New Faculty - Cheri Gipson

The other new faculty member in Communication Sciences and Disorders is Cheri Gipson. Ms. Gipson joined the department in spring and is also the undergraduate adviser. Welcome.

New Faculty - Kelly Miller

Joining the choral music education program in the School of Music is Kelly Miller. Welcome.

New Faculty - Jack Helsley

Jack Helsley is joining the strings faculty in the School of Music. Welcome.


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 [...]

Stacey Berk Receives School of Music 2010 Alumni Award

Stacey Berk, Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been chosen as the School of Music 2010 Alumni Award recipient.  She will be honored and presented with the at the Wind Ensemble President’s Concert on May 1.  The School of Music is [...]


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. [...]