Broadcasting Skypes with WGEM WIU Alums

Mountain…Mohammed. You know what they say. If you can’t bring the mountain to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain.
That’s what happened with current broadcasting students and WIU alums working at WGEM, the NBC affiliate station in Quincy, Illinois. They Skyped!
On December 6, students in Buzz Hoon’s sports broadcasting class Skyped [...]

Rachel DeShon Celebrates the Holidays with Marvin Hamlisch

The Department of Theatre and Dance recently received an invitation from Rachel DeShon, BFA 2005, to attend a Holiday Pops concert with the Seattle Symphony and special guest Marvin Hamlisch.
Rachel was one of the first–if not the first–graduates of the BFA in Musical Theatre at WIU.
Congratulations to her on the exciting concert and, of course, [...]

Alum Designs 2nd Album Cover for Gym Class Heroes

From University Relations’ Beyond the Bell Tower

When Evan Leake designed his first album cover for Gym Class Heroes‘ debut album “The Papercut Chronicles” back in 2005, he said the Geneva, NY-based rock/hip hop group had “just been freshly signed” to its label, Decaydance Records. Six years and a [...]

Music Business Celebrates 25 Years

The WIU Music Business Program celebrated its 25th anniversary over Homecoming Weekend, September 30-October 1.
Highlights included an alumni panel discussion Friday evening featuring:

Jacob Baker BM 2011: Global Eyes Entertainment
Julie Golden Baker BA 2005:  Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Kelsey Bostwick BM 2010:  Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Matthew Clemens BA 2002:  Quinlan + [...]

Hawkinson Named Provost

Dr. Ken Hawkinson, former COFAC Associate Dean and Chair of Communication, has been named Provost of Western Illinois University.
Ken Hawkinson, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Illinois University, has been named provost and academic vice president at WIU, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Hawkinson has served as interim provost since July 1. Prior [...]

JSO Tours with Simmerly

The Jazz Studio Orchestra, under the direction of John Cooper, director of jazz studies and professor of jazz trumpet in WIU’s School of Music, played a concert with trombonist Rick Simerly, on November 10 to cap off their annual high school tour November 7-9, 2011. The JSO performed with [...]

COFAC Celebrates Two 2011 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Every year, twice a year, WIU selects alums who have achieved phenomenal success and singles them out for an Alumni Achievement Award. And this year two of the three Alumni Achievement Award recipients are COFAC grads. Mark Konkol, a writer with the Chicago Sun-Times and recent Pulitzer Prize winner; and Jim Krasula of [...]