Alumni Memories

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association is pleased to share the following photos and stories with you. Our Alumni and Friends are so very proud of Western and they want to share with others the experiences they have had since they left Western as well as some of their greatest memories. If you would like to post something to our Alumni Memories page, please email Alumni staff will review all submissions and update this page on a monthly basis.

October 2008

WIU Alumni in Alaska

WIU alumni in Alaska

WIU alumni Patricia Smith Roderick '68 and Don Oberg '61 at the Kenai Alaska Senior Center. As they were discussing the Olympics during a dinner, Don said he went to college on a swimming scholarship. When Patricia asked where, he said that she wouldn't know the school. It was in Western Illinois University. When Patricia said that she had gone to Western Illinois University, they were both surprised. Don came to Alaska in 1964 and was a teacher for 30 years on the Kenai Peninsula. Patricia taught for 30 years in Illinois. She and her husband traveled to Alaska in 1996 for a three week vacation; they then decided to retire there where she and her husband ended up having dinner in 2008 with the Obergs.