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WIU Thanks Fans for Support | WIU Named Best for Vets Business School
Read the Spring 2014 Western News Online
Announcing Where in the World is Rocky?
Western Wednesdays in Chicago, Washington D.C. and Now Announcing Quad Cities
Join your WIU Alumni Association for upcoming events!


WIU Thanks Fans for Support

^th FanIt started with more than 340 schools, and in the end, it came down to two.

In mid-January, Western Illinois University began battling for a spot in the championship round of the NCAA 6thFan Contest. This national school pride competition involved students, alumni and other fans casting votes for their schools through the NCAA website or via Twitter or Facebook. The top 16 schools received $10,000 in general scholarship funds, and the winning school received a $100,000 donation to its general scholarship fund.

WIU advanced to the Sweet 16 last month, which earned $10,000 for the University's general scholarship fund. From there, the Fighting Leathernecks remained the only Illinois school to continue into each round, the only Summit League member left standing in the competition and eventually made it to the championship round.

The championship round, which was held March 10-March 16, pitted Western against Brigham Young University (BYU) for the $100,000 prize for scholarships. Unfortunately, WIU lost to the Cougars despite incredible Leathernecks fan support. In all, Western fans cast 1.7 million votes, including 74,461 on the last day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"This contest was about whose college or university had the best fans. Despite our loss in the championship round, I'd argue that Western actually has the best fans. We came together to vote and to support our school. For us it was a matter of pride and unity," said Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Brad Bainter '79 '83, who led marketing and promotional efforts for the contest. "In my 31 years at Western, I can honestly say that I have never seen a more inspired and unified effort by our alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and community."

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WIU Named Best for Vets Business School

Western Illinois University has been selected by Military Times as a Best for Vets Business School. WIU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is ranked 36 out of the top 64, and Western is one of only two Illinois public institutions appearing in the Top 50. The rankings were based in part on program flexibility [full-time, part-time and online] and staff support for veterans.

The Military Times Best for Vets distinction recognizes and rewards business schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America's veterans. Only institutions that offer graduate-level business degrees, and that participated in the Best for Vets: Colleges survey were considered. Overall, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies and cost and financial aid.

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Read the Spring 2014 Western News Online

Western News

The Western News, a complimentary Alumni Association publication, is published quarterly and mailed to nearly all of our 120,000 alumni and friends of the University. The Western News contains information about academics, athletics and organizations, class notes, and special features on alumni who distinguish themselves through outstanding accomplishments. Be sure to send us your news at and we will include it in the Classsnotes section of the next issue. Read the Spring 2014 issue today at

Announcing Where in the World is Rocky?

We are excited to announce "Where in the World is Rocky?" He took his own trip with the Alumni Association during WIU's Spring Break in March (see photo below) and tomorrow night (April 2), he is going to be out and about again. We'll post pictures and send tweets to show you “Where in the World Rocky is” as he travels with us around campus, town, the country and the WORLD! We hope you'll get in on the action, since we know that Leatherneck Nation is everywhere. Grab your favorite Rocky (on a shirt, hat, etc.), snap a picture and send it in. We'll share “Where in the World your Rocky is” on our web site and through our social media at the end of each week! We can’t wait to see where your travels take him!

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Where in the World is Rocky?

Western Wednesdays in Chicago, Washington D.C. and Now Announcing Quad Cities

Your WIU Alumni Association began a tradition in 2011 with the first of many Western Wednesdays After Hours! Hundreds of alumni joined us every month for great food, great conversation and a few beverages. We continued the tradition on a bimonthly schedule in Chicago, launched Western Wednesdays in Washington D.C. last January, and we’re excited to announce Western Wednesdays in the Quad Cities beginning in May.

Be sure to join us for our next installment of Western Wednesdays in a city NEAR YOU! We had a great time at our Western Wednesdays events in the Chicago area in February (Glen Ellyn) and the Washington D.C. area in March (Alexandria). Now, we look forward to kicking off our Quad Cities Western Wednesdays May 7 (Moline). If you missed us, be sure to join us for our next installment!

Next installment of Chicago Western Wednesdays:
Wednesday, April 2
Emerald Loop Bar & Grill
216 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL
Social: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Chicago Western Wednesdays – 1st Wednesday of every other month:
June 4 – Chicago suburb (Plainfield at Nevin’s)
No July due to holiday
August 6 – downtown
October 1 – Chicago suburb

Upcoming Washington D.C. Western Wednesdays – Last Wednesday of every other month:
May 28 – Downtown (at Gordon Biersch)
July 30 - D.C. suburb
Sept. 24 - Downtown
Nov. 19 - D.C. suburb (earlier date due to Thanksgiving holiday)

Upcoming Quad Cities Western Wednesdays – 1st Wednesday of every other month (opposite Chicago’s):
May 7 – Moline
No July due to holiday
Sept. 3 – Rock Island
Nov. 5 – Davenport

Pre-registration is preferred, however walk-ins are welcome. To pre-register or for more information, call 309-298-1914 or email

Join your WIU Alumni Association for upcoming events!

Champaign Area Alumni & Friends Social
Wednesday, April 2
Silvercreek Restaurant
402 N. Race St., Urbana, IL
Social: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Social, appetizers and cash bar $15/person

Blackhawks vs. Blues Pregame Social & Hockey Game

Sunday, April 6
United Center
1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL
Pregame Social: 11:00 a.m.
Hockey Game: 11:30 a.m.
Social, game ticket & unlimited food and drink $300.00/person

GradBlast Senior Send Off
Come help officially welcome our graduating seniors into the WIU Alumni Association!
Thursday, April 24
Sports Corner
124 N. Randolph St., Macomb, IL
Social: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Social, appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks & cash bar - FREE

Springfield Legislative and Alumni & Friends Social
Wednesday, April 30
Sangamo Club
227 E. Adams Street, Springfield, IL
Social: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Social, appetizers and cash bar $15/person

To register for these events, contact the WIU Alumni Association by calling 309-298-1914 or use our Online Event Registration.

All ticket sales are final. Therefore, all tickets purchased through the WIU Alumni Association are non-refundable.


RockyCan you find this exact Rocky (in black and white) somewhere else in the eNewsletter? If you find him, email us at
and let us know where he was placed. One winner will be picked from all the entries emailed on the first day of the month and will get a WIU Prize Pack! Good luck!

****Congratulations to the March winner--Carol Berry Schwartz '99 '01. She discovered Rocky on the College of Education and Human Services page. Congratulations to the April winner--Marion Lowe Breen '89. She discovered Rocky on the Student Life page.****


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