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WIU Alum Returns to Campus to Share Life Experiences with Students

MACOMB, IL – Alumnus Kevin Lampe returned to campus Wednesday to share his life experiences after college with Western Illinois University business communication and journalism students.

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The Purple Chair added 2 new photos — with Philip Weiss and 2 others.

Yesterday, The Purple Chair had the wonderful opportunity to interview WIU Alum Sam Dancer. What made the interview even more amazing was meeting one of Sams clients, James.

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We were excited to interview WIU alumnus Sam Dancer for the next episode of The Purple Chair. Stay tuned for air times!

“@westerniluniv came to @qtowncrossfit to do a interview with me and guess who stole the show. #famousjames”

"The Purple Chair ... In the Studio" Debuts

MACOMB, IL -- The University Television original program, "The Purple Chair," hosted by Western Illinois University Director of Donor Relations Amanda Shoemaker, has a new addition, "The Purple Chair ... In the Studio," which will feature a variety of interviews hosted by Shoemaker and other WIU staff. The first "In the Studio" production features 1949 WIU Graduate and WWII Pilot Pete Fulks.

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A new look for The Purple Chair. Stay tuned.

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John Deere and The Purple Chair. Two colors that don't clash at WIU!

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I know The Purple Chair has been a little quiet for a while, but back in action today on the WIU campus at the Ag Mech Show in Western Hall!!

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Have a Fun, Safe, and Fulfilling Thanksgiving Everyone!!

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Episode four of The Purple Chair is now available to watch online! This episode feature Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Associate Professor with the Department of History, speaking about 16th century witchcraft in early modern England.

The third episode of The Purple Chair is now available to watch online! This episode features Bruce Littlefield, lifestyle authority, and author who lives in New York and had the opportunity to speak to WIU students.

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October 31, 2013

"The Purple Chair" Episode 4


MACOMB, IL – In the spirit of the witching season, "The Purple Chair" is featuring the history of witchcraft as its late October/early November series.

Jen McNabb, associate professor of history at Western Illinois University and associate director of WIU's Centennial Honors College, takes a seat in the chair, with the University's Horn Field Campus as the natural backdrop, to talk about the witchcraft throughout the ages. McNabb teaches an Honors history class focusing on witchcraft.

The show will air today (Oct. 31) at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Additional show times can be found at "The Purple Chair" can be seen on local cable Channel 3 (Comcast subscribers; Channel 9, MTC subscribers).

The Fall 2013 premiere of "The Purple Chair," a University Television original series, aired in September and featured motivational speaker Bruce Littlefield. The series debuted in April 2013, and featured Joe Decker, a 1998 WIU kinesiology graduate and who was the "The World's Fittest Man."

Upcoming shows for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semester will focus on such topics cyberbullying; the history of holiday celebrations; art restoration; and lessons learned from the Holocaust.

Amanda Shoemaker, associate director of WIU's Alumni Programs, is the host of "The Purple Chair," while Phil Weiss and Todd Draeger of University Television produce "The Purple Chair."

For University Television programming, including "The Purple Chair," visit, and click "here" in the TV guide section. To obtain the complete UTV listing, change cable provider/location to Comcast or MTC depending on your cable carrier.

To "follow" the chair around campus and to learn more about the show, visit
For more information or to suggest a topic for "The Purple Chair," email

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Western Illinois University alumna Linda E. Janus will serve as the College of Arts and Sciences' (CAS) Professor of the Day Friday, Nov. 15. Read more.(Posted October 31, 2013)

Happy Halloween!!! The Purple Chair episode 4 will be airing today at 11am, 5pm and 10pm on University Television (UTV) channel 3. Be sure to watch! It's all about Witchcraft in early modern England!

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