Dec 172018

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of Dr. Steve Doran ’79. Steve passed away on December 3, 2018 while while serving on a mission trip in Haiti.

In October 2018, Doran was honored at Homecoming as Illinois Wesleyan’s Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. In his acceptance speech, he stated, “There is no award for which I am eligible that would mean more to me than to be the Distinguished Alumnus of Illinois Wesleyan University.”

See details in his obituary.

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Dec 042018

George Jones ’77, Garland ISD’s Director of Visual and Performing Arts, has received the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA)  Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award. This distinction signifies an outstanding career in music education, as well as many contributions to the profession. Garland ISD has been home to Jones for 40 years, 20 years as a band director and 21 years in his current role. Read more about his accomplishments here.


Congratulations, George!

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Dec 032018

Elizabeth Robb ’78 was recently appointed to governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s Restorative Justice and Safe Communities Committee. The committee’s focus is mainly on criminal justice reform and public safety. Read more about the committee and their goals here.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

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Nov 262018
D. Paul Miller, retired sociology professor who served Illinois Wesleyan from 1960 to 1982, died on Nov. 3 at age 101. You can view his obituary here.

A medal-winning Senior Olympian, Paul was remembered fondly by IWU athletics department colleagues Norm Esch ’75, Ron Rose ’88 and Stew Salowitz ’76 in a tribute in The Pantagraph.

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Nov 122018

Virginia Orr ’76, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, received the CIA Office of General Counsel’s Kathy Stewart Award, recognizing CIA attorneys who show dedication, commitment and genuine care for others. You can read more about Virginia’s accomplishment here.

Congratulations, Virginia!

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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 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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