President Al Goldfarb will deliver his State of the University address during the 15th annual Founders’ Day Luncheon, scheduled from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Western Hall at WIU-Macomb and at 4 p.m. in Room 102 at the WIU-Quad Cities campus.
Founders’ Day on the Macomb campus will highlight the University theme Health and Wellness: Challenges and Responsibilities through programming that will be ongoing as people arrive, as well as through a healthy luncheon menu of grilled lemon pepper chicken breast, rice pilaf, steamed vegetables or a vegetarian strudel.
A processional of the stage party in full academic regalia will begin the 12:30 p.m. program, which will include 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. The program will also include the recognition of new employees by each vice president; and Goldfarb’s State of the University remarks. Individuals unable to attend the luncheon are welcome to come to the 12:30 p.m. program; gallery seating will be available. Employees may be granted release time to attend during their regularly scheduled work hours, subject to supervisory approval and the operational needs of the department.
The celebration at WIU-QC will begin at 4 p.m. with Provost and Academic Vice President Jack Thomas offering opening remarks; followed by the ringing the Ship’s Bell, a new tradition which began in 2006, signifying the University’s new era with the development of a Riverfront Campus; and Goldfarb presenting the State of the University address. A reception will follow.
Established in 1994, Founders’ Day is celebrated to honor the beginning of the University, which 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 13,170 students.