- To share a word of support for your classmates at this time, submit a post to your class newsletter by emailing your editor or if your class does not have an editor, send your post to email@example.com.
- You can provide support to the Titan Student Emergency Fund. This fund will provide relief to students with needs such as housing, travel, moving and storage, transportation and vehicle repair, and technology needs related to remote learning.
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- University Archives & Special Collections wants to hear your experiences and reflections to keep a historical record of the impact of the pandemic on the Illinois Wesleyan community, you can learn more here.
- Assist the IWU Admissions team in student recruitment efforts. Our alumni are the best and most qualified to meet with prospective students to share your IWU experience. Sign up here: Titan Alumni Ambassadors.
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Jack Sikma ‘77 was among the selections for the Kansas City Star‘s all-time NAIA Tournament Team although the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more about the tournament.
Patricia (Pat) Schou ‘74 presided over the 31st annual National Rural Health Policy Institute, held in February in Washington, D.C. Click here to read more about Pat’s time in D.C.
Ed Rust Jr. ’72, the retired chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Company was presented with the IWU Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming 2019. His Homecoming Back to College Class at Beckman Auditorium in Ames Library entitled “Seeking Perspective and Balance in an Uncertain World” can be seen in the video above. Ed Rust was featured in the IWU Magazine article, “Like a Good Neighbor” that can be viewed here.
Lisa Ragsdale ’72 has been very busy the past year!
Late in 2018 Lisa received two commissions which resulted in the following:
1) Commissioned by Jacqueline Pickett of Atlanta, GA (an excellent Double Bass player). Between February and May of 2019 Lisa composed “Ethereal Trio” for Double Bass, Cello and Viola for Ms Pickett. Lisa believes there will be a performance in the fall of 2020.
2) Commissioned in late 2018 by J. Kyle Hutchins who received his PhD in Saxophone Performance from the U of Minnesota. Between August and November of 2019 Lisa composed a 3 movement Sonata for Alto Sax & Piano, she awaits news of a first performance.
3) Lisa could not restrain herself and upon hearing of a Butterfly Sanctuary in danger of destruction for a wall in Texas, she composed a Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano titled “Butterfly Screams” between March and June of 2019. Lisa has yet to find a Piano Trio willing to perform this fine new work!!
Congratulations to you, Lisa! Don’t know how you manage to do it all, you are an inspiration.
The law firm of Thomas Patterson ’75 recently won what is believed to be the largest legal malpractice judgment in Ohio history. Kristi Browne and Sarah Dunkley of Patterson Law Firm won a $32,262,488.50 legal malpractice jury verdict. They represented RevoLaze, and won against a law firm that claims to be the largest in the world. Read more about the case here and more about Thomas here.
Congratulations to George Jones ’77, who was one of the first two recipients of Pekin Community High School’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which was awarded to George on October 4th, 2019 during the school’s homecoming festivities.
Congratulations to Deborah Nelson ’72, who recently joined the law firm of Chiesa Shahinian and Giantomasi, PC in New Jersey. She will be continuing her practice of family law. She has been admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and serves on the Supreme Court Committee as Alternate Dispute Resolution and as a mediator.
Former Bradley University men’s basketball coach Jim Molinari ’77 was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Jim!
Read more about his accomplishment here.
Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is Monday, February 10. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank 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 we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.
If you would like to be celebrated as a donor today, you can make a gift at iwu.edu/give.