Campus Connection.

September 16, 2005 Vol. 21 No. 3

Commencement Weekend May 13-14 in Macomb, May 15 in Quad Cities

Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb will present his “State of the University” address to the campus community at the 12th annual Founders’ Day luncheon program Friday, Sept. 23 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

Reservations are required, and all seating is reserved. Invitation and reservation forms have been mailed to employees. The public is also welcome to attend. Cost of the luncheon is $7; tables of eight can be reserved for $56. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m.

Seating for the 12:30 p.m. program will be available for individuals unable to attend the luncheon. There is no charge for the 30-minute program, which will include a musical prelude; welcomes from Western Illinois Provost Joseph Rallo and Board of Trustees secretary William Epperly, recognition of new University employees; the traditional bell ringing by Lana Myers, a retired University employee and granddaughter of Edwin DeCamp, who first rang the bell Sept. 23, 1902 to signal the start of classes at Western Illinois State Normal School; performance of the Alma Mater; and the “State of the University” address.

Goldfarb will discuss the progress being made implementing Western’s Higher Values in Higher Education Strategic Plan and how the core values - academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility - are being put into action.

Goldfarb will also be at the WIU-Quad Cities campus to deliver his remarks at 3 p.m. in Room 102. Board Trustee Carolyn Ehlert and Associate Provost Jeanne Clerc will also participate in the Quad Cities event, and new employees will be acknowledged. A reception will follow.

“Founders’ Day presents a unique opportunity for us to build on the University’s rich heritage as we discuss our plans for Western Illinois University’s future,” said Goldfarb.

Established in 1994, Founders’ Day is celebrated to honor the beginnings of the University that evolved from the Western Illinois Normal and Training School with 229 students when it opened its doors Sept. 23, 1902 to today’s University, which offers a comprehensive curriculum to more than 13,000 students.

For more information or to make a luncheon reservation by Friday, Sept. 16, call 309/298-1861.

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