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MacNews FALL/WINTER 2018




1 A Message 2 Across Campus Homecoming 2018 10 13 Madrigal Dinner 14 New Website for Mac Study Abroad 16 Alumni Give Back 18 Highlander Club 26 27 Recent Gatherings 28 Alumni Notes 29 In Memoriam from the President

Tradition meets Tomorrow

Students revive a Mac tradition






26 has a new look

J-term in India; fall semester in England MacMurray Board members featured The club that supports athletics

The Alumni Magazine of MacMurray College On the Cover: Willie Stanton '72, Gil Opferman '74 and Mike Zimmers '71 volunteer to help with campus beautification during the alumni work day.

MacNews Staff

Editor: Assistant Editor: Marcy Jones ’14 Todd Spann Graphic Designers: Lead Writer: Marcy Jones ’14 Todd Spann Steve Varble Contributors: Alexia Helmer Katie Seck John Honnen Allyson Strauch Joanne Leeds Robin Weems Georgi Samaras

MacNews is published two times a year by the Office of Communications and Marketing in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations and is mailed free of charge to MacMurray alumni and friends of the College.


Possible story ideas and Alumni Notes are welcome and should be sent to: MacMurray College Office of Alumni Relations 447 East College Avenue Jacksonville, IL 62650

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT MacMurray College Board of Trustees

Dear Alumni and Friends, As many of you know, June 30 marks the end of my presidential tenure at MacMurray College. In reflecting on my four years at the helm of this beloved and historic institution, I am proud of the many accomplishments that I share with other members of the MacMurray Family – trustees, alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends who care about this very special institution of higher learning. During these past four years, we have put MacMurray on a path to become a more highly regarded and more competitive institution. Our facilities have been improved and further improvements are planned. Our curriculum is expanding and, with it, our enrollment of high quality students will expand as well. Our intercollegiate athletics program also is being strengthened. MacMurray College has faced and addressed significant challenges and is now beginning to bounce back. Our strategic planning and assessment protocols are now fully in place to help assure that the College maintains an agenda of continuous improvement. As a result, MacMurray should become a better institution every year. There is no doubt that MacMurray is a college gathering momentum. Shaped by its long history, profoundly connected to its Jacksonville and Central Illinois communities,

and energized by increasing academic strength, the College has reaffirmed its role of providing students with a highly personalized education both in the arts and sciences and in its professional programs. MacMurray College’s recent successes have been noticed by media outlets such as U.S. News & World Report as well as by employers, foundations and others. More importantly, potential students and parents are now becoming more interested in learning about what Mac has to offer. These many steps forward would never have come to fruition without the generous support and tireless efforts of many members of the MacMurray Family, including trustees, alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and other friends of the College. Thank you for all you have contributed to help move MacMurray forward. Also, accept my thanks for allowing me to become a part of the Mac Fam — and know that the College will always be a part of me. Sincerely,

Dr. Mark J. Tierno President

Bishop Frank Beard Mr. John Blythe ’74 Ms. Lisa Sappenfield Boyer Mr. Robert Clary ‘80 Dr. John Cox Mr. Jeff Davidsmeyer ‘85 Mr. Ernie Downey Mr. David Ekin ‘77 Mr. John Eyth Rev. Beth Gallegly Fender ‘91 Ms. Lisa Gilmore ‘97 Dr. Judith Dozier Hackman ‘63 Dr. James Hinchen Rev. Dr. Donald Jackson Mr. John Nicolay ‘90 Mr. Charles O’Connell ‘69 Ms. Katie Richardson Petrikin ‘77 Ms. Cathy Horn Randall ‘69 Mr. Jim Rayburn ‘71 Ms. Tammy Dugan Robbins ’90 Mr. Kenneth Roumpos ‘00 Dr. Michael Royer ‘91 Mr. Mark Sanders ‘82 Ms. Kathryn Thomson Dr. Mark J. Tierno Mr. Joel Tinsley-Hall ‘10 Ms. Debbie Trueblood ‘99 Mr. John Austin Van Hook ‘64 Dr. Amy Martin Waschull ‘95 Ms. Sandy Watson ‘72 Mr. Charles “Chuck” Wuensch ‘81 Mr. Michael K. Zellmann ‘89

Lifetime Trustees Ms. Josephine Krussell Bennington ‘58 Ms. Nancy Carson Berst ‘69 Dr. Frank Bixby Ms. Louise Krussell Bone ‘56 Dr. Dolores Buchler ‘57 Dr. Allen Croessmann ‘68 Dr. Howard Curtis ‘65 Rev. Dr. Howard Daughenbaugh Ms. Millie Deal Ms. Pat Doyle-Grace ‘66 Ms. Lois Ingels Freeman ‘49 Mr. Bob Freesen Ms. Marva Green Mr. David Hart ‘69 Dr. Jim Henderson Mr. Bob Hill ‘76 Dr. Bob Kellogg ‘68 Mr. Brent Kizer ‘77 Ms. Joan Carlson Long ‘58 Ms. Carole Lyon McKinney ‘66 Mr. Tim Mlsna ‘69 Mr. Russ Patton ‘66 Dr. Bill Springer Ms. Peggy Smith Sudbrink ‘49 Dr. Ray Thompson ‘61 Mr. Dick Ware


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Nursing Program ranked No. 1 in the state The MacMurray College Nursing Program is ranked No. 1 in the State of Illinois in the third annual RN Program Rankings by Out of 78 RN programs in the state, RegisteredNursing. org ranked the top 30 nursing schools in Illinois by analyzing current and historical National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, pass rates. For three consecutive years, MacMurray College has had a 100 percent pass rate on the first attempt taking the exam. The national average for first time pass rates on the

NCLEX-RN is 88 percent for U.S. educated students according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. “The pass rates reflect the student’s level of knowledge and readiness to care for patients at an entry level and directly correlates to the quality of the College’s curriculum,” Angela Pierson, director of nursing at MacMurray, said. A certain percentage of students passing the NCLEX the first time is required for accreditation and Pierson added that these statistics are viewed by potential students as well as other

nursing programs interested in knowing who is producing nurses that are prepared for today’s societal demands. “It is a good feeling to know that MacMurray’s nursing program surpasses the national average and

ranks number one,” Pierson said. “This is accomplished with the hard work of experienced faculty who focus on each student, assuring mastery of content and an ability to pass the exam.”

Mac to assist in Healthy SSA introduces new program and safety app Jacksonville initiative A partnership between Passavant Area Hospital, SIU School of Medicine and MacMurray College aims to increase access to health care using a holistic approach for vulnerable or at-risk residents of Jacksonville. The Passavant Foundation has provided a grant of $169,000 to fund the first year of Healthy Jacksonville. A portion of the grant will support the integration of two community health workers who will have offices in the target area and be tasked with building relationships with the residents in order to help them achieve 2

better health. MacMurray alumna Sarah Schone Karraker ’05, supervisor of social services and case coordinator at Passavant, has been selected to supervise the community health workers and help ensure the program’s success. Students from the social work program at MacMurray College assisted in gathering data as the project launches. “This presents a huge opportunity for us to improve the health of those in our community,” Karraker said.

The MacMurray College Student Safety Aides, along with Student Life, hosted several local officials for a reception to introduce the new SSA program and the MacSafe app. Officials who attended included State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer; Kevin Gade '99, Illinois Secretary of State Police Investigator assigned to

executive protection; Chad Moore, Jacksonville Police Department Deputy Chief; and Phil McCarty, director of the Office of Emergency Management for Morgan County. The MacSafe app helps integrate campus safety measures, emergency messaging and many more features to help make the campus safer.

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ASL Performance Showcase takes center stage

Several MacMurray students and alumni took the stage for the ASL Performance Showcase in November. Nearly 50 attendees watched as performers signed a variety of songs from “A Million Reasons” from the Greatest Showman to “Just Fine” by Mary J Blige. Another showcase was hosted by the ASL Interpreting program in April featuring songs such as “Young, Dumb and Broke” by Khalid and “Evermore” from the movie soundtrack “Beauty and the Beast.”

Poetry celebration honors Black History Month MacMurray College hosted a poetry celebration to honor Black History Month on Feb. 6, in the Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio Theatre. Students, faculty and staff, and members of the community were invited to perform and attend the event. The celebration included presentations of poetry, rap, spoken word, and/or ASL interpreted works written or influenced by poets of color or on issues of diversity.

Helping serve the deaf and hard of hearing community Students, faculty and staff from MacMurray College completed a video and a training manual designed to assist human resource departments and local businesses in implementing a welcoming environment for the deaf and hard of hearing community. “The purpose of the training manual and accompanying video is to give concise tips and other information to human resource staff, local businesses and managers who train staff, that could be used for training purposes,” Dr. Joe Squillace, director of the social work department at MacMurray, said. The video, “Reach Out; Don’t Freak Out: Serving the Deaf Community,” shows and describes what

not to do when working with deaf customers, and then follows with appropriate ways of interacting. The manual mirrors the video with some basic information about working closely with customers and provides additional sources for training videos. “If businesses understand how to work with deaf customers, where people feel welcomed, it will increase customer traffic, and ultimately revenue for the business,” Squillace said. “A goal was to keep the video short, around 5 minutes, and training manual concise with additional references to resources so individuals can go deeper into these issues if they desire. It can be used at a weekly staff meeting or to train new

employees.” The project was first conceptualized by Squillace, social work students Codi Poe and Megan Gillis, and American Sign Language-Interpreting students Randa Freeze and Brittany Foldes. “The project grew out of previous research we had done with the Jacksonville Commission on Disabilities and Human Relations regarding access to services

in Jacksonville,” Squillace said. “Survey respondents expressed concerns about treatment at local businesses and wanted to have more welcoming environments created.” Dr. Jeannie Zeck, professor of English, and Susan Hall, assistant professor of interpreting, assisted with video production with the Office of Communications and Marketing at MacMurray.

You can view the video by following this link: 3

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Godman appointed to national initiative, receives award

Anne Godman, director of Career Services, has been appointed to a national initiative with the Society of Human Resource Management Foundation. Godman was selected as one of 50 participants from across the nation. The focus of the initiative is to support veterans with job preparation and job opportunities. Godman is currently Workforce Chair on the Central Illinois Chapter–SHRM Chapter Board and a member of the Illinois State SHRM Workforce Leadership Committee. The Central Illinois Chapter recognized Godman as Professional of the Year for her commitment to students, the chapter and the community.

Religious Life takes to the road to serve

Allyson Strauch joins Mac as Alumni Director television broadcasting and journalism. “I´m enthusiastic about joining the Mac Fam and look forward to meeting many alumni along the way,” Strauch said. “Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or ideas. My goal is to help make your alumni experience MacMurray College one of the best yet. I look names Allyson Strauch as forward to seeing you at director of Annual Giving Homecoming in October!” and Alumni Relations in Strauch currently lives Institutional Advancement. with her husband, Craig, Strauch comes from son Dawson, and two HSHS St. John’s Hospital English cockers – Neila Jane Foundation in Springfield, and Ivy Sue.  Illinois, where she was If you have any questions previously the annual gift or would like to welcome officer. She brings a wealth Strauch to the MacMurray of career experience Family, you can call her at in alumni relations, event 217-479-7030 or email at planning, higher education and teaching, as well as

Doss recognized for her service in the Army MacMurray’s Office of Religious Life along with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been busy this spring semester with an education-based trip and then a service trip to assist with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Most recently, on a service trip during spring break, students Emily Hocking, Jordan Kyles, Mikaela Milligan, Faythe Newberry, Greg Urbanc and Daisy Whitaker traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida, to assist in the recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael, which hit the area in October 2018. The group worked with the First Baptist Church to rebuild an uninsured building used for a day care program. The rebuild included insulating the building and installing drywall throughout the house. “The group spent a week doing life together,” Todd Sweatman, director of religious life, said. “We cooked dinner, cleaned house, took part in Bible study and spent some time on the beach.” 4

Laura Doss ’03, payroll and benefits coordinator, was one of several female veterans recognized on the House floor by the Illinois House of Representatives on March 26 for her service in the United States Army. Doss was presented a certificate from Illinois State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, who had organized the event, and was also able to meet Jacksonvillebased State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer. March was Women’s History Month,

and Kifowit said it was fitting to recognize female vets during that time.

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Newberry named Lincoln Laureate MacMurray College senior Faythe Newberry of Clinton, Illinois, was honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at the 43rd Annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol in Springfield on Nov. 17. “It was such an amazing experience,” Newberry, a social work major, said. “I was so honored to be chosen by the faculty and staff at MacMurray to receive the award.” The Lincoln Academy’s

Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, each Student Laureate was presented with a certificate of merit, a Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check from The Lincoln Academy.

Pictured with Newberry is Jodi Colbert, clinical assistant professor of social work at MacMurray, along with officials from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Nursing students go to Hann receives award year. This award is given This past Illinois State Capitol to a student at MacMurray fall, senior Kiersten Hann received the John Austin Van Hook Student Leader of the Year award for the 2017-18 school

Students from the MacMurray College nursing program along with several faculty members participated in the 22nd annual Student Nurse Political Action Day at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on April 2. During the day, which included a workshop and then a march to the

Capital, students had the opportunity to meet their legislators, learn how current bills affect their future in nursing, learn how to impact public policy, meet exhibitors and explore career and educational opportunities. The political action day is organized by the American Nurses Association-Illinois.

who shows a high level of leadership on campus. Hann was recognized for her leadership on the field, in organizations and as a Resident Assistant, all while maintaining a very high GPA.

Students attend Police Officers Ball

Mac students Abigail Youngblood and Cooper Bowles accompanied Mark Lahr, assistant professor of criminal justice and homeland security, to the 2018 Central Illinois Police Officers Ball on Nov. 3.

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Criminal justice and homeland security students assist at events

Assistant Professor Mark Lahr and students from the criminal justice and homeland security

The criminal justice and homeland security students assisted the Midtown Rotary National organization at the 6th Annual Springfield Marathon on Oct. 14. The marathon hosted runners from all over the world and the money that was raised supports several

programs assisted the Illinois State Police academy in the training of new county and city police

area charities. Students were assigned different posts throughout the marathon that included traffic marshals, setting up runner tents for first aid and food, and handing water to runners. They also gained knowledge in extra security measures taken on big events.

officers. Students acted as role players in a variety of scenarios that involved vehicle stops and occupant

control. The students gained first-hand insight and experience to real police training.

Assistant Professor Lahr and 32 students from the homeland security and criminal justice programs volunteered at the 51st Law Enforcement Polar Plunge for Special Olympics on March 2. The students were given job assignments that ranged from providing security for the tents of the plungers, directing

traffic, cooking food and many other duties. Board members from the Special Olympics stated that the event was a total success with all the volunteers, but especially with the help from MacMurray students. More than $90,000 was raised from the event and will go directly to Special Olympic athletes across Illinois.

FBI visits criminal justice class Brad Ware, an outreach specialist with the Springfield FBI, visited Mark Lahr’s CRIM 101 class on Oct. 10. Around 50 students participated in a discussion on different areas within the Bureau. Ware 6

also discussed qualifications for being a field agent as well as types of training for the agency. The students were given informational sheets on how to prepare for the FBI physical exam and internship information.

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Muhammad, Fowler headline All-UMAC picks




Mac and IC present check to foundation


Led by seniors Javon Muhammad and Anthony Fowler, the MacMurray College football team saw 11 players named to UMAC all-conference teams. For the second straight season, Muhammad was crowned the Most Valuable Defensive Player while Fowler earned Most Valuable Lineman accolades. Muhammad made first team All-Conference for the third consecutive year. The senior led the nation in tackles for loss per game at 3.56 and sacks per game at 1.83. He added to his career sacks record and set the record for most sacks in a single season with 16.5. Additionally, Muhammad broke up 15 passes, tallied nine quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles. Fowler earned first team honors as well as being named Most Valuable Lineman. Fowler anchored an offensive line that was second in total sacks allowed and helped MacMurray

record 377.3 yards per game. Joining Muhammad and Fowler on the first team were fellow seniors CJ O’Rourke and Chris Blanchard.   O’Rourke had an outstanding year for the Highlanders, leading the team with 94 total tackles. In the season finale against St. Scholastica, O’Rourke forced a fumble in the end zone and picked up 18 tackles. A key part of the Highlander secondary, Blanchard earns his second career all-conference honor. Most notably, Blanchard had a game-sealing pick six in the win over St. Scholastica – a 75-yard return. The Highlanders saw seven players named to the second team – Nathan Randall, Asa Donaldson, Demetrius Curry, Devonta Preston, Jordan Wilkins, Corben Edwards and Noah Sandoval.








The MacMurray College and Illinois College volleyball teams presented a check for $3,890.48 to the Mia Ware Foundation. The proceeds came from a match on Oct. 24, where IC won in straight sets. Highlander head coach Danielle Doerfler, IC

head coach Kristy Duncan, along with members from both teams presented representatives from the Mia Ware Foundation with the check. Funds were raised through t-shirt sales, a silent auction and donations at the door from the annual Pink Night match. The Mia Ware Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps support the fight against cancer.

25 earn Academic AllConference honors Twenty-five MacMurray College student-athletes were named Academic All-SLIAC. This is the most student-athletes from MacMurray since Academic All-Conference accolades began in 2002, and more than double last fall’s total. Volleyball led the way with nine players recognized. Senior Reagan Witherell found herself on the list for the third consecutive season. Juniors Janelle Benson, Caitlyn Hoene and Alexis Moore along with sophomores Niah Bevolo, Hannah Harbaugh, Kourtney Knecht, Kendall Lustik and Brenna Rande were all honored. The women’s soccer team saw five receive the honor. Abby Youngblood led the way with her third time on the list, as juniors Erin Detter and Emily

Kolo earned the honor for the second time. Maggie Doss and Hannah Sweeney received their first Academic All-Conference nod. The women’s cross country team landed four on the list — Sarah Bailey, Haley Alt, Lizzy Staub and Kaylie Stowe. Seniors Omar Martinez and Austin Hatfield along with sophomores Edgar Castillo and Jacob Trim were the recipients from the men’s soccer team. The women’s golf team had two listed, Kaitlyn Brown and Kayla Dannaman. Zach Vespa was the lone selection from the men’s cross country team. In order to be eligible for Academic All-Conference honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in athletic standing and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.  7

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Three Highlanders named SLIAC Newcomer of the Year

Dannaman Highlanders Kayla Dannaman for women’s golf, Logan Dorethy for men’s basketball and Chassidy Hays for women’s basketball, were named as the conference’s Newcomer of the Year for their respective sports. Dannaman led the way



for Mac at the conference tournament, finishing ninth at the conference championship, carding a 96 and 92 in the two-day tournament. Dorethy led the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. He collected 4.8 rebounds

per game and finished the season with 21 total blocks. Hays led the conference in field goal percentage at 59.8 percent and rebounds per game at 12.9. She etched her name in the MacMurray record books totaling 283 rebounds on the season.

Soccer earns team academic award

Both the MacMurray College men’s and women’s soccer teams earned the Team Academic Award from United Soccer Coaches for the 2017 season. Last season, Coach Attanasio’s women’s squad posted a team GPA of 3.27. The men’s team, led by Coach Mansholt, recorded a 3.13 team GPA.


Randall selected as Academic All-District

Senior Nathan Randall was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America. This is believed to be MacMurray football’s first Academic All-District selection since 2011. Randall, a native of White Hall, Illinois, and a business administration major, earned First Team honors in District 7, composed of Division III schools in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The quarterback was in the midst of a stellar campaign before suffering a seasonending injury in Week 7, throwing for nearly 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns.

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MacMurray adds new majors for fall '19 Beginning next fall, the College will be seeing a return of the chemistry and elementary education majors as well as the addition of a new major in PPE – philosophy, political science and economics. “We are very excited by the opportunity to, once again, offer majors in elementary education and chemistry,” Beverly Rodgers, provost and vice president of academic affairs and student life, said. “We know that Illinois has a desperate need for elementary education teachers and we have had serious interest from high school students in becoming educators.”

With chemistry, Rodgers said that the College is “reinstating a major that has a long history of producing graduates who have gone on to very successful and productive work lives.” Adding the elementary education major gives an added value to the Education Program, allowing students pursuing a degree in education to follow various tracks such as special education and deaf and hard of hearing education. Bringing chemistry back also gives

prospective students another highly sought after major from which to choose. The MacMurray College Board of Trustees also voted earlier this year to add PPE. This major is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary degree that analyzes the structure, philosophical and economic principles of modern society. “PPE brings a unique major to campus,” Dr. Eric Berg, professor of philosophy, said. “It combines three disciplines into one powerful major that gives students a distinct advantage in the job market and being

accepted to law school. Philosophy sharpens critical thinking skills, political science illuminates the systems we deal with every day and economics sharpens our understanding of the economy that we must navigate our entire lives.” Rodgers added, “These majors will enrich our campus exponentially.”

To support one of these newly added majors, you can do so by giving to the Annual Fund and specifying to which major you would like your gift to go.

MacMurray Hall of Fame welcomes newest class Four new members were inducted into the MacMurray Athletic Hall of Fame. Former Highlanders Brad Burger ‘87, Kelly Matthes ‘07, Joy Davis Moore ‘97 and Mike Schmidtke ‘07 were all honored at the induction ceremony in Thoreson Recital Hall on Feb. 2. Burger, a .366 lifetime hitter for the Highlanders, has his name etched across the MacMurray baseball record books. With 35 home runs, he is second all-time in Highlander history. Twentyfive of the 35 home runs came in the 1986 season,

which still stands as a singleseason record. He is also one of just seven players to drive in more than 100 runs (107), while holding the single-season RBI record with 72 RBIs in 1986. In just two seasons with the Highlanders, Matthes was a crucial part of the revival of the MacMurray volleyball team. She finished with 409 kills over those two years while recording 89 service aces. Fifty of the 89 aces came in her first season at MacMurray, where the Highlanders went to the SLIAC Tournament for the first time in years.

Moore finds herself in the top three of six softball career records – at-bats, doubles, games played, hits, runs and RBIs. With 107 RBIs, she is MacMurray’s Pictured: Mike Schmidtke ‘07, Brad all-time leader Burger ‘87 and Kelly Matthes ‘07. and the only Schmidtke threw for 4,646 player to drive in more than yards and 45 touchdowns 100 runs in their career. She rounded out her career with – both school records upon his graduation 32 doubles, good for first in from MacMurray. His that category. 328 completed passes Schmidtke turned rank second all-time in in a storied career as MacMurray history as well as quarterback with the passing touchdowns. Highlanders. In 25 games, 9

homecoming | 2018

The 2018 Homecoming theme, “Tradition Meets Tomorrow,” was perfect for the weekend as both past alumni and current students took part in celebrating their return home to MacMurray. Homecoming was kicked off with the annual 1846 Donor and Alumni Recognition Dinner where three alumni were presented with awards: Sally Scaman ‘68 – Community Service Award; Gary Stephens ‘78 – Distinguished Alumni Award; Reverend Carol Lakota Eastin ‘78 – Distinguished Career Award. After the dinner, alumni met students on Rutledge Lawn to take part in the Torchlight Parade and Pep Rally. The Michalson Monster 5k Run/

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Walk began the celebration on Saturday and afterwards everyone gathered downtown for the Homecoming parade. Dr. B.G. Stephens, who served as the 12th President of the College from 1980 to 1986, was the 2018 parade marshal. After the parade, everyone returned to campus to take part in the day’s festivities which included walking through the Applebee Art Gallery to see the works of Karen Ellison Stanley ’68, grabbing food from the student food booths, watching the soccer and football games, stopping by the Highlander Block Party, and taking part in the all-college talent show. Join us next year for Homecoming on October 18-20!

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Performing Arts | feature

Students continue madrigal tradition The MacMurray College Choir transported the McClelland Dining Hall back to the Renaissance period on Dec. 8 with a Madrigal Dinner. The Madrigal Dinner was an annual event at MacMurray from 1967 to 1997 and was revived last year by MacMurray choir alumni. This year, MacMurray College students performed and hosted the event which had more than 100 people in attendance. “The students were committed from the beginning to make this Madrigal Dinner a success,” said Christine Smith ‘92, director of performing arts. “We

worked really hard learning the music, recording parts and singing a cappella which was new for many of them. The performers really become close during this experience. It was a special event for families and students.” Traditional songs were performed such as “Here We Come a Caroling,” “Masters In This Hall,” “Wassail” and “Boar’s Head,” along with a concert portion which included “All Ye Who Music” by Baldassare Donato, “Sing We Now of Christmas” arranged by John Ricketts and “Dixit Maria” by J. Leo Hassler as well as other selections.

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new website feature |

Mac launches new website MacMurray College has a brand new website! In January 2018, the Office of Communications and Marketing began work on a redesign for the College’s website, and after more than a year of researching, designing and updating, the new website was launched. The new version of was built in-house, from the ground up as an important marketing tool for the College, serving two main purposes: recruitment of prospective students and information for alumni and giving. As alumni of the College, the new website serves you as your one-stop shop for all of your resources and questions. Found under the “Alumni & Giving” tab, you can go to the website

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to look for information about campus events such as Homecoming and Commencement, signing up for the @Mac monthly newsletter, information about requesting a transcript and replacement diplomas, and ways to give back to the College. The website also has a place for alumni to update personal information, access the current and past MacNews issues, and find information about past and current traditions as well as ways to contact Alumni Relations. Part of telling the story of MacMurray is telling the stories of alumni. We feature several alumni testimonials in the “Discover Mac” section to show prospective students the stories from alumni and their time at Mac, the possible careers alumni have achieved and how a MacMurray education could benefit their lives. The purpose of the website redesign was to create less confusion for prospective students seeking information on the College website by making everything more easily accessible and just a click away. The site also needed a new look that was clean and inviting as well as consistent with the look and branding of the College. The Office of Communications and Marketing has received positive feedback as well as issues that some are encountering, like broken links or information that needs updating. The website is still a work in progress and there will be updates and changes as we move forward. Please continue to contact ocm@mac. edu if you encounter any issues or have a comment or concern about the website. A special thank you to our website team for a year of really hard work: Marcy Jones, director of OCM, Georgi Samaras, web manager; Alexia Helmer, communications and web content coordinator; Todd Spann, assistant director of OCM; John Honnen, new media coordinator; and Steve Varble, freelance designer.

We don’t do bake sales. ...although that would be pretty sweet!

Your contribution to the MacMurray College Annual Fund is important. Every crumb and morsel counts. Some of the million ingredients in our recipe for success include: • Campus Technology Upgrades • Campus Maintenance & Upkeep • Classroom Equipment • Faculty & Staff Support • Expenses not Covered by Tuition

Supporting MacMurray is as easy as pie! Help us ensure that we can serve the needs of current and future students.

Serve up your portion of the pie today! (Any size slice would be nice!)

Return the inserted envelope or go to to make your donation before May 31, 2019 to meet our fiscal year end.

Keep MacMurray cookin’ into the future.



study abroad | feature

Mac Students En This J-term, a group of ten students, Christina Anozie, assistant professor of social work, and Alexia Helmer, communications and web content coordinator, went on a cultural immersion trip to India from January 6-16. While there, they spent time in the cities of Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar, both located in the state of Gujarat. During the trip, the group visited numerous nonprofit organizations, historical sites, and explored the cities of Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar, getting a true cultural experience from their Indian tour guides, Aditya Gohil, Jignesh Chauhan and Yusuf Gamit. They met many wonderful people so willing to open their doors to them and teach them about their way of life. Everyone bonded and had the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the families and friends that hosted them during their stay. “Like many of the students, I never thought I’d get the chance to go to India, nor to be able to go with such an amazing group, all ready and willing to learn, and taking the chance to respectfully embrace Indian culture,” Helmer said. “We all learned so much, 16

and, even though initially it was quite a culture shock, it didn’t take long for us to adapt to the

Indian way of life – eating Indian food, drinking chai, dancing at Garba, riding in rickshaws all around the city, learning the language, taking our shoes off before entering a home or shop, and not petting every cow or dog we saw roaming the streets.” The group visited places like the Gandhi Ashram where the freedom movement started, “Manay Gulzar,” a school located in the biggest slum in Gujarat, a leprosy colony where they handed out care packages, an animal hospital, the Blind People’s Association, the Ahmedabad City Museum, a medical school where they were able to view and touch body parts used in the dissection labs, and so many other places. They also had the chance to practice their bartering

skills at the markets, zip line over a river and celebrate the Kite Festival in Bhavnagar. Megan Evans ’20, social work major, said, “The moments I shared with my fellow students and staff helped me become more confident in who I am as a student, friend and future social worker. Although I am across the world from India now, I believe there are parts of me that I did not take with me when I left.” Just like Evans, many of the students felt that they, too, left a part of themselves in India, but they were also able to bring a big piece of India back to the states. “The people and the culture of India accepted us as part of their own for the time we were there. They were happy to see us grow and teach us about their country” said Colton Pettyjohn ’19, social work major. “Throughout our trip we made remarkable friendships as well as shared part of America with the country of India. I believe we are all put on the Earth to make a lasting impact and to change the world for the better. With all the experiences we had and all we did on this trip, I feel we had a little impact on that part of world that is not our own.”

nlightened in India Study Abroad in Canterbury, England This fall, Dr. Joseph Squillace, director of the social work program and associate professor of social work, will accompany a group of students to Canterbury, England, for the semester. This study abroad opportunity is a new cooperative program between MacMurray College and Canterbury Christ Church University. “In a recent survey, seventy-five percent of employers said it is important for their staff to have a global perspective,” said Dr. Squillace. “The experience will increase our students’ cultural understanding of the world, and they will be ambassadors of MacMurray College when abroad.” While in Canterbury, students will live on campus and take classes at CCCU. They will also have the opportunity to explore much of England and the surrounding areas. “This is a great opportunity for our students and it’s an experience that can be truly transformative,” President Mark Tierno said. “We live in a global society and it is important for us to offer international learning opportunities.” Follow along with the students’ experiences studying abroad in Canterbury this fall by visiting the MacMurray College blog, Highland Happenings, at 17

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Alumni Give Back MacMurray College alumni choose to give back to their alma mater in various ways and for a variety of different reasons. The reason could be that professor that would not let you fail, that advisor or coach that encouraged you to work hard and go outside of your comfort zone, those lifelong friendships you formed while living in Jane Hall or the comradery built on the gridiron at Freesen Field. In the following stories, you will read different reasons why our alumni use their time and resources to support their alma mater. But one thing is true for all of them, after having a good experience at Mac, they felt compelled to give back. Giving back to the College can be done in a variety of ways and it does not matter if you


received your diploma this year or last century. Volunteer your time. MacMurray can always use volunteers to help with events, lead a service project or even stuff envelopes. Host an internship. Students are always looking for real-world experience. If you have or work for a company that hires interns or that could utilize an internship program, MacMurray students could be a good fit. Share your experience. You could come back to campus and sit on a panel for Career Services or volunteer to speak to a class. No matter where you are in life, students can benefit from your experience. Refer MacMurray. You can easily be an unofficial recruiter for Mac by taking the time to talk about your college experience to

prospective students. And Give what you can. A small donation, even just $5, can make a big difference for the College’s future. It is not the total dollar amount that is important, it is the number of alumni who give. A small gift increases the percentage of givers, which helps the College obtain grants and leverages other resources by showing alumni support. Our alumni matter to us. You are the reason for our long-standing history and traditions that continue on with our current students. Continue to share, serve and lead the future of the College by giving back to Mac so that we can continue to serve future generations of leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers, building and strengthening the Mac Fam.  

Michael Zimmers ’71 came to MacMurray College to play basketball, and if you ever have the pleasure to meet him, it is easy to see why – he is definitely someone you look up to – but it is his life-long dedication to education that stands even taller. It was at MacMurray where Zimmers decided to pursue a life of education. “I think it was just the closeness with the faculty at Mac,” Zimmers said. “I always felt that they cared personally about the students and I had that feeling with every instructor I had, particularly with my history teacher, Dr. Biloz.” Michael Biloz, former associate professor of history and government, was a sport enthusiast and would attend a lot of basketball games and sporting events. Because of this, the two got to know each other. “I came to Mac thinking I was going to be an economics major,” Zimmers said. “As I started to take courses, I found out it wasn’t my cup of tea. Dr. Biloz told me he thought I would be a good teacher. So, basically, because of him, I became a teacher.” Zimmers ended up graduating with a degree in history and political science and then spent most of his professional life within the Springfield Public School district in Illinois. Even though he is technically retired, “this is going be an interesting year, as I am going to be MacMurray Alumni Board president, District 186 School Board president and Rotary president in the same year.” He certainly is keeping busy. It is something he has always done. While teaching, he tried to be involved in different aspects of education – like being part of the union and their negotiation teams. Even in retirement, he stays active. “I am part of the United Way Vision Council and I volunteer one day a week with a kindergarten class.” And let’s not forget his leadership roles with Mac’s Alumni Board, Springfield District 186 School Board and the Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise. This dedication to the craft started at MacMurray.

“We had a great education department at Mac,” Zimmers said. “They turned out a whole lot of teachers during those years. And I’m glad to see the College is bringing elementary education back because even in the Springfield area there are a ton of us here who are educators and we all got our experience from Mac.” Zimmers credits his professors for preparing him for life in the classroom. “I could tell that the professors all cared for us,” he said. “It was a good experience. When I graduated and hit the classroom, I felt confident that they had prepared us to walk in and teach. And they did.” It was this experience he had at MacMurray that inspires him to give back today. “I am very grateful to MacMurray, they gave me a great start to my professional life,” Zimmers said. “They opened up my world to all sorts of different things and I have been forever grateful.”

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alumni | feature William Stanton ’72 looks back on MacMurray as a place that made a large impact on his life, a place where he made lifelong friends. Not only did Stanton gain friendships at Mac, but he also received an excellent education that provided him with the tools needed to successfully navigate the world. “My liberal arts education gave me an excellent background to pursue my career in education,” Stanton said. “I taught school for 35 years and applied much of what I learned at MacMurray to help my students succeed.” His education also gave him the tools to manage a JCPenney’s store for 24 years until his retirement in 2017. Stanton gained a strong work ethic while a student at Mac. He also developed a strong sense of community involvement and giving back. “I currently volunteer for several community organizations, including Arizona PBS, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Chandler Education Foundation,” Stanton said. “I have been fortunate to be able to initiate and help fund several scholarship programs through the Chandler Education Foundation, Springfield Public Schools Foundation and the District 2340 Education Foundation.” MacMurray had a profound impact on Stanton’s life and he sees the opportunity of giving back to the College as a privilege. “I would encourage all alums to think about the fine education and life lessons that Mac provided,” Stanton said. “Even if someone can’t give a monetary donation, they can help in other ways. Perhaps attending local alumni events, talking to prospective students or volunteering to help with the Alumni Board work day in June.” Stanton joined the Mac Alumni Board to help encourage participation and interest from our robust alumni family. “I would like to see the Board develop a relationship with current students to strengthen the future of the Alumni Board.”

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Joel Tinsley-Hall ’10 was a nontraditional student when he came to MacMurray. He attended college in Virginia immediately following high school but left after a couple of years to join the U.S. Army. “After completing my time in the Army and meeting my husband, we moved to Jacksonville where I attended MacMurray and completed my degree,” Tinsley-Hall said. “This non-traditional perspective is one of the reasons I decided to serve Mac as a member of the Board of Trustees.” Tinsley-Hall believes that diversity is not only important but essential in having an effective governing board. “I believe my non-traditional student perspective as well as being gay and a racial minority allows me a unique opportunity to see things from multiple perspectives,” he said. MacMurray afforded him experiences that helped further develop his leadership skills as president of the MacMurray Concert Choir as well as the founding member and president of the Student Veterans Association. “These leadership opportunities helped prepare me for life after college including my current leadership position as a Trustee,” Tinsley-Hall said. Since graduating from MacMurray, his career has focused on nonprofit organizations. “I have held leadership positions with two

different organizations serving adults and children with developmental disabilities and mental disorders,” Tinsley-Hall said. “I also served as executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, one of the oldest LGBTQ community centers in the United States. Upon my appointment to this role, I became the first African American to serve in this leadership position in the history of the organization.” But one of the most cherished roles he has, is as a full-time father to three beautiful children. “I have been blessed to spend the past four years in this role,” Tinsley-Hall said. “I am very excited that my family and I will soon be moving back to Jacksonville where I will be assisting in the launch of a new El Sistema inspired performing arts school called The Esprit de Corps Academy.” MacMurray College set TinsleyHall on the path to success in his professional life through excellent educational opportunities and various student leader positions. “Jacksonville is a unique community in that students have exposure to the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, Illinois School for the Deaf and various organizations that assist those with developmental disabilities,” he said. On why alumni should give back to their alma mater, Tinsley-Hall says

Mahatma Ghandi said it best, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” “MacMurray is transforming lives and providing strong foundations for its students,” Tinsley-Hall said. “I want to make sure that future generations have the same opportunity I had. I envision a day when I look into the eyes of my children and they tell me they want to be a Highlander!”

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Chrissy Benoit ’10 was a firstgeneration college student and she understands the personal struggles that college students can go through. Giving back to Mac is one way for Benoit to serve her alma mater. “I wanted to pay it forward to the students who followed me,” Benoit said. “I was fortunate to have a few scholarships throughout my experience at Mac. Every little bit helped.” Serving on the Alumni Board is one way she felt she could help, and the idea of serving on the board started while she was still in school. “I was honored to have been selected by my graduating class to serve first as a student representative to the Alumni Board,” Benoit said. “I began serving on the board in honor of them. I continue to serve because I believe in the board and the people I serve with.” After graduating from MacMurray with a degree in psychology, Benoit went on to further her education earning a master’s degree in human development counseling. Benoit is now a licensed mental health counselor working at a psychiatric hospital for children as a therapist and pediatric program coordinator. “I first started at MacMurray as a deaf education major,” Benoit said. “I eventually changed my major to psychology after realizing I wanted to work with children in a different capacity. I’m currently using all aspects of my education, including deaf education, in my present job.” As a pediatric program coordinator, Benoit is in charge of developing the unit’s curriculum and empowering staff to meet the needs of their youngest patients and their families. “MacMurray not only prepared me academically, it also encouraged me to be well rounded and maximize my liberal arts education in and outside of the classroom,” said Benoit. Looking back on her days at Mac, she remembers being a broke college student and finding creative ways to stretch her resources. “I know there are current students who are doing the same thing,” Benoit said. “I want to be there for them just like alums were there for me when I needed the help. It’s important not to forget and celebrate our achievements together. After all, we are MacFam.”

Carlleen Bell Benoit ’08 came to MacMurray believing she was an unremarkable student. She later found that MacMurray would be the place that would not only encourage her to achieve her best work as a student, but to push her to get involved in extracurricular activities and hone the skills that would eventually make her the remarkable student she always wished to be – all in her own way. “MacMurray literally changed my life more dramatically than may be the case for my peers and one experience in particular stands out.” That one important experience was when Bell Benoit was awarded the John Austin Van Hook Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership her junior year. The award included a monetary value that was funded by Mac alum John Austin Van Hook ’64, and that specifically made a remarkable impact on Bell Benoit. After receiving this particular award “I knew I wanted to be an alum who helped make students remarkable and extraordinary, in the ways that only MacMurray can.” After graduating from MacMurray, Bell Benoit immediately jumped into the career of print journalism for small publications in Iowa and Kansas, yet her dream was to always pursue a career in education and teaching. “My coursework as an English major prepared me for the rigors of a career that requires continual writing, but it was really my extracurricular activities that prepared me for a successful career in journalism,” Bell Benoit said. “Because I was successful outside the classroom as much as inside the classroom, I became confident in my interpersonal skills and my ability to succeed at whatever I wanted to do.” Without the opportunity to be involved in student organizations and campus leadership, Bell Benoit may have never taken the risks that allowed her to create the life she wanted. “After nearly five years, I returned to my original plans and now I am a full-time private instructor and tutor for English and writing,” Bell Benoit said. “My liberal arts education taught me to think critically, and the leadership opportunities helped me apply my skills to real world situations.” Giving back is important to Bell Benoit, and one way she could do that is by joining the Alumni Board where she can give her time, energy and ideas. “MacMurray changed my life so dramatically in ways that I would have never imagined, I am grateful for any opportunity to help make students remarkable and the Alumni Board is one way I can do that.” Bell Benoit has fond memories of her time at MacMurray College. “Mac really is a special place,” she said. “It’s not a place for everyone, but it is a place where anyone can build a solid foundation for a good life.” She added that the feelings of love, appreciation and nostalgia you get when you wander the campus can’t be recreated anywhere else. “Contributing your time, your energy, your ideas and your resources is the only way to ensure that MacMurray can continue helping students create those feelings far into the future,” Bell Benoit said. “Our involvement ensures that the place we love continues a legacy of helping students become remarkable.”

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alumni | feature Debbie Trueblood ’99 is always sharing with people the ways in which MacMurray College has changed her life. “I will always do whatever I can to give back to the school that gave me so much,” Trueblood said. “I was an average student before I came to Mac. I had average career aspirations to match. But, at Mac, I felt the school brought something out in me. The liberal arts curriculum taught me more about critical thinking and problem solving as well as putting decisions into context. The faculty supported and encouraged me. I left Mac with more education, confidence and higher goals.” Within four years of graduating from Mac, Trueblood had a master’s degree, she had been a lobbyist and was a CEO of a nonprofit. “I owe it to Mac,” she said. “It is my privilege to serve. For several years after graduation, I had stayed in touch with the campus, gone back for homecoming, met with new faculty and had spoken on campus at a few events. When I was asked to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees, it seemed like the natural progression.” Trueblood is the executive director of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, a nonprofit which serves the professionals in the park and recreation profession statewide through education, networking, mentoring and resources. “I have been a nonprofit professional for the last 18 years, some of that time I was also serving in advocacy, both working for the government and later working as a lobbyist for home health and hospice,” Trueblood said. “Mac’s liberal arts curriculum, what we then called, ‘Core,’ taught me to see both sides to an issue and to research and understand why people do what they do, along with the context of the cultural and economic impact of those decisions.” Implementing all of the things she learned from her time at Mac, Trueblood has become a servant leader, one who listens, tries to understand, and leads by example. “In my life, so many bosses have told me, ‘There’s just something different about you,’ and I have always responded that it was because I went to MacMurray.​” Like many alumni, Trueblood went to Mac at a time when student loans were a big deal. “I graduated with debt, just like most of my Mac friends, but again, I owe so much of my experiences to what Mac did for me,” she said. “I have donated every semester since I graduated in 1999, even when I didn’t have a lot to give, because I wanted to say thank you.” “I have so much good in my life because of the faculty, the staff and the culture of community at ​Mac, that’s the least I can do is give back when I can, through donations, through service, or both,” Trueblood said. “I want to support the school so they can go on and help other students like my friend Melanie Johnson who graduated from Mac just last year, who has gone on to the beginning of a great career as a social worker. Helping others and paving a way for others is what it is all about.”

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While Bob Clary ’80 was serving as a member of the MacMurray College Alumni Board, he quickly gained appreciation for just how many people the College has impacted over the years. “I had the opportunity to meet alumni from a wide range of eras,” Clary said. “This sparked my interest to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees where I have had an opportunity to contribute to the alumni, students, faculty and staff of MacMurray.” Clary retired from a career in information technology while serving in various leadership roles. However, today, he has found a new role working with business, community and government leaders to promote higher education. Clary credits MacMurray for “providing me an opportunity to gain the soft skills to work effectively with other people.” Serving the College on the Board of Trustees or on the Alumni Board like Clary are just a couple of ways to give back but there are plenty of ways to support your alma mater. “The strength of any college is directly tied to the commitment by the alumni,” Clary said. Financial support is important, but Clary said that staying connected with the College is very beneficial. “For example, alumni can host events in their community, assist with meeting prospective students and their parents, attend athletic events when the team comes to their town and alumni can serve as ambassadors for MacMurray,” he said. “A unique feature we hear about MacMurray is that we truly are a family. We are the Mac Fam.”

Jared Lamb ’98 was a student-athlete during his time at MacMurray College, and it was those four years playing football that stand out the most for him as a Highlander. “Going to Mac was a great experience,” Lamb said. Having such a positive experience led to Lamb serving on the Alumni Board. “I’ve enjoyed my time serving on the board,” Lamb said. “I serve with a lot of great people who believe in the College. The passion and love for our school shines through them.” That passion and love are never more evident than at Homecoming. “It’s the highlight of the year,” Lamb said. “The Alumni Board, along with the College, do a great job planning this event.” Lamb graduated with a physical education degree and stayed in the Jacksonville school district for 15 years. Today, he is assistant principal at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Decatur, Illinois. “The education department at Mac was great,” Lamb said. “What I remember most is how tough the classes were. You really had to buckle down and study. I am where I am today because of Mac.” Lamb recently hosted a social event for the Highlander Club.

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HIGHLANDER CLUB The Highlander Club is the driving force for MacMurray College Athletics. Supported by individuals and businesses alike, the Highlander Club provides funds that enhance program operations and facility upgrades for more than 300 student-athletes. Gifts to the Highlander Club assist athletic programs in the following ways: • Enhancement of athletic budgets for 14 sports programs • Equipment, uniforms and supplies • Improvements and repairs of fields and facilities The Highlander Club is dedicated to providing an exceptional athletic experience for the studentathletes at MacMurray College through annual contributions. The support that the Highlander Club and its members provide MacMurray Athletics is essential to student-athletes being able to maintain the highest standards of excellence, both academically and athletically.

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alumni | notes FUTURE HIGHLANDERS RACHEL FRASCH ’05 and her wife Lisa welcomed another daughter, Finley Wynn, on November 2, 2018. Rachel says big sister Ricki is beyond excited. KEVIN HINKLE ’05 and RACHEL BENZ HINKLE ’16 of Auburn, Illinois, welcomed Madison Grace on November 6, 2018.

NEWS NOTES 1960s JUDITH DOZIER HACKMAN ’63, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, was named Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Greater New Haven, and she was given an Outstanding Alumnus Award by Southern Connecticut State University in December 2018. PATRICIA RALPH ’64, of Rochester, New York, writes, “Continue as chair, department of theatre and music studies. Current area of research is scene change machinery in Baroque Era Europe.”


Salem, Oregon, writes, “Three of the original twelve members of the ‘Association,' an unsanctioned Mac fraternity, convened for their annual gathering at the Gateway Lodge in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.” Pictured from left to right are Dr. Chris Barker ’67, architect Richard K. Bieg ’67 and J. Austin Tuthill ’67. Pictured in the front row are: Mary Pearce Barker ’67, Dr. Rosemary Dipaola Bieg ’70 and Sheila Tuthill. During their visit, they embarked on a ten-mile canoe

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adventure down the wild and scenic Clarion River. Tuthill continues, “We recalled when Rich Bieg galloped a horse across the lawn in front of Rutledge and tethered his speedy steed in front of McClelland Hall just in time for dinner. We remembered when a group of us would walk over to Spatz’s Sweet Shop for ice cream and hot dogs following Dr. Beggs’ humanities class. Sometimes we would gather at Sorills Elm City Café, just two blocks west of Harker House on East Morgan, for the best burgers in J’ville. Evenings would often find us at our ‘office,' Richie Pacina’s Island Lounge, where Chris first met his future wife Mary Pearce. Richie would often fry up the fish we caught in Lake Jacksonville for our evening repast. The best pizza could always be found across the street at Brownie’s Pizza, where Brownie exhibited a proclivity for engaging us in tendentious discourse.” Tuthill adds, “Sheila and I visited the Mac campus last July where we were joined by two luminaries from the class of ‘66, Pat Doyle-Grace and Russ Patton. We were provided a tour of the chapel by a staff member, invoking memories of when chapel attendance was mandatory every Tuesday. Hopefully every Mac alumni will contribute to the restoration of this iconic treasure.” WENDY PETTIT PRETTYMAN ’67, of Gary, Indiana, was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, endorsing her as a leader in the accounting industry. With over 50 years of professional experience, Pettyman has served as the president of Pettit Accounting & Management Services, LLC, since 1990. In addition to her primary role, she was controller of the Inland Employees Federal Credit Union from 1999 to 2000, having been assistant controller since 1993. Pettyman

also held various positions with J. Walter Thompson USA, beginning as an accounting clerk in 1967 and concluding her affiliation with J. Walter Thompson USA as accounting department manager in 1990.

1970s JIM SORENSEN ’70, of San Francisco, California, writes, “In 2018-19 I am completing a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Calgary, focusing on ethical issues in treating people with substance use disorders. Laurel and I are cold, but it’s interesting to be in a different culture and country.” HERB KASUBE ’71, of Peoria, Illinois, recently received his 40-year pin at Bradley University. He joined the Bradley faculty in 1978. DARRELL HOLMQUIST ’72, of New Lenox, Illinois, has had his third work published. “Pristine, Productive, and Polluted: The Life of Hickory Creek in New Lenox Township” was featured in a May seminar that promoted scholarship involving small towns of Will County. This work uses scores of sources—many unpublished and over 200 years old. Later this year, “New Lenox, 1918: Serving, Suffering, and Celebrating in a Small Town” will be released as Illinois concludes its centennial. ROSEMARY ROYCE SCHULLERY ’72, of Micro, North Carolina, writes, “John and I are just ‘little, old retired people’ now, traveling to see our children in different corners of the world. It’s what happens when our children grow up in a military lifestyle!”

2000s SHARON BURCHETT MATHER ’04, of Jacksonville, Illinois, recently started a new position at Illinois College in Jacksonville. As director of donor relations and stewardship, she manages and executes all aspects of stewardship and donor relations at the college. She writes, “I have over 20 years of experience working in college advancement and will focus on strategic donor relations and stewardship, as well as manage the Illinois College Society.”

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In Memoriam


B Y JOHN BAILEY Jacksonville, IL, October 26, 2018. Bailey served as chair of the education department and later as a vice president of MacMurray College. DR. RICHARD FREIBURG Sherman, IL, February 15, 2019. Freiburg served as a professor and former chair of the biology department. JOANN WEST Jacksonville, IL, August 13, 2018. West served as a payroll clerk at MacMurray College, and retired after a 34-year career. BARBARA ALBERT CURRY ’39 Bloomington, IN, July 22, 2018. SALLY HUNT WRIGHT ’40 Windsor, CO, July 20, 2018. ADA HIPKINS ’41 Jacksonville, IL, August 22, 2018. EDITH REED CROWCROFT ’43 Jacksonville, IL, August 30, 3018. ESTHER LUCILLE SOMMER CLARK ’45 Falmouth, ME, December 16, 2018. BARBARA WELLS BORROWMAN ’46 Pleasant Hill, IL, September 7, 2018. MARY FLESOR FROMM ’46 Augusta, GA, August 23, 2018.



JANE CARR LUCIA ’46 Castle Rock, CO, December 1, 2018. MARJORIE KRAEMER ASZTALOS ’47 Pinehurst, NC, January 2, 2019. PHYLLIS BADGER ECKELMAN ’47 Daleville, VA, July 27, 2018. BARBARA CLEMENTS WEWERKA ’47 Onalaska, WI, September 9, 2018. NANCY FIFIELD WILLARD ’47 Duluth, MN, February 11, 2014. BARBARA MCCORD GROOVER ’48 Plainfield, IN, October 29, 2018. ELAINE ARTEMIS KOKORIS ’48 Palatine, IL, July 29, 2018. JUNE WISMEYER PIERCE ’48 Billings, MT, July 4, 2018. MARY LAKE SCHULTE ’48 Williamsville, IL, March 2018. VIRGINIA DELONG JUDY ’49 Tucson, AZ, December 3, 2018. SUSAN MOEDINGER HORNING ’50 Newark, DE, September 24, 2018. BONNIE BEARE SCHOEPPEL ’50 Aurora, IL, October 25, 2018. ALICE DRAKE SULLIVAN ’51 Sanford, NC, June 2016. LOIS FRANKLIN ’52 Pittsfield, IL, December 8, 2018. JANET CAPSEL THOMAS ’53 Mendham, NJ, August 21, 2018.

EUNICE GREEN CARNER ’57 Rozetta, IL, September 13, 2018. DARRYLYNN WOLD SHAFT ’57 Falls Church, VA, May 4, 2018. ELEANOR EBERLE FERNAU ’58 Ballston Spa, NY, January 21, 2019. JUDITH MAY FORD ’61 Jacksonville, IL, December 17, 2018. ELIZABETH “LIZ” MOORE STALBIRD ’62 Bonanza, OR, July 4, 2017. CHARLES CONRAD ’63 Cireborn, Indonesia, June 14, 2018. GERALD BAUMANN ’64 Johnsburg, IL, August 11, 2018. GARY HENNING ’69 Rockford, IL, September 5, 2018. GORDON STANLEY JR ’69 East Sandwich, MA, July 11, 2018. MARJORIE MULLENIX MUTCH ’71 Willow Hill, IL, December 8, 2016. JAMES KRATZER ’72 Springfield, IL, September 7, 2018. RICHARD “RICK” BAUMGART ’81 Livermore, CA, August 6, 2018. NANCY O’DONNELL SCHUETTE ’81 Woodstock, IL, November 20, 2018. DARIUS BARNES ’14 Chicago, IL, October 25, 2018.

MAC FAM LOSES A MEMBER WITH THE PASSING OF DR. RICHARD FREIBURG Professor emeritus and former chair of the biology department at MacMurray College, Dr. Richard Freiburg passed away on Friday, Feb. 15 at the age of 95. His funeral was held Monday, Feb. 18 in Annie Merner Chapel. Dr. Freiburg spent more than three decades at MacMurray, beginning in 1957 until his retirement in 1989. During that time, he impacted hundreds of students as an engaging professor who was truly concerned about the success of his students. When he arrived at MacMurray in fall 1957, he already had formed a lifelong partnership with Dr. Mary Freiburg, who also was his colleague in the Biology Department. Generations of MacMurray alumni remember them fondly as their mentors, Ma and Pa Freiburg. In 1990, in honor of Dr. Freiburg’s 32 years of service to the College as an outstanding and influential biology professor, his wife, Mary, and his children (Ann '73, Stuart '79, Jane '81 and Jeanne '79) established the Richard E. & Mary W. Freiburg Biology Scholarship given each year to a junior majoring in biology or pre-medicine. 29 33

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MacNews Fall/Winter 2018  

This is the fall issue of MacNews, the alumni magazine from MacMurray College.

MacNews Fall/Winter 2018  

This is the fall issue of MacNews, the alumni magazine from MacMurray College.