The Western Illinois University Alumni Association is pleased to share the following photos and stories with you. Our Alumni and Friends are so very proud of Western and they want to share with others the experiences they have had since they left Western as well as some of their greatest memories. If you would like to post something to our Alumni Memories page, please email A-Association@wiu.edu. Alumni staff will review all submissions and update this page on a monthly basis.
A group of Tau Kappa Epsilon members gathered at our alumni event in Ft. Myers on February 4.
Alumni Achievement Award recipient Dan Isaacson '71 sent us this photo from the premiere of The People vs. O.J. Simpson. He was able to meet John Travolta, along with his wife, actress Kelly Preston, during the premier.
On November 14 , eleven former WIU wrestlers and their former coach, Bob McMahan, met in Iowa City for an alumni reunion and to watch the "Grapple on the Gridiron" wrestling meet. They showed support to their alma mater by wearing purple WIU shirts!
Front l-r: Jim Buxton '76, Scott Pickford '76, Scott Clark '71 '72 Randy Kettering '74. Back l-r: Jerry Strauman, Roger Glisan '73, Mike Richart '73 '76, Rob Glisan '71, Coach Bob McMahan, Jim Woods, Rick Nelson '73 and Dick Biddle '71.
Alumni Council member Brian Savage '73 recently tailgated before a Chicago Bears game. At every home game, Brian proudly flies his WIU flag and has numerous WIU alumni stop by and comment on his flag.
L-r: Colton Donahue, Dan Bryniczka '82, Matt Cerbin '12, Alumni Council member Brian Savage '73, Greg Brynicaka '82 (kneeling), Will Madauss, John McDonnell '12, Douglas Digiovanni '12, Rob Sobotka '09 and Robert Savage '08.
A group of former WIU football players gathered at Homecoming on October 3, 2015.
Front l-r: Mike Hattery '69, Gary Calsyn '69, Dana Skaggs '69 '73 and John Pecaro '70. Back l-r: Mike Wilson '69 '71, Jim Druetzler '69, Tom Schmulback '70 '84, Bernie Ferry '68 '69, Frank Yaccino '70 and Chuck Giver.
School of Music Assistant Professor Courtney Blankenship recently attended the NAMM Show in California with 11 students - an international music products show with 90,000 in attendance. While there, she met up with some WIU alumni employed within the music products industry including Sean Murphy '09, Adam Weems '93, Tony Lapsansky '09 and David Kelley '93 - all grads from the School of Music within the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
L-r: Nancy Corzatt Sprout '85 and her brother Jon Corzatt '82 visited Alaska in 2014. Here they are on Ruth Glacier in Ruth Gorge in Denali National Park.
The photo below is from Kelsey Butson '07 and Steve Sraga '04. They were married on December 12, 2014 in Mexico.
Back row, l-r: Tim Denton '11, Andrew Valko, Brandon Edler and Katie Butson ‘10. Middle row, l-r: Brian Pasnik ’08, Kyle McNeely ‘08, Sara Valko ‘05, Abbie Joyner, Wes Schmitz ‘05, Kali Montgomery, Michele Peterson ‘07, Brittany Lane ‘07, Mike Bove and Jeff Bartl. Front row, l-r: Levi McGhee ‘06, Bradlee Blackmore ’04, Erika Lowe ‘09, Melissa McGhee, Jamie Denton ’05, Mary Bove, Kelsey Butson ‘07 and Steve Sraga ‘04.
Many WIU Alumni & Friends shared their pictures of the WIU vs. Northwestern Pre-Game Social that took place in Evanston on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
TKE fraters at the WIU vs. Northwestern Pre-Game Social in Evanston on September 20, 2014. L-r: John Wrenn '73, Frank Yaccino '70, Tom Henderson '73, Gary Birch '75, Tom Tomaszewski '70 '72 and Bob Hardig '77. Also joining them at the pre-game social were Sittig, McNelley, Michau, Hockberger and the Mortier brothers!
"We had a great time at
game. Go 'Necks!"
--Christine Leider Bohlmann '74 and friends from the class of '74
TKE Weekend in Laporte, Indiana in August 2014.
In October 2013, an unexpected multi-class reunion of four Western Illinois University Alumni occurred on the other side of the world, in Arifjan, Kuwait. Meeting for the first time, from different organizations within the US Army (Ammunitions Branch), these four alumni reminisced of their college experiences and discussed the operations at hand. MAJ Tim Sanders (143d ESC Chief of Munitions), graduate of Board of Governors 2002; CW4 Michael Carpentieri (143d ESC Senior Ammunitions Technician), graduate of Board of Governors 1995; Ms. Stephanie Hoover (1st TSC Southwest Asia Ammunitions Manager), graduate with a Bachelor's of Business; and Mr. Shawn McGee (1st TSC Southwest Asia Ammunitions Manager), graduate of Accounting – 2002 & MBA – 2003.
L-r: MAJ Tim Sanders '02, CW4 Michael Carpentieri '95, Stephanie Hoover '04 and Shawn McGee '02 '03.
James Klund '79 had his home broken into during the summer of 1996. One of the items that were stolen was his WIU class ring. This past November, the Alumni Association was contacted by a police officer in Eugene, OR who had found the ring in a locker while moving from an old facility to a new one. After doing some research, we contacted James to notify him that his class ring had been found. This is a photo that James took after receiving his class ring that had been stolen 17 years ago!
Seven WIU Delta Sigs attended a Dillard for Governor work night at Dillard's campaign office in October.
Front row, l-r: Bill Epperly '68, Kevin Keogh '68 '72 and Larry Watters. Back row, l-r: Louis Sorto Jr. '69, Ken Zehnder '72, Harvey Ahitow '68, Senator Kirk Dillard '77 and Dan Hamburg.
Former WIU football teammates meet up at WIU Homecoming 2013.
L-r: Chuck Gosnell '70 '78, Mike Brewers '70 '82 '01, Joe McLaughlin '69, Mike Wilson '69 '71, Frank Yaccino '70, Bob Majka '72 and Tom Schmulbach '70 '84.
WIU alumni and friends gathered in Las Vegas in September to cheer on the Fighting Leathernecks as they took on UNLV.
L-r: John Heard '79, John (JB) Biernbaum, Mark Kiley '79 and Martin O'Connor '78.
L-r: Joe Roselieb '07 '09 and John (JB) Biernbaum.
Here's a photo submitted after a recent Tau Kappa Epsilon gathering in the Chicago area on September 15, 2013.
Front row, l-r: Richard Hunter '70, Tom Kuna '69 and Steve Sittig '70. Back row, l-r: Tom Moehn '68, John Gubbins '68, Ed Sharp '69, Bob Weber '68, Al Funck '70, Tom Tomaszewski '70 '72, Ken Keller '68, Frank Yaccino '70, Bruce Smith '69 and Mike Michau '72.
Some classmates from the class of 1963 (and the years around 1963) recently gathered at the Chicago Club for dinner; several were members of Delta Sigma Phi.
L-r: Bill Mitchell '65, Larry Eaton '65, Gordy Taylor '68, Gary Baise '63, Al Wilson '64 and Chuck Walters '63 '66.
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, WIU graduates met for a dinner in downtown Taipei, Taiwan.
L-r: Cathy Hommel Cunningham '75 '81, retired WIU LEJA professor Stan Cunningham '77 '79, Robert (Chang) Wei-Ping '84 '95, Bill (Lin) Tsan-Chang '87, Danny Feng '95 '95,
Mrs. Lu (widow of WIU Honorary Doctorate Recipent Dr. Lu Yu-Jen '94), Sandy (Yeh) Yu-Lan '86 and Sam Tedrow '84 '87.
In late May, WIU swimming alumni met up and competed at the United States Masters Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis. Read more about it online.
L-r: Tom Wilczak '82, Jim Campana '74, Jen Madgiak '08, Tom McCabe '80 and former WIU head swim coach Bill Ryan; Coach Ryan coached 36 All-Americans in five seasons. At the Championships in Indiana, McCabe earned first in the 50 free, Ryan finished 7th in the 50 free, Campana was runner-up in the 50 breast stroke, Madgiak finished 7th in the 100 back.
L-r: Mike Wilson '69 '71, Tom Tomaszewski '70 '72 and Frank Yaccino '70 at Isle of Capri Fish House in Florida.
Below is a picture from WIU Graduate James Nardelli '08; it was taken in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
He brought this WIU banner to both of his deployments, the first in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and the second in Nangarhar Province. He was commissioned through the WIU ROTC program in 2008 and has enjoyed every minute of it. And he still keeps in contact with his fellow alumni and Sigma Pi fraternity brothers.
The WIU banner has also been proudly displayed in his offices where he's been stationed, including Fort Benning, GA; Fort Campbell, KY; and Fort Huachucah, AZ.
Howard Montgomery started taking classes at Western in the fall of 1932. He took many classes at Western before beginning a career as a teacher in Oakford, Illinois. Howard celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2012. Helping him celebrate below are his brother and sister.
L-r: Raymond, Howard and Mary Ella.
A group of friends who met at Western Illinois University has organized their own annual reunions since the mid 1960's. This year, they traveled to Frisco, Colorado.
L-r: Pat Renner '62, Rex Renner '61, Pat Auten, Ron Thompson '62, Milan Dexter, Lorrie Dexter, Carol Thompson and Dick Auten '62.
Susan Caldwell Schweitzer '75 (far left) and Julie Ward Johnson '76 (far right) met in 1973 when they were both resident assistants in Bayliss Hall. Although Susan and her family moved to Atlanta, GA, in 1987 and Julie and her family remained in the Chicago area, the two continued to be best friends visiting each other often and taking family trips together.
When Julie's daughter, Kristen (2nd from right in picture), transferred to WIU this past August, the two families knew it would be a perfect opportunity to make it back for Homecoming. Susan had not been back to the campus in 35 years and Julie had not been back until her campus visits with Kristen. Julie along with husband Bob and Susan with husband Gary and daughters Stephanie and Samantha met up with the new Leatherneck, Kristen, for Homecoming weekend. Both families had a wonderful two days reliving old times and making some new memories at WIU.
Ann Kilbourn Augspurger '86 submitted this photo of her and her mother at a WIU Football Game in the early 1980's. Her mother passed away in early 2012 and Ann wanted to share the photo with the WIU Alumni Association. Ann was a member of the WIU Marching Leathernecks.
Fernando Medina MBA '76 has not been on campus since he graduated in the mid '70s. He currently lives in Columbia and traveled to the United States for a trip in May. During his time in the states, he took the Amtrak train from Chicago to Macomb and spent the day on campus. He was excited to visit his old residence hall (Higgins), shop in the WIU Bookstore and tour campus, including a stop at Hanson Field. We, at the Alumni House, were excited that he stopped by to visit us!
Alumni gathered at Bahama Breeze in Tampa, Florida during the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association Convention in March. WIU Rec Staff were excited to reconnect with so many WIU Rec Alumni.
L-r: Nick White MS '09, Intramural Manager at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla MO; Mike Chadee MS '07 who works at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center; Nick Knowles '02 MS '07, Assistant Director of Club Sports and Facilities at WIU; Scott Vandermoon MS '06, Assistant Director for Student Development at the DePaul University Campus Recreation.
L-r: JT Timmons MS '02, Director of Recreational Sports at the University of Illinois-Springfield with Milly MacDonell MS '00, Director of Campus Recreation at WIU.
L-r: Steven Dowhan, WIU Campus Recreation Graduate Assistant, Dominic Ackerman MS '12, Tony Dirth MS '09, Intramural and Sport Club Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-OshKosh and Ben Blodgett, WIU Campus Recreation Graduate Assistant.
L-r: Ryan Hansen, former WIU Assistant Director of Intramurals and Kari Leigh Osborne MS '09, Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports at Texas A & M-Commerce
Tom '74 & Alice Robison Berntson '74 were excited to watch the Men's Basketball Team play in Oregon in March when the Leathernecks took on Oregon State in the CIB postseason tournament. These Oregon alumni donned their purple and gold and met up with fellow WIU Alumni & Friends. They were excited to sit right behind the bench and shared a few photos from the game.
L-r: Andy Houpt '78, Alice Robison Berntson '74, Tom Berntson '74, Bill Young '73 and Vice President of Student Services Gary Biller.
(Houpt is the father of WIU basketball player Jack Houpt; Andy had gotten up at 3:20 a.m. to catch a flight from northern Indiana to be in Oregon for the game.)
Former WIU hockey players together again, l-r: Lynn Fulton '73, Mike Kunze '73, Duane Grahovec and Bob O'Toole '73 '74.
2012 Greetings from WIU alumni and students serving in Kunar Province, Afghanistan (photo courtesy of Alan Cale). L-r: SFC Brandon Golden '05 - law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA); MSG Jeramie Mayes - senior LEJA major from Springfield; SSG Travis Helkey '07 - LEJA; SFC James Mayes '98 - biology; 1LT Kyle Scifert '98 - LEJA; SGT Alan Cale - senior English major from Macomb. Read more about Alan Cale's time in Afghanistan and his appearance in "Transformers 3."
Alumni Council member John Sanders '74 poses with David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals after our WIU Alumni event in Jupiter showing Leatherneck pride! Sanders coached Freese in baseball when he was growing up and as many of you know, Freese went on to be named the MVP of both the National League Championship and the World Series.
WIU held its annual Lacrosse Alumni Game on Saturday, October 15 at Hanson Field.
Retiring Director of Guidance at Carlinville High School and 1976 Kinesiology alumnus Bob Flowers (right) with retiring Band Director at Carlinville High School and 1977 Music alumnus Gary Gardner (left) on their last official day. They share fond memories of their days at WIU. Photo taken by Bob's wife Elaine Tapen Flowers, a 1974 management graduate!
L-r: Gary Gardner '77 and Bob Flowers '76.
Richard Hunter '70 recently made a unique contribution to his alma mater because of a fond memory he had of his time at WIU. He is shown below at the 2011 Atlanta Alumni & Friends Event. Click here to read his letter.
Two former Leathernecks serve on the Board of Directors of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. This photo was taken prior to their annual dinner this past fall.
L-r: WIU Hall of Fame member Booker Edgerson and John Maddock ’76 MS '78 who was a member of the WIU golf team.
It's "all in the family" for Dan and Nancy Reed of Macomb. Both are WIU alumni, all three of their children are WIU graduates and so are all of their children's spouses.
Seated, l-r: Dan Reed '60 and Nancy Reed '70. Standing, l-r: Doug Reed '95, Stephanie Reed '97 MBA '99, Robert Eric Reed '93, Shannon Reed '92, Margaret Reed Taylor '99 MBA '06 and Andy Taylor '02.
WIU Sigma Kappa Reunion in Oak Brook Terrace
Front row, l-r: Barb Ford Shor '76, Kathy Schimanski Harmon '76 and Eileen Geraghty Orgo '75. Back row, l-r: Jodi Rudd Bouris '76, Debbie Novotny Carter '75, Linda Middleton '75, Rose Marcione Miksan '74, Sherry Stephens Belanger '78, Carole Hall Cozzi '73, Jan Kwiecinski Lorenz '73, Nancy Apitz Sanneman '74 and Lydia Blackburn Lutzow '74.
WIU Alumni Programs Big Pink Volleyball Team.
L-r: Assistant Alumni Director Michael Jones, Danica Ullom, Kipp Jones '00, Alumni Director Amy Spelman '98, Alumni Graduate Assistant Drew Donahoo and Assistant Alumni Director Judy Eckerly '96.
Three generations of WIU alumni enjoy a family vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada.
L-r: Kate Nelson, Tom Nelson, JoEllen Busich Nelson '78, Mindy Nelson, Jamie Nelson '06, Ted Nelson '51 MS-ED '51, Jim Nelson '77 and Zach Buhnerkemper '06.
WIU education alumni teaching in Montana.
L-r: Scott Brokaw '80, Mary Ann Davis Whiteman '76, Anne Bodane Luft '76, Kathy Farr Stenerson '74, Marilyn McMullen Hyde '75, Pat McGuire Pitsch '74 and Reiko Kobayashi Knudson '81.
Col. Ronald K. Taylor '71 MS-ED '72 during his deployment in Afghanistan.
Several WIU Alumni, parents and friends of Western hit the links this summer and made a stop at the Mussatto Golf Course. They are l-r: Director of Alumni Programs Amy Spelman '98, Joe McManus, Terrance Carlson, Tom Dunne, Ed Hoffman '78 '85, Pat Schwinn '73, WIU Foundation Board Member Jim Garner '50, Mike Swearingen, Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Brad Bainter '79 '83 and Ed McManus '73.
Henninger 7 Reunion
Every summer, a group of WIU alumni who once lived together on the seventh floor of Henninger Hall plan a Reunion to Macomb. This year, they stopped by the Alumni House before golfing at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course.
L-r: Matt Martin '74, Darrell Stevens '76, Brad Rosander, Les Gack '76, Don Whitacre '74, Chris Hoban '74 and Rocky Barron '74.
CSP alumni celebrating 50 years at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference.