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Think Purple! Think Success! Think Western!
WIU Alumnus Scenic Designer for CBS' Super Bowl Productions
Rocky on Parade | New Western Commitment Transfer Scholarships
Western Wednesdays in Downtown Chicago

Join the WIU Alumni Association in the West!
See JERSY BOYS with WIU in Peoria | Stay Tuned for The Purple Chair


Think Purple! Think Success! Think Western!

Think Purple

Think Purple, Think Success... It all starts at Western Illinois University! We hope you will enjoy the latest 15 second Think Purple video that aired on the big screen in movie theaters and on television throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Visit YouTube to watch the video.

WIU Alumnus Scenic Designer for CBS' Super Bowl Productions

Michael KramerBefore CBS broadcasters converge on downtown New Orleans (LA) for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, one Western Illinois University graduate will have a hand in designing the stages from where they will speak to the world.

Michael Kramer, a 2000 Theatre Master of Fine Arts graduate, is working as a senior designer with the New Orleans-based Solomon Group to design the stages that CBS programming will use during the week leading up to the Super Bowl game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Rocky on Parade

Rocky on ParadeA dog walk throughout Macomb will take on a whole new meaning beginning in October 2013.

Inspired by successful projects like Cows on Parade in Chicago, Western Illinois University Art Professor Bill Howard conceived the idea for Rocky On Parade, a public art project that will feature life-size fiberglass bulldogs decorated by area artists. Visitors can pick up a map at the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and other locations to follow the "dog walk" to view the Rocky sculptures.

On Oct. 3, at the annual WIU Alumni Association's Town and Gown Celebration, 12 Rocky sculptures will be debuted, along with their sponsors, and located throughout the City of Macomb and WIU campus, as part of the inaugural Rocky on Parade project sponsored by the WIU Department of Art.

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New Western Commitment Transfer Scholarships

Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees and President Jack Thomas recently approved a new program to provide scholarships to qualified students who transfer to Western beginning this fall.

The new Western Commitment Transfer Scholarships will provide new transfer students who have earned an associate's degree and minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) with one-time $1,000 scholarships. Students not meeting the GPA requirement will receive $400 awards to buy their books from the University Bookstore.

"We want to reflect our core values in everything we do," Thomas said. "The new $1,000 scholarship for transfer students, such as students who qualify for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, reflects our commitment to academic excellence. The new $400 book award reflects our commitment to educational opportunity. We want to continue to make working with our community college partners throughout the region a priority in order for students to successfully complete their four-year degrees."

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Western Wednesdays in Downtown Chicago

Your WIU Alumni Association started an amazing tradition last year 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! Due to it's success, our tradition continues....only we have moved it to Western Wednesdays! Our next installment of Western Wednesdays will take place on February 6 at The Stretch Bar and Grill in Chicago from 5:00 to 7:00 pm!

Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Stretch Bar & Grill
3485 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
5:00-7:00 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 Our March 6 Western Wednesdays will be in Naperville at Features.

Western Wednesdays

Join the WIU Alumni Association in the West!

Meet Alumni Director Amy Spelman ’98 and Associate Alumni Director Amanda Shoemaker ’11 in the Tucson AND Phoenix areas. Register today and join us at one or both of these great Leatherneck events!

Tucson-Area Alumni & Friends Social

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Dr., Oro Valley, AZ
4:00-6:00 p.m. Social
Delectable hors d’oeuvres & cash bar

Phoenix-Area Alumni & Friends Social
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Mint Restaurant & Ultra Lounge, 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
6:00-8:00 p.m. Social
Tantalizing hors d’oeuvres & cash bar

Register today!

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 the Alumni Association 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, IL

Stay Tuned for The Purple Chair

The Purple Chair


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 January winner--Andy Markoya '02. He discovered Rocky on the Athletics page in the January issue.
Congratulations to the February winner--Dougal Nelson '98 He discovered Rocky on the University Libraries page in the January issue ****


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