Jill Jackson ’04 of PricewaterhouseCoopers spoke at the Homecoming International Career Panel on Friday, 10/13. Jill started in Transaction Services with PwC US in Chicago in 2004, and spent 1.5 years with the PwC Singapore firm starting in August 2013.
Lavanga Wijekoon ’04 came to IWU as an international student from Sri Lanka. Now an attorney at an international law firm in Chicago, he advises and represents multinational employers. Recently, he has participated in negotiations for a business and human rights treaty at the United Nations. He also represents pro bono asylum seekers and “Dreamer” applicants. As a speaker for Homecoming 2017’s Back to College Classes, Lavanga shared his thoughts on how IWU – his friends, professors, and work-study at Saga – prepared him for his career, and how he met his wife-to-be on a May Term class. His presentation, entitled “From the SAGA Dishroom to International Law Firm: A Former International Student’s Reflections”, may be viewed below.
As IWU celebrates Titans Around the World at Homecoming this weekend, we will also honor our alumni who served worldwide as veterans and first-responders, including Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95. We will remember Ryan and all veterans and first-responders who have given their lives in the service of others and our country. Presenting the colors will be American Legion Color Guard Post 635 Normal and Post 56 from Bloomington. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 14th at 12:45 p.m., prior to the Homecoming Football game at Tucci Stadium and will include the National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer ’72. Classmates and friends can view the ceremony on streaming video live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/iwu/.
Since a 2015 storm destroyed the Barn II Dinner Theater in Goodfield, IL, Abby Reel ’04 has been working to save it.
The antique structure had long been used by a theater troupe and was well-known in the community. After it sustained catastrophic damaged, locals and enthusiasts have been campaigning to rebuild the site.
The initiative is estimated to cost $100,000, which will provide updated facilities and accommodate nearly 40% more capacity. Materials from the original site will be integrated into the design as a nod to its rich history. The building, aptly named The Barn III, will expand its use to include community events and weddings.
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We’re excited to announce Titan socks are back for the second time ever! This year’s exclusive socks feature the Illinois Wesleyan spirit logo. You and your friends can get in on the fun with a minimum gift of $25 before the fiscal year ends on July 31, 2017.
Mark your calendar!
October 13-15, 2017
Join us in celebrating Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming 2017 – Titans Around the World! We hope to see you back on campus to meet up with friends, participate in new and traditional activities, network, and much more!
Our complete Homecoming 2017 schedule and registration will be available in August at iwu.edu/homecoming. Please call 888-IWU-ALUM for questions and more information.
See you in October!
Manoj Kalayil ’04 and his wife, Marilyn, welcomed new Tiny Titan, Jonas Manoj Kalayil, on July 9th, 2017.
Congratulations Manoj and Marilyn on your addition!
Matt and Sarah (Thorson) Bibo, both of ’04, welcomed son, John Mattux Bibo, on January 11th, 2017. Congratulations!