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.
Sharon Chung ’00 was elected to the McLean County Board, edging out Republican incumbent Ryan Scritchlow, 3,378 to 3,298.
In the Pantagraph article following the election, Chung said of the party’s success, “We’re really excited to have a dynamic slate of Democratic candidates. I know that I am really extremely proud of the campaign we ran across the county.”
IWU grads Brian Smith ’00 and Gina (Schopp) Wither ’99 have worked at Steamboat Mountain School, a small, independent boarding school, for nineteen and twenty years, respectively. Brian is the Dean of Students and teaches Calculus 1 and 2.
Brian and Gina recently took kids on a five-day canoeing trip on the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon for their annual Desert Week trip.
Are you ready to join in on a milestone? Come see your classmates, take a couple classes, see a show, and, of course, see the Titans beat Carthage on Saturday afternoon!
We are very sorry to inform you that Professor Elizabeth (Susie) Balser, faculty member in Biology for more than 20 years, passed away last month following an extended illness. Susie was recognized as an expert on the anatomy of echinoderms. Her passion for invertebrate animals inspired the creation of three new courses at IWU. Both as an instructor and as a research mentor, Susie challenged students to carefully study the natural world and make their own discoveries.
Jane Brue, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 18, in Evelyn Chapel, with a visitation prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. in the Chapel.
Sean Foley ’00 and his wife, Sara, welcomed their new Tiny Titan, Abigail Josephine, on April 2, 2018.
Congratulations to Sean and Sara!
Three guest composers and four alumni performers graced the Westbrook stage during Illinois Wesleyan’s New Music Cafe concert on Thursday, March 8. IWU’s own Kyle Shaw, Bloomington native Edward Breitweiser, and Will Pearson, a U of I doctoral composer who has taught recently at IWU, are the composers. The alumni, all of whom have careers as college professors, preformed contemporary art songs. They were soprano Jamie-Rose (Guarrine) Knapp ’00, who taught at IWU several years ago; her husband, cellist Karl Knapp ’00; bass-baritone Seth Keeton ’98; and pianist Robert Elfline ’97. Rounding out the program was a performance of Three Songs by Northern Illinois University professor emeritus Jan Bach, performed by IWU professors Ingrid Kammin and Andrew Voelker.
Christopher Olson ’00 was hired to fly with United Airlines in March 2015. He took his first flight lesson in 1997 and has been flying commercially since 2001. Chris resides in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and is based in Chicago/O’Hare on the Boeing 737. He is happily married to Stephanie Olson (Seale) ’01, with whom he has two children, Aaron and Julianne.
Below is a picture of Christopher after he was hired and his daughter, Julianne (then nine months old).
Below is an image of Christopher at the helm.