Event Schedule


Homecoming of Heroes


Homecoming of Heroes Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016

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2016 Alumni Award Winners









8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting with the Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is the representative body of the Alumni Association. As IWU alumni, you are a member of the Association and are invited to attend.
Memorial Center, Davidson Room


9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Homecoming Headquarters / Information Desk

Check in, ask questions and pick up a name tag, Class Reunion ribbons, and Golden Titan pins. You might even get to take a pic with Tommy Titan!
Memorial Center, Nell Eckley Lounge


Friday and Saturday

Fiji 150th Anniversary Celebration

IWU's Phi Gamma Delta chapter was not only the first fraternity at Illinois Wesleyan, but it was also the first chapter of a Greek letter society chartered in the entire state of Illinois. IWU’s Fiji chapter is now the third oldest continuously functioning chapter of Phi Gamma Delta in the world. Visit fiji150iwu.com for full schedule and details of this celebration.


Back to College Classes

2 to 2:50 p.m.

"Development of a Social Conscience"

A panel of 1960's and 1970's student activists, Eldridge "Skip" Gilbert '67; Mary Harris Melchor '70; Richard Muirhead '66; Wenona Whitfield '70, will discuss the impact of the 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visit to campus and the events that led up to his visit. They will also reflect on how this period in IWU history shaped their own social consciences and their lives. 
Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium


3 to 3:50 p.m.

Diana Hammer Tscheschlok ’01 - 2016 Outstanding Young Alumna - "Making Meetings More Meaningful"

In her work as Community, Natural Resource, & Economic Development Educator, Diana equips residents and community leaders with the knowledge and process skills to make informed decisions and meet challenges productively. Increasingly collaborative work environments promise more team work and better results, but wanting to work together effectively and knowing how are two different things. In this session we'll practice approaches developed by national thought leaders in business, community building, and facilitation to transform the quality of connections, leadership, and decisions in all your gatherings. Use these methods to spark positive change in your workplace, congregation, family and self.
Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium


3:30 to 5 p.m.

Council for IWU Women Meeting

Council for IWU Women members will meet to plan the 2016 Summit and welcome new members.
State Farm Hall, Room 108


4 to 5 p.m.

Alumni Career Panel

In May 1966, R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. addressed the IWU graduating class about his tenure as the first Director of the Peace Corps. Fifty years later, Illinois Wesleyan has become a Peace Corps Prep school. More students are pursuing post baccalaureate service opportunities than ever before. Join this panel of alumni to learn about their rewarding experiences with the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and Teach for America. Maggie Byrne '11, Andrew Herrington-Gilmore '09, Erin Howes '12, Aaron Massey '10
Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center, Alumni Auditorium


4 to 5:30 p.m.

English Department Wine and Cheese Reception

English House, 1101 N. Main St.


6 to 7:30 p.m.

Alumni Awards Reception

Make plans to join President Jensen and the Alumni Association Board of Directors as we honor our distinguished roster of 2016 Alumni Award Winners, the 1965 undefeated football team, welcome the new Golden Titans from the Class of 1966 and kick off Homecoming Weekend. All are welcome! $15 includes a heavy hors d'oeurves buffet, beer and wine.
Memorial Center, Young Main Lounge


7:30 p.m.

School of Music IWU Wind Ensemble Concert

The IWU Wind Ensemble will perform
Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall


7:30 to 9 p.m.

Titanium Pep Rally and 66th Annual Titan Games

Join the members of the IWU campus community for the return of the Titanium Pep Rally and the annual Titan Games featuring an expanded line-up this year. Titanium will end with the coronation of 2016 Homecoming King & Queen. Joining crowd favorite events such as NPC Sorority Scramble, Acacia/TKE/Theta Chi Chariot Races, and the FIJI/Sigma Chi Rope Pull will be the Clash of the Classes competitions.
Tucci Stadium

Titanium Pep Rally and Annual Titan Games

8 p.m.

Reunion Kick Off Celebrations

Meet your fellow classmates to kick off your reunion weekend!
Classes of the 80s - Reunion Kick Off - Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Broadway Ave, Normal
Class of 1991 - 25 Year Reunion Kick Off - Killarney's Irish Pub, 523 N Main St., Bloomington
Class of 2006 - 10 Year Reunion Kick Off - Fat Jack's, 511 N. Main Street, Bloomington


Want to plan a reunion for your class? Plans in the works? We can help! Email iwualum@iwu.edu.
Check your online class newsletter for reunion plans at titanpride.org


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Homecoming Headquarters / Information Desk

Check in, ask questions and pick up your name tags, Class Reunion ribbons and Golden Titan pins. You might even get to take a pic with Tommy Titan!
Memorial Center, Nell Eckley Lounge


8:15 a.m.

Captain Ryan A. Beaupre '95 Memorial Scholarship 5K Run /2 Mile Walk

A United States Marine Corps Captain: Ryan was a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter pilot and was the first American to give the ultimate sacrifice for his country in "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Join us to run the 5K one last time as we celebrate his legacy and celebrate the history and success of this event and the scholarship in Ryan's name.

The 5K Run/2 Mile Walk starts on the IWU track at Tucci Stadium and ends at Egbers Quadrangle. Packet pick-up and walkup registration at 7-7:45 a.m.  Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy the pancake/sausage breakfast on the quad.
Starts at Tucci Stadium

Ryan Beaupre Run

Back to College Classes

8:30 to 9:20 a.m.

Denny Matthews '66- 2016 Distinguished Alumnus - "From Fell Avenue Playground to Cooperstown"

Broadcaster Denny Matthews, the "voice" of the Kansas City Royals, will tell the stories of how his days at Illinois Wesleyan led to 48 years of broadcasting in Major League Baseball and to his 2007 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium


9:30 to 10:20 a.m.

Professor of the Year Scott Sheridan - "Heroes on Film:  Dynamics of National Identity and The History of Italian Cinema"

Using short clips, participants will be exposed to the great moments of Italian Neorealism.  We will discuss how the Italian film industry attempted to rebuild its self-image in the years following WWII and how it differed from the American film industry.  Films to be examined briefly will include Rome, Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini) and Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica), among others.  All clips will be shown with English subtitles.
Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium


10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

2017 IWU Tour of Rome and the Amalfi Coast

Collette Tours will present details on the 2017 IWU Tour of Rome and the Amalfi Coast escorted by professional Collette guides and Associate Professor of French and Italian Scott Sheridan.
Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium


8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Pancake / Sausage Breakfast

Eckley Quadrangle

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Family Fun on the Eckley Quad

Join us under the Big Top – for kids from 2 to 102. Bring the family over to the Big Top and enjoy The Wild Style Face Painters, FunBelievable balloon artist, Chemistry Club, Physics Club, inflatables, pumpkin patch, popcorn, cotton candy, games, IWU Cheerleaders, Tommy Titan, prizes and more.

Explore samples from 166 years of IWU history at the MUSEUM TENT. Browse through past editions of the Wesleyana and other memorabilia.
Eckley Quadrangle

Family Fun on the Quad

8:30 to 11 a.m.

Titan Pep Band

As part of Family Fun on the Quad, listen to the ever popular TITAN PEP BAND, under the direction of Ed Risinger.
Eckley Quad, on the steps of State Farm Hall

Titan Pep Band

9 to 10 a.m.

School of Music Alumni Reception & Continental Breakfast

Visit with faculty, staff, alumni & students
Presser Hall, Smith Reception Room


9 to 11 a.m.

The Annual School of Nursing Social and Distinguished Alumna Award Ceremony

A Saturday morning Social and Awards Ceremony honoring Nancy (Jenkins) Johnson '78 will be held in the CNS Atrium. Immediately following the social, she will present her keynote address "Cornfields to Saguaros: The Journey Continues".
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS), Atrium


11:15 to 1 p.m.

School of Nursing Dedication and Tours 

Please join us at the dedication of Stevenson Hall at 11:15 with tours of the renovated building from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Stevenson Hall


10 a.m.

The Trees of Illinois Wesleyan Arboretum Tour

Over 1200 trees grace the grounds of Illinois Wesleyan Arboretum, comprised of nearly 150 distinct species and cultivars. When trying to distinguish each from its neighbor, one might be reminded of the old adage…. “You can’t see the forest for the trees!” To help you discover our forest, Ken Detloff, Assistant Manager of Grounds Services, will lead you on a walking tour of campus and will point out many different specimens.
Tour departs from the Memorial Center, Nell Eckley Lounge


10 to 11:30 a.m.

Annual Alumni Collegiate Choir Reunion Rehearsal

directed by Professor Scott Ferguson.
Evelyn Chapel


10 to 11 a.m.

Greek Alumni Network

Greek Alumni Reunion! Return to your chapter house to reunite with alumni and meet active members. Sigma Pi Alumni will meet in the Davidson Room, Memorial Center.. See below for exciting, new Alpha Omicron Pi Alumnae plans.  See Sigma Alpha Iota plans below at 11:30 a.m. 
Chapter Houses


10 a.m. -12 p.m

Alpha Omicron Pi Reunion

The AOII house is open! The house has been converted to a duplex and will be open for AOII sisters to view and reunite over refreshments. 1314 N. Fell, Bloomington


10 to 11:30 a.m.

Biology Department Reception

Stop in to visit and catch up with fellow Titans at the Annual Homecoming Biology Department Reception.
Center for Natural Science, E101


10 to 11:30 a.m.

Munsell Resident Hall Reunion

Calling all alumni who lived in Munsell, - even for one semester. - Join your former hall-mates and help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Munsell. Sign your name on a Munsell Hall blueprint and find other alumni who also called your room “home”.
Munsell Lounge


10 to 11:30 a.m.

Gulick Resident Hall Reunion

Calling all alumni who lived in Gulick, - even for one semester. - Join your former hall-mates and help us celebrate the 60th anniversary of Gulick. Sign your name on a Gulick Hall blueprint and find other alumni who also called your room “home”.
Gulick Lounge


10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Titan Tailgate

NEW THIS YEAR: The Alumni Association welcomes you to the pre-game excitement, including local food trucks! Enjoy a variety of choices from local vendors while connecting with your fellow Titans. Many reunions are meeting here so make this your meeting place too! Bringing your own tailgate? Be sure to check out the Official Football Tailgating Map and Policy.
Shirk Center Parking Lot


11:30 a.m.

Sigma Alpha Iota Brunch

Sigma Alpha Iota will host a brunch for Alumni at  11:30am.  307 E Chestnut St, Bloomington


11:30 to 1:00 

Titan Spirit Dogs

Join the Division of Student Affairs as we grill up a heaping helping of “Titan Spirit Dogs” free while they last. Be our guest and let us show you some Titan Hospitality! 
Shirk Parking Lot


1 p.m.

Football Game, IWU vs. Wheaton

Alumni football players are welcome to assemble at the east end of the stadium at 12:45p.m. and form a tunnel to cheer the Titans onto the field. The color guard will honor all alumni who sacrificed for their country, including Captain Ryan Beaupre '95. Veterans, active duty and first responders will also be honored. At half-time, help us congratulate our Alumni Award Winners and celebrate the reunion of the 1965 undefeated football team.
Tucci Stadium

Football Game

3 to 4 p.m.

School of Theatre Arts (SOTA) - "The First Five Years"

The Class of 2012 is invited to speak to the current SoTA majors about work experiences, education and tips for dealing with the "real world" as they begin their fifth year after graduation. Open forum for the student body of SoTA.
McPherson Theatre


4 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Carroll University

Neis Field


4 to 5:30 p.m.

Minority Alumni Networking

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host The Network (MAN) Reception - "Where the Past Meets the Present" which will begin at 4p.m.(or immediately following the football game). All current MALANA students and alumni of color are invited to attend this meet and greet session.
Multicultural House, 1405 Park Street


4:30 to 6 p.m.

Humanities Wine & Cheese Reception

Calling all Alumni who studied French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic Studies, Japanese Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Russian Studies, and Women's Studies.
Ames Terrace, Ames Library


6 to 9 p.m.

Club Tommy

All IWU alumni, family, friends, faculty, staff and guests are welcome to enjoy a 25-foot heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet including beer, wine, and soft drinks. "Club Tommy" is the perfect place for informal class and team reunions, or to meet up with friends before heading out for the rest of your evening. Join the Reunion for the Classes of the 80s, the 10th Reunion for the Class of 2006 and many more!
Memorial Center, Young Main Lounge

Club Tommy

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Class of '91 25th Reunion

Step back in time and relive the college days, even if just for a weekend. Maguire’s, 220 N Center St, Bloomington.  Optional after party at Maguire's – 8:30pm - ? 



6:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Carroll University

Neis Field


6 p.m. Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Dinner

“Golden Titan Club” Reunion Dinner - All Class Years Through 1965

Join Golden Titan Club members for dinner and cocktails.
Bloomington Country Club, 605 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington


7 p.m.

Class of 1966 – 50 Year Class Reunion Dinner

Cap off your class reunion weekend by joining fellow class members for cocktails and a dinner buffet.
Bloomington Country Club, 605 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington


7:30 p.m.

School of Theatre Arts (SOTA) presents For The Love of Haven

For The Love of Haven is a political satire which is set in the microcosm of a small college in the Midwest. Come join the original 1996 cast for this reading, marking the 20th anniversary of this original piece by IWU's own Dr. John Ficca. Reception immediately following.
Evelyn Chapel


9 p.m.

Hypnotist - Chris Jones

Chris Jones offers a high-energy show that is interactive for both those being hypnotized and those in the audience, and is guaranteed to make you cry from laughing.
Hansen Student Center


10 a.m.

All Campus Service & Collegiate Choir Reunion Performance

Evelyn Chapel


11 a.m.

Pride Alumni Community (PAC) Speaker Brunch - Queerying: Unleashing the Creative and Critical for Good by Rev. Chelsey Hillyer '05

Queer communities have always had an impact on culture and history even in eras when living in the open wasn't an option. "Queerying" is Rev. Chelsey Hillyer affectionate name for this combination of critical engagement with the world and creative reimagining that has lead to social change. In times that call for creative responses to oppression, violence, and hatred, she challenges us to examine how we can participate in bringing about the good.
Memorial Center, Turfler Room


11 a.m.

Annual Alumnae Softball Game

Meet the team and new coach, Tiffany Prager, while enjoying a friendly game and fun for the entire family.


1 p.m. 

School of Music – Piano Concert

Join SOM faculty and staff for "Music of Joyous Celebration" with celebrated concert pianist and conductor, Jeffrey Siegel.  Post concert reception in the Smith Reception Room. 
Presser Hall, Westbrook Auditorium


Event Registration

To register online, visit titanpride.org or call (888) IWU-ALUM (888-498-2586)