Dec 202017
Sneha Subramanian ’15 and Jules (Sen) Wang ’15 created TiffinTown Books EDM, a collection of beautifully illustrated children’s books about women of color.
You can preview their first book here.
You can read more about it here.
Tell the stories of women from all around the world who have made a difference. TiffinTown Books is a collection of beautifully illustrated children’s books about brave women. But that’s not all… The books change the way children read. Subscribe to us yearly and you’ll receive a new book right at your doorstep every month!
TiffinTown Books - Augmented Reality
Using Augmented Reality, the heroine’s come to life. Children can now interact with the characters in our story! Working with Amplified Robots (UK), we will be creating new AR content regularly, so you’ll get to unlock new features for the first few months of each book as we introduce updates, games, and more!
substainable Books

Our beautiful hardcover 64-page books are made of FSI-certified paper AND printed with vegetable ink! It also measures 8.5 x 11 inches (horizontal) – the perfect size for children to hold.

Social Enterprise

For every book we sell, we donate a dollar to charities dedicated to female empowerment and children’s education.

TiffinTown Books - Augmented Reality
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!
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!”
Jan 182017

Just one week after graduation with a BA in Theatre Arts and English Writing, Hannah Dhue ’15 made the leap for her dreams in Hollywood. Since moving to Los Angeles, Hannah has worked with Deluxe Entertainment Services, as well as Media Predict, based in New York City. Recently, she accepted a new position with Sony Pictures Entertainment on their studio lot. There, she coordinates Sony’s television mastering projects, managing their assets for distribution worldwide. She cannot stress enough how important it is to connect with professors, alumni and fellow classmates, as her adventures in La La Land simply wouldn’t be possible without those wonderful people. Not to mention parents, family and alumni donors who sacrificed to help send her to IWU. As she continues to grow her career, she hopes to have the chance to pay it forward in the future.