Campus Recreation

Rec Vet Salute

Western Illinois University prides itself on being a military-friendly school. Each month, Campus Recreation spotlights a veteran to show appreciation and recognize their Leatherneck Success!

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March - April 2020

Aaron Steele

Class: Senior

Major: Psychology

Minor: Military Science

Military Service: Army

WHY I LOVE WIU
I love the diverse and welcoming campus and community at Western Illinois University.
WHY I GO TO THE REC
Campus Recreation helps me stay in shape and set a high personal standard of physical fitness.
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January - February 2020

Boyd Baker

Affiliation: Retired WIU Staff

Military Service: Navy, 1976-79

WHY I LOVE WIU
Western is a great place to get an education. The campus is beautiful and the staff/faculty are some of the best people.
WHY I GO TO THE REC
I go to the Rec to play Wallyball. The staff, full-time and student, are another big reason. They keep the place running beautifully.
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September - October 2019

Liz Walton

Class: Sophomore

Major: LEJA & RPTA

Minor: Military Science, Zoology & Scuba Diving

WHY I LOVE WIU
They offer a wide variety of academics.
WHY I GO TO THE REC
To maintain physical fitness and to relieve stress.
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Summer 2019

Larry Pickette

Department: Department: Military Science (ROTC)
Title: Scholarship and Enrollment Officer

WHY I LOVE WIU
It provides a great atmosphere for students to experiment with different programs before settling on a major.
WHY I GO TO THE REC
To combat the daily stresses of work and to stay healthy and fit as long as possible.
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April/May 2019

Tyler Petersen

Class: Junior
Major: Law enforcement
Minor: Homeland security

It's veteran friendly with a great law enforcement program
So I don't get too fat.
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March 2019

Alexander Newman

Class: Senior
Major: LEJA
Minor: Psychology

I love WIU because it has become a place where I have developed leadership skills from the clubs I have been apart of and the staff that have guided me.
I go to the Rec to ready my mind and body to reach the goals I set for myself.