Carissa Nemmers ’09 married Maurits Olsson in an intimate ceremony on August 4, 2020 in White Salmon, Washington. They celebrated with family, friends and fellow IWU alumni on June 26, 2021 in Dubuque, Iowa. Congratulations!
Angela (Tomazin) Hesemann ’09 is the co-founder of BreakAway Meetings, LLC, a startup company that brings the custom food and beverage experience of in-person conferences and meetings to virtual events. Like many others working in the hospitality industry, Angela and co-founder Kim Carlson were laid off at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the event world went virtual, they noticed a lack of fun and customization in virtual gatherings. BreakAway Meetings allows organizers of virtual events to choose food and beverage packages, customize their contents to match a theme or focus, and ship packages directly to meetings attendees in advance of their event.
Robert Porter ’09 was appointed public administrator and public guardian of McLean County by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Pat Stephens ’09 and Kelli (Flahaven) Stephens’10 welcomed their baby boy, Calvin Patrick Stephens on February 4, 2021. Congratulations on the Tiny Titan!
Congratulations to Lauren O’Connor ’09 on her upcoming publication of Robin and the Making of American Adolescence.
Synopsis: Holy adolescence, Batman! Robin and the Making of American Adolescence offers the first character history and analysis of the most famous superhero sidekick, Robin. Debuting just a few months after Batman himself, Robin has been an integral part of the Dark Knight’s history—and debuting just a few months prior to the word “teenager” first appearing in print, Robin has from the outset both reflected and reinforced particular images of American adolescence. Closely reading several characters who have “played” Robin over the past eighty years, Robin and the Making of American Adolescence reveals the Boy (and sometimes Girl!) Wonder as a complex figure through whom mainstream culture has addressed anxieties about adolescents in relation to sexuality, gender, and race. This book partners up comics studies and adolescent studies as a new Dynamic Duo, following Robin as he swings alongside the ever-changing American teenager and finally shining the Bat-signal on the latter half of “Batman and—.”
The book is released on August 13th, 2021. You can read more about it here.
Congratulations to Timothy ’07 and Heidi ’09 Murray on the birth of their newest Tiny Titan, Charles Jeremiah Murray, on July 6, 2021!
Our Assistant Director of Career Engagement at Illinois Wesleyan University, Brian Richardson ’09, has been hired as the Associate Director of Career Services in San Antonio. Congratulations, Brian!
Kaelyn Riley ’09 finished her M.A. in English at UC Davis in 2011, and her M.F.A. in creative writing at Colorado State University in 2014. Since then, she has been living and working in Minneapolis as a senior editor for Experience Life, an award-winning health, and wellness magazine published by Life Time Fitness. She married her husband Ben in January 2018, and bought their first home together in South Minneapolis last fall.
Elizabeth (Sowatzke) Schlicht ’09 gave virtual practice interviews to students on March 12, 2021. Elizabeth majored in voice as a student at IWU’s School of Music. She was planning to continue studying music post-graduation, but decided to pursue other interests during her senior year. Elizabeth is currently the Executive Director of the Association Acumen in Milwaukee utilizing her skills in non-profit management and marketing. This was a great opportunity for music or marketing majors to explore career options and develop their interview skills! Thank you, Elizabeth!
Congratulations to Bridget (McFadden) Wicherek ’09 and her husband, Mark! They welcomed a new Tiny Titan, James Francis, on January 10, 2021. We wish you all the best!