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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
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Ann Harding

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you'll be with friends and family who are all good cooks. Or, at least someone who knows how to make a mean reservation!

The University will close today at 6 p.m. and then re-open Monday the 26th of November. After that, it will be countdown to finals for the students and even early graduation for nearly 30 of them.

Start your holiday shopping with an alumni discount at the IWU Bookstore. There will be a discount from 10% to 15% now until Jan. 1 for all IWU alumni. Online shoppers can take advantage of this by going to the bookstore website. When checking out, enter the word alum in the coupon code field and the discount will be applied. If you are shopping in the store, let them know you are an alumni and the discount will be applied.

If you stop in the Alumni Relations Office anytime after Dec. 10, or attend alumni events around the country, you'll get a chance to meet the new Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Adriane Powell. Adriane has worked in the Advancement Office at IWU for two years and I was thrilled to be able to fill the position with someone with her skills and love for Illinois Wesleyan.

If you have a little extra time, check out The Photos Page on the IWU website. You'll get to see some shots from Homecoming. Plus, I clicked on the link that says Campus Scenes 2012-13. For some reason there is a picture of a student holding an alligator named Purse. Don't ask me why.

If you live in Rockford, Atlanta, Phoenix or San Francisco, see you soon!

Ann Harding


The campus community is saddened this fall at the deaths of members of our faculty and retired faculty. We extend condolences to their family members.

  • Professor Jonathan Dey, who joined IWU in 1975 and was named the Miner Linnaeus Sherff Professor of Botany in 1990, died Nov. 19. A commemorative event is tentatively planned for next semester.
  • Professor Larry Stout, who taught mathematics at Illinois Wesleyan since 1977, died Oct. 19. Read an obituary.
  • Professor Emerita Susan Anderson-Freed, who taught sociology then computer science for 33 years until retiring in 2010, died Nov. 4. Read an obituary.
  • Harold P. Stephenson, professor of physics at Illinois Wesleyan from 1952-57 and professor emeritus at Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer, N.C.), died Nov. 3. Read an obituary.
  • Professor Emeritus Robert Harrington died Nov. 2. He joined IWU in 1968, later became the first recipient of the Robert S. Eckley Endowed Professorship in Economics, and retired in 1989. Read an obituary.
  • Former chair of philosophy Larry Colter, who served Illinois Wesleyan from 1966-1984, died July 10. Several friends and colleagues gathered during Homecoming weekend to share their memories. See a video.


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Illinois Wesleyan has announced that it will add the intercollegiate sport of lacrosse, with a men's team beginning competition in the spring of 2014 and a women's team the following spring. Zach Iannucci has been hired to be the first men's lacrosse coach.

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Alumni Track and Field Meet
Shirk Center
12/1/2012 to 12/1/2012
Rockford Holiday Party
Garretts Restaurant & Bar
12/2/2012 4:00 PM to 12/2/2012 7:00 PM
Atlanta Holiday Party
Hosted by Sandra (Futhey) '77 and Louis Rice
12/9/2012 4:00 PM to 12/9/2012 7:00 PM
San Francisco Alumni Connection
Location To Be Determined
2/24/2013 to 2/24/2013

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Alpert, Lauren
Amstutz, Terry
Bassey, Coco
Bernardoni, Brooke
Bernhardt, Barbara
Brauer, Blake
Brogan, Claudia
Curry, Kedzie
Dahlberg, Kory
Daniels, Michael
Delk LeGood, Cheryl
Eash, Kyle
Fahey, James
Gillhouse, Eric
Gorsage, Kristine
Hoffman, Elizabeth
Holder, Trisha
Huey, Marie
Hutchcraft, Megan
Kostiuk, Ted
LaRocca, Amanda
Marshall, Dale
McGee, Connor
Murray, Matthew
Neuhauser, Jeffrey
Patel, Ketaki
Perkins, David
Peterson, Diane
Rajgarhia, Aditya
Rohde, Thomas
Steingraber, Sandra
Suga, Laura
Thomas, Tove
Tiemann, Keith
Travers, Stephanie
Tremper, Phyllis
Wanto, Frank
Wentworth, Stephanie
Zerth, Erin

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