Amy SpelmanWelcome

From the Director...

Greetings on behalf of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association! I'm writing today to share some WIU news and to ask for your support. As our University enters the 10th month of a budget impasse in the state of Illinois, your support of Western is more important than ever. Gifts from alumni and friends to the Alumni Association are crucial in providing 20 student scholarships each year and we WILL NOT allow this budget impasse to effect our students. Your University is facing very serious financial challenges, but as President Thomas recently stated, “We are Western Illinois University. We are a family, with a rich history of working together to achieve our goals in challenging fiscal times. Western Illinois University will survive this tough time, and thrive, for many years to come.”

If we all work together—alumni, staff and students alike—we will ensure that WIU emerges from this stronger, more efficient and competitive. We look forward having our newest graduates join you in May as permanent trustees of this great institution. Many are graduating because of your generosity and that of our alumni and friends who support these scholarships and so many other areas of campus.

We do still have much to be thankful for today. I hope we can count on your gift to help us sustain a strong and viable University serving students for decades to come.

Amy Spelman Signature

Amy Spelman, MS ‘98
Director, Alumni Programs

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