You did it, Titans! You were the key to our success. On April 11, 2,205 donors collectively raised $518,316. And thanks to the generosity of our pacesetter challenge donors, our grand total is $776,316 (and still counting!)
Attention Milestone Reunion Challenge! An anonymous donor from the class of 1994 will donate $50 per gift, up to $50,000, made by alumni celebrating a milestone reunion this year (grad years ending in in 4 or 9).
Check out the All In Happy Hours taking place around the country. Show your Titan pride by spreading the word about All In for Wesleyan to your personal networks via social media, calls, texts, emails, etc.
You’ll have a great time while encouraging others to make an additional gift on All In and share stories about how IWU Unlocked Opportunities for each of us. Visit our webpage for more information and registration.
Ethan Schrum ’99 published a new book “The Instrumental University: Education in Service of the National Agenda after World War II.” You can read more about the book here.
Ethan’s first REU came the summer after his sophomore year, at Grinnell. Next, he was a summer intern in ‘98 at Colorado, working on photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of toluene on a Pt/TiO2 surface, trying to identify strongly bound surface species. “After PCO we do temperature programmed desorption, hydrogenation, and oxidation, with online monitoring by mass spec and GC, to see what is coming off the surface under these flows.”
He went on to grad school in Chemical Engineering, at Northwestern, and after the first year, Ethan wrote that he loved the ChemE program at Northwestern (and made it sound really good). However, as his interests in other areas grew, he felt called in a different direction. He defended his Masters of Science on 8/3/01 and left to begin historical studies. He took a job as Assistant to the Director of the Office of Academic Opportunities while completing a second Masters degree (an M.A.) at Wheaton College. He has published and presented both scientific and historical research, and is available to help Richter Fellowship applicants with defining their research questions, selecting appropriate methodologies, and producing crisp writing. His PhD thesis has to do with a History of American Universities.
On April 11, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of IWU show your pride and support by being All In for Wesleyan. During this 24-hour giving day, let’s unlock opportunities together – you are key to our success!
Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is on Monday, February 11. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank the 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 tuition dollars run out and support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants kicks in for the remainder of the year.
Thank you to all donors who help make the IWU experience possible!
Amy Pollitz ’99 welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Maggie Lynn, on June 14, 2018.
Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics Robert (Bob) Leekley passed away on Tuesday, Jan.1. Prof. Leekley started teaching at Illinois Wesleyan in 1974, and from his first year to his 44th, his commitment to IWU and our students remained unchanged. His positive impact on generations of students and colleagues will not be forgotten. Read an obituary. A service will be held in the IWU Evelyn Chapel from 11-12 on Wednesday, January 9th.
Gina (Schopp) Wither ’99 and Brian Smith ’00 have worked at Steamboat Mountain School, a small, independent boarding school, for 19 and 20 years respectively. Brian is the Dean of Students and teaches Calculus 1 and 2. They just took kids on a 5 day canoeing trip on the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon for their annual Desert Week trip.