Sep 192018

Dr. Steve Doran ’79, an oral surgeon in Bloomington, Illinois, will be presented the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming on October 5th at the Alumni Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Center’s, Young Main Lounge.  This award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has made a distinguished contribution to society, has achieved distinction in his or her profession, or has demonstrated civic leadership.

In 2011, the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) presented Doran with the President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the dental profession. Since then, he has made 12 oral surgery mission trips to Haiti and Honduras, in addition to his participation in the Gary S. Johnson ’71 free extraction clinic and four ISDS Mission of Mercy clinics. He presently serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal and John Scott Health Services.

Click here to read the full article.

Congratulations Steve!


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Sep 112018


Katherine James, a 1973 theatre major, is starring in The Gin Game, which opened September 8 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre, California, and will run through October 6. In addition to acting, James also writes and directs. She is the founding director of ACT of Communication, the first organization to apply theatre to the law. Among other activities, ACT of Communication conducts stagecraft workshops for lawyers (

 The first person to tell James about the glowing review of The Gin Game was another 1973 theatre graduate: Nancy Rose Harrington, who is flying out to Sierra Madre to attend the play. Here is the link to the review:


Sep 062018

Tom Bost ’78 was a former Drama Major at Illinois Wesleyan University. He now lives in Rocklin, CA where he teaches drama and English and performs in the Sacramento area.

Tom was recently nominated for an “Elly”, a performing award for best supporting actor in a comedy. There are over 50 professional and nonprofessional regional and community theaters in the general Sacramento area.

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel is the production that Tom performed in as the Supporting Male.

Congratulations Tom!



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Sep 052018

Illinois Wesleyan and Delta Omicron Sigma Chapter were well-represented at the National Triennial Conference of Delta Omicron, in July 2018, in the Orlando, Florida, area. Among those in attendance were (from left): Brenda Maurer Dannewitz ’77, Fern Noth, Jennifer Klafeta ’88, Victoria Morford ’20, Jake Scheuring ’20 and Matthew Neylon ’11


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Aug 292018

David Darling ’79, a partner/shareholder in the law firm Stone & Johnson, Chtd, in Chicago, IL. has been nominated by his peers and selected as one of Illinois Leading Lawyers in Construction Law in 2018. Dave concentrates his practice in construction law, product liability, transportation and general negligence defense work in civil litigation.

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Aug 272018
 We are saddened to announce that Dr. Charles R. Hohenstein ’76 passed away at home in South Bend, IN, on November 30, 2017, at the age of 62. He graduated from Mt. Auburn (IL) High School with the class of 1973 and held degrees from Illinois Wesleyan and Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Hohenstein pastored Methodist churches before earning a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, where he taught humanities for a time. You can view his obituary here.
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Aug 232018


Can you believe it’s been 40 years since we graduated from IWU? I invite you back to campus this October 5-7th for Reunion Weekend where we will celebrate the class of 1978. Join us for special 40th reunion activities on Friday afternoon, a special reunion tailgate on Saturday and our reunion celebration on Saturday evening. A full schedule of reunion activities can be found at here and on our Facebook page here.

We’re still looking for volunteers to help us reach out to others in the class of 1978. If you’d like to contact those from your greek chapter, athletic team and/or other student groups, please email We can supply you with a list of classmates and their contact information.

As part of our 40th reunion, I’m also encouraging everyone to give back to the University that gave so much to each of us. I hope you will join me in giving a gift to IWU in honor of our reunion. To make a gift, simply visit here.

Reunion Details:
Saturday October 6th, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
McLean County Museum of History (Old Courthouse)
200 N. Main Street, Bloomington