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Epperson Gift Achieves WIU's Campaign Goal
Fall 2013 Enrollment: ACT, GPA Numbers Up, Quad Cities and International Student Enrollment Increase
WIU Homecoming is less than two weeks away
WIU: 2014 Military Friendly School
U.S.News Again Ranks WIU a 'Best Midwestern University'
Western Wednesdays in Glenview
Kick off Homecoming 2013 with Celebrating Town & Gown...and then join us for a number of October events


Epperson Gift Achieves WIU's Campaign Goal

Ken and Lorraine EppersonThe Western Illinois University Foundation is pleased to announce that its Higher Values in Higher Education Campaign has met its $60 million goal with a most generous gift from distinguished alums, longtime friends and loyal supporters Dr. Ken '46 '52 and Lorraine Epperson '48 '52.

"Our commitment to Western and to this campaign is a gift of love and appreciation for what Western has meant to us, and an investment in the future of Western and the Center for Performing Arts," said Lorraine.

The Epperson's seven-figure gift, a combination of an outright gift and a bequest, directs $1.5 million to the long-anticipated Center for Performing Arts (CPA) to be located on the southwest side of campus along Western Avenue. Both Ken and Lorraine selflessly worked to bring a Center for Performing Arts to the campus of Western Illinois University and the Macomb community since 1970s.

"The Foundation and WIU are thrilled that this noteworthy gift, the one that achieves our campaign goal, comes from Kenny and Lorraine," said Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Brad Bainter '79 '83. "Their relationship with Western and their history of giving, both of their time and resources, makes this particular gift and attaining this goal all the more meaningful. Truly, all of Western is grateful to them for all they do."

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Fall 2013 Enrollment: ACT, GPA Numbers Up, Quad Cities and International Student Enrollment Increase

While Western Illinois University has seen a decline in its total enrollment for Fall 2013, the average ACT score for incoming freshmen at Western now exceeds both the state and national averages, increasing to 21.1 compared to 20.7 in 2012, and the average high school GPA increased to 3.11 in Fall 2013 compared to 3.04 in 2012, according to 10-day enrollment reports.

Total enrollment is 11,707, down 4.1 percent (498 students) from Fall 2012, while the new freshman enrollment is 1,652, down from 1,754 in Fall 2012.

According to Admissions Director Andy Borst, the decrease in freshmen is due largely to 22.4 percent fewer students enrolling through WIU's alternative admissions program. Fall 2013 enrollment at the Western-Macomb campus is 10,205, a decrease of 623 students from Fall 2012 (10,828 total). Enrollment for the Quad Cities campus is 1,502 compared to 1,377 last year.

"While we acknowledge that we face significant recruiting challenges, including a declining number of high school graduates in the state of Illinois and an increasingly competitive market, we are pleased by the academic quality of this year's freshmen. We will continue to recruit high-achieving students within the state and beyond," noted WIU President Jack Thomas.

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WIU Homecoming is less than two weeks away

Homecoming 2013Return to campus and join us for WIU's 90th Homecoming on Oct. 11-12. We will also honor the 25/40/50/60 Year Reunion classes of 1953, 1963, 1973 and 1988. Register today!

2013 Homecoming Schedule

5-9 p.m. All-Alumni Social, Alumni House (Complimentary food, beer, wine and soda; cash bar available)

7-7:45 a.m. Old Stompin' Ground Runaround Registration, Alumni House
8 a.m. Old Stompin' Ground Runaround: 5K Run/1.5 mile walk
8:30 a.m. Reunion Recognition Brunch & Social, Alumni House
9:30 a.m. All-Alumni Breakfast, Alumni House (Complimentary coffee and donuts)
10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade
Noon-3 p.m. Alumni Cookout - Menu: burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips, pasta salad, cupcakes, drinks and cash bar - The Right Place - tent directly north of Hanson Field
3 p.m. Leathernecks Football Game vs. South Dakota State - Hanson Field

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Homecoming Video

WIU: 2014 Military Friendly School

Military FriendlyFor the fifth consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been named a "Military Friendly School" and will again be featured in the "G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools," among other Victory Media publications.

According to Victory Media, the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The list of Military Friendly Schools, which features 1,868 institutions, was compiled through research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.

"Western's commitment to student-veterans is a part of our history and our institutional mission. We are pleased that G.I. Jobs recognized Western Illinois University for the fourth consecutive year, and that our student-veterans have given us high marks for the services our University provides," said WIU President Jack Thomas.

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U.S.News Again Ranks WIU a 'Best Midwestern University'

For the ninth consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been ranked among the best regional universities in U.S.News and World Report's annual College Rankings 2014 edition.

In the U.S.News and World Report rankings, Western is listed 48th of 110 public and private schools on the top tier list of "Best Regional Universities." The institutions appearing on the "Best Regional Universities" list provide a full range of undergraduate majors and masters' programs, but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The rankings are based on several measures: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Of the 39 public universities included, Western is ranked 13th among the 110 Midwestern universities recognized as a "Best Midwestern University."

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Western Wednesdays in Glenview

Western WednesdaysWe had a great time at our September Western Wednesdays event in Chicago. If you missed us, be sure to join us for our next installment in Glenview tomorrow night, Oct. 2. Your WIU Alumni Association began a new tradition in 2011 with the first of many Western After Hours! Hundreds of alumni have joined us every month for great food, great conversation and a few beverages. We are continuing our tradition with Western Wednesdays!

Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Yard House Glenview
1880 Tower Drive
Glenview, 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

Kick off Homecoming 2013 with Celebrating Town & Gown...and then join us for a number of October events

We hope you will join us to help Western Illinois University and Macomb start WIU Homecoming 2013 in style. Celebrating Town and Gown will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 to celebrate all President Jack Thomas and Mayor Mike Inman have accomplished over the last year for the WIU and Macomb communities! The Town & Gown and Honorary Alumni Awards will be presented during the short program.

Rocky on Parade will also be unveiled at the event this year. Join the sponsors in seeing the 14 special Rocky sculptures as they are unveiled for the very first time! After the unveiling, the larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures, each with a unique design created by regional artists, will be on long-term display throughout the WIU campus and Macomb community. We hope you will save the date and join us for a great evening in Macomb!

Celebrating Town & Gown 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Forum
124 North Lafayette Street, Macomb, IL
5:30-7:30 p.m. with a short program at 6:15 p.m.
$20 per person: includes tantalizing hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar

Two days later, join your WIU Alumni Association for a pre-game social and then root on the Leathernecks as they take on the Illinois State Redbirds in Normal on Saturday, October 5.

WIU vs. ISU Pregame Social & Football Game in Normal
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Redbird Tent Zone
Field 2 behind the U-High parking lot, Normal, IL
Pregame social: 11:30 a.m. Kickoff: 2:00 p.m.
$36 per person: includes pregame social, food, drinks and game ticket
Menu: Hamburgers; hot dogs; potato chips; cookies; and drinks

Just two days before Homecoming, join us at the Figge Museum for Jazz and More featuring the special exhibition "A New Deal for Illinois - The Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois University."

WPA Exhibit at the Figge Art Museum
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Figge Art Museum
225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA
6:00-8:00 p.m.
$15 per person: includes social, exhibition tour, food, cash bar and performance by WIU faculty/student jazz combo

Then, join your WIU Alumni Association for the following events later in October.

Los Angeles Alumni & Friends Social
Monday, October 21, 2013
Trastevere Ristorante
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Suite #423, Hollywood, CA
6:00-8:00 p.m.
$20 per person: includes social, hors d’oeuvres & cash bar

Portland Alumni & Friends Social
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Widmer Brothers Brewing & Pub
947 N. Russell St., Portland, OR
5:30-7:30 p.m.
$20 per person: includes social, hors d’oeuvres & cash bar

Seattle Alumni & Friends Social
Thursday, October 26, 2013
Daniel's Broiler
809 Fairview Place N., Seattle, WA
5:30-7:30 p.m.
$25 per person: includes social, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and complimentary drinks
$15 per person: includes social and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres only

To register for any of the above events, call 309-298-1914, fax 309-298-2914 or go online.

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 September winner--Sharon Miller '94. She discovered Rocky on the College of Education and Human Services page.****


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