WIU Theatre Students Honored at January Kennedy Center Festival

From University Relations:
Five Western Illinois University Theatre students were honored during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in January.
WIU students were among the more than 1,500 students who attended the Region 3 festival.
WIU honors included:
• MFA directing student Tommy Iafrate, of Macomb, won the SDC directing award, which is the festival’s biggest directing [...]

COFAC Announces 2011 Awards

From University Relations:

Western Illinois University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication has announced its 2011 alumnus and distinguished friends awards.
Naperville Central High School Band Director DJ Alstadt is being honored with the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Al and Andrea Boyer have been named recipients of the 2011 COFAC Distinguished Friends Award.
Alstadt, [...]

PAS Wine Tasting–a Great Idea at the End of February

From University Relations:
Whether you are a first time wine taster (don’t worry about that “blanc” look on your face) or a seasoned wine connoisseur, the Performing Arts Society’s (PAS) 13th Annual Wine Tasting will offer something for everyone.
The event, which will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. in the University Union Heritage [...]

Woods Directs Almost Maine for Starry Night

The play, by John Cariani, is described as a charming comedy where “On a cold, clear night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights hover in the starry night sky, the residents find themselves falling in and out of [...]

Annual WIU Jazz Fest Features Drummer Dennis Mackrel

From University Relations:
The 39th Annual Western Illinois University Jazz Festival will be held Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, 2012. On Thursday evening, there will be a jam session at Cafe’ Aroma.
Friday’s main event will be concerts by the WIU Jazz Band and Jazz Studio Orchestra  featuring Dennis Mackrel, the great drummer [...]

Alum Hampton’s Play is Winner in National Competition

From Drew Hampton, MFA acting, 2009, Arlington, TX.
In 2009 as a final project for J. Conner’s Playwriting II class, WIU MFA grad Drew Hampton wrote a 10-minute play called The Seesaw.  It was selected that year to be part of WIU’s Bring Your Own Play–BYOP–event.  2009 was also the first year the [...]

Ryan Kelly visits WIU Art Department

The Western Illinois University Art Department, the Visiting Lectures Committee, the University Theme Committee and the Provost’s Office welcomed Visiting Artist Ryan W. Kelly February 6-10th, 2012.
Ryan’s work presents a discovery of new media and technology in regards to collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, posing questions of pedagogy, research, and learning. Ryan Kelly visited with students [...]

Stout Addresses Marching Band Culture

Pat Stout, academic advisor broadcasting, wrote an excellent editorial for the McDonough County Voice in December. Stout’s editorial is about the best and worst of marching band culture.  Here is the editorial as it appeared in the Voice.
Kindness and acceptance for students
Patrick Stout, column (#1018), December 6, 2011
“When I came here, I had no [...]

Charles Wright Nominated to CAA Board

From University Relations:
MACOMB, IL – Charles A. Wright, chair of Western Illinois University’s Department of Art, has been named a candidate for the College Art Association’s (CAA) Board of Directors. He is joined on the ballot by a small contingency of academics from institutions including Harvard and the Art Institute of [...]

Romig Selected as Artist-In-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park

Following up his prestigious Aaron Copland House residency in summer 2011, James Romig, Associate Professor School of Music, will be visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as an artist-in-residence for three weeks in June, 2012.  Congratulations James!
Romig was selected from among 100 highly qualified artists.  Artists include photographers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, musicians [...]