Apr 082020

Ways to Support Fellow Titans

Click to view a video from President Nugent to alumni.

    • To share a word of support for your classmates at this time, submit a post to your class newsletter by emailing your editor or if your class does not have an editor, send your post to classnews@iwu.edu.
    • You can provide support to the Titan Student Emergency Fund. This fund will provide relief to students with needs such as housing, travel, moving and storage, transportation and vehicle repair, and technology needs related to remote learning.
    • If you have expertise or a career opportunity that you can share with students, please connect with a Hart Career Center staff member for a phone or video appointment through a Handshake account here. You can also post job and internship opportunities on the site. View FAQs here.
    • University Archives & Special Collections wants to hear your experiences and reflections to keep a historical record of the impact of the pandemic on the Illinois Wesleyan community, you can learn more here.
    • Assist the IWU Admissions team in student recruitment efforts. Our alumni are the best and most qualified to meet with prospective students to share your IWU experience. Sign up here: Titan Alumni Ambassadors.
    • You can see more ideas here.


 Posted by at 11:33 am
Mar 052020

Don Carlson ’69 received his Masters of Education Degree in Mathematics in 1969 through the National Science Foundation in conjunction with Illinois Wesleyan University. Don believes that his group was the last group to have this program. Also, his BSE in Mathematics and H&PE was from Illinois State Normal University, today known as just Illinois State University.

Thank you for sharing with us this gem of a memory, Don!

 Posted by at 2:55 pm
Feb 072020

Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is Monday, February 10. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. IWU celebrates each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.

If you would like to be celebrated as a donor today, you can make a gift at iwu.edu/give.

 Posted by at 11:13 am
Jan 272020

Emil Ludy ’61 and his lifelong love of hockey were featured in the Pantagraph last week.

You are an inspiration, Emil!

Emil Ludy and the Coupe Canada 150 Cup

 Posted by at 5:20 pm
Jan 222020

Artwork from Dennis Kleidon ’66 was featured in a December showing at Scottsdale’s Gallery Andrea. The Scottsdale Independent describes his art as “abstractions that explore the possibilities of paint in action, reveling in color in ways that appear at first to be intuitive, but soon reveal a sure sense of gesture – at once invigorating and calming.”  Here is the link to the article about Dennis and the art show.

Additionally, Kleidon also just completed a solo art exhibit at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City in September and a solo art exhibit at the WHAM West Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona in November. His paintings were also shown at the Miami Beach Art Now Show in December. Kleidon will also be a part of the Art on Paper Show at New York City’s Pier 36 in March. Paintings by Dennis Kleidon can be seen at www.denniskleidon.com.

Congratulations, Dennis!

 Posted by at 11:26 am
Jan 102020

Congratulations to Karla Barry ’69, who successfully defended her dissertation on December 13, 2019 and received her PhD in Organizations, Learning, Performance and Change from Colorado State University. This follows her M.A.C. from University of Denver, where she has been an adjunct professor for the last several years. She’s currently consulting with organizations on employee improvement interventions.

 Posted by at 5:20 pm
Oct 292019

Karen Birkeland ’60 reports that retirement is wonderful, and she loves traveling and learning about other cultures and countries. She has been to all seven continents and has more trips planned throughout the globe, including trips to Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica and Alaska.

 Posted by at 12:47 pm
Oct 112019

Linda Gitzendanner Hines AOPII ’68 and Stuart Hines OX ’67 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 6, 2019 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island MI followed by a trip through the Upper Peninsula and locks at Sault Set Marie MI.

The couple first met Oct 3, 1964 in front of Pfieffer Hall.  They were married Sep 6, 1969 following Stu’s discharge from the US Army after serving a year in Vietnam.

Linda spent several years raising their two children before taking advantage of her IWU degree in education where she enjoyed a satisfying career as a third grade teacher.  A major in business administration and a minor in insurance, Stu’s entire career was in the area of employee benefits before retiring in 2010 as the Employee Benefits Manager of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District.  They currently reside in the St Louis area and enjoy time with their two children and four grandchildren.

Linda was thrilled last month when their granddaughter, Katie, pledged AOPII at Missouri State University. Katie’s pledging brought back many fun memories of Linda’s years in AOPII.

Both Linda and Stu reflect often on their happy days at IWU and continue to be grateful for the foundation IWU has provided them over the years.

Stuart Hines and Linda Gitzendanner enjoy their first date at the OX Bowery Brawl October 3, 1964

50 years later Linda and Stu toast to their anniversary Sep 6, 2019 at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

 Posted by at 2:32 pm
Oct 112019

We are very sad to share that Ann Bloomquist Hougham ’69 passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle WA. Ann was the wife of R. Gregory Hougham, the loving mother of Christine Hougham (fiance Matt O’Dore), Jennifer H. Lewis (Chris), stepmom of Jonathan Hougham (Sally), and adoring grandmother of Cooper and Jackson Hougham and Wren and Marlowe Lewis.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev Paul (DD, IWU ’59) and Mildred Bloomquist, and a sister, M. Jean McBath (James H). She is survived by sister Paula Bloomquist Wayland ’68 and Paula’s husband Fred and several nieces and nephews. Paula and Ann were both members of Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi while at IWU.

 Posted by at 1:53 pm
Sep 242019

Metropolitan Opera star William Powers ’64 performed at the Performing Arts Center of Harper College on September 17. William, a baritone, performed arias (in costume) and also selections from the Great American Songbook.

Congratulations on your performance, William!

 Posted by at 10:58 am