Sep 262019

Hello, there Titans!

This editor hopes that you had a great summer. I sure did! Working, playing, travelling and enjoying the beautiful season.  My good news is twofold. In August my attorney son, wed his wonderful sweetheart and I gained a whole new family, in the process! In addition, I was elevated to full-time faculty at one of the universities where I was adjunct. Assistant Professor of English at Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio; I am in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Who-hoo! Praise the Lord!

Now, I like, I hope you are getting ready to attend Illinois Wesleyan University’s Homecoming 2019. October 4th, 5th and 6th is the weekend to come celebrate with alumni and friends, in good ole Bloomington, Illinois. This year’s theme is “Your Story Starts Here.” Back-to-school classes, Alumni award winners, football game versus Carroll University, reunion dinners(classes ending in “4” and “9”) and the ever-popular, “Club Tommy’s.” There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Please, go to and register your attendance, today. You do not want to miss this opportunity to see friends and classmates while visiting the serene, picturesque IWU campus, our beloved alma mater. I look forward to seeing you! Travel safely, take care, Titans!


 Posted by at 12:05 pm
Aug 062019

2020 is IWU’s 150th Anniversary and the 125th Anniversary of Admitting Women.

The Class of 1970’s 50th Class Reunion!
October 10, 2020

When: Our Gala Dinner takes place on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Pre and post events include a Fat Jack’s Friday gathering, a Memorial Service, and more –  October 9 and 10. More details to come, but for now – mark that calendar!

Soon: Our very own website created by the class reunion committee! We’ll be asking for stories, pictures, and music.

NOW: Getting organized. Steering Committee members and committee heads are listed below – and we can use more help! If you want to be part of the planning, email Bill Devore ( or Kathy Lewton (

Steering the Effort: Dave and Barbara Grace Wilson, Karen Short Mills, Bill Devore, Earl Franz, Kathy Lewton, Sonny Freeman, and Steve Burrichter.

Committee Leaders: Lana Weiss Brown (Back to College program), Pat McAvoy (assisting with everything), Brent A. Anderson and Debbie Moorehead Thorpe (inviters and arrangers), and Spen Sauter (website creator and manager). Many more to come!



May 062019

Michael E. Davey ’70 of Alexandria, Virginia, died March 2, 2019. He was 71. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history at Illinois Wesleyan, Mike acquired master’s degrees in sociology, educational administration, and future studies. He taught sixth grade, and worked for Batelle, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, before beginning his career as a researcher at the Congressional Research Service. While there, Mike was selected to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University. He also spent a year on loan to the National Research Council as the National Nanotechnology Initiative Study Director. Mike taught evening classes at the University of Maryland. He had a lifelong love of sports and coached youth sports for many years. He was active in his church and was a President of the Board of Directors for United Community Ministries, a local nonprofit. Mike is survived by his wife Bonnie (Earll) Davey ’70, two children, two grandsons and two sisters.

You can read the obituary here.

 Posted by at 11:06 am
Apr 082019

Check out the All In Happy Hours taking place around the country. Show your Titan pride and encourage others to meet you for All In Happy Hour by spreading the word on your personal networks via social media, calls, texts, and emails.

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

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
Mar 282019

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!

 Posted by at 2:17 pm
Feb 082019

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!

 Posted by at 9:16 am
Nov 262018
D. Paul Miller, retired sociology professor who served Illinois Wesleyan from 1960 to 1982, died on Nov. 3 at age 101. You can view his obituary here.

A medal-winning Senior Olympian, Paul was remembered fondly by IWU athletics department colleagues Norm Esch ’75, Ron Rose ’88 and Stew Salowitz ’76 in a tribute in The Pantagraph.

 Posted by at 12:51 pm
Oct 012018

As of September 1, Susan Burlison ’70 and her husabnd, Lee, became residents of Plzeň in the Czech Republic. Their reason for moving 6,000 miles? Three adorable grand children – Ella, William & Marie. They love their new flat. It’s big, sunny and a half block from Republic Square where there are many exciting events. If you are going to be in the Czech Republic, let them know. They love visitors and sightseeing.

 Posted by at 4:42 pm
May 162018

Jane Brue, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 18, in Evelyn Chapel, with a visitation prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. in the Chapel.

Jane was a nursing professor at Illinois Wesleyan for 21 years, leading many study abroad classes and receiving multiple accolades from students and colleagues. More details on her dedication to her profession, to IWU basketball, and to her family are in her obituary. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.