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Western Publishes New Arts and Sciences Magazine

May 6, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University faculty, staff and students collaborated on a new magazine published by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), which was recently distributed free to approximately 20,000 alumni, students and employees of the college.

“(Focus) magazine is but one of dozens – hundreds – of projects and programs at the College of Arts and Sciences, where we work hard to prepare students for tomorrow,” said CAS Dean Inessa Levi in her introduction to the Spring 2005 issue.

The 24-page premiere issues includes a cover story about Western Illinois’ Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station along the Mississippi River; a short profile of actor John Mahoney, a 1976 alumnus with a master’s degree in English; a story on Quad Cities marketing and public relations professional Nate Lawrence, who was the first president of Western’s Black Student Association in the 1960s; the geography department’s radar-equipped meteorology program; and an interview with Board of Trustee member George Guzzardo, a former student in Western’s K-12 Lab School.

Undergraduate students who researched and wrote articles include junior journalism majors Sara Blair (East Moline, IL) and Elizabeth Dietrich (Mount Morris, IL); senior recreation, parks and tourism administration major and creative writing minor Rebecca Jania (Chicago); and senior communication major and journalism minor Jana Minorini (Crystal Lake, IL). English graduate student Joseph Adams (Macomb, IL) contributed an article on 1971 psychology alumna Linda Spear and her studies of alcohol abuse, and assistant journalism professor Mark Butzow wrote a snapshot of incoming physics chair Vivian Incera.

Planned as a twice-yearly magazine, Focus is edited by Bill Knight, an associate journalism professor and award-winning columnist and author. Knight was recently honored for column writing by the International Labor Communications Association (2003), business reporting by the Illinois Press Association (2002) and sports writing by the Suburban Newspaper Association of America (2001).

Magazine layout and graphics were handled by Robert Johnson, curator of the on-campus Museum of Geology and an accomplished illustrator whose work has appeared in Discover magazine and other publications.

For more information about Western’s College of Arts and Sciences, visit the website

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