Oct 262017

Delores Colton, a pioneer in women’s athletics at The Benjamin School, is retiring after 44 years of coaching. Colton became the first female coach at Benjamin after being hired in 1974 to assist with swimming and track meets. During her time at TBS, Colton has coached volleyball, girls soccer, cheer-leading and girls and boys tennis. In 2017, she retired as the head varsity coach for girls soccer and volleyball, but continued on as the girls and boys tennis coach. Under her tenure, the girls volleyball team took home 411 wins. Colton’s team’s have won a combined 43 district titles, 18 regional championships, and many final four or state championship appearances. Six of her tennis athletes went on to win individual state championships.

“Delores Colton has been an incredible coach and mentor at The Benjamin School for over the last 40 years. Her records as coach of volleyball, tennis and soccer are truly remarkable, but most importantly she has been a fantastic mentor to all her student-athletes. The Benjamin School and athletic department benefited tremendously having her lead these teams,” said athletic director Ryan Smith.

Delores Colton ’59, pictured second from left, shares a fun moment with former student athletes and colleague.

Congratulations, Delores, on your lasting legacy!

Read the full article here: https://www.thebenjaminschool.org/page/news-detail?pk=953611&fromId=194005

 Posted by at 11:52 am
Oct 122017

As IWU celebrates Titans Around the World at Homecoming this weekend, we will also honor our alumni who served worldwide as veterans and first-responders, including Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95. We will remember Ryan and all veterans and first-responders who have given their lives in the service of others and our country. Presenting the colors will be American Legion Color Guard Post 635 Normal and Post 56 from Bloomington. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 14th at 12:45 p.m., prior to the Homecoming Football game at Tucci Stadium and will include the National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer ’72.  Classmates and friends can view the ceremony on streaming video live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/iwu/.

 Posted by at 2:15 pm
Oct 112017

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bill Bringham, Sr ’48. Bill lived an extraordinarily long life of service to his family, the community and to Sigma Chi Fraternity in which he served as CEO for 36 years and was honored with selection as a Significant Sig and to the Order of Constantine, working with tens of thousands of Sigma Chi’s throughout the world.

During his collegiate years at Illinois Wesleyan, Bill joined the Navy and was stationed during World War II on Palymra Island in the Pacific Theatre. After graduation from IWU, Bill and his late wife, Ruth, moved to Nashville in pursuit of his Law Degree from Vanderbilt University. They then relocated to Falls Church, Va. for Bill’s service to the FBI, then to Chicago in the Trust Department at Continental Bank where he became re-involved with local Sigma Chi’s and started a 36 year career with Sigma Chi Fraternity and 30 years with the Sigma Chi Foundation.

You may read more about Bill’s life here: http://www.donnellanfuneral.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2021645

 Posted by at 11:15 am
Oct 032017

We are sorry to announce that Betty Ritchie-Birrer ’47 passed away on September 27, 2017. Betty was selected as the 2017 Alumni Loyalty Award winner and was looking forward to coming to Homecoming this year to receive the award. You can read her obituary here.

 Posted by at 2:19 pm
Sep 292017

I am saddened to report the death of B. Charles (Chuck) Ames, a 1950 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan whose vision and love for the University will continue to impact Titans for generations to come.

Chuck died on Sept. 22 at age 92 at his home in Cleveland. A memorial in celebration of his life will be held at The Country Club in Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.

A graduate of Harvard Business School and prominent businessman, Chuck served as President and CEO of Reliance Electric, CEO of Acme Cleveland, CEO of Uniroyal-Goodrich Company, and as Operating Partner and Vice Chair at the private equity investment firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice in New York City.

Chuck was a philanthropist at heart, with his alma mater among his favorite beneficiaries. Together with his wife Joyce “Jay” Eichhorn Ames ’49, their generous support included the largest gift in Illinois Wesleyan history – an endowment gift valued at $25 million to launch the Transforming Lives campaign in 2009.

A $14-million leadership gift from Chuck and Jay also enabled construction of The Ames Library, which was completed in 2002. Following an endowment gift for student scholarships – as a romantic surprise from Chuck – the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art was named in Jay’s honor in 1998, and the couple funded an expansion to the building in 2011, including the 2,400-square-foot glass rotunda and entrance lobby.

Chuck was driven by a vision that continues to inspire us, challenging alumni in 1998 to join in his and Jay’s belief and support for Illinois Wesleyan to become one of the top national liberal arts institutions in the United States. We are grateful for their gracious wish to see future students benefit as they did from their education here, as they explained to alumni and friends in launching the most successful campaign in our history: “We would not be who we are were it not for Wesleyan.”

President Jensen

 Posted by at 11:31 am
Sep 272017

There is less than 1 month until Homecoming 2017! While counting down the days until we are all back on campus, let’s reminisce about the time spent at IWU. Would anyone like to share their favorite IWU memories? Comment below.

If you are still deciding on which events you want to attend during Homecoming, the International RSO Fair is highly recommended. It will be on Saturday (10/14) at the Hansen Student Center, Center Court from 11 am – 1 pm. Come learn more about our multicultural registered student organizations and enjoy activities and musical performances. A light lunch will be provided, so please register either online or by phone by 10/8! You can visit the Homecoming Facebook page or the International RSO Fair Facebook event for more information.

 Posted by at 12:44 pm
Sep 222017

We are deeply sorry to announce that The Rev. Dr. John Burton Wolf (’49), 92, a Unitarian Universalist minister, father, and grandfather died on September 19, at Clarehouse, in Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Wolf, author of the book, “The Gift of Doubt” was the senior minister of All Souls Church in Tulsa for 35 years, before becoming the Minister Emeritus in 1995.

Through his leadership, All Souls grew to become one of the largest Unitarian Universalist churches in the country and helped to establish two other Unitarian Universalist churches in Tulsa.

Read his full obituary here: http://www.newson6.com/story/36414451/the-rev-dr-john-burton-wolf-tulsa-unitarian-universalist-minister-dies-at-92

 Posted by at 11:44 am
Sep 202017

Class of 1957 60th Reunion Celebration

Join your classmates for the “Golden Titan Club” Reunion Dinner

Saturday 6 PM Cocktails and 6:30 PM Dinner

Bloomington Country Club 605 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington

You can register now here

A few noteworthy events:

  • President’s Reception Friday 4-5:30 PM – President’s House, 1201 N. Park St.
  • Alumni Awards Dinner Friday 6-8 PM (Cost: $20)- Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center
  • Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
  • Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 AM – Eckley Quadrangle
  • Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot

You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here

 Posted by at 12:03 pm
Sep 192017

Bob Byler ’52 has been a lifelong journalist and still, film, and video photographer with avocational passions for jazz and other music, travel, and home remodeling.  After IWU, Bob received his M.A. in journalism at Missouri U and his Ph.D in communications at Bowling Green. Bob then applied and was hired to head the journalism division at Evansville University from 1958 to 1973. He returned to Bowling Green S.U. in Ohio from 1973 to 1990. He taught 21 courses total, with emphasis in magazine and public relations, as well as professionally-oriented internships for students.

During his time at IWU, Bob was a member of a student vocal group, The Three Twins, who sang “jazzy tunes” such as “The Rambler” in a TKE fraternity chorus that serenaded at sorority houses. Bob is now a promoter of jazz music and archivist. His intention is to preserve and share the jazz culture that has been such an inspiration in his own life life.

Check out a bit of Bob’s work here:


Bob and Ruth Byler Archival Jazz Videos:


Bob says, “Jazz is like a river, ever-changing, fed by many tributaries that alter its contours to display new musical horizons and inspirations that appeal to many tastes, moods and activities.”

You’re an inspiration, Bob! Keep up the good work!

 Posted by at 12:26 pm