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Western Illinois University to Award Employee Service Honors April 24

April 19, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – Four Western Illinois University employees will be honored for community service and commitment to the University during a Tuesday, April 24 Service Recognition Reception. The reception begins at 7 p.m. in the University Union Lamoine Room.

Community Service Award
Linda Wade, library operations associate in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, will be given a community service award.

In the community, Wade volunteers as a member of the Brown County Public Library District Board, serving as secretary. She is also active in the rescue of sick and abused pets and makes donations to the McDonough County Humane Society.

Wade also donates her time to preparing petitions under the Endangered Species Act, writing columns for the Galesburg Center of Independent Living, helping the elderly in her neighborhood and crocheting afghans for people in her hometown and in the WIU community.

Wade's nominator said "Linda carries out an amazing array of community work that makes her a top candidate for this award. Ms. Wade volunteers with no expectation of anything in return and embodies Western's core value of social responsibility."

Civil Service Recognition and Service Awards
Judy Thompson, office manager of the WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) and Sergeant Derek Watts and Officer Jason Lytle, both of the WIU Office of Public Safety, will be recognized during the ceremony with Civil Service Recognition and Service Awards.

Thompson was nominated by numerous professors and administrators in the (LEJA) department, who said she keeps the office running smoothly.

"On a daily basis, Judy responds to requests for help from 33 full- and part-time faculty, five graduate assistants, other office staff and WIU employees and a steady stream of equipment maintenance people," one nominator said.

Another nominator said Thompson sacrifices her lunch hours and personal time to ensure the school's needs are met.

"Her greatest strength is her attitude toward the University and the faculty and staff within the school," the nominating letter stated. "Both WIU employees and the public are well served by her competence and professionalism. She contributes to the efficiency of the school's operation by her extensive knowledge of procedures and protocols and her innovative approaches to new challenges."

Watts and Lytle were nominated for a March incident in Simpkins Hall, where they performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a graduate student who was having a heart attack. When the two officers responded to the medical call, the student was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

The officers performed CPR and used a portable defibrillator on the student and he eventually began to breathe on his own. He was treated by emergency medical personnel from McDonough District Hospital and was taken by helicopter to a Peoria hospital for further treatment.

"It can be said that this student would not be here (without their actions)," one of the nominators said. "It is thanks to dedicated officers like this that our campus is a safe place."

Lytle was also nominated for his work within the department as a master firearms instructor and training of other officers.

During the same reception, employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to WIU will be honored, including:

Forty Years
Don Campbell, Mathematics
Anne Myers, Beu Health Center
Anita Werling, Music

Thirty-five Years
Bonnie Barker, University Relations
Peter Calengas, Geology
Patricia Cortelyou, Administrative Information Management Systems
Anita K. Mackenzie, Communication

Thirty Years
Kathy Coats, Physical Plant Stores
Bonnie Elder, Budget Office
Barbara Grindstaff, Library
Egla Hassan, Theatre & Dance
William McCamey, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
Fred Seaton, University Technology
Susan Thorman, Institutional Research & Planning
John Wozniak, Sociology & Anthropology

Twenty-five Years
Samson Adeleke, Mathematics
Althea Alton, Biological Sciences
Thomas Alton, Biological Sciences
Patricia Battles, Centennial Honors College
Ronald Bauerly, Management & Marketing
Janine Cavicchia, Women's Center
Gregory Stuart Clauson, Human Resources
Joseph Fosu, Economics & Decision Sciences
Pamela Griswold, Financial Aid
Frances Hainline, African American Studies
Michael McGowan, Recreation Park & Tourism Administration
Cathy McMillan, Kinesiology
Penelope Mulconrey, Mathematics
Marie Beth Oakley, Vice President for Student Services
Cynthia Ridle, Communication
Sharon Riley, University Technology
Jo Ella Roche, Beu Health Center
Diane Sayers, Human Resources
Mohammad Siddiqi, English & Journalism
John K. Simmons, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Ronald Terry, Chemistry
Nader Vakil, Mathematics
Anne Whited, Computer Sciences
Donna Williams, Registrar
Anne Wilson, University Relations
Candace Winters-March, Theatre & Dance
Darlene Young, Kinesiology

Twenty Years
Karl Adkins, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
Denise Brakefield, Theatre & Dance
Joan Brenner, Financial Aid
Tammy Carson, Document & Publication Services
Stanley Clayton, Television Services
Joseph Coleman, Building Services
Marie Coleman, Building Services
Teresa Coplan, Communication
Sheila Downin, Human Resources
David Eckerly, Student Legal Services
Amelia Hodges, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
Carrie Keeney, Billing & Receivables
Roger Kent, Television Services
George King, Document & Publication Services
Heather Marshall, Beu Health Center
Douglas Menke, University Technology
John Miller, Building Services
Sean O'Donnell-Brown, Document & Publication Services
John Pontifex, University Technology
Teresa Simmons, English & Journalism
Nancy Stoneking, Center for Preparation of Education Professionals
Kimberlee Wisslead, Center for Application of Information Technology
Dean Zoerink, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration

Fifteen Years
Andrea Allison, WIU Quad Cities-Technological Services
Daniel Anderson, Building Services
Alan Andrews, Building Services
Mark Anselment, Building Mechanical Maintenance
L. James Bennett, College of Business & Technology
Krista Bowers Sharpe, Libraries
Richard Chamberlain, University Technology
Thomas Clark, Public Safety
Marlin E. Danner, Telecommunications Services
Christopher David, WIU Quad Cities - Technological Services
Gloria Delany-Barmann, Educational & Interdisciplinary Studies
Todd Draeger, Television Services
Isaac Dunlap, Libraries
Robert Emmert, Electronic Student Services
Monica Eskridge, Admissions
Randall Faust, Music
Thomas Finley, WIU Quad Cities - Library
James Ford, Building Mechanical Maintenance
Janice Gates, Management & Marketing
Ralph Graham, Kinesiology
Stephen Gray, Accounting & Finance
Kimberly Hartweg, Mathematics
Scott Holt, Biological Sciences
Stacie Hunt, Administrative Information Management Systems
Eric P. Johnson, Kinesiology
Kristine Kelly, Psychology
Robert Lewis, Building Services
Marietta Loehrlein, Agriculture
Michael Lucas, Building Maintenance
Bridget McCormick, University Housing & Dining Services Conference Services
Peter McMeekan, Public Safety
Kathleen Miller, Psychology
Roberta Moore, Broadcasting
Russell Morgan, College of Arts & Sciences
Eldon Morrison, Building Maintenance
Leslie Mose, WIU Quad Cities - Student Services
Vian Neally, Student Development & Orientation
Kathleen O'Donnell-Brown, English & Journalism
Yvonne Oliver, Music
Danette Phelps, Sponsored Projects
Ellen Poulter, English & Journalism
Ann Randall, Administrative Information Management Systems
Timothy Rericha, University Technology
Alice Robertson, English & Journalism
Michael Rusher, Building Services
Christine Schaill, Accounting Office
Donna Schroeder, WIU Quad Cities - Admissions
Brice Shake, Center for Application of Information Technology
Nathaniel Sloan, Building Maintenance
Nancy Still, College of Education & Human Services
Paul Sweet, Center for Application of Information Technology
Julie Terstriep, Campus Recreation
Nancy Thomson, Health Sciences
Thottumkara K. Vinod, Chemistry
Bruce Walters, Art
Cheryl Westen, Accounting & Finance
Barry Witten, Curriculum and Instruction
Martha Youngmeyer, Institutional Research & Planning

Ten Years

Richelle Abernathy, Graduate Studies
Pete Albanese, Building Services
Keri Allison, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
Kevin Bacon, Agriculture
Robert Bahr, Chemistry
Dixie Bodenhamer, Vice President for Student Services
Carol Bollin, English & Journalism
Donald Bytner, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
Joseph Cassidy, Heating Plant
Cynthia Celske, Center for Application of Information Technology
Andrew Clayton, Agriculture
Terry Clayton, WIU Quad Cities - Business & Technology
John Cooper, Music
Cathy Dean, Beu Health Center
Mikhail Grachev, WIU Quad Cities - Business & Technology
Kevin Hainline, Golf Course
Dean Halverson, WIU Quad Cities - Education & Human Services
Heather Higgins, Golf Course
Joanne Hooper, Counseling Center
Jamie Johnson, Health Sciences
Lorri Kanauss, Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising & Hospitality
Richard Kurasz, Music
Bob Lambert, Golf Course
Maceio Lauer, Communication
Hongbok Lee, Accounting & Finance
Hong Liu, Engineering Technology
Timothy Liudahl, Mathematics
Angela Lynn, Registrar
Kevin Markham, Administrative Information Management Systems
Heather McMeekan, University Technology
Matthew Mencel, University Technology
Kelly Morris, Advising & Academic Services Center
Jennifer Mourning, Parking Services
Michael Nettles, Electronic Student Services
Leslie O'Ryan, WIU Quad Cities - Counselor Education
Jennifer Plos, Kinesiology
Renee Polubinsky, Kinesiology
Karen Poncin, Institute for Rural Affairs
Shazia Rahman, English & Journalism
James Romig, Music
Amanda Silberer, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Deanna Stambaug, University Technology
Helen Swanson, WIU Quad Cities - Library
Margaret Taylor, Center for Application of Information Technology
James Van Fleet, Building Maintenance
Angela Wagner, University Housing & Dining Services
Timothy Waldrop, Art
Jacqueline Waters, Institute for Rural Affairs
Carol Weisheit, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
Charles Weiss, Engineering Technology
Janet Wilson, WIU Quad Cities - Administration
David Wright, Theatre & Dance
Xiang Yi, Management & Marketing
Yvonne Zaborac, Administrative Information Management Systems

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