Robert Poynton

After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1980 with a BFA in Drama, Bobby decided to leave the security of his suburban Chicago home and head to Hollywood to seek his fame and fortune as an actor. With $500, a beat up sports car and his Dad's gas credit card in hand, he began his journey to pursue his dream. Over the years the acting roles were there for the taking but the "fame and fortune" Bobby had sought proved to be elusive. Work on such shows as Days of Our Lives, Jake and the Fatman, Life Goes On, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Sentinel, Touched by an Angel, Viper, Promised Land and Walker: Texas Ranger as well as numerous theatrical credits all served to keep the dream alive, but were never enough. Then the opportunity came to audition for an "international recording group" seeking an attractive male vocalist with a tenor voice, falsetto, and at least 6 feet tall. Well, the tenor voice used to be there when he was in college, so he figured he would wear boots for the height and hope the room was dark for the rest. The result was the 6 year stint as a member of The Lettermen. Bobby recorded 6 albums with The Lettermen, performed in excess of 1000 concerts around the world and most importantly came to the realization that the "fame and fortune" he had so fervently sought was nowhere near as important or rewarding as the "fame" he had in his own family as a big brother or the "fortune of the heart" he receives daily from his wife Beth, son Robert V, and daughter Callie at their home in Illinois. In 2001, Bobby began touring the country again. This time with the classic group The Diamonds, rock and roll pioneers who recorded the 50’s anthems “The Stroll” and "Little Darlin". In 2002, the soundtrack for "The Adventures Of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina," an animated film, included Bobby's duet with Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 2010, Bobby was delighted to be invited to take the stage for a night with the legendary group, The Vogues. In 2011, the door to a return to The Lettermen opened and Bobby walked back though. He considers his return to The Lettermen a true honor and looks forward to many years recreating the magic on stage and in the recording studio with his partners Tony Butala (founding member) & Donovan Tea.

Jan 062018
Dr. Hsieh is CEO of Renasonce Health, a management and consulting firm specializing in the direct application of change transformation through innovation of the delivery of health care to companies and individuals, and President of Michiana VIP MD, a Concierge Medicine primary care practice. He is also the principal in Smart Medicine Solutions Consultants.
Since 1989, Dr. Jesse Hsieh has seen over 125,000 patient encounters, specializing in the primary care of families from newborns to geriatrics, often up to 3-5 generations with a clinical practice that at one time included obstetrics and surgery.  As a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine over the past two decades teaching 3rd and 4th year medical students, he has experienced the evolution of technological and economic change at the most intimate physician-patient level. 
He has been married over 30 years to a pediatrician, has 3 sons, and has 5 physicians in his family. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was president of Theta Chi fraternity, his Medical Degree from Southern Illinois University of Medicine, and his Family Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Oct 122017

As IWU celebrates Titans Around the World at Homecoming this weekend, we will also honor our alumni who served worldwide as veterans and first-responders, including Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95. We will remember Ryan and all veterans and first-responders who have given their lives in the service of others and our country. Presenting the colors will be American Legion Color Guard Post 635 Normal and Post 56 from Bloomington. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 14th at 12:45 p.m., prior to the Homecoming Football game at Tucci Stadium and will include the National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer ’72. Classmates and friends can view the ceremony on streaming video live at https://portal.stretchinter

Sep 302017

There is less than 1 month until Homecoming 2017!

If you are still deciding on which events you want to attend during Homecoming, the International RSO Fair is highly recommended. It will be on Saturday (10/14) at the Hansen Student Center, Center Court from 11 am – 1 pm. Come learn more about our multicultural registered student organizations and enjoy activities and musical performances. A light lunch will be provided, so please register either online or by phone by 10/8! You can visit theHomecoming Facebook page or the International RSO Fair Facebook event for more information.




Sep 302017

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the recipients of its 2017 Leadership and Service Awards who will be honored on October 18, 2017 at a ceremony during World Standards Week in Washington DC. Sharon Sieberns Stanford ’80, director, department of standards administration, American Dental Association (ADA), will receive the Howard Coonley Medal, which recognizes an executive who has benefited the national economy through voluntary standardization and conformity assessment and has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.

Sep 212017

Somewhere amidst all that Randy Sharer ’81 does as a sports writer for The Pantagraph, he found time to write the biography of Craig Virgin, an Illinois native who became a two-time world cross country champion and three-time Olympian. 

The 322-page book, titled “Virgin Territory: The Story of Craig Virgin, America’s Renaissance Runner” is available now in hardcover, softcover and e-book. 

It took a while, eight years in fact, but the finished product is, according to an article by Randy Kindred, a “testament to organization, dedication, time management and a deep-rooted love for running.”

Congratulations, Randy!

Here’s his profile on the Pantagraph webpage:

Here’s an article about Randy’s book:

Sep 212017

To all IWU Alumni,
Homecoming is right around the corner!  It’s a wonderful time to reminisce and reconnect with long lost friends and classmates.  Come on back to Bloomington and enjoy a visit full of festivities and all the wonderful colors of the fall at IWU.
  • Homecoming dates are October 13-15.
  • Register for Homecoming here.
  • View the Homecoming Schedule here.

Also, remember to go to “Club Tommy” in the Young Main Lounge at the Memorial Center to visit with alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff (Cost $20).

Aug 112017
Carl Teichman, a 1980 alumnus and director of government and community relations at Illinois Wesleyan, was named Citizen of the Year by the Town of Normal.

Teichman gets a hug from his wife, Laurel, after he was named Normal’s Citizen of the Year on Thursday evening at Heartland Community College’s Astroth Community Education Center in Normal.
This was also reported by WJBC and WGLT Radio.
Congratulations, Carl!