Maker-Made: Students Quene and Racky Exhibit

From Shawn Spangler, Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics
With Maker Made, Matthew Racky and Belinda Quene share with us the traditionally private world of the creative process.
Their exhibition in the Student Arts Gallery puts both art and process on display, as it will be part working studio, part gallery space.
Quene says “We are placing emphasis on [...]

Trumpeter Haas Competes Well

Trumpeter Chris Haas, senior music major from Nauvoo, competed as a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University.
Haas has also advanced as one of three finalists for the International Trumpet Guild’s Mock Orchestra Audition Competition.  This year’s ITG Convention is hosted by the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.
Chris studies [...]

Dorie Vallilo is Retiring

Hard to believe! Dorie Vallilo and Tri States Public Radio are almost one and the same for many fans of the station. We all know there is a terrific staff at the station and it is truly a team effort, but Dorie has been the beating heart of the organization. And now [...]

The Lady with All the Answers

WIU graduate student, Brooke Edwards, is directing the upcoming production of THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS for the Starry Night Repertory Theatre. The production is a comedy about the advice columnist Ann Landers. WIU professor Jeannie Woods will perform the one-woman show.
About the play, Edwards notes that THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANWERS is [...]

COFAC Celebrates its Accomplished Scholars

At the end of every semester, it is always a pleasure for the College of Fine Arts and Communication to announce its Department Scholars, and from those scholars, to announce the COFAC College Scholar. Each department nominates an outstanding student in each of its degree tracks, and the College Scholar is selected from those [...]

Alum Abshire Directs E-Trade Baby

You really never know where you will find a WIU alum.  You wouldn’t have found Tim Abshire, BA Broadcasting, 1992 at the Super Bowl but you would have seen his work if you were tuned in.
From University Relations:
MACOMB, IL — With all the cameras at Super Bowl XLVI focused on quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom [...]

CSD’s Marx to Retire

A retirement reception for Maureen Marx, chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, will be held from 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 27 on the second floor of Memorial Hall. The University community is invited to wish Marx well in her retirement. A smaller gathering for close friends and alumni will [...]

Broadcasting Students Win Big at NBS

Broadcasting students had great success at the 70th National Broadcasting Society Convention in New York City in March. Three WIU student works were nominated in the National Student Electronic Media Competition, and the students won three first place awards!  Plus one WIU student won a special on-site award.  Pat Stout, broadcasting advisor, attended the [...]

Carpenter’s Facebook Study Gets Millions of Hits

Congratulations to comm’s Dr. Chris Carpenter!
Carpenter’s research on narcissism and Facebook was cited on the website of the international newspaper, The London Guardian.
Researchers have established a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and the degree to which you are a “socially disruptive” narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media [...]

Alum O’Connell is Country Music Promoter of the Year

Congratulations to Brian O’Connell, broadcasting major and 2007 WIU Alumni Achievement Award recipient, for receiving his SIXTH Academy of Country Music Award as the Country Music Promoter of the Year!
Way to go Brian!
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