Sep 182020

Charlene Carruthers ’07 was among the 2020 Freedom Scholars announced by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation. Recognizing scholars standing at the forefront of movements for economic and social justice, and creating the catalytic ideas for transformative change, the foundations are placing power in the hands of changemakers through new Freedom Scholars Awards, $250,000 grants that give leaders greater freedom to build a truly representative economy that works for working families and people. Charlene is a political strategist, cultural worker and Ph.D. student in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her research includes Black feminist political economies, abolition of patriarchal and carceral systems, and the role of cultural work within the Black radical tradition. Her work spans more than 15 years of community organizing across racial, gender and economic justice movements. She is the author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, and received Illinois Wesleyan’s Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2017. Read more here.

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Jun 042020

Beth Lanza ’07Joined The Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at The Ears, Nose, Throat, and Plastic Surgery Association in Orlando, Florida, as a speech language pathologist, in September 2019. Beth earned a master’s degree in communication disorders at Northern Illinois University in 2018 and, as part of her postgraduate work, started Bridges Choir, a choir for adults with language and cognitive communication disorders. After graduate school, Beth completed her clinical fellowship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, receiving training at the Voice and Upper Airways Clinic as well as the Neurogenic Communication Disorders Clinic. Congratulations Beth!

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Jun 012020

Todd Kumler ’07 Presented virtually on May 26th, and gave an overview of the economics consulting industry, including the types of projects that economics consultants work on and the day-to-day life of an economics consultant. His presentation also discussed opportunities at economics consulting firms for undergraduates and the types of candidates recruited by these firms. Thank you Todd!

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May 112020
We regret to inform you of the passing of Allison McKey ‘07.
Allison McKey ’07 of Gridley, IL died April 4, 2020 in Denver, CO after a courageous journey with cancer.  She was 34.  Allison studied accounting and art history at Illinois Wesleyan.  She earned her CPA and had an illustrious career in accounting which started at Deloitte in Chicago.  She was most recently employed with Whiting Petroleum in Denver, where she moved to follow her lifelong dream of living in the mountains.  Allison had many passions including water and snow skiing, hiking, traveling, exploring the food scene in Denver, and cooking at home.
She is survived by her parents, John and Pat McKey, boyfriend and soulmate Zach Wagner, maternal grandmother, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her lifelong friends and sisters she met through Kappa Kappa Gamma.
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May 072020

Daniel Evans ’07 of Springfield, Illinois, died May 2, 2020. He was 35. Dan studied biology as a pre-med student at Illinois Wesleyan, and then went on to earn medical degrees at Illinois State University and Millikin University. Dan was a certified registered nurse anesthetist at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He also served as a regional director on the board of Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists and was an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Prior to CRNA school, Dan worked at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, from 2010-13, as a registered nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Dan loved talking and taking walks with his son, date nights and weekends with his wife, rock climbing, working on his cars and woodworking. He is survived by his wife Erin (Lohrstorfer) Evans ’07, son, parents, two brothers, including Phil Evans ’09, grandmother and many other relatives and friends.

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