WIU Campus Connection April 21, 2000

Dealing with Difference Summer Institute May 21-24

Educators in K-12 schools and colleges and universities have an opportunity to increase their knowledge of cultural diversity with a special program at Western Illinois University.

The 2000 Dealing with Difference Summer Institute, scheduled for Sunday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 24 on campus, offers feature presentations, concurrent sessions and discussion forums that focus on appreciating and encouraging human diversity.

Michael Omi, co-author of "Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s," will present the keynote address Sunday, May 21. He will demonstrate how the U. S. Census "has increasingly become the site where competing political claims for group recognition by race and ethnicity are advanced." Titled "Who Am I? Identity Claims, Racial Classification, and the State," the talk will also illustrate the fluidity and ambiguity of racial identity. On Monday, May 22, Omi will present "The Language of Race and Racism," which will focus on the changing meaning of race in the U. S. Omi is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Geneva Gay, a professor of education and associate of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, will lead an afternoon workshop May 22 focusing on ways that department, college, and university programs are culturally inclusive. Gay is the author of "At the Essence of Learning: Multicultural Education."

Sessions scheduled for Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24, include topics specifically geared toward college and university faculty, such as "The Place of Native American Studies in Multicultural Education."

Topics addressed to K-12 educators include reaching students with learning disabilities and multiculturalism in math classes. Most sessions will have value for all educators; other topics include gender politics, learning communities, lessons learned from the Peace Corps, ethnocentrism and nationalism and conflict resolution across cultures.

Special forums will give participants opportunities to share their experience and insights. Forums on "Using the Internet to Foster Diversity," "Teaching Cultural Diversity Courses" and "Using Videos to Foster Awareness of Diversity" and "Curriculum Transformed: Course Models" are planned. Participants are encouraged to send proposals for these forums to Janice Welsch, Department of English and Journalism, Simpkins Hall 219, WIU, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, by Monday, May 1.

WIU presenters include J. Q. Adams, educational and interdisciplinary studies; Heidi Clemmens, physical education; Gloria Delany-Barmann, educational and interdisciplinary studies; Martin Dupuis, political science; Lourdes Kuthy-Saenger, educational and interdisciplinary studies; Eric Mansfield, educational and interdisciplinary studies; Timothy McMahon, University Housing and Dining Services; Jacqueline Rickman, educational and interdisciplinary studies; Ladon Roeder, University Housing and Dining Services; and Janice Welsch, English and journalism.

Other presenters include WIU alumnus Richard Hazley, director of multicultural affairs at Elmhurst College; and scholars from Illinois State University; McHenry County College; Drew University; the University of Wisconsin, Platteville; Knox College; and the Galesburg School District.

The Dealing with Difference Summer Institute is partially funded through a HECA Grant awarded by the State of Illinois Board of Higher Education and is sponsored by the Illinois Staff and Curriculum Developers Association and the WIU Office of Faculty Development.

The Office of Faculty Development will cover the cost of WIU faculty and staff who wish to attend. For further information or to register, contact Penny Corder, English and journalism, at 298-1103.

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Western Budget Approved by General Assembly

Legislation approved by the Illinois General Assembly on a 2000-2001 budget includes an operating budget of $89,114,800 for WIU, an increase in state support of 5.8 percent.

"We are pleased the budget approved by the General Assembly continues to support higher education in the state," said WIU President Donald S. Spencer. "We appreciate the support of our legislators Sen. Laura Donahue and Rep. Rich Myers in approving a budget which maintains Western's continuing commitment to meeting the needs of students."

Increases in WIU operating funds would provide funding for a base average salary increase of three percent for faculty and staff. In addition, the governor proposed a further one percent salary increase to address salary equity. Spencer announced that Western would internally reallocate funds in order to match the equity increase on a two-to-one basis. WIU is the only state university to have made that commitment. Western's current operating budget is $82,283,700.

Funding for general prices and library materials increases are included in the recommendation plus $350,000 in state funds to support additional WIU programming in the Quad Cities.

While the University does not have any new major capital initiatives in this year's budget, the FY2001 budget does include capital renewal projects which allow Western to continue smaller, necessary projects like roof replace-ments, heating, ventilating and cooling projects.

"We will continue working with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the General Assembly and Governor's offices to bring

forward our requests for added funds to complete major campus renovations in buildings that were built more than 30 years ago, such as Memorial Hall, as well as funding for a major performing venue on this campus," Spencer said.

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WIU Centennial Finale April 24

On Monday, April 24, Western's "Centennial Finale: A Celebration of Purple and Gold" will serve as the anniversary's capstone closing event. The program will begin at noon on the Sherman Hall front lawn, with a picnic lunch

beginning at 11:30 a.m. The highlight of the closing ceremony will be the placement of contents, including a group picture taken at the event, in a new time capsule for the Sherman Hall cornerstone.

For more information, call 298-1993.

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WIU Employee Awards

Five WIU employees have been selected to receive community service and distinguished service awards. They, along with employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to WIU, will be honored at the annual Service Recognition Reception to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24 in the Union Lamoine Room. A social will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Alan DeRoos, registrar, will receive the Administrative Recognition and Service Award. He will be presented with a certificate and a $250 honorarium funded by the WIU human resources office. The award is presented in recognition of significant contributions to the recipients profession, organizational unit and University.

Elvin Hodges, coordinator of Western's administrative computing management systems, will receive the Community Service Award. He will be presented with an engraved plaque and a stipend of $250 funded by the WIU Alumni Association.

Three employees will receive the Civil Service Recognition and Service Award, which is given to acknowledge initiative, innovation and dedication to service at WIU. Recipients are Sue Thorman, administrative computing data processing analyst; Rick Williams, data processing technician supervisor for the University Library; and Jan Brewer, secretary IV in the theatre department. Each recipient will be presented a certificate and a $250 honorarium funded by the WIU human resources office.

For a detailed listing of employees who will be recognized for years of service to WIU include, see the University Relations Bulletin Board on cc:mail.

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New Civil Service Employee

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Civil Service Promotions/ Transfers

Civil Service Retirements

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Bill Knight, English and journalism, wrote a news feature on the Digital Divide separating rural residents from adequate and inexpensive access to the Internet for the current edition of Illinois Issues magazine.

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Professional Activities

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Service and Awards

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Campus Briefs

Judy Gedney will present an interactive program, "Body Sculpting and Weight Training–-Especially for Women!" that teaches various techniques and addresses drug free resistance training.

Gedney, who holds several world class weightlifting titles, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the Student Recreation Center.

The program is free and open to public.

Serendipity President to Speak on Campus

Ronald R. Pope, from the American-Russian Consulting Firm "Serendipity," will present lectures at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in Morgan Hall 101B. The lectures, sponsored by the departments of marketing, social work, and foreign language, are titled "Interning as a Student in Russia" and "Differences Americans Face Working with Russians" and are open to the public free of charge.

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross and several Western student organizations will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26 in the Union Heritage Rooms.

Electronic Deposit Reminder

Staff are asked to remind their graduate assistants and student workers to leave their bank accounts open so that their final pay for the semester can be electronically deposited without delay. Most grad assistants will have one week’s salary for May, which is paid on June 1. Student workers will be paid on May 16 for hours worked April 16-30, and on June 1 for hours worked May 1-15. If time cards are turned in late, the pay will not be deposited until a later pay date.

Retirement Receptions

A retirement reception for Harriet John, secretary in the University Relations Office, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Alumni House. Please stop by and wish her a happy retirement after 16 years of service to WIU.

Law enforcement and justice administration professor Bill Johnson will retire this summer after 26 years of service. A farewell reception will be held in his honor from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in Stipes Hall 527.

Technology Education Exhibit

The 43rd Annual Technology Education Exhibit will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the Union Grand Ballroom. It is free and open to the public. Call 298-2388 for more information.

Birthday Celebration

An 80th birthday celebration for Richard "Dick" Abbot will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship House, 300 Wigwam Hollow Road, in Macomb.

Abbot is a retired WIU track and cross country coach and health professor. Everyone is invited to attend.

BCA to Present Trinity Irish Dance

WIU's Bureau of Cultural Affairs is proud to present Trinity Irish Dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in Western Hall.

Before the Irish dance companies that we know today, consisting of flashy rows of leather-clad dancers stomping furiously on stage, there was Trinity. Founded in 1990, the Trinity Irish Dance Company of Chicago delivers the perfect union of today's progressive Irish dance and old world traditions.

For tickets, call 298-1254.

Debt-free Workshop May 4

Learn how to eliminate debt and build wealth at the "Debt-Free and Prosperous Living" seminar to be held Thursday, May 4 at WIU.

The three-hour seminar, based on the money management system published by Debt-FREE and Prosperous Living, Inc., Boscobel, WI, will be offered from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. May 4 in the WIU Center for Management and Professional Development (CMPD) in Stipes Hall 506.

Cost for the seminar is $39 per person; married couples may attend for a discounted fee of $49. The registration fee includes all instruction, a workbook and refreshments. Participants are asked to bring a hand-held calculator.

For more information or to register, contact the WIU CMPD at 298-1555 or visit the website at www.wiu.edu/users/micmpd.

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Conferences and Workshops

Atmospheric Ozone And Nitrogen Dioxide From Aerospec4 Solar Beam Monitoring of Clear and Air-polluted Skies
3 p.m.
Friday, April 21
Currens Hall 203

The Learning Paradigm (PBS Satellite Program)
2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19
Stipes Hall 501
Register with Nita Burg in Faculty Development (298-2434 or cc:mail).

Living with Grief: Children, Adolescents and Loss (Hospice Foundation of America’s seventh annual National Bereavement Teleconference.)
12:30 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26
Union Sandburg Theatre

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Campus Calendar

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