July 7, 2009
Dear Campus Community,
Over the past years, the Western Illinois University theme has brought the campus and area communities together for numerous activities and programs. These events have resulted in discussions both in and outside of our classrooms and have provided a platform for all voices to be heard on such significant topics as civility, social justice, civic engagement, cultural diversity, global challenges and personal responsibility.
The 2008-2009 theme, Health and Wellness: Challenges and Responsibilities, was supported by an impressive array of events and presentations, including: Dr. Drew Pinsky, Minority Health Month speaker Dr. Jocelyn Elders, a group fitness class led by Zen Grey, and several activities sponsored by student groups and academic departments.
This year's theme will focus on Dollars and Sense: Personal Finance to World Poverty. The 2009-2010 theme again demonstrates a commitment to our University's core values of academic excellence, social responsibility, personal growth, and educational opportunity. I encourage faculty, staff and students to incorporate the theme in the classroom and through campuswide programming.
As part of the University Theme Speakers Series, such outstanding individuals as Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of the summer reading "Nickel and Dimed;" director, producer, writer and financial adviser James Scurlock; and Vandana Shiva, physicist, environmental activist, eco feminist and author of several books, will be on campus.
Judith Dallinger, associate provost for undergraduate and graduate studies, will continue to work with the University Theme Committee in conjunction with our First Year Experience program. I want to express my appreciation to the University Theme Committee, under the leadership of Ann Comerford, director of Student Activities, and Colin Harbke, professor of psychology, for their continued efforts to expand University theme programming. I look forward to seeing you at these events throughout the year.