May 222019

Gwen (Bailey) de Mauriac ’72 and her sophomore year IWU roommate, Kathe Loyd Heyer, are spending three weeks in Europe this summer, visiting Amsterdam, traveling down the Rhine River to Basil, Switzerland and then taking the train to spend a few days in northern Italy. This will be their second trip together.

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May 152019

Christine Ellsworth Coyne ’74 trained for and ran in her first marathon when she completed the 2017 Chicago Marathon. Christine is a customer service representative at Molex, Inc., in the Chicago area. She has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and a 7th on the way! Here she is with one of her grandchildren:

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Apr 302019

Charles (Charlie) McCarthy ’73 passed away at the age of 86 on April 10, 2019 in Normal. Charlie was a marine veteran who received his bachelors of science in sociology from Illinois Wesleyan. His obituary can be found here.

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Apr 292019

Jim Molinari ’77 has joined the University of Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team staff as assistant coach. Click here to read more about Jim’s accomplishment.

Congratulations, Jim!

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Apr 272019

Wayne Messmer ’72 sang the national anthem for the Chicago Cubs’ opening day at Wrigley Field. Although he has sung the anthem for thirty-five opening days at Wrigley and hundreds of times at other events, this year’s April 9 season opener was a milestone. It marked twenty-five years since a gunshot to Wayne’s throat left him wounded and worried he would never sing again. Here is the link to the article about Wayne and a video of his national anthem performance. Wayne lives in Glenview, Illinois.

Apr 252019

Alice Arnold ’75
recently completed her 44th year as an educator, including the past 21 as a professor at East Carolina University. Alice’s teaching and research have been directed by a constructivist philosophy, with emphasis on inclusion. She has focused on the arts and literacy education, with particular attention on the creation of optimal learning environments. She has been recognized professionally on multiple occasions by the National Art Education Association and the North Carolina Art Education Association. In 2015, she was named one of East Carolina’s “Women of Distinction,” recognizing outstanding contributions from women in the campus community. She has been published in scholarly books and journals, and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops.

Apr 152019

You did it, Titans! You were the key to IWU’s success on All In for Wesleyan day! On April 11, 2,205 donors collectively raised $518,316. And thanks to the generosity of the pacesetter challenge donors, the grand total is $776,316 (and still counting!)

This video captures a few successes from #AllInforWesleyan.  Check out the social media activity and revisit to see how your gifts made a difference.

Apr 092019

Hey, Fellow Titans!

     Thursday, April 11th is almost upon us! That is “All In for Wesleyan Day” Unlocking Opportunities, 2019! It is our annual giving fest that takes place with a flurry of generosity. It is when all I.W.U. alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends get to show their pride and support by being “All in for Wesleyan.” During this 24-hour giving day, we can unlock opportunities together. You are the key to our success!

     Be sure to check out the “All In Happy Hours” that will be taking place around the country. Show your Titan pride by spreading the word about All In for Wesleyan to your personal networks via social media, calls, texts, emails, etc. You are sure to have a great time! Especially because you will be encouraging others to make an additional gift on All In and sharing stories about how IWU Unlocked Opportunities for each of us.

     Visit our All In webpage for more information.  Register for a regional All In event. Please, spread the word on social media using #AllInForWesleyan. Thank you, Titans! See you on the 11th, when we will all be: ALL IN!!!


Apr 082019

Paul E. Pedersen, M.D., was sworn in as president of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) during its 2019 annual meeting. Dr. Pedersen is board-certified in internal medicine and is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Since 1995 he has served on various committees and functions within OSF including local, system wide and Board Committees primarily focused on IT development, Quality & Safety and Ethics. He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Dr. Pedersen is active in many areas of organized medicine. He has been a member of ISMS since 1980. At the local level, Dr. Pedersen is active in the McLean County Medical Society, where he has served as its president from 1995 through 1996. Since 1992, Dr. Pedersen has served on the board of the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP) and is currently board president. RIMSAP is a program started in 1948, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the ISMS. It has helped many qualified applicants to hurdle financial needs and other barriers to a medical education. This program has assisted over 800 students with a recommendation and/or loans to the University of Illinois. This program is designed to provide doctors in rural communities in Illinois. Dr. Pedersen will serve as president through April 2020.

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Apr 022019

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