Nov 282017

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday is #GivingTuesday, a global initiative to celebrate generosity and give back during the holiday season. Join the movement and help make bright futures possible for current Titans with a gift at today!

 Posted by at 9:09 pm
Oct 292017

Lisa (Hoelle) Portilla ’05 and Ben Portilla were married on June 24, 2017 in LaSalle, IL.

Lisa and Ben Portilla

Lisa’s bridesmaids included Ayumi Kunihiro, Sonya Hochevar, and Ashley (Locke) Gosselar, all from the Class of 2005.

Lisa and Ben currently live in Longmont, Colorado. Ben is employed by the National Ecological Observatory Network, and Lisa is PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University.

Congratulations, Portillas!

Lisa and her Class of 2005 bridesmaids!

Lisa and her Class of 2005 bridesmaids!

Oct 122017

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

 Posted by at 7:30 pm
Oct 012017

There is less than 1 month until Homecoming 2017! My work schedule here in Boston won’t allow me to get back to Bloomington this year, and I’ll certainly miss the football tailgate with those crisp, fall breezes!

If you are still deciding on which events you want to attend during Homecoming, the International RSO Fair is highly recommended. It will be on Saturday (10/14) at the Hansen Student Center, Center Court from 11 am – 1 pm.

Come learn more about our multicultural registered student organizations and enjoy activities and musical performances. A light lunch will be provided, so please register either online or by phone by 10/8! You can visit the Homecoming Facebook page or the International RSO Fair Facebook event for more information.

Are you headed back to campus this year? Share what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below!

Sep 212017

 Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner!

You can register now here

A few noteworthy events:

  • Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
  • Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 – Eckley Quadrangle
  • Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot
  • “Club Tommy” Saturday, 6-9pm (Cost: $20) – Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center

You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here

 Posted by at 8:20 pm
Aug 302017

Many of us were touched by the service of Darcy Greder during our time at IWU, and many of us remain in touch with Dean Greder over Facebook.

Personally, I’m still grateful for so many of the musical performances she brought to IWU including that Ani DiFranco show at Shirk our Freshman year. Was anyone else there for that one? And, of course, who can forget PB&J in The Dugout?

For all of you Darcy admirers out there, you’ll be happy to read that she’s won the Max L. Starkey Award for Service! Congratulations and deepest thanks to Darcy on this well-deserved recognition.