Dec 192017

Hello friends, it is this time of year where we have a bit more space and time with family, and a good time to give thanks for all our blessings and the richness in our lives.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, we hope you enjoy our new video recorded with the Prague Symphony – “A Django Christmas”

Warmest wishes to you and yours for the Holiday season and New Year,
– David Wilkes and the Sultans of String

Dec 102017

Jim Dorsey completed his 17th “Escape from the Rock”, a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco in August. He repeated his first place finish in his age group (70-74). He and wife Wendy then went to Spain to complete the last 200 miles or so of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain. They had started the hike last year but had to suspend the trip when Wendy developed a stress fracture from hiking. Jim retired from IHS Market 2 years ago and is happily retired living in Massachusetts.

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Dec 102017

Durrie retired as a publisher of Tribune CT dailies (Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time) just as the industry started its downward slide. He enjoyed success with the papers twice being named as New England Newspaper of the Year. He and wife Robbie then decompressed with a trip around the world. They eventually relocated back in Colorado where they both lead hikes for the Colorado Mountain Club. Durrie writes ‘I feed my hopeless newspaper addiction by serving on the board of the Colorado Independent, an online nonprofit publication staffed by former columnists and writers from the Denver Post.’ Durrie is also celebrating his 17th year on the board of a foundation that helps needy LA Times employees and retirees as well as the working poor of Los Angeles. This enables Durrie to visit two children in Santa Barbara and their older daughter in Laguna Beach. As a loyal IWU alum Durrie also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for IWU for 5 years.

Durrie also shared one of his fond memories at IWU…the Commons Cafeteria where Captain Crunch was served for dinner when they ran out of food. Does anyone else remember that night? As I recall Captain Crunch was served as chow mien noodles. Feel free to post any special memories you might have of the Commons back in the 60’s!

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Dec 102017

Ruth Klecka Schroeter ’69, Westchester, IL retired after a 40 year career in public, private and Christian education in Illinois. After teaching 2nd grade for 2 years in Naperville, Ruth attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, where she received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1973. She then worked as a reading specialist in Oak Park for 7 years. Following six years at home as a Mom, Ruth pursued part time work as a substitute teacher, preschool aide, World Book sales person and Church School Superintendent at Berkeley-Hillside Presbyterian Church. Most recently Ruth has served as a tutor for 22 years at West Suburban Educational Association in Hinsdale. Ruth’s retirement plans include becoming a certified Master Gardener, traveling with husband Fred and visiting Vermont to see her baby granddaughter. Congratulations, Ruth!

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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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