Campus Connection

Notice: 403b Universal Plan Available

The Western Illinois University 403b supplemental retirement plan is another avenue to use pretax earnings to save for retirement and reduce your taxable income. The voluntary plan includes providers offering a variety of investment options from mutual funds to guaranteed return funds and annuities.

As of Jan. 1, 2009, the 403b supplemental retirement plan is open to university employees working any amount of time (part-time or full-time, temporary and regular) and student employees who have FICA (social security) deducted from their earnings.

The applicable limit for 403b contributions for eligible participants for calendar year 2011 is $16,500.00 with an additional catch-up option of $5,500 for those 50 and older.

Information regarding enrollment and participation is available in Human Resources Benefits Office, Sherman Hall 312. For more information or to participate, call (309) 298-1853.


Free Employee Wellness Screenings

Employee Wellness will sponsor free health screenings for all employees on the following dates:

  • blood pressure and body fat readings (conducted by senior exercise science majors); 8-9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, Document and Publication Services (DPS) Conference Room
  • blood pressure and body fat readings (conducted by senior exercise science majors); as well as hearing screenings, provided by the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic; and sun-damage screening, provided by McDonough District Hospital,8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24,  Physical Plant Large Training Room

For more information, contact Natalie Zimmerman, exercise science student, at (309) 298-1228 or .



Division of Student Services Awards

The Western Illinois University Division of Student Services has announced its January 2011 award recipients:

  •  Student Services Civil Service Employee of the Month

Janis Parrott

  • Student Services Administrative Employee of the Month

Joe Haferman


Grants and Contracts

  • Andrew Baker, agriculture—$20,000 from the Illinois State Board of Education for "Growing Agricultural Science Teachers - FY11."
  • Karen Mauldin-Curtis, IIRA—$4,400 and $2,200 in supplemental funding from various sources for "Peace Corps Fellows Community Contributions."
  • Robin Hanna, IIRA—$90 in supplemental funding from various sources for "RETAC Services."  
  • Dan Voorhis, Small Business Development Center—$40,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "Illinois Small Business Development Center-FY11-Federal."



Professional Activities

  • Randall Faust, music, served as a guest artist/clinician, presented a master class, performed as a soloist, and conducted the Fox Valley Horn Choir as part of the annual "Horns A Plenty" Christmas celebration in Appleton, (WI), the weekend of Dec. 18, 2010.
  • Diane Hamilton-Hancock, health sciences; and Leaunda Hemphill and Hoyet Hemphill co-presented as "Using the Critical Friends Process as a Formative Assessment in the Development of Online Health Education Projects" and "Using the Community of Inquiry Model and a Version of the Instructional Syntax Analysis Tool to Analyze Online Discussions in Health Sciences" Health, Wellness, and Society International Conference, Berkeley, (CA), Jan. 20-22.
  • Keith Holz, art history, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the Historians of German and Central European Art.
  • Hyeyoung Lim, law enforcement and justice administration, co-authored "Disentangling the Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Violent Delinquency: Using a Nationally Representative Sample" in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence 26(1), 88-110, in January.
  • Bill Kincaid, theatre and dance, was recognized by the National Partners of American Theatre as the Classical Acting Award Mentor based for his mentoring of Chad Tallon, at the Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Michigan State in early January.
  • Michael Stryker, music, recorded with the DePaul Alumni Big Band during at Studio Chicago, and played at the Jazz Showcase, Dec. 12- 14, 2010. The record label Jazzed Media will market and promote the recording both nationally and internationally.
  • Bruce Walters, art, has recently written columns on "Art in Plain Sight," examining the art at the Family Museum and the Bettendorf Public Library, focuses on the large sculpture by Matt Karol and a much smaller piece by Isabel Bloom, for the River Cities' Reader (Davenport, IA).
  • Dean Zoerink, RPTA, presented the workshop session, " The Volunteer Protection Act: Implications for Management" at the 2011 Management/Leadership Institute of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics), Jan. 3-6 in Orlando, (FL).