Wallace, Wiley and new Accounting Giving Circle Gifts Announced in Dallas
The Dallas Connection in September drew Illinois Wesleyan alumni and friends. During
the celebrations, new gifts for Illinois Wesleyan were announced.
Kent Wallace ’62 and Sue Wallace have given a substantial gift for the planned Main Classroom Building, tentatively
scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2011. The couple has been active
in hosting and attending alumni events in the Dallas area for the past 18 years. Always
committed to increasing opportunities for IWU students, the Wallaces gave the lead
gift for the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center, which opened in 2008. Kent said he was
often inspired by the University’s 17th president for whom the center is named. He
returned to IWU as a member of the University’s campaign committee during the 1990s.
The founding President and CEO of Wallace Electronics, Kent is also the 2004 recipient
of the Illinois Wesleyan Loyalty Award.
John ’57 and Carolyn Wiley have made a pledge to the unrestricted endowment fund at Illinois Wesleyan. The couple
participate in many Dallas Connection alumni events. Building the endowment through
unrestricted gifts is a major goal of the Transforming Lives campaign. John said it was his academic experience at Illinois Wesleyan that formed
the groundwork for his lifelong interest in science and technology, leading to a 40-year
career as an engineer and technologist in the semi-conductor industry. He said he
appreciates the strong educational foundation he received at IWU.
Young Alumni Giving Circle Scholarship Fund, supported by a group of nine alumni, was announced. Representing the new Giving
Circle donors were Dallas Connection hosts John and Dr. Angela Schilsky ’95.
The contributors to the Young Alumni Accounting Giving Circle said they feel Illinois
Wesleyan provided them with a strong accounting foundation that has been essential
in propelling their careers. The inaugural recipient of the Young Alumni Accounting
Giving Circle Scholarship is Justin Eddington '12.