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Minority Health Month.

Minority Health Month: Prevention is Power - April 2014

Did you know? Racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, residents of rural areas and other vulnerable groups more often face barriers to good health. As a result, these Americans are more likely to suffer from disease and may die up to 20 years earlier than others. Our theme this year is "Coming Together for a Healthier You." Many activities are being held throughout the month including presentations, health screenings, film showings, and more. For info on local events, visit the website. For further info and resources nationwide, visit the National Minority Health Month website.

Contact Info: Dr. Lorette Oden, Ph.D.
Department of Health Sciences
Phone: (309) 298-1076


Other Upcoming Spotlights

Academic Advising.

Make An Advising Appointment - Summer/Fall 2014 Preregistration Through April 18 

There's a one word difference between those who visit their advisors regularly and on-time and those who don't...success! Advisors can save you money, time, and aggravation. But you need to call and make an appointment. Don't let time slip away. Please call right away to give yourself the best chance of reaching your academic and career goals. The Council of Academic Advisors encourages students to make their academic advising appointments early so they can register for Summer/Fall 2014 during the preregistration period in April at Western.

Contact Info: Varies by major; Check details on the news release

Summer Session

Summer Session 2014 - Registration Underway for Current Students - Open Registration Begins April 21

From general education courses to online courses to classes that count toward a major, Western's 2014 Summer Session has something to suit every student's schedule ... and degree. Registration for current WIU students is underway for courses offered during the May pre-session; four-, six-, and eight-week sessions; weekend academies; and online options. Open registration for other students begins April 21. For complete details, visit the summer session website.

Contact Info: Office of the Provost
Ken Hawkinson
Phone: (309) 298-1066

Call of Duty Nerf Ops.

Call of Duty: Nerf Ops - April 25 (7- 9 p.m.) & April 26 (3:30-9 p.m.)

FREE! Six to eight players on a team and participants are responsible for providing their own Nerf gun. A captains' meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 before the first match at 7:00 p.m. Registration packets are available in the Campus Recreation Office or online at Registrations are due by Friday, April 18 by 4:30 PM to the Campus Recreation Office. For more info, view the campus rec events page

Contact Info: Campus Recreation
Judy Yeast
Phone: (309) 298-1228


Be a Peer Mentor.

Be a Peer Mentor for the 2014-2015 School Year -- Applications Due April 30th

Calling all sophomores, juniors, and seniors! We invite you to become peer mentors for the 2014 school year. Serving as a UNIV 100 peer mentor allows you to gain experience, work closely with a faculty member, develop curriculum, and share your wisdom with students to help them achieve academic success. Peer mentors are role models for incoming freshmen, providing them with valuable info about course content, study strategies, and enjoying campus and community life. This position offers a stipend for your service. For more info or to apply, please visit the FYE web site. Please note that all applications are due on April 30th 2014.

Contact Info: Ariel Edgeworth
Phone: (309) 298-1066 


Celebrating Diversity.

President's 25th Excellence in Diversity Awards Reception - May 8

This reception, held May 8 from 4-6 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, celebrates diversity and multicultural leadership efforts during the preceding year which have advanced our goals as outlined in Higher Values in Higher Education – to increase diversity and create a campus climate which welcomes and supports all individuals.

Contact Info: Office of Equal Opportunity & Access
Renee Simpson
Phone: (309) 298-1871

Ongoing & Recent Spotlights

Rocky Bikes

Rocky Bikes - Free Bikes for the WIU Community

All members of the WIU community are welcome to use a bike, free of charge, for 48-hour periods. Improving our transportation system is one of the central ways to address a variety of important and interconnected issues including: health and fitness, energy usage and climate change, safety, parking and roads, etc. These same issues affect not only our campus community but also our town, nation and world. Register and reserve your bike at the WIU Physical Plant, located across the street from Thompson Hall. For more info, view the news release or visit the website.

Contact Info: Sustainability Coordinator
Mandy Green
Phone: (309) 298-1834

Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners is a program that pairs international students and domestic students for conversational purposes. Conversation Partners represents a wonderful cross-cultural sharing opportunity and allows participants a chance to expand their horizons, and learn more about different cultures, customs and lifestyles. For more information or to sign up to be a conversation partner, visit the Conversation Partners website.

Contact Info: Center for International Studies
Phone: (309) 298-3734

Western Commitment Scholarship - Rewarding Academic Ability

The Western Commitment Scholarship rewards students with excellent academic ability who demonstrate achievement in high school by offering 4-year scholarships towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University. Awards are based on student's high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. New freshmen who submit all application materials for admission by May 15 are automatically considered for Western Commitment Scholarships!  For complete details, visit

Contact Info: Undergraduate Admissions Office
Phone: (309) 298-3157
Toll-Free: 1-877-PICK WIU (742-5948)

Purple Post.

Purple Post: Your Portal to Student Organizations, Events, & Resources is one of the best resources for students to view news articles, events on the campus-wide bulletin board, and info for 250+ student organizations and university offices.
With tools for organizational leadership, PurplePost provides resources including: email/SMS/IM to members, updated rosters, dates and deadlines, advertising upcoming events, tracking service hours, news articles, electronic forms, and creating historical records. It’s never been easier to get involved at WIU! For more info, visit the Office of Student Activities website at

Contact Info: Office of Student Activities
University Union
Phone: (309) 298-3232

WIU mobile apps

WIU Mobile - The WIU Macomb campus at your fingertips!

WIU now offers the ability to view important campus resources and plan your time on campus directly from your mobile device using WIU Mobile, a free mobile application for Apple iOS and Android devices. With WIU Mobile, you can view an interactive campus map, get up to date news and events, check out dining facilities and daily menus, access computer lab workstation availability, and have direct access to support information on campus. For details and download links, visit the WIU Mobile web site.

Contact Info: Center for the Application of Information Technologies

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