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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ribbon-cutting event [WIU Grand Entrance Sign] Dec. 13

December 9, 2013

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TO: Editors and News Directors

FROM: University Relations (Darcie Shinberger)

DATE: Dec. 9, 2013

RE: Ribbon-cutting event [WIU Grand Entrance Sign] Dec. 13

You are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 for the new Western Illinois University Grand Entrance Sign, located at the corner of University Drive and U.S. Rt. 67.

The ribbon-cutting will be held at the sign, rain or shine [parking is available in the former "Godfather's Lot" directly west of the sign]. Student Government Association President Caleb Markey, WIU President Jack Thomas and Mayor Mike Inman are scheduled to speak.

Leander Construction of Canton began construction on the grand entrance sign in August. The project is funded through Student Facility Enhancement fees. The Student Government Association approved the expenditure for the project at its April 16 meeting.

The Campus Master Planning Committee worked with Farnsworth Group to complete a design for a landmark sign that designates a prime entrance to the Macomb campus.

The new sign ties in architectural features from Sherman Hall, including the "Western brick blend," stone quoins (masonry angles) and a sphere to provide a sense of consistency and cohesiveness between the main landmark and the entrance.

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