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/.
Clara Ehrhart ’15 has been singing in choirs since the sixth grade. At Quincy High School, she said, “I was pretty much in every choir group there was.” She also sang in the University Choir for four years at IWU and is now a member of the Quincy Symphony Chorus.
Those musical experiences have meant a lot to Ehrhart, so she’s now giving back through her volunteer efforts. For example, she helps the QHS Music Department whenever she can, and she’s a member of Encore! — the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association’s volunteer council. Ehrhart also does volunteer work for the Quincy Community Theatre, United Way of Adams County and other organizations.
As a trust officer at Mercantile Bank, Ehrhart is encouraged to become involved in the community. So she serves on the boards of Sunset Home and the Michelmann Foundation, the charitable arm of Michelmann Steel Construction Co. — a business headed by her mother, who has been an inspirational role model for Ehrhart.
Clara has recently been recognized by her home community of Quincy as one of their 20 Under 40! She speaks of her job, community, successes, and more in an interview of which you may read more of here: http://www.whig.com/20170924/20-under-40-clara-ehrhart#
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
Meghan Henwood ’15 came back to campus to attend the 10th Annual Inquiries into Teaching and Learning Conference in conjunction with the John Wesley Powell Research Conference.
Diana Bonilla ’15 was chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member of its 2017 Cohort of Teaching Fellows. This year, 37 promising high school mathematics and science teachers who are just beginning their careers were awarded Knowles Teaching Fellowships.
Diana will begin her second year of teaching at Back of the Yards College Prep in Chicago, IL, this fall. She is committed to teaching biology to high school students in the U.S. After earning her Bachelor of Science at IWU, she received a Master of Education in instructional leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016.
You may read more about the Knowles Science Teaching Program at what Diana is up to here.
Nathaniel Schmeling self-published his book, Timing the Infinite, on July 30,2017. His book is available on Amazon. You can learn more about his book and purchase it here.
Hadley Kay Seibring, was born to Sean (’12) and Emily (’15) Seibring on June 6th, 2017 at 12:17 pm. Hadley was 6 lbs, 8 oz, and 20.5 inches long. Congratulations Sean and Emily!
Anne Kelly’s ’15 senior seminar essay was chosen for inclusion in this year’s issue of Constructing the Past, IWU’s undergraduate history journal. Her essay is titled: Bringing Out the Big Guns: How the Remilitarization of Japan Between 1947-1955 Impacted Chinese Perception of Sino-American Relations.