Dec 042018

Congratulations to Dr. Kent Taulbee ’72, who received the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award from the Normal University High school Alumni Association Awards and Recognition Program. The honor was presented in conjunction with Normal High School’s Homecoming Week in September. After graduating from IWU, Kent earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Madison. He went on to specialize in dermatology and practiced in Bloomington-Normal for nearly 40 years. 

Here is the link to the article.

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 292018

Tom Wetzel ’72 returned to campus this month to speak to two marketing classes and students taking risk management and commercial risk insurance classes. Tom is owner of Thomas H. Wetzel Associates, a digital marketing firm for the insurance industry. In addition to sharing his professional experiences, he wanted to learn more about the students likes and dislikes of the industry. He also wanted to figure out how to persuade them to choose a career in insurance after they graduate. Wesleyan students asked Tom about available jobs, career paths, and how the industry is changing as a result of technology. Tom lives and works in Forest Park, Illinois.
Read more about Tom’s visit here.


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 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: