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.




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 242017
Julie Holliday ’88 recently started a senior move management company called Beautiful Life Senior Relocation Services. This service helps seniors with a personalized plan and assistance as they downsize into a new home. The goal is to bring peace of mind and less stress to a very challenging situation by partnering with the senior and their family to create a smooth transition. She is a proud member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.
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: https://www.pantagraph.com/users/profile/randy%20sharer/

Here’s an article about Randy’s book: http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/columnists/kindred/kindred-keeping-pace-to-tell-story-of-a-champion/article_63bffde5-cf28-5146-91c8-bd000c040c1a.html

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).

Sep 212017

 Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner!

You can register now here

A few noteworthy events:

  • Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
  • Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 – Eckley Quadrangle
  • Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot
  • “Club Tommy” Saturday, 6-9pm (Cost: $20) – Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center

You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here

 Posted by at 3:12 pm
Aug 302017

Dear Class of 1987,

Homecoming and our 30th Milestone Reunion Celebration are quickly approaching, we hope you make plans to return to campus and celebrate. Below are a few reunion updates we want to make sure you are aware of. Keep in mind future details and updates will continue to come as developed.

October 13
President’s Reception  |   President’s House  |   4PM – 5:30PM
Windjammer Lounge  |  80’s Band – RETROFIT  |  7PM-11PM

October 14 
Dinner and Cocktails |  Marriott Hotel, Redbird B Room  |  7PM
If you are interested in booking your hotel stay, room blocks are available at Marriott (view here) on a first come, first serve basis. Book early!

The homecoming schedule of events and registration are now available on the IWU homecoming page. To stay in touch with our class, join our Class Facebook Group for news and updates regarding reunion information. Please feel free to use this page to post photos and memories of your time at Illinois Wesleyan University and share what you have been doing for the past 30 years! Additional, we are putting together a slide show for our Milestone Reunion Evening. If you have some photos to share, please send them to: iwuevent@iwu.edu with “30th Reunion” in the subject line.


David Pires ’87 Class Chair
Gary Ohler ’87 Class Chair

 Posted by at 11:27 am
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!
Aug 082017
Daniel Parod ’88 was appointed president of St. Vincent’s Southwest Region, providing leadership and guidance to the more than 750 physicians and 3,500 associates in the region.