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AprIL 2012 Volume 89, Number 2 EDITOR Kristin Van Aken Jamison ’99 | Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Todd Spann | Senior Writer Matt Wing ’05 | Director of Sports Information COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE Judy Sager | ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATE Mary Jane Koehler | GRAPHIC DESIGNER Steven Varble CONTRIBUTORS Katie Bernardi ’14 Lanie Cooper ’12 Tom Roster Steve Warmowski

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Upcoming Events Friday, MAY 11 Osage Orange Festival, 6 p.m., King Field House, Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center


50th Reunion Luncheon for Class of 1962, 12 noon, Jacksonville Country Club. Literary Society Love Feasts

SUNDAY, May 13

Pre-Baccalaureate Music by the Department of Music, 10 a.m., Rammelkamp Chapel. Baccalaureate Service with remarks by Rev. Katrina Jenkins, Illinois College Chaplain, 10:30 a.m., Rammelkamp Chapel. Commencement Luncheon for graduates, their families and staff, 12 noon, Cummings Dining Hall. 178th Commencement Exercise featuring address by Ambassador John W. Limbert, U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, 3 p.m., Historic Upper Quadrangle

Saturday, August 18 Illinois State Fair Tent Party for Alumni, Parents and Friends, 5 to 8 p.m., Director’s Lawn, Illinois State Fairgrounds

Saturday, SePTEMBER 29

Family Day activities will include athletic events, games and more. Call the Center for Student Involvement at 217.245.3094 for more information.

Saturday, October 13

Homecoming activities including Alumni Reunions for Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. Visit for hotel information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon and Ceremony, 12 noon, Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center

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18 Alumni talk Peace Corps, Illinois College experience

2 From the President’s Desk

Alumni Kim Peek ’08, Trish Reynolds ’85 and David Van Leeuwen ’00 discuss their work as Peace Corps volunteers after graduating from Illinois College. The trio explain why they decided to work for the organization, as well as their professional lives after their service concluded.

22 Giving back to Illinois College can start small Giving back to Illinois College is a tradition that began when Aaron ’02 and Hillary Hudgens Enloe ’02 first graduated. Their gifts to the College have increased as they have both progressed professionally, and they are able to take advantage of a company matching gift program.

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3 Campus News 11 True Scholarship: Faculty Digest 14 True Victories: Athletic Digest 16 True Celebrations: Recent Alumni Events 24 True Moments 28 True Connections: Class Notes,

Marriages, Births, In Memoriam

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ON THE COVER David Van Leeuwen took this photograph while walking to work in the Ifugao Province of the Philippines during his service in the Peace Corps.

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for many years. Service learning has now become a key feature of the College’s curriculum, most notably in the new leadership program and in the new general education program to be launched in the fall. The fact that a rapidly growing number of alumni are choosing to serve others in the Peace Corps and in AmeriCorps suggests that the habit of service cultivated among Illinois College students as undergraduates continues long after graduation. With the rapid internationalization of the College, we can expect that interest in programs such as the Peace Corps will continue to grow among Illinois College alumni. As a case in point, the College has recently entered into a foundation-funded partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew that will take Illinois College faculty members and students to the island of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa. Under the guidance of Professor Larry Zettler and a group of British researchers, an international team that includes Illinois College students will work to save endangered species of orchids and other exotic plants in Madagascar. It could easily be a next step for students

“... the commitment to service is a long Illinois College tradition. How that commitment is carried forward after college will reflect the ever growing richness of the educational experiences available to Illinois College students.” The story of the idealism and commitment to community service of Illinois College undergraduates has been featured and lauded in the national media. The College takes an equal pride in its many alumni who make meaningful service an important part of their lives after college. When Washington Monthly magazine ranked national liberal arts colleges on their contributions to the public good, it evaluated the amount of service performed by their students and by their graduates. Peace Corps service abroad and service in its domestic equivalent, AmeriCorps, were used as key indicators of the contribution to the public good by an institution’s alumni. By these measures, the magazine ranked Illinois College 37th among all national liberal arts colleges. The long presence on campus of APO, the national service fraternity, indicates that co-curricular community service has been an important part of the fabric of Illinois College


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with such a distinctive international experience to return to Madagascar or to other parts of the developing world to work with the Peace Corps or a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) on educational, environmental or community development projects. Again, the commitment to service is a long Illinois College tradition. How that commitment is carried forward after college will reflect the ever growing richness of the educational experiences available to Illinois College students. Most cordially,

Axel D. Steuer President

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secretary of the Computer Club and co-founded the French Club, for which she serves as secretary and treasurer. In service to her community, Karaffa is the service chair of Illinois College’s chapter of Circle K International and is a member of Students in Service. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a coach for Girls on the Run and a member of the Childhood Wellness Coalition at Passavant Area Hospital. Illinois College awarded Karaffa the Barbara Heintz Albach Memorial Award for her outstanding service accomplishments and the Ts’ing-Hi Tong Computer Science Award during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Steuer, Karaffa, Mills

Senior named Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

The November Student Laureate ceremony marked the 37th year that the Lincoln Academy has honored students at each four-year college in Illinois for overall excellence in both academic and extracurricular programs. Accompanying Karaffa at the award ceremony were her parents, John and Carolyn Karaffa, Federal Judge Richard Mills ’51 and Steuer.

Meaghan Karaffa ’12 was named a Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois at a ceremony in the Hall of Representatives of the Old State Capitol on Saturday, November 5. The senior from Girard was one of 51 college students in the state of Illinois who received the award.

Grant will aid Illinois College in distinctive general education program

“Meaghan well represents her peers at Illinois College. In addition to her outstanding academic record, Meaghan’s leadership on campus and her strong commitment to community service made her an ideal candidate for the honor of Student Laureate by the distinguished Lincoln Academy of Illinois,” remarked Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City recently awarded Illinois College a grant of $214,000 to implement its new general education program. This is the largest award Illinois College has received to date from the foundation.

Karaffa will graduate from Illinois College this May with a major in computer science. During her years as an IC student she was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society recognizing high scholastic achievement in first-year college students, and was recognized by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Awarded to the two students with the highest grade point averages in the class, Karaffa was selected as one of two 2011-2012 student marshals. The senior is an active leader and volunteer on the Illinois College campus and in the Jacksonville community. On campus she serves as a computer science tutor, a resident assistant at Fayerweather Service and Leadership House, and is the outreach officer for Student Forum. She currently plays the alto saxophone in the College’s Wind Ensemble, is

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“This important grant allows faculty to work together as they develop new course modules using the most innovative teaching ideas,” stated Elizabeth Tobin, dean of the College. “Faculty will use the funding to become highly effective at using new teaching strategies.” Based on learning communities, integrated learning, the inclusion of general education goals into majors and universal capstone courses, the new Illinois College general education curriculum is designed to make liberal arts knowledge and skills students need for careers in the 21st century – effective communication, clear ethical standards and the ability to use statistics – accessible to all students, including those previously underrepresented in higher education. The new general education requirements will begin with students who enter Illinois College in the fall of 2012 and will be gradually implemented as those students progress in their coursework. Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer noted, “Illinois College has made a concerted effort to build on its liberal arts heritage in preparing students for fulfilling professional careers. A broad and inclusive general education program lies at the heart of that heritage.” He continued, “We are grateful and honored to partner with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in strengthening the core liberal arts program of Illinois College.”

Board of Trustees welcomes new members Two Illinois College alumni and one Jacksonville native joined the ranks of the Illinois College Board of Trustees during 2011. Dr. Gary Haynes ’74, Venice Meyer ’80 and Steve Oetgen were elected charter trustees of the 28-member governance panel that oversees the policies and programs of the College. A professor in anesthesiology and critical care at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Haynes has earned multiple degrees related to his profession including a combined degree in biology and chemistry from Illinois College, a Master of Science degree in experimental pathology from the University of Cincinnati, and doctor of philosophy and medicine degrees from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology and served as chief resident of anesthesia and perioperative medicine at Medical University of South Carolina. An international lecturer and presenter, Haynes is professionally active with the American College of Physician Executives and serves as a grant reviewer for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the

LRS makes gift in support of computer science department Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. (LRS) recently awarded Illinois College $50,000 to establish two endowments that will provide long-term support for the computer science department. Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer said, “We are grateful for this generous gift from LRS that will provide additional opportunities for our computer science students and faculty members. These new funds will also help with the College’s ongoing fundraising efforts. Any alumnus or friend of the College can donate to the two new endowments LRS has established.” Steuer said the annual proceeds of the Information Technology Fund will be used in support of computer science faculty teaching, travel and research; laboratory equipment and software; and student activities. The second endowment, the Student Scholarship Fund, will make a new annual scholarship available for computer science majors who meet certain academic guidelines. Director of Financial Aid Kate Vidakovich


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Taylor ’78 said her office will guide the selection of the scholarship recipients. Based in Springfield, LRS is an international provider of innovative IT solutions with offices around the globe. “LRS currently employs a significant number of Illinois College alumni who hold key roles in our firm. We are glad to establish an important relationship with future computer science majors,” said LRS President Dick Levi. He continued, “In addition, I feel a special bond with Illinois College because my brother, George Levi ’78, is an alumnus, and my father, Dr. Robert Harvey Levi ’44, attended the College.”

began his career in 1994 and subsequently became partner in 2000. Oetgen serves as lead counsel in various private equity, and merger and acquisition transactions, including going-private transactions, leveraged and management buyouts, venture capital investments, divestitures, equity financings and debt financings. He also serves as one of three directors of K&E Foundation, a charitable foundation affiliated with the firm which supports various legal aid organizations, charitable causes and local arts.

American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. While a student on the Hilltop, Haynes was named to Who’s Who in American College and Universities and was a member of Phi Alpha Literary Society, Student Forum and Student Activities Board. Meyer has over two decades of experience in the design, development and management of comprehensive corporate accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, financial modeling, tax and management information systems. She recently was named the director of Warbird Consulting and Callaway Partners headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.


A former director with Huron Consulting Group in Chicago, Meyer was a member of its financial consulting accounting advisory practice. Prior to joining Huron, she was a founding partner in a certified public accounting firm and served as the chief financial officer for Alko Construction and RDM Development. Meyer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Illinois College. She is a certified public accountant in Illinois and Wisconsin, and has a real estate brokerage license for the state of Illinois. Her professional associations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society, for which was a former chairwoman; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; and American Bar Association. As a family endeavor, Meyer began a foundation called Pluto’s Pride to provide video equipment to servicemen and women diagnosed with cancer at Portsmouth and Great Lakes naval hospitals. She has also volunteered with the large scholarship foundation, Posse Foundation, and Camp CEO with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana which pairs senior business leaders with high school girls.


A native of Jacksonville, Oetgen graduated first in his class from Jacksonville High School and completed various economics classes at Illinois College as a high school student and recent high school graduate. Ellen Rammelkamp Miller ’72 joined the three new charter trustees as the newest alumni member on the board of trustees. The recently retired mathematics professor is the granddaughter of the sixth president of Illinois College, Charles Rammelkamp.


Miller graduated from Illinois College with a degree in mathematics. After teaching math in the Peace Corps for two years in Fasito’otai, Western Samoa, she earned a master’s degree in math from New Mexico State University. Devoted to mathematics education, Miller served as adjunct professor for several community colleges, teaching full-time at North Lake College in Dallas, Texas, for the last 15 years. She has also volunteered for community programs tutoring youth in mathematics.

As an Illinois College student, Meyer was a member of Gamma Delta Literary Society, Student Forum, Student Activities Board and Young Democrats. She was also involved in WILC, the campus radio station, as well as the Rig Veda yearbook. One of three founding partners of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s San Francisco office, Oetgen relocated from the firm’s Chicago office in January 2003 where he

Oetgen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois where he graduated a Bronze Tablet honoree. He earned a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated magna cum laude. In addition, Oetgen is a certified public accountant in the state of Illinois. He instructed a class for two semesters at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California and serves as guest lecturer in various classes at Stanford University School of Law and Graduate School of Business.


Rammelkamp’s election to the post of alumni trustee by the Illinois College Alumni Association comes with a five-year term. Haynes, Meyer and Oetgen will serve 10-year terms as charter trustees of Illinois College.

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Newest group of Heritage Scholars announced The Office of Admission recently announced 100 high school students as Heritage Scholars for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Heritage Scholarship ranges from $44,000 to $64,000 over eight semesters of study at Illinois College. This year’s Heritage Scholars are a strong group of students boasting an average ACT of 27, an average high school GPA of 4.19 on a 4-point scale and an average class rank in the 93 percentile.

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Starhill Forest receives designation Illinois College’s Starhill Forest Arboretum, located south of Petersburg on 48 acres, received certification last summer as one of only 18 National Oak Reference Collections in North America by the North American Plant Collections Consortium. In addition, the arboretum boasts the most comprehensive living oak collection listed in the consortium. Starhill was the first arboretum in America to receive Level III certification on the new Morton National Register this past summer. These credentials guarantee that Illinois College students will have available for study one of the most respected scientific plant collections on the continent. In addition to botany, zoology and environmental sciences curricula, the arboretum offers places for art, outdoor writing, oral communications and other classes to conduct field work. On-site tours, classes and internships have been held at Starhill for the past seven years. Small groups of Illinois College interns spend summer months maintaining and enhancing the acreage. Illinois College facilities management employee Alana McKean ’08 is the manager and serves as a liaison to the arboretum. Starhill Forest founders Guy and Edie Sternberg recently gave President Axel D. Steuer and his wife, Loreli, a tour of the new field classroom located at the arboretum. The two couples spent the day exploring how the ongoing relationship of Illinois College and Starhill Forest might further blossom as a mutually enriching collaboration.


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Heritage Scholar recipients include Amy Woods of Alexander; Aaron Winenger of Alton; Wesley Burton of Arenzville; Margaret Allen and Bennett Smith of Ashland; Courtney Musson and Braden Wherley of Astoria; Holly Crocher of Athens; Colby Butler of Auburn; Hannah Schweiss, Julie Weier and Amanda Wood of Belleville; Bryan Ricci of Bethalto; Jordan Arjona of Bloomington; Meghan Carriger of Bluffs; Leah Shumaker of Buffalo; Taylor Dittmer of Burnside; James Olroyd and Nicholas Walden of Carlinville; Kimberly Lake and Megan Prough of Carrollton; Stephanie Boas of Champaign; Austin Dormire of Clayton; Emily Flint of Decatur; Riley Marshall of Divernon; Savannah Trent of Dunlap; Taylor Duffy of Ferris; Dakota Kamm, Mathew Murphy, Mallory Pierson and Nathan Speckhart of Girard; Monica Murphy of Greenfield; Delaney Billings of Hamilton; Marcus Breden and Cory Clothier of Hardin; Jill Friedrich, Hadley Karrick and Lauren Pierson of Havana; Sarah Hickey of Highland; Rachel Puckett of Hillsboro; Abigail Bruner, Margaret Gibbons, Paige Graham, Alex Hays, Lauren Ingram, Taylor Ingram, Sydne Peck, Davey Sexton, Collin Sheehan, Emily Tabeek and Grant Wilson of Jacksonville; Kristen Maher of Jerseyville; Jordan Gibson of Kincaid; Christopher Hollis of Kirkwood; Kenneth Lee of Knoxville; Lauren Tippett of Lewistown; Daniel Lewis of Mahomet; Amanda Henton of Mechanicsburg; Rebekah Tallcott of Mendon; Alisha Kerr, McKaylia Large and Carlie Sides of Meredosia; Nathan Zimmerman of Mount Sterling; Teresa Brase of Moweaqua; Rudy Pate of Murrayville; Marlee Bradshaw of New Salem; Skylar Kline of O’Fallon; Bailey Stokes of Oquawka; Andrew Monney of Oreana; Kyle McIndoe of Palmyra; Kody Krupps of Peoria; Erin Bettis, Katelyn Rebbe, Megan Sampson and Stacey Sinclair of Petersburg; Aaron Edwards of Plainville; Amanda Boyer, Emily Doane and Catherine Richards of Quincy; Courtney Fleck and Sarah Klebe of Riverton; Brandon Pollard of Roodhouse; Andrew Kluemke of Sherman; Loni Manalia of Shipman; Genevieve Elkin, Madison Ralph, Zachary Thomson and Linsey Torchia of Springfield; Tyler Gillson of Staunton; Kyle Cody of Sullivan; Collin Dooley of Sutter; Makenzie Finks of Taylorville; Justin Groennert of Trenton;

Crystal Beckman and Laura Berry of Valmeyer; Emily Hasara of Virden; Kyra Koehler of Warsaw; Mary McManus of Waterloo; Taylor Coad of White Hall; and Anna Butterfield of Williamsville. “Illinois College appreciates our longstanding partnership with central Illinois and the strong heritage this area brings to the history of the nation and the College,” explained Stephanie Elpers Chipman, vice president of enrollment management and college marketing. She continued, “Illinois College maintains our 180-year commitment to educating students of promise with the Heritage Scholarship Program. We are proud to celebrate the best and brightest from the surrounding 38 counties as Illinois College Heritage Scholars.”  

put him at ease. He was in Dubai for over a week and stayed at Al Habtoor’s hotel. Essays submitted in the contest were to address the topic, “Bridging the West and the Middle East,” and had to be eight to 10 pages in length. Duling’s essay focused on the political aspect that included U.S. policies and the Palestinian and Israeli situation. Alyssa Gerhardt ’12, a history major, took first place in the essay contest and won a year’s worth of Illinois College tuition, and Joseph Craven ’12, a political science, and communication and rhetorical studies major, won a cash award for taking third place.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must have been nominated by their high school counselor, principal, school superintendent or an Illinois College alumni educator. In addition, the students were required to meet two of the following three criteria: rank in the top 10 percent of his or her high school graduating class, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4-point scale, or have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. The counties included in the program include Adams, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clinton, DeWitt, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Jersey, Knox, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Mason, Menard, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Tazewell and Warren. Students who attend and will graduate from high school in the spring of 2013 will be eligible for this award during the following academic year.

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Students or school administrators interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity should contact Kristen Prief Reed ’07, coordinator of the Heritage Scholarship Program, at 217.245.3054. Nomination forms for 2013 will be mailed to area high schools or can be accessed online at heritage.

Junior takes prize trip to Dubai The prize for finishing second in the Illinois College 2011 Al Habtoor Essay Contest was an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai, and this past January the second-place winner, Colin Duling ’13, boarded a plane for the United Arab Emirates. “It was a really good trip,” the political science and international studies major said. “I went to the top of the world’s tallest building, went on a desert safari riding a camel, and I ate all kinds of different foods.” Duling went on the trip by himself to which he admitted was a little nerve-racking at first, but he said Al Habtoor and his staff

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Since the mid to late 1970s the Illinois College Student Activities Board (SAB) has planned events and activities that strive to fulfill the educational, social and entertainment needs of the Illinois College community. SAB sponsors comedians, bands, trips, lectures, dances and many other activities during the year.  According to the Student Activities report for the 2010-2011 academic year, the organization averaged 166 students in attendance at various events sponsored by one of the five individual committees. Those committees included entertainment, impact, music and dance, special events and travel. Members are assigned a committee at the start of the academic year and work to schedule and host events relating to their committee’s own objective. According to Kelly Cross, assistant director of student activities, SAB averaged 40 members for the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to the entertainment SAB provides, the students involved gain valuable experience in marketing, budgeting, contracting, event planning, publicity, team building, conflict resolution and teamwork. SAB leadership positions provide opportunities for students to take what they are learning in the classroom and develop real world skills. “I have learned that being a leader is more than just having a title. You have to be confident and organized so people buy into what you are trying to get accomplished,” explained current SAB President Damian Peyton ’12. “You always have to keep the greater good in mind. We program for the whole campus so it is vital that we look past our personal beliefs and toward what is best for all of IC.” “I guess we didn’t really think about it then, but serving in SAB helped many of us develop skills that we would later use in our careers,” reflected Mickey Marks ’79 who served SAB for four years when he was a student. “Among these skills were planning and organizing events, managing budgets, working within a team, selling skills, public speaking, negotiating and understanding contracts to name a few.” Since its inception, the structure of SAB has changed several times, and the programs the organization offers continue to evolve in order to accommodate the changing student body. Karen Homolka, the assistant dean of students noted, “The biggest change I’ve seen over the years is the shift from having most of the SAB events happening during the

week, to having most of the SAB events happening during the weekend. SAB is the major programming body here on campus, and the members do a lot to add to the community, especially on the weekends.” In 1974 Marty Marks ’76 became chairman of SAB by appointment from Student Forum President Jim Stewart ’75. He worked to generate funds for student activities on and off campus. Some of these activities included Friday night movies on the quad and a ski trip to Chestnut Mountain Ski Lodge in Galena. SAB did not have enough money to sponsor these events free of charge so they charged a nominal fee to help cover the costs at first. After introducing the Student Activities Stamp which gave students a discount on future SAB events if they paid $5 at registration, the organization had enough funds to reorganize into subcommittees and spread their interests into social, cultural, academic and recreational events. Marty Marks recollected that “the academic subcommittee sponsored a lecture series with monthly guest lecturers obtained through a speakers bureau network opining on a variety of topics and subjects throughout the year. The cultural subcommittee brought special entertainment to campus including a performance by the National Shakespeare Company, a chamber orchestra concert and foreign films to name a few. The recreational committee brought back the ski trip and produced rock concerts featuring recording artists including the rock band, ‘Head East,’ and vocalist Meghan McDonald.” Although the committee names have changed and students rarely pay for on-campus activities, the current SAB schedule looks similar to the activities held by the group at their beginning stages. During the Fall 2011 semester SAB hosted trips to Six Flags Fright Fest and The Addams Family Musical at the Fox Theatre. Events on campus included First Friday and First Saturday (held in cooperation with IC Connections), musician Josh Cramoy, Family Day and games such as The Price is Right and Bongo Ball. To open up the Spring 2012 schedule, a Beach Bash was held in Memorial Gym, and numerous on-campus events followed such as the Red Hot Dance Party featuring “The Well Reds,” Siblings Overnight and “Plastic Musik.” Travel opportunities included a ski trip to Hidden Valley Ski Resort in St. Louis, a St. Louis Blues hockey game and a day at Fun City in Burlington, Iowa. IC

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Literary Societies Dear Members of the Illinois College Community, During the Board of Trustees’ meeting on February 24, 2012, the Trustees received and considered a comprehensive investigative report prepared by the College’s attorneys. The report was commissioned by the Board to investigate the literary societies’ new member orientation activities and, in particular, the events of the week of January 23, 2012, which resulted in the hospitalization of two students. Based upon the report it received, the Board of Trustees has determined that during the week of January 23, 2012, actions carried out by students during new member orientation were detrimental to the welfare and dignity of the College and its students. The Illinois College Community values mutual respect and caring for each individual’s welfare. The new member orientation activities that took place in January 2012 are the antithesis of the values the College promotes and holds dear. The Board of Trustees and the College’s administration continue to support Illinois College’s long tradition of literary societies. Many alumni over the years have testified to the enduring value of their membership in societies – friendship, loyalty, service and public speaking. I am happy to report that the faculty have included in their new general education program the possibility that strong literary productions may satisfy academic requirements. In order to overcome the problems demonstrated this past January, the Office of the Dean of Students will seek a new position of literary society advisor. The College will make it possible for literary societies to continue in even better form in the future. Sincerely,

Joy French Becker ’67 Chair, Board of Trustees Member, Sigma Phi Epsilon


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FACULTYdigest Professors address mid-career issues that face faculty Inspired by a workshop that focused on issues facing faculty that were in the mid-career stage of their life, three Illinois College professors took what they learned and addressed such matters on campus.



Things got started when Professor of Environmental Biology Deborah Beal, Associate Professor of Sociology Kelly Dagan and Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler attended the Lilly Regional Workshop entitled “Wanting Something More: A Midwest Regional Workshop Reflecting on the Professional Lives of Mid-Career Faculty.” “We had a great experience at the Lilly Workshop,” Dagan said. “We then experienced fantastic support back here at IC. We engaged in the Faculty Symposium and had a great reception to the ideas and topics regarding mid-career issues. We then applied for and were awarded an internal grant.”

campus last summer where they discussed ways in which mid-career faculty face unique challenges in comparison to new untenured faculty or senior faculty reaching the end of their careers. This includes changes in work structure and organization, changes in peer and administration expectations, changing demands outside of the workplace and keeping pace with technological innovations. In a follow-up meeting, the folks from the Lilly Workshop said they were quite impressed with the positive moves Illinois College had made in a relatively short period of time. “They were particularly impressed that we found enough support to warrant an internal grant,” Dagan said. Given the positive support and success they found on campus, the three professors, led by Dagan, wrote an article about their experience for the October 2011 edition of the biannual journal, Chalk: Teaching and Faculty Development. “We felt like the College really stepped up to support this type of professional development, not only of the three of us involved in the larger Lilly Workshop but for all mid-career faculty at the College,” Dagan said. “We also felt it was certainly worthy of highlighting to colleagues beyond IC that our institution sees the importance of supporting faculty in the mid-career stage.” To read the article, visit

Education instructor speaks nationally on Title IX Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has stirred a lot of debate since its inception, but Amy Wilson ’93, instructor of education at Illinois College, has been asked to make speeches around the country to help clarify this law which turns 40 in June.

The grant came from the Richard T. Fry Faculty Collaboration Fund. The purpose of this fund is to bring together faculty from across campus to engage in work that is beneficial for the larger campus community. Rellinger-Zettler

The trio was able to conduct their own workshop on


Wilson’s role is to explain how the law works and also to interpret NCAA data to give a clear picture of how well college

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and university athletic departments are complying with the law. This new role developed from a relationship that Wilson had with Christine Grant who was her professor and mentor at the University of Iowa while studying for her Ph.D. Grant was also the longtime women’s athletic director at the university. “Dr. Grant is a nationally recognized expert on Title IX, in fact, she helped write the regulations for athletics for the law in the late 1970s. She is near retirement and has asked me to step into her role as a national speaker on Title IX,” Wilson said. The law states that no person in the United States, shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance. “Then there are regulations and interpretations that explain how the law applies to athletics,” Wilson said. She already has a few presentations under her belt. In January Wilson spoke at Haverford College in Pennsylvania for the Snell-Shilingford Coaching Symposium hosted by the Centennial Conference. She talked about the history and also the myths surrounding Title IX. This past February she traveled to Holy Names University in California to talk about Title IX and how it applies to athletics and the history of law. “In addition to these presentations, I have been asked by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the NCAA Director of Gender Inclusion Initiatives Karen Morrison to develop a report on the status of women in intercollegiate athletics as Title IX turns 40 this June,” Wilson said.

History professor takes part in National Archives, receives fellowship in D.C. Illinois College Assistant Professor of History Joseph Genetin-Pilawa is in the midst of a very busy year. He has already participated in a panel discussion at the National Archives, and he has a new book and a fellowship to Washington, D.C., still to come.



This past November Genetin-Pilawa participated in a symposium on federal Indian

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affairs at the newly dedicated St. Louis branch of the National Archives. He wrote a blog on the topic which was posted online at the University of North Carolina Press and at First Peoples, New Directions in Indigenous Studies. “The blog was a thought piece about reconsidering how we tell indigenous and other histories in museums and archives, as well as in books,” Genetin-Pilawa said. The panel discussion at the National Archives coincided with the opening of a new NARA exhibit entitled “Documented Rights” and included historians Flannery Burke and Frederick Fausz, in addition to Genetin-Pilawa. This was the second in a series of panel discussions addressing civil and human rights struggles of African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants from various parts of the world, working class activists and women as they relate to the exhibit. On top of all of that, Genetin-Pilawa has a book scheduled to be released this fall entitled Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War. The book will be published by UNC Press. This summer he will be headed to our nation’s capital for a fellowship from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. “It is a three-month fellowship, and I will conduct research at the Architect of the Capitol, the Smithsonian Anthropological Archives, the National Archives and the Library of Congress,” Genetin-Pilawa said. “The research will contribute to my next book project, tentatively entitled The Indians’ Capital City, which examines the commemorative and indigenous landscapes of 19th-century Washington, D.C.” Genetin-Pilawa recently presented some preliminary research on this topic at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in January. In March his work was the subject of a seminar at the Newberry Library. IC

There IS Life after Retirement by Frederick Pilcher, emeritus professor of physics At the annual Employee Recognition Dinner in April 2005, retiring employees were given special honor. I announced to all present, “I do not consider this my retirement. I consider it my big, mid-life career change. I am leaving physics teaching and entering astronomy research, in the field of my choice, of course.” That field is asteroid lightcurve research. The asteroids which I study are the larger ones with orbits between Mars and Jupiter. These are not the small ones which occasionally approach closely and threaten the Earth. But understanding their parent bodies contributes importantly to the assessment and mitigation of the hazards. Objects smaller than a few hundred kilometers have insufficient mass for gravity to force them into a near spherical shape. As they rotate, the wide and narrow sides are alternately presented toward Earth and Sun. My observational strategy is to take 54 digital images an hour for most or all of the night and compare the brightness of the moving asteroid with several fixed stars on each frame. I then plot a graph of brightness versus time, called the lightcurve. The time interval for one complete cycle of bright to faint to bright to faint to bright is the rotation period, and the amount by which the brightness changes indicates how great is the elongation. Irregularities in the shape are revealed by irregularities in the lightcurve. I thank Dean Richard Fry for offering terminal sabbatical leave in the final semester of my employment, the first in the history of Illinois College. I used my sabbatical to visit several people who were already publishing good papers in my chosen field and from them learned how to do the research myself. I then built a house and backyard observatory a few miles from Las Cruces, N.M., where there is a much greater proportion of clear nights, and the light pollution is mild. In the five years that the observatory has been fully operational I have published a series of refereed papers in the Minor Planet Bulletin, the standard journal for publication in the field. Some of these are solo papers. In others I have collaborated with observers in Europe, Japan and Australia, as well as North America. By self-financing with no grants, I have no strings attached and can choose my own

projects and methods. With no pressure to publish or perish, I can wait until I am confident of my results before publishing. But I do have a reputation to maintain. People interested in reading my papers can download entire issues of the Minor Planet Bulletin from The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces, of which I am an active member, kindly posts my lightcurves on their website,, (click on The Science of ASLC Asteroid Lightcurves). I have also transcribed a classic 19th century star catalog into digital format and placed it on the official website for astronomical catalogs as maintained in Strasbourg, France, by the International Astronomical Union. The Uranometria Argentina is a catalog of 7,730 bright southern hemisphere stars published in Argentina by Benjamin Apthorp Gould. This catalog is now almost unknown and found in only a few specialized libraries. In addition to copying the 1879 data, I have added for each star modern, more accurate and reliable data. It may be found at It is wonderful to be able to live in the clean desert air, hike in the mountains only a few miles away and, best of all, to still be productive. I welcome correspondence from old friends, alumni, faculty and staff. Please address email to Editor’s note: Professor of Physics Fred Pilcher retired with emeritus status in 2005 after 43 years of teaching on the Hilltop. Pilcher’s passion for astronomy won him the reputation of city’s chief astronomer while he was living in Jacksonville. He helped establish the Walter Balcke Observatory on the roof of Crispin Science Hall.

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Leonard one of many successful alumni coaches As the Illinois College football team was finishing up a record-breaking season in the NCAA Division III playoffs this fall, one of its former stars was putting the finishing touches on a playoff run of his own. Former Illinois College quarterback and Sports Hall of Fame inductee Derek Leonard ’03, now in his seventh year as a teacher and head football coach at Rochester High School, led his team to a second straight Class 4A state title on November 25. Leonard has racked up 58 wins and only 22 losses in his seven years at Rochester High School. His teams have qualified for the Illinois High School Association playoffs six years in a row. “I’ve been blessed. You’ve got to be a little lucky, and I was lucky to get this job seven years ago. I never dreamed I’d be at this point,” Leonard said. “I love what I’m doing. I love coaching.” Leonard was born with the coaching gene. His dad, Ken, has won three state titles since taking over the Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin High School football program in 1984. Derek always knew he wanted to be a coach like his dad, so by the time he became the starting quarterback at Illinois College, he was already thinking about the type of coach he would be someday. “I knew as a kid that I wanted to either play in the NFL or be a coach,” Leonard said. “When I was at IC, I knew I wanted to be a coach, so that’s really when I started preparing to be a coach.” Leonard says his experience at Illinois College only reinforced his desire to enter the coaching ranks. “I had great coaches at IC that really helped me,” Leonard said. “We were a team that really had to find ways to win


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ATHLETICdigest back then. As the quarterback, we had to do a lot of different things, a lot of no-huddle offense, and I’m still running a lot of the things now that we ran back then.” Leonard is just one of many Illinois College graduates enjoying a successful coaching career. • Jacksonville High School Head Football Coach Mark Grounds ’91 has enlisted the help of several Illinois College graduates. Among Grounds’ assistants are Victor Fink ’10, Brent Heaton ’07, Josh Patrick ’04, Zach Ruot ’12, Dan Scott ’09, Mike Sullivan ’90, Tim Thrasher ’02 and Ryan Van Aken ’04. The Crimsons posted a 5-4 record this fall. • The coaching staff at Carrollton High School is also loaded with Illinois College alumni. Toni Brooks Goetten ’07 coaches volleyball, Jeff Krumwiede ’85 coaches boys’ basketball, Greg Pohlman ’79 coaches baseball, and Candy Mullen Wagner ’97 coaches softball. Pohlman’s baseball team won a Class 1A state title last spring. Krumwiede’s basketball team took second in the Class 1A tournament this winter. • Brothers Nate ’08 and Nick Graham ’10 are both coaching high school football in the Western Illinois Valley Conference. Nate is the head coach at Routt Catholic High School, and Nick is the head coach of the West Central co-op. Nick won the head-to-head matchup this year (West Central beat Routt 20-12 on October 14), but both teams qualified for the playoffs. • J.D. Lorton ’04 and Ada Dickerson Range ’03 are both coaching at North Mac High School. Lorton coaches football, and Range coaches girls’ basketball. Lorton’s football team advanced to the Class 3A state quarterfinals this fall. • Kristy VanMeter Gebhardt ’05 coached the cooperative volleyball team between PORTA and A-C Central high schools to a regional championship game this fall. Gebhardt coached the A-C Central team to a second-place finish at the state tournament in 2008. • Several Illinois College graduates are coaching in the college ranks. Carol Johnson Wilson ’86 is the head women’s basketball coach at Lincoln College. Todd Creal ’98 is the head men’s basketball coach at MacMurray College. Cailean Bailey ’08 is an assistant men’s soccer coach at Yale University. Brian Vaughn ’05 is the football team’s defensive coordinator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dylan Dudley ’05 is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Norville wins national title in triple jump Missy Norville ’13 became Illinois College’s first two-time national champion when she won the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10 at Grinnell College.


Norville recorded a mark of 41 feet, 3 1/4 inches in the event. The winning performance comes one year after Norville won the 55-meter hurdles to become Illinois College’s first female national champion.

Norville also took third in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.65 seconds, and fifth in the long jump, with a leap of 18 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Before the meet, Norville was named the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Midwest Regional Field Performer of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Also competing at the national meet was Caleb Cox ’14, who scored a third-place finish in the heptathlon. Cox scored 5,096 points in the event, topping his previous high total for the season. Cox took second-place finishes in the long jump and shot put, and third-place finishes in the high jump and pole vault in the heptathlon. Cox and Norville earned All-America status with their performances at the NCAA Championships. Both were named Midwest Conference Performers of the Meet at the MWC Indoor Championships two weeks earlier on February 24-25. Norville won three events (60-meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump) and was named MWC Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet. Cox was also named an MWC Outstanding Field Performer after scoring five top-five finishes at the conference meet. A dozen more Illinois College student-athletes earned allconference honors at the meet. Ofuma Eze-Echesi ’14 (60-meter dash) and Tim Teslicka ’14 (pole vault) won MWC titles. Brendan Kimble ’14 was second in the 60-meter hurdles, while Jeremy Schmeider ’12 and Megan Stringer ’13 earned third-place finishes in the high jump. The men’s 4x200-meter relay team of Brian Johnson ’14, Jelani Hayes ’15, Colin Duling ’13 and John Gerding ’14 scored a second-place finish. The women’s 4x200-meter relay team of Kayla Kolis ’15, Tiffany Mohr ’15, Eze-Echesi and Norville also took second. The women’s 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of Julia Wykoff ’12, Eze-Echesi, Kolis and Mohr took third place. IC

Notes The Illinois College men’s basketball team finished the 2011-2012 season at 6-17. Season highlights included Craig Bals ’12 scoring his 1,000th career point on December 12 against Blackburn College and a double-overtime win against Grinnell College at home on Senior Day, February 11. Bals, who led the Blueboys with a 14.6 points-per-game scoring average, was an all-Midwest Conference Second Team selection. Brandon Berry ’14 (13.4 points per game) and Zeke Light ’14 (12.8 points per game) also averaged in double figures for the Blueboys. Berry was an all-MWC honorable mention pick. � The IC women’s basketball team finished the season with a 9-14 record. The Lady Blues were led by all-MWC Second Team selection Brittney Burgess ’14, who averaged a team-best 12.9 points per game. Burgess nearly broke Illinois College’s single-game scoring record when she tallied 35 points in a 103-95 win at Knox College on February 8, while Alex Gabriel ’14 broke the school’s single-game rebounding record that night with 22 rebounds. � The Lady Blues took eighth and the Blueboys were ninth at the Midwest Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., February 17-19. A bevy of Illinois College swimmers scored points at the meet, several with top 10 finishes. Among them were Elisha Nelson ’14, Xander Benziger ’13, Tom Deppe ’15 and John Hoefert ’14. Nelson




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RECENT ALUMNI EVENTS November 9, Sports Corner @ 124, Macomb – First row (l to r): Katie Sarnes ’04, Lacey Remington, Amanda Shoemaker ’01, Laurie Black ’84, Mallory Nall Kessler ’10 and Myrna Stienbarger. Second row: Bill Merris ’56, Tiffany Torbeck Erickson ’04, Janet Waddill Hopper ’72, Ross Thomas ’75, Charlie Bellatti ’49, Phil Stienbarger ’69, Karen Trusley ’06 and Dustin Leifheit ’96. Third row: Doug Erickson ’04, Steve Hopper ’71, Arthur Remington ’07, Marc Kessler ’10, Dan Harman and Jeff Cokel ’86.

November 10, Coppell, Texas – First row (l to r): David Ringhausen ’83, Susan Teckenbrock Dolce ’76, Ann Smith Thomas ’66, Paul Cross ’79 and Karen Staton. Second row: Axel Steuer, Russ Dolce ’72, Phil Hood, Evan Thomas ’65, Ken Hieke ’74, Sara Hieke, Del Dunham ’72 and Lisa Dunham.

November 12, Austin, Texas – Seated (l to r): Roger Puente, Rachel Landers ’02, Ellen Rammelkamp Miller ’72, Ella Tyrrell, Tim Tyrrell ’00, Gavin Tyrrell, Courtney Cope Tyrrell ’00, Justin Hodgson ’01, Gavin Hodgson, Nicole Wobbe Hodgson ’01 and Ryan Hodgson. Standing: Axel Steuer, Eloho Ovhori ’11, David Miller ’72, Jay Baker ’63, Greg Havlin ’85, Jen Havlin, Phil Hood, Pat Larson and James Mills ’56.

November 13, Houston, Texas – First row (l to r): Bette Bobbitt, George Bobbitt ’46 and Elise Leaks Harmon ’69. Second row: Phil Hood, Amy Hildebrand Reid ’86, Todd Reid ’84, Joel Harmon ’66, Axel Steuer and Gene Wells ’63. 16

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December 12, Public House, Chicago – Peter Leonis ’88, Mike Cairns ’88, Chris Weller ’96 and Kevin Lister ’81 December 12, Public House, Chicago – B.J. Harvey ’04, Jessica Surma ’09 and Joy Heafner ’06

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November 3, Boone’s Saloon, Springfield – John Roome ’10, Nick Bustos ’10, Brad Regul ’11 and Eric Hiatt ’11

January 21, Basketball 1,000-Point Recognition Ceremony, Jacksonville – First row (l to r): Athletic Director Gale Vaughn ’78, Tim Smith ’80, Craig Bals ’12, Mark Gillingham ’09, Martha Vest Blakeley ’99, Angie Sapp Hartman ’97, Courtney Allen Hoffman ’06 and Dawn Hevel Kearney ’92. Second row: Danny Little ’78, Dave Hobson ’76, Nick Rathgeb ’99, David Earhart ’88, Larry Brown ’60, Garrett Ingram ’03, Matt Petefish ’03, Coach Bill Merris ’56 and Kyle Price ’95.

January 6, Globetrotter Game at Scottrade Center, St. Louis – First row (l to r): Nora Homolka, Sophie Homolka, Sarah May and Ryan May. Second row: Dale Homolka ’01, Liz Airsman May ’91, Karen Homolka, Jacob Tucker ’11, Greg May ’88 and Tyler May. April 2012




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Eating exotic foods, living in remote parts of the world and seeking adventure appeal to today’s Illinois College students, perhaps now more than ever before, due, in part, to the popularity of Study Abroad and BreakAway programs on campus. Students are looking to the Peace Corps to continue their opportunities for service and travel after graduation. Illinois College is encouraging students to look beyond their local communities and experience a larger world. “There is a push to internationalize the campus and get students to seriously consider extending their horizons,” Steven Gardner, professor of modern languages, said. The Peace Corps is just one of several options available to students, but it is a path that many Illinois College alumni have taken. For some students volunteering for an organization like the Peace Corps comes naturally, but for others it might take a trip or a semester overseas to figure out their passion. The first was true for David Van Leeuwen ’00 who volunteered his time in the Ifugao Province of the Philippines immediately after graduation. “I knew I wanted to do something like the Peace Corps for a long time, even before college,” Van Leeuwen said. “I wanted to travel and experience new cultures.” Trish Reynolds ’85 (not pictured) figured things out through her classes and professors. “It just developed for me,” Reynolds said. “I studied international affairs and Spanish, and I have always had that social service side of me. So the Peace Corps just felt right.” Reynolds added that she wanted to accomplish two things after graduating from IC. She wanted to help people, and she wanted to live in another country. The Peace Corps would help her with both. In 2011 the Peace Corps celebrated 50 years of promoting world peace and friendship. President John F. Kennedy

established the organization in 1961 with three simple goals: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promoting a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served and promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the Americans. A volunteer assignment in the Peace Corps is for two years with three months of training. Reynolds trained in Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ capital, and then she went on to live in Pinalejo, Santa Barbara, which is a small town without electricity surrounded by mountains in western Honduras. Reynolds worked at a nutrition center that was led by two Honduran women who were previously trained by an American doctor. “I was working with mothers to improve the health of their children. Women from the surrounding mountain areas brought their malnourished children to the health center to regain their strength as well as to learn about nutrition and hygiene,” Reynolds said. As for the people of Honduras, Reynolds said they were very warm and friendly but very poor. “They would gladly share their last cup of coffee and tortilla with you,” she said. “I feel that I learned more from them than they learned from me. My experience there has shaped my life and values.” As for Van Leeuwen, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in teaching once he graduated from IC, but he saw the Peace Corps providing a well-structured program that would help his professional career as a teacher, plus he would be able to travel and experience new cultures. “After graduation I knew I wanted to teach, but did not want to commit to getting a nine-to-five job and settling down in a single school district,” Van Leeuwen said. “I was young, a bit naive, willing and wanting to explore the world. I thought what better way to live life than to jump on a plane and see what life was like on the other side of the world.”

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Focusing a student’s passion Joining the Peace Corps is a personal decision, but Illinois College can play a strong role in helping to bring a student’s passion into focus. One way the College does this is by having students spend a semester studying abroad or an off-campus study program which can be an eye-opening experience for a student. “This might be the first time they’ve been on a plane, let alone traveling outside of the country. So for many of our students studying abroad is the first step to something greater,” Almut Spalding, professor of modern languages, said. Gardner added, “Once the student realizes that there is this huge other world they never knew existed, it is then that they start to think about the Peace Corps.” The Study Abroad off-campus study program at Illinois College allows students to spend either one semester or a full academic year at an approved program away from campus, either abroad or within the United States. Students who participate in such experiences take courses at a host institution, but may also choose to participate in internships. These programs challenge students to adapt to new cultures, expose them to diverse perspectives and often enhance their ability to communicate in a second language. Kim Peek ’08 studied abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador, during the summer between her junior and senior year at Illinois College, and even though it was a short six weeks, it had a great impact on her. She is currently in Ecuador volunteering for the Peace Corps. “My brief time in Ecuador showed me that I didn’t want to just be a tourist. I wanted to live in and truly experience other cultures,” Peek said. “When I applied to the Peace Corps three years later I knew I wanted to go back to Ecuador. I enjoyed my study abroad experience so much that I wanted to return and explore Ecuador even more.” Volunteers have little say in where they are placed during their service, but Peek said that her experience she had studying

abroad in Ecuador had a big impact on where the Peace Corps decided to use her. “The Peace Corps was opening their first TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program in Ecuador, and they nominated me to be part of the first group of TEFL volunteers in the country,” she said. “Not only did I get to return to Ecuador, I’m also helping to build a new TEFL program here. Most Peace Corps volunteers are not so lucky.” Illinois College offers a liberal arts education that includes learning about many different subjects and disciplines that Peek said prepared her for the world beyond central Illinois. “I have to say that the liberal arts education I received at Illinois College really opened my eyes to the world. Studying English, theatre, Spanish and political science encouraged me to learn more about the cultures, governments, languages and life experiences of other world populations,” Peek said. “It encouraged me to be aware of the world around me.” Van Leeuwen recalled sitting in Karen Dean’s political science classes and being amazed and perplexed to learn about the many different political systems that have existed throughout history. “I wondered how kingdoms and parliamentary systems could possibly work at all, seeing as they were so different than our political system. Yet they did work,” Van Leeuwen said. “They were just a little different. It was from those classes that I learned that different wasn’t bad, it was just different.” He considers himself fortunate to have been able to spend a semester in Denmark at a time when the College’s Study Abroad program was not like it is today. “I was a junior in the fall of 1999, and Study Abroad was almost nonexistent, especially for a history, political science and secondary education major,” Van Leeuwen said.


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“But I had very supportive professors who suggested that going abroad would be a wonderful opportunity to gain a perspective that you just can’t get here at IC,” he said. As for Reynolds, she never spent a semester abroad, but she did take two trips to Mexico and Spain that helped shape her decision to join the Peace Corps. “These trips certainly opened my eyes, and I certainly wanted to go back after I visited,” she said. “IC gave me a good foundation so when I got to go back through the Peace Corps I was well prepared. I was able to read the newspaper and communicate effectively.”

Life after the Peace Corps One of the more difficult transitions, Van Leeuwen said, is the transition back to “normal” living in the United States. “After almost three years in the developing world, normal life included taking cold bucket baths every morning, walking everywhere and feeding a household on $95 a month. Hot showers, highways and $100 restaurant bills all seemed so ostentatious,” Van Leeuwen said. “My first thought after entering a Costco upon my return was, ‘Why do people need so much stuff?’ In the Philippines I had two pairs of shorts, a radio and a backpack. I was set for life.” Van Leeuwen is the senior program officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that helps lead the fight against global poverty. He works specifically on the Philippines portfolio, a five-year, $434 million contract with the Government of Republic of the Philippines aimed at reducing poverty through economic growth. “The work I do now at MCC is directly affected by my experience as a Peace Corps volunteer,” he said. “I know that the foreign assistance programs sponsored by the

U.S. Government do work, and that the money does go to places where there is a great need. I do know that sending even a small amount of money overseas can make a world of difference to those receiving the funds. Roads get built. Schools have teachers. Clinics stay open. I know this because I have seen it firsthand.” As for Reynolds, she went to graduate school after her time in the Peace Corps at the Monterey Institute for International Studies in California, majoring in international policy studies. “I worked in academic publishing focusing on international affairs. Later I became the director of publications at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.,” Reynolds said. “Presently, I reside in St. Louis with my husband, Jon, and son Michael.” Van Leeuwen added that the Peace Corps allows its volunteers to get as much out of their experience as they want. “It’s a well-established program and one that allows people to get as much out of it as they want to put in,” he said. “You go over there to provide a service, but what you find out is that you learn much more than what you teach.” Gardner said that the process of applying to the Peace Corps is one that can be done by a student on their own, but the College can provide guidance if needed. The Office of Career Services at Illinois College is able to supply students who might be interested in joining the Peace Corps with information and assist with applications and essays. “Just as much as we do, or more, individual professors help as well,” Susie Drake ’90, director of career services, said. “It really depends on who each particular student bonds with on campus.” IC For more information and the application process to join the Peace Corps, visit

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GIVING BACK TO IC CAN START A S SMALL After graduating from Illinois College Aaron ’02 and Hillary Hudgens Enloe ’02 wanted to give back to the institution that provided them with a quality education but were limited on the amount they could donate.

Ameren Missouri, my employer now for five years. We believe this is an extremely important benefit to take advantage of for the College. It has greatly increased our donation to the College without personally donating any additional funds.”

“We started by donating $50 each the year we graduated to go toward restoring the Sturtevant Clock,” Aaron said. “This was something we both did independently of each other. Once we married we both wanted to continue to give back each year.”

The Enloes also stress that any amount of money that a person can give is a benefit to the College and will allow IC to continue offering high quality education.

As their careers started to take shape, they were financially able to increase their donations. Today, Hillary works for Montgomery County High School in Montgomery City, Mo., as a science teacher and is also the department head. Aaron works at Ameren Missouri at the Callaway Nuclear Plant as the access authorization/fitness for duty coordinator. He runs the drug, alcohol and medical programs at the plant and does background investigations as well. The Enloes encourage those who are donating to the College or thinking about doing so to explore if their employer has a matching gift program. “The company matching gift is a wonderful benefit,” Aaron said. “This allows our gift to the College to be doubled by


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“In the beginning we donated $50 each the first year we graduated. It may seem insignificant, but at the time it was all we could afford to share. However, if every graduate donated $50, it added up, and in the end it was enough money for the Class of 2002 to repair the Sturtevant Clock to working order,” Hillary said. Not only do the Enloes donate monetarily to IC, they also give their time volunteering. “We both love to come back to the Hilltop,” Aaron said. “We were both recently involved in the Trustee Scholarship Weekend. I was an interviewer, and my wife served on a parent panel. We enjoyed meeting prospective students. We also enjoyed informing them about the benefits of a small, private liberal arts education, as well as sharing personal stories from our professional careers on how the education we received at IC has propelled us in the right direction.” IC

Philanthropy Office of Development announces reorganization Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Philip R. Hood has recently announced position changes among his staff. “As we work toward becoming one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation, it is imperative that the areas within the development office be structured in a way that will allow us to successfully meet our fundraising goals as set forth in the Realizing the Vision plan,” Hood explained. Marcia Short ’86 will serve as the director of development focusing on securing major gifts for the College. Responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors at the $25,000 level and above, she will provide strategic assistance to the development team, president and senior members of the administration. Kristin Van Aken Jamison ’99 has been named director of annual giving and alumni relations. She will direct programs that will lead to increased alumni engagement and participation in giving. In addition, Jamison will be responsible for staffing the leadership of the Illinois College Alumni Association. The former director of communications and media relations will work to integrate consistent messaging via direct mail, social media and events.


“My team consists of loyal employees, many of whom are long-tenured. It makes sense that Marcia staffs the major giving effort, as she has some of the best and longest relationships with our donors,” said Hood. “Reorganizing annual giving and alumni relations programs to increase alumni participation supported by event strategy is key to our office’s success. Kristin has the communication and organization skills necessary to thrive in her new role.” Pam Carney Martin ’82, the former director of alumni relations, resigned from the College in March. “As I have enjoyed my work at Illinois College, I now look forward to spending more time with my husband, Gary,” she explained. Martin most recently worked as the College’s director of development in gift planning.


Join others with a true vision for Illinois College With an eye to the future, alumni and friends of Illinois College are continuing the Hilltop’s tradition of academic excellence by making gifts to the College. You can be part of this tradition by making a visionary gift in the following ways, now or later: :: Fulfill a phonathon pledge with a gift to the IC Fund :: Make gifts of cash or property such as stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, real estate, farmland or other appreciated property :: Establish a charitable gift annuity and retain income for life :: Designate Illinois College as the beneficiary of an IRA or life insurance policy :: Include Illinois College in your estate plans specifying a percentage of your estate, a fixed amount, certain property or the residue of your estate Please check with your tax and financial professionals to help you determine how various provisions and estate-planning measures apply to you. You may find you can make a gift you never thought possible while you enjoy increased income, tax savings and other benefits. For information regarding how to make your hilltop vision a reality, please contact Phil Hood, Kristin Van Aken Jamison ’99, Robyn Maher or Marcia Short ’86 at 217.245.3046 or visit

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1 February 11, Trustee Scholarship Weekend Interviewers – Jamie Martin ’97, Morgan Goatley ’03, Jeremy Turner ’95 and Adam Range ’05 2 July 23, Colorado State Championship Hill Climb – Drew Clark ’68, winner of 65+ Division 3 February 11, Trustee Scholarship Weekend Interviewers – Ruthie Brooks ’11 and April Ross ’11 4 January 21, Alumni Association Board of Directors Winter Meeting – Jack McCarty ’65 5 January 21, Alumni Basketball Game – First row (l to r): Charles Hider ’14 and Zac Main ’15. Second row: Jacob Taylor ’15, Derek Ade ’15, Dillon Binkley ’11, Kevin Fuller ’14, Clay Shoufler ’98 and Phil Smith ’11. Third row: Brent Heaton ’07, Morgan Braucht ’00, David Stewart ’10, Nick Rathgeb ’99, Todd Creal ’98, Joe Womble ’08 and Matt Norville Sr. ’80. 6 January 28, Globetrotter Game, Houston, Texas – Del Dunham ’72 with Globie 7 February 10, Tucson Reunion – Curt “Rudy” Pradelt ’66, Meg Pradelt, Susan Kincheloe Russel ’66 and Jack Russel ’66 8 February 17, Alumni Classic Track Meet – Seated (l to r): Amanda Armstrong ’11, Rachel Smith Rohn ’07, Amber Armstrong ’11, Ryan Bishop ’10, Toni Brooks Goetten ’07, Mark Ryan ’09 and Millie Jones ’12. Standing: Bill Derks ’72, Shilo Sullivan ’09, Natalie Bell-Williams ’07, Clarissa Welch ’05, Zach Hopkins ’09, Ron Summers ’74, Greg Tanner ’07, Tyler Shupe ’09, Jennifer Yeoward ’11, Chelby Sullivan Albrecht ’07, Brett Miller ’11, John Rohn ’07, Terry Grant ’11, Dillon Binkley ’11, Jim Green ’61, Matt Villicana ’07, Katie Miller Astroth ’09 and Kerry Grubb Cox ’86.

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Illinois College enjoys a rich history, thanks to the men and women whose ideas and determination have placed the College in a position of great strength. The Office of Development thanked Founders’ Circle members for their financial support ($1,000 and above) during the annual Founders’ Circle Dinner on February 24. The program included messages from Associate Dean of the College Nick Capo and Associate Professor of English Beth Capo, and a performance by cast members of the Illinois College TheatreWorks production of “Hairspray.”


As Illinois College works to become one of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by the year 2016, the development team invites alumni and friends to partner with them by targeting their financial support to the following initiatives to continue “Realizing the Vision:”

:: Transforming teaching and learning :: Expanding student access :: Enhancing campus life :: Centers for excellence.



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1 Phil Hood and Steve Oetgen 2 Katrina Jenkins, Richard Johnson ’50, John Porter ’68 and Iris Lugo 3 Conrad Noll III ’65 and Homer Rieken ’63 4 Peter and Jeanne Barclay 5 Jack McCarty ’65, Delinda Chapman ’69 and Jonathan Utley ’63 6 Nick and Beth Capo 7 Jim Green ’61, Gale Vaughn ’78, Duane Hess ’71 and Bill Merris ’56 8 Del Dunham ’72, Sandra Stallings Bellatti ’70 and Beth Bellatti ’93 9 Cory Washington ’13, Kyle Cummings ’14, Sheldon Null ’15, Clare Frachey ’15, Tiffany Williams, Kathryn Long ’13, and Allen Miggins ’15 10 Jim ’58 and Celia Kraatz

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TRUEconnections ’33

Lee Ella Shortridge Moore celebrated her 100th birthday on January 28, 2012. Her family hosted a party for friends and relatives.


Warren Musch was the featured speaker on Veterans Day at the Illinois Veterans’ Home annual ceremony in Quincy. His message was titled “Freedom is Not Free.”


Chuck Krell, former owner of Krell’s QuickPrint and Advertising Specialties, was given the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award at the 2012 Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Chuck opened the franchise business in 1976 and became an independent business owner in the early 1980s. He retired last year and has served as chairman of the Chamber Board and the Chamber’s Contact Club. Carl Pearson is the principal technical architect, software specialist for Motorola Solutions Inc. He supports mobile computer engineering and development activities in the western states. He


is also partner in the small web firm that records billiard scoring for 50,000 Billiard Congress of America players and is a certified billiard instructor.


Drew Clark won the Colorado State Championship Hill Climb in the bicycle race up Mt. Evans (14,000 feet) and the Colorado championship for Best All-Round Rider in his age group of 65 plus.


Julie Moss Herrera wrote an anthology of Chinese Folktales entitled Old China through the Eyes of a Storyteller to be published in May 2012. Julie is a retired elementary library media specialist from Alamosa School District RE-11J in Alamosa, Colo.


Bill Curry completed four one-year terms as president of the Retired State Employees Association, serving longer than any other president in the 38-year history of the association.


Vicki Hinck VanTuyle is president of Illinois Women in Educational Leadership. IWEL’s mission is “Improving schools by networking

Alumnus gives “Gift of Life” to children overseas In 2003 Jim Frame ’55 started the Gift of Life (GOL) program with a friend in northeast Ohio that brings children from other countries that are in desperate need of heart surgery to the United States. “It all started at the request of a surgeon,” Frame said. “He needed some help with a little boy coming from Egypt.” When Frame was first approached by this idea he needed to find donations to support it. So he went to Rotary Clubs and other organizations to ask for donations to support the Gift of Life Northeast Ohio program. He made an arrangement with Dr. Hani Hennein in Cleveland, Ohio, that a $5,000 donation to the hospital would cover the cost of the child’s surgery. “We take care of the child and parent from the moment they arrive to the time they head back home,” Frame said. “That involves finding them a place to stay, food and transportation to and from all their appointments.” Frame and his organization have now helped 49 children and their families come to Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for open heart surgery. Frame serves on the board of directors of the Gift of Life International which is the umbrella organization that provides support and coordination to individual GOL programs around the world. Together, the GOL programs have helped over 15,000 children worldwide.


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Kinnett honored for public sector leadership Bruce Kinnett ’76 was inducted into the Samuel K. Gove Legislative Internship Hall of Fame last October based on his contributions to Illinois and its citizens. The award recognizes the important role public servants play in developing public sector leadership. Kinnett is vice president of Cook-Witter Inc. He joined the Springfield lobbying firm in 1988 with extensive experience in state and national governmental relations, particularly in the areas of health care, agriculture, conservation, natural resources and environmental concerns. While serving as a legislative intern from 1976-1977 with the Illinois Senate Republican staff, he coordinated policy research and legislative analysis. He founded a private corporation in Washington, D.C., to promote the development of aquaculture before returning to Illinois in 1987. Kinnett is on the board of directors of two medical missions that provide health care to the needy in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Established in 1990, the Hall of Fame numbers 54 individuals, among them a former governor and several former and current state legislators. The award is sponsored by public policy magazine Illinois Issues.

and supporting women educational leaders into positions of influence.” They have a membership of over 100 women who may be aspiring school leaders or school leaders from pre-K-12 schools, higher education, public and private institutions, as well as educational businesswomen. � Paul White has retired as the 2011 Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair.


Jay Jamison designed a memento brick for those who make generous contributions to help pay for the construction of The Salvation Army’s new citadel. The “Brick by Brick, Row by Row, We’re Gonna Make This Vision Grow!” logo will be printed in white on one side of a red brick.


Nancy Homann Lindsay has been appointed to serve as commissioner on the Workers’ Compensation Review Board.


Brenda Schone Dean was chosen as November’s K-8 Employee of the Month. Brenda teaches fourth grade at Astoria Elementary School. � Venice Meyer is the director for Warbird Consulting Partners headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. She will be working in the Chicago area as well as nationally.


Jeff Tobin was selected to fill the associate judge vacancy for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in Morgan County.


Susie Whittaker Drake has assumed the role of education division vice president for the

Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. � Donald “Bud” Refine is an advanced business systems analyst in the Global IT Project Management Office for AGCO Corporation in Duluth, Ga.


Lynn Farmer’s seventh-grade girls’ basketball team at Atwood-Hammond captured the 7A IESA State Championship in December. Lynn and his father, Gene ’58, have both coached teams to state championships. Lynn has been teaching and coaching for 13 years in the AtwoodHammond School District in Atwood.

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Sara Hayden Gresham is the 2012 chairperson for the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce.


Kathy Thomas is a social worker at the Division of Specialized Care for Children in Springfield.

Dr. Bill Lovekamp was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of sociology at Eastern Illinois University. � Kim Dunham Nehrt has opened her own business, Kim Nehrt Photography & Design in Springfield. � Jennifer Baldwin Stumpe is writing a series of children’s books titled Aunt Jo Jo’s Magical Gifts: The Underwater Adventure that will ignite the imaginations of children. Jennifer is a physical education teacher at Chester Grade School. In addition, Jennifer coaches cross country and is head coach of the Lady Yellow Jacket track program at Chester High School.

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Alumna promotes peace and understanding through music Marina Verenikina Baker ’01 or Marina V as she is known in the music world, is a self-described cultural ambassador who has been busy touring, writing songs and achieving international acclaim. After studying piano at a young age in Moscow, she traveled to Springfield as a part of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX). Marina explains that it was through this program that she first understood how she could be an agent of cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Russia. She explains on her website, “That year in America made me realize that one person, just a normal teenager like myself, can actually make a big difference. For many people in (Springfield) I was the first Russian they’d ever seen, and I was representing not only myself, but my whole country and even Europe.” After completing the FLEX program and returning to her native Russia, Marina came back to the U.S. to attend Illinois College where she graduated cum laude with a double major in political science and business. The liberal arts curriculum served her well, as her academic studies and passion for music have melded into an international music career. “These days I get to show Russia through my music … I love being this cultural ambassador – I get to promote peace and cultural understanding through music,” explained Baker. “It’s funny – now when I tour internationally, and especially when I return to Russia, I am now representing America as well!”


Tim Keefe is principal at Chester High School Community Unit #139. � Jim Slaid accepted an administrator position at Ballard High School in Seattle, Wash.

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Suzanne Kircher Hobrock is an accountant at Beard Implement in Ashland.



Nicolette Doerfler Harris graduated in December with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus in math, science and technology from Illinois State University. She is national board certified in middle childhood and currently teaches fifth grade at Fairview Elementary in Springfield. � Pete Naylor is an attorney with Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP in Springfield. � Sarah Heideman Wilson is the owner/teacher of The Circle Musikgarten Center in Edwardsville. Sarah offers classes using a holistic early childhood music curriculum from birth to age five. Dr. Jamie Huber received her Ph.D. in speech communication and a graduate certificate in woman’s studies at Utah State University. She is currently the program coordinator for the Center for Women and Gender and an instructor in women and gender studies at Utah State University.

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Yaphett “Ziggy” Blackwell is the Chicago regional coordinator for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is also working on a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in college student development at DePaul University. � Adam Range is assistant vice president, P+C product management for Horace Mann Insurance Companies in Springfield. � Dustin Swanson has described a new species of insect recently and named it Brachypogon laneae after his wife, Lane Passalacqua Swanson ’03. Dustin is an entomology student at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.


Ryan Molek is a special education teacher for grades six through eight at Churchill Community Unit #205 in Galesburg. He completed his first year of coaching eighth-grade football for the Blue Streaks and also coaches eighth-grade girls’ basketball. � Dan Noll is a partner at the Noll Law Office LLC in Springfield.


Julie Dombek graduated from optometry school at Indiana University in May 2011. She is currently completing a one-year residency in hospital-based optometry at St. Louis VA Medical Center. She works with the veterans to provide primary care and low vision services. � Tim Moss served as a Peace Corps volunteer in

elementary and a variety of subjects in the English language. He also had two conversational English classes with Korean businessmen. He plans on returning to the U.S. soon. � Clarissa Edge Richardson is completing an internship with Templeton Counseling Center this spring semester. She is presently in the counseling psychology program at the University of Florida in Gainesville pursuing her doctorate. � Jessica Surma is the Midwest Federal Field Associate for Environment America’s Chicago branch office.

Burkina Faso from 2009-2011. He and his wife, Becky Turnquist Moss ’08, shared their story of serving in the Peace Corps in a convocation on campus February 24.



Brandon Hembrough is a loan documentation specialist at Wells Fargo in Springfield. � Doug Mollett works as a contract industrial engineer for Geometric Americas in Moline. � Becky Turnquist Moss served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso from 2009-2011. She and her husband, Tim Moss ’07, shared their story of serving in the Peace Corps in a convocation on campus February 24. Laura Masko is the communications and events coordinator for the office of alumni and parent relations at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. � Leah Reuschel graduated with a master’s degree from Illinois State University in clinical-counseling psychology. � Kevan Rich has finished teaching abroad in Anyang, South Korea. He taught several age groups ranging from kindergarteners through


Kevin Beermann is a staff accountant for Landshire Inc. in St. Louis. � Ben Lyons accepted a fellowship in media management and strategic communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Jeremy Hommowun is a residential area coordinator at Illinois College while pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling through Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn. � Robert Jones is purchasing a Baskin Robbins franchise in Springfield.

IC men and women in the U.S. armed forces Whether it was war time or peace time, Illinois College students have a long, proud history of serving in the military. Marine Sgt. Jacob Heafner ’04 got called into active duty in what would have been his final semester at Illinois College in 2003. Heafner had to withdraw from college and head to Iraq with just two courses remaining for his degree. After his tour in Iraq he completed those courses to earn his degree from IC. While attending graduate school at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Heafner was called to duty two more times. He earned his master’s degree in environmental chemistry and a juris doctor degree from Northern Illinois University. Former Air Force Maj. and pilot Ron Lovett ’70 was in the service when the United States invaded Panama in December of 1989. At the time of the strike he was at the Pentagon and was given the task of writing a position paper from the Air Force perspective on the Panama invasion. Lovett visited Panama five times on temporary duty and received the information from every aspect of the Air Force in his Pentagon office. From that information, he compiled the position paper explaining the Air Force role in the operation. Mary Storm ’49 graduated from Illinois College with a major in science. Storm spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel. She received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1971. She spent time at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio; the Air Research and Development Command in Baltimore, Md.; the Squadron Officers School in Montgomery, Ala.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; the United States Air Force Headquarters in Europe; the Space Missile Systems Organization in Los Angeles; and Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Melissa Martin Medford ’91 teaches third grade at Grafton Elementary, and her students have been writing letters to pen pal Steve Piotrowski ’90 who is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is the Signal Support Officer at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force and to show his appreciation for the letters, he arranged for an American flag to be flown in honor of Medford’s class this past Leap Day, February 29. Have you served in the U.S. military? Please email us at We thank our military men and women for their service.

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Chris Stephens and Heather Krell, December 3, 2011. Heather supervises the Group Benefit Specialist & Coordinator teams for BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Springfield Office.


Brent Strukely and Cathy Beck, December 20, 2011. Cathy is an online marketing manager at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.


Ashley Welch and Sara Brown, July 23, 2011. Sara is a first-grade teacher at Adams Elementary School in Lincoln.


Steven Wentzel and Crystal Rogers, September 9, 2011. Crystal is a manager for the family business, Myra’s Homestyle Restaurant in Divernon. � Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside and Kayla Pembrook, October 22, 2011. Jeff is a dentist with The Dental Group of Springfield.


Jared Giuffre and Marissa Link, September 3, 2011. Marissa works as a senior wellness coach for Wellness Coaches USA in northern Illinois. � Josh Hartman and Christie Buckingham, October 8, 2011. Christie is a clinical pharmacist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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Michael Hagerty and Susan Cherveny, November 11, 2011.

physical education, and coaches football and baseball at E.B. Frink Middle School in La Grange, N.C.


Trenton Lovekamp and Hannah Ruthardt, November 11, 2011. Trenton teaches health and

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Marc Kessler and Mallory Nall, September 17, 2011. Marc is a certified athletic trainer at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb and Canton High School. Mallory is an early childhood educator in pre-K at Macomb Community Unit School District #185 in Macomb. � Ben Lyons and Danielle Lees ’11, June 17, 2011. Ben is a graduate assistant and Proactive Recruitment of Multicultural Professionals for Tomorrow Fellow at Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Mass Communications and Media Arts. Danielle is seeking post-grad employment. � Bryant Luxmore and Jamie Lower, October 8, 2011. Bryant is currently stationed in Fort Stewart, Ga., and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 1-64 Armor Heavy Combat Team. He is serving as a dismount infantryman in a Mechanized Infantry Line Unit for the United States Army. � Brian O’Connor and Sarah Morris, August 23, 2011. Brian and Sarah are both students in the physical therapist assistant program at Lake Land College in Mattoon. � Reid Thompson and Heather Miller, January 7, 2012. Heather is an electronic communications specialist with GROWMARK Inc. in Bloomington.


1 Chris Stephens and Heather Krell ’91 2 Trenton Lovekamp ’09 and Hannah Ruthardt 3 Ben Lyons ’10 and Danielle Lees ’11 4 Marc Kessler ’10 and Mallory Nall ’10 5 Ashley Welch and Sara Brown ’04 with IC friends Nick Adams ’04, Tiffany Torbeck Erickson ’04, Doug Erickson ’04, Jessica Brown ’08, Laura Hyde ’04, Dan Gibler ’04, Sam Bentley ’04 and Tara Roth Adams ’04 6 Jeff Whiteside ’05 and Kayla Pembrook 7 Reid Thompson and Heather Miller ’10



Mr. and Mrs. Drew Jones (Heather Henn), a son, Luke Fulton, May 11, 2011. Luke joins sister Alexandria, 10 and brother Spencer, 6.


Mr. and Mrs. Alex Deterding (Jennifer Cowell), a daughter, Ava Rose, July 25, 2011. Ava joins sister Claire Mabel, 2. � Mr. and Mrs. Mikel Petro (Nicole Millan), a daughter, Averie Lynn, August 24, 2011. Averie joins brothers Mikel, 9, Logan, 8 and sister Kendyl, 4.


Mr. and Mrs. Larry Meyer (Elise Ritzo ’00), a daughter, Emily Marie, December 7, 2011. Emily joins brother Aiden, 5.


Mr. and Mrs. Justin Hodgson (Nicole Wobbe), a son, Ryan Joseph, September 22, 2011. Ryan joins brother Gavin, 3.


Mr. and Mrs. Adam Kershaw (Molly Meehan ’01), a daughter, Amelia Marie, May 28, 2011. Amelia joins brother Alex, 2.


Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Briggs (Sarah Strack ’06), a daughter, Charlotte “Charlie” Avery, January 5, 2012.

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Mr. Christopher Miller and Aisha Colclasure, a daughter, Ava Marie, April 8, 2011.



Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hostetler (Jennifer Humes), a daughter, Emma Ruth, June 25, 2011. 3


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1 Emma Hostetler, daughter of Lester and Jennifer Humes Hostetler ’08, with the IC cheerleading squad 2 Baby Luke with siblings Alexandria and Spencer, children of Drew and Heather Henn Jones ’95 3 Aisha Colclasure and Chris Miller ’05 with daughter Ava 4 Charlie, daughter of Jeremy ’04 and Sarah Strack Briggs ’06 5 Alex with baby sister Amelia, children of Adam ’02 and Molly Meehan Kershaw ’01 6 Averie, daughter of Mikel and Nicole Millan Petro ’97

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In Memoriam

� Dr. Paul F. Cornelsen (Trustee Emeritus), December 27, 2011


� Elisabeth “Betsy” Hebberd Engelbach March 15, 2012

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Charles G. Rawlings (Phi Alpha) August 6, 2011 Dorothy Nelson Weber (Sigma Phi Epsilon) October 31, 2011 Ralph F. Greenwalt October 16, 2011

Leta Maude Sanderson (Gamma Delta) December 28, 2011

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Selma Marcy Koehm (Gamma Delta) September 14, 2011 William E. Tschopp April 25, 2011

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Edgar J. “Jack” McGinnis (Sigma Pi) May 16, 2011 Dorothy Berg Hood (Sigma Phi Epsilon) March 6, 2011 Olga Zebrun Stinnett (Gamma Delta) November 18, 2011

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Dr. George R. Coraor (Phi Alpha) October 24, 2011 Charles C. Forsaith (Gamma Nu) October 14, 2011

George R. Pieper November 12, 2011 Lorraine Schuster Patterson (Chi Beta) March 13, 2011 Richard B. Robertson (Phi Alpha) January 24, 2012 Lois Wilmuth Sears October 8, 2011

Rosemary Coultas Watkins (Sigma Phi Epsilon) October 29, 2011 Virginia Colwell (Gamma Delta) November 17, 2011 MM *

Dr. Robert B. “Bob” Chiasson November 23, 2011

’57 ’59 ’61 ’63 ’65 ’68 ’69 ’74 ’75

Donald R. Clark January 13, 2012 William M. “Bill” Petefish Jr. (Phi Alpha) November 28, 2011 James M. Conlon December 14, 2011 Michael J. “Mike” Byus (Alpha Phi Omega) October 13, 2011 Michael L. Murrie (Sigma Phi) November 23, 2009 Edward A. Price October 16, 2011 Jerry D. Liehr November 30, 2011 Jay A. Correll April 4, 2011 Randal D. Siville (Gamma Nu) January 26, 2012

MM denotes a fully funded memorial membership in a special endowment fund. The alumnus will be listed in perpetuity on the Annual Fund rolls. FM denotes an incomplete funded memorial membership.  denotes family has suggested memorial gifts be made to Illinois College.


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St. Louis business executive served Illinois College as trustee International agribusiness executive Paul F. Cornelsen, a proud supporter of Illinois College during his 21 years of service on the Illinois College Board of Trustees, recently died of a heart attack near his Town and Country, Mo., home. Rising from a locker room cleaner in the feed mills of Witchita, Kan., to the president of the Ralston Purina Company’s international division and chief operating officer of the parent company, Cornelsen promoted international understanding and cooperation on matters related to agriculture and nutrition. At the direction of Congress, the White House and The United Nations, Cornelsen represented his industry on select panels that examined issues such as the world food supply, global nutritional needs and assistance to developing nations. During his 35-year affiliation with the company he supervised operations in more than 30 countries around the world. In 1974 Cornelsen co-chaired President Gerald Ford’s “blue ribbon” task force on nutrition and human needs. He also served as chairman of the board of Purina Mills, served on the board of Boatmen’s Bancshares, DeKalb Genetics, Petrolite and Crosslink. When passed over for the Ralston chief executive position,

Cornelsen resigned to buy a Chesterfield, Mo., company that produced residential components and software. He successfully rebuilt the company, renaming it MiTek Industries. At 18, the Kansas native’s education was interrupted by World War II. After enlisting in the Army, he was sent to Europe in January 1945 as a lieutenant and later promoted by General George Patton to company commander. He also served in the Korean conflict, completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and received an M.B.A. from Gonzaga University. Cornelsen volunteered his service on behalf of the national 4-H Foundational Advisory Council and the national 4-H Service Committee. In 1993 Cornelsen and his first wife, Floy, established the Cornelsen Family Charitable Foundation. He was also supportive of various nonprofit groups including Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri. Illinois College recognized Cornelsen for his generous support of Illinois College and over two decades of service to the Board of Trustees when he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws degree during commencement ceremonies in May 1996. Cornelsen is survived by his second wife, Patricia Price, two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. Floy Cornelsen died in February 2010.

Generous benefactor believed Illinois College shapes students’ lives Jacksonville native Elisabeth “Betsy” Engelbach took a special interest in Illinois College, the alma mater of her father, Dr. Friedrich Engelbach ’24, by supporting students and faculty of the hilltop community with resources to promote peace, as well as scholarships in Asian studies and health-related fields. A Jacksonville High School graduate, Engelbach received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and earned a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Denver. Her career focused on public health administration in Boston, Mass.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Montreal, Canada. Most recently, she was professionally engaged in business management in Denver. As written in her obituary published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on March 20, “(Engelbach) believed the College played a vital role in shaping the lives of our future leaders and citizens.” She established three endowment funds at Illinois College to affirm this belief while paying tribute to family members.

The Friedrich Engelbach M.D. Memorial Scholarship, named for her father, is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a health-related field. Given in memory of her mother, the earnings from the Alice H. Engelbach Endowment for Peace Studies Enrichment Award are used to fund awards to faculty, students or student groups for activities that deepen understanding of peacemaking and encourage or demonstrate making peace. Finally, the Alice Margaret Engelbach Memorial Endowment for Asian Studies Award, established in honor of her sister, was established to enhance the understanding of Asia at Illinois College. In addition to her father, who served as alumni trustee on the Illinois College Board of Trustees, other Illinois College graduates in Engelbach’s family include her sister, Christiane Engelbach Hitchcock ’70, aunt Charlotte Engelbach Hart ’26, grandfather Fred Engelbach 1891, great-grandfather Hermann Engelbach 1849, and cousins Peggy Hart Ong ’49 and Neal Hart ’60.

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IT IS NOT ALL SACRIFICE by Jonathan Utley ’63

say I benefited more than did the IC community. So when I recruited my successor should I have made the pitch “the College needs a strong newspaper” or “you will learn a great deal being editor?” Do it for the College or do it for you? That is a false dichotomy. We do it for both. Nearly 25 years ago President Don Mundinger asked if I would serve on the IC Board of Trustees. I was flattered. It would have been nice if the College had paid me $50,000 a year to be a director, but that is not how the system worked. You contributed your time, talent and treasure (especially treasure) to help the College. I served on the Board 20 years. I doubt I would have stayed that long had I not been working with some of the smartest people I have ever met and who helped me grow in many ways.

It is hard to get out of high school today without doing some volunteer work. Nine out of 10 first-year college students say they volunteered in high school. Seven out of 10 say they really want to help others in need. But only a third of these firstyear college students think they will do any volunteer work in college. Required volunteering (an oxymoron if there ever was one) seems to have had only limited success in persuading people to volunteer. Volunteering requires self-sacrifice. The only benefit we are supposed to receive is a warm, fuzzy feeling for our good works. If we volunteer because it serves our own self-interest, it is seen as less noble. What is wrong with self-interest? My senior year at IC I agreed to edit the Rambler. I volunteered or perhaps I was drafted, or perhaps no one else wanted the job. I got to crusade for things that would make the College better, though I am sure President L. Vernon Caine did not share all my views. This was noble volunteering in service to the College community. There was even selfsacrifice; I recall having nothing to write on a Buddhism exam in Malcolm Stewart’s class because Professor Stewart had a habit of giving his exams on the morning the Rambler was published meaning I had been up all night putting it to bed. But I profited from being the Rambler editor. I learned about picking my battles, what it was like running into a brick wall, how to write better, how to reach other people. I dare


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When I signed up our oldest son in a soccer program 20 years ago, I asked the volunteer registering him to put him on a team that practiced on a day I could get him there. She replied, “Coach determines when practices are. Want to coach?” Self-interest. I went to coaching school and have spent the last 20 years improving those skills. Yes, there is that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you help a kid but being able to grow by learning a new skill is a wonderful thing. I may have benefited more than any kid I coached. Most of my volunteer hours are now spent in the Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery in Chicago. It offers jobs to adults with developmental disabilities. This is a worthwhile organization. But what brings me back every week is the knowledge that what I am doing not only benefits Misericordia, it benefits me in more ways than I can mention here. As I write this, I am preparing to spend a weekend training youth soccer coaches; they and I are volunteers doing it “for the kids.” I will also tell them that coaching will benefit them as much as it will the kids, which is a good reason to do it. IC Editor’s Note: Now emeritus trustee, Jonathan Utley began his service on the Illinois College Board of Trustees in 1987. The Illinois College Alumni Association presented him a Distinguished Service Award in 1997. A former history professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, he volunteers at a work opportunity program for adults with developmental disabilities in the Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery. Visit to learn more.

Announcing the Bruner Alumni Challenge! Jim Bruner ’66 encourages you to accept the Bruner Alumni Challenge! Jim will match every dollar a non-donor or lapsed donor gives Illinois College by May 31, 2012, up to $25. Jim earned a reputation as a team player during a standout basketball career, and he continues to build on that reputation through his ardent support of Illinois College. His generous giving has played a key role in providing critical operating support, enhancing athletic programs and most visibly, providing the lead gift for the state-of-the-art Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center. With his exemplary record of philanthropy and community service, Jim is one of our most distinguished supporters. Will you accept the Bruner Alumni Challenge by making a gift to the IC Fund today? As Illinois College strives to become one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation by 2016, it is important that our alumni participation in giving increases. Your unrestricted gift will provide opportunities for increased student scholarships, improved campus life and strengthened academic and co-curricular programs.

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