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“ Our favorite place was definitely hanging out on

the quad.”

Loreene Boppart ’93 and Dean Jukovich ’93 met in Expository Writing class, freshman year. They married on September 14, 1996 in Chicago, IL. Kathy Chayka ’92 and Ashu Mehta ’93 attended the wedding. Dean and Loreene have three children: Grace (8 years), Sophia (5 years) and Nicholas (3 years). Dean is CFO of Diamond Bank headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. Loreene is a full-time mother. Northbrook, IL



“ By sophomore year we were dating, and by senior year we

were engaged.”

Sean Mullins and Kristy Miller met in Gateway class, freshman year. They were the only two Science Education majors in the class, and those commonalities brought them closer. Because of their major, the couple had nearly all of their classes together and spent a lot of time in CNS as the location for many study dates. On July 29, 2006, Kristy and Sean married in Evelyn Chapel, just two months after graduating with the class of ’06; with friend, Brandy Harvey, ’07 in attendance. Both Kristy and Sean are science teachers in Bloomington-Normal’s Unit 5 school district. Sean teaches 7th grade biology at Chiddix Junior High School, and Kristy teaches biology and physics at Normal Community West High School. 2200 Emory Lane, Normal, IL 61761



“ Our favorite place on campus was the Kappa Delta House.”

Jack Liston ’49 and Pat Pfeffinger ’53 met each other at the Caboose restaurant. On September 24, 1952, after Pat’s 3:00 class, the couple went to Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, and were married. Jack was a CIA agent on his way to the Far East, and Pat finished up her last semester at Illinois Wesleyan. They were happily married for 48 years, giving birth to four children and welcoming five grandchildren. Jack passed away in 2000. Pat currently resides in Gainesville, Florida. 5200-4219 SW. 25th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608



“ We met in German class on the first day of school. We

both lived in Gulick Hall that year...the first co-ed dorm on campus.”

Neal M. Schuessler and Olga Devic both graduated with the class of ’79. The couple spent a lot of time in Gulick Hall and the TKE House. They married one year after graduation, on May 3, 1980 in Chicago, IL. Some friends and Wesleyan alumni (Mike Chakos ’79, Al Bright ’79, and Kelly Briscoe ’79) were in their wedding. The Schuessler’s have a second generation of IWU alumni, their children: Erik ’07 and Kristi ’10. 7280 E. Costilla Drive, Centennial, CO 80112



“ We are currently retired, enjoying life with five grandchildren, traveling,

and golf.”

Bonnie Hall ’65 and Ronald ’66 were introduced to each other through one of Ron’s fraternity brothers. While on campus, they spent time together in Buck Memorial Library. The Rueckers tied the knot, June 20, 1964 in Oak Forest, IL. Their friends, Gretchen Payne ’65, and Mary Ann Beckman Weisenborn ’53 participated in the wedding. Bonnie and Ron have a son, Rhett and daughter, Robin class of 1993. 2650 Forest Crest Road, Decatur, IL 62521



“ We were both student workers at the Shirk Center.”

Steve Brook and Ellen Furr, both graduates of ’03, met in Ferguson Hall where they lived freshman year. Steve played on the baseball team and Ellen on the softball team which kept them associated with common friends. The couple married in Bloomington, January 3, 2004, a wedding surrounded by Wesleyan alums and friends. They currently have two children, Nolan, age 4 and Caitlin, age 2. 500 Osprey Court, Winfield, MO 63389



“ W e would often bump into each other on the quad.” Ryan and Dorianne Cantrall, class of ‘98, met on the 1997 May-term archeological trip to Sepphoris, Israel. They had met in passing several times before, but it was on the trip, that the two hit it off. Ryan and Dorianne married October 6, 2001 in Downers Grove, IL. Ryan’s best man, Richard J. Mills ’98 and groomsman, Patrick Holly ’99 are also Illinois Wesleyan alums. The couple lives in Hoffman Estates, IL. Ryan is working as a Quality Assurance Manager at GRACE Discovery Sciences in Deerfield and Dorianne is working as a Senior Project Manager at Impact Consumer Research in Schaumburg, IL. They are parents of a two year old son, Emmerich, and are expecting their second child this fall. 745 Alcoa Lane, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 7


“ K ate had a crush on my roommate, but that didn’t work out.

We ended up getting together instead.”

Marty ’03 lived on the 3rd floor of Munsell at the top of the stairs. Kate Davis ’04 transferred to IWU in the second semester of freshman year and was assigned to a room on the 2nd floor of Munsell at the bottom of the stairs. Their courtship took place during Sigma Chi’s Derby Days. Marty and Kate worked in the Dugout when the Sub Connection opened. There’s no place for blossoming love like a deep fryer, fresh bread, and tubs of lunch meats. The couple married in Sycamore, IL, July 17, 2004, the summer after Kate graduated. They then moved to Seattle for a year to work and go to school. Despite the fun, there’s nothing like the great Midwest, so they moved back to Sycamore, IL (Kate’s hometown), and bought a house there. Kate is an ER nurse at Kishwaukee Hospital and Marty is an English teacher at Genoa-Kingston High School. They have two boys; Marty, age 2 and Sam, 4 months. Sam’s full name is, Samuel Wesley Eich, after the great IWU! 722 Amherst Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178



“ We disagree as to where we met.”

Harry ’60 and Uretta Mounts ’61 were both theatre majors at Illinois Wesleyan. Harry says the couple met in the Grill, and Uretta says it was in the Hut (Spotlight Alley Theatre). Despite this uncertainty, the Lovell’s have been together since their days at IWU. The Lovell’s wed June 25, 1961 in Odell, IL, accompanied by many Wesleyan alums. After college, Harry taught elementary school in Pontiac for nine years while Uretta taught first grade for four years. The Lovell’s then started the Vermillion Players Theatre, which is still running today. In 1968, Harry and Uretta moved to Bloomington-Normal where Harry taught five more years of sixth grade, before going to work at IWU for 28 years. Harry served as the Alumni Director for 17 years. Uretta started work again after their youngest child was in school, teaching first grade in Bloomington for over twenty years. Both now retired, Uretta teaches part time as a substitute in Bloomington, and devotes three mornings a week teaching preschool. Harry sings with a barbershop chorus and has fun with arts and crafts. They have four children including Rhys Lovell, an ’87 IWU graduate who currently teaches as an adjunct professor of theatre at both IWU and ISU and Megan Lovell Lodewyck, a ’98 IWU graduate of the School of Nursing. Both Harry and Uretta are proud grandparents. 302 Margaret Avenue, Normal, IL 61761-22815 9


“ We had Elementary Symbolic Logic class together our first

semester at IWU. I picked him out as the cute one in class.”

When Mary Kizaric first met Zachary, he was in a relationship with someone else. They became friends due to their involvement in the Catholic Newman Organization. When Zach and Mary returned to IWU for their sophomore year, Zachary was single! They started dating that fall; sharing fun times at the Phi Mu Alpha house. Zachary and Mary graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with the class of ’04. They tied the knot, August 12, 2006 in Joliet, IL; wedding guests included alums Cassandra Gallagher-Pribble ’04, Paul Nesper ’04, Mike McHugh ’06. Today, Zachary is working in marketing for Nuveen Investments. Mary is a high school English teacher. The Hilberts are both working on Master’s Degrees at DePaul University; Zach, a Master’s in Computer Science; Mary, a Master’s in Writing and Publishing. Aside from work, they both love being parents, and chasing after their toddler daughter.



“ We use to love to go for walks and sit underneath the stone White Place

Arch in a nearby neighborhood. We have a lot of good memories from that spot, including our engagement, which happened there during homecoming weekend ’06.” Will Irwin and Carlie Bliss are both graduates of ’04. They met through a mutual friend their freshman year. Will asked Carlie out on a date, but unfortunately she had to cancel at the last minute. It was not until junior year that they reconnected and Will asked Carlie to his fraternity’s homecoming dance. They’ve been together since then! The couple married October 11, 2007 in Oak Brook, IL. Carlie works for Elsevier as an editor on nursing textbooks, and Will is an attorney at Hepler Broom Law Firm. Will and Carlie currently live near St. Louis with their dog, Gatsby. 1111 Edward Terrace, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 11


“ Our favorite place to be on campus was the Quad.”

Stephanie Smith, ’97 and Jeremiah, ’98 were both in Dr. Given Harper’s Ecology class. These two scholars spent most of their time at the Science Center. Jeremiah and Stephanie married on August 7, 1999 in Pekin, IL. The wedding included Wesleyan alums: Bridesmaids: Emmy Linman ’97, Amy Kannegiesser ’97; and Ushers: Andrew Wible ’98 and Jon Kazlo ’98. Today, Jeremiah is the Lead Adult Hospitalist at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, IL. Stephanie is a law clerk to Justice John Turner of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court and works in Lincoln, IL. They are raising four children; Alexa Lynn (6), Norah Lynn (4), and 7 month old twin boys, Jonathan Scott and Joseph Lincoln. The family belongs to Blessed Sacrament Church in Morton, IL. 12


“ We met in Social Dance class the spring of our junior year.” Tim Mills and Jennifer Adams are Illinois Wesleyan alums from the class ’00. They had a “guerilla wedding” January 2, 2004, at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. With immediate families in attendance; Andrew Stott, Wesleyan alumnus of ’01 was the wedding photographer. Currently, Jennifer teaches high school biology, and Tim is a developer at Tribune Interactive. The Mills just had their first daughter, Ophelia, on March 28, 2009. 4645 S. Karlov Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632



“ We married May 5, 1996; the afternoon after our


Winona Mefford ’96 was set to go to the free Friday night movie in the art building with Brendan Komala ’96 one night early in the fall of freshman year. He asked if he could bring along some friends, like his roommate Pete Koenig ’96, and a guy from down the hall named, Adam Patterson ’96. The vibrant animated redhead (Winona) and the quiet, boring redhead (Adam) started a slow friendship that blossomed into love. Adam and Winona share IWU memories of basketball games at the Shirk Center, doing homework in the art building and eating many meals on the dark side of Saga. The couple graduated in ’96 and married that afternoon with alumna, Samantha Johnson ’96, in attendance. Winona is now a paraprofessional audiovisual cataloger in the library at Harper College in Palatine, IL, and also is in a ’60s/’70s cover band, The Mugwumps. Adam specializes in the market research and analysis field. Adam and Winona are parents of three year old, Megan Katherine Patterson, and expect another baby in the fall. 2534 Cambridge Circle, Aurora, IL 60506



“ We spent a lot of time in the Sherff Science Building.” Elizabeth Lenz, ’69 and Ernest Schiller, ’70 met on a BBB Biology Honor Society weekend at Lake Bloomington in 1967. After their days at Illinois Wesleyan, Liz and Ernie married August 21, 1971 in Joliet, IL; best man: Dean Lauer, ’68. They have two children: Brian, who works in human resources for a company headquartered in Dallas, TX and Emily, who has a PhD in Art History from Pennsylvania State University. Ernie has retired from Pediatrics Private Practice; and is currently the Medical Director of a children’s hospice program in Greensboro, NC. Elizabeth will retire in the fall of 2009 from 20 years as a nutritionist at the Guilford County Health Department, Greensboro, NC. 607 Hobbs Road, Greensboro, NC 27403 15


“ We both really cherished a quiet campus, late at night. It

was very romantic.”

Michael Mayo ’02 was invited to attend an SAI Thanksgiving dinner his Junior year at IWU. He walked up to SAI house in painted jeans, old boots, old jean jacket and dirty hat...and was greeted at the door by a girl in a dress. As he observed more ladies in dresses and guys in ties and jackets, he realized right away he was out of fashion but decided to walk on in anyhow. When Michael took his seat, he immediately spotted a beautiful girl at one end of the table, and became embarrassed of his appearance. After dinner, Michael needed to release some stress, so he went to the art studio to work on a canvas. The painting he worked on was eventually in an art show at school, and won an award. A girl at the art show started asking him questions about the work...and eventually Michael recognized Sarah Evans ‘03, as one of the girls at the Thanksgiving dinner table several nights before. For the next SAI Thanksgiving dinner, Michael had nicer clothes, and his date would end up being his future wife and mother of their soon to be two children! Sarah and Michael would meet halfway between the Music and Art building, around midnight, when both buildings would close — where Michael would walk her home to New House (Harriett Fuller Rust House). Though they were both very busy with their degrees, either practicing or painting; they found time to cherish a quiet campus. Sarah and Michael married July 2, 2005 in LaSalle, IL. Their friends and IWU alums, Elisabeth Johnson ’03, Meg Kane ’03, Katie Maietta ’03, Wes Dyke ’02, Jessica Ryan ’03, and Allison Tackitt ’03, attended the ceremony. Sarah and Mike both completed their Masters Degrees. They have lived in several locations including Evanston, IL, Columbus, OH, Northern Virginia, and most recently, Central Illinois. Their daughter, Carys, was born January, 2008 in Northern Virginia, and they are expecting a second child later this year. The Mayo’s are enjoying their lives together, love visiting IWU from time to time, have enjoyed a recent Art Award sponsorship and look forward to more adventures! 325 N. Third Avenue, Morton, IL 61550



“ We met on the first day of our first year at IWU.” Keith Schawel and Alexandra Mahr are both, ’07 alums. During their freshman year, both Keith and Alex lived in Ferguson Hall. They met at a floor party, hosted by the R.A.’s of the 5th and 7th floors. During their years at IWU, the couple spent a lot of time in CNS. They married August 11, 2007 in Schaumburg, IL. It truly was an IWU wedding with groomsmen: Steve Lauritson, ’07 and Bill Slovick, ’07; bridesmaids: Kate Houser, ’07 and Catharine Kennedy, ’07. The Schawel’s live in Des Plaines, IL with their dog and cat. Keith is a security analyst at W.W. Grainger, and Alex is in nursing school, working as a postpartum nurse intern. 1327 Brown #205, Des Plaines, IL 60016 17


“ We met while playing in a spontaneous touch football game:

freshman girls from Ferguson Hall and sophomore guys from the Sigma Chi house” John Reinhardt ’71 and Claudia Walters ’72 married in Aurora, IL on June 17, 1972. Their first date was a study date in Miller Park on a Sunday afternoon. John and Claudia spent ample time together in the quad and library. Nowadays John is the dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Claudia is semi-retired and works as a writing tutor at Southeast Community College and as an editor for a publishing company. The couple have ten nieces and nephews and thirteen great nieces and nephews from Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.



“ We loved relaxing at the hotspot on McPherson Beach.”

Jonathan Rowsey, ’01 and Megan Rosskopf, ’02 met each other in acting class. These Theatre Arts majors wed June 7, 2008 in Agoura Hills, CA. Illinois Wesleyan alums; Jeremy Sackett, ’01, Jeff Doden, ’02, and Wendy Marquardsen, ’02 attended the wedding. Currently, Jon is a Financial Advisor working towards completing his CFP designation, and Megan is a Pilates Instructor. 17600 Burbank Blvd. #102, Encino, CA 91316



“ M arcia dated both of my room mates and when my turn came, she thought I was the one who needed her help!!”

Marcia Morgenthaler ’60 and Frank ’58 met through very odd events. Frank was the rebound of two of Marcia’s ex-boyfriends, but apparently he was a lucky catch. These music majors spent a lot of time in Presser Hall throughout their years at Wesleyan. On June 12, 1960 Marcia and Frank married in Sparta, IL. Alums, Dale McKown ’58 and Phillip Winsor ’60, attended the wedding. The Sturm’s have a son, Steven ’88, whom is also a Met and Married alum to his wife Kathy ’89. This is the third generation of Met and Married Wesleyan couples; Marcia’s parents, Robert ’38 and Elizabeth Morgenthaler ’37 are also IWU alums. 9348 S.E.124th. Place, Summerfield, FL 34491



“ We began talking to each other at the Commons one day after lunch.”

Lucy Carmody and Joe Simkins, both of ’77, began talking to each other at the Commons one day after lunch. Mutual friends encouraged them to go out on a date, and the couple has been paired since then. Lucy and Joe enjoyed long walks around the Quad, as well as attending basketball games at the Fred Young Field House. Joe and Lucy wed July 5, 1975 in Normal, IL. Alums, Joel Estes ’76 and Steve Brant ’77, attended the wedding. Joe works as a State Farm Insurance Agent & Financial Advisor. His office is located in Ann Arbor, MI. Lucy is a retired elementary teacher. She currently works as an office coordinator in Joe’s office, and also writes for Children’s Literature. Joe and Lucy have three daughters who are all Illinois Wesleyan graduates. They are also proud grandparents of Noah (9), Luci (6), and Eveyn (2). 47501 Greenwich Drive, Novi, MI 48374 21


“ We sure spent a lot of time at Shirk!”

Mike Bragg ’05 and Katie Elwood ’06 were both on the Track & Field team at IWU. They grew to know each other through mutual friends, and often hung out together around campus. In October of 2003, Mike invited Katie to his FIJI Homecoming Dance, Katie accepted, and they’ve been a couple ever since. The Bragg’s married on May 30, 2009 in LaGrange, IL. The wedding included many IWU alums, friends, and family members. Katie and Mike live in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Mike is an Analyst for Wintrust Business Credit in Palatine, IL. Katie works in the city at They enjoy living in Chicago and being close to some of their IWU friends! 22


“ We were both music majors and played in the

Wind Ensemble.”

Erik Swenson ’91 and Jennifer Hauenstine ’93, met in Presser Hall. However, these two music majors had more than just instruments in common, and began dating throughout their days at IWU. When they weren’t practicing music, the couple enjoyed hanging out at the Phi Mu Alpha House. Erik and Jennifer married on July 10, 1993 in Waukesha, WI; Steve Crumley ’91 was in attendance. The Swenson’s live in St. Charles, IL. Erik is a band director at Haines Middle School in St. Charles, IL. Jennifer teaches private clarinet lessons. They are both active in music and education at their church. They have two daughters: Katie, 9 and Leanna, 3. 1532 Banbury Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174 23


“ We loved eating in Tommy’s Restaurant.” Meredith White ’04 and Kenneth Winkelhake ’03 met each other in the elevator at Harriett Fuller Rust House. They got on at the same time, struck up a conversation, and got off with a date. At IWU, Kenneth studied Physics, while Meredith doubled majored Nursing and Hispanic Studies. On September 4, 2004, Kenneth and Meredith married in Lakeside, MI. Illinois Wesleyan alums, Rebecca Heine ’04 and Dmitry Mogilevsky ’03, attended the wedding. The Winkelhake’s currently live in Madison, WI. Meredith recently changed from Oncology nursing to Labor & Delivery. Ken is working in sales at Sara Lee, but is taking an EMT course and hopes to eventually become a Paramedic. 1613 Lynndale Road, Madison, WI 53711 24


“ We met in class at the beginning of freshman year.” Leslie Talbert and Craig Neitzel, both graduates of ’92 began their relationship the first year at IWU. They were both Biology majors, and often had biology and chemistry classes together. For leisure, the couple generally hung out at Craig’s fraternity, (TKE) or Leslie’s sorority, (Alpha Gamma Delta). However, during senior year, Craig and his friends had apartments near campus, so that was a common place for friends to congregate. Leslie and Craig tied the knot, May 25, 1996 in Peoria, IL. Alums, Tammy Bell ’92, Angela Young ’99, Sessie Schomas ’91, Tom Jakstys ’92, and Scott Cinnamon ’92 attended the ceremony.



“ I loved watching Matt’s football games on Wilder field.”

Matthew ’06 and Didi Popova ’04 first met through Matt’s brother, Christopher Ross ’03, in the Sigma Chi fraternity house. A few months later, one of Didi’s KD sorority sisters and her Sigma Chi boyfriend made sure to invite Didi along to any campus events, dinners, or movies that they knew Matt would be attending as well. As the couple grew, they shared memories together, including Matthew’s football games where Didi would always be cheering in the stands. Matt and Didi married June 23, 2007 in Chatham, IL. They were supported by many IWU alums: Divya Soni ’05, Ingrid Israel ’05, Emily Israel ’07, Christopher Ross ’03, and John Scrementi ’06. Currently Matt and Didi are working and enjoying life together.



“ Our favorite place on campus was the Hansen Student Center.”

Melissa Bertrand ’06 and Stephen Lauritson ’07 met in a Religion class in Shaw Hall. Soon after that, they realized they were both living in Pfeiffer Hall as well. They began dating, spending much time at the Hansen Student Center and hanging out in Pfeiffer. Melissa and Stephen tied the knot, June 16, 2007 with guest alums: Melissa Giegerich ’06, Katie Paine ’05, Danielle Lauritson ’09, Keith Schawel ’07, Bill Slovick ’07, and Craig Bingaman ’07. Currently, Steve works for Progressive Insurance in Peoria, IL, and Melissa is a first grade teacher at Epiphany Catholic School in Normal, IL.



“ We had a favorite spot in the hallway outside of

Munsell Hall.”

Sue Lillie ’79 and Michael Swegle ’80 met in Saga. Mike was a student manager, and Sue worked serving meals. They often went to on-campus movies, hung out in the DugOut, and studied together in the basement of Buck Memorial Library. Sue and Mike married October 20, 1979 in Posen, IL. They live in Moline, IL where Mike works for Exelon Nuclear Plant as a plant operator. Sue is a retired Pediatric Nurse; she currently takes care of elderly residents at an assisted living facility. They have two daughters, Natalie, 26, who also graduated from IWU and Carly, 23, who graduated from Carthage College.



“ Our favorite place on campus is definitely the Chapel.” Kathryn Baker ’05 was a desk aid in Dodds Hall. One day, Benjamin Hoover ’03 came to the desk seeking postage stamps; in the long run, he walked away with stamps and a wife as well. In April 2005, Ben proposed to Katie in front of Evelyn Chapel. The following year, May 6, 2006, Benjamin and Kathryn married in Evelyn Chapel. The wedding was witnessed by many IWU alums: Tanya Simokaitis-Giordano ’04, Brandon Fuss ’03, Kristen Dirnbeck-Miller ’04, and Kelli Eldred ’05. Currently, Ben is a Senior Accountant in the hedge fund and broker-dealer industry. Katie is a hospital Lab Assistant and is pursuing a second Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. The Hoover’s are happy parents of one son. 29


“ The Quad was one of our favorite places to spend time together.”

Josh Yount and Sara Mlsna, ’95 alums, were both Political Science majors. Besides studying hard, they enjoyed spending time with one another arournd Wesleyan’s campus. The couple married, June 20, 1998 in Rockton, IL. Gina Baldacci ’95, Suzanne Librizzi ’95, Monica Pena ’95, and Joleen Bramer ’94 attended the Yount wedding. Josh is currently a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP. Sara is a full time mom of their three boys; Henry, 6; Peter, 3; and James, 18 months. 1104 Greenfield Street, Oak Park, IL 60302



“ We loved to take talking-walks on the quad.”

Shawn De Le Mar ’01 met David Lapetino ’01 through a mutual friend freshman year. After their introduction, Shawn and David began eating dinner together more regularly, and sitting together in their Gen Bio class. Within a few weeks, David wooed Shawn away from her high school sweetheart and they’ve been a loving couple ever since. David and Shawn graduated in May and they married, June 9, 2001. Former IWU Catholic Newman Organization chaplain, Father Ron Palmer, co-officiated at the wedding ceremony. Illinois Wesleyan alums partook in the wedding: Brian Payne ’01 (best man), Jon Wilson ’01 (groomsman), and Kim Branson ’01 (bridesmaid). Currently, David teaches High School Biology and Chemistry at Hinsdale South High School. Shawn is in her Pathology Residency at Loyola Medical Center. The Lapetino’s juggle their careers with being parents of a four year old. 31


“ We were chemistry lab partners our freshman year.”

Jane Johnson ’92 and Andrew Carr ’92, we were both Science majors. The couple spent a lot of time in Sherff Hall, working on projects and various assignments. Three years after graduation, Jane and Andrew married, September 2, 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA. Friends and alums, James Heise ’92, Ronald Duffy Sieling ’92, and Erin Kay Edlund ’92 attended their wedding. Andrew is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Jane is a High School Chemistry and Physics teacher at Denison High School in Denison, TX. She also serves as an Adjunct in Chemistry at Grayson County College. Jane and Andrew have two daughters, Sarah, age 7 and Alyssa, age 2. 3209 Redbud Trail, Sherman, TX 75092



“ We met on Kelly’s first day of school.”

Patrick Spangler, ’03 was a sophomore when he met Kelly Green, ’04. Patrick helped Kelly and her roommates move their boxes into Ferguson Hall. After getting to know each other, they went on their first date about a year later and have been together since. Their most prominent memories are times spent in the Fiji House. In 2006, Kelly was the Queen of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Currently, Kelly is a business analyst for Responsys in Chicago, IL, and Patrick is an attorney at Vedder Price P.C. in Chicago, IL. They reside in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. 1455 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640



“ O ur favorite place on campus was Saga…or anyone’s room.”

Monica Cheek ’90 and Samuel Hall ’91 met at a BSU meeting. While Monica was a junior, and Sam a freshman, they became close friends; hanging out at parties and eating meals in Saga. After graduation, they continued to see each other at Homecoming and various trips to Chicago. On one particular weekend in Chicago, Monica met up with alum, Nita Shinn ’90 for a party and invited Sam to tag along. Monica and Sam began dating the following week, and were engaged eleven months later. Sam and Monica married September 14, 1996 in Rantoul, IL. Illinois Wesleyan alums Nita Shinn ’90, Malik Jones ’91, Craig Lynch ’92, and Lonnie Smith ’94 attended the ceremony. Currently, the Hall family resides in Rantoul, IL. They have three children: Samuel IV, 11; Anisa, 10; and Elijah, 8. Sam is a manager for AT&T. Monica is a nurse, and teaches part-time at Parkland Community College, while working on her PhD at UIC. 401 E. Sangamon Avenue, Rantoul, IL 61866 34


“ We hung out on the 4th floor lounge of New House.”

Allison Vinke ’01 and Marcus Cabay ’99 lived across the hall from each other in the fall of ’97 at New House, now called Harriett Fuller Rust House. After graduating, Allison and Marcus married June 23, 2001 in South Holland, IL. Jon Brockman ’99 and Mark Kevan ’99 were co-best men; Katie Vinke ’99, maid of honor, and Katie Cabay ’04, bridesmaid. Today, the couple resides in Madison, WI. Marcus is a radiologist, and Allison is a stay-at-home mom to their two boys, Jack, age 3 and Grant, age 1.



“ We met at the Sigma Pi house.”

Jennifer Landers ’06 and Daniel Lydigsen ’04 shared many memories on Wesleyan’s campus. On June 7, 2007, Daniel and Jennifer married in Lincolnshire, IL. Lindsay Budzynski ’06, Joan Teitelman ’06, Meghan Picerno ’06, and Dave Schmitt ’04 were guests at the wedding. Currently, Daniel is a sales representative for Brother International. Jennifer is a band director at a middle school in Lake Forest, IL.



“ We met at a play rehearsal in the Drama Department.” Theatre Arts majors, Patricia Duetsch ’64 and Bruce ’65 fell in love during their days at IWU. Juggling rehearsal, call backs, and performances, the couple have been together for 45 years. While at IWU, they spent time with one another at fraternity or sorority parties and in the McPherson Theatre. Pat and Bruce married, September 5, 1964 in Peoria, IL. Their wedding consisted of alums: Patricia Bass ’66, Larry Solyom ’65, David Bruno ’64, and William Ackermann ’67. Pat and Bruce have two sons: Cary and Kelly; and two grandchildren, Macy, 12 and Quincy, 8. 3219 W. Capitol Drive, Peoria, IL 61614



“ Susan was a senior and Scott a freshman!” Scott Fancher ’89 and Susan Henley ’86 met through a mutual friend at a Titan basketball game. They instantly became friends, and began dating soon after. Scott and Susan could be found together in the pit of the old library and at the football field. On December 16, 1989 in Taylorville, IL, Susan and Scott married with alums Terry Lovekamp ’89 and Phil Sauder ’89 in attendance. Scott works as a Sales Manager for a spinal implant company and Susan is a school nurse. They have two daughters, Kaitlyn who is a junior at Illinois Wesleyan this fall, and Madeline, age 14. 16191 Morningside Court, Noblesville, IN 46060



Joe Abruzzo ’02 and Leslie Minnich ‘03 Leslie Minnich ’03 and Joe Abruzzo ’02 married on August 13, 2005 in Wheeling, IL. Jeorgine Groah ’03 attended their wedding. Currently, Joe is an attorney in Milwaukee and Leslie is a high school guidance counselor in Lake Geneva. They are proud parents of daughter, Mia Rose Abruzzo, born on January, 2009. 632 Prairie Hill Avenue, Mukwonago, WI 53149



“ We were student workers in Saga.”

Linda Lueck ’88 and David Bollivar ’89 met through a mutual friend and tennis mate of Dave’s. Their campus jobs brought them even closer; Linda was a Catering Student Manager, and Dave was the DugOut Student Manager. David and Linda married on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1988 in Macomb, IL. Lana Davis Kuenzi ’88, Mark Kuenzi ’88, Cindy (Bollivar) Honegger ’85, and David Honegger ’85 witnessed the ceremony. Currently, David is an Associate Professor of Biology at Illinois Wesleyan. He also chairs the IWU Biology Department. David spent the summer of 2009 researching at the Carlsberg Research Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Linda is the Program Director at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Normal, IL. The Bollivar’s have two sons, Brian and Gregory, and anticipate their third foreign exchange student, who will live with them for one year. 40


“ The library is our favorite place. It’s where we first met!”

Faye Brown and Paul Valbert, both ’71 graduates, met in the library under interesting circumstances. Paul was in a study room with TKE fraternity brothers. Faye was in a study carrel. Humorously, Paul asked Bob Whitt ’72 (a high school classmate of Faye’s) to go over to tell Faye he loved her. Bob did, and Faye amazingly replied, I love you too. Paul then told Bob to tell her, “I want to marry her”. Bob did and once again, Faye amazingly replied, “OK, but I’m busy tomorrow”. Over the next month, Paul and Faye bantered back and forth about their upcoming wedding plans. Finally, Paul asked Faye out, and the rest is history. They continued to date each other, and Faye graduated in three years to be able to graduate with Paul...after all she was following up on his original wedding proposal! Paul and Faye married May 30, 1971, one week after their graduation. Alums Sue Muhlig ’73, Sue Thompson ’72, Ann Valbert Tosh ’68, and Stephen L. Tosh ’69 attended the wedding. Paul and Faye have three children, Jenny, Andy, and Amanda. Amanda is a senior at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Jenny is a teacher, living in Orlando, FL. Andy lives in Boulder, CO, working in sales. The Valbert’s are retired, but thinking about getting jobs again, because they’re “too young to retire!” 41

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“ We enjoyed walking and sitting on the quad.”

Treva Bogaerts ’97 and Ryan Anderson ’97 met long before their days at IWU. They were first acquainted with each other in 8th grade, when they met in church and became friends. Treva and Ryan dated for a while in high school, but the relationship dissolved. However, in their sophomore year at Wesleyan, they rekindled the relationship and have been together ever since. Treva and Ryan married March 18, 2000 in Buffalo Grove, IL. Alums, Heather Anderson Bond ’95, Heather Anderson Briggs ’00, Stacey Lundeen Moore ’98, Kristi Fowler Allen ’97, Bob Geraty ’98, Ross Mantell ’97, and Tony Moore ’97 attended the wedding. Treva and Ryan reside in Roselle, IL with their two sons, Gavin, 5 and Holden, 2. Ryan is a middle school principal in Elmhurst, IL; he is currently working on his Doctorate degree. Treva is a psychologist with a private practice in Geneva, IL. 42


“ We met at a rehearsal for the homecoming show.” Arlene Truscott ’49 transferred to IWU in her junior year. Upon arriving, she met cohort music major, Roger Miller ’49, and they became good friends. Roger and Arlene began dating, spending time in frequent locations such as: Presser Hall, the lobby of Kemp Hall, and even the library. The couple tied the knot, March 25, 1949 in Normal, IL; with alums, Jim Winn ’49, Lee Short ’44, and Lorraine Truscott ’49 there to witness the occasion. The Miller’s have been happily retired sine 1991. They are enjoying life with four children, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. A 149.5 The Homestead 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, NC 27705 43


“ We always met on the corner of East University & Main St. This was the half point from each of our fraternity & sorority houses. One of us would call the other and say ‘Meet you half way!’.”

William ’94 and Brandy Erdman ’95 worked on campus throughout the summer of 1993. Bill was on the Paint Crew and Brandy was a Conference Attendant. They kept running into each other through mutual friends, and by the end of that summer, they were dating exclusively. On September 7, 1996, Brandy married Bill with a host of IWU alums in witness. They have two daughters: Chesney, 9 and Addison, 6. Bill joined SmithBucklin (Chicago, IL) in February, 1999. He is now the Art Director at SmithBucklin in the corporate communications division. Bill is also the head soccer coach of his daughter’s U9 traveling soccer team at Tri-Cities Soccer Association (St. Charles, IL). He is still an active percussionist, playing several times a year in Chicago-area theater productions. Brandy is an Assistant Vice President at Euclid Insurance Services in Itasca, IL and has been there since May, 1996. She is the current Operations Manager for the Euclid Managers Division. She is also the Brownie troop leader and the Daisy troop leader for their two daughter’s Girl Scout troops. As a family, the Wargo’s enjoy going to the zoo, bike riding, and cheering for their favorite Chicago sports teams! Aurora, IL



“ We spent most of our time in the library. I’m still reminded of that

by her.”

Gary Herbert ’65 was asked by Floyd Rogers ’64 to join in a game of bridge during TKE Rush. Sitting just a shoulder away from Gary was, Jane Provancher ’67, who caught Gary’s eye. A few days later, they met again in the DugOut. Jane was there with a friend, Lynn Stickler ’67, as they awaited the results of an audition for vocalist of the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Band. Jane was chosen to become the jazz band vocalist, and by that time, Gary was ‘totally infatuated’. Jane and Gary married August 19, 1967 in Rockford, IL. They have two sons; the oldest is an Evolutionary Biologist in Florida, and the youngest is a Psychologist in Washington. They currently reside in New Orleans and are close to retirement. Gary is on the philosophy faculty at Loyola University in New Orleans. Jane teaches fifth grade Language Arts in the public school system. Aside from spending time with their children and five grandchildren; the Herberts hope to retire and move to Pennsylvania in the near future. They wouldn’t mind living off a post-global warming gulf front. 2105 N. Hullen Street. Metairie, LA 70001 45


“ We liked to go on walks and would often sit on a bench just outside

of Shaw Hall.”

Patrick Cinquegrani ’06 and Joan Teitelman ’06 met on move-in day their freshman year. Joan lived in Munsell Hall and Patrick lived in Ferguson Hall. Joan went with her roommate, Tina Spears ’06, to go visit a high school friend, Barrett Buchholz ’06 who was in Ferguson Hall. While Barrett was saying goodbye to his parents, Tina and Joan wandered across the hall to introduce themselves to new people. Patrick was living in that room across the hall, Joan and Patrick met that day. The two started dating 3 weeks after that! Patrick and Joan married in Chicago, IL on November 7, 2009. Fellow alumni Lauren Eigenbrode ’06, Nina Martin ’06, Casey McCarthy ’06, Mary Karson ’06, Matthew Arnold ’06, Jeffrey Schwartz ’06, Patrick Poston ’05, Andrew Drew Himes ’07, Adam Dauksas ’06, and Daniel Pfeifer ’06 were in attendance at the Cinquegrani’s wedding. Patrick currently trades electronically through the Chicago Board of Trade while Joan works at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their Development Office. 46


Elmer and Jean (Benninghoff) Dickson met at Illinois Wesleyan University in the fall of 1950. Elmer was a pre theological student in the class of ’53. Jean was a pre nursing student in the class of 1954. They believe they met in the home of religion professor, Dr. Lowell Hazzard and his wife Stella, where they would serve tea and cookies to students. Both Elmer and Jean were active in the Independent Men’s and Women’s groups, as well as a group called, Episcopoi, a religious organization that held church related activities and careers. One day, Elmer was given two tickets to the Passion Play, held at the Consistory auditorium. He invited Jean to join him to the show, and that was their first date. They continued to have dates to places like the movies, and an end of the school year dinner. Jean and Elmer married on June 11, 1955 in St. Mark Methodist Church on Staten Island, NY. For 38 years, Elmer served as pastor of eight different churches in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in the Chicago area. Jean worked in several hospitals and nursing homes serving as a staff nurse, TB instructor, staff development nurse, and nurse’s assistant at Elgin Community College. She has also become a certified rehabilitation nurse. Jean and Elmer have been involved with numerous churches, expanding racial and cultural boundaries in Chicago, Indonesia, New Zealand, Honduras, Africa, India, and several Caribbean islands. The Dickson’s retired in 1991 and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where they resided for fourteen years. For the past four years, Elmer and Jean have lived at Westminster Manor, a Presbyterian retirement home in Bradenton, Florida. They are still active in the church and community, and enjoy spending time with their three children and four grandchildren. 47

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William and Kimberly Bretwisch ’84 Married in Morton, IL on October 11, 1986; the two met their sophomore year through a mutual friend, Jim Michels ’84. William and Kimberly remember the quad as being their favorite place on the IWU campus. William has been in trucking/logistics/ warehouse management, while Kimberly has been an RN working in labor and delivery. The Bretwisch have two children, Kelly (20 years old) studying Chemistry at SIUE, and Nicholas (17 years old) who is a senior in high school. 26825 S. Kimberly Lane, Channahon, IL 60410



“ O ur favorite place would now be the Chapel, which is where

we were married.”

Sarah Vales ’04 and Anthony Florentine ’04 met at Fall Festival, their freshman year (2000), on a quest to find everyone in the freshman class that was born in the same month as you. They did not start dating, however until they were reacquainted in 2007. Anthony and Sarah married Valentine’s Day 2009 in Evelyn Chapel. Alums Carlie Bliss Irwin ’04, Lori Keeven ’04, and more attended the ceremony. Sarah and Anthony live in Del Rio, Texas. Anthony is in pilot training with the USAF. Sarah is the Campus Director for Park University Campus Center.



“Ozarks… O ur wedding day it rained and rained. We took our honeymoon in the turned out it was the Mud Season. In spite of all that, we celebrated our 59th anniversary last spring, and look forward to many more years together.”

William Bailey ’50 was a TKE pledge, in need of a date for the fraternity’s pledge dance. The clock was ticking, and Bill still had not found a date, when his roommate recommended his cousin Elizabeth Oborn ’50. Bill invited Elizabeth and that night was the beginning of a “loooong relationship!” The following week, Elizabeth and Bill realized they were in the same general science class! From then on, they went to class together, pinned at the arm. The couple could be found all over campus, especially at The Grill in the Student Union, or studying at Buck Library. Elizabeth and Bill married on March 31, 1950 during spring break. Gene Kancler and Mary Frances Temple-McElfresh ’50 attended the ceremony. The wedding had to be on a Friday, because Saturday was April Fool’s Day, and Bill refused to get married on that day. Elizabeth jokes that Bill feared her father (the Methodist minister who married them) would say ‘April Fool! It’s not legal!’ Bill was a commercial artist for many years, and Penny worked for Camp Fire Girls and the American Red Cross. They have three children, one son and two daughters. Their son is a forester for the U.S. Forestry Services. Their eldest daughter is married with two children. Their youngest daughter is a hospice social worker, and activist; having been three times to the West Bank and Gaza in support of the Palestinians. The Bailey’s are currently enjoying retirement. They have a greenhouse, where they grow everything from orchids to cacti. Bill enjoys photography, and Penny sings in the church choir and in a women’s chorus. Bill and Elizabeth anticipate the arrival of their first grandchild. 2802 Dove Street, Rolling Meadows, IL 50008



“ We married homecoming weekend.”

Mary Ann Hagmeyer ’53 and Bob Guenzler ’53 were friends long before they attended IWU. They both attended Joliet Township High School, and were in the same homeroom for four years. They had many classes together, including A Capella Choir. Mary Ann was an accompanist for a high school musical in which Bob had a lead role. Their high school senior prom served as their first date. After high school, Mary Ann attended Joliet Junior College for two years, while Bob went to Bloomington to attend IWU. Despite the distance, the couple kept in touch, writing to one another every day. Mary Ann transferred to Illinois Wesleyan in her third year of college, and the relationship picked up where it left off. Bob and Mary Ann recall wonderful dates at Green Mill and Quality Inn for special dinners; and Irvin, Castle, and Esquire Theatres for movies. They were also very fond of campus concerts and athletic events. The couple married on October 18, 1953 in Joliet, IL. A host of Wesleyan alums contributed to the wedding: Charles Gaines ’53 & Marlin TenBoer ’52 were groomsmen. Helen Johnson LaCroix ’53 was the cake server. Professor Henry Charles ’43 sang a solo and organist, Bob Anderson ’55, played a beautiful ballad. The Guenzler’s are enjoying retirement in their Aurora home. Their time is occupied by activities with their children and grandchildren, Bob’s participation in local choral groups & bands, church activities at Community UMC in Naperville, IL, and traveling as Class Agents for IWU. 51

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Daniel Condon ’99 and Mari Kitani ’99 Married in Chicago, IL on September 16, 2006. Fellow alumni Natalie Wilson ’99, Joannie Lee ’99, Elizabeth Eberspacher ’98, Rob Pendergast ’01, Kurt Hoffman ’00, Jimmy Callaghan ’99, Glen Pollard ’00, John Palmer ’99, and Mike Ring ’99 attending the Condon’s wedding. Dan and Mari met while studying on the IWU campus and fondly remember their favorite place being the Quad. The Condon’s currently live and work in Chicago. Dan is working at Marsh and Mari is working at Google. Their first child, Edith Grace, was born on July 31, 2009.



Carl Dowdy ’03 and Dayna Vidas ’03 Carl and Dayna met in their Women & Literature class freshman year and remember spending much time at the Theta Chi house. The couple married in Peoria, IL on May 26, 2007 with fellow alumni Jason Hitchings ’03 and Steve Schilsky ’03 in attendance. Both Carl and Dayna are practicing lawyers living in Golden, Colorado. They enjoy skiing and hiking on the weekends. 15892 W. 59th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403



“ We met through mutual friends.” Michelle Halbardier ’96 and Jay Borkowski ’96 met at the Theta Chi House during a Tuesday Night Club at the Green Room. They married in Chicago, IL on August 25, 2004. Nicki Febus ’97, Heidi (Hansen) Peltz ’96, Luci (Allen) Donnan ’96, Greg Gallagher ’96, John Ulrich ’96, and Corey Dossett ’96 were guests at the wedding. The Borkowski’s currently reside in La Grange, IL. Jay works for Midwest Warehouse in Woodridge, IL and Michelle works for Tri-City Brokerage/Crump in Chicago, IL. Jay is involved with a theater company — ARFTCo (A Reasonable Facsimile Theater Company). Michelle and Jay are proud parents of two daughters, Samantha and Camryn.



Joseph Corsello ’59 and Norma Fisher ’59 Joseph and Norma met on a blind date and remember spending much time at The Grill at IWU. The two married in Penfield, IL on November 28, 1959 with fellow alumni Peggy Bryson and Dennis Mattix. Norma is a retired nurse and Joe is still teaching art two days a week at a local Catholic grade school. The Corsello’s have two daughters and one son. They also have 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. 316 Meadors Circle, Morris, IL 60450



“ We took Newswriting and Reporting together with Dr.


Timothy ’87 and Gina Tyckoson ’89 were members of the BASIC fellowship group and became friends. They were both dating other people at that time, but by the next year, things were different. They started going to lunch together, meeting at dinner, and studying together in the quiet room of Kemp Hall. Gina gave Tim her phone number, and the relationship became official from then on. The couple loved to sit in the Dugout together, spent many hours in the Munsell Lounge, and especially enjoyed taking walks everywhere on campus and beyond the campus grounds. Gina and Tim married on May 25, 1987 in Bloomington, IL. Their friends and Wesleyan alums, Marianne Israel ’88, Scot New ’89, Andi Guzman ’88, and Jane Ewing ’87 were in attendance. The Tyckoson’s have three children: Andrew, 21; Colin, 18; and Lauren, 17. Tim is a Letter Carrier in Orange City, FL and Gina works for the Dept. of the Treasury in Maitland, FL. Tim is currently the President of Omni Toastmasters, and Gina is President of Lake Destiny Toastmasters. Both Tim and Gina are members of SingLive USA and have performed at the Bob Carr Theatre, Linda Chapin Theatre, and joined with United Kingdom SingLive singers for a concert aboard the Carnival cruise ship Valor in December 2008. They look forward to a performance at the Vatican on October 10, 2010.



Traci McClelland ’95 and Scott Fries ’94 Traci and Scott met in the TKE basement at a party in August 1991, during Scott’s sophmore year and Traci’s freshman year. Scott was a Phi Gamma Delta and Traci was a Sigma Kappa. Her older brother Jim McClelland and Scott played football together. Traci and Scott began dating during Scott’s senior year and were married on April 25, 1998. Their favorite memories of IWU include late night study sessions at the library, basketball games at the old fieldhouse, La Bamba burritos, professors that cared, fraternity parties, the quad, and friends. Mostly they remember IWU as a place where they knew everyone and everyone knew who they were. IWU made them feel that they were wanted, were part of a family and a place that helped them grow to become the people they are today. Since graduation, Scott and Traci were married and lived in Chicago and eventually moved to Homer Glen in the south suburbs. Scott has worked at Van Kampen Investments for the past 14 years and is a Portfolio Manager. Traci runs the Fries household , which is a demanding job with three boys. The boys attend St. Cyril and Methodius School in Lemont and play football, basketball and baseball. AJ is 10 and in fourth grade; Connor is 9 and in third grade and Kyle is in first grade and 6. Scott and Traci cannot wait until their boys attend IWU as the next generation of Titans. 57


“ T he library seemed to be a good place to meet, socialize, and

occasionally study!”

Jim Braksick ’79 and Nancy Shepherd ’79 started off as classmates. Jim decided to ask Nancy out to a Sigma Chi Party, she accepted, and they’ve been a couple since. They married June 9, 1979 in Bloomington, IL. Hud Venerable ’77, Kurt Swearingen ’79, Karen Casson ’79, Julie Bock ’78, Julianne Lindquist ’79, and Cheryl Cochrane ’80 attended their wedding. Both Jim and Nancy have careers in Education in McLean County Unit #5. Jim is an Assistant Superintendent and Nancy is a third grade teacher. Nancy and Jim are also proud parents of three IWU graduates, Ben ’05, James ’07, and Alison ’10. 29 Greythorne Circle, Bloomington, IL 61704



“ We met while studying Cost Accounting together.”

Brian Faulk ’87 and Lisa Mahoney ’87 spent much of their time at the TKE House during their days at IWU. They married in Pekin, IL on April 15, 1989 with fellow alumni, Mark Going ’87 (deceased), Marty McLaughlin ’87, Paul Rinaldi ’87, Chad Russel ’87, and Sally Schaefer ’88 there to celebrate. The Faulks currently live in Rockford, IL where Lisa is a part time school teacher and Brian is a State Farm Agent. Brian and Lisa have twin boys: Mason and Mitchell, 17 years old. 7335 West Ridge Lane. Cherry Valley, IL 61016



Chuck Dubois ’68 and Keith Brown ’70 Chuck and Keith met in the Commons where their groups from Magill Hall and Ferguson Hall used to eat meals together. The two spent time at the Kappa Delta House and the old art building. The couple later wed in Waukegan, IL on December 20, 1969 with alumni Julie Yock ’69, Cheryl Hilgenberg ’70, and others were in attendance. Chuck is a Marketing Consultant, and Keith is a retired nurse, currently caring for her parents. The Dubois reside in Williamsburg, VA and have two children, Courtenay Needham and Carter Dubois. They also have two grandchildren: Madison (5 years old) and Mackenzie (2 years old). 2841 Bennett’s Pond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185



“ T he DugOut. We went there often to play bridge and just hang out.” Jimmy Dwayne Gale ’70 and Mary Arnold Gale ’70

The couple met on a blind date that was set up by Kathy Gollier Cawley ’70 and Tom Cawley ’70. Jimmy and Mary wed in Normal, IL on August 24, 1968. Tom Cawley ’70 was a groomsman and Kathy Gollier Cawley ’70 was the singer. Jim is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel. He still works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio where he is a contractor working on the Tanker Program. Mary is the director of a pre-school and daycare center in a Methodist Church in Fairborn, Ohio.



Lisa Covelli ’92 and Kevin Crawford ’92 Lisa and Kevin met on a blind date that was set up by Britta Armstrong-Mitchell ’94. The two later married in Glenview, IL on February 11, 2005 with Shelly Hudspath ’92, Britta Armstrong-Mitchell ’94, Mary Jeffery ’94, and Patrick Hein ’92 there to celebrate the occasion. Kevin currently teaches chemistry at UW Oshkosh while Lisa is a stay at home mom with Joshua (7 years old going on 14) and Matthew (4 and ½ years old). 1824 Alaska Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902



“ We both enjoyed hanging out on the quad.”

Both Bryan Crabtree ’97 and Jenna Meyer ’98 played basketball while at IWU. The men’s and women’s basketball teams had preseason practice at the old Fred Young Fieldhouse while the Shirk Center was being completed. The two met at the Fred Young Fieldhouse, and with the help of several mutual friends started dating. Once completed, the couple spent a lot of time at the Shirk Center together. Bryan and Jenna later married at the Evelyn Chapel on June 14, 1998. In attendance were alumni Matthew Hoder, Brady Knight, Tony Pacetti, Scott Peterson, and Sara Seebruch. Bryan is a Certified Financial Planner in Bloomington while Jenna stays home with their three girls.



“ Our first class together was Dr. Cook’s Music Theory class

during freshman year.”

Melissa Merrill ’05 and David Hartley ’05 were both in the School of Music. Their fondest IWU location was Presser Hall. On June 23, 2007, Melissa and David married in Evelyn Chapel. Kevin O’Keefe ’06, Daniel Brook ’06, Brian Baxter ’07, Emily Frazier ’04, Sarah Cowan ’05, and Rachel Rosellini ’05 attended the ceremony. Melissa currently teaches General Music at Washington Elementary School in Elgin, IL. David proudly received a Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, on May 15, 2009. 525 N. Quentin Road, Apt. #315, Palatine, IL 60067 64


“ We met at Homecoming Skit Night in Memorial Center in 1981.” Brad Gregurich ’83 and Kim Morse ’85

The Gregurichs wed in Morton, IL on October 12, 1985 with many alumni there to celebrate the occasion. The Gregurichs fondly remember spending time at the Fred Young Fieldhouse. Brad and Kim have three daughters: oldest daughter, Taylor, is a junior at IWU, Baylie is a senior at Morton High School, and Hayden will be in seventh grade at Morton Junior High School. 112 Woodcrest, Morton, IL 61550



George Littlefield ’63 and Karen Kreft ’64 had French class together and Karen sat just ahead of George. One day, George drew a picture of Karen during class, and another student told Karen. They spent much of their time at the Acacia House. Karen and George married June 11, 1966 in Wheaton, IL. They have two children: Diane Littlefield Lanham, who is a high school teacher; Gary Littlefield, a social worker. Diane has a son, Max, age 6. Gary has a daughter, Maissy, age 1. Today, Karen is busy with church choir and a million and one various chores. George volunteers at radio station WDCB, 97.1 FM, College of DuPage Radio, and occasionally writes music and sings on a program called, Those Were the Days. 122 S. Chase Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148



“ We just bought our first home.”

Kelly Guidotti ’02 and Brandon Geuder ’02 were coworkers at Monical’s Pizza. Kelly attended IWU majoring in Educational Studies, while Brandon was an English-Writing major. The couple married on July 9, 2005 in Arlington Heights, IL. Gene Reich ’02, CJ Walton ’02, Danielle Plisz ’02, Jennifer Darrow ’02, and Sarah VanHeirseele ’02 were in attendance. Brandon is an English teacher and football coach at Deerfield High School. Kelly teaches first grade in Deerfield.



Shaye Mandle, ’93 and Sunny Johnson, ’93 met through mutual friends. They enjoyed spending time in the library. Sunny and Shaye married on July 30, 1994 in Minneapolis, MN. Bob Quillman ’93, Jeff Molitor ’93, Darien Mandle ’96, Joshua Johnson ’97, Michael Thomas ’91, B.J. Armstrong ’93, Tom Fiaush ’93, and Alicia Hyde ’94 attended the wedding. The Mandles have two children: daughter, Piper Helena Mandle; son, Zane Jackson Mandle. Shaye is an Executive Director at FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis. Sunny is a Graphic Designer. The couple enjoys living and raising their family in Germantown, TN. 2176 Canterbury Cove, Germantown, TN 38139


Higgins Margaret Finley ’47 and Allen Higgins ’44 met in Modern and Medieval History taught by Prof. Dean Wallis. The couple could be spotted in campus locations like The Hut, gymnasium, Kappa House, and library. Margaret and Allen married June 12, 1948 in Riverside, IL with alums Rosemary Stubblefield ’47, Dick Schertz ’49, Geraldine LaRocque ’47, and Betty Lou Nerlich ’49 in attendance. Allen and Margaret have six children, 2 boys and 4 girls; and 14 grandchildren, 11 boys and 3 girls. The Higgins are enjoying retirement, living on the shores of Lake Michigan in Montague, Michigan. 6785 Sunset Lane, Montague, MI 49437



“ We were just friends up until our sophomore year, and were ‘official’

ever since.”

Near the end of their freshman year, Matt Sump ’06 was introduced to Mary Roth ’06 by Samantha Austin ’06, a sorority sister of Mary’s. A memorable place for Mary and Matt was The Ames Library. The couple married September 12, 2009 in Peoria, IL. Alums, Matt Lee ’05, Bob Heller ’06, Dan Nelson ’05, and Anders Lennergard ’07 attended the ceremony. Mary just graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law and will be taking the Bar exam this year. The couple looks forward to moving to their new home in Palatine, IL. 235 N Smith Street, Apt # 306, Palatine, IL 60067



Mark Goergen ’78 and Susan Pech ’77 Mark and Susan met through mutual friends, David Sprague ’76 and Heather Walker ’77. Both remember spending quality time together at The Grill while attending IWU. The couple later married in Lincoln, IL on August 12, 1979 with alumni Thomas Diller ’78 in attendance. Mark is Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and is a Radiologist specializing in Body Imaging at Saint Francis Medical Center. Susan is involved with promoting the arts in the Tri-County area. The Goergens have three children: Kristofer (IWU ’04), Kathryn (Bradley University ’08) and Alex (Junior at Morton High School). 5770 E. Queenwood Road, Groveland, IL 61535 71


Ryan Smith ’07 and Leslie Coleman ’07 Ryan and Leslie first met while studying abroad at IWU’s London Program during the fall of 2004. The couple wed in Islamorada, FL on December 30, 2006. Currently, Ryan and Leslie are both serving with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa. 621 E Main Street, Danvers, IL 61732



“ We started dating at the beginning of our senior year and we never looked



Jonathan Goble ’80 was the first guy Theresa Lawson ’80 was introduced to during the Freshman Orientation weekend. Recently, Theresa came across a diary she kept at the beginning of freshman year and Jon’s name popped up quite a bit! He was a Biology major and she, a Music major; but Jonathan was a pianist and would always come over to Munsell Hall (which was all girls then) to play the piano for the ladies who would gather around. Theta Chi house was one of their favorite places to hang out, and Theresa became Jonathan’s Theta Chi Little Sister towards the end of the junior year. Theresa and Jonathan wed August 8, 1981 in Mattoon, IL. Their guests included: Terrie Whittaker ’80, Julie Morrison ’81, Heidi Crosland ’81, Doug Apple ’82, Chris Phillips ’81, and Donald Tietz ’82. The Gobles have two children, Claire and Nicholas, both of whom attended IWU. Claire Goble is 23, a 2008 Illinois Wesleyan graduate with a degree in Psychology. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Nicholas, age 21, will graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011 with a degree in Physics. Jon is President/CEO of Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel, IN. He bikes and runs regularly, and is involved with Boy Scouts and church. Theresa is a retired public school Music teacher. She spends her time volunteering for charity boards and church, and directs her church’s Youth Choir.


Jennifer Ruhl ’02 and Dale Hauser ’02 Dale and Jennifer originally met in their Intro to Japanese History class, taught by Professor Lutze during their freshman year. However, they didn’t become friends until sophomore year, when Jennifer was Dale’s RA in the International House. They began dating junior year after Dale returned from a semester abroad in Japan. The couple later married in Naperville, IL on July 19, 2002 with alumna Janice Ruhl, ’04 there to witness the ceremony. Jennifer and Dale have two children, ages four and one. Dale IV (Shirou) was born in 2005 while Dale and Jennifer were living and working in Japan after graduation. James was born last year. 209 Manor Drive Unit Bб, New Lenox, IL 60451



Richard W. Sire ’85 and Kay Dee Hayward ’85 were both music majors and met through Inter-Varsity. They spent a lot of their time together in Presser Hall. Richard and Kay married May 24, 1986 in Downers Grove, IL. They have five children, ranging from ages 9-18. Richard is a Systems Analyst at State Farm in Bloomington, IL. Kay is a Teaching Assistant for Unit 5 schools and also markets Cutco knives. 205 Arlington Drive, Normal, IL 61761



“ We always enjoyed taking walks around campus at night, especially in the Shaylon Siepker ’03 and Bradley Grant ’03


Fellow alumni Brandon Grant ’03, Gaurav Agarwa ’03, Michael Morris ’03, Michelle Dionne ’03, and Amanda Hofer ’03 watched on as Shaylon and Bradley wed in Bloomington, IL on June 6, 2003. The Grants had the same group of friends at IWU and over time grew closer and closer. The couple started dating at the end of their junior year and were engaged by the fall of their senior year. The Grants live in Thompson’s Station, TN. Bradley is an optometrist and Shaylon is a registered nurse working in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. They like to spend their free time with their son, Gatsby Eric Grant (2 years old). Shaylon and Bradley enjoy outdoor activities and being involved with church. 2020 Callaway Park Place, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179



“ We were co-workers at a downtown restaurant.” Lynn Graham ’59 and Don Meyer ’60 married June 4, 1960 in Naperville, IL. Alums: William McQueen ’59, Cheryl Bates ’59, Jack Thompson ’59, Mary Henderson ’59, Dave Norum ’58, Maurice Lyons ’60 and Carol Wolter ’61, Luther Bedford ’59, and Ernie Affelt ’59 attended the wedding. The Meyers have two sons and four grandchildren. Don retired as Captain from American Airlines. Lynn is a retired eighth grade English teacher. 1444 Gleason’s Landing Drive, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920



“ We enjoy each other’s company, and love looking back at our time

together on the Illinois Wesleyan May Term trip that brought us together.”

Jill Randa ’05 and Gregory Tester ’05 wed in Western Springs, IL on the 13th day of June, 2009. Jennifer Randa ’02, Kathryn Konrath ’05, Christin Jolly ’06, Justin Everett ’07, David Milligan ’05, Eric Danielson ’05, Mickey Stefan ’05, and Chris Schultz ’05 were there to celebrate with the Testers. Jill and Gregory met during May Term, their junior. They both took the nursing travel course to Hawaii and were introduced by fellow classmates on the trip. During the trip the two felt a connection but Jill was dating someone at the time, so they remained friends during their senior year. It wasn’t until three years after they graduated that Jill received a phone call from out of the blue. He asked her out on a date and both felt the same connection then, that they felt on that fateful May term trip to Hawaii. The rest is history. Jill received her Masters Social Work in May of ’07. Greg received his Medical degree in May ’09. Both currently reside in Rochester, MN where Greg is completing his internal medicine residency. Jill is searching for a job in social work. 6300 30th Avenue NWб, Rochester, MN 55901


Seibring Although Steve ’81 and Sue Snapp ’82 never dated in college, they fell in love in Newark, Ohio. Steve was working at Maytag and his first territory after training was Newark, Ohio. Sue moved to Newark with State Farm, a year after Steve’s move. After learning that Sue would be relocating to Newark, Steve made calls to the Regional Office to get further details. The two later married in Mt. Zion, IL on May 10, 1986. Steve’s brother and fellow alum Scott Seibring ’85, in addition to alums, Steve Lemenager ’81 and Jane Raab ’84 attended the wedding. Currently, Steve is the Associate Vice President of Advancement at IWU, and Sue is the Volunteer Director of BroMenn Healthcare. The Seibrings have three children: Sean, a sophomore at IWU; Shelby, a high school senior; Spencer, a high school freshman. 400 Northridge Estates, Normal, IL 61761



“ I just introduced myself because my mom said I should

say hi to him.”

Peggy A. Miller ’63 and Tobey Herzog ’64 were from the same hometown, and their parents were mutual friends. Peggy introduced herself to Tobey in the school’s cafeteria line and the relationship took off from there. The couple could be found in The Dugout and Kappa House, Tobey was a houseboy so he liked to hang there a lot. On September 2, 1967, Tobey and Peggy married in La Salle, IL with Sandy Roof ’68, Linda Roper Nolen ’67, Sherwood Dees ’68, Steve Riley ’66, Michael Pulliam ’67, Dick Snyder ’68, and Dick Nolen ’67 in attendance. The Herzogs have two sons: Rob, 37, who works for the government in Indianapolis, and Joe, ’98 Illinois Wesleyan graduate who is an architect in Phoenix, AZ. Rob has two daughters (Elle, 6 and Mia, 8.) Joe has one daughter, Nev, almost two. Tobey is a professor of English at Wabash College. Peggy is a retired nurse and self esteem coach. The Herzogs have been living in Crawfordsville, Indiana for 33 years. They also have a second home in downtown Chicago. Peggy and Tobey love traveling to London and get there as often as they can. 2329 W. Del Mar Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933



“ O ur favorite place was probably the study rooms in Ames. We used to go

there on Friday nights. Alex would study; I would nap and pretend to study. Maybe that is why Alex always had better grades...” Elizabeth Fischer ’04 and Alexander Laurie ’03 met while studying abroad in London. Although they were not acquainted with each other on campus, they started dating their first week in London. They married seven years later, March 7, 2009 in Evelyn Chapel. IWU alums attended the wedding: Prakrit Jena ’05, Jennifer Bartlett ’05, Neva Laurie-Berry ’00, and Susan Grana ’06. Currently, Elizabeth is a second-year law student at Saint Louis University School of Law. Alex is an Actuary at Towers Perrin in Clayton, MO. 11559 Tawny Ash Court, St. Louis, MO 63146 81


“ I t was love at first sight.”

David Peck ’78 had already graduated from IWU. Patricia Costa ’82 was taking a Spanish summer class and living at Blackstock Hall. David came to Blackstock to visit friends of his who were also taking the class. He met Patricia that day and instantly fell in love. They spent their time playing games on the campus tennis courts and studying in the library. On May 19, 1984 Patricia and David married in Peoria, IL. Guests included Mike Walden ’79, John Maciejewski ’79, David Shane ’79, Carl Mowery ’77, and Todd Pistole ’82. David is the Assistant Lab Director for the Metro East Forensic Lab for which he has worked for 27 years. After graduation, Pat worked in Sales and Marketing then became a stay-at-home mom for their three sons. Later, Pat worked as a substitute teacher while the children attended school. She is now a salesperson in the Power Sports industry. 931 Caledonia Court, Fairview Heights, IL 62208



Rayme Walk ’99 and Angie Sprowl ’00 Rayme and Angie met through the Greek system. Rayme was a Sigma Pi and Angie was a Kappa Delta. The two met at a social gathering between the two houses. Married at the Evelyn Chapel on October 26, 2002, alums Mandy Heal Sheriff ’00, Erica McClellan Bland ’00, Jerry Byerly ’00, and Seth Mangan ’99 attended the ceremony. The couple fondly remembers the quad as one of their favorite spots on campus to talk and hang out with friends. Rayme works in internal audit at Hub Group in Downers Grove, IL. Angie is an RN at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. The Walks are busy raising two children, Huston, 4, and Maya, age 2, in Plainfeild, IL. 12501 Blue Iris Lane, Plainfield, IL 60585



Ann Jaros ’88 was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Paul Orchard ’88 was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Paul first met Ann when she was dating one of his fraternity brothers. After they broke-up, Ann needed a date to a sorority dance, and she asked Paul to go with her. Of course, Paul accepted the invitation. Paul and Ann married on September 16, 1989 in Downers Grove, IL; alum, Cathy Luebke ’87 attended the wedding. Ann is a personal trainer and housewife. Paul is the Executive Vice President for a manufacturing company. He is also a firefighter/EMT and a member of the Lake County Honor Guard. Paul and Ann have two sons: Kyle, born in 1994 and Colin, born in 1997. 664 Coral Court, Lindenhurst, IL 60046



“ We are happy to be celebrating our 44th anniversary this year.”

Robert E. Mitchell ’64 and Susan Herrs ’65 met through mutual classmates in their Aesthetics class. The couple could be seen at The Grill, Presser Hall, and in the art department studios in one of the older homes (before the new School of Art was built). Susan and Robert married July 10, 1965 in Lemont, IL. Guests, Theresa Alton Means ’66 and Ralph Komives ’66, attended the wedding. Robert and Susan have one son, David and a granddaughter, Kate, age 12. The Mitchells retired in 2007 and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Robert continues to design Web sites for jewelry designers, and serves as the treasurer of Peace Lutheran Church. Susan works part time as a financial representative for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. 2990 Long Bow Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88011 85


“ We went to a TKE informal dance junior year. That was

our first date.”

Jeff Nowak ’96 and Erica Moore ’96 were both biology majors and took a lot of classes together, starting freshman year. Most of their memories of IWU involve hanging out at the TKE house. Jeff and Erica married on June 21, 1997 in Wayzata, Minnesota. Wedding guests included Dan Flood ’96, Mike Alexander ’96, John Nowak ’94, Tim McDonald ’96, Jeremy Miller ’96, and Kara Rocheleau ’95. The Nowaks have three young children: Julia, age 6; Gabriela, age 4 and Maya, age 2. Residing in Minneapolis, Jeff is an attending physician at Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care in Minneapolis/ St. Paul. Erica is a stay at home mom, working part time from home for HealthPartners in Minneapolis. She recently opened a business with her IWU roommate (and now neighbor 4 doors down) Kara Rochealeau Lazarus ’95. 6009 Halifax Avenue, S., Edina, MN 55424



Alice Fairchild ’52 and Robert Heath ’49 On June 14, 1952 at the Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IL, Alice Fairchild ’52 and Robert Heath ’49 were wed by Dr. Merrill J. Holmes, President of IWU, and Dr. Harold R. Martin. There to celebrate with the couple were alumni Katharine Davis (KKG) ’52, Ann Fairchild (KKG) ’50, Betty Ann Bowers (KKG) ’52, Nancy Curtiss (KKG) ’52, Joyce Winkler (KKG) ’55, and Martin Dunn (EX) ’48. Originally the couple met through Alice’s sister, Ann Fairchild, who had a psychology class with Robert. Alice and Robert remember their favorite IWU spot being at The Grill and the Buck Memorial Library. Currently both are retired, Robert from private practice dentistry and Alice from The Department of Mental Health. The Heaths have two daughters and had an AFS exchange student from Colombia and one from Sweden whom they still see quite often. In addition, the Heaths also have two grandsons and one granddaughter.


1017 Lundvall Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107 (no jokes please)


Jeffrey Woodruff ’02 and Dawnetta Orr ’01 Jeffrey and Dawnetta met through friends. The first time they met was on a group walk to Subway one night for supper. They hung out a lot with friends that semester. The following semester, Jeffery and Dawnette unknowingly scheduled all but one of their classes together! That semester, the two got to know each other really well — studying for exams, working on projects together, and just hanging out. At the end of the semester, the two were definitely interested in each other, but didn’t start dating because Dawnette was planning to spend the summer in Brazil. As soon as she returned, Jeffery and Dawnette began dating, and the rest is history. Jeff proposed to Dawnette two years later, while he was finishing school at IWU and she was in veterinary school. The couple finally wed in Sparta, IL on June 15, 2002; in attendance were Dan O’Brien ’02 and Melissa Keca ’01. Currently, Jeff is working as an analytical chemist for the Food & Drug Administration in their St. Louis branch. Dawnetta is working as a veterinarian for the Humane Society of Missouri, in their three small animal clinics in the St. Louis area. The Woodruffs have two children — Gracie, 6, and Isaac, 4. 609 Hartman Lane, Waterloo, IL 62298



“ O ur favorite place was Tommy’s. We loved the skillet cookies.”

Stacy Barton ’04 and Shawn Oppegard ’04 were introduced to each other by mutual friends. They ran into each other again at the Shirk Center and several parties. Eventually, they started meeting up and walking to Shirk together. Stacy and Shawn married July 2, 2006 in Schaumburg, IL. Currently, Shawn is completing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UIC. He works in a UIC lab, researching metastasis in breast cancer cells. Stacy is working on a Master’s Degree in Not-For-Profit Management. She also volunteers with Sit Stay Read, a Chicago based literacy program. 6132 Elm Steet, Morton Grove, IL 60053



“ We met in the DugOut. I’d like to say the library, but I’d be lying.”

Tom Neis ’70 and Marilyn Thies ’71 met each other through mutual friends. They married on July 14, 1973 in St. Louis, MO. Alums, Marilyn Wankel Taylor ’72, and Sidney Voss Morice ’72 attended the сeremony. Marilyn and Tom have two daughters: Elizabeth, a Millikin University graduate and Melissa, an ’02 IWU alum. Tom and Marilyn are owners of Neis Insurance Agency, Longacre Insurance Agency, Paccini Insurance Agency, Parr Insurance Brokerage Inc., and QuikRate Insurance. 7718 Oak Ridge Court, Crystal Lake, IL 60012



“ Donna and I loved ball games at old Fred Young Fieldhouse. What a great

place to watch a game.”

Donna Copas ’83 and Dave Moravec ’84 met at Secret Spook, a dorm mixer between Dolan and Pfeiffer. Donna and Dave liked to relax in Pheiffer lounge, the Dugout, and spend time on the quad. They married September 29, 1984 in Clarendon Hills, IL. Susan Flamm ’83 was the maid of honor, and Bob Copas ’81, Donna’s brother, attended the wedding. Dave and Donna have three children: Dan, age 20, attends Heartland Community College. Joe, age 18, attends Washington & Lee University, and their youngest, Sarah, age 15 attends Normal West H.S. The Moravecs have resided in Normal, IL for six years. Dave manages a local company named Integrity Schools. He and fellow alum, Mary BennettHenrichs ’89, can be spotted in the June 2009 issue of the Wesleyan Magazine. Donna enjoys volunteer efforts and spends time with a small photography business. Dave still plays fast pitch baseball in a men’s league and is active at Calvary Methodist Church in Bloomington-Normal.


1413 Ironwood CC Drive, Normal, IL 61761

Parmenter Brett Parmenter ’05 and Claire Hagemann ’05 had crossed paths during their four years at IWU, but it was not until about a month before graduation that they were set up for a date by mutual friends. Their first date was the night of Claire’s Kappa Kappa Gamma senior formal. Claire and Brett married on May 31, 2008 in Waverly, Iowa. The wedding included alums: Lauren Hicks ’05, Kristin Wood ’05, Bryan Waryjas ’05, and Sam Stahnke ’05. The Parmenters live in Deer Park, IL. Brett is employed as a senior Actuarial Analyst with Zurich Insurance. Claire is employed as a Physical Therapist for early childhood through community consolidated School District 15. 21949 W. Talia Lane, Deer Park, IL 60010 92


Jeanette Smith ’56 and Lee York ’56 Wed in Fairbury, IL on September 15, 1956 with alum, James E Bjork ’55, best man, by their sides. Jeanette and Lee had originally met through fellow students in the School of Music at IWU and remember their favorite on campus hot spot being The Grill, for the 5 cent coffee! Currently the Yorks are both retired with three sons, the eldest an IWU graduate in 1985. In addition to three sons, the Yorks have three granddaughters and three grandsons. 9 Fisher Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701-1901



Ken Perry ’01 and Erin Bicek ’04 were teammates on the IWU swim team. They enjoyed spending time together on the quad. Erin and Ken married September 16, 2004 in Downers Grove, IL. Alums, Jennifer Christopher ’03, Heather Lingenfelter ’04, Brittany Pitzer ’03, and Christina Laesch ’03 attended the wedding. The Perrys live in Downers Grove, IL and are enjoying life with their 9 month old son, Ryan Arthur Perry, and dog, Warren. Ken is an attorney at Smith Amundsen in Chicago, IL and Erin is a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. 2342 Old George Way, Downers Grove IL 60515



“ We actually met while in high school, at rival schools, Eureka

and Roanoke. So perhaps we do not qualify.”

Peg Johann ’78 majored in Nursing, while John Sauder ’79 focused in Accounting. They spent much of their time at IWU in the Sigma Chi house. The couple married on June 2, 1979 in Eureka, IL. Alums: Marilyn Knoll ’78, Jo Huss ’78, Tom Lawrence ’80, Martin Anderson ’79, Jim Hocker ’80, and David Carlson ’79 attended the ceremony. John and Peg live in Morton, IL. John is a Certified Public Accountant with Clifton Gunderson LLC. Peg is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and teaches at IWU. They have three children: J.R., eldest; Trisha; and youngest, Paige is entering her first year at Butler University. John and Peg are also proud grandparents of baby girl, Aubrey Marie, born in January. 99 Locust Ridge Court, Morton, IL 61550 95


“ A ndy and I met at IWU, he proposed at IWU one year after

graduation, and we got married at IWU in Evelyn Chapel.”

Andrew Rader ’01 and Lisa Birr ’01 bumped into each other at Freshman Convocation, their first day on campus as freshman! Andrew was with some friends who thought they knew Lisa from Freshman Orientation, but they were mistaken. Anyhow, the group of friends ended up hanging out over Labor Day weekend, and Andrew and Lisa became close friends. They liked to go to the Shirk Center, watch football games, and spend time in CLA, where Sarah was a student worker. Lisa and Andrew married in the Evelyn Chapel on May 24, 2003. They currently reside in Atlanta, GA. Andrew works for State Farm Insurance and Lisa is a stay at home mom for their two year old son, Drew. 5660 Upper Creek Court, Suwanee, GA 30024 96


Delores T. Worazek ’59 invited Roger Colton ’59 to a rush dance at Alpha Gamma Delta sorority in 1956. They married, June 24, 1961, after courting for 5 years—the summer before Roger’s last year in Law School at Northwestern University, Chicago. They have two children: Scott and Mark; and three grandchildren. Currently, Roger is a retired Circuit Judge and Delores still coaches boys and girls varsity tennis at The Benjamin School. 11971 Lake Shore Place, North Palm Beach, FL 33408



Anthony Bankston ’91 and Kimberly Norton ’96 Tony and Kim met while they were working in the Admissions Office. They were wed August 9, 1997 with alums Jason Cromwell ’92, Tom Welge ’92, Harry Hofer ’91, Scott Seibring ’85, Jeff Ramsey ’89, Laura Jontry ’96, Jacky Brent ’96, and Nicole Mortier ’96 in attendance. Currently Tony is Dean of Admissions at IWU and Kim is a Nurse Practitioner working in El Paso, IL. They have four daughters. 2310 Hayden Way, Normal, IL 61761



“ We played lots of Bridge in the Old Grill”

Roger Cavitt ’59 was a Circulation Manager of The Argus, and Barbara Ross ’61 was one of his workers in her freshman year. Roger and Barbara married on August 29, 1960. They have three children: Ross, Cheryl, and Alan; and six grandchildren. Currently, Roger is retired and Barbara is still active in her calligraphy business in Bloomington/Normal, IL. 222 Doud Drive, Normal, IL 61761



Lee Price ’03 and Sarah Nicholas ’03 met in the pit of Presser Hall. These music majors spent most of their time together in Presser Hall practicing their instrument. They married on May 20, 2005 in Bloomington, IL with Sara Hoffee ’03, Jennifer Allen ’04, and Jerome Johnson ’03 in attendance. Lee is pursuing his Doctorate degree at the University of North Texas. Sarah teaches private voice lessons and sings professionally. The couple currently resides in Denton, Texas. 408 Wainwright Street #206, Denton, TX 76201



“ O ne of our first dates was to a play on campus. I don’t remember the

play, but I do remember that afterwards we had our first kiss.”

Robb McCoy ’99 first saw Sarah Sechrest ’01 at a Theta Chi spring rush party, she was talking to another guy. Robb knew he was interested, so he started talking to her friends. Later in the night as Robb was walking from Dodds Hall to the Theta Chi House, Sarah was walking with her group of friends, and they recognized him. They introduced Sarah to Robb, and the group of friends stayed up all night playing Tetris, watching Veggie Tales, and they eventually walked to Steak and Shake. Though they were in a group of people, somehow it felt like it were only Robb and Sarah by themselves. A month after meeting, Robb and Sarah went to the Theta Chi Spring Formal at the Palmer House, as an official couple. Sarah and Robb married on October 20, 2001 in Evelyn Chapel. Guests included alums: Tony Gray ’98, Suzanne Shields ’97, and Diane Tassic ’97. They have a two year old daughter, Elizabeth Belle. She loves going to IWU basketball and softball games with her parents, though she’s still pretty scared of Tommy the Titan. Residing in Chenoa, IL Robb pastors, Chenoa United Methodist Church. Sarah works part-time at the Hudson Area Public Library. Robb and Sarah visit IWU on a pretty regular basis for concerts and ballgames. They had a great time following the undefeated women’s basketball team this year. 206 S. Division Street, Chenoa, IL 61726 101


“ O ur favorite spot was The DugOut — there weren’t as many

choices to hang out as there are today!!”

Leanne McCoy ’80 and Thomas Pech ’79 met through a group of friends who all hung out together. They married on July 2, 1983 in Bloomington, IL with Marcia Taylor ’81 and Mark Goergen ’78 in attendance. Leanne is a Compliance Manager at State Farm in Bloomington, IL; and Tom is an Audit Supervisor at Country Insurance in Bloomington, IL. 26 Downing Circle, Bloomington, IL 61704



“ O ur proposal was on campus.”


Brent Burger ’95 and Beth Hastie ’94 met through the Freshman Reading Program in 1991. When they met that first week of the fall semester, there wasn’t an immediate connection since both were still involved with high school sweethearts. Later that semester, Brent and Beth went on a double date to see an ISU performance of Nutcracker and the rest, as they say, is history. On September 23, 1993, Brent surprised Beth at work in the piano prep office, got down on his knee, and asked for Beth’s hand in marriage. Beth and Brent married on June 24, 1995. IWU alums participated in the wedding: best man, Jonathan Lauff ’95; maid of honor, Laura Borgsmiller ’93; bridesmaid, Gina Basi McKeown ’92; and groomsman, Matthew Werner ’94. They have two children: Mark, born October 1999 and Eric, born August 2002. Brent teaches band at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein, IL and has been there since 2000. Beth is the Music Director and worship leader of Skokie Valley Baptist Church in Wilmette, IL. Beth and Brent have wonderful memories of IWU and are thankful to have found each other. 943 E. Lilly Court, Palatine, IL 60074


“ We have a lot of memories sitting outside the Sig house and

eating in the cafeteria.”

Elizabeth Drane ’00 and Kurt Hoffman ’00 met through mutual friends, Michael Ring ’99 and John Palmer ’99. Elizabeth and Kurt spent a lot of time in the Sigma Chi House. Since the Alpha Gamma Delta house was right next door, it was very convenient for them see each other. On July 29, 2006 Kurt and Liz married in Rock Falls, IL. Mary Lindgren ’99 and Lindsay Caltagirone ’00 attended the ceremony. The Hoffmans live in Chicago, a few blocks North of Wrigley Field. They have a son, Wesley, and enjoy going to the lake, Cubs games, and golfing. 934 W. Cuyler #1D, Chicago, IL 60613 104


Cindy Snyder ’73 and Dave Zeglis ’72 For Homecoming in 1970, Cindy and Dave were paired (AOPi and Sigma Chi) and they met while building their float. As Cindy recalls, the theme was Both Sides Now — Judy Collins was to perform but cancelled — and their float theme was “We’ll Halve Them in the End”. A Titan wielding a sword split an opponent vertically. It was not very well executed, and we didn’t win. Cindy and Dave’s favorite memories at the library, where they would happen to run into each other and The Grill. The Zeglis later married in Morrison, IL on June 9, 1973 with alumni Joan Pettis Priest ’73, Linda Roe Kinsella ’73, Kathy Povlsen Rushing ’71, Keith Jason ’73, Steve Skelton ’71, Mike Rohr ’75, and Wally Kistenfeger ’74 there to celebrate with the couple. Dave is an attorney now working as a banker; Cindy is a recently retired clinical psychologist. They have a place in Indiana where they spend as much time as they can, especially during the summer and holidays. The Zeglis have two daughters who live in Chicago and Washington, DC. 105

1240 S Poplar Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901


“ We were such nerds — we used to study together all the time at The

Ames Library. We even had our first kiss there!”

Karl Mangold ’02 was the student manager at the Starbucks in the Memorial Center. Maria Holsen ’04 applied for a job to work there. Somehow she convinced Karl that her prior ice cream shop job from high school was the perfect preparation to work with coffee, they got to know each other as co-workers and friends. Later, Maria asked Karl to participate in a male body image study she was conducting for a Sociology class and he agreed. The interview was scheduled to last 30-45 minutes, but they ended up talking for over 2 hours. Soon after that, their friendship blossomed into romance. Karl graduated a few months later and Maria planned to study abroad in Scotland for the following academic year, so they decided to apply for national parks jobs in order to spend more time together during the summer. They worked at a remote, mountainous Alaskan lodge for the summer. Karl worked primarily as a prep cook and Maria served the clientèle as a housekeeper. They both worked obligatory dish-washing shifts as well. Their days off were spent hiking mountains and glaciers in the near-24-hour sunlight. During Maria’s year at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Karl visited on two separate occasions during which they traveled together throughout Scotland and Ireland. When Maria returned to the States, she finished her last year at IWU. Karl had started his first year of medical school. He often traveled to Bloomington on the weekends and they studied together at the (newly built) Ames Library. Maria and Karl married on December 19, 2006 in Davenport, IA. The maid of honor was Maria’s sister, Laura Holsen ’99. Groomsmen: C.J. DeVera, ’02; Jason Buttz, ’02; Sean Price, ’03; Gram Watts, ’02. Usher: John Vrakas, ’00. Karl is completing his second year of residency at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. Maria is the International Student Advisor at Roosevelt University in Chicago. They still love to travel — Maria recently returned home from China and Karl plans to perform surgeries in Eritrea, Africa during a medical mission trip next spring. They had their first child, August 1, 2009.

1916 W. Cuyler Ave.б Chicago, IL 60613



“ We enjoy lots and lots of playing with our kids.”

Jeff Petersen ’94 and Stephanie Pannier ’95 first met in Dr. Anderson-Freed’s Theory of Computation class. Later, Jeff invited Stephanie to a party at the Theta Chi house, but she was unavailable. Stephanie then invited Jeff to a Kappa Delta Dance, he was available, and the relationship spouted from there. Jeff and Stephanie enjoyed their time in computer classes together, spending time at the Theta Chi house, enjoying KD and OX events together, and rollerblading across the quad. They married October 21, 1995 in Bloomington, IL. Alums: Chad Shepard ’95, Mark Estock ’95, and Tara King ’96, attended the wedding. Jeff works at Abbott Laboratories as an Infrastructure Architect, leading Content Management efforts. Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom. Together, they manage a game accessory business, Steel Sqwire, which produces Dungeon and Dragons game accessories. They invest time in church and real estate, and are proud parents of two children: Isaac Zander, 3 and Anika Danae, 1. 2324 N Salem Lane, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 107


“ Dennis was a voice major and I was his piano accompanist.

Forty years have passed and I am still accompanying him.”

Julie Oveson ’70 and Dennis Sundin were both music majors and met in Dr. Plum’s Music Theory class as freshmen. At IWU, they enjoyed The Dugout, Presser Hall, and taking walks through Franklin Park on the way back from the SAI house. Julie and Dennis married on September 6, 1969 in Chicago, IL; Stuart Black ’70 attended the wedding. The Sundins have 2 daughters: Bridget (IWU ’99) a high school drama teacher and Laura, a high school math teacher. They have one grandson, Travis, born in January 2009. Dennis is a Project Manager for Crawford Insurance Company in Long Grove, IL. Julie retired from teaching music last year. 147 Glen Road, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047



“ We married while Dale was still in school.”

Randall Ricklefs ’73 and Dale Rogers ’75 got to know each other while Randy worked as a Lab Assistant in the Physics Department; Dale was one of his physics students. They grew closer, hanging out in the DugOut, library, and enjoying school plays. Dale became a Baha’i, and they married August 4, 1973 in Wilmette, IL. Dale and Randy have one son, Reyhan; a grandson, Riley, age 4; and are expecting their second grandson this year. Dale is working on her Ph. D. in Business, having passed her qualifying exams. She will retire as Library Director for the city of Round Rock in December 2010. Randy is still busy at the Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin, and travels often. He does not plan on retiring as soon as Dale. 4 Stillmeadow, Round Rock, TX 78664 109


“professors, We received a lovely note from Mrs. Myers, our Humanities about ten years ago. Also, we received a personal letter

from Miss Oggel, our English professor, around that time. We were touched that they would remember us after so many years!” Judith Epple ’61 and Fred Miley ’59 met in Mrs. Myers’ Humanities class. They could be found hanging out at The Grill playing bridge, or at social events sponsored by Sigma Kappa sorority and TKE fraternity. Fred was the first psychology major to graduate from IWU. Fred and Judith married on September 1, 1962 in Bloomington, IL. Their guests included alums: Don Epple ’60, Nancy Carroll Epple ’61, Ken Epple ’65, Mary Lou Krueger Mercer ’61, Pat Weller Groh ’61, Sally Odishoo Roller ’61, Dick Carlson ’61, Frank Woertz, ’59, and Ole Bly Pace III ’63. The Mileys have three children: Fred III, 45, an English teacher; Patrick, 42, Vice President of outpatient services of a 5-location Addictions & Delinquency Treatment Center; Janet, 38, an internist in private practice. All three children live within two hours of Fred and Judith, making it possible to enjoy frequent gatherings. Fred is a Psychiatrist in private practice. He is very active in county’s medical strike team, specializing in critical incident stress management. Also, Fred is active in a ham radio emergency response team, American Legion, trains in black belt karate, and collects antique Samurai swords. Fred is proud to have completed his novel as well. Judith is retired and enjoys gardening, photography, and spending time with their four grandchildren. Judith and Fred have enjoyed several cruises and are preparing to take an Alaskan cruise this fall. P.O. Box 2078, Ocala, FL 34478-2078 110


“ We spent lots of time at the Sigma Chi house—a good meeting spot for

most of the friends we spent time with.”

Chad Beaty ‘99 and Elizabeth Thorson ’99 met during their freshmen year through mutual friends. They didn’t start dating, however until the fall of their senior, they were friends throughout college. They married August 11, 2001, in attendance were alums: Cindy Nourie ’01, Sarah (Thorson) Bibo ’06, Jill Popp ’99, Beth RaboinGettleman ’99, Nicki Frank ’98, Jill Essington ’98, Kari Thorgesen ’99, Jon Goldie ’99, Joe Norris ’99, Andy Boyden ’99, Kevin Fahey ’99, and Nathan Hubbard ’99. Currently Chad is Vice President and Loan Officer for Heartland Bank and Trust in Bloomington, IL. Beth is a School Social Worker for McLean County Unit District 5, but is currently working at home as a mom of two boys. 111


Both Bobby Turner ’93 and Susie Monger ’92 were Gulick Hall residential assistants. They remember spending time at The DugOut while at IWU. The couple later married in Bloomington, IL on May 8, 1993. In attendance were Heidi Nelson McLaughlin ’92, Bridget Darroch Meltesen ’92, and Ed Butler ’93. Bobby and Susie are currently living in Bloomington, IL. Bobby is working at State Farm as a Business Analyst. The Turners have three children: Lindsey, 13; Connor, 11; and Austin, 6. 2503 Piney Run, Bloomington, IL 61705



“ We remember meeting at The Grind. Our first dance of the school year”

Robert Stephan ’77and Ruth Wasmund ’76 married in Oak Lawn, IL on June 15, 1977. Fellow alums, Anna Loska ’76 and Cheryl Dinwiddie ’76 were in attendance. Robert and Ruth remember spending much of their time in the Ferguson lounge. They currently advise a Tax and Accounting Service and live in Kansas City, KS where they have been for the last 17 years. Robert and Ruth love spending time with their dog, Bailey. Ruth has been happily playing the harp since she took it up at age 40. 6517 W. 106th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212



Lon Meltesen ’91 and Bridget Darroch ’92 were both RAs, Lon in Gulick Hall and Bridget in Pfeiffer Hall. They worked as summer RAs in 1990, Lon had a summer internship at the McLean County States Attorney’s Office and Bridget worked in the Assistant Dean of Student’s Office for the summer. Their summer positions allowed them to grow closer. They spent a lot of time in the coffee shop on Main Street and drove out into the country near Lake Bloomington to observe meteor showers. Bridget and Lon married December 22, 1996 in Bloomington, IL. Sue Ponsford ’93, Angela Carson ’92 and Timothy Koneval ’89 attended the wedding. Bridget and Lon have two daughters: Kirsten, age 10 and Madeline, age 7. Lon is a Staff Attorney for the Illinois Department of Human Rights in Chicago, and helps to run the Chess Club at their children’s school. Bridget works part time as a Registered Nurse at an outpatient surgery center in Geneva, and volunteers with the PTO. 574 S. Collins Street, South Elgin, IL 60177 114


“ We had many places but the two we spent a lot of time at were the library and the lounge.”

Peggy A. Hunsberger ’74 first saw Robert L. Kamholz ’75 at a dinner one night during her senior year. They finally met three weeks later at a kegger in Sportsman’s Park. Bob and Peggy married on August 2, 1975 in Sterling, IL. Alums, Karen Wier ’74, Beverly Boghosian ’74, Pam Rightsel ’74, Steve Varys ’75, and Thom St. John ’75 attended the wedding. The Kamholz have four children: Erika Kamholz Briesacher, IWU graduate ’02; Amelia Kamholz, ’06 alum of Concordia University — Wisconsin; Susan Kamholz, St. Olaf College ’07 alum; and Robert III, who just finished his first year as a Criminal Justice major at Waukesha County Technical College. They also have two grandsons: Kael, age 6 and infant, Tobin. Unfortunately, Bob died May 28, 2005. Peggy is a musician and plays for at her church once a month. She also accompanies the church choir, organizes musicians for her church orchestra, and accompanies the local Middle School and High School choral groups. Aside from music, Peggy takes care of her parents and mother-in-law, who have not been in good health the past few years. Peggy’s continues to assist her children achieve their college degrees and career goals. 239 Ski View Court, Slinger, WI 53086 115


“ We didn’t start dating until my sophomore (his junior) year,

sometime after I showed up at the Phi Mu Alpha Halloween Party dressed as him. I guess he wasn’t offended!”

Betsy Meinz ’94 visited IWU her senior year of high school as part of Sleeping Bag Weekend. George Manning ’93 was a freshman and when they met, Betsy doesn’t recall George being exactly charming. Nonetheless, when Betsy attended IWU the following year, she and George sat next to each other in band; they were both Trombonist Music Majors. George and Betsy married June 21, 1997 in St. Louis, MO with bridesmaids: Jennifer Pickett ’94 and Lori Rowe ’96; musicians: Robert Rokos ’95, Adam Kramer ’96, Tim Culbertson ’96, and Laurie Prather ’93. The Mannings have two children: Elise Priscilla Meinz Manning, age 5 and Paul Joseph Meinz Manning, age 2. Betsy is a Psychology professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. George has been a stay-at-home dad and part-time musician since the birth of Elise in 2003. 3309 Garvey Lane, Edwardsville, IL 62025



“ We studied together in the library pit.”

Dave Hutchison ’81 and Linda Scheerer ’84 met at a campus Halloween party. They became engaged at the same party one year later. Dave and Linda enjoyed walking on the quad together, eating at Tobin’s Pizza, and hanging out in the basement of Ferguson Hall. They married on August 25, 1984 in Springfield, IL with guests Sandra Stilwell ’84 and Wendy Long ’86. They have four children: Daniel, age 21, attends MI Tech University for Wildlife Ecology. Kathryn, age 19, attends U of M for Neuroscience/Pre-Med. Andrew, age 15, is in high school and Benjamin, age 13, is in middle school. Dave is a professor at Notre Dame University. He is developing a new Real Estate Finance program. Linda is a registered nurse and functions as a parish nurse for two different congregations. She is waiting to hear back from a grant to start a wellness program entitled, Healthy Body, Peace of Mind for the uninsured people in Ottawa County, MI. 228 Little Station Road, Holland, MI 49424 117


“ We remember spending time at the porch swing at Ma Pearson’s” Helen McNicol ’40 came to IWU in 1936, while Chester E. Sheldon ’41 did not attend until 1937. The two originally met at Buck Library, or it might have been at the program through Grace Methodist Church…they can’t pinpoint their meeting place exactly. Helen and Chester remember their time at the porch swing of Ma Pearson’s, which is now the Evelyn Chapel. They also share memories at the last table on the west end of Buck Library, and in the Bible Garden. Chester and Helen married in Dixon, IL on August 17, 1941. In attendance were fellow alumni: Virginia Hendrix ’40, William Challis ’39, and Margaret White ’40. August 2009 marked the Sheldon’s 68th Anniversary. Helen and Chester have been blessed with three sons: Roger, an IWU ’64 graduate; Gordon, a Southern Illinois University graduate; and Mark, IWU ’70 alum. Chet’s last appointment as a United Methodist pastor was as Director of the Conference Council on Ministries. The couple has lived in the same home since 1980, and do volunteer work at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal First UMC, and adamantly follow the Titans. Helen and Chet also have four grandchildren; three of which Chester has conducted weddings for. They are also proud to have six great grandchildren. They share the 2009 IWU Loyalty Award, for a lifetime of loyalty. 408 N. Colton Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701 118


“ T he Sigma Pi house is where we spent a lot of time.”

Christopher Joyce ’96 and Mary DeLano ’96 met freshman year in Aural Skills, Music Theory. The couple enjoyed relaxing in the Dugout and out on the quad. Mary and Christopher married on September 2, 2001 in Elmhurst, IL. Tim Culbertson ’96 was Christopher’s groomsman. He and Brian Seitz ’96, Andy King ’96, Kevin Geraldi ’96, and Brian Scott ’95 also served as wedding musicians. Currently, Chris is an Executive IT Consultant and Mary is a stay-at-home mom. Mary plans to pursue a career as an actress in the next couple of years. The Joyces have two children, Emma, 5 and Evan, 18 months. 1018 Augusta Street, Oak Park, IL 60302



“ We are both retired and enjoy traveling.”

Lowell Koester ’56 and Mary Lee Inman ’54 met when Lowell was a house boy at the Sigma Alpha Iota house. They spent much of their time practicing in Presser Hall and hanging out on the SAI front porch. Mary and Lowell married on June 16, 1957 in Bloomington, IL. Frank Sturm ’58 attended the ceremony. The Koesters have two daughters, Deborah and Rebecca. In retirement, Lowell and Mary are active in their church, do volunteer work, and plant in their garden. 1695 Lin Lor Lane, Elgin, IL 60123



“ I t was love at first sight!”

Scott Swanson ’83 and Amy Everett ’84 first met the summer of 1980 at Lisa Lawrence’s ’83 home for a get together with IWU friends. The next time Scott and Amy saw each other was at the All Greek party in the fall; Amy was cold and Scott gave Amy his coat. They met again at the Acacia and Alpha Omicron Pi Homecoming. Aside from Greek life, the couple spent a lot of time in Shaw Hall studying. Scott worked in the Game Room which was near The Dugout — so they would play a lot of ping pong and centipede when they weren’t studying. On September 15, 1984 in Flossmoor, IL, Scott and Amy married, with alums Andrea Cohen ’83 and Lon Swanson ’76 in attendance. Currently, the Swansons are raising four children, one of which is an English and Pre-Med student at IWU, class of ’10. They also enjoy spending time with family, and taking care of their Portuguese water dog. Scott and Amy will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary on September 15, 2009. 1333 Brophy Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068 121


“ We consider February 18, 1987 as the starting point of our time together. 22 years and counting.” Liz Betts ’90 came over the Theta Chi house with Joy Edwards ’90 and Kim Evans ’89 on February 18, 1987. The group of friends wanted to look at picture proofs from a dance that Joy and Kim had attended. The pictures happened to be in the room of Robert King ’89, so they came in and had a seat on Robert’s couch to look through them. Robert thought Liz was cute so he decided to stay in the room and try to be charming. On the way out of the house, Liz, Joy, and Kim decided to rearrange the furniture in the front room of the OX house as a gag. When they got caught, they were thrown into the showers with their clothes on for punishment. Robert ran upstairs to get a clean shower towel and gave it to Liz before anyone else could give her one. A few nights later at an exchange at the OX house with the Sigma Kappas, Liz came over and she and Robert started to talk. During their conversation, the DJ played a slow song and Liz thought Robert was going to ask her to dance. Instead he asked, “Would you like . . . a Mercedes?” She thought that was hilarious and decided then and there that she would give Robert another chance to ask her out. Elizabeth and Robert spent lots of time in the Ferguson lounge freshman year. Their first date was seeing the movie, The Big Chill, and then ordering pizza from Pizza World. The couple tied the knot on May 25, 1991 in Mundelein, IL. Jerry Funk ’89, Ed Thill ’89, and Bob Larson ’90 were groomsmen. Joy Edwards ’90 and Amy Symons ’90 were bridesmaids. Angie Williams Onysio ’87 sang. Tanya Dawson ’90 read scripture, and Leigh Zook ’90 was the guestbook attendant. Robert and Liz have two children: Tommy, 12 and Emily, 9. Residing in Galesburg, IL, Robert works in Advancement for Knox College while Liz is a stay at home mom who’s always on the go. 392 Isle Royale Road, Galesburg, IL 61401 122


Steve Swan ’83 was an Argus editor and Lori Linehan ’84 was on the Argus staff. While at IWU they did not date each other, instead they were involved with other people. They were close friends, however; the Acacia house was their favorite hang out spot. On the 3rd of July, 1988 Steve and Lori married in Chicago, IL. Alumni, Elizabeth Gain ’84, Jim Higgins ’83, Rich Schell ’85, and Deanna Jent ’84 were there to celebrate. Currently Steve is a C.P.A for Pesavento & Pesavento in Berwyn, IL and Lori teaches Gifted Language Arts at Palos South Middle School in Palos Park, IL. 9125 S. Sawyer Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805



Lincoln Scott ’97 and Sophia Yi ’98 were introduced by a mutual friend, Nathan Knuffman ’98 at a Theta Chi/Alpha Gamma Delta exchange. While at IWU, Lincoln and Sophia remember spending time on the quad on a beautiful day. They wed in Itasca, IL on June 24, 2000. In the wedding party, as well as the ceremony were fellow alumni: James Bedrosian ’97 (Groomsmen), Randall Filippi ’97 (Groomsmen), Qiana Zupan Drye ’98 (Bridesmaids), Lecia Gordner Johnson ’97(Bridesmaids), Amelia Taylor Samaras ’00 (Bridesmaids), Rebecca Morrissey Lee ’99 (Reader), and Heather Kennel Massie ’99 (Singer). Currently, Lincoln is self-employed as a general Civil Practice Attorney. Sophia is a consultant for Capgemini Financial Services. The Scotts have two boys: Carter, age 3 and Quinn, age 1. 609 E. 3rd Street, Coal Valley, IL 61240



John F. Dale ’54 and Jean Kendall ’54 met in German class at the start of their freshman year. They married a year later, on May 28, 1955 in Danville, IL. Alan K. Waltz ’53, Donald Batz ’56, Jack Herrington ’56, and Ralph Townsend ’53 attended the wedding. John and Jean have three daughters: Esther Scarpello, Barbara Wild, and Julia Tye; and a son, Arthur Dale. They also have five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Jean and John are both retired, living in Stromsburg, Nebraska. P.O. Box 292, Stromsburg, NE 68666



“ T o be honest, at first, I didn’t care much for Jeremy and his ways and

would never imagine that we’d wind up married.”

Jeremy Hunt ’03 and Renee Evans ’03 met during their freshman year through mutual friends. The group of friends were big baseball fans and often enjoyed watching games together. Though Jeremy and Renee were always around each, they never really had much of a connection. During the summer of 2002, they started hanging out more and more. One night, they had a late night college conversation, ‘you know, the ones that last all night and create a bond that you keep with you forever.’ Sitting on the porch of, The Maze, Jeremy and Renee somehow had gotten on the topic of family and Jeremy started talking about his little brothers. Renee saw a new side of Jeremy, full of passion about his hopes and dreams. That night, Renee started to fall for Jeremy and she knew she’d found the person she’d marry. They started dating shortly after and were inseparable from then on. The couple could be found on the Jack Horenberger Field. Jeremy loved playing baseball and Renee loved watching him! They loved to play during May Term, because they could spend countless hours at the field without having to worry about work or studying. Renee and Jeremy married on March 18, 2006 in Champaign, IL. Trisha Powers ‘03, Jessica Adkins ‘03, and Justin Cripe ’04 attended the wedding. Currently, Renee is the Math Department Chair at Urbana High School, where she also coaches Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country. Jeremy works as the Manager of Financial Services at Prudential Financial, hiring and training financial planners. They are both busy raising their daughter, Noelle, 2 and their baby boy, Ty, 6 months. They love taking the kids on family trips, hiking, baseball games, swimming or just playing in and around the house.



“ We remember watching music videos on MTV. They used to play music

videos in the Dolan lounge.”

Julie Phillips ’87 was looking through the IWU Freshman Record and highlighting guys she wanted to meet (a sort of catalog shopper). She came across Gary Ohler ’87 and highlighted him as a potential candidate. Her roommate, Heather Scott ’87, recognized Gary from Gen Bio class and made the connection for Julie and Gary to meet one another. Julie called Gary and they talked on the phone for hours before walking across campus to meet! Their relationship grew as they hung out in the DugOut and Dolan lounge. Julie and Gary married April 4, 1987 in Danvers, IL. They have two daughters: Chelsea, 18, is a senior at Normal Community West HS; Courtney, 20, is a sophomore at North Central College in Naperville, IL majoring in theatre performance. Currently, Gary works in the Strategic Marketing department at COUNTRY Financial in Bloomington, IL. Julie works in banking for Regions Financial Corp.


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“ Interestingly, my mother and father (Terry Varys ’72 and Jim Pitzer ’72)

met at Presser Hall during their freshman orientation when they attended IWU.”

Brittany Pitzer ’03 and John Spellman ’03 met the first day of orientation at Presser Hall freshman year. They married in Evelyn Chapel on September 20, 2005, with alums, John Butler ’03, Jen Christopher ’03, Erin Bicek ’03, Christina Laesch ’03, Patrick Spangler ’03, and Curtis Clow ’03 in attendance. The Spellmans live in Stony Brook, NY. Brittany is a Pediatric ER nurse and John is a second year Orthopedic Surgery Resident. They just had their first child, Ellie Spellman, in April of this year. 10 Chestnut Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790 128


“ We met at freshman orientation.”

David G. Wilkins ’74 worked on campus for the summer, painting dorm rooms and other odd jobs. He was asked to meet new prospective freshmen to tell them about IWU. Lois Bright ’75 was in the first group that he addressed; their relationship began on that day. They spent time together in Pfeiffer Hall, East Hall, The Black House (which use to be across from Blackstock Hall), and The DugOut. Lois and Davis married August 9, 1975 in Chicago, IL. Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Zeta chapter members (Lois’ sorority sisters) participated at the reception. Beverly Bowman ’75 sang while their party entered the sanctuary. Today, the Wilkins have four children and one granddaughter. David is Ethics and Compliance Officer for Dow Chemical Company — Global. Lois is President, CEO and Founder of, Bright Wilkins Investment Alliance, BWIA, LLC and BWIA-Michigan, Incorporated. She is also an active public service and community volunteer, and Midland Symphony Orchestra board member. 129

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“ We are growing old gracefully.”

Nell Alexander ’50 and Bill Beadles ’51 met in class, where luckily, Dr. Hazzard seated the students alphabetically. They spent much of their time together at The Grill. They married on December 18, 1949 in Monticello, IL. David Davis ’51, Martha Beadles ’48, and Margery Peters ’57 attended the wedding. The Beadles have two children, both are IWU alums. They also have four grandchildren. 2403 Clarkson Lane, Bloomington, IL



“ T he first time we went out together was lunch at Lone Star

Steakhouse when I thought it was just going to be the two of us, but he invited two of his fraternity brothers along as well. To this day, we still have a debate as to whether that was considered a real date.” Melissa Pyle, ’99 and Jason Hirsbrunner, ’99 met during mealtimes during the first few weeks of freshman year. They had mutual friends and often sat together at one of the big tables in SAGA. They began as casual friends, then at the beginning of senior year, their relationship grew into something more. Their favorite place on campus was the Penthouse at the Sigma Pi house. Jason and Melissa married on October 27, 2001 in Evelyn Chapel. Tracy Pyle Milbrandt ’94, Courtney Pyle Yamada ’97, Debra Duden Malick ’99, Sarah Foust Vinson ’99, Carrie Harmon Nance ’99, Chris Janet ’98, Tim Morgan ’97, and Matt Scales ’99 attended the wedding. Jason is a Manager of Pharmacy Services at Christie Clinic. Melissa is a Creative Manager at Horizon Hobby, Inc. They live in Mahomet, IL just outside Champaign with their four year old son, Connor. 131


“ M any dates were spent attending the Men’s Titan basketball


David E. Wykle ’76 and Kristi L. Friebus ’78 met at Homecoming ’78 through mutual friends. A favorite place to meet was at the ‘Lib’ (Sheean Library) where they would go to the bottom floor and study in the Pit. David and Kristi married on October 28, 1978 in River Grove, IL. Julie Worland ’78, Jane McIntosh ’78, Lynette Clemens ’78, Richard Hendry ’76, and Steve Wykle ’78 attended the ceremony. Kristi and Dave have one daughter, Faith Julianna Marie, born in 1999. Dave is Vice President of Corporate Development for Tom James Company, a direct marketer of men’s clothing worldwide. Kristi spent over 20 years in corporate finance both with GE and The Hartford and now enjoys focusing on her family. 439 Exeter Road, Hampton, NH 03842-1004 132


Kim Madenwald ’00 and Chris Tartaglia ’00 met freshman year in Analysis class but reconnected at Killarney’s where mutual friends met for happy hour. They married May 29, 2004 in Rockford, IL with alums, Jenny McCudden ’00, Regina Bohmann ’00, Kendra Casey ’00, Nathan Taulbee ’00, Esteban Lizano ’01, and Mike Swartz ’01 in attendance. Currently, Kim works as a Med-Peds Hospitalist for OSU Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Chris is an IT consultant. They reside in Ohio with their daughter, Sophia Kate, born on May 18, 2009. 3559 Oarlock Court, Hilliard, OH 43026



“ O ur favorite place was the pit in Sheehan Library.” Victoria L. Noltkamper ’86 and Richard L. Folse ’85 were matched together by two IWU friends (Kevin Cast [TKE ’85] and Sue Harding [AGD ’83]). Victoria and Richard met briefly at a TKE-SK exchange, and needed more persuasion from Kevin and Sue to finally go out on a date. They married on June 7, 1986 in Springfield, IL. Alums, Gianna Stodgel Peters ’88, Cindy Gschwendtner Blair ’87, Jennifer Allen Flynn ’87, Chrissy Myer Nelson ’87, Kevin Cast ’85, Randy Single ’85, Dave Lautz ’85, Todd Dickerson ’86, and Tim Johnson ’85 attended the wedding. Victoria is the Director of the School of Nursing at IWU and Dick is Program Coordinator for Extended University at ISU. They have two daughters: Mason, 13 and Kennedy, 11. 1121 E. Monroe St., Bloomington, IL 61701



“ O ur favorite place on campus was the science center. We spent

most of our time there doing homework and e-mailing our friends.” Annaliese Schaefer ’01 and Beau Gentry ’02 met in Dolan Hall in a friend’s room, but started their romance during a Suitcase Dance held at IWU. They married on November 2, 2002 in Clinton, IL. Brian Preston ’01, Jeff Woodruff ’02, Dan O’Brien ’02, and Ben Lawson ’02 attended the wedding. Beau and Annaliese currently live in West Chicago, IL. Beau works for Menlo Logistics. Annaliese will be working part-time at Hewitt Associates and taking care of their twins, Wilson and Madeleine, born on June 3, 2009. 29W 211 Helen Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185



“ T he night of the party, Jane said we should ride in back as chaperones

rode up front. From there it was all downhill, and because I was in medical school, we married four years later.” Jane Osterhoudt ’45 and William R. Roy ’46 met at indoctrination dinner. The next day, she invited William to the Kappa hayride in Funk’s Grove, because pledges were told to have dates. There have been no breaks in the relationship over 66 years. While at IWU, William and Jane spent lots of time on the steps of the Science building. They married September 7, 1947 in Bloomington, IL. There were too many IWU guests too list. Jane and William have six children, ten grandchildren (one of which is an IWU graduate), and five great grandchildren. Currently, they are 20 years retired, Jane as a lawyer, and Bill as a physician. 6137 SW 38th Terrace, Topeka, KS 66601



Erin Pedersen ’99 and Colin Purser ’98 met through mutual friends. Colin also worked as a houseboy at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house, where Erin lived. Their favorite place on campus was the Sigma Pi house. Erin and Colin married July 7, 2000 in Palos Park, IL. Erin Luke Guthrie ’98, Dana Carver ’96, Marc Patton ’97, Paul Helmert ’97, J. Kyle Guthrie ’97, James Egli ’96, Chris Wallace ’99, Ken Melloy ’96, Brian Lupo ’03, and John Glatz ’96 attended the wedding. Colin works for Nobel Biocare, and Erin is a stay at home mom with their two children.



“ O ur first date was homecoming sophomore year, 1985.”

Pam Lannom ’88 and Dan Litster ’88 met for the very first time while Pam was dating Dan’s roommate freshman year. However, Dan stole Pam’s heart and the two have been together ever since. They spent the end of many of their dates together, talking and laughing in the stairwell of the Sigma Kappa house. They married July 31, 1993 in Berwyn, IL. Beau Cummings ’88, Scott Gipson ’88, Jim Pappas ’86, Michelle LaVigne ’88, Barb Shiplett ’86, and Dawn Ruot ’88 attended the ceremony. Dan is the Chicago branch manager for Trivantage, a company that sells industrial textiles. Pam is the co-owner of a weekly community newspaper, The Hinsdalean. They have one daughter, Ainsley Grace, born Jan. 2, 2009. 7036 W. 29th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402 138


“ I ’m enjoying long time friends and family.”

Gayle Furneaux ’60 and Philip M. Pearl ’57 met on campus through mutual friends. Philip also knew Gayle’s cousin, Bruce Mitchell ’57. You could find Gayle and Philip on the football field, in the Phi-Gam House, or in the Kappa Kappa Gamma house. They later married July 12, 1958 in Chicago, IL with alum, Martin Graham ’57 in attendance. The Pearls have two daughters: Kendra and Leslie; and six grandchildren, Ryan, Julie, Meghan, Brian, Connor and Claire. Gayle lives in Evanston, working at CVS Caremark. Phil passed away at the age of 40, after 17 years of marriage. 2129 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201



Jay Ahrendt ’96 and Carrie Teigelerm ’96 met freshman year in Dr. Plath’s English class. They enjoyed spending quality time on the quad and in the library. Jay and Carrie married on July 21, 2001 in Flossmoor, IL. Alums, Joy Pinta ’96, Sarah Bray ’96, and Brent Nord ’96 were wedding guests. Carrie and Jay have two daughters: Avery, age 6 and Audrey, age 4. Jay is Vice President of Investments, Senior Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Advisor Services. Carrie is a stay at home mom and part-time Pre-school teacher. 12918 S. 78th Court, Palos Heights, IL 60463



Kyle Stork ’04 and Lauren Boegen ’04 initially met freshman year in Ferguson, but became friends sophomore year while living in the newly renovated Troyer Hall. They were both on campus during the summer for work and sports, and the limited amount of people on campus forced them to socialize. Eventually, Kyle and Lauren had a class together and after several excuses for studying, they finally went on their first date. They married March 12, 2006 in Zion, IL. Mollie Whitehead ’04, Amanda Wemlinger ’04, and Kyle Wurmnest ’04 attended the wedding. Kyle and Lauren live in Chicago with their two dogs. Kyle is a Patent Examiner for the US Patent and Trademark Office. Lauren is a Project Manager at a graphic design firm. 2035 W. Farragut, #1, Chicago, IL 60625



“ We enjoyed coffee, cokes and bridge at The Grill.

And dare I say, off campus, the Polar Lounge.”

Jackie Rue ’65 and Ron Zehr ’62 met on the first week of school. It was Ron’s senior year and Jackie’s freshman year; Ron was returning to the Sigma Chi house when he found two lovely young ladies sitting in the living room. Being a gentleman, he asked if he could be of service and Jackie said she had just arrived on campus as a freshman, and had stopped in to say hello to her friend, Emil Ludy ’61. Later, Ron and fraternity brother, Don Raycraft ’64 offered to walk the ladies back to their dorm, to make sure they got there safely. Don whispered to Ron, that he kind of liked the blond one, to which Ron replied, that’s fine with me because I think the brunette is really cute. They walked the girls safely back to Southwest Hall, and on time, before the 10:00 pm lock-up hour. Ron and Jackie married on October 12, 1963 in Wheaton, IL. Their Maid of Honor was, Sue Laurenz-Urick ’65. They have two children: Michele and Debbie. Michele has been married to Troy, a pastor, for 15 years and has two sons, Wes and Luke. Debbie, is married to JD, a professional musician and in March they gave birth to a daughter, Suraya. After marrying in 1963, Ron and Jackie worked and saved money in Chicago. In September of 1964, they quit their jobs and moved to California. They have resided there for the past 32 years in the beach side town of Leucadia, CA, about 25 miles north of San Diego. Since retiring three years ago, the Zehrs are enjoying their children and grandchildren, and traveling in their RV. They belong to the Lions Club, where Ron serves as President and Jackie volunteers for everything. They also enjoy being part of the local United Methodist Church, where Ron sings in the Chancel Choir. 1210 Sidonia Street, Leucadia, CA



“ O ur favorite place on campus is the Evelyn Chapel.”

Jeff Jarot ’93 and Shannon Dickinson ’93 met at a social gathering at ISU. They married on August 7, 1994 in Bloomington, IL. Marcy Robinson ’93 attended the wedding. Jeff is a high school English teacher in Plainfield, IL, and Shannon is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Joliet Junior College. They enjoy taking care of their three children. 5216 Brookshire Estates Drive, Plainfield, IL 60586



Robert Bouck ’58 and Carolyn DeVille ’59 were seated next to each other at the Greek Week Banquet. They sparked a conversation and a soon to be relationship that night. On June 13, 1959, Robert and Carolyn married in Chicago, IL. Linda Deville ’61, Mary Jo Wise ’53, Jim Stirling ’58, E.C. Vandagrift ’62, and John Wiley ’57 attended the wedding. Carolyn and Robert have three children: Laura, Kevin, and Brian; and two grandchildren: Emma and Spencer. Currently, the Boucks are enjoying retirement. 52 Jasmine Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137



“ We liked hanging out at the rock in front of the library.”

Nancy Nath ’96 and Matthew Tennicott ’97 met at a Kappa Delta/Tau Kappa Epsilon informal. Matt would walk Nancy to dance class in the gym, and they would check their e-mail together at Buck Library. They married on July 9, 1999 in Palatine, IL. Julie Petrow ’96 and Amber Kujath ’97 attended the wedding. Currently, Nancy and Matthew have two children: Brandon, 5 and Maya, 1. Nancy is a Model Agent at Ford Models, and Matt is a Consultant for East Lake Management. 3529 Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513



“ We were seniors living off-campus when we met, so we didn’t spend much

time on campus other than when we were attending class.”

Scott Schiller ’03 and Breen Higgins ’03 met second semester of senior year through mutual friend, Erik Zier ’03. They married on May 30, 2009 in Orland Park, IL. Dana Lenard ’03, Kim Nelson ’03, Stephanie McClean ’03, Ryan Gilfillan ’03, Joel Franzen ’03, and Erik Zier ’03 attended the wedding. Breen and Scott live in Palatine, IL where they purchased their first home in the summer of 2008. Breen is a state and local tax attorney in downtown Chicago. Scott does sales and distribution at a company in Arlington Heights, IL. 1327 E. Anderson Drive, Palatine, IL 60074



“ We loved the Quad, especially in the fall.”

Chris Burrichter ’08 and Ingrid Blomquist ’07 met near the Coffee Shoppe in the fall of 2004. They started dating in the summer of 2007. Two years later, they married on June 21, 2009 in St. Charles, IL. Alums, Lisa Krebs ’07, Amy Kraus ’07, Angela Latkowski ’07, Suzanne Rovani ’08, Erin Cox ’08, Andrew Nelson ’08, Paul Teipe ’07, and Tucker Vandenberg ’09 attended the wedding. Chris is a student at the DePaul University College of Law and works at a law firm in Chicago. Ingrid works in marketing for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and directs church choirs.



“ We celebrate our seven year wedding anniversary this September. I still

find it hard to believe I met the love of my life with a sock and a dryer sheet stuck to my head!” Jennifer Amling ’99 and Kevin Michael ’99 met freshman year at a bonfire for incoming Theatre Arts students. It was very close to Halloween so everyone was encouraged to wear a costume. Jennifer decided to wear static cling as her costume, pinning dryer sheets to her sweatpants, t-shirt, socks, and hair. Kevin was dressed as Randall Flagg, a hitchhiker from Stephen King’s, The Stand. They were introduced formally at the party by a friend, Brian Heck ’99. That night, Kevin and Jennifer talked a whole lot! On the car ride home, too many people were squished in one vehicle and Jennifer ended up almost on his lap! They became very good friends and later that year became a couple. On campus, Kevin and Jennifer spent a lot of time in the theatre box office where they were student workers. They also hung out on the section of the quad behind the theatre building, currently known as, The Beach. On September 21, 2002, Kevin and Jennifer married in Barrington, IL. Elizabeth Stees ’99, Tim Osborne ’98, Peter Yagecic ’98, Shaun Baer ’00, and Rebecca Loschen ’99 attended the ceremony. Jennifer and Kevin have a daughter, Natalie, born on May 12,2009.Kevin is a fourth grade teacher at Diamond Lake Elementary School.Jennifer is Head of Marketing and Graphics at Helen M. Plum Memorial Library. Two summers ago, they took their dream vacation to Italy for three weeks! They now spend a lot of time renovating their house, a big old fixer upper colonial, which they purchased in 2007. 1915 N Eastwood Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004



Susan Virgilio ’80 and Joan Foster ’81 met in the McPherson Theatre, since they were always busy there. They married on September 12, 2008 in San Diego, CA. Christine McHugh ’82 attended the wedding. Joan is the Production Manager at San Diego Opera. Susan does independent projects at various venues in San Diego.



“ Washing dishes wasn’t glamorous, but it helped with tuition

and let us meet the person we were going to marry! We never would have guessed!”

Shawn W. Buhr ’00 and Genna M. Munson ’00 first met during freshman year through their workstudy assignment...washing dishes for the cafeteria on Saturday nights! They married December 2, 2006 in Peoria, IL. Angela Parsons ’00, Melissa Hill ’00, Crystalline Scoggins ’00, and Marissa Emerson ’00 attended the wedding. Shawn is a dentist and has a practice in Metamora, IL. Genna is a Library Development Specialist for Alliance Library System in East Peoria, IL. She is also completing a Masters in Library and Information Science. Shawn and Genna just had their first child this year; Alexander Warren Buhr, born in January 2009. 1240 Maple Lane, East Peoria, IL 61611 150


“ We just celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary!”

Len King ’57 and Joan Cutter ’60 met in Music School at IWU in the Fall of 1956. Joan was a freshman SAI Voice Major and Len was a Senior Phi Mu Alpha Band Major. They were introduced by a friend and hit it off right from the start. Len graduated in the spring of ’57 and started teaching band in El Paso, IL. They visited each other constantly for the next three years. Joan and Len married the summer between Joan’s junior and senior year on June 21, 1959. Tom Grahn ’57, Robert Reilly ’57, and Norma Watkins ’62 were wedding guests. Joan’s senior year was really something! She became pregnant with their first son, and recalls being a pregnant female starring as the boy, Amahl, in the operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors. She proudly completed her final exams early and got to hold their newborn son on graduation day. After college, Len and Joan taught music in Clifton, Pekin, and the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and have lived in Barrington, IL for the past 38 years with their sons, Kenneth B. King and Jeffrey R. King. They are now grandparents to Bridget Ann King, age 9 Music was and still is the center of both their lives. Len taught Band thirty-four years and Joan taught Vocal Music twenty-nine years. Len still plays in jazz bands and Joan writes and performs programs for local organizations. They often think of the wonderful IWU music professors who taught them and influenced their lives. 151

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“ We were a part of the first RA class to be in the New House.”

Jonathan Miller ’98 and Gwendolyn Buchanan ’99 met when they were both RA’s for Gulick Hall. They married on May 9, 1998 in Bloomington, IL. Laura Engelhardt ’99 attended the wedding. Jonathan and Gwendolyn have a 6 year old daughter, Madeleine and reside in New Jersey, where Jon is a small animal surgery specialist. 565 Dale Court East, River Vale, NJ 07675



Jeffrey D. Cary ’84 and Elizabeth Faubel ’84 met first semester of freshman year. Munsell Hall and Dolan Hall had a Secret Sister activity in which each girl would send clues and trinkets to their designated guys for a week. At the end of the week, the guys found out who their Secret Sister was. Jeff and Elizabeth were assigned to each other! Jeff and Elizabeth married on September 19, 1987 in Evelyn Chapel. The ceremony was officiated by IWU Professor Jerry Stone. Alums, Sara Thomas ’84, Heather Hughes ’84, and Joe Martin ’88 attended the wedding. Elizabeth and Joe have two children: a daughter who is a high school senior; and a son who is a high school freshman. Residing in St. Louis, MO; Jeff is an independent investment broker, and Elizabeth is a freelance marketing/advertising writer. 682 Dougherty Estates Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021



Tom Purl ’99 and Kate Dougherty ’99 met through Tom’s roommate, who was Kate’s best friend. They married on November 25, 2000 in Aurora, IL where alums, Pat Holly ’99, Justin Etnyre ’99, Justin Taylor ’99, and Rose Ryan ’01 attended the wedding. Tom is a Systems Administrator at Northern Trust in Chicago. Kate teaches part-time at a local university while she is staying home with their three year old daughter, Maggie. 965 Westgate Drive, Aurora, IL 60506



“ We loved to go to Tommy’s for their taco salads! Jon often had a skillet

sundae for dessert!”

Ryanne M. Bauer ’03 and Jonathan E. Shafer ’05 met at a Sigma Chi Derby Days party offcampus. Jon called Ryanne the next day, and they went out for coffee at The CoffeeHouse in Normal. They married August 2, 2003 in Bloomington, IL. Kelly Green ’04, Beth Humbert ’03, Cara VanWormer ’03, Matt Wall ’05, and Steve Jeretina ’05 attended the wedding. Ryanne and Jonathan are currently volunteering in Sierra Leone, West Africa through World Hope International. Ryanne is training teachers and modeling literacy lessons in primary classrooms. Jonathan is working on a project to create the country’s first exportprocessing zone. The couple plans to return to the U.S. in the summer of 2010. 155


“ O ur favorite spot was The Pit in Presser Hall. It’s where all the

music majors hung out.”

Daniel K. Garrett ’81 and Teresa Strothmann ’81 were in marching band together. On a hot, humid day in August, after hours on the practice field (which was really an asphalt parking lot) Dan asked Teresa to go to a movie. They’ve been together ever since. Teresa and Daniel married on July 18, 1981 in Murphysboro, IL. Gregory Davis ’81, Jim Fry ’81, Mike Findlay ’80, Gary Beckman ’82, Kathleen Murray ’80, Starla Hibler ’81, Mary Monroe ’82, Clare Nolan ’79, Kathy Bell Findlay ’79, Pam Triplett ’80, John Boyle ’82, and Susan Gerling ’81 were wedding guests. Dan is a management and technology consultant for Hitachi Consulting. He travels all over the country Monday through Thursday, then comes home to enjoy the lake for the weekend. Aside from work, Dan is arranging music for Tracy’s youth choir and the local community choir. Tracy is a published romance author, with two books currently on the shelves. She’s a Member At Large of the Alumni Executive Board at IWU; still plays flute and sings in the area, and is a member of Lake Notes, a 16-voice ensemble that performs in the Lake of the Ozarks area. She also conducts a youth choir at their church. 18130 Millstone Cove Road, Unit 435, Gravois Mills, MO 65037



Michael Murray ’84 and Anne Ambler ’84 were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, Kerra Schaefer Guffey ’84, who also went to high school with Michael. While at IWU, Michael and Anne could be seen walking between the Kappa Delta house and Dolan Hall. They married on August 31, 1986 in Northbrook, IL. Scott Kuffel ‘84, Ken McNeil ’84, Barry Brave ’85, Karen Styron Kuntz ’84, Leslie Gregorich Yendro ’86, Bob Murray ’82, Michele Murray Darnell ’88 , Tim White ’83, and Greg James ’84 attended the wedding. Michael and Anne have four children: Laura, 22, just graduated from IWU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Graphic Design degree. Amanda, 19, is a sophomore at IWU majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy, and on the Titan Softball team. David, 18, is a freshman at Notre Dame; and Bryan, 10, is in 5th grade. Currently, Michael coaches football at IWU and Anne is a freelance artist/business owner. Michael and Anne together are building an independent AdvoCare nutrition business. 157

32 Kensington Circle, Bloomington, IL 61704


John Vlahos ’00 and Lindsay Kehr ’00 met through mutual friends, Paul Vranas ’00 and Kelly Piepenbrink ’00. Together, they enjoyed playing racquet ball at the Shirk Center and hanging out on the quad in the spring when the weather started to warm up. Lindsay and John were married in Chicago, IL with Nick Haralampopoulos ’00 as the best man. John and Lindsay have been living in London since October 2007 and enjoying life abroad, traveling as much as possible! John works in technology for Getco LLC, a global electronic trading and technology firm. Flat 10A Portman Mansions Chiltern Street W1U 6NT London, UK 158


“ We liked to go to Funk’s Grove near Bloomington.” Nancy Kincaid ’75 and Randy Martin ’73 met through a friend, Robin Shrout ’75, who invited Nancy to have supper at the Commons with a group of friends, for a Groundhog Day party. Randy and Nancy met there and went to a basketball game together about a week later. They married on December 28, 1974 in Athens, Greece. Alums, Dave Walls ’73, Dayre Newport ’73, Steve O’Neal ’75, Beth Kloker O’Neal ’75, and Kim Holland Newport ’73 attended the wedding. Randy and Nancy have two children: Christopher, 23, who owns and operates Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants in Ft. Myers, Florida; and Lauren, 18, who is a freshman at IWU. The Martins own and operate the Dairy Queen, Monical’s Pizza, and Jimmy John’s in Clinton, Illinois. Randy is on the board of directors of Monical Pizza Corporation. Randy and Nancy are also part-owners of Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants in the Ft. Myers area in Florida. 9219 Blue Sage Rd., Clinton, IL 61727 159


“ T he DugOut had great cookies!!”

Kim Brown ’81 worked as a houseboy at the AOPi house where Claudia Watkins ’82 lived. Kim first approached Claudia in the pit of the Sheehan Library to ask her what time it was. They married March 6, 1982 in Peoria, IL. Jim Brown ’77, Tim Brown ’80, Ted Barnett ’81, Bob Copas ’81, Rich Calcagno ’83, and Kurt Rinker ’83 attended the ceremony. Claudia and Kim have two children: Daniel, age 22 and Kelli, age 20. Kim is Manager in Life/Health at State Farm. Claudia is a Pre-school teacher at Tomorrow’s Promise Learning Center. 514 E. Ironwood Drive, Normal, IL 61761 160


“ I tried to convince her for the first six months we worked together that to really experience college life, she needed to break-up with her hometown boyfriend. Finally she did.”

Andrew L. Killian ’98 and Heather L. Leweling ’00 met while working at Sheean Library together. They went on their first date, April 19, 1997. Andrew was President of the Senate from 1997 to 1998, and he and Heather used the Senate Offices as a quiet place to study. The various IWU activities and events always made Heather and Andrew feel connected to the pulse of the campus. On August 7, 1999, Andrew and Heather married in Evelyn Chapel. Sean Masterson ’96 attended their wedding. Heather and Andrew have three children: Liam, age 6; Molly, age 3; and Aiden, age 1. Andrew works with fellow alum Chad Ritchie ’97 at the Ritchie Law Office, Ltd. in Bloomington, IL. Heather teaches math at Gibson City Melvin-Sibley High School. 219 N. Melvin Street, Gibson City, IL 60936 161

Brady Nancy True ’82 first saw Billy Brady ’83 in history class with Dr. Israel. They met again at a Sigma Chi house party. Nancy asked Bill out on their first date to an Alpha Gam dance. On September 4, 1982, Nancy and Bill married in Bloomington, IL. Wedding guests included: Rory O’Connor ’83, Michael Hagerty ’83, Blaise Bugajski ’83, Duncan Funk ’83, Steve Bennett ’83, Cynthia Magee ’82, Lisa Johnson ’83, Chris Hance Shaffer ’82, and Ann Sanders ’81. They have three children: Katie, a Pediatric Nurse. She is also on the Cardiac Operating team at Children’s Memorial in Chicago, IL; William is a second year law student at Depaul University; and Duncan is a junior at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, IL. Bill owns Brady Property Management, a family owned real estate, construction and development company in Bloomington. Bill is currently a state Senator and an Illinois Gubernatorial candidate for the 2010 election. Nancy is the Business Manager for Brady Property Management. 1202 Elmwood Road, Bloomington, IL 61701 162


“ We both loved the Shirk Center, it was the place that we met.”

Stephen Schilsky ’03 and Amanda Reeley ’03 met their sophomore year at IWU. They shared a shift one day at the Shirk Center, where they had work-study jobs. Their paths crossed again as they both played spring sports, baseball and softball. Stephen and Amanda would often meet up to go for a jog together or challenge each other to a game of racquetball. They married on April 21, 2007 in Springfield, IL. Amy Reeley ’06 (Maid of Honor), John Schilsky ’95 (Best Man), Joel Brigham ’04 (Usher); other guests included: Stephanie Stephen ’03, Ashley Patten ’05, James Flores ’02, Roy Heins ’03, Carl Dowdy ’03. The Schilskys currently live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. Steve works at Kraft Foods and Amanda works at Allstate Insurance Company. They have a one year old black labrador and had a baby girl, Kiera Elizabeth, on August 22, 2009. 163


Coe Klafke, ’60 and Greg Gardner, ’60 met at the Grill the end of their junior year during Greek Weekend. Greg was looking for someone to play tennis with and Coe volunteered. That evening they went to a Phi Gam Lake Party. The next evening they met late after they ended their other dates! They became engaged the end of their senior year on Coe’s birthday. She had a candle light ceremony at the Kappa Kappa Gamma House and Mary Kay Deuschle Gilmore ’62 kept her ring. They got married on New Years Eve, 1960 after Greg finished a six month tour of duty in the army. IWU bridesmaids were Julie Marton, Tami Lartz, Jackie Geiger and Nancy Brubaker. The groomsmen were Jerry Skinner, John Klafke, Bill Gilmore, Roger Colton; Char Dolan Punke helped at the reception. Greg taught at Wesleyan for 21 years and Coe remained active with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association. The Gardner’s have made their home in Carefree, AZ since1986. In addition, Coe and Greg have been instrumental in the annual IWU Phoenix Connection which will celebrate its 25th year in January.


Hakes Harry W. Hakes, Jr ’47 and Patricia Dunnuck met on a blind date arranged by Patricia’s sorority sisters, Lou Ann Lloyd ’46 and Betty Jean Wells ’47. Harry and Patricia married June 12, 1948 in Bloomington, IL. John Pershina ’44 attended the wedding. The Hakes have four children and four grandchildren. They now live in Peoria, and enjoy retirement from farming fifty plus years.



“ T here are memories everywhere at IWU because the first two years of

our relationship happened there. What’s not to love?”

Joel Brigham ’04 and Amy Reeley ’06 met at a friend’s place, known then as The Guitar House. They both were dating someone else at the time, but over the course of the coming months, friendship slowly blossomed into romance. Joel and Amy loved it all—walks on the quad, dinner at Tommy’s, shows at Hansen, even dropping Amy off and picking her up from work at The Ames Library. They married on June 12, 2008 in Bloomington, IL. Kyle Brigham ’06, Dale Coerper ’04, Craig Bingaman ’07, Kevin Clark, Steve Schilsky ’03, Amanda Jo Reeley-Shilsky ’03, Stephanie Olsen-McHugh ’06, and Anne Gilmore ’06 attended the wedding. Currently, Joel and Amy are both teachers. Amy is a fourth-grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary in Normal, IL; and Joel teaches high school English at Olympia High School in Stanford, IL. Joel also writes freelance and covers the Chicago Bulls for Hoopsworld.


Bross Larry Bross ’66 and Carroll Mites ’65 were classmates in Politcal Parties and Pressure Groups class. They liked to hang out on the AOII Front Porch. Larry and Carroll married on June 18, 1966 in Collinsville, IL. Jim Dohren ’66, Robert Seabright ’66, and Susan Clikeman ’65 attended the ceremony. Carroll and Larry have two children and two grandchildren, and are currently enjoying retirement. 37 Oak Park Road, Bloomington, IL 61701



“ Our favorite place was the Shirk Center.”

Erin Wetherille ’04 and Robert Cullen ’04 first met in Dolan Hall freshman year. They both lived in the dorm and became friends. They started dating in May of their junior year. Robert and Erin married on June 10, 2006 in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Guests included, Tara Shepley ’04 and Jared Wagner ’04 Robert is a Small Business Banker for J.P. Morgan Chase. Erin is a civil defense litigation attorney. They reside and work in Chicago, Illinois.



John Solodar ’91 and Kathy Blattner ’89 met through Greek life. John was a house boy/ waiter at Kathy’s sorority house. They started dating after a Tau Kappa Epsilon party. John and Kathy would meet after classes in front of the library (Tau Kappa Epsilon rock), but their favorite place to go was off campus at a burger/sub place near ISU called Subconscious. Kathy and John married July 11, 1992 in Peoria, IL. Kristy Mackett ’89, Lisa Subar ’90, Pat Urich ’91, Jeff Pilon ’92, and Dan Rentmeister ’91 attended the ceremony. Currently, John is a mechanical engineer at Emerson. Kathy is a stay home mom to their two daughters; Kristin, 14 and Katie, 8. The family enjoys traveling and camping together. 2080 Silverwood Lane, Chesterfield, MO 63017 169


“ I f there were skeptics at the time who thought a 12 or 13 year age difference

would not make for a good marriage, we this year, had our 62nd anniversary!”

R. Dwight Drexler ’34 and Maxine Lebkuecher ’46 met at IWU after Dwight returned from serving in the Army Air Force as a weather forecaster in India for two and a half years. His job at the IWU Music School was waiting for him. Maxine was ending her senior year by taking a Form and Analysis class which Dwight taught. They lived only a few blocks apart which made it an easy route for them to walk together some days. Maxine was hired as a Voice Instructor the following year in the IWU Music School, and things progressed from this close association. They married July 29, 1947 in Bloomington, IL. Betty Bender Pemberton ’47; Dean of Music School, Spencer Green; Prof. Charles Major, and James Pemberton ’46 attended the wedding. This marriage meant that Maxine had to give up her teaching job there because at that time two who were married could not both be on the faculty. Dwight and Maxine have two children, who are both musicians. Dwight has been retired for 30 years! Maxine is also retired; she and Dwight reside in Bloomington. 2810 Morningside Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704


Mitchell Megan Miklusak ’04 and Logan Mitchell ’04 were Accounting classmates. They also enjoyed Greek life, and hanging out at the Sigma Chi House. On November 7, 2009, Logan and Megan will marry in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Guests will include: Erin Cullen ’04, Tara Shepley ’04, Katrina Olmsted ’04, Jared Wagner ’04, and Bob Cullen ’04. Currently, Logan is an Auditor and Megan is in Tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, IL. 4920 N. Winthrop, Unit 2S, Chicago, IL 60640



Larry Whitaker ’83 and Lena Brown ’83 met during freshman orientation. They share many memories from days in the DugOut. On August 9, 1986, Larry and Lena married in Chicago, IL. Edmund Turner ’83, Alison Keyes ’85, Lynn Walker ’83, Thelma Wells ’84, Maurice Harris ’83, and Derrick Jordan ’83 attended the wedding. Lena and Larry have two boys, ages 14 and 17. Their oldest is beginning his college search, and will be a starter on the varsity basketball team. Their youngest son will be a freshman playing on varsity basketball as well. Currently living in Bartlett, IL, Larry has worked for Xerox for the last 25 years as a Marketing Executive. Lena is an Assistant Vice President for First American Bank in Dundee, IL. They both attend Second Baptist Church in Elgin, IL, and when away from work, they are supporting sons’ AAU basketball teams and church events. 1580 Edgewood Court, Bartlett, IL 60103 172

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“ K evin proposed to me at the Phi Mu Alpha house and was

nearly crushed to death by his frat brothers when he told them he was engaged.” Music majors, Jill Holler ’01 and Kevin Van Prooyen ’01, met at the school of music. Jill was in Sigma Alpha Iota and Kevin was in Phi Mu Alpha. Through music classes and Greek life, they got to know each other. Jill and Kevin loved eating in the DugOut. On June 16, 2001, Jill and Kevin married in Evelyn Chapel. Jamie-Rose Guarrine Knapp ’00 and Joe Maffia ’01 attended the wedding. Jill and Kevin have two children: Thomas, age 2 and Sammy, age 1. Jill is a piano instructor, and Kevin is an actuary for Allstate Insurance in Northbrook, IL. 173

49 W. Taylor, Lombard, IL 60148


Charles Gaines ’53 and Jean Reichert ’53 were both Music majors. They’re not sure where they met, but if they had to guess, they’d say in the halls of Presser. Jean was a singer and Chuck a pianist. They were also members of the Collegiate Choir. Jean and Chuck married on August 23, 1953 in Roxana, IL. Harlan Bane ’53, Bill Akerly ’53, and Chuck Wagner ’55 attended the wedding. Chuck and Jean have three children: Deborah (IWU ’76), Betsy (IWU ’82), and Steven (Duke ’79). Their daughter, Betsy married Dan Bone (IWU ’83) and they have just celebrated their 25th anniversary! Jean loves to read. She sings in Chuck’s two chorales (Laurens County Chorale and Geenwood Festival Chorale). Chuck retired in May 2008 from the Laurens County Chorale. The Gaines enjoy traveling, and spending time with their 8 grandchildren. 304 Hickory Street, Clinton, SC 29325 174


Doug Bennett ’01 and Kari Poppe ’01 met in Intro to Ethics class during the fall of their freshman year. They enjoyed being together on the quad. On June 2, 2001, Doug and Kari married in Evelyn Chapel. (Lynne Seago Hanley ’01, bridesmaid; Terrence Chapman ’01, best man; Derrick Janssen ’01, groomsman; and Matthew Glavin ’01, groomsman). The Bennetts now live in the southwest suburbs of Chicago with their two children: Lacey, 3 and Lincoln, 1; and their golden retriever. Doug works as a quality assurance and training manager, and Kari works in accounting and finance. They stay busy with their children’s activities, and enjoy running, playing softball, cheering on the Cubs and Bears, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 334 Deering Lane, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 175


Greg Ohlendorf ’85 and Melissa Packard ’85 met at the front desk of Dolan Hall. They share memories at the Theta Chi house, DugOut, and the Wesleyana Office. Melissa and Greg married on August 3, 1985 in Beecher, IL. Alums, Gayal Bettis ’85 and Don Mizerk ’85 attended the ceremony. Greg and Melissa are proud parents of their son, Cameron, who is currently a sophomore at IWU. Greg is the President and CEO of First Community Bank and Trust in Beecher, IL. Melissa is the Educational Technologist at Beecher Elementary School. 905 Penfield Street, P.O. Box 185 Beecher, IL 60401 176


Cliff Loreth ’56 and Dorothy Cone ’58 met in The Grill of The Memorial Center. Not only is The Grill the place Cliff and Dorothy met each other, it’s also their favorite place on IWU’s campus! Dorothy and Cliff tied the knot December 29, 1956 in Rockford, IL. Alum, Lois Weidenheft Bataille attended their wedding. Cliff and Dorothy have a son, Michael; and a daughter, Tracy. They are also proud grandparents of grandsons, Trevor and Steffen. Dorothy and Cliff are both retired, play a lot of golf, and take vacation in the winter for warmer weather. 540 Danberry Drive, Wooster, OH 44691 177


“ J oe Lira introduced us…”

Scott Seibring and Stacy Morgan married at Evelyn Chapel on May 28, 1988. Friends in the wedding included: Steve Seibring, Barry Brave, Joe Lira, Glenn Sebesta, Alice Petrongelli Wolf, Margy Brandstatter Mattern and Jerry Pope. Scott is the director of financial aid at Wesleyan. Stacy works at Country Financial. The couple have three children, Katy 17, Trevor 15 and Tyler 13. The Seibrings reside in Towanda, Illinois. 109 Eugene Street, Towanda, IL 61776



“ We met on a blind date for a Phi Gamma Delta hayride party…”

Donald W. Smith ’50 and Barbara Jean Hakes ’51 married on the 8th of June, 1952. Friends Marjorie Peters, Delores Costigan and John K. Swinney were in the wedding. Barbara has been a widow for the past five years, but is still involved in various activities. The couple had two sons and three grand children. Barbara lives in Plainfield, Illinois. 1435 S. Silver Lane, Plainfield, IL 60544



“ We met during our freshmen year of May Term at the Fiji House…”

Sarah Thorson and Matt Bibo both graduated in 2004. A year later the two married in Pontiac, Illinois. Friends in the wedding were Beth Thorson Beaty, Cindy Thorson Nourie, Sarah Brown, Kristina Carpenter, Samantha Pavesich, Amanda Unzicker, Richard Berthold, Jason Trotter and Chad Beaty. Sarah works at Travelers Insurance in Naperville, IL as an Account Executive. Matt is employed at People First Bank in Shorewood, IL as a Personal Banking Officer and Senior Relationship Manager. The couple’s favorite spot on campus was the Fiji house, the place they first met. 180


“ We were seated next to each other in Herr Bettger’s German I class…”

Roger Sheldon ’64 and Carol Thompson ’65 married in Newman, Illinois. The date was August 25, 1965. J. Forest (Woody) Whitman, Janet Haywood, Nada Conway and Jade Leursson Dell were all involved with the ceremony. The couple’s favorite spot on campus was the Kappa House porch. Both Roger and Carol are physicians and they have lived and practiced in Oklahoma City, OK for thirty years. The couple have two children, Christopher and Rebecca who in turn have provided six grandchildren! Their names are Kieran, Chelsea, Max, Calvin, Spencer and Leo. 2008 Cambridge Way, Edmond, OK 73013 181


“ We met in Mrs. Bock’s Expository Writing Class during the second

semester of our freshman year…”

Richard McCoy ’77 and Cory Mooney ’77 married in Oak Park, IL on July 23, 1977. Cathy Stevens Lust, John Lust, Susan Idleman Helm, Lyne McCoy Roth, Dennis Kerfoot and Greg Davis were all at the wedding. The Grill was the couple’s favorite spot on campus. Today Richard and Cory live in Pekin, IL where Richard is a judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit and Cory is a homemaker. The couple have two children, Patrick and Maren, and a grandson. 1216 Audubon Drive, Pekin, IL 61554 182

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“ ne night freshmen year 1993 after a Fiji Island Party…we started talking over a bag of Doritos…” George Tomecki and Rebecca Meyers got married June 27, 1998. Marc Molis ’96, Jeremy Henrichs ’96, Tracy McClelland Fries ’95, Holly Van Stechelman Matznick ’96 and Heather Lane Gallenbeck ’96 were all at the wedding. George and Rebecca shared mutual friends while at Wesleyan. The Quad and the Shirk Center served as the couples favorite spots on campus. George is a solo family physician at The Family Doctors in Brookfield, IL. Rebecca was a successful counselor and is now the Practice Manager at The Family Doctors. In 2005 the couple was lucky enough to have twins, one boy and one girl! 183


James M. Winn ’41 and Mary Hartwig Winn ’43 One fall day in 1939 I was in the lower level of Presser Hall, among other students coming and going from their lockers, when a young man came to me and said, “I hear you are from Wood River. I have an uncle who teaches biology there, Edward Hopper. Do you know him?” Yes, of course I did. He lived just two blocks from my home, and my sister, when in his class, had been one of his dependable room helpers. Well, this music student was James Winn, and we began getting acquainted. He was a junior, familiar with campus life, and I was still a bewildered freshman. But a strong liking between us set up rapidly. I played cello in the orchestra, and he sat a little behind, playing bassoon, saying he was “watching me,” and walking me home afterward. I soon copied his schedule card in the music office so I could intercept him crossing the campus between classes. Then I slipped into the back of Presser Hall when he had his practice hour on the big organ, so I could listen and watch. Jim was already a member of Phi Mu Alpha, and I was a pledge of Delta Omicron. We went to campus events together, and on October 24th of the next year, he gave me his Phi Mu pin. We were engaged. After his graduation came military service, and then Pearl Harbor. But we were married on Palm Sunday of my senior year (1943), and five of my D O sisters made the trip to Wood River for the wedding. After two years in Europe, Jim returned, continued his music education, and then we settled in church and school work in Clinton, Iowa. Jim and I had 64 wonderful years together. 184

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“ e met twenty years ago at the Sigma Pi house in which Todd was a fraternity brother…” Todd Strong ’91 and Dominique Alexandre ’92 married July 27, 1996 in Forest Park, IL. Aziz Shaffi ’91, Konwar Dhami ’90, Erika Danou ’92, Omar Sadeque ’91, Moaz Raab, Kelly Farwell ’91, Chansonnette Koons, Sherry Moore ’92, Jennifer Nims ’92 and Vanessa Tree ’92 were all at the wedding. The couples first date was an intellectual debate involving professors. Todd and Dominique enjoyed spending time at the library and Saga, but their favorite place was the I-House because of its homey setting. The couple has three beautiful girls 7, 9 and 12. Both Todd and Dominique are attorneys. 185


Irene Masiulis ’03 and Chaz Bowen ’03 Were married on August 6, 2005 in Elmhurst, IL. IWU friends in attendance were Erinn Howeard ’03, Stefanie Grant ’03, Eric Hayes ’02, Michael Walton ’04, and Kris Goergen ’04. The story goes that they met through mutual friends during the spring semester of their freshman year. That May Term, they both unknowingly registered for the same class, the only class they ever shared at IWU. They dated for the next three years and Chaz proposed the day they graduated. As they reflect on their time at IWU, many places bring back fond memories. Chaz is now a 6th grade special education teacher working at a private school near Dallas. He has finally found his niche amongst a great group of teachers and loves helping kids enjoy learning. Irene just completed her Ph.D. in integrative biology with a focus in molecular genetics and neuroscience. She will be continuing as a postdoctoral fellow at UT Southwestern.



Janna Grandone ’05 and Rob Shell ’05 married in Lake Zurich, IL on May 2, 2009. Many IWU alumni attended their wedding including Tom King, Mike White, Ajay Vilos, Matt Grandone, Megan Files Grandone, Kimi Johnson and Chelsea Yontz.



Teresa Domaleczny ’97 and Vito Trifiletti ’95 were married on August 7, 1999. They met at a Sigma Pi/Kappa Kappa Gamma exchange party. Teresa mentioned to a friend that she had seen Vito around campus and thought he was cute. Teresa’s pledge mom introduced them. The meeting was brief, but the following week, Vito asked Teresa out on a date and that’s all it took! In August they celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary. Teresa celebrated her 10th year with North Shore University Health System working as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist. Vito has been the Chief Information Officer at Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. for the past two years after spending 11 years with Kraft Foods in Information Systems. They live in Vernon Hills, IL with their two daughters. They spend their time traveling and enjoying every day with their children and families. 188

About Evelyn Chapel

Built at a cost of $1.8-million and named in honor of Evelyn Howell for her philanthropic gifts and volunteer efforts, Evelyn Chapel is the University’s first dedicated chapel building. It was planned as the focal point of Illinois Wesleyan University’s central campus when ground was broken in 1983, and has anchored the east side of the Eckley Quadrangle since its completion in 1984. Its design derives from the early Moravian architecture in America, relating to the strong spiritual influence of the Moravian Anabaptist movement on John Wesley. Although the overall visual impact is traditional, architect Benjamin Horace Weese extracted the sparseness so apparent in Moravian structures into a contemporary building that harmonized with existing campus architecture at the time of its design. Evelyn Chapel was designed to provide acoustical brilliance for its custom-designed Casavant organ and other musical programs. Contributing to enhanced reverberation time and sound distribution are the vaulted ceiling with unequal facets and the hard, fluted surfaces evident throughout the sanctuary. Visitors to Evelyn Chapel have been particularly aware of the use of re-reflected white light in the sanctuary and narthex. Natural light sources find a focus over the altar in which the sanctuary cross appears to float suspended in space. Gold leaf, hand-applied to the planes of the beveled wood surfaces, attracts and reflects light, bringing it into dazzling focus. The tower cross was fabricated of bronze. Illinois Wesleyan University has provided a springboard for thousands of loving relationships which have lasted lifetimes. Among nearly 20,000 alumni, 3,200 are married to another alum. That makes for 1,600 couples, comprising about 15 percent of the total alumni population. Cover image by Jeffrey and Julia Woods

Met & Married at IWU  

A collection of stories from Illinois Wesleyan University alumni who met their spouses while at IWU.

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