Brenda Milcik

Jan 072019

Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics Robert (Bob) Leekley passed away on Tuesday, Jan.1. Prof. Leekley started teaching at Illinois Wesleyan in 1974, and from his first year to his 44th, his commitment to IWU and our students remained unchanged. His positive impact on generations of students and colleagues will not be forgotten. Read an obituary. A service will be held in the IWU Evelyn Chapel from 11-12 on Wednesday, January 9th.

May 162018

Jane Brue, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 18, in Evelyn Chapel, with a visitation prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. in the Chapel.

Jane was a nursing professor at Illinois Wesleyan for 21 years, leading many study abroad classes and receiving multiple accolades from students and colleagues. More details on her dedication to her profession, to IWU basketball, and to her family are in her obituary. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
Apr 072016

Today is All In for Wesleyan at IWU.  Dr. Randy Reed ’73 has offered to give $500 for each class year with 30 donors today, and an additional $500 for each class with 60 donors. Seriously – every dollar counts! Help the class of 1993 meet this Challenge.  Click this link to donate  You can also see how 1993 is doing in the challenge.


You can see All In on campus by clicking here.

Jul 232014

Join other IWU supporters by renewing your gift at

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The Illinois Wesleyan fiscal year is ending quickly on July 31. Have you renewed your support yet this year? *

It’s not too late to be added to the list!

We still need 163 alumni to step forward before July 31 to increase alumni participation 1% over last year.

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Apr 162014

Mary Carrick a Midwest-based singer and actress, released her debut album, Let’s Fly, on May 13, 2014.  A collection of songs ranging from the American songbook and cabaret to musical theater, folk and more, the recording features music by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Craig Carnelia, John Bucchino, Jason Robert Brown, and Hank Williams, among other great songwriters.  Mary has co-produced the album with J. Gawf, resident music director of Opera Omaha.  The recording is available through, iTunes,, and through her website,

A graduate of the School of Music and active in the School of Theatre Arts, Mary was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the music fraternity Delta Omicron while at IWU. Today she maintains an active performance schedule as a cabaret and concert singer with arts organizations, cabaret venues and theatres across the Midwest. She resides in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, Ben, and their two children.


Jun 142013


BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— April Olt, who received her bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre performance, with emphasis on directing from Illinois Wesleyan University, will direct the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” for the Senior Repertory of Ohio (SRO) Theatre Company in Columbus, Ohio.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” will be presented on Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m.; Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $15 for SRO members, $10 for students and $15 for adults and seniors for the 10:30 a.m. performance on Friday, June 7. Discounted group tickets (10+) are available.

Olt, a Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable award-winner for excellence in directing, has been directing and teaching theatre for more than 15 years. As a dramaturg and director, she has worked on many productions and has taught and designed courses for all levels of educational institutions and theatre companies. Olt, IWU Class of 1993, received a master of fine arts degree in directing dramaturgy from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

The musical, a 1978 Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Lyrics and for Outstanding Music and a 1979 Tony Award nominee for Best Musical, is based on a Texas brothel, the legendary Chicken Ranch, visited frequently by politicians and others. It’s business as usual until a crusading TV reporter, Marvin Zindler, decides to aim his moral indignation at the ranch.

SRO is a semi-professional theatre company committed to artistic excellence. The company offers main-stage productions and touring shows as well as outreach and educational programs.

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