Campus Connection - September 11, 1998
Campus and Community Section

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WIU to Offer Master's Program in Gerontology at Regional Center

Beginning this semester, Quad Cities-area residents will be able to enroll in WIU's graduate gerontology program at the WIU Regional Center, Moline.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved at its Sept. 1 meeting WIU's request to offer the graduate gerontology major at the Regional Center.

"We are pleased to begin offering this major at the Quad Cities center. Graduates of this quality educational program are in high demand in the job market," said Dennis Papini, WIU psychology professor and coordinator of the Regional Center's gerontology program.

Ten new majors are expected to enroll in the program its first year and 25 are expected within five years, James Ackil, psychology department chairperson, added.

The master's in gerontology is multidisciplinary program consisting of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework. It prepares students for an increasing variety of careers in the field of aging, such as adminstration, services, casework and research.

For more information, contact the WIU Regional Center at 762-WIU1 or the department of psychology at 298-1593.


Diversity and Teaching Through Technology Projects Receive State Awards

More than $265,000 was awarded to WIU programs that support increased enrollment of Hispanic students, expansion of cultural diversity in the classroom, and transform teaching and learning through technology. The grant awards are funded through the Illinois Board of Higher Education Cooperation Act.

A ninth year of funding was awarded for the Hispanic Program for Educational Achievement. The $165,000 grant supports efforts to increase retention and graduation rates for Hispanic high school and college students and increase post secondary access for Hispanic high school students and young adults.

Hispanic student enrollment and graduation rates at both Western and Black Hawk College have increased since implementation of this program during the 1989-90 academic year. Between 1988-89 and 1997-98 school years, the number of Hispanic students who graduated from WIU increased by 243 percent from 21 to 73. Retention rates for Hispanic students at WIU have increased each fall. The enrollment of Hispanic students at Black Hawk College Adult Education, GED and ESL programs has increased by more than 92 percent from 1990-91 to 1996-97.

The grant will support the program goal to increase the number and academic success of Hispanic students in postsecondary education. The program will provide service to the Quad Cities, Sterling and Rockford areas with Sauk Valley Community College and Rock Valley College cooperating with Black Hawk and WIU.

A $50,000 grant was awarded to WIU for continued funding of the project "Expanding Cultural Diversity in the Curriculum and in the Classroom." The project continues development and sharing of ideas, materials and teaching techniques related to multicultural education through an annual summer conference, a quarterly resource bulletin and a handbook on teaching strategies. Educational materials from the program are available for distribution to Illinois colleges and university faculty members. The statewide multicultural resource center is located at Western.

A $50,000 grant was awarded to WIU to assist teachers in transferring teaching through technology. Cooperating institutions in the project include Carl Sandburg College, Spoon River College and Black Hawk College. The objective is to transfer course content and classroom dynamics into ways which increase effectiveness of teaching and learning. Basic activities include 10 half-day workshops for teachers from WIU and the participating schools. A technology showcase will be presented sharing the ideas generated from the workshops and training applications.

In cooperation with other colleges and universities throughout the state, WIU is partnering in 16 programs, including a manufacturing consortium, scholars programs, minority internships and faculty education. Two of the programs involve WIU efforts in the Quad Cities.

The Western Illinois Educational Consortium was awarded $115,500 to promote educational and economic development programs in a cooperative setting with community colleges and other universities. WIU is one eight Consortium members. The Quad Cities Graduate Study Center was awarded a $193,000 grant. WIU is the major provider of academic instruction at the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center.


Deadline for Leave Requests

Sabbatical leave requests for the 1999-2000 academic year are due in the appropriate chair's/director's office by Friday, Oct. 16. Forms are due in the dean's office by Friday, Oct. 23 and in the Provost's Office by Friday, Nov. 6. Request forms from the Provost's Office, Sherman Hall 211, or you can save an electronic copy of this form (sableave.frm) on your hard drive or floppy disk by selecting "Provost Office forms" under "Utilities" on your home file server.

To qualify for sabbatical leave, individuals must be tenured employees who have at least five years of full-time service in the bargaining unit at WIU and meet all other provisions of the WIU/UPI agreement. A sabbatical leave cannot be awarded to the same employee more than once every seven academic years.

Administrative educational leave requests for the 1999-2000 year are due in the Provost's Office by Friday, Oct. 30. To qualify, employees must have completed at least five years of full-time service at WIU. The request should be by letter to the appropriate supervisor(s) who will forward it to the Provost with his/her recommendation. Academic support professionals must meet the provisions of the WIU/UPI agreement, and all other eligible employees must meet the provisions of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Regulations, Section II B.12.g.

Administrative terminal leave requests for the 1999 fiscal year are due to the appropriate University vice president by Friday, Oct. 23. These requests should be by letter to the appropriate supervisor. To qualify, a person must have been employed in an eligible position prior to Sept. 22, 1977 and meet all other requirements of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Regulations, Section II, B. 12.j.


Campus Briefs

University Women

The University Women will hold their annual breakfast for new and established members at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Knoblauch Hall corporate dining room. Reservations are required by Friday, Sept. 18. Call Clare Terry, 836-2535, or Sue Schoonover, 837-6976, for more information.

Blood Drive

The McDonough County chapter of the American Red Cross and Sigma Lambda Sigma will be sponsoring the first blood drive of the new school year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 15, 16 and 17 in the Union Heritage Room.

Appointments are not necessary; however, you can make an appointment by calling 298-1950 during the hours of the drive. All donations are appreciated.

Recital Sept. 13

Monte Belknap, music, will perform violin solos by the late Clifford Julstrom in a recital with pianist Rosa Julstrom at
3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb. Piano music by Edvard Grieg and George Gershwin will complete the program.

WOW Fall Reception

Western Organization for Women (WOW) announces its annual fall reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Knoblauch Hall 239.

A brief program about the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls is scheduled. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Fun Run/Walk

The Old Stompin'Ground Runaraound 5K Fun Run/1.5 Walk is set for Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 3. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the WIU Alumni House and closes at 8:45 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is $10 per person and participants may pre-register by calling or stopping into the Alumni House, 298-1914. Prizes will be awarded.

WIU to Offer Third Annual Inclusion Conference for Teachers

General education teachers and special education teachers of grades K–8 can learn how to plan, implement and evaluate co-teaching programs at a course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the Holiday Inn– Brandywine in Peoria.

The course will be presented by Marilyn Friend, a professor of education at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis.

There is a $75 registration fee. Registrations must be received by Friday, Oct. 2. Call Non-Credit Programs at 298-1911.

Macomb Culinary Center Announces Fall Courses

WIU's School of Extended and Continuing Education will sponsor two cooking classes in October and November.

The Savory Southwest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 and 19. The Spirit and Essence of Chinese Cuisine will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 and 9. Registration fee for each of the courses is $79. The courses will be taught by John Lawrence, a food and nutrition instructor at WIU who has studied culinary arts in New York City.

All courses will be held in Knoblauch Hall 230. Enrollment is limited. Call Non-Credit Programs at 298-1911 for a registration form.

IIRA Seminar Series

Gary Green, sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will be the guest speaker at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) Seminar Series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. He will present "Lessons Learned From Self-Development Projects in the U.S." The seminar will be held in Stipes 527 and will be followed by light dinner. Call 298-2984.

Thank You

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions would like to thank the entire University community for all its assistance in recruiting students during the 1997-98 recruiting year.

The University community has been eager and helpful in providing whatever was needed to highlight Western to prospective students. Thank you for a successful recruiting year, and we look forward to working with you during the 1998-99 season.

–The Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Conferences and Workshops Women as Researchers Brown Bag Series Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Memorial Hall 200. Topic: Women in the Labor Movement. Call 298-2242 with questions.

Motivating Students: Attendance, Participation & Performance. 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Union Fox Room and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 22. Stipes Hall 501. Register with faculty development, 298-2434.

Introduction to Microsoft Word. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Stipes 327 Register with faculty development, 298-2434.

Focus on Harmony Day, "Creating Community Across Campus." Maura J. Cullen from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Union Grand Ballroom.

 


Position Openings

Screening has been extended for a full-time, temporary resource specialist position in the College of Education and Human Services. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This person will be responsible for disseminating project information statewide to the K-12 education community.

Requirements include: Minimum of a bachelor's degree; enthusiastic, self-starter; zest for learning; excellent communication/ presentation skills; technology/Internet literate; professional development experience; educational background a plus; and travel required.

Send resume and three references to: Ameritech TechKnowledgy Project, College of Education and Human Services, Horrabin
Hall 6, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.

WIU's academic computing office has a vacancy for a data processing equipment technician II responsible for assisting with the maintenance and installation of microcomputer and data network hardware. Minimum qualifications are: 1) high school graduation or equivalent; AND 2) (a) 60 semester hours of college credit that include 30 semester hours in electronics OR (b) associate degree in electronics OR (c) successful completion of a two-year trade or vocational school program in electronics or microcomputer repair OR (d) 18 months of work experience in the maintenance and repair of electronic equipment OR (e) one year of experience in the maintenance and repair of mainframe or minicomputer equipment and/or microcomputer systems comparable to the I level of this series OR (f) a combination of the above.

Interested applicants may obtain application materials by contacting WIU Human Resources, Sherman Hall 105, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. 309/ 298-1971.

Completed applications including transcripts must be received in Human Resources no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. WIU has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. This is a new classification on the campus of Western Illinois University.

The College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) announces an opening for assistant dean for teacher education. It is a staff position reporting to the dean of the COEHS. The assistant dean will be responsible for coordinating all teacher education programs; for coordinating all reports for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); for preparing/coordinating all reports submitted for teacher education programs to the Illinois State Board of Education, the State Teacher Certification Board, and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). The assistant dean will coordinate/ supervise the UTEC activities, assessment and program approval for the College, space allocation for the college and other duties as assigned.

Rank will be assigned appropriate to experience. Salary is competitive. Twelve- month contract.

Qualifications include: Required: Earned Doctorate. A knowledge of teacher education programs at the K-12 levels and at the university level, demonstrate a wide range of professional activities in teacher education; demonstrated leadership and a vision for the implementation of teacher education program for the next century. Preferred: Experience in teaching/administering in higher education in areas related to job assignment, evidence of writing/administering grants.

Screening will begin after Friday, Sept. 18 and will continue until the position is filled. Starting date immediate, but date negotionable.

Send a letter of application, three letters of reference, vita, and other documentation of accomplishments to: David R. Taylor, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Horrabin H all 76, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. 309/298-1690. www//cait.wiu.edu/ coehs/position/.

{Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, women and persons with disabilities.}


Campus Connection - September 11, 1998
Faculty and Staff Section

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Employee of the Month

The Civil Service Employees Council announces that Lora Adcock, staff secretary in the Office of Student Activities, has been named the September Employee of the Month.

She was cited for her exceptional customer service skills and the respect she warrants from co-workers and students.


Professional Activities

Bem Allen, psychology, presented "Angles, Superposition, and Positioning of Shadows as Cues for Distance" at the 106th annual convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA.

James Schmidt, psychology, presented "Interpersonal Theory and the Big Five: Further Evidence of Convergence" at the 106th annual convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA.

Tim Howe, agriculture, presented "Illinois Small Community Tree Programs: Attitudes, Status and Needs" by Tom Green and Tim Howe, agriculture, and Herb Schroeder, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), at a USFS regional review meeting in Peoria.

Fred Jones, art, was the subject of a one-hour interview program titled "Art Talks," broadcast from a National Public Radio Station. Jones also had a work accepted in the national watercolor exhibition, "Water Color USA" held in the Springfield, MO Art Center.

Carl J. Peter, health sciences professor emeritus, spent three weeks at Southwest China Normal University in Beibei, Chungqing teaching middle and high school teachers of English. He was one of four teachers selected for the Crane House Asia Institute program.


Grants

David Taylor and Bonnie Smith, COEHS, and Michael Dickson, CAIT, received $1,999,627 from the U. S. Department of Education for "USDLC Starnet Engaged Learning Project."

Bonnie Smith, COEHS, received $59,896 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Corrections Staff Development Project 99."

Carol Fimmen, Cross-Cultural Education Programs, and Larry Wall, College of Business and Technology, received $47,952 from the U.S. Department of Education/ Fund for the Improvements of Postsecondary Education for "Business and Public Policy: Responsible Management in the New North American Marketplace, Year 2."

Patricia Hutinger, elementary education and reading/Macomb Projects, received $149,999 from the U.S. Department of Education for "ECCSPLORe-IT."

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