Debbie Stroud ’90 has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Whataburger after serving five years as Senior Vice President for Starbucks. Read the full QSR article here. Congrats, Debbie!
Keith Grochowski ’90 has recently been promoted to lead accountant at First American Financial Corp. Congratulations, Keith!
In the past two years we’ve witnessed the Titan community come together in new ways to share stories, expertise, and friendship. However, we have long awaited the chance to welcome you back to campus for a true Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming! We look forward to sharing a meal, a drink, and a story with all of you in person, September 23-25, 2022.
Click here for a full schedule of events and to register.
Mary (Sluiter) Narens ’90 recently started a new job as Director of Business Continuity and Resilience at Abbott. Congratulations, Mary!
Cheryl Delk Le-Good ’90 is the recipient of the 2022 Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Enrollment for NAFSA, Association of International Educators. NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA serves the needs of more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide at more than 3,500 institutions in over 150 countries. Congratulations, Cheryl!
Ric Underhile ’90 was inducted as organization director for Artworks, a nonprofit serving the creative community in Mecosta County, Michigan.
Robert Donalson died Dec. 22, 2021. He was 87. Bob was a professor in Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Music for 30 years; he retired in 1994 with emeritus status. Bob felt the call to become an educator while serving in the U.S. Army in a mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War. He obtained a master’s degree at San Jose State University and a doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He began his teaching career at Pepperdine University before landing at IWU. Bob loved beauty in all its forms — nature, art and poetry among them — but music was his emotional home. He was active in religious life and often shared his gift of music in the church. Bob was always learning and educated himself on subjects ranging from theology and philosophy, to computer science and financial investing, to home repair and carpentry. He enjoyed traveling, sports, his cats and, most of all, his family. He is survived by his wife, five children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Bob’s Celebration of Life will be held on February 12 at 1 p.m. CST and will be live-streamed at christlutheranchurchffg.org.
Jeff Baur ’90 has joined the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Aerospace Engineering. Baur has a Ph.D. in materials science & engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and more than 25 years of experience working in the Air Force, teaching and leading teams in aerospace-related research.
Democratic candidate Karla Bailey-Smith wants to represent Bloomington-Normal in the new Illinois House 91st District. The announcement came at an event at McLean County Democrats Headquarters at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. The newly-drawn 91st District currently has no incumbents. In addition to Bloomington-Normal, the district would include areas like Carlock, Goodfield, East Peoria, and Washington.centralillinoisproud.com
Neela Paykel was recently promoted to General Counsel at Hyperfine Inc. Find more information here.