back row: Ann Monken ’92, AJ Monken ’21, Tom Monken ’92
Reid Monken ’29, Emilee (Monken) Lieser ’18
Not pictured: Erich Lieser ’18 (due to Army basic training and officers training)
Michael Brown ’92 of Bloomington, Illinois, died April 21, 2021. He was 51.
Mike was a member of Sigma Chi and the baseball team at Illinois Wesleyan. He was a standout athlete in several sports, but his first love was baseball. During his exceptional baseball career, he was formed and molded by countless teammates and coaches from Lexington (Ill.) High School, Illinois Wesleyan, the Bloomington Bobcats, Twin City Stars and American Legion, ultimately leading to him playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Mike was a financial advisor, community volunteer, mentor and baseball coach. He is survived by two children, his parents, two brothers and many nieces and nephews.
You can read the full obituary here.
David Zimmerman ’92 has become publisher of NavPress. He first joined NavPress in 2014 and has worked in multiple roles since then. Read more here.
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.
Mark Yakich ‘92 published a fifth collection of poetry, Spiritual Exercises, in July of 2019. Mark’s work was published by Penguin Books. Spiritual Exercises is a discerning and dynamic journey of devotion and temptation in pursuit of the divine. To read more about Mark’s work, head over to the IWU Magazine spring 2020 issue. Spiritual Exercises is widely available.
Thank you very much to Jamie Loggins ’92, who is rounding in the ICU on suspected COVID-19 patients at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA.
In March of 2019, Bob Cofield ‘92 assumed the position of Director of School District Partnerships at Waubonsee Community College. You can read more about his accomplishment here.
We hope you are enjoying your new role, Bob!
Congratulations to James C. Martin ’92, who was named Assistant Professor of Music in Voice at Dickinson College in 2017. You can read James’ Bio here.
In February of 2019, Kevin Barker ’92 was appointed the new president of Beckhoff Automation LLC to manage Beckhoff business operations across the U.S. Read about Kevin’s accomplishment here.
We hope you are enjoying your new position, Kevin!