The WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) has received the honor of an invitation to perform at one of the worlds greatest concert halls - Carnegie Hall – and is scheduled to appear with composer Marco Renzi and clarinetist Beppi D’Amato on May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Renzi and D’Amato served as artists in-residence in [...]

COFAC Spring 2010 College and Department Scholars

The College of Fine Arts and Communication is very pleased to announce the spring 2010 College and Department Scholars. These students are not only extremely accomplished academics, but they are also very active in their departments—as artists, musicians, actors, scientists, and service providers. If you know any of these students, please congratulate them [...]

Steel Band 25th Anniversary Concert SRO

What an incredible pleasure it was to be part of the audience at the Steel Band 25th Anniversary concert on Saturday, May 8.  The current steel band led by Richard Kurasz was joined by Richard Cheadle and alums from the past 25 years of steel bands.
Cheadle took a few minutes during the concert to tell [...]

Disney World—Spring Break or General Honors 301? How about Both!

This is what 8 WIU students found out—a trip to Disney World can be fun, very informative and complete your credits for General Honors 301!

The official course description:
This course is an in-depth examination of communication in and about the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Specifically, the course [...]

Rich Egger, Alex Degman, and Nick Wilkens Win

The Tri States Public Radio news team recently garnered a trio of awards in the Downstate Radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association 2009 Journalism Excellence Contest.
Morning Edition Anchor Alex Degman won 1st place in the BEST HARD NEWS FEATURE category for “Wet Fields, Busy Businesses,” which examined [...]


WIU Wind Ensemble and alumni embark on a charitable, cultural, and musical exchange in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Every college student hopes there will be at least one spring break trip that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Western’s Wind Ensemble student musicians are making those memories right now. [...]


Tragic Suicide at Farm King
You always hope that students are learning skills in the classroom that will serve them well in their chosen career path, and then you hope students can apply those skills when the time comes.

Broadcasting students at Western are proving they are learning the skills they need AND they can [...]