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Oct. 2, 2015 • Vol. 30, No. 22

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Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk is Oct. 10

Runners and walkers of all levels and ages are invited to take part in Western Illinois University's fourth Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 10 at the WIU-Macomb campus.

Since 2012, the WIU Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk has raised more than $46,000 for the WIU Fallen Soldier's Scholarship Fund, which honors two alumni who were killed in the line of duty. Last year, nearly 500 participants joined together to honor Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin.


WIU SUAA Luncheon is Oct. 20

The Western Illinois University chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) will hold its annual fall luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.

The luncheon will begin at noon. Reservations are $14 (checks payable to WIU-SUAA) and must be made by Thursday, Oct. 15 to Penny Yunker, 1901 Riverview Dr., Macomb. Entree selection includes hot chicken salad or spinach mushroom quiche.


Knoblauch Cafe Now Open

The Western Illinois University Knoblauch Hall Cafe will be open in the building's corporate dining hall, room 239, from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 29-Dec. 1.

Meals are $7 and will include an entrée, drink and dessert. Carry outs are available, as is delivery within Knoblauch Hall.


Rocky on Parade: Public Art Project Takes Over Macomb

When the phrase "gone to the dogs" is used, it's usually not uttered in the most positive fashion. But in Macomb, Illinois, the term is 100 percent positive as the community has embraced a local beloved canine figure and showcases the dog – or rather, dogs – throughout this west-central Illinois community.

When Rocky on Parade public art project, named after Western Illinois University's iconic bulldog mascot, Col. Rock III, aka Rocky, debuted in 2013, WIU Art Professor Bill Howard, the brainchild behind the community art project, was "thrilled" to have 14 sponsors step forward to claim a Rocky statue. He would have been happy with 10 this year. Instead, Howard got an additional 23 sponsors -- that's 23 new Rocky on Parade statues -- and in less than two weeks, something he calls "amazing."

"The community support, the backing, for this project just blows my mind," Howard said.


Employee/Retiree Flu Shot Clinic is Oct. 14

A flu shot clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the University Union Heritage Room. Shots are available to all insurance carrying WIU employees/retirees and other state agency employees. Please have your state health ID card available at the door. Dependents and spouses are not eligible.  


Family Life Educator to Speak at Western Oct. 14

Cara Allen, a family life eduator from the University of Illinois will present "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate," from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the University Union Lincoln Room. Reservations are required by Oct. 9 by calling Sharon Chenoweth at (309) 298-1971 or email


Garry Johnson Presented Honorary Alumni Award

Western Illinois University presented the 2015 Honorary Alumni Award to Garry Johnson, WIU vice president emeritus for student services, during the annual Town & Gown celebration Sept. 24, hosted by the WIU Alumni Association.

The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an individual who is not a WIU graduate, but who has provided exceptional service to the WIU community.

Johnson served as vice president of student services from 1998 until his retirement June 30, 2011. He served as the University's interim vice president for student services from 1997 to 1998, and prior to this appointment, he served as associate vice president for student services from January 1997 to September 1997, and as assistant vice president for student services-student life from 1983 to 1996. Johnson joined Western's student services division in 1980 as the director of residence life.


Claudon Awarded 2015 Town and Gown Award

MACOMB, IL -- To recognize his contributions for exceptional service in continuing the partnership between Western Illinois University and the Macomb community, Tom Claudon, president of MidAmerica National Bank, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Town & Gown Award from the WIU Alumni Association. The award was announced at the Sept. 24 Town & Gown Celebration.

As president of MidAmerica's Macomb branch, and as a Macomb resident, Claudon has professionally and personally supported numerous Western ventures throughout the years.

The bank participates in the University's College of Fine Arts and Communication Rocky on Parade public art project, and under his leadership, MidAmerica has taken part in the University's Think Purple campaign every year since the program's inception. In addition, he is a member of Western's Performing Arts Society (PAS), including serving on the society's executive board.

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