Marybeth (Mathison) Timmermann ’93

Marybeth Timmermann ’93 assisted Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir and Margaret A. Simons as editors of the latest volume in the Beauvoir Series: Diary of a Philosophy Student, Volume 3, 1926-30. She joins an international team of Beauvoir scholars as a longtime contributing translator and editor to this internationally acclaimed Series published by University of Illinois Press. Timmermann has also translated several novels, one of which appeared on Brittle Paper’s 100 Notable Africa Books of 2022. This novel, called Barzakh: The Land In-Between, was written by Mauritanian author Moussa Ould Ebnou and published by Iskanchi Press: Marybeth works as an ATA-certified professional French to English translator and lives in Greenville, IL with her family.

Marybeth (Mathison) Timmermann ’93

Marybeth (Mathison) Timmermann ’93 had two book translations published in 2022. Barzakh: The Land-In Between, written by Mauritanian author Moussa Ould Ebnou, is a unique blend of science fiction and philosophy rooted in the complex Mauritanian culture. Elfie, Seasons 1-6, written by French author Gabrielle Dubois, is a six-book illustrated historical fiction romance series set in the 19th century. Marybeth is currently translating a novel by a French/Senegalese author and continues to contribute as a translator and editor to the Beauvoir Series, a multi-volume collection of the writings of Simone de Beauvoir in English translation published by the University of Illinois Press.

Dean Jukovich ’93

Dean Jukovich ’93 was recently named the Chief Financial Officer of First Bank Chicago. Dean holds the top financial position at First Bank Chicago and is responsible for reporting, forecasting, and communicating operational results. Dean works closely with the CEO and the Board to develop and track strategic performance. Dean has over 25 years of financial expertise and joined the First Bank team in 2018. Congratulations, Dean!

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.

Julie Brown ’93

Julie Brown ’93 was named senior vice president for human resources of WETA, the flagship public media station in the Washington, D.C. market, in May 2022. Julie will be responsible for all human resources activities across WETA, including staffing, employee relations, benefits, performance management, compensation, labor relations, compliance and professional development. She will work closely with the WETA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council to further the organization’s commitment to ensuring a fair and equitable workplace for all. Julie previously served as vice president for human resources for PBS Distribution, and as president of JBH Consulting, a firm she founded in 2010.

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