Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022

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.

Doris (Spencer) Sanders ’91

Doris (Spencer) Sanders ’91 presented a recital on Feb. 28, 2022, as part of the Quincy (Ill.) Sunday Music Series. The program, Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, included Hedy Rothfuss (piano), Sarah Boren (harp) and Sadie Brown (violin). Titles performed included: “On Eagle’s Wings”; “Laudate Dominum”; “Didn’t My Lord Deliver”; “Daniel”; “Amazing Grace”; “His Eye is on the Sparrow”; “In Paradisum”; “Be Thou My Vision”; and several others. Doris will present another Sunday Music Series recital on Dec. 18, 2022, at 4 p.m., at Quincy’s Unitarian Church. The recital, The Songs of Christmas, will include many familiar carols as well as seasonal selections. The public is invited to attend.

Professor Robert Donalson

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.

Tim Pritts ’91

Tim was recently elected president of the Central Surgical Association, an organization of surgeons from the central US and Canada that is dedicated to furthering the practice of surgery and the study and practice of surgical problems. He will serve one year term in this position.

Well-deserved congratulations, Tim!

For more of Tim’s accomplishments, see his full bio below:

Timothy A Pritts, MD, PhD BIO

A native of Decatur, Illinois, Dr. Pritts received his BA in biology magna cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University and MD from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing surgery residency, a PhD in Physiology, and a fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Cincinnati, he joined the faculty where he has served in roles as program director of the general surgery residency, vice chair of education, vice chair of professional development, vice chair of compensation, and vice chair for clinical operations. He is currently professor of surgery and chief of the section of general surgery, where he leads programs providing care for trauma, general surgery, bariatric surgery, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care patients for the UC Health system. His clinical practice includes trauma, general and acute care surgery, and surgical critical care. Dr. Pritts has served on the executive councils of the Central Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, Shock Society, and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is currently president of the Central Surgical Association and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is the recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Research Service Award as well as the College of Medicine Excellence in Mentoring Award. Dr. Pritts’ research seeks to advance care for injured and critically ill patients, with a focus on resuscitation strategies and blood product improvement. His research is funded by the NIH and the United States Air Force. 

Krista (Reinhold) McDunn ’91

In anticipation of sending her son off to college in the Fall of 2021, Krista ’91 earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Judson University in May of 2020. Krista is working as a therapist at Centennial Counseling Center in St. Charles, IL.

TAG Day 2021

Monday, February 8 is Thank-A-Giver Day at Illinois Wesleyan and we’re eager to celebrate generous Titans!

Thank-A-Giver (TAG) Day is the symbolic point during the academic year — about 70% of the way through — when tuition dollars are exhausted and Illinois Wesleyan relies on donor generosity to continue providing a world-class education and rewarding collegiate experiences.

Each and every year, every gift matters. Contributions benefit students and faculty, enhance academic excellence, and strengthen the IWU community.

Thank you to all who give back to move IWU forward.