Purple & Gold Day April 24, 2017

P&G17You are invited to join us for Purple and Gold Day 2017 in Macomb and Denver! Western Illinois University and the WIU Alumni Association celebrated Purple and Gold Day 2015 with 15 simultaneous events around the world. For our 2020 celebration, we'll host 20 events around the world! For the years in between, we'll host Purple & Gold Day events in Macomb and one city each year from the original 15 cities:

 2017 - Macomb and Denver
2018 - Macomb and St. Louis
2019 - Macomb and Phoenix

 The Purple and Gold Day celebration began April 24, 2000, when the University closed its year-long 100-year celebration with the "Centennial Finale: A Celebration of Purple and Gold." That date in 2000 marked 100 years to the day (April 24, 1899) that the Illinois Legislature approved the creation of Western Illinois University, then Western Illinois State Normal School.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Macomb Purple & Gold Day
Time: TBA
  Location: TBA
Macomb, IL

Denver Purple & Gold Day
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Denver, CO

Events at each location will include an evening social with complimentary food and a cash bar. For details about each event location, visit

RSVP to a Purple & Gold Day Event near you by calling 309-298-1914 or emailing



 Recap of Purple and Gold Day 2016

Western Illinois University and the WIU Alumni Association celebrated Purple and Gold Day 2016 with simultaneous events in Macomb and Naperville, IL and a bonus event in Sheridan, WY.
Macomb P&G

Macomb Purple and Gold Day, April 24, 2016 (The Sports Corner @124, Macomb, IL)

Macomb1 – L-r: Alumni Council member and Instructor Jana Poliska Knupp ’02 ’04, Scott Knupp ’00 ’07, Interim Vice President for Administrative Services Matt Bierman ’97, Alumni Council member and Executive Director of Development Kellie Kohler Esters ’93, Instructional Technology Systems Manager Kathy Olesen Tracey ’97 ’03 ‘10, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Lorraine Barnhart Epperson ’48 ’52, Leonard Hammond, Jeri McDonough Brown ‘74, Assistant Professor Amanda Nave Silberer ’95 ’97, Todd McDillon ’92 ’97, Norine Keating Hammond, C. Don Weston, Ramon Hernandez ’16, Facilities Management Liaison Natalie Adcock Divan ’03, Jenifer McWorthy Calvert ’05, Assistant Comptroller Lisa Peddle Hinman ’82, Sharon , Alumni Council member John Meixner ’95 ’05 and Bob Divan.

Naperville P&G

Naperville Purple and Gold Day, April 24, 2016 (Tommy Nevin’s Pub, Naperville, IL)

Naperville1 – Kneeling l-r: Alice Robison Berntson ‘74, Liz Santillo and Cheryl Grace ’76. Front Row l-r: Laurita Lukas ’77, Mary Jane Goodman Likens ’73, Keri Nelson ’00, Lauren Banek ’01, Jacinda Au, Wayne Miyata ’79, Chris Lowery ’88 ’90, Cyndee Kane Marciniak ’74 ’84 and Mike Findley ’75. Middle Row l-r: Frank Lakofka ’70, Mary Zamaitis Skitz ‘77, Linda Savage, Alumni Council member Brian Savage ’73, Tony Nelson, Kevin Froehlich ’05, Kris Queen ’00, Fred Graves ’00 and Alumni Council member Brett Goad ‘74 ’76. Back Row l-r: Francis Carr ’71, Pat Cunningham ’75, Peggy Schroeder Linkman ‘77, Gary Carbonari ’82, Alumni Council member Phil Nathe ’81 and  Tom Berntson ’74.


Sheridan Purple and Gold Day Bonus Event, April 24, 2016 (Bill and Betty McKinley’s, Sheridan, WY)

Sheridan1 – L-r: Jay McGinnis ’76, Roberta Richardson Thompson ’76, Bill McKinley ’60 ’62, Betty Ross McKinley ’57 ’67, Annette Wetzel Reed ’63 and Jerry Williamson ’80.