As IWU celebrates Titans Around the World at Homecoming this weekend, we will also honor our alumni who served worldwide as veterans and first-responders, including Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95. We will remember Ryan and all veterans and first-responders who have given their lives in the service of others and our country. Presenting the colors will be American Legion Color Guard Post 635 Normal and Post 56 from Bloomington. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 14th at 12:45 p.m., prior to the Homecoming Football game at Tucci Stadium and will include the National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer ’72. Classmates and friends can view the ceremony on streaming video live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/iwu/.
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).
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.”
Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner!
You can register now here
A few noteworthy events:
- Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
- Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 – Eckley Quadrangle
- Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot
- “Club Tommy” Saturday, 6-9pm (Cost: $20) – Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center
You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here
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.