Nov 032017

The exhibit entitled “OF RUST AND MEN” presents the newest paintings of Chicago artist, Renee McGinnis ’84 and will open Friday, January 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and run through Feburary 24th, 2018 at ZG Gallery in Chicago.

Renee on her exhibit:
“I spent much of my childhood riding the Great Plains of central Illinois on horseback or in luxurious automobiles, passing abandoned farms and towns.  I was in awe of the grand, magnificent scale of these forgotten places, and became aware of the nature of passing time, beauty and gradual decay.
With a precise hand, I paint aging, rusted megastructures surrounded by lush botanicals of a misdirected beauty, suggesting man’s infallible desire to control nature and his surroundings.  The once luxurious ocean liners, the highly sexualized iron ore uploaders and Battersea Power Stations are staged in deceptively beautiful gardens or stricken on turbulent seas.  The purity of the water, clouds and flora, juxtaposed with these decaying structures, create a potent marriage of emotions where the viewer can choose to engage in the monument of human labor or take in the serene beauty enveloping it.”
Accompanying the larger works in this exhibition will be a series of thirteen micro-tondos lining the main wall of the gallery, like portholes of a great ship.  Each 3 3/4″ painting offers an intimate, pristine view of our natural world of clouds, storms, marine animals and plant life, each devoid of any trace of man.

“The Peaceable Republic” oil on canvas 36x48in.

More on Renee’s exhibition:
ZG Gallery 300 W. Superior, Chicago IL
phone: 312.654.9900
Learn more about Renee and her work here:
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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

Oct 112017

Bill Damaschke ’86 is the new President of Animation and Family Entertainment for Skydance Media. Bill formerly served as the Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation. You can read more about Bill here.

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Oct 022017

In less than two weeks, Titans will descend upon the IWU campus to celebrate Homecoming 2017! While counting down the days until we gather at our alma mater, let’s reminisce about our fondest IWU memories!

My favorite memories involve late nights spent on deadline in the Argus office with the dedicated newspaper staff, ensuring we covered the latest news on campus. Would anyone like to share their favorite IWU memories? Comment below.

If you are still finalizing your Homecoming itinerary, be sure to make a stop at the International RSO Fair featuring IWU’s multicultural registered student organizations, and enjoy activities and musical performances. Join in the fun on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Hansen Student Center, Center Court, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be provided; please register either online or by phone by Oct. 8.

For more information, visit the Homecoming Facebook page or the International RSO Fair Facebook event.

Oct 022017

Ron Ekstrand, Class of 1986, was recently named the Interim CEO for the national office of Easterseals located in Chicago. After eight years of working at an affiliate in Missouri as the President and COO of Easterseals Midwest, Ekstrand moved to Chicago and joined the national office team in March 2016. Easterseals is the largest provider of disability services in the country and help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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.