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WIU Fall Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 25

August 19, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – Thousands of Western Illinois University students will return to campus this fall to further their academic studies as classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.

Back-to-School Information
Back-to-school information for Western can be found at The website contains a variety of resources, including maps, parking information and restaurant and lodging options in Macomb and Western Illinois. Academic information, including the 2014-15 academic calendar, and access to campus email accounts, are also available at the site.

New Student Convocation
WIU President Jack Thomas will host the New Student Convocation, 6-6:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 in Western Hall. Incoming freshmen and transfer students and their families are encouraged to attend the ceremony, which promotes Western's core values of academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility. Thomas will host a family picnic after the event on the Campus Mall, southwest of the Spencer Student Recreation Center.

The evening will wrap up with Rocky After Dark: First Night, which will offer free food, rides and games on Hanson Field and in Q-Lot. The event welcomes incoming students and is closed to the public.

New Student Orientation
There are a wide variety of orientation activities planned to help Western students get acquainted with campus offices, services and recreational opportunities. A complete schedule can be found at

Campus Theme for 2014-2015
This year's campus theme is Ethics: A Foundation for Personal Growth and Social Responsibility. The University Theme Speakers Series will bring special speakers to campus during the academic year to incorporate the theme into campus programming.

A complete list of campus opportunities is available at

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