Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets on a quarterly basis at WIU. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.
NEXT MEETING: Friday, October 7, 2016
Western Illinois University
2017 Alumni Council Meetings
- September 29
A letter from the Alumni Council President
Greetings WIU Alumni and Friends,
For the past six years it has been my privilege to serve on the Alumni Council as one of 26 members representing over 130,000 alumni worldwide. I am now at the beginning of a two-year term as President of the Council. It is an honor to be selected to serve our alumni and University in this way.
Western has been a part of my life for many years. My favorite 7th and 8th grade art teacher, Betty Post-Cutler ‘53, introduced me to Western. She shared her memories of classes, professors, friends and experiences with us. In my young mind, Western sounded far away and very exciting. It was because of Mrs. Cutler that I knew where I wanted to go to college. Thanks to that influential art teacher, when I came to Western in the Fall of 1966 I knew immediately that I was exactly where I should be and was ready to make my own memories. Mrs. Cutler was so committed to WIU that that she left a bequest of her estate to the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Recital Hall and the lobby has been named in her memory.
Shared memories can define a culture, and the culture at Western is unique. At the many WIU Alumni events offered throughout the year, we meet fellow alumni and friends for the first time or we reconnect after many years. Always during their conversations we hear, “Do you remember…?” It never matters if they graduated in the 1950’s or 2000’s, lived on campus or off, or participated in campus organizations or athletics. Everyone has shared memories of their years at Western.
So, as President, I have a challenge for you. During the next year, I hope you will attend an alumni event in your area, or come to homecoming (Oct. 3) and reconnect with Western. Share your memories of Western with others whenever the opportunity presents itself. Western prepared us for life. Continue to be an active part of Western’s unique culture. BE A LIFETIME LEATHERNECK!
My own challenge for this year is to meet as many alumni as I am possibly able. And, when we see each other at Western or elsewhere, I hope you will introduce yourself so we can share some of our great WIU memories.
Carol Lewis Scott ‘70
Alumni Council Members Sought
The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the application form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to A-Association@wiu.edu only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Or, click here to print off and then fill out the application form.
2015 - 2016 Council Members
- Joe Brenner 2002
- Eldon Brown 1996
- Kirk W. Dillard 1977 (Ex Officio Member)
- Amber Duncan 2000
- Kellie Esters 1993
- Shawn Johnson 1996
- Jana Knupp 2002, 2004
- Tom Henderson 1973
- Erika Lowe 2009
- Jeff McElroy 1997 - Past President
- John Meixner 1995, 2005
- Phil Nathe 1981
- Mishelle Oaks 1997
- Tom O'Brien 2007
- Liz Parker 2017
- Joe Roselieb 2007, 2009
- Matt Saey 2006
- John Sanders 1974 - Vice President
- Brian Savage 1973 - Secretary
- Carol Scott 1970 - President
- Gayle Spencer 1987
- Dan Szajna 2000
- Tye Taylor 1979
- Tom Tomaszewski 1970, 1972
- Matthew Toland 2005, 2010
- Shane Van Vleet 2002
- Chris Wheeler 1997, 2000
Alumni Council Featured Member
Jana Knupp 2002 2004
Degree: Bachelor in Science degree in agriculture and Master's in Business Administration, both from WIU.
Business Information: Instructor in the WIU School of Agriculture
Advice for Freshman: School is your job so treat it like one. Show up. Participate. Take chances outside of your comfort zone. Think outside of the box. Be different. Respect your professors and peers. And of course never miss an opportunity to have fun with your friends because you will spend the rest of your life wishing you could do it just one more time.
Favorite WIU Memory: You can never pick a favorite, but WIU allowed me to study abroad in Brazil for 5 weeks. Through this trip I lived with a family, studied Brazilian agriculture and culture. It was such an eye opening experience to see another part of the world and compare and contrast it with the world I was accustomed to. WIU gave me that opportunity.
Family Information/Special Interests and Hobbies: I have several family members who are Leathernecks and we are proud of it. My husband, Scott, is also a two-time Neck and we have three sons. Aside from chasing them, I enjoy photography, running, and promoting agriculture.