BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will honor three alumni during Homecoming weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Denny Matthews ’66, Diana Hammer Tscheschlok ’01, and Bob
Lewis ’56 will be recognized Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Alumni Awards Reception.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented to Denny Matthews ’66. This award
is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has made a distinguished contribution to
society, has achieved distinction in his or her profession, or has demonstrated civic
leadership. Matthews has broadcast exclusively for Major League Baseball’s Kansas
City Royals since the team’s inception in 1969. In 2007, the National Baseball Hall
of Fame presented the Ford C. Frick Award to Matthews, the “Voice of the Royals”.
He is also an inductee of the Royals Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of
Fame. In 2015, he signed a four-year contract agreement to stay with the Royals through
the 2018 season, which would be his 50th in the Kansas City broadcast booth. Matthews is also active in the Kansas City community
and dedicates his time and resources to several area charities including the SAFE
program, an organization that supports families of fallen police officers, firefighters
and emergency workers. At Illinois Wesleyan, Matthews lettered in baseball and football
and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Matthews will teach a Back to College class on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. Matthews
will present “From Fell Avenue Playground to Cooperstown” in The Ames Library’s Beckman
Diana Hammer Tscheschlok ’01 will receive the Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young
Alumna Award, which is given to an alumna/alumnus for outstanding professional achievement,
civic leadership, or both. Tscheschlok is a Community, Natural Resource, and Economic
Development Educator for the University of Wisconsin—Extension, Fond du Lac County.
She designs and facilitates practical educational programs that empower area residents
and community leaders to deal effectively with local issues concerning natural resources,
energy conservation, diversity and inclusion efforts, and other issues. Tscheschlok,
a tenured associate professor in the UW-Extension Department of Community Resource
Development, holds a master’s in social work from Saint Louis University. She graduated
from Illinois Wesleyan University magna cum laude with research honors as a sociology
and Spanish double major.
She will also teach a Back to College class at 3 p.m. on Sept. 30. “Making Meetings
More Meaningful” will draw on Tscheschlok’s experience and guide attendees in practicing
approaches developed by national thought leaders to transform the quality of connections,
leadership, and decisions. The class will meet in The Ames Library’s Beckman Auditorium.
The Loyalty Award is presented to alumni or friends of the University who have made
large contributions to Illinois Wesleyan, whether through service or financial support.
This year’s recipient, Bob Lewis ’56, has been a committed annual donor to Illinois
Wesleyan from as far back as records show—60 years. He has also served as chair of
several reunions of the Class of 1956. He and his wife, Janice, are often found cheering
on Illinois Wesleyan students in their athletic or academic endeavors. A business
administration major and member of Theta Chi fraternity, Lewis began working at State
Farm while still an Illinois Wesleyan student, launching a 48-year career with the
company. He served in offices across the U.S. before returning to Bloomington and
retiring as a Life/Health Medical Consultant. A member of the Board of Directors of
Little Children of the World Inc., Lewis frequently travels on mission trips to Mexico,
Alaska and China, and has made multiple trips to the Philippines. In addition, he
has been a longtime whole blood and platelet donor to the American Red Cross and was
recognized for donating more than 66 gallons over the course of many years.
The $15 fee per person for the Alumni Awards Reception includes a buffet reception.
The event will be held in the Memorial Center Young Main Lounge.