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 https://portal.stretchinternet.com/iwu/.

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Sep 252017
 

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#

Congratulations, Clara!
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

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Aug 092017
 

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.

 

 

Aug 092017
 
Laurie Diekhoff departed from IWU after 10 years at the Hart Career Center. She told her colleagues, “I spent 10 great years at the Career Center, enjoying my work, my colleagues, and the many relationships I have made on campus and in the community as a result of this position. Assisting students with their career development plans, helping employers fulfill their hiring needs, developing new programs, and contributing to the ongoing success of the Hart Career Center has been quite rewarding!”
May 242017
 
The Fulbright Seminar in American studies is a three-day long mountain retreat for more than 70 US and Austrian students, scholars, and teaching assistants. The event, which is the highlight of the Austrian Fulbright calendar, is held in Strobl am Wolfgangsee in Austria.
Amelia Smith ’15 attended as a USTA Regional Adviser. The second-year UTSAs are a point of contact for incoming teaching assistants in their region.
As is stated on Fulbright’s page, “the Fulbright Seminar in American Studies is a wonderful opportunity for US and Austrian Fulbrighters in various disciplines and programs to meet, network, and promote mutual understanding.”

UTSA Regional Advisors, Fulbright Austria executive director Lonnie Johnson,US and Austrian Teaching Assistantship program officer Belona Berchtaler

UTSA Conference Members

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May 152017
 

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.

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