Sep 262018

Mary Sue (Knopp) Brewer ’65 retired after 29 years with the textile, merchandising and interiors department of the University of Georgia. She was hired there because the textile people needed someone with a biology background to do their toxicity studies. Her most recent work involved the transfer of microbes from carpet or upholstery to skin-like material using a robot. She has been unable to visit the Atlanta alumna Christmas party because she is always busy snapping the whip-crack with the Athens Symphony.

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Sep 102018
Dennis Brown ’67 provided introductory remarks entitled “Meeting The Visitor” preceding a showing of The Visitor (2007) starring Richard Jenkins ’67 on Tuesday, July 31 as part of the McLean County Museum of History’s ongoing Movies Under the Dome series.
Brown, an adjunct professor at Webster University in their Electronic and Photographic Media department, provided context as to how The Visitor came to be and why the movie remains so immediate, discussing it’s 2 weeks of pre-production, elements of cinematography, the use of musical score, and more.
Here’s a link to more information about Movies Under the Dome at the McLean County Museum of History.
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Aug 242018

Join Golden Titan Club members for dinner and cocktails.
Cocktail hour starts at 6:00 pm, and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

New Venue:
Redbird A and C, Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 201 Broadway Ave., Normal

$35 registration fee for non-IWU alumni guests

You may register here or you may call 888-498-2586.

All alumni from the classes from the 1930’s – 1967 are welcome.

Jul 272018

Members of IWU’s class of 1968 are busy making reservations, contacting old friends and getting ready for their 50th reunion October 5-7.  The Reunion Weekend and Homecoming 2018 is A Century of Celebration.

Please fill out the 50 Year Reunion Book Survey.  You don’t have to attend to be included in the Book and receive a copy.  We want to know what everyone is doing after all these years.  Also watch for registration information.  It will be available in August.

Let Jill Dew,, or Steve Nestler,, know if you plan to join us!  Or contact Krista Cordona ’03,

You can see who has already planned to attend here

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Jul 272018

Richard Jenkins, DeKalb native and Academy Award nominee, has announced that a special film series hosted by the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb IL is set for September and October.  The series will feature  nine favorite movies that he has starred in.  According to Jenkins, “They all mean something special to me. I’m humbled that they’re showing them at the theater in downtown DeKalb and I hope you all come and check them out.”

The nine movies are “Dear John,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Flirting with Disaster,” “Bone Tomahawk,” “North Country,” “The Visitor,” “Step Brothers,” “Norman” and “The Shape of Water.”  Jenkins’ performance in “The Visitor” and “The Shape of Water” earned him Academy Award nominations.

Read the full article here

Here is the link to the Egyptian Theatre website where you can view Jenkins’ announcement and purchase tickets.

This is a wonderful honor, Richard.  Congratulations.

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Jul 182018

We are saddened to inform you that Mary Lee Honegger ’62 on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Mary Lee was a member of Forrest United Methodist Church. For those who knew Mary Lee, she had a sense of humor and wanted everyone to know that she is still “just peachy.”

Read her full obituary here.

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Jun 252018

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Terry L. Ridenour ’68 of Roscoe, IL, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 after an extended illness.

After graduating from IWU, Terry married the former Diane W. Ault in Mt Morris on June 28, 1969. He retired as an insurance sales manager for Allstate Insurance Co. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Hope Free Evangelical Church and was an avid walleye fisherman and belonged to many fishing organizations. He was a Mason for A.F. and A.M. of Samuel H. Davis Lodge #96 in Mt Morris, and a life member of A.A. Scottish Rite Valley of Danville.

View Terry’s full obituary here.

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