Event Schedule




Titans Around the World  October 13-15, 2017

2017 Alumni Award Winners

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A printable version of the schedule is available here. If you wish to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement.


9 a.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 5 p.m.

Homecoming Headquarters / Registration / Check In

Check-in, pick up name tags, Class Reunion Ribbons (for milestone classes),  Golden Titan Pin for 50th reunion & above.
Memorial Center, Nell Eckley Lounge

Back to College Classes

All classes are at Beckman Auditorium in Ames Library.



1 to 1:50 p.m.

Coco Bassey '10, The Importance of a Powerful Digital Brand

Coco Bassey '10  is the founder and editor in chief of Millennielle, a digital lifestyle and fashion publication, created in 2013 by and for millennial women. Alongside her blog, she also works as a Product Marketing Manager for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting North America in the metro Atlanta area.

2:15 to 3:05 p.m.

Steve Seibring '81, Leave a Legacy 101

"I pay too much in taxes." "I need more income in my retirement years." "I would love to do something special for my favorite charitable organization but I need to take care of my family first." Discover solutions for these and more through financial planning techniques for any size estate.

3:30 to 4:20 p.m.

Professor Amoloza and Freeman Asia Interns, Titan Adventures in Asia: 2017 IWU Freeman Interns

Teddy Amoloza will talk about the IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program that has sent 77 students to Asia since summer 2015. Seven of the 34 interns who interned in Asia in summer 2017 will share their insights about what they described as a life-changing experience. The student presenters include: Laurence Henderson '18, Ojaswee Shrestha '18, Randi Wilson '18, Christina Fitsalos '19, Sean O'Carroll '18, Olivia Heffernan '18, and Linh Le '19.  Check out their blogs at:  https://www.iwu.edu/news/2017/freeman-interns-share-blogs.html  

2 to 3:30 p.m.

“The Business of Music” with Wayne Messmer '72, Ron Bedal '76, and Angel Spiccia-Slykas

A real and relevant vision of a "music career" as lived by three working, professional musicians. A Lecture/Master Class/Concert Set, including on-stage participation by selected IWU students. With Musical Director Ron Bedal, featuring vocal performances by Wayne Messmer and Angel Spiccia-Slykas. Sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha
Presser Hall, Westbrook Auditorium

3:30 to 5 p.m.

Council for IWU Women Meeting

Council for IWU Women members will meet to plan the 2018 Summit and welcome new members.
State Farm Hall, Room 108

4 to 5 p.m.

Alumni Career Panel

Alumni will discuss how their IWU education prepared them to work abroad. Panelists include Jill Jackson '04 (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Anton Samrai '07 (PepsiCo), Junaid Ahmed '96 (BBC), Sijia Song '13 (Ernst & Young), and Coco Bassey '10 (Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Millennielle & Product Marketing Manager, Wolters Kluwer) . Co-sponsored by the Hart Career Center, International Society (RSO), the International Office, and the International Studies Department.
Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center, Alumni Auditorium

4 to 5:30 p.m.

English Department Homecoming Wine and Cheese Reception

English House, 1101 N. Main St.

4 to 5:30 p.m.

President's Reception

Join Eric and Elizabeth Jensen to celebrate your class reunion.
President's House, 1201 N. Park Street

6 to 8 p.m.

Alumni Awards Dinner - $20

Make plans to join President Jensen and the Alumni Association Board of Directors as we honor our distinguished roster of 2017 Alumni Award Winners, the conference champion football teams from 1996 and 2001, and the new Golden Titans from the class of 1967. All are welcome!
Memorial Center, Young Main Lounge

6 to 10 p.m.

IWU Volleyball Game and Alumni Reunion

Watch the IWU volleyball team at their 6:00pm match and attend the alumni reunion immediately following.
Shirk Center, Niepagen Room

Times may vary 

Reunion Kick Off Celebrations Off Campus

Meet your fellow classmates to kick off your reunion weekend!

Class of 2012 - 5 Year Reunion Kick Off 8pm - Flinger's Pizza Pub, 1503 E. Vernon, Normal

Class of 2007  - 10 Year Reunion Kick Off  6pm  -  Desthil Brewery, 1200 Greenbriar Dr., Normal

Class of 1992 - 25 Year Reunion Kick Off 7pm  -  Killarney's Irish Pub, 523 N. Main St., Bloomington 

Class of 1987 - 30 Year Reunion Kick Off - Join classmates for 80s music from Retrofit at Windjammer Lounge. 7-11pm - 2303 Stern Drive, Bloomington


7:30 to 9 p.m.

School of Music Concert

Wind Ensemble, winner of the 2016 American Prize Award
Presser Hall, Westbrook Auditorium

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Titanium Pep Rally and 67th 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 2017 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

8 to 10 p.m.

Pride Alumni Community Social

Please join the Pride Alumni Community for their second annual Homecoming Social. Appetizers will be served, with a hosted beer and wine bar. Alumni, faculty, staff and students are all welcome. This event is being co-hosted by PAC members Ed Pacchetti and Jim Richter.
Ames School of Art, Atrium

9 p.m.

Six Appeal at Hansen Student Center (student focus)

Come see this a capella group perform on Center Court at Hansen! Six appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with sharp comedic timing, and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award winning vocal band Six Appeal takes you on a journey that spans decades of music.
Hansen Student Center, Center Court


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Homecoming Headquarters / Registration / Check In

Check-in, pick up name tags, Class Reunion Ribbons (for milestone classes),  Golden Titan Pin for 50th reunion & above.
Memorial Center, Nell Eckley Lounge

Back to College Classes

All classes are at Beckman Auditorium in Ames Library.


8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Distinguished Alumnus, Wayne Messmer '72, From Wesleyan to the World Series

Wayne Messmer will share his story of being a blue collar kid on the Chicago South Side to an Illinois Wesleyan alumni success. He will share his story of sudden, unexpected change which nearly cost him his life and his voice. Through that experience, he learned what it takes to come out on the other side of change and trauma to help others do the same and realize the true spirit of a Champion.

10 to 10:50 a.m.

Lavanga Wijekoon '04, From the Saga Dishroom to International Law Firm: A Former International Student's Reflections

Lavanga Wijekoon came to IWU as an international student from Sri Lanka. Now an attorney at an international law firm in Chicago, he advises and represents multinational employers. Recently, he has participated in negotiations for a business and human rights treaty at the United Nations. He also represents pro bono asylum seekers and “Dreamer” applicants. Lavanga will share his thoughts on how IWU – his friends, professors, and work-study at Saga – prepared him for his career, and how he met his wife-to-be on a May Term class.

11:10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Junaid Ahmed '96, Reporting World News Through Storytelling

Junaid Ahmed is Senior Broadcast Journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which is one of the world’s leading provider of news. Despite being a London based journalist, Junaid’s work for the BBC has taken him around the world to cover stories, ranging from the earthquake in Nepal to the elections in Israel, to the horse meat scandal in Belgium. His most recent trip was to the Scottish capital Edinburgh where his show, the Weekend, covered the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival and the political mood in Scotland ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Junaid will talk about these stories and about his initial journey to Bloomington and how his education at Illinois Wesleyan shapes his work.

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Eckley Quadrangle

8:30 to 11:00 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, demonstration and activity from the School of Art, inflatables, pumpkin patch, popcorn, cotton candy, games, IWU Cheerleaders, Tommy Titan, prizes and more.
Eckley Quadrangle

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Museum of IWU History Tent

Explore samples from 167 years of IWU history at the Museum Tent . Browse through past editions of the Wesleyana and other memorabilia.
Eckley Quadrangle

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 Quadrangle, on the steps of State Farm Hall

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Peace Garden Farm Stand

The Peace Garden was first created in 2012 and since then the Action Research Center (ARC) and Professor James Simeone have worked with environmental studies interns and student volunteers to produce three seasons of crops each year. Stop by to learn more and take home some free produce including apples from the nearby apple orchard!
Corner of University/Evans one block east of the Minor Myers jr. Welcome Center

9 to 10 a.m.

School of Music Alumni Reception & Continental Breakfast

Visit with faculty, staff, and alumni.
Presser Hall, Smith Reception Room

9 to 11 a.m.

The Annual School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award Social and Ceremony

A Saturday morning Social and Awards Ceremony honoring Cheryl Reinking ‘87 will be held in the Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) Atrium. Immediately following the social, she will present her keynote address. Tours of the recently renovated School of Nursing will be available.
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS), Atrium

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 a.m.

Alumni Volleyball Game

Volleyball match between IWU Volleyball alumni vs. our current JV team. For more information, please contact Kim Nelson-Brown at knbrown@iwu.edu .
Shirk Center

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Collegiate Choir Alumni Choir Rehearsal

Rehearsal for 10:00am Sunday chapel service. Directed by Professor Scott Ferguson.
Evelyn Chapel

10 to 11 a.m.

Greek Alumni Network

Greek Alumni Reunions! Return to your chapter house to reunite with alumni and meet active members. Sigma Pi Alumni will meet in the Davidson Room at 10 a.m. AOII Alumni will meet at their old house at 1314 N. Fell, which has been converted to a duplex. It will be open for AOII sisters to view and reunite over lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delta Sigma Theta Alumni (Iota Zeta Chapter, retired) will meet in the Archives of Ames Library from 2 to 4 p.m.

10 a.m.

Alumni Volleyball Game

Watch a volleyball match between IWU Volleyball alumni and IWU’s current JV team. For more information, please contact Kim Nelson-Brown at kbrown@iwu.edu. 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Titan Tailgate Including Local Food Trucks

Shirk Center Parking Lot

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Educational Studies Homecoming Brunch

Please stop by for some refreshments. Meet our current teacher-scholars and catch up with your fellow Titans.
Center for Liberal Arts (CLA) 3rd Floor Lobby

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

International Fair Featuring Student Organizations

Come learn more about our multicultural registered student organizations and enjoy activities and musical performances. Light lunch will be provided.
Hansen Student Center, Center Court

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

AOII 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 lunch. Please RSVP to Carol (Doherty) Elliott '79 at elliott212@aol.com.
1314 N. Fell, Bloomington

1 p.m.

Football Game, IWU vs. Carroll

Alumni football players, should assemble at the east end of the stadium at 12:45 p.m. and form a tunnel to cheer the Titans onto the field. Halftime recognition of CCIW championship teams of 1996 and 2001.
Tucci Stadium

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Humanities Alumni 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! Reconnect with fellow Humanities alums and enjoy some refreshments.
Ames Library Terrace

2 to 4 p.m.

Ames School of Art Faculty Biennial Exhibit and Alumni Reception

Visit the exhibit and enjoy a special alumni reception in the Merwin and Wakeley galleries in the Ames School of Art. Also, join us at Family Fun on the Quad from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. for demonstrations in glass and ceramics. Kappa Pi art fraternity will also provide an artistic experience for children.
Ames School of Art

2 to 4 p.m.

Delta Sigma Theta Reunion

Reconnect with former members and affiliates of Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Zeta Chapter (retired, established 4/28/1972).
Ames Library, Archives, 4th Floor

3 to 4 p.m.

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

The Class of 2013 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, Jerome Mirza Theatre

4 to 5:30 p.m.

Minority Alumni Networking

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host The Minority Alumni Network (The Network) Reception - All current MALANA students and alumni of color are invited to attend this networking session.
Shirk Center, Niepagen Room

4 to 6 p.m.

International Alumni and Student Reception

Mix and Mingle with Director Stacey Shimizu, International Student & Scholar Advisor Robyn Walter, current students and International Alumni. Enjoy international flavors in both food & beverages.
Memorial Center, Davidson Room

4:15 to 6 p.m.

School of  Theatre Arts (SoTA) Wine & Cheese Reception

Please join the faculty and staff of the School of Theatre Arts for refreshments and memories.
McPherson Theatre, Jerome Mirza Theatre

6 to 9 p.m.

6th Annual “ Club Tommy”  All Titan Homecoming Celebration

All  IWU alumni, family, friends, faculty, staff and guests are welcome to enjoy a DJ, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.  “Club Tommy” is the perfect place to meet up with friends and classmates before heading out for the rest of your evening. Celebrating milestone reunions will be classes from 1977, 1992, 1997, 2007 and 2012!  Turfler Room is reserved for Class of 1977.
$20- Memorial Center, Young Main Lounge

7:30 to 9 p.m.

IWU Vocal Jazz Concert

Unlicensed Syncopation and Fridays at Noon vocal jazz groups will perform a concert titled - Universal Language: Vocal Jazz Evolved.
Presser Hall, Westbrook Auditorium

8 to 10 p.m.

25th Anniversary of Minority Alumni Network (MAN)

Join us for this celebration dinner to reconnect and recognize our alumni leaders of color and their contributions to Illinois Wesleyan.
Hansen Student Center, Center Court

Times vary for each event

“Golden Titan Club” Reunion Dinner - All Class Years Through 1966

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

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


Class of 1967 – 50 Year Class Reunion Dinner

7 p.m. Dinner & Cocktails

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


Class of 1987 – 30 Year Class Reunion Dinner

7 p.m. Dinner & Cocktails

Cap off your class reunion weekend by joining fellow class members for dinner and cocktails.
Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Redbird B Room


Class of 1992 – 25 Year Class Reunion

8 p.m.

After Club Tommy, continue celebrating with your classmates at  Maguire’s, 220 N Center St., Bloomington. 


Class of 2007 – 10 Year Class Reunion

8 p.m.

Following Club Tommy, continue your class reunion celebrations at Fat Jacks, 511 N. Main St., Bloomington.


Class of 2012 – 5 Year Class Reunion

9 p.m.

Following Club Tommy, continue your class reunion celebrations at  Fat Jacks, 511 N. Main St., Bloomington.


10 a.m.

All Campus Service & Collegiate Choir Reunion Performance

Evelyn Chapel

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Pride Alumni Community (PAC) Speaker Brunch

Brunch, mimosas, PAC report, and PAC Giving Circle Scholarship Award are on the agenda for this Homecoming favorite. Advance registration required.

Memorial Center, Joslin Atrium

Event Registration

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