Volume 1, Number 1 | AUGUST 2010
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Your life is busy and full with work, family, and community commitments. But in today’s world, you can’t stand still. You need to sharpen your skills and knowledge to advance your career and provide a better life for you and your family.

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Educating working adults is WIU’s specialty. So we offer convenient class schedules, a choice of online or oncampus learning, and the support you need to grow.

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Earning your degree can change your life. That's why we're committed to offering you personal service and flexible options to prepare you to succeed in a way that fits your schedule.

Hello Alumni!

There’s a new Western International University (WIU) Alumni Web site designed just for you! Proudly declare yourself a member and register today. You’ll gain exclusive access to the WIU alumni directory, the job board, the University Library, free career services tools, and substantial product discounts. Manage your profile and connect with your WIU community. You can enter the site from any computer at west.edu/alumni.

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5 great reasons to register as a WIU alumnus:

  1. It’s the best way to connect to Western International University. As a WIU grad, you’ll find many ways to stay in touch with your alma mater, but only one WIU Alumni organization dedicated to keeping you informed and engaged through activities, programs, and news. Best of all, networking with your fellow alumni is a great way to get the inside scoop on jobs.
  2. It’s ideal for networking. Become part of the WIU Alumni directory with a profile you update and manage, and that allows you to network and connect with other WIU grads. You can also become a mentor to WIU students.
  3. It keeps you in the loop. Receive the latest news and information through the WIU Alumni Web site and our quarterly e-newsletter.
  4. It offers career assistance. Regularly scheduled networking events help you expand your professional connections, and state-of-the-art career tools like the WIU job board keep you in demand in today’s job market.
  5. It gives you deep discounts on products, services, and events. Our alumni site gives you exclusive access to University Marketplace, with special offers and savings from a variety of merchants and services.

Alumni Mixer!

Don’t miss our Alumni Connection Celebration on Thursday, August 19th at Bobby’s, where we’re hosting a free cocktail event celebrating your new Career and Alumni Services department at WIU. It’s a great opportunity to meet your career services team and fellow alumni—and of course, network!

TIME: 5–8 p.m.
DATE: Thursday, August 19, 2010
PLACE: Bobby’s, a Mancuso Restaurant
7122 E. Greenway Parkway, Suite 140
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
DETAILS: Event includes drinks and an appetizer buffet.
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WIU Introduces New Academic Model

This summer, WIU introduced several changes in class structure and content, including an exciting, new academic model to capture the attention of current students and the next-generation adult learner. The model is designed to appeal to many different styles of learning.

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Traditional learners will still enjoy campus classes offered in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Chandler, but with new activities for students and faculty to stay fresh into the third hour of class.

Visual learners will benefit from newly designed, highly engaging course materials offered both online and oncampus. Innovative video clips, simulations, and multimedia presentations will enhance and shape the next-generation academic experience.

Tactile learners will enjoy the Academic Perspectives Model, a series of video segments in which academic concepts and perspectives are presented in interesting and different ways by expert faculty.

Changes in class structure and content also became effective in July 2010, including:

  • Courses now meet for 8 sessions (not 9), eliminating the need for most Saturday sessions.
  • Students may have a maximum of 2 (not 3) attendance absences and remain enrolled in the course.
  • Oncampus course sessions now meet for 3 (not 4) hours.
  • Online course sessions now meet for 2-1/2 hours.
  • Both oncampus and online courses now include Discussion Questions that are accessed through MyWIU, fostering ongoing interaction among class members and instructor.
WIU Academic Model Classroom Structure & Content Effective July 2010
8 (not 9) weekly in-class sessions each course checkmark checkmark Eliminates most Saturday sessions, making better use of time.
Maximum of 2 (not 3) attendance absences to remain enrolled in course checkmark checkmark Attendance plays an important role in the learning process.
In-class meeting times 3 hours per session 2.5 hours per session More consistent in-class meeting times between oncampus and online learning environments.
Discussion Questions checkmark checkmark Outside-of-class learning, providing ongoing interaction among class members and instructor throughout the academic week; time that would be spent attending/preparing for a 9th class meeting is now used toward weekly Discussion Questions accessed through MyWIU throughout the 8 class sessions; students may use WIU Learning Resource Center computers if needed.
Academic Perspectives Model checkmark checkmark In-class video segments to provide diverse academic perspectives and applications; to be phased in over time course by course.
Simulations, multimedia presentations, other learning tools checkmark checkmark Interesting and engaging learning tools to appeal to
different styles of learning; to be phased in over
time course by course.
Recorded in-class sessions checkmark checkmark Recorded in-class sessions continue to be available
to online students who miss a class session.
Credit hours, refunds checkmark checkmark Credit hours and refund policies are not affected by
these changes.
Financial Aid funding/Veterans Administration benefits checkmark checkmark Financial Aid funding is generally not affected by
these changes; Veterans Administration benefits
may be affected.

Alumni Spotlight

Gene Sweeney, Terminal Manager, Estes Express Lines, MA in Innovative Leadership—2009 Outstanding Graduate of the Year

Gene Sweeney says what he learned at WIU is relative in today’s dynamic, ever-more brutal business world. “I had a lawyer teaching me Business Ethics and a bank VP teaching me Finance.” He also considers himself privileged to call influential people from around the world lifelong friends, thanks to WIU’s international focus.

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Why did you choose WIU?

For the individualized work—no group projects. I liked going to school with adult learners who were there for the purpose of learning—not to show me their latest piercing or tattoo. I thought the WIU Interactive OnlineSM format was much more interesting and fun than a stale thread. I also went by the reputation and respect for the school’s name.

What did you like best about your program of study?

That my professors actually did for a living what they taught. They cover what’s in the book and you know the correct answer is “C,” but then they put down the white board marker and the book and share a great story or some relevant information about what banks are really looking for in a business plan for loans. I had the pleasure of learning alongside and from military officers, human resource directors, police detectives, municipal leaders, and other career people who brought different perspectives to the table.

How has your degree impacted you and your career success?

I now realize the more educated I get, the more I understand just how little I know about so many things, places, and people. It has truly created a hunger for knowledge that has reignited a spark for lifelong learning. Secondly, because of the brilliant people I was surrounded by, I now grasp that everything isn’t always black and white, but a hybrid grey that borrows brilliance from both schools of thought and can be exponentially better than either.

I recently was unanimously appointed to two committees for the city of Peoria—the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Personnel Board. I was the only candidate in the running that had a master degree, and it threw me over the top. At work, I sense a newfound respect for my opinions at an entirely different level from people that pay in taxes what I make a year. I’m receiving calls from the corporate level for opinions on a variety of issues.

What are your future career plans?

I don’t know—continuing my work in the transportation industry, maybe even international business or politics. What I do know is that thanks to my WIU education, work ethic, and profound appreciation for the preciously finite wild ride called life, I am confidently prepared for the battle!

Top 5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

In a fast-paced world where first impressions are made in seconds, the importance of a good, concise resume can’t be overstated. Your resume can mean the difference between getting a call for an interview and having it thrown in the trash. Creating a good resume starts by avoiding 5 common mistakes.

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  1. Your resume is too general. Research each company you’re applying for, and tailor your resume so that it’s clear how your experience and knowledge fit the position.
  2. Your resume isn’t results oriented. It shouldn’t be a list of responsibilities; it should tell the story of your accomplishments. Show prospective employers how you’ve added value in the past—whether it’s productivity, profitability, or added value.
  3. Your resume contains typos or grammatical errors. An error-free resume says a lot about the kind of person you are. Use spell-check and have another set of eyes proof it before sending it out.
  4. Your presentation is awful. Do your dates and bullet points line up? A sloppy resume signals an inattention to detail, but a consistent and attractive resume will help you stand out from the crowd.
  5. You don’t use keywords. Lots of companies use scanning software that disqualifies candidates for not including certain keywords pertaining to the open position. Make yours match those in the job posting.


Reasons for leaving the last job:

Terminated after saying, "It would be a blessing to be fired."

Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as job-hopping. I have never quit a job.

"I-did-it" Winners

Graduating WIU students were recently asked to share the journey they took to earn their degrees, chronicling the challenges they faced and the triumphs they experienced in a 200-word essay contest.

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2010 “I Did It” winners record their grad moments.

Eleven lucky students flip over their prizes

The contest was open to all legal residents of AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, MD, NE, NJ, NY, OK, OR, TX, and UT who as of the date of entry were 18 years of age or older. Employees of WIU and its affiliated companies and household members of employees were not eligible to participate. Eleven lucky winners received pocket camcorders to capture their graduation moments. They’re sharing their stories in hopes of inspiring current and future WIU students via the WIU Web site and upcoming Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Tonia Arcuri, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Sonnia Bradley, Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science
Leigh Bustos, Master of Business Administration in Marketing
Jenny Farrah Harper, Master of Business Administration
Karie Hosterman, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Michelle Mitsis, Master of Business Administration in International Business
Kathy Morrill, Master of Business Administration
Kristina Perkins, Bachelor of Science in Business
Krystle Plunkett, Bachelor of Science in Business
Charles Sloan, Master of Business Administration in Finance & Marketing
Shannon Sparks, Bachelor of Science in Business