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Oct 312022
 

Barb Nathan ’80 will retire as the CEO of Westminster Village mid-February of 2023. Barb has served as the CEO since 2012. Current CFO, Matt Riehle ’97, will replace Barb as the CEO. You can read more here.

Oct 032022
 

Sandra Steingraber ’81 will deliver a lecture at The State University of New York College at Geneseo on October 5 titled “Designing the Unfractured Future: Thoughts on Pipelines and Plastic in an Age of Climate Emergency.” You can read more here.

Sep 072022
 

Mike and Keri Wall again opened their home to host fellow IWU alums Gary Judson, John Dalton, Tim Brophy and Todd Vohland (IWU ’80-81) for a weekend of golf and fellowship.

From left to right: Gary Judson, Palatine; John Dalton, Oak Park; Mike Wall, Freeport; Tim Brophy, Joliet; Todd Vohland, Decatur
Sep 012022
 

After 40 years as a public school band, choir, jazz band, and general music teacher, Mark Allen, 1981, has finally retired. He is now retired from Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, as well as 3 years spent teaching in central Illinois. Allen switched from trumpet to sax during his junior year at IWU, and now spends his weekend doing solo sax shows throughout the Four Corners area.

Aug 102022
 

After 40 years as a public school band, choir, jazz band, and general music teacher, Mark Allen ’81 has finally retired. He is now retired from Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, as well as 3 years spent teaching in central Illinois. Allen switched from trumpet to saxophone during his junior year at IWU, and now spends his weekends doing solo sax shows throughout the Four Corners area.

Jul 012022
 

William (Bill) Metzger ’86 passed away on June 9th, 2022. Bill graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business and was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. While at Illinois Wesleyan, he was a four-year letterman of the track team where he ran the high hurdles as well as throwing the javelin. He was chosen and inducted into the Illinois Wesleyan Order of Titans, by the coaching and physical education staff based on athletic contributions, academic accomplishments, and general citizenship.

Jun 232022
 

Rick Bakewell ’87 was named chief financial officer of Modern Campus, a leading engagement platform for higher education, in March 2022. Rick will lead all Modern Campus’ financial activities. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, including 25 years in the technology and services industries, where he specialized in financial organizational, operational efficiency, financing and capital raising initiatives, and mergers and acquisitions. Rick most recently served as chief financial officer at Benefitexpress, a cloud-based benefits administration technology and human resources services provider. Prior to that, he held senior finance positions at Fruition Partners, NTT Data Americas and the Revere Group. 

Jun 222022
 

Illinois Wesleyan Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen Knoll ’89 published a study in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology with colleague Ehsan Naderifar on involving mothers in the assessment of their own preterm infant feeding skills while in the neonatal intensive care unit. The research is the first part of a larger study assessing the effect of Brenda’s Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) on early feeding skills scores.

Jun 142022
 

Jennie Scott ’89 recently accepted the position of Ticket Office & Showroom Manager with Wynn/Encore Las Vegas. In this role, she will oversee all aspects of the Ticket Office operations as well as oversee both the Encore Theater and Wynn Theater. While the Wynn Theater is being completely renovated to prepare for an exciting new Las Vegas Show, she will continue to supervise all shows at Encore including working with artists such as Boy George & Culture Club, Sebastian Maniscalco, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Steve Martin, Martin Short and many more. Congratulations Jennie!