May 262021

Daniel Stoerzbach ’80 of Galesburg, Illinois, died May 16, 2021. He was 63. Dan studied accounting at Illinois Wesleyan, where he was active in Phi Kappa Phi and as a member of the men’s golf team. Dan was a competitive golfer who twice won both the Galesburg Junior All-City Championship and the Galesburg Men’s All-City Championship. He earned All-America status and was a four-time MVP of the IWU men’s golf team. He graduated from IWU magna cum laude and went on to graduate from law school at the University of Illinois. He joined Barash and Stoerzbach Law in 1983 and practiced with his father and other area attorneys until 2007, when he started Stoerzbach Law Office. Dan and his wife enjoyed attending their daughters’ sporting events, boating, water sports, golf, biking, hiking and traveling back roads. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, five grandchildren and two siblings. See full obituary here.

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May 182021

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology Sheryl (Swartz) Soukup ’89 was featured in a Pantagraph article about how she has adapted lab practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the changes are here to stay. Read the article here.

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May 172021

Dr. Tracy Lower ’84 of Springfield, Illinois, died April 30, 2021. She was 58. Tracy earned a bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan and an M.D. at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. After completing her residency, she joined the faculty at SIU, and became the first woman to earn the rank of full professor in its pediatrics department. Her greatest satisfaction came from being a mentor and teacher for countless medical students, residents and attending physicians. In addition to her commitment to medical education, Tracy was especially interested in child welfare. She served many years on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. She is survived by her father, two brothers, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. View the full obituary here.

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May 102021

Renee ’89 was promoted to Vice President of Operations, IL Behavioral Health, for the Behavioral Health Service Line for Advocate Aurora Health in 2020. She focuses on strategic initiatives for both inpatient and outpatient growth as well as development and expansion of virtual platforms for patient care delivery.

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May 102021

In October 2020, Andrew ’89 was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the College is extended to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. He is a partner at the law firm of Salvatore, Prescott, Porter & Porter, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense work, complex commercial litigation, and high stakes employment disputes.

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May 062021

Renee McGinnis ’84 has three paintings included in an exhibit, Ephemera: The Power of Impermanence, at The Art Center Highland Park, May 7 through June 12, 2021. Renee’s oil paintings USS Caliente, Battersea Power Liner and USS Lilly were included in the gallery at the suburban Chicago nonprofit arts organization. The gallery coincided with the Center’s annual benefit on May 8, 2021, and included an artist reception on May 21, 2021.

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May 052021

Internationally renowned Environmental Scientist, Central Illinois native, and Illinois Wesleyan University Alumna Dr. Sandra Steingraber ’81 “returns” to Bloomington-Normal in this online program on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the Ecology Action Center’s 50th Anniversary.

This event is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required. A Zoom webinar link will be shared prior to the event to all registered individuals; please make sure you have Zoom installed on your preferred device. Following Dr. Steingraber’s presentation, a brief question and answer session will be held.

Register here. Registration closes Tuesday, May 11 at 5 p.m.

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