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Six to Receive the Alumni Achievement Award
Western Illinois University Begins National Search for Head Football Coach
Around the World in Three Days|Start Wearing Purple
Western Wednesdays in Wheeling
|Join WIU in Florida in January
See JERSEY BOYS with WIU in Peoria


Six to Receive the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award

John HendersonPam HoffmanCraig Neader

Bill PauldingMichael D. ShonrockCarin Stutz


Six Western Illinois University alumni have been selected to receive the WIU Alumni Achievement Award at the Saturday, Dec. 15 Commencement exercises.

This year's Alumni Achievement recipients are John B. Henderson, president and CEO of Frank Lynn & Associates, Inc.; Pamela S. Hoffman, an English faculty member at Oakland Community College; Craig R. Neader, founder and owner of The Neader Financial Group; William J. Paulding, founder of STAFFLOGIX Corporation; Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia (KS) State University; and Carin Stutz, Chief Executive Officer of Cosi, Inc.

Western's Alumni Achievement Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions in one or more of the following: exceptional accomplishment in one's chosen field of endeavor; exceptional service in community affairs at the local, state or national levels; or exceptional service in support of the advancement and continued excellence of WIU.

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Western Illinois University Begins National Search for Head Football Coach

WIU FootballA national search is underway for a head football coach at Western Illinois University to continue the institution's proud football tradition. It was announced last week that Mark Hendrickson would not return as head coach of the Leathernecks.

Hendrickson ended his tenure with a record of 18-32 in five seasons as head coach, which included parts of the 2008 season (seven games) and the 2009 season (eight games) as the acting head coach.

"For the past 14 years Macomb has been our home. My family and I feel blessed to be a part of this special community and are grateful for the many friendships we have developed here," said Hendrickson.

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Around the World in Three Days

InternationalizationA trip around the world in three days may seem like the plot of a work of fiction, but recently Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas and Rick Carter, executive director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, visited nine countries, all within the D.C. area, in 72 hours.

As part of the University's internationalization efforts, Thomas and Carter met with embassy officials from South Korea, Japan, Peru, China, Ecuador, Brazil, Botswana, Thailand and Chile Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The purpose of the visits, Carter explained, was to introduce Western to these countries and to establish relationships with the various countries' educational leaders.

"Our goal is to increase the number of international students who select Western as their college of choice, as well as to enhance our study abroad, internship and academic cohort opportunities," Carter explained.

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Western Wednesdays in Wheeling

Your WIU Alumni Association started an amazing tradition in November 2011 with the first of many Western After Hours! Hundreds of alumni joined us on the first Thursday of every month for great food, great conversation and a few beverages! We are excited to announce that due to it's success, we're continuing our tradition only moving it to Western Wednesdays! Our next installment of Western Wednesdays will take place on December 5 at RAM Restaurant and Brewery in Wheeling, IL from 5:00 to 7:00 pm!

Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
RAM Restaurant and Brewery
700 Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
(There is no charge for this event.)

Social, light appetizers while they last & cash bar - FREE

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

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See JERSEY BOYS with WIU in Peoria

Jersey BoysThe Broadway hit JERSEY BOYS is coming to central Illinois and your WIU Alumni Association wants to invite you to join us at a performance.

“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, a musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons. Winner of a Tony Award and a Grammy Award, among others, join President Jack Thomas and Alumni Director Amy Spelman ’98 for an exciting performance of JERSEY BOYS, right here in central Illinois on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Prior to the performance, we will meet at the Peoria Civic Center for a reception at 5:30 p.m.; the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available on the main floor and in the first balcony. Prices for each ticket include the pre-performance reception. You may pick up your tickets at the pre-performance social; they will not be mailed to you.

Do not miss this great opportunity to see a Broadway classic in central Illinois. Register today before our group tickets sell out. You can do so at or call Alumni Programs at 309-298-1914. We look forward to seeing you in Peoria.

Peoria Alumni & Friends Event - Social & JERSEY BOYS performance Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave
Peoria, Illinois

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****Congratulations to the November winner--Tom Pachuta '94. He discovered Rocky on the Foundation and Development page in the November issue.
Congratulations to the December winner--Tim Adams '11. He discovered Rocky on the Student Services page in the December issue.

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