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WIU in the News

WIU Designated Tree Campus USA for Fifth Consecutive Year

Dance Marathon April 1 to Raise $100,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

More Top Honors for University Marketing's, University Relations' Marketing, Social Media Programs

Mayor Proclaims March 28 WIU Leatherneck Women's Basketball Day

WIU Nursing Students Take Spring Break Mission Trip to Haiti

WIU Ag Students Win National Honors

College Department News

Upcoming Alumni & Friends Events this month

Alumni Benefits

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Recent Alumni & Friends Events Around the World


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In this Issue
Western Illinois University Women’s Basketball What. A. Season.
WIU Broadcasting Students Win Award for Best Newscast in the Nation
College Choice Ranks WIU Among the Best Online Colleges in Illinois

Sutton: 2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer
Join WIU for Purple & Gold Day 2017 and Take the Western Challenge
Alumni & Friends Events in Chicago, Springfield and Washington D.C.

Western Illinois University Women’s Basketball What. A. Season.

WIU Broadcasting Students Win Awards for Best in the Nation

Broadcasting StudentsThe student-produced television newscast, "Live at Four," was named the top newscast in the nation during the 77th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System's (IBS) awards Saturday, March 4 in New York.

The nation's top award went to the 30-minute live production that aired Nov. 17, 2016 when students reported live from Canton, IL, one day after a major gas explosion downtown.

NEWS3 students Emily Manley, a senior broadcasting major from Highland, IL; Megan Sanchez, a senior broadcasting major from Bettendorf, IA; Dan White, a senior broadcasting major from La Grange Highlands, IL; and Cora English, a senior broadcasting major from Bushnell, IL, led news staff in the production and execution of the newscast.

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In addition, for the second year, Western Illinois University senior broadcasting major Redrick Terry, of Rock Island, IL, has been honored with the Best Video Play-By-Play Award by the National Broadcasting System (NBS) during its convention in New York last weekend.

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College Choice Ranks WIU Among the Best Online Colleges in Illinois

Best Illinois Online CollegesCollege Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has recognized Western Illinois University as a 2017 Best Online College in Illinois. Western, which is number four on the list, was among eight Illinois public universities ranked in the top 23 as a Best Online College.

According to College Choice, the 2017 ranking for the Best Online Colleges in Illinois is developed by reviewing data from multiple sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics' IPEDS database, Payscale, U.S.News and World Report and individual college websites. Factors reviewed include academic quality and return on investment.

WIU offers 462 online classes (318 undergraduate; 143 graduate) and seven degree programs, including the longstanding Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS), which offers students the option of obtaining their degree entirely via distance learning opportunities, or a combination of on-campus and distance learning classes.

Sutton: 2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

Christopher Sutton, professor of geography, has been named the Western Illinois University 2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. He presented "The Power of Maps" at the annual lecture last month.

Sutton joined Western's faculty in 1998 as assistant professor and environmental studies minor adviser in the Department of Geography, after working as an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver and assistant professor at Northwestern State University. During his tenure at Western, he has served as the environmental studies minor adviser; graduate program coordinator, and also as department chair from 2002-06.

Western has honored outstanding faculty for 48 years with an annual award, first named the Annual Faculty Lecturer and now known as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. In 1969, Victor Hicken, history, presented "Swing of the Pendulum" as the inaugural Faculty Lecturer.

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Join WIU for Purple & Gold Day 2017 and Take the Western Challenge

You are invited to join us for Purple and Gold Day 2017!

Purple and Gold Day 2017

Send us your video using one word to descibe your Western experience!

Alumni & Friends Events in Downtown Chicago, Springfield and Washington D.C. this Month

Join Western Illinois University and your WIU Alumni Association ...

Western Wednesdays
April 5 - Western Wednesdays After-Hours in Downtown Chicago at Howells and Hood

April 5 - Springfield Alumni & Friends Reception at President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

April 12 - Washington D.C. Alumni & Friends Social at Fiola

June 3 - Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field

Cubs vs. Cards

Homecoming & Reunion 2017

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--Amanda Rubio Dime '05. She discovered Rocky on the College of Arts and Sciences page.****


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