Dec 062017

IWU Homecoming, 2017. Titan Reunions. The Kings, Rick ’67 and Cheryl ’68.

IWU Homecoming, 2017. Titan Reunions. Eldridge Gilbert ’67 and Peggy Harmon ’67. Thelma Gilbert ’67, back to camera.

IWU Homecoming, 2017. Titan Reunions. Lynn Stickler Leipold ’67, husband John Leipold and Martha Watson Violett ’67.

IWU Homecoming, 2017. Titan Reunions. The class of 1967, 50th reunion.


IWU Homecoming, 2017. Titan Reunions. Carol Pedigo Phoenix ’67, Joy Ramsey Franks ’67.









Eldridge Gilbert ’67 and Arthur Cheatham ’67 look over their yearbook during the 50th reunion at Bloomington Country Club.

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Dec 062017

Marilyn Keiser ’63, Chancellor’s Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, will perform in concert at First Presbyterian Church in Alton, IL on Friday, Dec. 15. For more information, click here.

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Dec 012017

We are deeply sorry to announce that Alfred Raufeisen ’61  passed away at the age of 79 on Nov. 22, 2017, at Wild Rose Hospital. He was born on May 3, 1938, in Zurich, Switzerland and immigrated to America on Nov. 10, 1950, later proudly becoming a U.S. citizen. He graduated from New York Mills High School in Utica, N.Y., attended Utica College, Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois. He was part owner of Henneman and Raufeisen Associates Inc. He felt privileged to work with many clients on state-of-the-art projects throughout the Midwest and received numerous awards. As an adjunct professor, Alfred took great pride interacting with young student architects and engineers. Alfred also enjoyed winters in Punta Gorda, Fla. He will be deeply missed.

Read his full obituary here:



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Nov 282017

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday is #GivingTuesday, a global initiative to celebrate generosity and give back during the holiday season. Join the movement and help make bright futures possible for current Titans with a gift at today!

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Nov 142017
Barbara Thomas ’61 has a new exhibition titled “Journey of the Heart” showcasing the ministry of missionary Carol Polley. You can read more about it here
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Nov 012017

We are deeply sorry to announce that William C. Short Jr. ’62 of Bloomington, IL and Englewood, Fla., passed away Oct. 29, 2017.

At IWU, Bill was a member of Sigma Chi. After his sophomore year, Bill served in the U.S. Army. His love of building roads began at age 16 when he worked under his father in Boone County and, after graduating at IWU, he began working for Eaton Asphalt, followed by Rowe Construction Co. for 40 years, where he was vice president, until he retired in 2000.

Bill and his wife Sherron enjoyed traveling. His favorite place was his home in Florida.

Bill was known for his love of family, his sense of humor, his strong work ethic, his integrity and a life well-lived. He will be missed.

Read his obituary in The Pantagraph here:

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Oct 142017

Howard McNier ’69 retired from the California State University College of Business faculty. He is carrying on, at least a little bit, the tradition of Dr Beadles. He has now dedicated his life to aiding the less fortunate.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Living Water Center in Bangkok, Thailand (funded by Mary’s Meals, a CNN Top Ten Hero), Howard helps educate, house, etc. migrant, trafficked children from across South East Asia.

This is wonderful news, Howard! We wish you good luck in the future!

To read more about Mary’s Meals click here 

And to learn more about the Living Water Center, click here.

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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

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Sep 272017

“The reason I was hired as a music teacher in Norfolk, Virginia was because I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan.  It was very beneficial that I graduated from Wesleyan.  They didn’t hesitate to hire me.”  – Joy Franks ’67

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Sep 252017

We are deeply saddened to announce that Daniel Sullivan ’62, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, opera singer, and voice teacher passed away on February 18, 2017.

Dan had a notable performance career, full and robust life, and courageous 12-year battle with Multiple Myeloma, fortunate to be on the cutting edge of research and multiple trials with the Beth Israel Hematology and GI Oncology teams.

Dan the performing artist will be remembered as a consummate professional and supportive colleague. Dan as a man will be remembered by those closest as a true artist, who found the creative in everything, and made a conscious choice in “one thing every day.” In the last few years, Dan turned to the visual arts to express his cancer experience, and shared Sullivan Studios each year at JP Open Studios with family artists Molly and Reilly. He loved the theater and his family—no role and no job was too small or menial for him to take on with great purpose. Dan performed with the greats in international venues but also  truly loved to repair, paint and build props, sing in the church choir, beef up the bass section of the university opera, and do roles with kids. He was an encourager, a dreamer, and a champion for others.

Read his full obituary here:

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