Congratulations to Lisa Leali ’99, who was named Lake Bluff Elementary School District’s (IL) next superintended at a school board meeting on Dec. 19, 2019. Lisa, who is currently the chief education officer at Kenilworth School District 38, (IL) will assume the new role on July 1, 2020. She will oversee a K-8 district that serves 882 students in two schools in the suburban Chicago village. Prior to their work in Kenilwroth, Lisa spent nearly 20 years as a teacher and administrator in Hawthorn School District 73 in Vernon Hills, IL.
Thank you very much to David Crawford ’99, who virtually presented on 3/5/20 about careers with the FBI, speaking from experience as Chief of the FBI Internal Policy Office.
Here are ways to virtually engage with IWU and fellow Titans:
- Performances from IWU alumni, students and faculty
Contact us at email@example.com if you have a virtual performance to share. Follow the School of Theatre Arts Facebook page for posts about performances by students and alumni.
- Back to College Classes
Check out videos of previous classes featuring alumni.
- Take part in Titan Talks: Webinar Series
We are excited to launch this series featuring alumni, faculty and staff.
- Start a Titan Group
Have you been wanting to start a book club? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help connect you to other interested alumni.
- IWU Social Media
Follow Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni Association social media for the latest updates and announcements – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
- Virtual Titan Connections
We miss connecting with Titans in person, but we would love to see photos or videos from your virtual connections. Show your Titan pride and tag IWU Alumni Association (@IWU_AlumniAssoc) on Twitter and (@illinoiswesleyanalumni) on Facebook. You can also post in your Regional Alumni Chapter’s Facebook group, reunion group, or affinity group.
- Titan Challenges
Challenge your fellow Titans to a virtual 5K or fitness challenge. Be sure to wear your favorite Titan gear and share a photo on social media or you can send it to email@example.com.
- To share a word of support for your classmates at this time, submit a post to your class newsletter by emailing your editor or if your class does not have an editor, send your post to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can provide support to the Titan Student Emergency Fund. This fund will provide relief to students with needs such as housing, travel, moving and storage, transportation and vehicle repair, and technology needs related to remote learning.
- If you have expertise or a career opportunity that you can share with students, please connect with a Hart Career Center staff member for a phone or video appointment through a Handshake account here. You can also post job and internship opportunities on the site. View FAQs here.
- University Archives & Special Collections wants to hear your experiences and reflections to keep a historical record of the impact of the pandemic on the Illinois Wesleyan community, you can learn more here.
- Assist the IWU Admissions team in student recruitment efforts. Our alumni are the best and most qualified to meet with prospective students to share your IWU experience. Sign up here: Titan Alumni Ambassadors.
- You can see more ideas here.
Thank you very much to Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck ’99, who virtually presented on 2/28 in the Hart Career Center about Jaynanne’s experience as former Vice President of People Ops for Panera Bread, focusing on Human Resources. She also gave her advice on how to stand out when applying for opportunities from her many years of experience in hiring, and answered any questions students ahd about human resources, leadership development, corporate culture, and more.
Congratulations to Amanda Hjerpe ’99, who recently got a new job as a Foundation Liaison at DuPage County Animal Services in Wheaton, Illinois.
Heartland Bank and Trust Company has promoted Chad Beaty ’99 to to senior vice president, commercial lending, and senior lender for the Bloomington area. Click here to read more about his accomplishment.
Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is Monday, February 10. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. IWU celebrates each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.
If you would like to be celebrated as a donor today, you can make a gift at iwu.edu/give.
The IWU campus extends it’s thanks to Karen Bellis ’99 for volunteering at the Hart Career Center Professional Etiquette Dinner, Tuesday, March 21st.
Lisa (Leali) Cerauli ’99 was named the new superintendent at Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65. Click here to read more about Lisa’s new position.