Homecoming to Celebrate Titans Around the World
Sept. 13, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 13-15 with the theme Titans Around the World, celebrating alumni living and
working abroad, international studies majors, study abroad experiences, and Titans'
Kicking off this year’s theme, alumni from around the globe will return to their alma
mater to discuss how an Illinois Wesleyan education prepared them to work abroad.
A panel of alumni – including Jill Jackson '04, Anton Samrai '07, Junaid Ahmed '96,
Sijia Song '13, and Coco Bassey '10 – will speak on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in
the Welcome Center Alumni Auditorium.
Special events tied to the theme also include Back to College Classes on Friday afternoon
and Saturday morning. Speakers will include distinguished alumnus Wayne Messmer '72,
who will present “From Wesleyan to the World Series”; Junaid Ahmed '96, senior broadcast
journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), on "Reporting World News
Through Storytelling"; Coco Bassey '10, founder and editor-in-chief of digital lifestyle
publication Millennielle, on "The Importance of a Powerful Digital Brand"; and Lavanga
Wijekoon '04, attorney at an international law firm in Chicago, on “From the Saga
Dishroom to International Law Firm: A Former International Student's Reflections.”
Student participants will also join Professor of Sociology Teddy Amoloza in her presentation
on the Freeman Asia Internship Program, sharing their personal experiences as 2017 Freeman Asia Interns.
On Friday evening, President Eric Jensen will honor 2017 Alumni Award winners Wayne P. Messmer '72, Charlene A. Carruthers '07 and Betty Stoutenborough Ritchie-Birrer
'47 at an Alumni Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center. The
conference champion football teams from 1996 and 2001 and the new Golden Titans from
the class of 1967 will also be recognized at the event.
Cheryl Reinking '87, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence in Nursing, will
be recognized and give remarks during a School of Nursing Social and Awards Ceremony
on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Center for Natural Sciences Atrium,
followed by tours of the recently renovated School of Nursing in Stevenson Hall.
On Saturday, the Hansen Student Center will host an international fair featuring multicultural
registered student organizations, with activities, musical performances and a light
lunch from 11 a.m.-1p.m., and a celebration dinner recognizing alumni leaders of color
at the 25th Anniversary of Minority Alumni Network (MAN) from 8-10 p.m.
Other Saturday events include the sixth annual “Club Tommy” All Titan Homecoming Celebration,
the annual pancake and sausage breakfast, tailgating in the Shirk Center parking lot
with local food trucks, a football game with Wayne Messmer '72 singing the national
anthem, and family fun activities on the Eckley Quadrangle.
See a full schedule or register for events at www.iwu.edu/homecoming.
By Vi Kakares '20