Homecoming and All That Jazz
Aug. 26, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — It will be a weekend of music, memories, fireworks, football and
tributes as alumni and friends gather for Illinois Wesleyan University's Homecoming
Oct. 8-10, with a theme of Homecoming and All That Jazz.
Highlights of Homecoming weekend activities include two 40th anniversary celebrations.
The IWU Jazz Program will celebrate four decades with the Jazz Band Reunion concert on Friday, Oct. 8, comprised of four bands of alumni spanning the four decades. The
concert will take place at 9 p.m. in Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington),
and will be led by Professor Tom Streeter, who founded the Jazz Program at IWU in
1970, and plans to retire at the end of the academic year. Dancing is encouraged.
The Mark Evans Observatory will also celebrate 40 years on campus with tours of the observatory from 9-11 a.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 9, with a reception from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Commons of the Center
for Natural Science Learning and Research (CNS) (201 E. Beecher St., Bloomington),
honoring University Professors Ray Wilson and Lew Detweiler.
Also celebrating an anniversary will be the Hispanic Studies Program, founded in the 1999-2000 school year. There will be a reception for alumni, current
and former faculty, and friends from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday at the Joslin Atrium in
the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington). Other events throughout
the weekend will include:
Friday, October 8
Back to College Classes — A variety of alumni, faculty and staff will present lectures on Friday and Saturday
afternoon. A 1970 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, Mark Sheldon, will present "China's
Rise: Reflections on 30 years in Asia" at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, in Beckman Auditorium
of The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington). Sheldon, who resided for more than
three decades in Taiwan, the Philippines, the Peoples' Republic of China and Hong
Kong, will reflect on the rise of China through his work in the fields of international
education, Chinese studies, academic exchange and philanthropy.
Titanium — The third annual "Titanium — IWU's Biggest Pep Rally Ever" will be at Wilder Field
starting at 6 p.m. on Friday night, featuring a Blues Brothers tribute act, Soul Men, which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Blues Brothers movie. Titanium will conclude with a display of fireworks at Wilder Field. There
event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 9
Washington correspondent to speak — Washington correspondent and member of the White House press corps Kerry Eleveld
of The Advocate will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Minor Myers jr. Welcome Center. Eleveld,
who has worked in media for more than a decade, is the winner of the 2010 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist
Association. Immediately following her talk, she will join a panel with Illinois Wesleyan's
Professor of English Jim Plath and Chair of the Political Science Department Jim Simeone.
The event is sponsored by the IWU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, IWU Pride
Alumni Community, the IWU Pride Alliance and the Illinois Wesleyan Political Science
Family Fun on the Quad — Boasted as an event for "kids from 2 to 102," the Robert S. Eckley Quadrangle will
be host to activities for all ages on Saturday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., featuring the
IWU Pep Band and the IWU Mini-Museum Tent, highlighting more than 160 years of IWU
Ryan A. Beaupre '95 Run/Walk — Named in honor of the IWU alumnus who was the first Illinois soldier killed in
action during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the fund-raising run will commence at 9 a.m.
Saturday at Wilder Field. Registration for the run is due by Sept. 27. Register online or call (309) 556-3251.
Celebrate Nursing, Celebrate Gold — The 50th anniversary of the awarding of bachelor's of science in nursing degrees
continues with the awarding of the School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award to Karen Kopan at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Commons of the Center for Natural Sciences.
Kopan will make a presentation after the award is announced.
Annual Homecoming Lunch — The annual luncheon will be held Saturday at noon in the Shirk Center (302 E. Emerson
St., Bloomington) to honor outstanding alumni Ron Ford, Rod Adams and Jerry Philpott.
Football Game — The Illinois Wesleyan University Titans take on North Park University at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Wilder Field at The Illinois Wesleyan University Stadium. For ticket information,
go to the IWU Sports website at www.iwusports.com.
Sunday, October 10
Homecoming events will wrap up Sunday, Oct. 10, with a 10 a.m. all-campus chapel service
at Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington), featuring a reunion performance
of the IWU Co-Choir, directed by Professor of Music Scott Ferguson.
For additional information on Homecoming activities, visit the Titan Pride website, or call the Alumni Office at (309) 556-3251.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960