More entering freshmen and additional students in the Quad Cities resulted in a WIU fall 1998 total enrollment of 12,610, up 3.4 percent from the 1997 total of 12,200.
Western's on-campus enrollment is 10,022, up from 9,823 in fall of 1997. This fall is the third consecutive year in which on-campus enrollment has increased. There are 1,772 new freshmen, an increase of 151 new first-year students from the previous year.
"Our enrollment numbers are very gratifying," said President Donald S. Spencer. "We have exceeded somewhat our targets for 'new freshmen,' 'new freshmen and transfers' and overall enrollment, and freshman- to-sophomore retention has improved very significantly.
"Western's growing success in recruitment reflects favorably on admissions representatives and the management staff of our Office of Admissions. Moreover, we continue to benefit especially from the outstanding efforts of the faculty and staff members who provide the high quality of instruction and services that have led to our impressive increases in retention," Spencer added.
Students taking WIU classes in the Quad Cities total 1,416 this fall compared to 1,199 in fall 1997. The total includes students enrolled at the WIU Regional Center, the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center and the Rock Island Arsenal. Increased enrollments are from continued growth in programs such as elementary education and business. University marketing efforts have increased interest in WIU's program offerings to place-bound Quad Cities residents, according to Linda Stickney-Taylor, dean of WIU's School of Extended and Continuing Education.
Combined extension and Quad Cities enrollment is 2,588 this fall, up from 2,377 in 1997, according to the 10-day headcount report.
The thrill of competition and the glory of achievement will fill the air at Western Illinois University Saturday, Oct. 3 during WIU's 75th annual Homecoming celebration.
Parade floats and activities will center around the theme "Western's Wide World of Sports," which was chosen to celebrate all of Western's athletic teams.
The merriment begins Saturday, Sept. 26 as WIU student groups paint the streets with 275 giant yellow paw prints and decorate downtown business windows for "Paint the Town." Students will decorate the campus Sunday, Sept. 27 and will test their boat-building abilities at the Cardboard Boat Regatta beginning at 6 p.m. Tues, Sept. 29 at the Everly Park pond (located at the corner of Highway 67 and University Drive.) Food and soda will be available at the regatta, and a fireworks show will follow.
A variety show will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 in Western Hall. On Thursday, Oct. 1 students can show their purple and gold pride at the annual "Yell Like Hell" pep rally at 7 p.m. in Western Hall, where royalty coronation will occur. Beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, Westerwinds fans will storm the volleyball match in Western Hall as part of "Go Western" Spirit Night. Homecoming festivities conclude on Saturday, Oct. 3 with the 9 a.m. Alumni Association Old Stompin' Ground Fun Run/Walk, the 10 a.m. parade, the 1:30 p.m. Homecoming football game where the Leathernecks will battle Youngstown State, and the 8 p.m. Kathy Griffin comedy show, sponsored by University Union Board's Comedy Mainstage committee.
This year's parade grand marshal is Larry Derry, a 1959 and 1961 WIU alumnus who has been the voice of Western athletics for 30 years. Derry began broadcasting WIU games on WKAI K-100 radio in Macomb in 1969, and holds a place in WIU's Athletics Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Coaching Association Hall of Fame, both for his broadcasting talent. He is a retired teacher of the Macomb School District.
Western alumni are invited to the All-Alumni Social from 5 to 10 p.m Friday, Oct. 2 at the Alumni House, a 9 a.m. continental breakfast Saturday, Oct. 3, a cookout from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alumni House and a post-game social.
For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 298-3232. For WIU Alumni Association homecoming events, call 298-1914. For football game tickets, call 298-1911. For tickets to the Kathy Griffin show (contains adult material), call 298-1254.
The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Union Capitol Rooms.
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.
Application deadline to submit fall 1998 grant proposals to the WIU Foundation is noon Friday, Oct. 30. The Foundation annually distributes $10,000 to faculty sponsored projects and research, with awards typically ranging from $200 to $1,500. Funds are limited; there will not necessarily be opportunities to present proposals in the spring.
Priority will be given to proposals designed to positively effect enrollment; increase academic standards or maintain quality academic standards; support the improvement of instruction; and support scholarly meritorious research and scholarly or creative activities that positively impact several areas of the University.
Newly updated guidelines and application cover have been mailed to deans and chairpersons. These also are available through the WIU Foundation, Sherman Hall 303, and through electronic mail. Contact Lu Hutson, 298-1808, for more information.
WIU's 1998 Founders' Day luncheon will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the Union Grand Ballroom.
Advance reservations are required for the event, which has the theme, "As Time Goes By." Reservations will be accepted through today, Sept. 18. Tickets will be mailed this week to those who made reservations in advance.
Founders' Day luncheon tickets are required to enter and will be collected at the door. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Call Kellie Esters, 298-1861, for more information.
The University originally adopted an affirmative action and equal opportunity policy in November 1972. This policy, which has undergone review and revision over the years, serves as the official statement of commitment to the spirit and the letter of these concepts in all employment decisions. President Donald S. Spencer has reviewed this policy and reaffirmed the University's position with regard to affirmative action and equal opportunity. The policy now reads as follows:
One of the richest and most valued resources of our University community is the people whose talent and efforts combine to provide quality education to students of the west central Illinois region and throughout the state. We are sincerely committed to increasing the representation of all segments of society in our faculty and staff. These efforts provide greater opportunity for academic and personal growth to all members of the University family.
All employment and educational decisions must be firmly based on the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Therefore, the University reaffirms its dedication to:
Non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran in all University recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion activities.
Affirmative Action to bring women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam era veterans into full partnership in the University community, including faculty, staff, and students.
To achieve these goals, the University will make special efforts to overcome the effects of discrimination in recruitment, employment, training, and promotion that have historically occurred within our society. Our commitment to non-discrimination and affirmative action will be carried out not only as a legal obligation, but because it is the right thing to do.
Each vice president, dean, and officer of the University is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all personnel decisions in their areas are made in accordance with these principles. Overall responsibility for implementing the University's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs has been assigned to the Affirmative Action Officer. The University Human Resources Director serves as the Equal Opportunity Officer for all Civil Service Employees.
College of Business and Technology to Hold Annual Globalization Series
To promote international learning and global awareness, the College of Business and Technology (CBT) will sponsor a Globalization Series beginning today, Sept. 18.
The series will begin with a report from management professor Joe Dobson and several CBT students on their summer European study tour. Additional lectures throughout the semester include Friday, Sept. 25Catherine Moore, speaking on France; Friday, Oct. 23David Bloomberg and CBT students, discussing Panama; and Friday, Nov. 6Mikhail Borisov, talking about the Ukraine.
All presentations will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. All faculty, students and community members are invited to attend. For more information, call 298-2442.
CAS Turns 40
The College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate its 40th anniversary with special events during Oct. 12 through 16. Included in the activities are the Oct. 13 departmental displays on the mall, the Oct. 15 Mary Olive Woods Lecture and an Oct. 16 gala dinner in the Union Grand Ballroom.
More information about these events and the 40th anniversary celebration will be released soon.
Reception to Honor Balderson
All members of the University community are invited to a reception in honor of Jay Balderson from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the Union Lincoln Room.
Balderson was director of the University Writing Exam for 14 years, from 1980 to 1984 and from 1988 to 1998. A brief presentation will be made at 4 p.m.
Fall Colloquium Series
Members of the campus community are invited to attend the Psychology Department Fall 1998 Colloquium Series. The talks will occur at 2 p.m. on the following Fridays in Waggoner Hall 121: Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 13.
Presentation topics and names of presenters will be announced in the calendar section of the Campus Connection. Contact Russ Morgan, 298-1743, with questions.
AIFS Rep to Visit WIU
Faculty and staff who know of students interested in studying abroad are asked to inform students about an upcoming visitor. Marie DiGiorgio, representing the American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS), will visit WIU on Monday, Sept. 21. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. she will be in the University Union Concourse, and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. she will be in Horrabin Hall 3 to meet with students.
AIFS offers semester and summer study abroad programs, and since WIU is affiliated with AIFS, students may earn full WIU credit and apply for financial aid. Scholarships are also available. Call 298-1864 for more information.
WIU seniors and graduate students who would like to study and conduct research in foreign countries may apply for federal grants.
Fulbright Scholarships for the 1999-2000 academic year are now available.
The Fulbright grants are available to U.S. students who will hold a bachelor of arts degree prior to departure. Applications are available from the Travel and Study Abroad Office, Horrabin Hall 5 and are due by Friday, Oct. 9.
For more information, call 298-1864.
Hispanic Heritage Month
President Donald S. Spencer recently signed a proclamation proclaiming September 15 through October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month. The proclamation follows.
Whereas September 15 through October 15 has been nationally acknowledged by groups in the United States for observance of the contributions of Hispanic people to American society; and, Whereas WIU has given support to the cause of a diverse and vibrant campus environment; and, Whereas it is fitting that we should set aside a period to honor the Hispanic people for achievements and contributions to WIU and to the nation;
Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Donald S. Spencer, as president of Western Illinois University, hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 1998, as "Hispanic Heritage Month" for the WIU community to join with me in honoring the outstanding contributions of Hispanics to the history and perpetuation of our University and nation. In addition, I urge support for the activities scheduled during this month to promote Hispanic Heritage Month and for the continued efforts of all who are involved in programs that enhance the awareness, diversity and sensitivity of our community.
Conferences and Workshops
Motivating Students: Attendance, Participation & Performance. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Stipes Hall 501. Register with Faculty Development, 298-2434, or contact Nita Burg via cc:mail.
Technology Integration in the Classroom. 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 Union Springfield Room. Led by Andy Kerr, instructional technology and telecom-munications. Register with Faculty Development, 298-2434, or contact Nita Burg via cc:mail.
Interviewing/Resume Writing.11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 30. Union Chicago Room. Presenter: Al Waters, WIU placement office. Register with Human Resources, 298-1971, or contact Jan Johnson via cc:mail.
PowerPoint for Windows. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 Stipes Hall 309. Led by David Ballew, computer science, and Roger Runquist, faculty development/engineering technology. Register with Faculty Development, 298-2434, or contact Nita Burg via cc:mail.
Microsoft Excel for Beginners. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Stipes Hall 309. Led by David Ballew, computer science, and Roger Runquist, faculty development/engineering technology. Register with Faculty Development, 298-2434, or contact Nita Burg via cc:mail.
Beginning Adobe PhotoShop. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Knoblauch B34. Led by David Ballew, computer science, and Roger Runquist, faculty development/engineering technology. Register with Faculty Development, 298-2434, or contact Nita Burg via cc:mail.