COFAC Wishes You a Happy New Year

January 14, 2011

Dear COFAC Alumni, Friends, Faculty, and Staff,

Please accept my heartfelt best wishes for a great new year. Everyone in the COFAC office hopes 2011 brings you health and happiness.

COFAC logoEach year we rely on our alumni, friends, and faculty/staff to help us attain our annual fundraising goals. We are blessed to have many friends and supporters who value our programs and efforts to educate students, but to also positively impact the quality of life in the region through our many outreach initiatives.

The primary focus of the College of Fine Arts and Communication is to provide exposure to and training for artists, professionals, and scholars. Students will comprehend the complexity of visual and performing arts, communicative arts and sciences, and interactive media through the study and applications of their aesthetics, creativity, history, and theories. The College showcases the various modes of expression that define communication and the arts, serving as a major cultural center for the region as it seeks to educate both the campus and community in how the arts and communication serve, inform, and contribute to the totality and quality of life.

Many alumni and friends value the mission of the college with their support, thus enabling us to fulfill our mission. To date we have reached 75% of our goal for the WIU Capital Campaign Set the Standard: Higher Values in Higher Education to conclude in 2013. Thus far the college has received $3,005,524 in gifts toward our goal of $4,000,000. We are grateful to our many donors, whether alumni, friends or faculty/staff.

Recent noteworthy donations include the following:

  • $200,000 planned gift from Rich Guerine (’72) for art scholarships
  • $125,000 from the estate of Rex Collins for jazz scholarships
  • Faust Horn Scholarship established by Randall and Sharon Faust in memory of Randall’s parents
  • Gene Michael Goad Scholarship (music) established by Brett (’74, ‘76) and Sue Goad in memory of their son
  • David and Susan Reem Scholarship for Excellence (music) established by Dr. David Reem and Susan Reem
  • Welsh-American Printmaking Scholarship established by Fred Jones to support an international printmaking student exchange fully endowed through the contributions of many donors
  • Gene Kozlowski New Playwright Fund to support new plays in the name of Gene Kozlowski (’67, ’68) fully endowed through the contributions of many donors

The renovation of Memorial Hall is complete and the Departments of Communication and Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as University Television, are moving in and getting settled during this semester break. The building is worth waiting for and sure to please faculty, students, and clients alike.

Performing Arts Center design

Performing Arts Center design

We recently began finalizing construction documents for the Performing Arts Center. We anticipate concluding this process in early 2012 and sending the project out for construction bids shortly thereafter. Excitement will surely surround the college when ground is broken and construction commences in 2012. We are currently working on plans for improvements to facilities in the Department of Art and hope to have accomplished multiple improvements next year.

WIU Marching Leathernecks NEW Uniform

WIU Marching Leathernecks NEW Uniform

As we continue our fundraising campaign please consider support of any of the new and forthcoming initiatives. We will be raising money for marching band uniforms, scholarships for each academic unit, and for some much needed equipment. These gifts do much to support students and faculty.

Also on the horizon are numerous naming opportunities in Memorial Hall and the Performing Arts Center as well as several program initiatives including study abroad programs. Gifts of this magnitude are indeed transformational, doing much to guarantee program support in perpetuity.

Again, please know that everyone’s participation and loyalty is valued. Without you, our successes would be diminished. Thanks so much for your support over the years and into the future.

Paul Kreider, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication

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