Brenda Milcik

Apr 272020
Hey there, Titans!
I hope that you are holding up well, during this unprecedented time. I ,like many of you are working from home, online! The challenges of this endeavor are many. I am teaching and completing my classes at two universities, online. In solitude, and under the stressful statistics from all over the world. I don’t know about you, but being separated from family and friends is the worst aspect. Let us try to strengthen one another.Please, feel free to send anything that you would like to post to your IWU alumni family. Today’s catchphrase is “We are in this together!” Indeed, we are. Stay safe and take care, fellow TITANS.
Be Encouraged and Be Blessed!
Dr. Debbie R. Burt-Frazier, EdD
Apr 022020

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.

Jan 022020

Dave Darling ’79 has been nominated by his peers and approved by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board again, as a Leading Lawyer for 2020. The distinction of being named a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. Congratulations, Dave!

Dec 202019

I truly hope that your holidays will be filled with good food, good drink and good cheer. Take time to reflect on 2019 and look forward to the promise that 2020 may bring. Share the love. Not just with your friends and loved ones, but with all mankind. Please, be kind, be safe and be happy. Here is a video wishing you a Happy Holiday from IWU.

Dec 202019

At the Southeast Regional Conference of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurses society in Columbus GA. 10-05-19, Lucinda (Cindy) Cline Bufford BSN, RN, CWOCN was awarded the Georgia State recognition award. It was in recognition of her contribution, service, outstanding leadership, and dedication to the advancement WOC nursing. Cindy has been a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta GA for 20 years and has worked there as an RN for 37 years.

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 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!!!


Jan 072019

Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics Robert (Bob) Leekley passed away on Tuesday, Jan.1. Prof. Leekley started teaching at Illinois Wesleyan in 1974, and from his first year to his 44th, his commitment to IWU and our students remained unchanged. His positive impact on generations of students and colleagues will not be forgotten. Read an obituary. A service will be held in the IWU Evelyn Chapel from 11-12 on Wednesday, January 9th.

Dec 132018

Happiest of Holidays, Titans!

Season’s Greetings! It has been a while, fellow Titans, since Homecoming, 2018. Please, accept my sincerest apologies for the gap in our communications. I looked up and found Christmas to be less than two weeks away. Yikes! Maybe it has crept up on you, as well? Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate, which just passed.
Hopefully, you have begun your Christmas shopping baking and decorating. The Advent season is a season of hope, after all; hope for peace, a brighter tomorrow, a kinder, gentler world, a sustainable planet for our children (and grandchildren). Hope springs eternal! Keep hope alive! “Hope,” Desmond Tutu said, “is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
I hope, that you and yours have a Merry Christmas! One that is full of joyful good times, plenty of love, and filled with hope. See you next year, fellow Titans, Happy New Year, 2019!
Dr. Debbie R. Burt-Frazier, EdD

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