SUMMER FILM SERIES THE DEAD FILMMAKERS SOCIETY 2010 (with sincere apologies to any represented filmmakers still living)

All screenings will be held in the Sandburg Theater, Western Illinois University Union. Films begin at 7 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Many films will be preceded by selected short subjects. All films are from the collection of Western Illinois film professor Richard Ness, who will serve as host. The series is [...]

Cheadle Thanks Kurasz for Steel Band 25th

Richard Cheadle just sent this lovely note thanking Rick Kurasz for the great Steel Band 25th Anniversary event.  Kurasz had invited Cheadle, who founded the Steel Band, as the guest of honor.  Many, many alums attended to participate and reminisce and encourage today’s students to continue the good work of the excellent WIU Steel Band…..25 [...]

Music Alum

Sometimes we hear from our graduates, and they tell us about their successes.  But rarely do we hear from an alum who’s successes are so many. Eszter Szilveszter Kaganovskiy is one of those very successful alums.  We are so proud of her accomplishments.
Here’s a short bio we just received from her.

Eszter Szilveszter Kaganovskiy is a [...]

Broadcasting’s Edsall has been Busy

Sam Edsall, broadcasting professor, has really been busy this spring.
He attended the Broadcast Educators Association conference in Las Vegas to present ”Storytelling in a Hurry: Creating the 15-second Promo Assignment.”  He also served as a respondent on another panel at the Broadcast Educators Association conference.
He participated in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research 5th [...]

Erin O’Connor, Miss Illinois, Wise Beyond Her Years

This interview appears on the Character Counts, Character Educator Blog.  Here in the College of Fine Arts and Communication, we have all known Erin for her talent and her beauty.  But this interview, like Erin’s other interviews, reveals just how wise this 22 year-old is.  The department of theatre and dance is lucky to have [...]


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 [...]

Lorraine Schwartz Retires after 29 Years

Lorraine Schwartz, who has taught art history from early Christian to 20th century, research in art history and the history of architecture, will retire with 29 years of service to WIU. She started at Western in 1981, and taught undergraduate and graduate classes throughout her tenure.
That’s a lot of teaching and students.  Thanks Lorraine.
Schwartz earned [...]

JSO at Carnegie Hall

The Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra is playing Carnegie Hall!  It just doesn’t get any better than that.  If you happen to be in New York City on Sunday, May 30 at 8:00, you can attend the Carnegie Hall concert and see the JSO with Marco Renzi and Beppi D’Amato.
And if you can’t get [...]

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 [...]