University Theme

A Letter from the UTC Co-Chairs

Ethics: A Foundation for Personal Growth & Social Responsibility

Dear WIU Community:

For 12 years the Western Illinois University theme has brought engaging speakers, programs and events to campus serving as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions in our classrooms. Over the years, topics have included civility, social justice, civic engagement, cultural diversity, global challenges, environmental sustainability, education and science and technology, and war and peace.

The 2013-2014 theme was "Food and Drink: Mind, Body and Soul." Chef Jeff Henderson visited our campus where he cooked and talked to our community. Billed as "America's most inspirational culinary star" he has risen to the ranks of celebrity chef after learning to cook in prison

The 2014-15 theme is "Ethics: A Foundation for Personal Growth and Social Responsibility." Ethics is two things. First, ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. Secondly, ethics refers to the study and development of one's ethical standards. Ethics is at the core of all four of WIU's Values - Academic Excellence, Educational Opportunity, Personal Growth, and Social Responsibility.

 We encourage the university community to apply this theme creatively as we expose Western students, staff, faculty, and the community to issues and topics specific to their disciplines that touch on ethics in some significant way.  As in the past, the University Theme Committee anticipates providing one or more general interest events each semester. We are currently in discussion with national known speakers who shed light on ethics in interesting ways for the 2014-15 academic year about visiting our campus.

The University Theme Committee is open to suggestions and all are welcome to attend our meetings. We look forward to your participation with the University Theme.


Heather McIlvaine-Newsad
Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Michelle Janisz
Director of Student Activities

Nancy Parsons
Associate Provost

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Phone: (309) 298-3232