Jack Herrmann ’74 retired from the University of Illinois in 2021 and was awarded Professor Emeritus by the Board of Trustees. He still enjoys presenting as a guest lecturer on subjects from the health impacts of climate change to emerging infectious diseases. Additionally, Jack was recently re-elected as Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Board of Health.
Roger Danchik ’71 recently released his new novel, Villa and the Doomsday Affair, published by Atmosphere Press on December 13. The books has already received positive reviews from Kirkus and The Feathered Quill.
Villa and the Doomsday Affair can be found now from most places where books are sold, as well as online retailers.
To read more about the book, including a full list of reviews, please visit https://danchikwritingbeware.com/
Jerrilyn McGregory ’71 recently had a book, “One Grand Noise: Boxing Day in the Anglicized Caribbean World”, published about the first comprehensive study of how Boxing Day is celebrated across The Caribbean. You find the book here. The book was also the winner of the Chicago Prize in Folklore in 2022. You can read more about the award here.
Roscoe (Ross) Fraser ’78 a larger-than-life presence in the Chicago communications, non-profit and theater arenas for more than four decades, passed away on Jan. 1. He liked to say he found his people when he arrived at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) in 1974 as a theater major. Ross had a memorable role in Truman Capote’s Among the Paths to Eden and directed his senior show, the Steven Tesich play The Carpenters. But at IWU, he is best remembered as a genuine force of nature on the social scene. Ross seemed to know everyone and everyone knew Ross. The dramatic training helped Ross later in life, but all the skills for getting on in this world were forged at Illinois Wesleyan. You can read the full obituary here.
The Pantagraph Holiday Spectacular brought another year of cheer to Bloomington-Normal during performances on Dec. 3-4. The production was written by Nancy Steele Brokaw ’71, directed by former faculty member Lori Adams, and featured performances by Marketing Director Andy Kreiss ’86 and Assistant Professor of Music Bob Mangialardi. Read the full Pantagraph article here.
Richard McCoy ’74 and his wife Laurie McCoy were recently featured in a My Journal Courier article about their experience in Jacksonville theater. They have been involved for over four decades, and could be considered the “first family” of local theater. Read the full article here.
Tim Brown ’78 will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Indiana State University. Read the full article from Yahoo here.
Jack Sikma ’77 has been featured in a recently-published Basketnews article detailing much of Jack’s influence and legacy in basketball. Read it here.
Community Players Theatre is celebrating 100 years on stage. Bruce Parrish ’74, president of the board for Community Players Theatre, recalls how participating in theatre at IWU helped pave the way for his involvement with the local group. You can read more here.
Karen (Smith) Portle ’71 recently retired from AdTec, Inc. after being an E-Rate Consultant for over 10 years. Congrats, Karen!