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Celebrating Town & Gown 2019

September 6, 2019

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MACOMB, IL -- Celebrating Town & Gown, the annual signature Western Illinois University and Macomb community event hosted by WIU Acting President Martin Abraham and Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, will kick off the 2019 WIU Homecoming activities Thursday, Sept. 26.

The 13th annual Celebrating Town & Gown event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Forum in Macomb, with a short program at 6:15 p.m. All Macomb and WIU community members are welcome to attend. Casual attire is welcome.

The 2019 Honorary Alumni Award and Town & Gown awards will be presented by the president and mayor. The Honorary Alumni Award, given annually since 1994, is presented to an individual who is not a WIU graduate but who has provided exceptional service to the WIU community. The Town & Gown Award, given annually since 2007, is presented to an individual who may or may not be a WIU graduate and has provided exceptional service in bringing WIU and the Macomb communities together.

To register for any of the events, visit, call (309) 298-1914 or stop by the Alumni House, 1009 W. Adams St..

For more information, visit, or contact the WIU Alumni Association at (309) 298-1914 or via email at

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