investigative reporting, and individual achievement. He holds a degree in communications studies from Northern Illinois University and currently serves on the Board of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.
WIUM/WIUW is a member-supported service of the School of Extended and Continuing Education at WIU.
Janine Cavicchia, assistant director of residential facilities at WIU, has been named acting director of the WIU Women's Center.
According to Vice President for Student Services W. Garry Johnson, the Women's Center supervision has shifted from the academic affairs division to student services.
Cavicchia came to WIU in 1985 as an assistant residence hall director. She was hired as a residence hall director in 1987. Two years later, she was named complex director and promoted to a central staff position in 1991. In addition to her responsibilities as assistant director of residential facilities, she has supervised Western's graduate and family housing staff and operations and five of WIU's 10 residence halls.
Cavicchia has been actively involved in numerous campus, community, regional and national organizations, including serving on the executive board of Western Organization for Women, the Women's Leadership Conference Planning Committee, the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Task Force and Programming Committee, the Human Issues Education Committee, the Cultural Diversity Cadre, and others.
She is the chair of the Board of Trustees at the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb and is on the McDonough County United Way Executive Board.
Cavicchia received her bachelor's degree from the University of MissouriColumbia in 1985 and her master's degree in college student personnel from WIU in December 1988. In 1990 she was awarded the American College Personnel Association's Annuit Coeptis Award recognizing outstanding new professionals in the student affairs field.
In spring 1998 Cavicchia received WIU's President's Award for Administrative Excellence in Multicultural Programming in recognition of her work as editor of Multicultural Connections, a newsletter which celebrates diversity and multiculturalism on campus by publicizing multicultural education and services at WIU.
"Janine's education and experience in student services, coupled with her involvement in various campus organizations, will serve her well as the acting director of the Women's Center," said Johnson. "Her background and knowledge is a perfect fit for the center's shift from academic affairs to student services. While the focus of the center has been directed at faculty and staff women, we hope to increase the opportunities for all students to interact with successful women role models. We see the Women's Center move to our area as a very exciting event."
Cavicchia replaces Loretta Kensinger who had served as the Women's Center director since 1995. A search for a permanent director will be held at a later date.
Student Services Changes
A series of internal changes are taking place within the student services division at WIU.
Assistant Vice President for Student Services Stephany Joy-Newman's office will be housed within the vice president for student services office in Sherman Hall 321. She is responsible for student learning and assessment within student services as well as the Women's Center, University Counseling Center, Placement, Beu Health Center, Disability Support Services and Student Development and Orientation.
Joy-Newman has served as the director of Western's counseling center since 1992 and as assistant vice president since 1996. She is also an adjunct professor in counselor education and college student personnel.
Joy-Newman has been with WIU since 1976. From 1976 to 1979, she taught in the psychology department. From 1979 to 1991, she was a counselor in the counseling center and earned the rank of professor. Joy-Newman holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Western and a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University.
The current director of residential facilities and dining services, Al Harris, has been named director of Western's University Union. Harris replaces Marshall Ervin who left WIU.
Harris has been at WIU since 1983. His responsibilities have included assistant director of residential programs and facilities, associate director of the University Union and director of the University Union Bookstore. Harris earned his bachelor's degree in 1974 from Monmouth College and his master's degree from Western in 1985.
Jack Schoonover, director of internal auditing at Western, has been appointed to the position of director of residential facilities. Schoonover has served as WIU's internal auditor since 1984. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a 1975 and 1993 Western graduate.
As director of internal auditing, Schoonover was responsible for developing audit programs, coordinating audits by outside entities and developing a two-year audit plan. Prior to his position at WIU, Schoonover was a performance auditor for the Illinois Office of the Auditor General.
"The new assignments for these professionals really puts things in place for Western's student services division," said W. Garry Johnson, vice president for student services. "By making some changes within the division, we are able to assist students in an even more productive and effective manner than before. This is definitely a positive move for everyone involved."
New Civil Service Employee Evaluation Forms
Revised civil service employee evaluation forms will be implemented effective July 1, 1998. Employees on probation will be evaluated during their probation at two, four and six months.
Supervisors will receive the new probationary evaluation form for completion approximately one month prior to date due.
Civil service employees who have completed probation will be evaluated once a year on the revised non-probationary form.
If you have any questions regarding the two new forms, please contact Jan Johnson, Human Resources, 298-1971, or e-mail.
Asbestos Management Plan
During the next 90 days, K&H Services Corp. will sample materials in all general revenue buildings on campus in order to produce an asbestos management plan.
This project is being funded with state super fund money (estimated at $340,000) and will provide WIU with a complete plan showing where asbestos containing materials are located. Once found, the asbestos will be abated prior to any construction projects that may disturb them.
Currently areas are sampled and abated if required just prior to beginning projects that have project funding. The technicians who do the sampling will not be disturbing materials that will affect building users. The majority of samples will be taken from mechanical rooms in buildings on campus.
Call the Physical Plant, 298-1834, with questions.
Murray Street Construction
A 300-foot section of Murray Street on the WIU campus, which intersects with Western Avenue, will be closed to traffic all of July.
The city of Macomb project contracted Hillyer Inc. to widen the intersection and construct a turning lane at the Murray Street-Western Avenue intersection. The project includes a two-foot expansion to the north and a 13-foot expansion to the south of the intersection, curbs, gutters and resurfacing 300 feet of Murray Street.
Murray Street will be closed west of the crosswalk located northeast of Sallee Hall for the six-week project. Barricades will be positioned to allow pedestrian access to the University Union. Traffic will be able to access WIU's auxiliary enterprises building, which houses the Western Illinois Credit Union and Casa Latina; and Mowbray Hall, which houses WIU parking services and public safety. Call the Physical Plant, 298-1834, with questions.
Summer Music Theatre
Tickets are available for the last Summer Music Theatre performances to be held in Browne Hall Hainline Theatre during July.
"Once Upon a Mattress" will be performed July 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Adult tickets are $15; seniors $12, children 12 and under $8; WIU students $5.
For more information, call the Hainline Theatre Box Office at 298-2900, from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Upcoming International Programs
WIU international students will present informational sessions about their countries beginning in September. The sessions are open to all WIU faculty and staff. Sessions follow.
Mongolia: What Do You Know About Mongolia?from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 in Knoblauch Hall 239.
Brazil: Land of Cariocas, Carnival, and Much More!from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in Knoblauch Hall 239.
Morocco: Come With Me to the Casbah!from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in Knoblauch Hall 239.
Light refreshments and a beverage will be served for $1 donation. Call 298-2426 for more information.
Art in Public Places: Western Illinois Landscapes to be Exhibited in Macomb Establishments
The beauty of the prairie landscape surrounding Macomb will be interpreted by local artists and displayed throughout the community during July and August.
Coordinated by WIU art professor Fred Jones, "Art in Public Places: Landscapes Around the Macomb Community," features artwork by Macomb High School Art Club students and Jones. The artworks will be displayed July 27 through Aug. 23 in businesses and public buildings around the city.
Jones conducted a "Day in the Country Workshop" July 13 at the high school for Art Club members.
"I'm interested in bringing a greater awareness and appreciation of the landscape of western Illinois to our community," Jones said. "The texture of the land, the richness of the flora and fauna and the unique light conditions provide wonderful material for an artist."
Jones has integrated computer graphics technology and interdisciplinary mixed media into Western's art department curriculum, and in 1995 he was named the WIU Faculty Lecturer for his scholarly achievements and contributions to the University.
He has produced four interdisciplinary publications, the latest being "An Illinois Portfolio," which celebrates the state's diverse landscape in artwork and poems.
Exhibition sites for the "Art in Public Places" drawings and paintings will be at the following locations through Aug. 23: A.G. Edwards and Sons; Calhoun-Pumo Insurance Services; Century 21-Purdum-Epperson Inc.; City Hall; Cecil Porter's Farmers Insurance Group; Farm King; First Federal Bank; Dr. George Foster, dentist; McDonough County YMCA; McDonough District Hospital; National Bank; Nickson's Oil and Tire; NTN Bower office and production areas; Right Angles; Sir Lawrence's barbershop; Travel Company of Macomb; and Wesley Village.
St. Louis Rams Arrive Tomorrow
The St. Louis Rams have scheduled 20 days of practice in Macomb, including two night practices, during their four-week 1998 summer training camp, which will be held at WIU.
Second-year Head Coach Dick Vermeil will bring rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans into camp Saturday, July 18, with morning and afternoon practices scheduled Sunday through Tuesday, July 19-21. Veterans are scheduled to report to camp Thursday, July 23.
Community members will be able to meet Rams' players and coaches at an evening event July 23 in downtown Macomb. Details of the event will be announced at a later date.
Full team practices begin with morning and afternoon sessions Friday, July 24. Team practices are open free to the public. Because practice schedules may change, daily updates will be available by calling 309/298-RAMS (7267).
Night practice sessions on WIU's Hanson Field are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 12.
For more information, call the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (MACVB) at 1-888-2GORAMS (1-888-246-7267).
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. The Rams will break camp after a Wednesday, Aug. 19 morning practice.
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.
New Civil Service Employees
Brattain, Jennifer E., bookstore clerk I, Union Bookstore, 7/6/98. Union Bookstore, 298-1931.
Conner, Deborah S., nurse practitioner, Beu Health Center, 8/1/98. Beu Health Center, 298-1888.
David, Christopher J., secretary II, UHDS, 7/1/98. Seal Hall, 298-2461.
Fentem, Larry A., management analyst programmer I, administrative computing, 7/13/98. 112 Morgan Hall, 298-1605.
Gosnell, Marguerite E., accountant I, accounting office, 7/6/98. 222 Sherman Hall, 298-1811.
Hunter, Bradley D., police officer, Public Safety, 7/15/98. Mowbray Hall, 298-1949.
Taylor, David B., purchasing assistant II, 7/1/98. Sherman Hall 227, 298-1819.
Thorman, Jamie L., systems programmer I, administrative computing, 7/20/98. 121 Morgan Hall, 298-1944.
Civil Service Resignations
Ervin, Jeanne L., clerk II, UHDS administrative, 7/6/98.
Homoky, William L., equipment service worker, Union Bowling Alley, 6/19/98.
McCormick-Blindt, Tammie J., admissions/records officer I, international education, 6/30/98.
Rittenhouse, Hiram, painter, building maintenance, 6/17/98.
Civil Service Promotions/Transfers
Brooks, Beryl, assistant superintendent of building services, building services, promoted to superintendent of building services, building services, 7/1/98.
Biswell, Beth A., secretary III, management, promoted to secretary IV, College of Education and Human Services, 7/13/98.
Civil Service Retirements
Cale, Millie M., painter, building maintenance, 6/30/98.
Civil Service Name Change
Denny, Virginia R., medical records technician, Beu Health Center, 7/8/98. Former name: Virginia Lantz.
Employee of the Month
The Civil Service Employees Council announces that Linda Farr, athletic departmentfootball office, has been selected as the July employee of the month.
Farr was selected based on the nominations received on her behalf. Her professionalism, calm tactfulness and dedication to WIU's football program were among the comments made in the nominations.
Congratulations to Linda Farr for making WIU a better place for staff, students, parents and guests alike.
Kathy Barclay, Cecelia Benelli, and Pamela Godt, elementary education and reading authored "It's Never Too Soon: Building A Firm Foundation for Reading and Writing," published in Children and Families, vol. XVII, no. 3, Summer, 1998, pp. 38-46.
Netkal M. Made Gowda, chemistry, co-authored "Spectrophotometric Methods for the Determination of Certain Catecholamine Derivatives in Pharmaceutical Preparations," published in the Talanta, vol. 46, pp. 39-44 (1998).
Virginia W. Leonard, history, published a chapter, "Women in Anticolonial Movement," in Women in the Third World: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues, New York & London: Garland Publishing, pp. 447-457, 1998.
Rodney Fink, applied sciences (emeritus), presented "Life in the Rural Communities of Germans Living in Russia" at the 1998 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
In addition, Fink worked with the Fergana Valley Business Incubator in Andijan, Uzbekistan from June 20 to July 10, assisting with the implementation of soybean production and processing for an oil and meal supplement for the region. The program was sponsored by the WINROCK Farmer to Farmer Program. Uzbekistan is one of the central Asian Republics of the former USSR.
Won Moo Hurh, sociology and anthropology, presented "Migration Stress and Mental Health: A Case Study of Korean Immigrants in the U.S." at the Seventh International Conference on Social Stress Research in Budapest, Hungary.
Patricia Chrosniak, elementary education and reading, presented the all-day workshop "Assessment for Math and Science Teachers," as part of the ARCS project at the WIU Regional Center.
Julie Kyllonen Rose, international education, presented "Toward an Understanding of Students from the Arabian Gulf," " Issues and Answers About Korean Students" and "Overseas Professional Development Opportunities for NAFSAns" at the 50th Anniversary Conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, in Washington, D.C.
Larry Conrad, archaeological research lab/IEM, received $1,000 from the Village of Marietta for "Phase I Study of the Marietta Prairie City Water Main Right-of-Way."
Robert Fischer, law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA), received $5,668 from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for "Illinois Law Enforcement Media Resource Center 98."
Kathy Barclay and Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, received $60,000 from the Illinois Department of Human Services for "Building Quality Child Care Programs Through Caregiver and Parental Education."
John Gruidl, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), received $8,700 from various local agencies for his project entitled "Peace Corps FellowsCommunity Contributions 99."
Patricia Hutinger, elementary education and reading/Macomb Projects, received supplemental funding of $15,000 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "STARNET 98."
Scott Holt, biological sciences, received $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service for "Development of a Commercially Useful Sucrase for the Production of Natural Biopolymers Derived from Agricultural Commodities."
Bonnie Johnson, WIU Library, received $1,397 from the Small Public Library Management Institute participant fees for "Small Public Library Management Institute Planning Project 99." Johnson also received $7,500 from the Alliance Library System for "Live and Learn Project."
William McCamey, LEJA, received $5,025 from the Journal of Security Administration for "Editorial Office of the Journal of Security Administration 99."
F. Gene Miller and Phyllis Plank, College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), received $200,000 from the University of California at Berkeley for "Materials Distribution Service." They also received $30,000 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Curriculum Publications ClearinghouseProject Adult 98."
Dennis Papini, psychology, received $2,000 from the Illinois Department on Aging for "Illinois Department on Aging Student Intern."
Greg Roepke, Office of Public Safety, received $7,022 from various sources for "Illinois Law Enforcement Officers Training Board 98."
Dan Walker, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), received $7,000 from the Illinois Development Council for "IDC Group Report."
Larry Wall, College of Business and Technology, has received $118,117 from the Lamoine Valley Vocational system for "LVVS 99."
Norm Walzer and Bill Westerhold, IIRA, received $7,500 from various regional councils of government in the state of Illinois for "Cooperative GIS ProjectMatching Year 2." Walzer also received $34,952 from the Rural Partners Task Force for "Rural Partners Transportation Task Force."
Kenneth Kohberger, Office of Student Activities, received $2,625 from the New England Foundation for the Arts for "Ohio Ballet SupportNational Dance Touring Project."
Terry Schwartz and Dale Adkins, recreation, park, and tourism administration (RPTA), received $180,528 from the Illinois Police Association for "Camp Sherwood."
Ronald Terry, chemistry, received $17,668 from the University of Illinois at Springfield for "Secondary Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory Network 98."
Dorie Vallillo, WIUM/WIUW-FM, received supplemental funding of $35,521 from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for "Basic Operating Support for Public Radio 1998-2000."
T. K. Vinod, chemistry, received $875 from the American Chemical Society for "Project SEED."A University Relations Publication