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In this Issue

Trustee Appointments | Be Social with the Alumni Association
Bachelor's in Fire Protection Approved
Student Alumni Leadership Council: Philanthropy Day
Alumnus Donates Lincoln Portrait to Western Illinois University
Show Your Leatherneck Pride in Washington D.C., Chicago and Tennessee


Trustee Appointments

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced appointments to Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees.

Trustee appointments include WIU alumnus Roger Clawson '77, a State Farm agent, of Moline and Yvonne Savala, the operations director at the Midwest Intellectual Property Management Institute, of Moline. Carolyn Ehlert Fuller, retired from Deere & Company as director of Public Affairs & Program Support, Public Affairs Worldwide, of Milan was re-appointed.

Other trustees include WIU Alumni Lyneir Cole '87, child welfare specialist at Sequin Services, of Chicago and Bill Epperly '68, owner of Stoneage Marketing, of Chicago; Cathy Early, a State Farm agent and 1997 honorary alumnus, of Macomb; and Phil Hare, former U.S. Representative for the 17th Congressional District, of Rock Island. D'Angelo Taylor, a WIU student, will serve as the student trustee through June 30, 2013.

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Be Social with the Alumni Association!

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association invites you to
Alumni Social Media

Please join us for any of the 60+ WIU Alumni & Friends Events across the nation each year, but don’t forget, we are always just a click away too!

Like us on FACEBOOK to stay in the loop on upcoming events and exciting WIU news, including the opportunity to participate in fun contests and win great prizes.

Follow us on TWITTER to get up to the minute news, updates and insight into everything WIU.

Track us on FLICKR to see fun photos of WIU alumni and friends from our various events throughout the year.

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Bachelor's in Fire Protection Approved

For nearly 34 years, Western Illinois University has offered educational opportunities to firefighters from across the United States, first with its Open Learning Fire Services program in 1979 designed solely for fire professionals and later with distance learning degree and certification opportunities in fire administration. Beginning in Fall 2013, the University will offer its first bachelor's degree in fire protection.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) recently approved the Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services at Western. The degree program is expected to enroll approximately 75 students in the first year, according to Terry Mors, director of the WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA).

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Student Alumni Leadership Council: Philanthropy Day

SALCYesterday, the Western Illinois University Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) joined over 120 educational institutions worldwide to participate in the inaugural Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day.

SALC hosted a "Thank You" campaign at the Alumni House to recognize the continued support and participation that Western and the Alumni Association have received from local alumni, faculty, staff, community members and friends over the past year. WIU students gathered at the Alumni House to send more than 700 handwritten thank-you notes to alumni in the Macomb area. SALC invited the entire University student body to join in this outreach effort, said SALC Adviser and Alumni Programs Assistant Director Angeline Harpman '12. Thank you messages were posted on the WIU Alumni Association Facebook page.

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Alumnus Donates Lincoln Portrait to Western Illinois University

Lincoln Portrait DonatedBefore he became the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln sat for a portrait in June 1860 and three sets of glass negatives were preserved.

Nearly 153 years later, Western Illinois University alumnus Matthew Toland '05 '10 donated a framed portrait, made from one of those sets of negatives, to his alma mater.

Toland, a 2005 graduate with a bachelor's degree in women's studies and a 2010 graduate with a master's degree in museum studies, currently works for the Campbell Center for Historical Preservation Studies in Mt. Carroll. He is also a member of the Illinois State Historical Society's Advisory Board and the WIU Alumni Council.

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Show Your Leatherneck Pride in Washington D.C., Chicago and Tennessee

Washington D.C. Alumni & Friends Social
Monday, March 4, 2013
Clyde's of Gallery Place, 7th Street Parlour
707 7th Street
Washington, D.C.
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Social, appetizers & cash bar - $15/person

You are invited to join WIU President Jack Thomas and Alumni Director Amy Spelman '98 for a Leatherneck social in the Nation's Capital!

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Western Wednesdays After-Hours in Naperville
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Features Bar & Grill
10 W. Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL
5:00–7:00 p.m.

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

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

We had a great time at our February Western Wednesdays event in downtown Chicago. If you missed us, be sure to join us for our next installment in Naperville this month. Your WIU Alumni Association started an amazing tradition more than a year ago with the first of many Western After Hours! Hundreds of alumni joined us every month for great food, great conversation and a few beverages! We are continuing our tradition with Western Wednesdays!


Western Wednesdays

Memphis Alumni & Friends Social
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Napa Café
5101 Sanderlin Suite 122
Memphis, TN
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Social, delectable hors d’oeuvres & cash bar - $16/person

Nashville Alumni & Friends Social
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Cantina Laredo
592 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Social, gourmet Mexican appetizer buffet & cash bar - $20/person

The WIU Alumni Association is bringing WIU to Tennessee for two events, hosted by President Jack Thomas, 2006 Honorary Doctorate recipients Norm ’67 and Carmelita Teeter, Vice President Brad Bainter ’79 ’83 and Alumni Director Amy Spelman ’98. Be sure to register for one or both of these great events. We hope to see you in Tennessee!

If cost for any event is an issue, please contact the Alumni Association.


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 February winner--Dougal Nelson '98. He discovered Rocky on the University Libraries page in the February issue. Congratulations to the March winner--Steve Sarver '92. He discovered Rocky on the WIU Quad Cities page in the March issue.****


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