To the Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of Western Illinois University
I consider it a distinct honor to welcome you to what will certainly be an exceptional year in the life of Western Illinois University.
When Western received its charter on April 24, 1899, barely two percent of the American people ever had enrolled in college, even for a single day. This year, about two-thirds of America's high school graduates will continue their educations at the collegiate level.
This explosive growth in access to advanced learning ranks among the greatest achievements of American civilization, and its consequences from computers to organ transplants to genetic engineering and hundreds of other contemporary technologieshave ignited what is, arguably, the most rapid and sweeping intellectual revolution in the human experience. As we celebrate Western's centennial throughout the coming year, I hope we will find occasion to reflect on the intellectual revolution in which Western has been, and continues to be, a proud participant.
Much about Western has changed during the past century. We have evolved from two-year to four-year programs, and from a single mission of teacher preparation to a comprehensive curriculum in the arts, the sciences, and a broad array of professions. We have grown from a handful of students drawn from the immediate vicinity of Macomb to an enrollment of well more than 12,000 students representing every region of Illinois and some 30 states and 50 nations. We now offer programs not only in Macomb, but also at a branch campus in the Quad Cities and, via Western's Satellite Education Network, to learners throughout the United States.
What has not changed has been the fundamental character of the University: we remain committed to superior academic achievement, scholarship, public service, graduate education, and the highest standards of social justice. Our centennial year offers a superb occasion to renew those commitments.
Donald S. Spencer
WIU 1998 Summer Enrollment Increased in Quad Cities
WIU summer enrollments increased by more than nine percent in the Quad Cities, with 1,144 students in attendance at the WIU Regional Center in 1998 compared to 1,049 in 1997. In addition, the full-time equivalent enrollment at the WIURC jumped more than 14 percent this summer, which indicates more students took a "full course load" of at least eight semester hours for undergraduate students and six semester hours for graduate students.
WIU's total enrollment for summer 1998 decreased just over three percent, from 4,403 students in 1997 to 4,253 this summer. However, new transfer enrollment showed an eight-student increase from 120 in 1997 to 128 this summer.
Total on-campus enrollment in summer 1998 is listed at 2,170, or 9.88 percent lower than the 1997 total of 2,408.
"With last fall's opening of the WIU Regional Center in Moline, Western has proved its commitment to serve the educational needs of Quad Cities area residents," said President Donald S. Spencer. "We're obviously delighted with the enrollment numbers at our Regional Center because it means we're on target with our efforts to address the changing needs of students.
"Even though our on-campus enrollment was slightly lower than last summer, I'm delighted with the increase in new transfer students and I'm convinced Western is serving the needs of its students," Spencer added.
Library Celebration Reception
Tom Peters, Dean of University Libraries, invites the University community to a reception to celebrate the Library's 20th anniversary. The 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 reception will be held in the Library Atrium.
Art Gallery Opening, Reception
The WIU Art Gallery opens its 1998-99 season with the exhibition Mark Arctander: Recent Works beginning Monday, Aug. 24. Also on exhibit is a collection of artworks, Text/context, for which Arctander served as guest curator.
Arctander is a 1993 Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts graduate who makes his home in suburban Chicago. A public reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Gallery.
The exhibits, which run through Sept. 24, may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
Founders' Day Celebration
WIU's annual Founders' Day Celebration will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the Union Grand Ballroom. The University community is cordially invited to attend. Please reserve that time to join in the Founders' Day luncheon. Details will be announced in future Connection issues.
OSA Expands Office Hours
The Office of Student Activities will expand its hours of operation effective Monday, Aug. 24. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
"The expanded hours will give all students an opportunity to get involved on campus by stopping into the office in the University Union," said Daniel Maxwell, director of student activities.
"The reception area will be staffed by our support staff and student employees throughout the 10- hour day. After hours, students can call 298-3232 and leave questions on voice mail; the most appropriate member of our staff will contact the student(s) with the information the next day," Maxwell said.
For information, call Maxwell at 298-3232.
If you know of an employee within your area or division who is hospitalized; who experiences the loss of a spouse, child, father or mother; or, who has passed away; please share this information with the President's Office, 298-1824.
Softball Tournament Ticket Prices
WIU has announced ticket prices for the 1998 State Farm National Invitational Championship softball tournament to be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27 at the Green Valley Softball Complex in Moline.
Tournament passes for the 20-team round-robin and single-elimination tournament are $26 for a family; $13 for adults; $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available now through Thursday, Sept. 24 at the WIU athletic ticket office, 298-1190. Parking is free.
Passes admit bearers to all games played during the three-day tournament, including the pool-play games Friday and Saturday and the single-elimination tournament on Saturday evening and Sunday.
The WIU Westerwinds will host the following teams in this year's tournament: Bradley, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Iowa State, Iowa, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State, St. Louis, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi and Southwest Missouri State.
Fall Child Care
WIU Day Care/H.O.P.E. Head Start, located at 318 Robin Road in Macomb, is accepting applications for the fall semester for children ages six weeks through 12 years old. The child care program has been expanded to better serve the needs of student parents and WIU employees.
Programs offered include: infant program (six weeks to 15 months); toddler program (15 months to 2 years); 2- and 3-year-old classroom; 4- and 5-year-old classroom; and an after school program for children up to 12 years old.
The center offers full-day or half-day care; weekly, daily, or hourly rates; nutritious snacks and meals; and a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Hours of operation are: infant and toddler programsMonday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All preschool classes and after school programMonday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call Rhonda at 837-2540.
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.
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. $1 donation.
Call 298-2426 for more information.
The WIU Scholarship Office has moved to Sherman Hall 308. The Internal Auditor's Office has moved to Sherman Hall 208. Phone numbers remain the same.
"Successful Money Management," a three-part educational program designed to teach fundamental principles of sound money management, will be presented from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 10 and 17 in Stipes Hall 506.
A program taught nationwide, the seminar is presented in easy-to- understand, nontechnical terms. Participants will discover new ideas for managing their money, reducing taxes and insurance costs, saving and investing, allocating investment resources, estate planning and avoiding common financial pitfalls.
Registration fee is $69. Each paid registrant may bring a spouse or guest at no additional cost.
For more information or to register, call 298-1555 or visit www.wiu.edu/ users/ micmpd/smms.shtml.
The University Women's fall breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 in Knoblauch Hall 239. All women faculty members, wives of faculty members and retired faculty members will receive a newsletter in the mail. Send reservations for the breakfast to Sue Schoonover, 136 Fawn Ridge, Macomb, IL 61455 by Friday, Sept. 18. If you do not receive the newsletter NewsWaves, please call Mary Reed at 837-2506.
Wise Named Acting Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Dan Wise, professor and chair of the department of geography at Western Illinois University, has been named acting associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and acting director of the Institute for Environmental Management. The additional duties within the College were effective Aug. 1, according to CAS Dean Phyllis Farley Rippey.
"Dan has superb people and organization skills," Rippey said. "He is highly regarded by the College and on campus, and he is well suited to take on these additional roles during this next year."
Rippey calls the 1998-99 academic year a "transition year" within the College, largely brought about by Frank Fulkerson's return to the classroom. Fulkerson, a professor of psychology, had served as an associate dean of the CAS for 13 years. He opted to return to the classroom, beginning fall semester.
"It's going to be a busy year for Dan," Rippey said. "He's going to help evaluate the administration of the College and help us determine our administrative needs.
"I'm really pleased Dan accepted this assignment. He is a highly successful scientist, and I expect he will be able to foster more active scientific research throughout the College during this transition. It's vital for us to develop more cross-disciplinary studies and find grants to help us fund these activities. Dan has had good success in obtaining grants; he will be a good mentor for other faculty within the College,"Rippey added.
Another area Wise will oversee this year is the Institute for Environmental Management (IEM).
"I certainly want to publicly thank (biology professor) Larry Jahn for his shepherding of this program during its 20 years," Rippey said. "Larry brought the institute to the point where it could make significant contributions to our academic mission, research agenda and outreach to the region.
"In regard to teaching, our College has a new minor in environmental studies which will be coordinated by IEM ," Rippey added. "Dan is a good choice to oversee the IEM in this transition, while we conduct an internal search for a new director."
"I'm looking forward to working with Dean Rippey and my colleagues throughout the College of Arts and Sciences this year," Wise said. "It's certainly going to be a busy and challenging year, but I see it as a wonderful opportunity to help guide the College through some transitions. Our College offers so much diversity in helping prepare students with a well-rounded education that, hopefully, will translate into a love for the liberal arts and lifelong learning. It's exciting to be part of the process that works with the big picture.'"
Conger Named English Chair
Syndy Conger, professor of English, has been named chair of the English and journalism department, effective July 1, according to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Phyllis Farley Rippey. She replaces professor Ron Walker, who returned to classroom duties after 12 years as department chair.
"With Syndy's appointment as chair, that brings us up to two women chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences," Rippey said. "That delights me because it's a positive step toward greater diversity in our College administration.
"Syndy has an outstanding scholarly record, and I'm pleased that she has a new enthusiasm for adding a service component to her professional duties," Rippey added. "I'm grateful to Ron for his outstanding leadership over the years and the wonderful job he has done of integrating Syndy into the administrative process. He left the department in good shape and in good hands."
From 1976 to 1998, Conger served as the department's director of graduate studies. She also was the Faculty Development office associate responsible for coordinating the new faculty mentoring program in1997-98.
"I am very happy to have the chance to give these years of administrative service to the University that has been a supportive academic home since 1972," Conger said. "I also look forward to the exciting prospect of chairing the department as my colleagues and our students approach the year 2000 and face the many pedagogical and technological challenges that lie on the other side of that divide."
Manges Named Chair of Educational Administration and Supervision
Charles Manges has been named chair of the department of educational administration and supervision at WIU.
Manges, a former associate professor at Texas A & M University and Wayne State College, has also been a public school superintendent; business manager and personnel director for an intermediate service unit; secondary principal; elementary principal; and teacher.
He is currently serving a three-year appointment on the technology committee for the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and the Texas Professors of Educational Administration Advisory Board. Manges recently concluded terms on the Nebraska State Elementary and Secondary Education Act Advisory Board, the Nebraska Math and Science Initiative Regional Coalition and the Nebraska Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
"Dr. Manges brings a wealth of experience to the department," said David R. Taylor, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. "I am pleased to announce his appointment and look forward to working with him and the department in the coming years."
Manges earned bachelor's, master's, special-ist and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.
Made Gowda Named Chemistry Chair; Terry Serves as Interim Chair
Netkal Made Gowda, WIU professor of chemistry and acting department chair since January, has been named chair of the chemistry department, effective January 1999, according to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Phyllis Farley Rippey.
Made Gowda is on sabbatical leave in India until December.
Associate chemistry professor Ron Terry has been named acting chair during Made Gowda's sabbatical leave, Rippey said.
"After a national search was conducted, faculty in the chemistry department and our dean's office felt Netkal was the best choice from a list of exceptional candidates," Rippey said. "He has shown he is highly capable of administering a department and providing leadership.
"We also thank Ron Terry for his willingness to serve as acting chair and work with Netkal in this transition," Rippey added.
"It's an honor to have been selected as the chairperson of the department of chemistry, after a national level search," Made Gowda said.
"I like the challenges and leadership opportunities provided by this position, and I would like to lead this department toward increased student enrollment and faculty expertise," Made Gowda added. "I have strong commitments to instructional, service and research and scholarly activities; and I intend to work with and encourage my colleagues to attract external funding to sustain and support their research projects at Western."
While on sabbatical, Made Gowda will serve as visiting professor in the chemistry department at the University of Mysore, India.
"I plan to do a collaborative research with some faculty and their graduate (doctoral) students as well as writing and revising some research manuscripts," Made Gowda said. "I also will give seminars at several Indian universities and colleges."
Public Safety Director Resigns; Fitzgerald Named Acting Director
WIU Director of Public Safety Greg Roepke has resigned his position, effective today, Aug. 21, according to Vice President for Administrative Services Jackie Thompson. Bob Fitzgerald, WIU parking services director, has been named acting director of public safety.
"Because of legislation recently passed by the Maryland General Assembly, Greg has an opportunity to receive maximum retirement benefits but he must relocate back to Maryland and work in the state system for one year in order to receive the full benefits," Thompson explained.
Roepke was associate director of police at the University of Maryland Baltimore County before moving to WIU in spring 1996. He also was an associate instructor with the Maryland Police Training Commission. Prior to his service at the University of Maryland, Roepke worked as assistant director of police at Towson State University, Maryland from 1975-1979, and as a police officer and commander of the Records and Information Bureau at the University of Maryland College Park from 1970-1975.
"We're sorry to see Director Roepke leave WIU, but we understand his unique situation," Thompson said. "He has made tremendous advances in community policing on campus and he worked extremely well with area law enforcement agencies, but we are fortunate to have on staff Bob Fitzgerald, who is well qualified to step into the acting director role.
"Bob's educational preparation, demonstrated leadership skills and wide ranging experience in the public and higher education sectors uniquely qualify him for this position," Thompson added.
Fitzgerald was named director of parking services at WIU in January 1997, after he retired from the Macomb Police Department (MPD) with 23 years of service. He was hired by the MPD in 1973 and graduated from WIU in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration (LEA). Fitzgerald also served six years as a part-time instructor in LEA at WIU, teaching criminal investigation, survey of the criminal justice system and a seminar on current issues in policing.
"I'm looking forward to serving WIU as acting director of the office of public safety and continuing a supervising role with parking services," Fitzgerald said. "I appreciate the confidence the University administration has in me to assume these duties."
The process for a permanent replacement for the director of public safety position will be initiated in spring 1999, according to Thompson.
The Office of Student Activities announces that Ken Kohberger's title has been changed to assistant director of student activities. He will maintain all of his current duties in the office's performing arts unit, which includes directing and advising all aspects of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
"Ken is instrumental in developing collaborative efforts with the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Macomb community," said Daniel Maxwell, director of student activities. "He is an asset to the department, and I believe this title change better identifies the key role that he plays in the Office of Student Activities."
Civil Service Employees
New Civil Service Employees
Andrews, Cheryl, building service worker I, building services, 8/10/98. Physical Plant, 298-1834.
Bozard, Greg, carpenter, building maintenance, 7/21/98. Physical Plant, 298-1834.
Downing, Kelly, building service worker I, building services, 8/10/98. Physical Plant, 298-1834.
Eddington, Charles, building service worker I, building services, 8/10/98. Physical Plant, 298-1834.
Keithley, James, building service worker I, building services, 8/10/98. Physical Plant, 298-1834.
Markley, Dianne, staff nurse II, Beu Health Center, 8/10/98. Beu Health Center, 298-1888.
Schneider, Jane, medical records technician, Beu Health Center, 8/3/98. Beu Health Center, 298-1888.
Stoneking, Lewis, building service worker I, building services, 8/10/98. Physical Plant, 298-1834.
Whan, Steven, assistant facilities manager, Physical Plant (WIU Regional Center Assignment), 8/10/98. WIU Regional Center, 309/762-9481.
Civil Service Resignations
Huston, Diana, clerk II, registrar, 7/13/98.
Civil Service Promotions/Transfers
Martindale, Paul, stationary fireman, heating plant, promoted to stationary engineer, building mechanical maintenance, 7/27/98.
Owsley, Max, utilities and maintenance repairman, building mechanical maintenance, promoted to lead plant stationary engineer, Heating Plant, 7/27/98.
Civil Service Retirements
Bosworth, David, police sergeant, public safety, 8/31/98.
Employee of the Month
The Civil Service Employees Council is pleased to announce that Beth Oakley has been selected as the August Employee of the Month.
A staff secretary in the vice president for student services office, she received many letters of recommendation. Oakley was described as a cheerful, organized, reliable and dedicated person who has a positive attitude and displays a willingness to tackle any task.
Netkal M. Made Gowda, chemistry, co-authored "Ruthenium(III) Catalyzed Kinetics of Oxidation of Primary Alcohols by Bromamine-B in Hydrochloric Acid Solution," published in Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 649-667 (1998).
Bem Allen, psychology, co-authored "Amalgamations of Memories: Intrusion of Information from One Event into Reports of Another," published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 12, pp.277-285, 1998.
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.
Virginia W. Leonard, history, published the chapter "Women in Anticolonial Movement" in Women in the Third World: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues, New York & London: Garland Publishing, 1998, pp. 447-457.
Mohammad A. Siddiqi, English and journalism, authored a book Islam, Muslims, and Media: Myths and Realities, Chicago, London, Delhi: NAAMPS Publications.
Letha Clark and Linda Robinson, Macomb Projects, conducted the workshop "Computers and Preschoolers: Role of the Computer in an Early Childhood SettingSoftware selection and evaluation," at the Illinois Resource Center in Des Plaines.
Kenneth Clontz, law enforcement and justice administration, presented, "Using Atlas Pro Analysis for Examining the Relationship Between Commercial Land Use and Burglary" at the 18th Annual International ESRI Conference in San Diego, CA.
Mary Jensen, special education, presented "Gangs: Straight Talk, Straight Up," a seminar on gang awareness and management strategies for educators at the 1998 Sopris West Teacher Institute in Aspen, CO.
Virginia Leonard, history, presented "The Amistad" to the Kiwanis Club of Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey, MI and "Amistad, Abolitionists, and the American Missionary Alliance," to the Women's Fellowship of the First Congregational Church of Charlevoix, MI.
Russell Morgan, psychology, presented "Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: An Emerging Cognitive Profile" and "Increased Selectivity of Attention in Adult Males Following Prenatal Cocaine Exposure" at the 22nd annual meeting of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society in San Diego, CA.
F. Gene Miller, Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse (CPC), exhibited materials distributed by the CPC for the Illinois State Board of Education at the VICA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO.
Phyllis Plank, CPC, exhibited materials distributed by the Materials Distribution Service for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at the Integration of Academic and Vocational Education Conference in Beaver Creek, CO.
The staff of the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse (CPC) recently edited, did camera-ready preparation, and began distributing Designing Classrooms that Work: Conception and Pilot Study (MDS-MDS-964) and School-to-Work Opportunities in the Middle School: Concepts and Issues (MDS-1096) for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE).
Mohammad A. Siddiqi, English and journalism, chaired a panel on Media Ethics: An Islamic Perspective at the 21st General Assembly and Scientific Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, in Glasgow, Scotland. He also presented "Ethics and Responsibility in Journalism: An Islamic Perspective."
Carol Fimmen, cross-cultural education programs, received $5,125 from various sources for "Learning to Lead Summer Institute." She also received $2,200 from various sources for "Learning to Lead Stipends."
Tom Green, agriculture, and Roger Runquist, engineering technology, received $6,041 from the U. S. Department of Agriculture/Forest Service for "Centers in Arboriculture Recruitment Through Multimedia."
John Gruidl, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), received supplemental funding of $15,000 from various local agencies for "Peace Corps Fellows-Community Contributions 99."
Patricia Hutinger, elementary education and reading/Macomb Projects, received $139,992 from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for "Expressive Arts OutreachYear 2." She also received $146,000 from the USDE for "The Early Childhood Interactive Technology Literacy Curriculum Project, Year 4."
F. Gene Miller and Phyllis Plank, College of Education and Human Services/CPC, received three awards from the Illinois State Board of Education: $55,000 for "Curriculum Publications ClearinghouseProject Adult 99"; $65,000 for "Curriculum Publications ClearinghouseCareer Awareness and Development 99"; and $240,000 for "Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse Regular 99." Miller and Plank also received $13,000 from the VocationalTechnical Education Consortium of States/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for "V-TECS 99."
Sandra Nelson, educational and interdisciplinary studies, received $162,411 from the U. S. Department of Education for "Bilingual Teacher Training Grant FY99."
Bonnie Smith, College of Education and Human Services, received $330,750 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center 99."
Smith also received $58,160 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Statewide Adult Education Technology Staff Development Plan."
Norm Walzer, IIRA, received $5,000 from Iowa State University for "Community Development Participant Study."
Yesenia Rosales, admissions office, has been elected to serve on the national board of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. as vice president of alumni.
Russell Morey, marketing and finance, has earned the status of lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager from the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM).
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at WIU has received an innovations award from the National Association of Development Organizations in Washington, D.C. for a project to help regional councils and public officials implement Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in delivering services. This project was sponsored by the Economic Development Administration.
Lois Mills, retired government publications and legal references librarian at WIU, is the 1998 recipient of the American Library Association's James Bennett Childs Award. The award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. According to a statement from the American Library Association (ALA), the award was presented to Mills at the ALA's national conference in Washington, D.C. in recognition of her distinguished and sustained contributions for more than 30 years.A University Relations Publication