At Homecoming 2019 the Loyalty Award was presented to Jean (Sullivan) Baird ’80 for her service to Illinois Wesleyan. Jean was featured in the inset of page 24 of the IWU Magazine that can be found here. Her Homecoming Back to College Class, “Oh Yes, You Can: Create a Culture of Collaboration” can be seen in the video above.
Kevin Long ’80 passed away on Sunday, November 24.
Kevin served Textbook Coordinator in IWU’s Bookstore starting in August 2002, then transferred to Campus Safety in July 2019. He is survived by three children, two grandchildren and three brothers. A celebration of life service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, December 6, at Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home in Lexington, with visitation from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Friday at the memorial home. His obituary is available online.
Prairie Fire Theatre toured How To Be a Superhero, its annual opera for children, in the Bloomington-Normal area. Directed by Rhys Lovell ’87, written by Nancy Steele Brokaw ’71, and musical direction by Charlie Berggren ’10.
The Class of 1989 celebrates its 30th reunion during Homecoming Weekend, October 4-6, 2019. We are looking for alumni interested in helping to plan and organize the reunion. If you’re interested, please contact Krista Cardona in the Office of Alumni Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Reverend Amy L. Gearhart ’88 and Legacy Graduate, daughter Ms. Hannah A. Sage ’18
Robert Bergquist ’84 and Legacy Graduate, daughter Kiersten Bergquist ’18
Demetria Kalodimos ’81 and Legacy Graduate, niece Alexandra Daskalopoulos ’18