WIU Tree Among Those at This Weekend’s Festival of Trees in Macomb

Western Illinois University and its Rocky mascot are well represented at this weekend’s Festival of Trees, held in downtown Macomb.

This is the seventh year for the annual event, sponsored by the MDH Development Council. In addition to holiday trees, there will be displays of wreaths and table toppers as well as contests, entertainment and a raffle.

Among the trees is “Rocky Roads” tree, decorated by Sheila Ogle, a life specialist at Cathy Early State Farm Insurance. Early, a member of WIU’s Board of Trustees, is also the sponsor for the tree.

This year’s Festival of Trees event is being held in the West Central Illinois Arts Center, on the east side of the Macomb square. Admission is $3 and children ages 12 and under are admitted free.

Money raised will help with the purchase of two video broncoscopes for surgical services at MDH.

The schedule for this year is:

• Friday, Nov. 30 ? Noon ? 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 1 ? 9 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 2 ? Noon ? 5 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 3 ? 9 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Local ‘$5 doctor’ (and WIU alum) continues to give back to Western Illinois

A P Photo/Jeff Roberson - Dr. Russell Dohner, right, talks with nurse Rose Busby about a patient's prescription in Rushville, Ill.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, photo, Dr. Russell Dohner, right, talks with nurse Rose Busby about a patient’s prescription in Rushville, Ill. In an era of rising healthcare costs, the 87-year-old doctor only charges patients $5 per office visit and doesn’t take insurance saying it isn’t worth the bother. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“I always just wanted to be a doctor to help people with their medical problems and that’s all it’s for,” the 87-year-old family physician says. “It was never intended to make a lot of money.” — Dr. Russell Dohner

In 2006, Dr. Russell Dohner, a Rushville (IL) physician for close to 60 years, was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Western Illinois University’s Spring Commencement Exercises in Macomb. A member of the first pre-med group at Western after World War II, Dohner attended the Northwestern University Medical School, graduating in 1953. After practicing medicine for two years at St. Luke?’s Hospital in Chicago, Dohner returned to Rushville and has served as a doctor there ever since.

A recent Associated Press article, “The ‘$5 doctor’ practices medicine from bygone era,” recognizes Dr. Dohner’s contributions to the health care field, as well as to the people in the Western Illinois region.

Dr. Russell Dohner, WIU Photo

Dr. Russell Dohner, a Rushville (IL) physician for close to 60 years, was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Western Illinois University?’s Spring 2006 Commencement Exercises.

“The only thing that has changed, really — other than the quickness of the doctor’s step or the color of his thinning hair — is his fee. When Dohner started practicing medicine in Rushville in 1955, he charged the going rate around town for an office visit: $2,” states the article’s author Martha Irvine. “Now it is $5. This in an era when the cost of healthcare has steadily risen, when those who don’t have medical insurance often forgo seeing a doctor. But not Dohner’s patients. He doesn’t even accept medical insurance — says it’s not worth the bother.”

Kudos to Dr. Dohner who continues to embody the core values of Western Illinois University! Read the entire article at news.yahoo.com/5-doctor-practices-medicine-bygone-era-180340207–finance.html

Alumna Erin Merryn makes Glamour Mag’s 2012 ‘Woman of Year’ list

Erin Merryn: The Guardian Angel: Inspired: glamour.com

WIU social work alumna Erin Merryn was recently recognized as a 2012 “Woman of the Year” by Glamour.com for her personal crusade to educate children about sexual abuse prevention.

It was almost three years ago that we first shared the story of Western Illinois University alumna Erin Merryn, who received her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2008. The story read:

A rainy night in October 2004, at a “Take Back the Night” rally and march at Hanson Field, marks the first time Erin Merryn spoke to a crowd about her sexual abuse. Today, Merryn can also list “Good Morning America” and the “Montel Williams Show” as other significant public venues in which she has provided a “face and voice” of a sexual abuse survivor.

That story was about the publication of Merryn’s second book, “Living for Today.” (She published her first book, “Stolen Innocence” while she was still in high school.)

Today, Merryn’s story continues to be one about her mission to educate kids about sexual abuse prevention. This year, she made “Glamour” magazine’s 2012 “Women of the Year” list: “Erin Merryn is a Woman of the Year because… ‘She’s taken her personal crusade and turned it into a public one. So many children will be protected because of her.’ — TV host Katie Couric, 1992, 2002, and 2006 Woman of the Year,” states Erin Zammett Ruddy in the “Erin Merryn: The Guardian Angel” article on glamour.com. Ruddy notes:

In 2010 she helped draft Erin’s Law, which encourages schools to educate children about sexual abuse prevention. (The gut-wrenching statistics: More than 300,000 reports of such abuse are filed in the United States each year.) “Think of how many kids could have been saved from monsters like Jerry Sandusky if they’d had the tools to speak up,” she says. “I want that second-grader to tell her mom what happened at the sleepover, not wait until she’s 30 to break her silence.” One nine-year-old survivor did exactly that–and wants to be “just like Erin” when she grows up. “If I had learned about sexual abuse when I was younger,” the girl says, “I would have definitely told someone sooner.”

Her crusade and her recognition was mentioned on the “Today” show just this morning, too. (See the video on Merryn’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/bNGDS24S650; she’s mentioned beginning around the 4 min. 7 sec. mark.)

According to Ruddy’s article, Merryn’s goal is to “put sex offenders out of business,” noting: “She’s undaunted in her mission to pass Erin’s Law in all 50 states and has already checked four off her list: Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Maine. ‘Because of Erin,’ says Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the first to sign the law, ‘our schools are making sure students are educated about sexual abuse. Because of Erin, further cases of child sexual abuse are being prevented.'”

Read more at www.glamour.com/inspired/women-of-the-year/2012/erin-merryn. Learn more about Merryn on her website at www.erinmerryn.net.