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Arts and Sciences Spring/Summer Issue of Focus Magazine Online

May 25, 2011

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MACOMB, IL –- The Spring/Summer issue of Focus magazine, an online publication about the people and events in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University, is now available at

Highlights include features on WIU emeriti Larry Balsamo (history), Olive Fites (English), Henry Sather (biology) and Lynn Wolfmeyer (math); anniversaries in the psychology and African American Studies departments; the latest news about a Western alum who won a Pulitzer; a political science professor who has been awarded a prestigious Congressional Fellowship for 2011-2012; a globe-trotting alum who served as CAS "Professor of the Day"; and the story of "Opie," a life-sized model of a prehistoric marine reptile fashioned from scratch by Geology Museum Curator Robert Johnson.

There are plenty of faculty updates, and Dean Susan Martinelli-Fernandez has a Q & A feature with incoming University president Jack Thomas.

Award-winning journalist and deputy director of Western's B.A. journalism degree program, Professor Bill Knight, is the editor. Direct comments and ideas for future features to Knight at

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