University Relations

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News Services & Support for University Personnel

Contact the college or division marketing representative for assistance with website updates, posting events to area web calendars, writing copy for print/web, questions, or concerns.

Universitywide Publicity and Promotion

University Relations (UR) is responsible for promoting Western Illinois University programs, accomplishments, events, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

University Relations prepares news/feature stories for distribution to media; facilitates University-related news media coverage; produces/maintains Western's social media efforts; coordinates and hosts news conferences; promotes University faculty and staff as expert sources; and coordinate Western News and Campus Connection.

  • Darcie Shinberger, Assistant Vice President of Advancement & Public Services
    • Office of the President/Vice President for Advancement & Public Services
      Location: 302 Sherman Hall
      Phone: (309) 298-1993

University Marketing

  • Suzanne Pritchard, Director of University Marketing
    (General marketing questions, logo requests and logo/design approvals should be submitted to
  • Sue Schoonover, Administrative Clerk/Marketing Assistant
  • Web Representative - Jessica Lambert, Creative and Digital Integration Manager

Marketing & Web Representatives

Marketing and web representatives provide colleges, departments, and faculty with the following support:

  • scheduling events & locations
  • writing/editing copy
  • preparing print for the web and for internal/external marketing and advertising
  • posting to the college, department, and public web calendars
  • submitting items for Campus Connection, University News, and Western News
  • updating college and department websites

WIU Web Services

Web Services, a subsidiary of University Technology, maintains the upper levels of the website and provides support for division/college area web representatives as needed.   Divisions/colleges, departments are responsible for submitting their events to their calendar and to the public web calendar.

  • Jeremy Merritt, Director - Web Services
    Location: 320 Seal Hall
    Phone: (309) 298-1287
  • Heather McMeekan, Information Technology Technical Associate 
    Location: 318 Seal Hall
    Phone: (309) 298-1325
  • Scott Lawson, Information Technology Technical Associate
    Location: 313 Seal Hall
    Phone: (309) 298-2290
    Email:  ST-Lawson@ wiu . edu