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Christie (Hybiak) Samrai ’08 married Anton Samrai ’07 Sept. 20, 2014, in Medinah, Ill. Alumni who attended included Ashley Kappmeyer ’08, Vicki Beata ’08, Andrea DeAvila ’08, Grace Hollander ’08, Megan Sheehan ’08 and Alyssa DeWitt ’08.


Natalie Cummings ’10 and Austin Bradley wed Dec. 20, 2014, in Spicewood, Texas. Joining the celebration were Beth (Crutcher) Cole ’09, Brittany Schmutzler ’10, Michael Engels ’10, Robbie Heston ’11 and Kristina Dakis ’11.


Kimberly Buikema ’00 married Peter Readman on Aug. 10, 2014. The couple celebrated with friends at the alumni-owned South Branch Tavern and Grille in Chicago. Those in attendance included (from left): Kate Siepert ’00, Meg (Cummings) Galus ’00, Kate Lawson ’00, Gabrielle Rysula ’00, David Zeglis ’72, Cindy (Snyder) Zeglis ’73, the groom, the bride, Miranda Crispin ’00, Jessica (Bicknell) Cincotta ’00, Sharon Chung ’00, Allison Baker ’00, Martha (Dixon) Cavalieri ’00 and Mike Cavalieri ’99. 


The Council for IWU Women hosted its annual summit Feb. 26-28. This year’s theme was “Time to Climb Together.”


New works by composers Matthew Harder ’96, Brian Baxter ’07 and Ben Hjertmann ’07 premiered at a March 5 School of Music sesquicentennial event in Westbrook Auditorium, with music faculty and alumni performing the pieces. Back Row (left to right) are: Mark Timmerman ’14, Baxter, Hjertmann, Andrew Hesse ‘06, Joy Doran (accompanist and adjunct instructor), Joseph Plazak (assistant professor), Stephen Press (associate professor), Harder and Ilia Radoslavov (assistant professor). Front row: Jamie-Rose Guarrine ’00, Sharon Chung ’00 and Joseph Bakke ’16.


Julie (Raber) Kemp ’67, Autumn (Winsor) Lake ’10, and Doris and Jim Ridenour ’54 made dinner for members of the IWU Collegiate Choir prior to a March 10 performance at Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring, Md., that was part of the choir’s annual spring tour.



At a March 8 Alumni Connection in Naples, Fla., Barry ‘73 and Lynn (Lami) Fletcher ‘73, left, caught up with Sue (Snapp) Seibring ‘82 and her daughter Shelby Seibring Vincent.