Wrap Up Something Purple for the Holidays

December is here, which means most of us our thinking about what gifts we are going to give to our friends and family this holiday season. Are any of your friends or family members WIU students or alumni? If so…you may want to “Think Purple” and give a WIU gift. Whether it’s WIU apparel, license plates, diploma frames, or class rings, there is something that just about anyone would like under their tree.

Associate Director of Alumni Programs Amanda Shoemaker explained that there are a few different companies that the Alumni Association partners with to provide benefits to WIU alumni. “Our class rings are offered through Jostens, our diploma frames are offered through Church Hill Classics, and our license plates are through the state of Illinois. We also offer travel programs; that’s not something you can wrap up, but if someone wanted to invest in one of those and give it as a gift, that would also be an option. There are also Rec Center memberships, if you have an alumnus that wants to gain access to the Rec Center, that could also be something that they could purchase,” said Shoemaker. And when you buy one of these gifts, you are also helping your alma mater. For example, when you purchase a WIU license plate, it benefits the WIU scholarship program while you show your Western pride. And there are some great deals on these items. There is currently a promotion for certain class ring styles, offering up to 40 percent off. Recently, a new line of class rings was launched called the Luxe Ring Collection; these rings are more fashion-forward than the traditional class ring. For more information on these Alumni Benefits, visit http://wiu.edu/alumni/benefits.php.

There are so many options when it comes to getting your hands on WIU memorabilia. I think it’s a great idea for the holidays. I never know what to get my mom during the holidays and since she is a WIU alumna, this year, I might look into getting her some WIU gear. My little brother always tries to steal my WIU Under Armour half zip jacket from me, so I may even get him some WIU gear of his own.

The WIU Bookstore also offers a lot of great potential gifts for the holidays; it has everything from apparel to coffee mugs and so much more. There is currently a holiday special on some of their items so check it out at http://bookstore.wiu.edu/Holiday-Special_c_17.html. If you’re bad at making decisions, the Bookstore offers gift certificates. But you better hurry. December 17th is the last day that the WIU Bookstore will be shipping orders, so make sure to get on your holiday shopping quickly!

The Visual Production Center (VPC) offers some great graphic services and products as well. They create posters, prints, WIU wall clings, and banners. I think all of these would make a great gift for a WIU student or alumnus. For more information, call (309) 298-1358.

I will definitely be thinking purple this holiday season!

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