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Fall 2006 Alumni Achievement Awards

December 4, 2006

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MACOMB, IL – A Secret Service agent, a retired Air Force colonel, a hospital CEO, a U.S. Customs agent, and two university administrators are the Western Illinois University graduates selected to receive WIU Alumni Achievement Awards at Saturday, Dec. 16 Commencement Exercises.

This year's recipients are Lizbeth J. Bishoff, special assistant to the dean and head of sponsored programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries; Derrick A. Golden, an assistant to the special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office in Washington, D.C.; Patrick M. Magoon, president and CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago; John W. Jury, former executive director of student development at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Richard R. Weart, contract special investigator in Washington, D.C.; and Retired United States Air Force Colonel Marinda J. Wood.

Bishoff, a 1971 history graduate, is the former vice president of digital collection and metadata services at OCLC, Inc. in Dublin, OH. Her work with the OCLC has spanned nearly 11 years. She is currently special assistant to the dean and head of sponsored programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Bishoff has also served as the executive director of the Colorado Digitization Program for five years, and she is the owner of The Bishoff Group, a management consulting firm offering services to the library and information industry. Bishoff has been a member of numerous professional organizations during her career, including serving as treasurer of the American Library Association, president of the Association of Library Collections, a member of the ALA Board of Directors and Technical Services Board of Directors. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, including a 2004 workshop at WIU, and has published in a variety of professional journals.

Golden, a 1988 law enforcement and administration graduate, started his career with the United States Secret Service in 1996 in the Chicago Field Office, one of the busiest offices for the United States Secret Service. After four years he was re-assigned to the Vice Presidential Protection Detail where he served from 2000 to 2003, traveling extensively throughout the world protecting Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney and their families. Golden was then transferred to Madison, WI where he served as the resident agent of the Madison Resident Agency, where his office covered 44 counties and 242 cities in Wisconsin. He has also served as the lead agent or shift leader for numerous domestic and international visits, including Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Golden has protected former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George Bush and William Jefferson Clinton, as well as President George W. Bush. Golden is currently an assistant to the special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office located in Washington, D.C.

Jury, a 1970 physical education graduate and a 1972 college student personnel graduate, retired from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point after a 32-year career. He served in a variety of positions over the years, including executive director of student development for 10 years. During his tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus, he helped shape a campus wellness program that has become a model for many other universities. He also was responsible for the development of an integrated student employment and organizational leadership program, the renovation and expansion of the university centers, the development of a state of the art wellness center and served as advisor to the university’s student-shared governance program for 25 years. He has also been active in the community, serving as the leading force in developing a 26-mile bike/hike trail, the development of various athletic and arts facilities, and assisting in the creation of the Portage County Leadership Institute, the Portage County Cultural Festival, a community triathlon, various other community celebrations and most recently the WalkWisconsin distance walking health initiative. Jury is currently the executive director of the Community Foundation of Portage County.

Magoon, a 1976 sociology graduate, has served as the president and CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago since December 1997. Prior to that appointment he served in various positions at the hospital including executive vice president and chief corporate officer, vice president of ambulatory and satellite services and vice president of administration. He has also served as director of such department as corporate planning, marketing, public affairs, patient care services and physician services. While at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Magoon has helped create a regional network of pediatric specialty centers throughout the metro area and is leading the development of the new Children’s Memorial Hospital, a $760 million state of the art facility on the campus of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a board member of several organizations including the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, the Illinois Hospital and HealthSystems Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club, and is board chair of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

Weart, a 1970 English graduate, started his career in 1971 as a special agent for the U.S. Treasury Department, specializing in investigations involving violations of federal firearms and explosives laws, international money laundering and illegal narcotics. As a covert operative, he served on organized crime strike forces on the East Coast and was the first treasury undercover agent involved in the “Pizza Connection” case that targeted the Carlo Gambino crime family. He became an operations analyst in 1976 for the special agent in charge, and two years later was promoted as an operations officer at bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has held numerous high profile positions including special agent in charge for liaison, chief of staff to the assistant director of enforcement and headquarters project manager for the 1984 Olympic Security Task Force. Weart joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1987, serving as director of the smuggling enforcement division, assistant to the deputy commissioner and director of the national office of public affairs. After retiring from federal service, Weart has served as a private consultant for law enforcement matters, most recently working as a contract special investigator with the Department of Justice.

Wood, a 1958 business education graduate, retired from the United States Air Force in 1984 as a colonel after 26-years of service. During her tenure in the Air Force, she served in such positions as director of budget and deputy/chief of staff/comptroller for the Military Airlift Command at Scott Air Force Base and as deputy chief of staff/comptroller for headquarters Air Force Communications Command at Scott Air Force Base. She received her MBA from University of Alabama in 1968 and has served as an instructor of accountancy at Illinois College in Jacksonville for the past 14 years. During her distinguished career in the Air Force, she received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon; Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Legion of Merit Award at retirement. She has been a strong supporter of Western Illinois University for many years through scholarship support to the department of accountancy, and she received the 2004 Outstanding Accountancy Alumnus Award.

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