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In this Issue

Quinn Releases Center for Performing Arts Funding
Lavin to Receive the 2014 WIU Distinguished Alumni Award
Edwards to Receive Honorary Doctorate
Wright Named Menís Basketball Head Coach
Western Wednesdays in Quad Cities area (Moline), Chicago area (Plainfield) and Washington D.C.
Join your WIU Alumni Association in Indiana
2014 Golf Outings: Unlike anything youíve ever played in beFORE
Announcing WIU Chicago Homecoming September 15-20 and WIU vs. Northwestern

 

Quinn Releases Center for Performing Arts Funding

Performing Arts Center Funds Released

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the release of $60 million for the construction of Western Illinois University's The Center for Performing Arts (CPA) in Macomb. Quinn made the announcement at an event on the Macomb campus April 23.

"We are elated that Gov. Quinn has released the full funding for the construction of The Center for Performing Arts in Macomb," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "We are excited about beginning construction on this new facility that will benefit our students, faculty and staff, as well as the region. We want to thank President Emeritus Al Goldfarb who worked tirelessly in obtaining the funding for this project prior to his retirement. We also want to thank our local and regional legislators, businesses, alumni, friends, donors, the General Assembly and the governor for their continued support."

The $71.8 million capital project is funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB). While the CDB funded the renovation of Memorial Hall and the construction of the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, a new building on Western's Macomb campus has not been funded through the state since the Leslie F. Malpass Library in the 1970s.

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Lavin to Receive the 2014 WIU Distinguished Alumni Award

Richard P. LavinThe outstanding accomplishments of Western Illinois University graduate Richard P. Lavin, president and chief executive officer of the Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) Inc., New Albany, OH, will be recognized Saturday, May 10 at the Spring 2014 Commencement exercises.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, given since 1973, recognizes alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have brought credit to the University and themselves through their professional accomplishments or community service at local, state or national levels and have extended meritorious service for the advancement and continued excellence of WIU.

Lavin, a 1976 sociology graduate, was appointed to his post at Commercial Vehicle Group in May 2013, following a successful 28-year career with Caterpillar, Inc. retiring as the group president of construction industries and growth markets.

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Edwards to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Sandra Keiser EdwardsSandra Keiser Edwards, deputy director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, will receive the Western Illinois University Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Western's Spring 2014 Commencement exercises Saturday, May 10.

The Honorary Doctorate is the highest award Western Illinois University can bestow upon an individual who has made significant contributions to his/her career and to Western Illinois University.

Keiser Edwards, a 1974 College Student Personnel master's degree graduate, has been a key member of the Crystal Bridges leadership team since 2007, overseeing the founding of the museum, as well as its construction and successful opening in November 2011. Since that time, the museum has welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors, with Keiser Edwards serving in the pivotal role of deputy director.

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Wright Named Menís Basketball Head Coach

Billy WrightBilly Wright is returning to the Fighting Leathernecks men’s basketball program. Western Illinois Director of Athletics Tommy Bell announced the hiring of Wright as the Leathernecks’ head coach. Wright was introduced at a press conference on April 15 in the University Union.

“I am truly thankful and excited about the opportunity to be the head coach at Western Illinois University,” said Wright. “I spent five years here working to rebuild the culture and winning tradition with Coach (Jim) Mo (Molinari), and now to have the opportunity to return as head coach and build upon what we started is truly a blessing.”

Wright spent five years (2009-13) at WIU as an assistant then associate head coach under Jim Molinari, who resigned in early April. After working at Ball State last season, he will take over as the 20th overall head coach in Western men’s basketball history, and fifth in the program’s Division I era.

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Western Wednesdays in Quad Cities area (Moline), Chicago area (Plainfield) and Washington D.C.

Western WednesdaysYour WIU Alumni Association began a tradition not long ago with the first of many Western Wednesdays After Hours! 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 May 7. We'll rotate every other month in the Quad Cities area and continue to rotate every other month in Chicago and Washington D.C! Hundreds of alumni joined us every month for great food, great conversation and a few beverages. We look forward to seeing our Quad Cities Alumni and Friends!

Inaugural Quad Cities Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 7
Barrel House 211 Restaurant & Bar
1321 5th Ave., Moline, IL
Social: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Social, light appetizers while they last & cash bar – FREE

Washington D.C. Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 28
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
900 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Social:  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 A-Association@wiu.edu.

Chicago Western Wednesdays Save the Date
Wednesday, June 4
Nevin’s in Plainfield

For the complete list and details of upcoming Western Wednesdays visit http://www.wiu.edu/alumni/westernwednesdays.php.

Join your WIU Alumni Association in Indiana

Indianapolis Alumni & Friends Social
Thursday, May 29
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
3815 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN
Social: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join your Western Illinois University Alumni Association, President Jack Thomas and Alumni Director Amy Spelman ’98 for a great evening in Indianapolis! Our social will be located in the Private Party Room of Cooper's Hawk!

Wine, cheese tasting with hors d'oeuvres & cash bar - $15

To register for this event, contact the WIU Alumni Association by calling 309-298-1914 or using our Online Event Registration.

2014 Golf Outings: Unlike anything youíve ever played in beFORE

Join us for the 2014 Western Illinois University Alumni Association’s Western Open and Quad Cities Golf Outings. We have exciting changes this year...

The Western Open Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
Monday, June 9
Seven Bridges Golf Club
One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge, IL
11:00 a.m. Registration; 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
4 Person Scramble
5:00 p.m. Social; 6:00 p.m. Dinner
18 holes, social, dinner, cash bar - $120
Social, dinner, cash bar - $20
Proceeds to support the President’s Scholarship Fund

Quad Cities Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
Monday, June 16
TPC Deere Run
3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis, IL
10:30 a.m. Registration; 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
4 Person Scramble
5:00 p.m. Social; 6:00 p.m. Dinner
18 holes, social, dinner, cash bar - $100
Social, dinner, cash bar - $22
Proceeds to benefit Alumni Association Scholarships

Both Outings Include:

  • Registration gift for all players – golf glove with custom WIU magnetic ball marker
  • Prepay option for activities all day:
    (2) mulligans; (5) 50/50 raffle tickets; (1) hand for Par 3 Poker Challenge; & (1) chance at water game - $40
  • Silent auction – WIU golf bag, custom WIU portable bar with umbrella & chairs and WIU chair
  • Proximity games & prizes
  • Par 3 Poker Challenge
  • Hole and Flag Sponsorships available

Golf GloveWIU Bar and Chairs Leatherneck Chair

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.

Announcing WIU Chicago Homecoming September 15-20 and WIU vs. Northwestern

In addition to our traditional WIU Homecoming, scheduled this year for Oct. 4 in Macomb, your Fighting Leathernecks take on the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday, Sept. 20 in Evanston, IL. We are pleased to announce WIU Chicago Homecoming being held all that week throughout the Chicago-land area. We'll be in Homewood Sept. 15, Arlington Heights Sept. 16, Schaumburg Sept. 17, LaGrange Sept. 18, downtown Chicago Sept. 19 and culminating with an all-day Homecoming-style celebration in Evanston to take on the Wildcats Sept. 20. Be sure to watch your email, mail and our website for all the details.

Be sure to save the date as your Fighting Leathernecks head to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers Sept. 6! Visit wiu.edu/alumni for more details.

 

RockyCan you find this exact Rocky (in black and white) somewhere else in the eNewsletter? If you find him, email us at
A-Association@wiu.edu
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 April winner--Marion Lowe Breen '89. She discovered Rocky on the Student Life page. Congratulations to the May winner--Beth Bansfield Rutherford '84. She discovered Rocky on the Athletics page.****

 

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