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!

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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!

Aug 192016
 

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.

Congratulations Kim!

Aug 182016
 

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!

Jul 192016
 

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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.

Click here to order.

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.)

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Apr 242016
 

End of Fall, written and directed by Joselito Seldera, has been accepted into both the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival (May 12-19, 2016) and the High Desert International Film Festival (May 26-29, 2016).

Jose has written, directed, and produced several independent films since 2008, but End of Fall is his first feature film. Jose brought this film home, shooting it around the Lake Geneva area in the autumn of 2014.

Jose received his Master of Fine Arts degree in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2012.

You can follow movie news at https://www.facebook.com/endoffallmovie/.

Apr 072016
 

This is the fourth annual All In For Wesleyan one-day giving challenge! It’s a day celebrating everything that makes Illinois Wesleyan great, including alumni and friends like you who carry IWU forward.

All gifts made today will be matched, dollar for dollar (up to $100,000) by an anonymous alum from the 1990’s, doubling your impact on IWU students! There are sure to be additional matching grants unlocked throughout the day giving your individual donation even more impact!

Make your donation today!

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Apr 062016
 

Emily Fleischmann recently accepted a position as Senior Director, Global Marketing at the Almond Board of California. The Board represents the over 6,000 almond growers and over 100 handlers in the State of California where 82% of the worlds almonds are grown. Under a Federal Marketing Order, the Board engages in research, advertising and promotion in domestic and international markets.

Congratulations Emily!