Housing Alumni News

March 11, 2011
Volume 1, Number 1

Alumni Newsletter

Hello! This E-newsletter is the first of which I anticipate to be many University Housing and Dining Services Alumni newsletters. This concept was developed to insure a more efficient manner for alumni, former staff, student leaders, and resident assistants to keep in touch. It is our goal to keep you updated on the good works that continue to happen in the residence halls. This will also give you an opportunity to stay connected through potential reunions, alumni events, and updates that you will be able to submit. We intend to initially produce newsletters on a quarterly basis. If you have any suggestions or feedback regarding content and/or format, you are encouraged to contact us at uhds-alumni@wiu.edu. In addition to being full of challenges, this year has also been both very busy and rewarding. We hope you enjoy.

Western to host NACURH 2011 Annual Conference

NACURH 2011 Staff

MACOMB, IL – Because of a select group of Western Illinois University students' enthusiasm and their commitment to their school, Western was recently selected as the host school for the 2011 National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) annual conference.

"The annual conference provides an opportunity for students to come together from across the nation to talk about relevant issues and allows for students to come together for a common goal: to improve the on-campus residential experience of students," said Tera Monroe ('96 MS '98), Director of Residence Life at WIU and the NACURH 2011 conference advisor.

WIU students began the bid process in early September 2009 and presented the final bid to host NACURH 2011 in San Diego in June at the 2010 annual conference.

"On behalf of the conference staff, we are extremely thrilled for the opportunity to open our campus to the NACURH community for the first time in WIU's history," noted Amy Dolezal and Jeremy Homolka, WIU students and 2011 conference co-chairs.

NACURH is the largest student-run organization in the world, bringing together 400 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Qatar. NACURH's central mission is to promote living on campus as an integral part of the college experience, and strives to provide resources to help member schools create the ultimate residence hall environment and experience. The 2011 conference is scheduled for May 27 – May 30.

"I am extremely proud of Inter-Hall Council and their commitment, dedication and the many hours of hard work invested by its members," said Garry Johnson, vice president for student services. "They are enthusiastic about what they do and I am confident they will do an excellent job representing NACURH and WIU."

To follow updates and learn more about the annual conference, visit www.nacurh2011.com.

"Western has a long history of involvement and support of NACURH," added John Biernbaum, assistant vice president of student services-student life. "We have supported many students at the regional and national board level throughout the years as well as hosted several successful regional and state level conferences."

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the 2011 conference at the WIU-Macomb campus should email sponsorships@ nacurh2011.com.

Housing Master Plan Includes Renovation of Corbin/Olson Hall

Corbin Olson

Renovations and reorganization of WIU residence halls are two of the primary focuses of the University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) Master Plan.

UHDS staff developed a master plan for current and future housing facilities. “As a part of our Housing Master Plan we have conducted a facilities assessment to inventory our deferred maintenance for campus. Our total liability for our facilities is nearly $250 million. That amount is what it would take to make our current buildings ‘like-new’ with no changes in function,” explained Matt Bierman (‘97 MBA ‘03), UHDS Director of Residential Facilities. “In order to make some much needed major facility enhancements, we need to reduce our deferred maintenance liability. Wetzel Hall carries a deferred maintenance liability of at least $26 million. Since the building is now off-line, we have begun discussions about the future of Wetzel.”

As part of Phase I of the plan Corbin and Olson halls are currently undergoing major renovation, with construction having already begun this past fall. Architectural firms FGM of Chicago and Mackey Mitchell of St. Louis were selected to do the programming study prior to a major refurbishment of the two residence halls, including the cafeteria connecting the two buildings. Corbin and Olson were built in 1965 and 1966 respectively. The renovation will concentrate on bringing the mechanical aspects of the buildings up to date as well as aesthetic and programming upgrades.

To learn more about the Corbin/Olson project, view progress photos, conceptual renderings and floor plans, visit the “Facility Improvements” in the About UHDS section of our website


Alumni Spotlight


Joe Roselieb ('07 MS '09), Assistant Director of Facilities in the University Housing and Dining Services Division, volunteered to house and care for the newest Leatherneck.

Colonel Rock III made his Leatherneck debut on May 15, 2010, during Western Illinois baseball team's doubleheader. Colonel Rock III's arrival provided an immediate impact on the fans, and the Leatherneck baseball team recorded a 12-11 win in 10 innings during his first official appearance.

The newest member of the Leatherneck family brings to an end a 37-year hiatus of a live bulldog mascot at Western Illinois. Colonel Rock can be found at home football and basketball games, in addition to other Leatherneck Athletics events throughout the year. He will also make appearances at campus events to contribute to the prevailing Leatherneck pride present in Macomb.

Trying to Reunite with Old Residence Hall Staff? 

If you are trying to reunite with your old residence hall staff, simply email uhds-alumni@wiu.edu. We will help you coordinate getting your group together for a staff reunion; this could include helping set up a tour of your old residence hall, coordinating hotels, and meals, etc.

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