WIU Alumni House Grounds Renovation Project Launched

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association is pleased to announce The Alumni Legacy Project. Kicked off in December 2011 by the Alumni Council, the project will support renovations to the Alumni House Grounds.

“The Alumni Legacy Project was initiated by members of the Alumni Council in an effort to upgrade the existing landscaping at the Alumni House,” said Roger Clawson '77, past president of the Alumni Council. “We hope other alumni of this great University will join us in our effort to raise funds for this campus beautification project. When I return to campus, I always feel like I am coming home – we want other WIU alumni to return and see what a beautiful place it truly is.”

Alumni House Grounds Renovation Project Pledge Form


Susan Wenzel '86 and her husband, Tom, have been searching for a meaningful way to honor her late parents, James R. (Jim) and Betty Garner, since Jim's passing in January.

"They lived such fulfilling lives and did so much for their community and for Western Illinois University," said Wenzel, "I really just want to provide them with a legacy reflective of their values and their lives."

Wenzel learned of the WIU Alumni Legacy Project and knew immediately this was the project she wanted her parents to be associated with.

Susan and Tom Wenzel's gift in honor of Jim and Betty Garner will fund Phase II of the Alumni Legacy Project (Phase I completed in 2012), improving the front of the Alumni House and grounds, creating better accessibility and more space for activities.

"Tom and I are happy to be able to help Alumni Programs with this enhancement to honor my parents," said Wenzel. "It just feels right that this important campus space, where people will gather and be welcomed back, will carry the names of Jim and Betty Garner."

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The Alumni Council is made up of 25 alumni and the president of Student Alumni Association who represent the interests of Western’s now more than 115,000 member Alumni Association.

Alumni Grounds Renovation Project