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Photo Courtesy of the Visual Production Center l-r: Becky Paulsen, director of development, CBT; Dennis Iversen, senior vice president-business development, First Bankers Trust; Arthur Greenbank, president/CEO, First Bankers Trust; and Tom Erekson, CBT dean
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Photo Courtesy of the Visual Production Center More than 60 people attended the Macomb Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development's Business After Hours event at Dividends on WIU's campus.
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Western's CBT Officially Unveils Dividends

October 16, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) officially unveiled Dividends, the new coffee shop and cyber café located in Stipes Hall 118, Wednesday, Oct. 15.

According to CBT officials, more than 60 people packed into Dividends, including CBT faculty and staff, as well as several dignitaries from First Bankers Trust -- the sole donor for the project -- for the Macomb Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development's Business After Hours event.

"The Dividends concept was a great collaborative effort that put the needs of our students first," said CBT Dean Tom Erekson. "There was a true need in Stipes Hall for additional student study space. We're thrilled to be able to offer the University community this great new dining option as well as to be able to provide a place where students can grab a coffee, have a bite to eat or hang out to study or socialize."

According to Dennis Iversen, senior vice president at First Bankers Trust in Macomb and WIU honorary alumnus (1994), a few of the bank's officers are WIU graduates, so the Dividends project is a win-win situation for the bank and for the University.

"It provides First Bankers Trust a way to give back to Western. More than that, it provides a relaxed atmosphere in which faculty and students can interact," Iversen said.

First Bankers Trust also operates an ATM in Dividends. Sodexo Campus Services, the service that provides food and dining services to WIU, is also part of the collaboration, according to Erekson.

For more information, contact Schuyler Meixner at (309) 298-2442 or

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