May 142019

Bryan Olofson ’66 of Effingham, Illinois, died March 18, 2019. He was 74. He was know as “Olee” to his family and friends. Bryan played football at Illinois Wesleyan. After graduation, he started his own company, Central Business Forms, Inc. serving banks in Southern Illinois until he retired in 2013. Bryan is survived by his wife, two daughters, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters.

You can view his obituary here.

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May 082019

Marcia (Allen) Manner ’60 recently returned to campus for the first time since graduating. She received a tour from a current student along with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. She was thrilled to get to see how campus has changed and see her old residence hall where she met the students who work at the same front desk that she used to work at.

She is pictured here with a current IWU student.

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May 062019

Navana Ahrends ’63, a region director for the Illinois Retired Teacher’s Association State Board, will speak at a meeting of the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association on Thursday May 16. Navana was a member of Sigma chapter of Delta Omicron while at IWU and is currently a member of the alumni chapter Zeta Eta. You can read about her speaking engagement here.

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Apr 172019

You did it, Titans! You were the key to our success. On April 11, 2,205 donors collectively raised $518,316. And thanks to the generosity of our pacesetter challenge donors, our grand total is $776,316 (and still counting!)

This video captures a few successes from #AllInforWesleyan.  Check out the social media activity and revisit to see how your gifts made a difference.

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Apr 122019

We are saddened to report the passing of Frances Swain Ramos ’62. Frances passed away on March 12, 2019.
She was a captain in the U.S. Army, serving as a registered nurse. Frances enjoyed gardening, crafts and reading. She was a great mother who enjoyed reading to her children, taking them to museums, the park and the beach when they were younger. Frances will be deeply missed by her family and friends. You can read her obituary here.

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Apr 082019

Check out the All In Happy Hours taking place around the country. Show your Titan pride by spreading the word about All In for Wesleyan to your personal networks via social media, calls, texts, emails, etc.

You’ll have a great time while encouraging others to make an additional gift on All In and share stories about how IWU Unlocked Opportunities for each of us. Visit our webpage for more information and registration

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Apr 022019

On April 11, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of IWU show your pride and support by being All In for Wesleyan. During this 24-hour giving day, let’s unlock opportunities together – you are key to our success!

Be All In, All Day, make an additional gift at and spread the word on social media using#AllInforWesleyan. Check out our social media toolkit!

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Mar 252019

We are saddened to announce the passing of Louise (Bottorff) Toft ’62. Louise passed away on March 12, 2019. You can view Louise’s obituary here.

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Feb 082019
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Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is on Monday, February 11. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank the 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 tuition dollars run out and support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants kicks in for the remainder of the year.

Thank you to all donors who help make the IWU experience possible!

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Feb 072019

Quita Verban Shier ’60 will present on selected individuals from the 140 Native Americans she researched for her book Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War on Monday, Feb. 11 at The Ames Library’s Beckman Auditorium from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.