Dec 022017

Heather Olt was recently seen gracing the red carpet at the premiere of Hulu’s “Marvel’s Runaways” at Regency Bruin Theatre in Los Angeles on November 16, 2017.

Heather has a recurring role on this new comic book adaptation, playing Frances, a member of the Church of Gibborim, a cult-like movement headed by Leslie Dean (Annie Wersching), the mother of Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner).

Heather’s other recent roles include “American Horror Story: Cult” and “Jane The Virgin,” as well as recurring roles on “Justified” and “Baskets”.

The first FOUR episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways” are available now on HULU!

Nov 022017

Adam Kramer, band director at Fort Worth Independent School District’s Southwest High School and Wedgwood Middle School, has been selected as the 2017-18 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts.

Mr. Kramer was chosen following a rigorous three-part evaluation process based on a written application and narrative; a recording of classroom instruction; and an interview session with a distinguished panel of judges.  

In 1999 Performing Arts Fort Worth established the Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts, which annually recognizes and rewards an exemplary Fort Worth Independent School District teacher. The Chair carries the title for one year and receives a $5,000 honorarium.  

Mr. Kramer has been teaching for 21 years, eight years in Fort Worth ISD.   Under his direction, many of Mr. Kramer’s students have been named to All-District, All-Region, and All-State Concert and Jazz Bands. Michael Dawson, Head Band Director at Wedgwood Middle School, states, “Mr. Kramer is a respected faculty member at Wedgwood Middle and Southwest High Schools. He has great rapport with teachers and administrators….and is also highly respected by students and parents.” 

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public secondary school setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Congratulations, Adam!

Oct 102017

Junaid Ahmed ’96, a journalist and producer of Newshour, a one hour news and current affairs program on BBC World Service, will be speaking this weekend at IWU’s Homecoming as part of an International Career Panel on Friday, 10/13 from 4 to 5 p.m.

During this panel, alumni will discuss how their IWU education prepared them to work abroad. Other panelists include Jill Jackson ’04 (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Anton Samrai ’07 (PepsiCo), Sijia Song ’13 (Ernst & Young), and Coco Bassey ’10 (Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Millennielle & Product Marketing Manager, Wolters Kluwer).

Oct 102017

Faizal Chaudhury ’96, Vice President of Internal Audit at SallieMae, has joined the University of Delaware’s Alfred Learner College of Business & Economics as an Adjunct Professor. He teaches graduate and undergraduate graduate level classes on Internal Auditing.

Faizal says “This opportunity is allowing me to promote my profession (Internal Auditing) to the current generation of college students.”

Apr 052017

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!

Dec 162016

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!

Sep 302016

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!

Members of the class will be at Mugsy’s on Friday (9/30), starting at 7:00ish, and at Fat Jack’s on Saturday (10/1), starting at 8:00ish.

Hope to see you there!


Sep 122016

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).

In lieu of flowers, memorials to METAvivor, Forward 4 Tobi, Do It For the Love Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and St. Joseph Catholic Academy are appreciated.

Click here for her obituary and details of her memorial service in Kenosha, WI on Tuesday, September 27.

Aug 272016

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!