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In this Issue

WIU, SRC Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement
WIU Coffee-Naming Contest
Alumnus Named Indiana Superintendent of the Year
WIU's First Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk
Western After Hours in Downtown Chicago

Enjoy Two Fabulous Evenings of Wine Tasting with WIU

Join the WIU Alumni Association in Missouri and Wisconsin


WIU, SRC Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

For many years, Western Illinois University and Spoon River College have worked together as partners as part of a traditional transfer agreement. In October, Western and SRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which allows students to transfer coursework from WIU to meet their remaining graduation requirements for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Spoon River College.

"We are pleased to enter into this new agreement with Spoon River College to create additional educational opportunities for individuals in this region," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "This Memorandum of Understanding further strengthens our partnership with Spoon River College, and provides a seamless educational pipeline for all learners."

According to Ken Hawkinson '78 '79, provost and academic vice president at Western, coursework transferred from the four-year university to the two-year college is commonly referred to as "reverse transfer."

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WIU Coffee-Naming Contest

Western Illinois University alumni, students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to name a new coffee flavor after some aspect of WIU.

Mosaic, with local offices in Macomb and Bushnell, has asked the Western Illinois University community to name a WIU-themed coffee flavor in a "Think Purple" coffee-naming contest, which will run through Monday, Nov. 5.

All entries should be emailed to and must be received on or before midnight on Nov. 5. The winning entry will receive a coffee-related prize package, including the named brand.

The coffee will be sold on retail shelves at Hy-Vee, Schnucks and The Old Dairy, as well as at other local retailers. The newly named coffee will also be available at wholesale for WIU fundraisers.

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Alumnus Named Indiana Superintendent of the Year

Craig HintzWestern Illinois University alumnus Craig J. Hintz '80 was recently named 2013 Indiana Superintendent of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS).

According to the IAPSS, Hintz is superintendent of Warsaw Community School Corp. in Indiana, and as result of the honor, he becomes the representative in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program. Hintz has served as Warsaw Community Schools superintendent since 2009.

Hintz previously served as a school improvement specialist in Minnesota; an associate deputy and associate superintendent for the Minneapolis Public Schools; associate superintendent for the Minnetonka (MN) Public Schools; superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indianapolis; and an administrator and teacher in the North Scott (Iowa) Community School District.

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WIU's First Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk

You are cordially invited to join other Western Illinois University alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends for the Inaugural Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Funds raised will benefit the Fallen Soldier Scholarship established in memory of two WIU alumni, Army Capt. Derek Dobogai ’03  and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin ‘93, who lost their lives in service to our country.

Come out and get some exercise and support a good cause in honor of Veterans' Day 2012. Western Illinois University's Employee Wellness Committee, the Veterans Resource Center and the WIU Foundation have joined together to sponsor the first Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk Nov. 10 beginning and ending on the east lawn of the WIU Spencer Student Recreation Center.

The entry fee is $20 per person. Race day registration will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. Participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal; other prizes will be awarded to winners in a variety of categories, including overall race finish, gender, age group and winning team. Money raised will be directed toward the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and service members currently enrolled at Western. Additional donations are welcome.

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Western After Hours in Downtown Chicago - Kicking off our second year by moving to Western Wednesdays

Introducing Western Wednesdays! Your WIU Alumni Association started an amazing tradition last November 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 inaugural Western Wednesdays will take place on Nov. 7 at Primebar in Downtown Chicago from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m! Join College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) Dean Sterling Saddler, COEHS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dale Adkins, Assistant to the COEHS Dean Dana Moon '98 '01 and Associate Alumni Director Amanda Shoemaker '11 for a great evening in Chicago.

Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, November 7
155 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
5–7 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, call 309-298-1914 or email

Enjoy Two Fabulous Evenings of Wine Tasting with WIU

Wine Tasting Galesburg and MonmouthJoin Alumni Director Amy Spelman and grab your friends to enjoy one or both of these unique events while reconnecting with your alma mater!

Galesburg Alumni & Friends Event
Wednesday, November 7
Vintages Tasting Room
215 E. Main St., Galesburg, IL
6-8 p.m.

Join us in the Vintages Tasting Room for a wine tasting with three delicious wines and food pairings!

Monmouth Alumni & Friends Event
Thursday, November 8
Market Alley Wines
59 Public Square, Monmouth, IL
6-8 p.m.

Award-winning Market Alley Wines owner and WIU alumnus Susan Kaufman ’88 will be presenting a variety of wines while guests are serenaded by a live jazz pianist.

To register, visit or call 309-298-1914.

Join the WIU Alumni Association in Our Neighboring States of Missouri and Wisconsin

Join the WIU Alumni Association at Mizzou Arena (600 East Stadium Boulevard, Columbia, MO) to cheer on the Leathernecks as they face off against the Tigers!

Head Coach JD Gravina plans to join us for a portion of the social.

WIU vs. Missouri Pregame Social & Women's Basketball Game
Thursday, November 15
Mizzou Arena
600 East Stadium Blvd., Columbia, MO
5:30 p.m. Social & 7:00 p.m Game
Game time is tentatively set for 7 p.m. Our social will begin 1.5 hours prior to tip-off. All times are subject to change.
Pizza, beer and wine, game ticket & social - $15/person
Pizza, beer and wine, & social only - $10/person
You are required to have a game ticket to attend the social.

Our event will be located in a private luxury suite within Mizzou Arena. Guests are welcome to watch the game from the suite or the general admissions seating area.

Pabst MansionAnd then, at the end of the month, kick-off the holidays with your Western Illinois Alumni Association!

Milwaukee Alumni & Friends Event
Thursday, November 29
The Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI
6-8 p.m.

Tour the elaborately decorated rooms while enjoying scrumptious hors d'oeuvres!

To register, visit or call 309-298-1914.



Order Survival SAAcks

****Congratulations to the October winner--Tedra Clements '97. She discovered Rocky on the General Studies page in the October issue.****

****Congratulations to the November winner--Tom Pachuta '94. He discovered Rocky on the Foundation and Development page in the November issue.****Rocky

Can 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!



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