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Tech Fest at WIU March 31

March 17, 2004

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University’s fifth annual Tech Fest, “Tech Connects: Connecting People, Ideas and Real World Applications,” will be held on the WIU Macomb campus Wednesday, March 31.

The event, hosted by the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), will begin at 11 a.m. in Horrabin Hall. According to COEHS Dean Bonnie Smith-Skripps, Tech Fest allows WIU faculty and community representatives to “show and tell” how technology is applied across the disciplines at WIU and within the community.

Tabletop displays of more than 30 technology applications will be available until 2 p.m. Displays will range from such diverse topics as “Girl Scout Leader Training” to “Teacher Education Credential Portfolios on CD-ROM” to “The Future of Digital Cameras.” COEHS Instructional Development Services will present “To Efficiency and Beyond: Connecting People with Time-Saving Techniques for Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.”

Representatives from COEHS and the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Fine Arts and Communication will be on hand to share how technology is being used in their respective fields. Representing the Macomb business community will be Camera Land, Citizens National Bank Insurance/Investment Services, Key Agricultural Services, the Macomb Fire Department and McDonough District Hospital.

“We’re sure that participants will be surprised to see how technology really does enhance and affect our everyday lives,” Smith-Skripps added.

A reception, hosted by WIU President Al Goldfarb and Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead, will be held at 2 p.m. in Horrabin Hall room 1, featuring an iMovie of the day’s events and drawings at 2:15 p.m. for door prizes. Among the prizes are a Samsung Digimax V4 camera, Inspiration and Kidspiration software and EndNote bibliographic software. Registrations for door prizes will be taken throughout the day; however, individuals must be present at the reception to win.

Tech Fest is open free to the public. Lunch will be available in the Horrabin Hall gymnasium from noon until 1:15 p.m. Teachers are invited to attend to learn more about professional development opportunities both onsite and online. Teachers seeking recertification will receive Continuing Professional Development Unit’s (CPDU’s) for participating in Tech Fest. Verification cards will be available for students whose attendance is required.

The Fifth Annual Tech Fest is sponsored by COEHS, The Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT), Citizen’s National Bank and the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (TLTC). For more information, visit

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Office of University Relations