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"The Purple Chair" Photo Contest Winner Named

April 18, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- And the winner is .... Connie Gentes, a collection assistant manager in the Billing and Receivables Office at Western Illinois University.

Gentes correctly guessed 16 of the 21 locations of the purple chair as part of a "The Purple Chair" contest that was held during the month of March to celebrate the University Television original series' debut. A photo was posted each weekday at, and contest participants had to guess each location of the chair. She will receive a "purple prize package," including a framed purple chair photo of her choice and a photo of herself in the chair at a location of her choice.

The second episode of "The Purple Chair" featuring Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will air beginning Thursday, April 18 on local cable Channel 3 (Comcast subscribers; Channel 9, MTC subscribers), at 6 p.m. An encore presentation will be shown at 10 p.m. April 18. "The Purple Chair" featuring Gandhi will air again at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, April, 19; 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20; noon and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21; and 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.

"The Purple Chair" is produced by Phil Weiss and Todd Draeger of University Television, and is hosted by Amanda Shoemaker, associate director of WIU's Alumni Programs.

To "follow" the chair around campus and to learn more about the show, visit For more information or to suggest a topic for "The Purple Chair," email

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