Jun 122018

On Monday, July 23, 2018, four members of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will be performing two string trios by Lisa Renee Ragsdale ’72, as well as two other contemporary string quartets by two other composers. Lisa wrote the first piece in 2013 and the second in 2017. Both compositions feature themes that support the science behind climate change. The event begins at 7 PM with a discussion about climate change by Barry N. Rock, Professor Emeritus, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. After this, members of the Orchestra will perform a String Quartet by Joel Love followed directly with two new String Trios by Lisa Renee Ragsdale. The final work will be a Quartet by David Balakrishnan; his “Tree of Life” Quartet. The event ends at 10 PM. More information can be found at “Portsmouth, NH Events”.

Congratulations, Lisa!

May 312018

2018 Spring Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

This editor returned from an enjoyable and very productive board meeting. Board President, Scott Huch ’86 conducted the one-day proceedings in the Memorial Center Davidson Room.  One highlight of Friday’s meeting was the establishment of the International Alumni Network (IAN) chaired by Teddy Petrova ’10.  Teddy is seeking names to add to the IAN.  You may send names and contact information of those interested in the IAN to the alumni office at iwualum@iwu.edu.  Former international students, study abroad students and those with interest in those programs are welcome to join.

Thursday evening, fellow board members; Dave Darling ’79, J.D.; Kira West ’86, J.D.; Danielle Kays ’01, J.D.; and Preslav Mantchev ’17 and other alumni presented a Legal Career Panel in the Welcome Center Auditorium. The panel arranged with the Hart Career Center provided useful information about law school and the pursuit of a legal profession.

The board’s Friday luncheon was held in the Turfler Room, where the directors were joined by ten, IWU freshmen all from Louisiana. The student scholars of the Posse Foundation a national college access and leadership development program enjoyed a great lunch with introductions and insightful conversion with the board members.

Lastly, Friday evening the directors took in a performance of the musical, Xanadu, over in McPherson Hall, presented by the School of Theatre Arts. It was a zany, totally comedic rendition of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie, on roller skates! The audience seemed to appreciate the music, acting and hi-jinks, as evidenced by the laughter and applause.

The next board meeting will be in October, 5th, at Homecoming.  We plan to come back.  Why don’t you plan to come home, too?


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.
Apr 302018

Dr. Cheryl Emmons ’79 will receive the Lucille Thies Personal Achievement Award from the Manteno Historical Society. You can read more about it here.

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Apr 232018

Carol Brandt ’78, Wealth Management Adviser at Merrill Lynch, was recognized by Forbes as a “Best-in-State Wealth Adviser” in 2018. Carol is based in Chicago, IL.

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Apr 232018

Nancy Steele Brokaw ’71 was nominated for the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. You can read more about it and view a list of the nominees here.

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Apr 162018

Alumni traveled to Puerto Rico to spend time with fellow Titan, Ivan Soler ’77.
Photo 1:  Ivan Soler 77      Photo 2:  Left to right: Bill Breach 78, Carl Tenney 79, Ivan Soler 77 & Al Black 79

Thanks for spreading Titan Pride around the world, guys!

Al Black adds:

Titans of the Caribbean – Everyone was so nice and the weather was PERFECT!  Fun activities in the sun like snorkeling, deep sea fishing and watching the surfer dudes in Rincon.   Special thanks to Soler Agencias (Ivan) and Parguera Fishing Charters (Mickey) as our gracious hosts for fishing, snorkeling, boating, swimming and the rest.  Also the tasty coffee from Café Flor de Sombra which kept our motors running.  It doesn’t get much better than that! 

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Apr 112018

Hey, Hey, Mighty Titans!

You did it!!! Last week, Tuesday, April 3rd was “All In for Wesleyan,” our annual sharing and giving marathon. We had multiple challenges and matching gift incentives throughout the entire day! There were giving circles, social media blitzes, and an overall good time had by all.

The final totals were: 2, 193 donors, and $714,533! How about that?! Congratulations, to everyone who contributed to that awesome total, no matter the amount, big or small. In addition, thank you! Your generosity makes it possible for many, present and future, Wesleyan students to obtain that same quality IWU education, that you and I received. I, for one, am ever so proud to be a Titan.

So, give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back. Spring is here, and real springtime weather, is right around the corner. (We are optimistic!) I hope that you had a glorious Easter holiday. Please, take care, and celebrate – What a wonderful time to be a Titan!


Debbie R. Burt-Frazier

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