Cool canine story features a WIU student

Warning: If you’re a dog-lover, this might give you the chills. (The good kind, of course!) Or maybe even teary eyes. Not that that happened to this blogger or anything…(sniffle!)

As if it wasn’t cool enough that this organization helps people with disabilities, on top of that, it involves finding homes for shelter dogs, too.

This story from features WIU student Adam Cale of Macomb, a double major in graphic communication and Spanish, who uses a wheelchair. As the story explains, Cale is in the process of training his service dog, Chester, who he was partnered with through a not-for-profit organization called Paws Giving Independence. The organization trains dogs and places them with people in need. Chester will be able to assist Cale with daily tasks that many of us take for granted:

“He’ll turn on lights for me, pick things up for me and open doors that I can’t,” Cale said. “He’ll just make my life easier.”

Read the full story here!

Former Leatherneck named a U.S. Marshal

It’s one thing for the president of your company to give you a nod. But it’s another when it’s the president of the United States of America!

William C. Sibert, who graduated from Western in 1983, was one of three men nominated by President Obama on July 21 to become a white-house-sealU.S. Marshal.

According to a news release from White House’s Office of the Press Secretary, Sibert, a detective with the Warrant/Fugitive Division of the St. Louis (MO) Police Department, is now a nominee for United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri.

“Throughout their careers these individuals have shown a deep commitment to public service,” said President Obama. “I appreciate their continued willingness to serve and protect the American people.”

When he was a student at Western, Sibert earned a B.A. in sociology and was a member of the Leatherneck football team from 1976-1978. For more about the nomination, and Sibert’s career in law enforcement since his graduation from Western, read the full announcement here.

Where are they now?

Maybe you’re one of the many high school students who knows you want to go to college, but don’t know what you want to do when you get there.

Have you ever wondered what our graduates do with their WIU degrees?

Well, here’s one way to tell. When you scan through the Class Notes section of Western News, the newsletter that all graduates receive four times a year, you’ll find a pretty cool sampling of what WIU grads are doing with their lives. Here’s a quick peek at just some of the names and occupations who submitted their information to recent issues:

Here’s a random sampling of some of our grads:

  • Kimberly Lightford of Chicago, who majored in communications and graduated in 1991, is now a United States Senator representing the Illinois 4th District.
  • Sharon Bouchard, who earned both her bachelor’s degree (teacher education and health science) and master’s degree (physical education, now called kinesiology) from WIU, and now of Dexter, (MI), is a driver operator for the Ann Arbor Fire Department and competes as a competitive Masters Rower, earning three medals in the 2008 Masters National Competition.
  • Dave Faries, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at WIU, is now the food critic for the Dallas Observer.
  • Michael Aden, who majored in marketing and graduated in 2002, is now a logistics analyst for Boeing and earned an MBA in operations and supply chain management from St. Louis University.
  • Ashley Cox, who majored in women’s studies and graduated in 2005, is now a victim advocate in Jefferson County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team for Community Treatment, Inc., in Festus (MO).
  • Martha Dobrzynski, who majored in psychology and also earned her master’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western in 2008, is now an immigration services officer for the Department of Homeland Security in Des Moines, (IA).
  • Mark Hurty, who earned a general studies bachelor’s degree in 2009, was selected for the 2010 Teach for America Corps in the San Francisco Bay area.

Want to see more examples? Check out back issues of Western News on your own. And even if you come to campus still unsure, Western’s University Advising and Academic Services Center (UAASC) is here to help set you on the right path.