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New University Libraries Dean Michael Lorenzen; Glad to be Back in the Midwest

Michael LorenzenFor Michael Lorenzen, moving back to the Midwest brought a welcome change to his family of four. The new Western Illinois University Libraries' dean, who is originally from Ohio, left his post as associate dean for public services at Western Washington University and took the helm of Western's libraries, effective July 15.

"The west coast is beautiful, but it's expensive and it's not home. I very much prefer being here, closer to family. I like the cornfields and the flat earth. I guess it makes me feel reassured," he noted with a smile.

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Malpass Mini-Golf Video Debuts

The second annual Malpass Mini-Golf fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 02, 2013 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Leslie F. Malpass Library. Justin Georges and his Library Instruction team recently completed a video for the event, which can be viewed on YouTube.

"Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, with nearly 200 people playing our 12-hole miniature golf course inside Malpass Library," says Michael Jones M.S. ‘12, Director of Development for University Libraries. "We raised nearly $2,500 for the Library Atrium Society, and we are looking for even bigger numbers this year."

Holes will be dispersed throughout the building, where faculty, staff and students will be on hand to talk about library services and offer any assistance. The Macomb Park District’s Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center will once again sponsor the event, providing equipment and obstacles like the popular “frog” and “penguin” from last year’s event. New features this year include redesigned holes, entertainment, refreshments and event t-shirts.

Proceeds benefit the Library Atrium Society, which supports University Libraries’ effort to expand educational resources for WIU students, faculty, staff and the general public. Hole sponsorships are available, and for more information please contact Michael Jones at or at 309-298-2356.

Malpass Mini-Golf

The 2012 Malpass Mini-Golf event raised nearly $2,500
last year for the Library Atrium Society.




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