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Memorial Tree Planting May 8

May 1, 2017

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University-Macomb employees who passed away between March 2016 and March 2017 will be remembered at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8 during a brief ceremony at the Memorial Tree Grove, located on the southeast section of campus by University Village, near the West Pierce Street entrance. The ceremony is open to the public.

Cindy Dooley, College of Education and Human Services; Margaret Denise Sprinkle, Document and Publication Services; Andrew Taylor, Department of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; and Susan Vaughn, WIU Infant and Preschool Center, will be remembered.

The May 8 ceremony marks the 14th annual planting in the Memorial Tree Grove, which was established in Fall 2003, following a recommendation by members of Western's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 417, with support from the Civil Service Employees Council, the Council of Administrative Personnel, Faculty Senate and University administration.

The annual ceremony includes one tree planted in memory of all employees who passed away during the preceding year. Honorees include employees who die while either actively working, on disability, on workers compensation or on an approved leave from the University.

Employees may be granted release time to attend during their regularly scheduled work hours, subject to supervisory approval and the operational needs of the department.

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