Campus Connection - August 28, 1998
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WIU Board Approves FY 2000 Budget Proposal, Operating Calendars Through 2003

The WIU Board of Trustees adopted FY2000 recommendations of $84,618,600 as an operating budget and a capital budget request of $22,983,700 at its Aug. 21 meeting. The Board also adopted academic calendars for a five-year period.

The FY2000 operating budget of $84,618,600 recommended for WIU is an increase of 8.8 percent over the FY99 appropriation of $77,776,000. Increases are requested for expanding program offerings in the areas of virtual learning technology through the Internet, expanding international education opportunities and expanding the Faculty Development program into a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Funding for general price and library material increases and funding to provide for average salary increases of seven percent for faculty and staff are also included in the proposed budget.

The proposed $22,983,700 capital budget recommended by the Board includes a third phase utility tunnel project, $3,707,900; Memorial Hall infrastructure improvements, $6,683,400; campus life safety improvements, $6,950,000; and Simpkins Hall infrastructure improvements, $4,554,900.

WIU Board budget recommendations will be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The IBHE proposes funding for WIU and other Illinois public colleges and universities. Budget recommendations must be approved by the General Assembly and Governor.

Academic calendars for the years 1999-2003 were approved by the Board. The first day of class in the 1999-2000 year will be Monday, Aug. 23. Spring semester 2000 classes will start Monday, Jan. 10, 2000. Spring graduation in 2000 is Friday, May 5 for graduate students and Saturday, May 6 for undergraduates. The subsequent years would have similar starting and ending dates. The calendars reflect a shortened break between fall and spring semesters than what is currently observed by the University. An eight-week summer session is scheduled each year with classes of four-week and eight-week duration.

The Board adopted a resolution allocating a salary increase for WIU President Donald S. Spencer, from $131,016 to $144,000 annually. The increase is effective July 1, 1998. Spencer said he will be making a substantial contribution from the increase to the WIU Foundation.

The Board adopted a change in regulations regarding sick leave, accepted joint Procurement Rules of Illinois Public Universities and released executive session minutes for the May 15, 1998 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is Friday, Nov. 20.


WIU Among State's Best in U.S. News and World Report

Last year, WIU moved up a tier in the U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges edition, and this year Western stayed among the state's best. Western remains ranked in the second tier of regional universities, including both public and private schools, in the newest report.

U.S. News and World Report publishes a yearly edition (available in September) devoted to the best colleges in the United States based on objective data from extensive question-naires. The survey information, cross-checked with other sources, evaluates such factors as average ACT scores, financial resources, student retention rates, class size and selectivity in admissions.

"Western has again been recognized favorably in the latest edition of the U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges edition," said President Donald S. Spencer. "Last year we advanced to the second tier for the first time in recent history. Being again recognized at this level indicates we are maintaining our reputation for academic excellence and strengthening our institution's position among all regional universities."

Among Illinois public institutions, WIU is joined on the second tier by Eastern Illinois University. Except for the University of Illinois' campus at Urbana–Champaign, no other public university in Illinois did so well.

"Congratulations are again in order to the faculty and staff who made this possible," Spencer said.


Evening with the President and Mayor Sept. 23

Campus and community members are invited to a social and informational evening Wednesday, Sept. 23 at WIU.

The annual Evening with the President and Mayor, featuring WIU President Donald S. Spencer and Macomb Mayor Tom Carper, will be held in the Union Lamoine Room. A cash bar will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Spencer and Carper will provide brief comments and the Alumni Association will announce the 1998 recipient of the WIU Honorary Alumni Award.

The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an individual who is not a WIU graduate but who has provided exceptional service to WIU and the community. Previous recipients were Cathy Early (1997), Dennis Iverson (1994) and Dick Miller (1995).

Participants have a meal choice of basil garlic chicken breast ($11) or filet of orange roughy ($13). Tables of six may be reserved.

For more information or to make reservations by the Wednesday, Sept. 16 deadline, contact the WIU Alumni Association, 298-1914.


Focus on Harmony Day

"Creating Community Across Campus" is the theme for Focus on Harmony Day, to be held Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Union Grand Ballroom. The goal of this year's Focus on Harmony Day is to involve students, faculty, staff and administrators in discussions about ways to build connections between groups across campus and to strengthen intercultural communication and interaction.

Dr. Maura J. Cullen, an education consultant whose doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst was "Social Justice and Diversity Education," will facilitate the day's events. She will meet with faculty, administrators and staff from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lead a major presentation–workshop for the campus at large from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

To reserve a space in the 8:30 a.m. session, contact Gloria Delany-Barmann, Horrabin Hall 80, via cc:mail or campus mail. Faculty who wish to offer the program as a class project or extra credit should contact Delany-Barmann with the name of the course and number of students who will attend.

Title Change

The Office of Student Activities announces that Kimberly Branch's title has been changed to assistant director of student activities. She will be the lead Greek Affairs staff member.

"With the departure of Mel Kelly this summer, it was apparent to me that Kimberly could successfully lead the Greek Affairs unit through this transitional year," said Daniel Maxwell, director of student activities.

"Kimberly is a talented professional with a solid knowledge of the national trends and policies of social Greek-letter organizations. I know she will assist our student leaders in bringing the Greek community to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

Publications

Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, African American studies, edited Ogoni's Agonies: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Crisis in Nigeria,
388 pp., published by Africa World Press,
Inc., Trenton, NJ and Asmara, Eritrea.

Gordy Taylor and Cathy Onion, alumni programs, co-authored a book Alumni Relations: Launching Your Program, Wachington, D.C.: CASE Publications, 1998.

Professional Activities

Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, presented, "Connecting with Families to Support Early Literacy"at the annual conference of the Whole Language Umbrella in Charlotte, NC.

Bill Bushaw, financial aid, presented, "A School's Overview of the Master Promissory Note Process," at the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs summer meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Pamela Terry Godt, Angela Ferree, Sara Simonson, and Marietta Castle, elementary education and reading, presented papers at the World Congress of Reading conference in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Godt presented "Montego Bay Meets Western Illinois: A Children's Book and Pen Pal Project Links Jamaican and U.S. Children."

Ferree presented "Overcoming Curriculum Constraints: A Study of Meaningful and Motivational Literacy Experiences for Early Adolescents in British and American Schools."

Simonson presented "Research Dialogues: Initiating the Conversation with Preservice Teachers."

Castle presented "Implementing Reading Workshop in Elementary Education Classrooms to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners."

Grants

Danny Terry, agriculture, received $301,665 from the Illinois Department of Agriculture for "CFAR Project–Year 4."

Anita Magafas, recreation, park, and tourism administration, received supplemental funding of $570 from the Everly House for "Everly House Activity Programming."

T. K. Vinod, Netkal Made Gowda, and Lisa Wen, chemistry, received $78,548 from the National Science Foundation for "Acquisition of a High Field NMR Spectrometer for Undergraduate Instruction at WIU."

Rural Technical Assistance Center (RETAC), administered through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at WIU, received continued funding of $100,000.

On Aug. 19 Congressman Lane Evans, along with U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration (EDA) officials, visited the WIU campus to announce the funding.

RETAC offers education, technical assistance and new ideas to help rural Illinois communities achieve their economic potential.

According to Norman Walzer, IIRA director, RETAC provides a stream of up-to-date information on sales, employment, population trends and other information essential to effective local decisions.

"To maintain viable and healthy downtowns, we work with development groups to enhance markets for existing businesses and to attract new stores," explained RETAC manager Dan Walker. "Based on previous experiences, we will work with more than 300 local organizations in the coming year to evaluate local markets and their potential for expansion."


Campus Briefs

BCA 1998-99 Season Tickets Available Through Sept. 20

Season tickets for WIU's Bureau of Cultural Affairs' "cultural kaleidoscope" may be purchased through Sept. 20.

Tickets for the year-long season, "A Cultural Kaleidoscope: From Rock to Opera," are available through the University Union Box Office. Season ticket patrons will enjoy zone one seating for 15 performances for $65.

The Main Stage productions kick off Monday, Sept. 21 with Broadway's "Smokey Joe's Café." The songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, such as Jailhouse Rock, are featured in this spirited rock and roll show.

Based on Romeo and Juliet, the musical "West Side Story," set against the gritty backdrop of gang warfare in New York City, comes to town Monday, Oct. 5.

On Saturday, Oct. 24 (Family Weekend) Chuck Berry will take the stage to sing such hits as Johnny B Goode and Maybeline. The frenzied skill and precision of Irish dancers, "The Spirit of the Dance," will stomp into town Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The perfect holiday season ballet, "The Nutcracker," will be performed by the International Ballet Theatre Wednesday, Dec. 2. For a belated Valentine's Day date, attend the Chicago Jazz Ensemble Friday, Feb. 19, part of the Jazz Festival weekend.

"Madama Butterfly," performed by the New York City Opera Company, will float into Western Hall Thursday, March 4. Chicago's River North Dance Company will electrify the stage Friday, March 26 by creating an enticingly new theatrical setting to explore human experiences.

Mr. Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band, a recreation of an actual small town band from Lynchburg, TN, will bring the sound of horns to the WIU campus Thursday, April 22.

Season ticket patrons may also attend five Series Elite performances.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7 Livingston Taylor takes the stage in the Union Grand Ballroom. Taylor, the younger brother of singer James Taylor, has won several awards for his songwriting over a career that spans 23 years.

The National Shakespeare Company presents "The Taming of the Shrew" Monday, Nov. 2. Ira Glass of National Public Radio's "This American Life" will bring the most popular syndicated show on public radio to the stage Sunday, Nov. 15. Glass' performance is co-sponsored by BCA and WIUM/WIUW.

Young Concert Artist Nokuthula Ngwenyama will perform a melodious viola concert Thursday, Jan. 28.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African a capella group, will perform Wednesday, Feb. 24. The final performance of the Series Elite will be Wednesday, April 7 when Kevin Mahogany and the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra fill the Union Grand Ballroom with the sweet sounds of jazz and blues.

To purchase season tickets, call the Union Box Office at 298-1254 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week. For more information on BCA events, call the Office of Student Activities, 298-3232.

Office of Student Activities

Open House Sept. 2

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) and the Student Government Association (SGA), located on the first floor of the University Union, will host concurrent open houses from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The campus community is invited to meet student leaders and staff members and hear new ideas for the school year. A list of events and activities scheduled for the fall semester will be available.

Contact OSA at 298-3232 with questions.

LEJA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Heading into its 30th year of operation, the WIU law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) faculty, students and alumni have a lot to celebrate.

More than 6,300 professionals within various local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, court systems, correctional facilities, social services and the private sector earned their degrees at Western.

"We are extremely proud of our department and the excellent reputation we have worked so hard to secure," said Stephen Reinhart, LEJA's fifth department chair, who also is a 1975 alumnus. "WIU's department of law enforcement and justice administration graduates are recognized around the world as some of the best.

"Our undergraduate internship program has allowed our students to pursue careers around the globe, at all levels of federal and local law enforcement and corporate security. Our graduate program is among the best in the nation and is proud of both its diversity and outstanding professor–student relationships," Reinhart added.

LEJA is presently the largest academic department at WIU and the largest undergraduate law enforcement program in Illinois and the region with more than 1,200 undergraduate students pursuing degrees. The program also offers full-time internships with more than 1,000 agency contacts.

In addition to preparing students through classes and internships, the department publishes the Journal of Security Administration, operates the Illinois Law Enforcement Media Center and directs the Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Institute.

A variety of events related to the department's 30-year anniversary will take place this year, culminating with an October 1999 anniversary ball.

Needlework and Fiberarts Exhibit Sept. 11–13

A variety of textile items will be on display at the second High Flying Fibers '98 Needlework and Fiberarts Exhibit to be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11–13 in the Union Grand Ballroom.

The exhibit, which will benefit the Radio Information Service (RIS) of WIUM/WIUW, will showcase a wide range of fiber pieces reflecting the diversity of fiber arts. Displays will include: counted cross stitch, various hand woven items, rugs and a Roman shade, needlepoint pillows and framed pieces, surface fabric dye pieces, hardanger and pulled thread items, quilts, crocheted items, and old pieces incorporating techniques used by generations of artisans.

Show hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Demonstrations given by the Argyle Sauk Embroiderers, the Macomb Fiberarts Guild and the Prairie Quilters will occur between 1 and 4 p.m. each day. A drawing for the RIS annual quilt raffle will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. Raffle tickets for the quilt, handmade by the Kalona, IA Amish, will be available up to the drawing time.

People's choice ribbon awards will be given daily. A $2 donation is requested to enter the exhibit. For more information, call Dennhardt at 298-2403.

Faculty Recital

Music faculty members Monte Belknap, violin, and Michael Campbell, piano, will present a program at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 in the Browne Hall Hainline Theatre.

The program is designed to appeal to young and old listeners, and features the Frank violin sonata, the Suite Italiane by Stravinsky, and two violin show pieces: Wieniawski's Scherzo-Tarantella, and Paganini's Le Streghe, which is the Witches Dance simplified in the Suzuki repertoire.

Casa Latina Open House

Casa Latina will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Aug. 28. The campus community is invited. Refreshments will be provided. Call 298-3379 for more information.

Art Exhibit

Sam Parker, art professor emeritus, has an exhibit entitled "Surreality" at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, 305 SW Constitution Avenue, from September 5 through October 31.

A reception to open the exhibit will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at the art center.

Reminder

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.

Correction

In last week's Campus Connection, there was an error in the Fall 1998 Calendar on page 1. Thanksgiving vacation will be Monday through Friday Nov. 23-27.


Campus Connection - August 28, 1998
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Fall 1998 Competition

The University Research Council announces its fall 1998 competition. The deadline is noon, Thursday, Oct. 8. The original plus 10 copies of the completed application must be delivered to the Office of Sponsored Projects, Sherman Hall 320. Copies of the application package may be obtained from department chairpersons or the Office of Sponsored Projects.


Title Change

The Office of Student Activities announces that Kimberly Branch's title has been changed to assistant director of student activities. She will be the lead Greek Affairs staff member.

"With the departure of Mel Kelly this summer, it was apparent to me that Kimberly could successfully lead the Greek Affairs unit through this transitional year," said Daniel Maxwell, director of student activities.

"Kimberly is a talented professional with a solid knowledge of the national trends and policies of social Greek-letter organizations. I know she will assist our student leaders in bringing the Greek community to meet the challenges of the 21st century."


Publications

Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, African American studies, edited Ogoni's Agonies: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Crisis in Nigeria, 388 pp., published by Africa World Press, Inc., Trenton, NJ and Asmara, Eritrea.

Gordy Taylor and Cathy Onion, alumni programs, co-authored a book Alumni Relations: Launching Your Program, Wachington, D.C.: CASE Publications, 1998.


Professional Activities

Cecelia Benelli, elementary education and reading, presented, "Connecting with Families to Support Early Literacy"at the annual conference of the Whole Language Umbrella in Charlotte, NC.

Bill Bushaw, financial aid, presented, "A School's Overview of the Master Promissory Note Process," at the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs summer meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Pamela Terry Godt, Angela Ferree, Sara Simonson, and Marietta Castle, elementary education and reading, presented papers at the World Congress of Reading conference in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Godt presented "Montego Bay Meets Western Illinois: A Children's Book and Pen Pal Project Links Jamaican and U.S. Children."

Ferree presented "Overcoming Curriculum Constraints: A Study of Meaningful and Motivational Literacy Experiences for Early Adolescents in British and American Schools."

Simonson presented "Research Dialogues: Initiating the Conversation with Preservice Teachers."

Castle presented "Implementing Reading Workshop in Elementary Education Classrooms to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners."


Grants

Danny Terry, agriculture, received $301,665 from the Illinois Department of Agriculture for "CFAR Project–Year 4."

Anita Magafas, recreation, park, and tourism administration, received supplemental funding of $570 from the Everly House for "Everly House Activity Programming."

T. K. Vinod, Netkal Made Gowda, and Lisa Wen, chemistry, received $78,548 from the National Science Foundation for "Acquisition of a High Field NMR Spectrometer for Undergraduate Instruction at WIU."

Rural Technical Assistance Center (RETAC), administered through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at WIU, received continued funding of $100,000.

On Aug. 19 Congressman Lane Evans, along with U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration (EDA) officials, visited the WIU campus to announce the funding.

RETAC offers education, technical assistance and new ideas to help rural Illinois communities achieve their economic potential.

According to Norman Walzer, IIRA director, RETAC provides a stream of up-to-date information on sales, employment, population trends and other information essential to effective local decisions.

"To maintain viable and healthy downtowns, we work with development groups to enhance markets for existing businesses and to attract new stores," explained RETAC manager Dan Walker. "Based on previous experiences, we will work with more than 300 local organizations in the coming year to evaluate local markets and their potential for expansion."


Service and Awards

Beth Ann Leaf, adult education service center, has been accepted into the International Correctional Education Association's Professional Development Directory. The directory provides contacts for correctional facilities in the U.S. and Canada for staff development purposes.

Leaf is one of two people listed in the directory from a five-state region which includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

Janna Basler, campus recreation, and Denise Schreacke, campus recreation student employee, authored a paper "Development of a Training Program for Fitness Instructors," which was awarded the 1998 Student Mentor Award by the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD).

Daniel Maxwell, office of student activities, has been appointed by the Association of Fraternity Advisers (AFA) to the position of Association of College Unions International (ACUI) liaison for 1999. He will keep AFA informed on the professional programs and services available through ACUI.

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