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Paint the Paws

September 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate in Western Illinois University’s annual Homecoming tradition, Paint the Paws, Friday, Sept. 22.

Paint the Paws, sponsored by the WIU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association, involves the painting of more than 200 paws along University Drive and Western Avenue to welcome alumni and visitors to campus on Homecoming Sept. 29-30. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Storybook Homecoming: A Tale of Leatherneck Pride.”

Paint the Paws shifts will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. First shift painters should check in at Western Hall by 12:45 p.m., while second shift painters should check in by 2:45 p.m. Supplies will be provided. Individuals interested in participating should contact Alex Erlandson at or call (309) 298-1914.

While Paint the Paws kicks off Homecoming for the students, the annual Celebrating Town & Gown event serves as the official kick-off for Western’s Homecoming. The signature University and community event, hosted by WIU President Jack Thomas and Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at The Forum in Macomb, followed by the Inaugural Macomb Alumni & Friends Golf Outing Friday, Sept. 15. WIU and Macomb community members are invited to attend both events.

For more information or to register for Celebrating Town and Gown or the golf outing, visit or call (309) 298-1914. For more information on Homecoming events, visit and


September 22, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm