Renee Davidson ’01 was added to the Monticello High School Athletic Hall of Fame. You can read more here.
In the past two years we’ve witnessed the Titan community come together in new ways to share stories, expertise, and friendship. However, we have long awaited the chance to welcome you back to campus for a true Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming! We look forward to sharing a meal, a drink, and a story with all of you in person, September 23-25, 2022.
Click here for a full schedule of events and to register.
Phillip Hurst ’01 had a nonfiction book published on August 16th, 2022 called Regent’s of Paris. He recently had another book published in March, 2022 called The Land of Ale and Gloom: Discovering the Pacific Northwest. Both synopsis can be found below.
The Land of Ale and Gloom: Discovering the Pacific Northwest concerns the summer of 2016, which the author spent traveling the region in the looming shadow of a Trump presidency, having come to the somewhat blue realization that there perhaps remained just one thing in this world with the power to bring him true happiness: craft beer. And while there’s no better place for a beer enthusiast than Oregon and Washington State, a philosophical guide seemed necessary—hence, Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, an encyclopedic Renaissance-era opus which advises the melancholic patient to treat his affliction with a few cold brews.
Regent’s of Paris takes place in a struggling small-town auto dealership during the tumultuous week leading up to the annual Memorial Day sale—a week rife with doomsday warnings about the Obama Administration’s corporate bailout of General Motors, and the week which will ultimately seal the dealership’s fate. Paul Stenger’s thirtieth birthday is looming and selling cars is soiling his conscience, complicating his love life, and killing his songwriting ambitions. But Paul’s problems pale in comparison to those of Jennylee Witt, a young mother navigating her workplace’s rampant sexism, a chronically-ill daughter, a deadbeat spouse, and a crisis of faith—not to mention the wealthy local photographer with a penchant for cozy test-drives. Finally, Kent Seasons, the sales manager, has come to suspect his long-promised ownership stake is being stolen from him; worse yet, his teenage daughter has seemingly fallen for the suave owner of a rival dealership. In the cutthroat realm of the American car lot, even our most cherished dreams get the hard-sell, and nobody knows this better than those whose livelihoods hinge upon closing deals and sending rubber down the road.
Liz Bennett ’01 has been named director of the Holston Business Development Center, a business incubator serving Hawkins County and the greater Kingsport area. You can read more here.
Shaw Local News Network recently published an article about IWU alum Suzy Brown ’01 and her volunteer efforts. Read the full article here.
Phillip Hurst ’01 is the author of Whiskey Boys, a collection of literary essays. Read more about it in the article here.
Dena Jalbert ’01 and her company, Align Business Advisory Services, were featured in the Faces of Orlando 2021. You can read the full write up about her here.
Amber Munday ’01 has joined Boston-based law firm Polsinelli’s National Real Estate Practice as a shareholder in its Chicago office.
Matt was named to the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Board of Governors.
Nikki Kanzia ’01 was appointed as the new President of IC Catholic Prep, a high school in Elmhurst, effective July 1, 2021.