Distinguished Alumni to be Recognized at Homecoming
Sept. 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Two Illinois Wesleyan University graduates will be honored for
their advances in entertainment, and one for his dedication to the University at the
annual Alumni Awards Lunch on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Shirk Center
(302 Emerson St., Bloomington). The event is part of Illinois Wesleyan’s
2011 Homecoming: Lights, Camera, Action
from Oct. 21-23.
Honored this year will be Chief Creative Officer (CCO) for DreamWorks Animation Bill
Damaschke ’85, Vice President of Direct to Fan Creative and Technology at Atlantic
Records Eric Snowden ’00, and IWU Minority Alumni Network board member Deon Hornsby
Bill Damaschke will receive the 2011 Illinois Wesleyan Distinguished Alumni Award. As CCO of DreamWorks,
he is responsible for leading the creative and artistic direction of the animation
studios. Joining the company in 1995, Damaschke has been integrally involved in overseeing
each of the company’s animated releases during his tenure at DreamWorks Animation,
from the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “Shrek” in 2001, through the Academy Award-nominated
“How to Train Your Dragon” and the upcoming “Puss in Boots,” which will have a world
premiere at Illinois Wesleyan’s Hansen Student Center on Friday, Oct. 21.
Damaschke’s responsibilities at DreamWorks include overseeing the creative production
and development processes for all of the studio’s feature projects, including shaping
the creative teams behind each project. He also oversees all live theatrical productions,
including the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning “Shrek The Musical.”
Before taking a leadership role with the company, Damaschke served as a producer and
executive producer on a number of the studio’s feature films before being named head
of creative production in 1999. He was named head of creative production and development
in 2005 and co-president of production for feature animation and president of live
theatricals in 2007. He became chief creative officer in 2011.
A native of Chicago, Damaschke graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with a bachelor’s
degree in music and theatre.
Eric Snowden will receive the Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Currently the
vice president of direct-to-fan creative and technology at Atlantic Records, Snowden
oversees all design, development and project management for the digital department.
He manages a team of designers, production artists, developers, project managers,
and interns responsible for designing and building websites, online advertising, widgets,
mobile apps, online and desktop applications for Atlantic Records and its artists.
Additionally he creates new products within the label and manages their progress to
In addition to working for Atlantic, Snowden also teaches workshops and classes in
photography, digital imaging, and web design for such institutions as the Parsons
School of Design, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Before joining Atlantic
Records, he worked as the Creative Lead and Senior Designer for Warner Music Group
in New York where he managed a creative team. During his tenure at WMG he worked on
projects for major labels including Atlantic Records, Bad Boy, East West, Rhino Records,
Warner Brothers Records as well as internal Warner Music Group teams.
Snowden received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in art from Illinois Wesleyan, where
he was on the Dean’s List and was one of four artists in his class to receive exhibition
honors upon graduation.
Deon Hornsby will receive the Illinois Wesleyan Loyalty Award. In many ways, Hornsby has never
left IWU since his graduation in 1997. While at IWU, he was an executive board member
of the Black Student Union for two years, as well as a three-year letter winner in
football -- member of the undefeated 1996 team -- and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity. In 1999, he became an executive board member of the Minority Alumni Network,
where he was co-chair for six years. He has served as an executive board member of
the IWU Alumni Association for 10 years, where he volunteered for numerous committees.
Hornsby continues to be a role model and mentor to Titan football players and students
on campus. He participates annually at the minority mentoring session for students
at Homecoming and regularly participates in the annual ALANA orientation for first-year
students and their parents. Hornsby is currently a regional underwriting manager for
the Private Client Group of Chartis Insurance in Schaumburg, Ill., where he lives
with his wife, Mona (Williams) Hornsby ’00.
For additional information on any Homecoming events, contact the Alumni Relations
Office at (309) 556-3251, or go to www.titanpride.org.
Sherry Wallace (309) 556-3181, email@example.com