Dr. Matthew D. Harder ’96 was recently named Dean of the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty University. The College of Arts and Communication includes the Visual Art, Music, Theater, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Communications programs. Congratulations, Matthew!
Take a break from your regularly scheduled programming and tune in to All In For Wesleyan. Illinois Wesleyan alumni, parents, and friends from around the world will come together today by giving back to move IWU forward. All in for Wesleyan is more than a one day giving campaign — it’s a day to celebrate Illinois Wesleyan and all of the things that make it special.
On April 5, any gift made at www.iwu.edu/all-in will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100,000!) by Dorothea Bilder ’62, doubling your impact on Illinois Wesleyan! Show your Titan Pride by making a gift and spreading the word using #AllInForWesleyan.
Join us and stay tuned all day to see how your gifts make a difference for IWU students!
Donor support allows IWU students to continue to have experiences that make being a Titan unique and transformative. To be among those celebrated today, make a gift at www.iwu.edu/give
Remember to make your gift to Illinois Wesleyan by December 31 to be eligible for 2016 tax benefits. Gifts can be made online, by calling 1-800-689-9743 before December 23, and by check. If sending a check, it must be postmarked by December 31.
Thank you for your support!
The Class of ’96 was the peak form of Gen X slackerism, never worrying about details in advance. Rather than have some pre-planned reception, let’s just crash a couple local watering holes this weekend! Join us for some impromptu meet-ups to celebrate our 20th reunion!
Hope to see you there!
I have very sad news to report today. I’m very sorry to announce that Amy Greenhill Wojtak passed away on September 2, 2016.
Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude from IWU’s School of Nursing and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Amy married Rob Wojtak, also a member of the Class of 1996, on October 16, 1999, and they have three children: Ian (12), Luke (9) and Mia (5).
Click here for her obituary and details of her memorial service in Kenosha, WI on Tuesday, September 27.
Tricia has been rocking it in the academic world, and I’ve got a lot to report to get everyone caught up on her most recent achievements!
Having started as an Assistant Professor at Montana State University in 2014, Tricia was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Research Award from the Department of Education at Montana State University, and has already climbed into the role of Department Head of Education.
She is a co-author of the soon-to-be-released How College Affects Students: 21st Century Evidence that Higher Education Works, Volume 3, and an Associate Editor of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Journal of College Student Development.
In March, Tricia present at ACPA’s 2016 convention in Montreal, as part of a Pecha Kucha session. Her talk, Success Isn’t Linear: It’s Geometric, is available for your viewing pleasure at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXIq7YPkdUQ.
Prior to moving to Montana, Tricia spent several years in Canada, where she was an Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. While in Toronto, she started the Supporting Student Success Project, a multi-instituional study examining the relationship between organizational structure and culture and student success in colleges across Canada.
Last fall, Tricia won the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services’ CACUSS Award of Honor. The award is given for significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of student services and/or active participation within CACUSS.
For those of you who have kids getting ready to go to college, her research team at Montana State has a Facebook page called Blueprints for Student Success – Montana where they answer questions that high school seniors have about what it takes to be successful in college. They also tweet at @Blueprint4Success (@_blueprints), and Tricia’s twitter handle is @TriciaSeifert.
Phew! I think that covers the most recent highlights, but Tricia will undoubtedly keep me on my toes as she continues to follow her calling – helping students succeed in following theirs!
Kim Bankston recently completed her postgraduate studies at Illinois State University, earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Bankston is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Bloomington Primary Care.
On August 10th, Faizal Chaudhury, a vice president at Sallie Mae Bank, was one of four Sallie Mae managers presented with the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Patriot Award recognizes managers and supervisors for their support of military service member employees.
At the award ceremony, Sallie Mae also formally renewed its Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve, pledging to give managers the tools they need to effectively support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve; to encourage employment opportunities for active, transitioning, and veteran service members; and to continually recognize and support service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.
You can read more about it at http://news.salliemae.com/press-release/banking/sallie-mae-managers-recognized-support-military-employees.
Congratulations Faizal, and thank you for your efforts supporting military service members at Sallie Mae!
Show your Titan Pride!
From now through July 31, you can receive a pair of Illinois Wesleyan socks with your gift of $25 or more. All proceeds, unless otherwise designated, will support current students through the Wesleyan Fund.
These limited edition socks are only available through the end of the month.
Get yours by making a gift of $25 or more at titanpride.org/socks today!
(This offer only applies to individuals who make a gift of $25 or more by July 31. Limit 1 pair per donor.
Per IRS regulations, the $10 cost of the socks is not tax-deductible.)