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