Aug 102020

Ooohh Titans, this world is changing. Our world is changing. I just last week cancelled my accommodations for homecoming this October. It will be my 45th Class Reunion, 1975! Wow! Now, the plans for the weekend of October 7 – 9th are for a virtual homecoming, due to the Covid19 pandemic. I hope that you, like me, plan to be in attendance. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Let me say this, first and foremost, my deepest, most sincere condolences go out to my fellow Titans, who have lost a friend, spouse, family, colleague, or a loved one to the coronavirus.  I continue to pray for the safety and well-being of all. This concern extends itself to the many Titans of color, those of us who have had to contend with the racial pandemic that layers itself upon the healthcare crisis, which we all are suffering from. The war on several fronts rages on. We, together, must be strong and continue to press on.

Although, the numbers steadily rise, five million Americans have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Over 160,000 Americans, of all races, genders, ages, and social status have succumbed. If anyone had suggested to me, six months ago, that we would be in Depression Era unemployment, I would not have believed it. Yet, here we are. Be strong, Titans! Keep hope alive! Fight depression and despair. Do not give up! These words, give this Titan comfort. I hope that they give you solace and encouragement, as well.

Last of all, I want to share a few suggestions which I have found peace in practicing. My daughter, my oldest introduced me to meditation (A child shall lead them). Every day twice a day, ten-minutes sessions, helps to soothe, remove stress and anxiety, while giving focus using mindfulness techniques. Beginners may Google “Guided Meditation,” for starters. The old adage, “Every day is a gift, that is why they call it the present,” rings so true during these trying times. So, my Titan friends, embrace this gift of life, daily. If you believe in a higher power, let them hear from you. Wear your masks and practice all safety precautions.

Take care and be well!


Aug 072020

Marlon Nettleton ‘77 is a member of the Lake Ashtones, who sang the national anthem prior to a National Basketball Association game between the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers on December 27, 2019, in Orlando.
Wow, how exciting that must have been!

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Aug 072020

Michael Cooper ‘77 has returned to directing theatre full time after spending 21 years in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. He was also recently named the Artistic Director of The Alchemy Theatre in Austin, Texas. Click here to read more.

Congratulations, Michael!

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Aug 052020

Wendy (Oldenburg) Hall ’78 and Kristin (Schwab) Kroll ’85 are teachers with Allendale Association, a nonprofit organization providing care, treatment and education for youth with emotional, behavioral and mental challenges. Kristin has taught at Allendale for the past 30 years, while Wendy has taught art for the past 10. Wendy has taught art for the past 10. Wendy and Kristin have teamed up to deliver home-based instruction during COVID-19.

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Jul 312020

Linda (Fisher) Shearin ’71 passed away on October 10, 2019. She was born on June 25 ,1949. She graduated from Bement High School in 1967, and belonged to many music and teaching professional organizations. She is survived by her daughter, sisters, stepsiblings, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Read the full obituary here.

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Jul 232020

A book by Katherine James ‘73 called Harvesting Witnesses’ Stories (How To Get Your Client The Second-Best Life In The World by Maximizing Human Damages was published on July 13, 2020 by AAJ Press. According to Katherine, it is a “ground breaking book on witness preparation for trial lawyers.”
Congratulations, Katherine!

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Jul 212020

Julie Swango ’74 of Normal, Illinois, died Dec. 14, 2019. She was 67. Julie studied elementary education at Illinois Wesleyan and later earned a master’s degree in education from Illinois State University. She served as a thrid-grade teacher in McLean County (Ill.) Unit 5 schools for 35 years. She was a talented seamstress, baker and gardener. She loved to travel, especially to her family cabin in Wisconsin, where she emjoyed time with her loved ones. Julie was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Merna and Sigma Kappa, both of which blessed her with lifelong friends. She is survived by her husband Gary Swango ’73, three children, four grandchildren and two sisters.

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Jul 212020

Earl Kirk ’71 of Aurora, Illinois, and Evansville, Indiana, died Nov. 27, 2019. He was 70. Earl studied French at Illinois Wesleyan University and went on to earn graduate and ABD degrees at Indiana University. He was employed as an instructor at Southwestern College (1978-79), an instructor and administrator at Baker University (1978-2003), and as the director of study abroad an Harlaxton College coordinator at the University of Evansville (2003-15). Earl was a world traveler, fluent in several languages, and had a love of people, history and cultures. He was an inspirational educator, administrator and mentor who encouraged students to achieve their goals in education, studying and traveling abroad. He is survived by three siblings, a special aunt and uncle, and several nieces, nephews and other family members, colleagues and friends.

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Jul 202020

Richard Smith ‘79 is featured in the Summer/Fall issue of the IWU magazine
for his publication of Understanding National Wealth: The Triumph of the Most Successful Political Economy in History, a book providing a summary of where the United States stands financially. Understanding National Wealth is available at Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, and at

Congratulations, Richard!

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