Nov 142017

Mark Sheldon ’70 portrayed the Town Crier role to remind people in the Bloomington-Normal area that the sign-up period for the ACA insurance is going on from now to December 15.  Picture courtesy of WGLT.

You may read more here:

 Posted by at 2:40 pm
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

 Posted by at 2:16 pm
Sep 212017

 Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner!

You can register now here

A few noteworthy events:

  • “Club Tommy” Saturday, 6-9pm (Cost: $20) – Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center
  • Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
  • Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 – Eckley Quadrangle
  • Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot

You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here

 Posted by at 3:06 pm
Sep 192017
Tove (Bichel) Thomas ’70 was elected over the summer as the Kappa Delta Sorority National Vice President-Alumnae. This is a great honor and responsibility to be elected to the sorority’s National Council, all of her Illinois Wesleyan Kappa Delta sisters are so very proud of her.
Here is a photo of Tove at the National Convention where she was elected. She is on the far right in the photo. Pictured with her on the left of the photo is Illinois Wesleyan alumna, Julie Blackwood Totten ’95 who currently volunteers on the National Leadership Team of Kappa Delta as an Accounting Specialist. Beside her is Halley Shanley ’18, current Illinois Wesleyan student and chapter President of Kappa Delta on campus. They are pictured with the Illinois Wesleyan Omicron Chapter flag for Kappa Delta, which includes the IWU seal.
Congratulations, Tove!
 Posted by at 12:12 pm
Apr 042017


Hi Class of ’70!

Just a reminder that today is All In For Wesleyan!  This is an important day for IWU!  But All In for Wesleyan is more than a one-day giving campaign – it’s a day to celebrate Illinois Wesleyan and all of the things that make it special.

Many of you remember our 45th Reunion a couple of years ago

2015-10-10 Homecoming 2015. Class of 1970: 45-Year Class Reunion Dinner. Photo by Marc Featherly for Illinois Wesleyan University.

As we move toward our 50th reunion in 3 years, we want to support IWU now for all the good it has done for us in our lives and all the good memories we have from our years there.

I know that many of you wait to give money until this day.  As a special bonus, any gift you make today at will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100,000!) by Dorothea Bilder ’62, doubling your impact on Illinois Wesleyan!

If you are into social media, you can show your Titan Pride by making a gift and encourage others to participate during All In using #AllInForWesleyan.

Please get involved and stay tuned to the fun and excitement throughout the day.

Your gifts make a difference for IWU students!

 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Feb 202017
Hi Class of 1970 Members,

Today students, faculty, and staff across campus are celebrating donors and the impact they have on campus.Thank A Giver Day marks the symbolic point during the year — about 70% of the way though — when tuition dollars run out and the University relies on the generosity of donors, the endowment, and external grants for the remainder of the year.

Donor support allows IWU students to continue to have experiences like we had that make being a Titan unique and transformative. If you have already made a gift this year, thank you!  You are greatly appreciated!!  If you want to make a gift today please go to:
 Posted by at 11:12 am
Jan 062017

Lee W. Short

It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of Lee Short.  Lee, an IWU icon and loyal alum, was an honorary member of the Class of ’70 and the father of our classmate Karen Short Mills. He was the one who made sure all of us became Titans back in the 1960’s.


Pictured in the Homecoming Edition of the 2015 Something Like the Argus, are Karen Short Mills, Alan Cooke, and Lee Short.

IWU President Eric Jensen, said today:

It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Lee Short ’44, Director of Admissions from 1952-1978.  Services for Lee will be held next Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. An obituary will be published in The Pantagraph on Sunday.

Please join me in offering sympathy to Lee’s wife, Phyllis, his children, and his nephew Trey.

Lee’s many contributions to Illinois Wesleyan are chronicled in this IWU Magazine article from 2010.

You may read his obituary here.

Service and Memorial Information:

Funeral Service

Thursday, January 12, 10:30 AM

Wesley United Methodist Church

Lunch will be after the service where the family will receive friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Westminster Village Foundation, or the Lee Short Student Scholarship at Illinois Wesleyan University.

As stated by Mark Sheldon, “This is very sad, and we all send our condolences and support to Karen and all the Short family.  Lee was a grand human being and did so much for IWU over the years.”