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Recapping June 2014

Be sure to send us your news and we’ll publish it in the next issue of Maroon & Gold. Enjoy!
Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations

Rowena Gates '39

Rowena Gates ’39

April Kerr Wenzel '04

April Kerr Wenzel ’04

Ebony Thomas Harris '09

Ebony Thomas Harris ’09

Laura Maushard '12

Laura Maushard ’12


Rowena Gates ’39 celebrated her 100th birthday on July 3, 2014. Read her story.


Bruce Darnall ’66 and Mark Darnall ’09 have written an article titled “Brewer Scooter Gennett Spurred on by Renewed Faith” on Brewer second baseman, Scooter Gennett. It was published online by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ. It tells about his life and his Christian faith. The article can be found at: then click on Pro Ministry.


Alyssa Pollock ’03 graduated in June 2014 with a Master of Science in Emergency Management degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She is the Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross in Peoria, IL.

April Kerr Wenzel ’04 and her husband Matt, announce the birth of their son, Kaden Francis, on April 26, 2014. They live in Washington, IL.

Terry Vaughn ’08 is an assistant principal at Peoria Public Schools.

Kim Griffith ’09 was recently featured in an article in the Starved Rock Country newspaper.

Ebony Thomas Harris ’09 and her husband Evan, announce the birth of their son, Luke Daniel, on Jan. 31, 2014. They reside in Chicago, IL.

Ali Williams Morrison ’11 just accepted a position as a Communications Representative with Caterpillar in Mossville, IL and will be a fifth generation Caterpillar employee.

Laura Maushard ’12 since graduating in the Organizational Leadership program in May 2012, has been promoted into a new position. She is currently a Credentialed Trainer for EPIC systems at OSF St Francis Medical Center. She lives with her husband Jerry and son Matthew in Peoria.

Recent Eureka College graduates Matt Emmons ’14 and Maddie Zois ’14 have each obtained high school teaching positions for the coming academic year. Both will be teaching Social Studies and Drivers Education classes. Emmons will be teaching at Bluffs Community High School (Bluffs, IL) and Zois will be teaching at Peoria Notre Dame High School (Peoria, IL).

In Memoriam

  • Bob Rich ’48 (3/4/1923–5/30/2014)
  • Helen Brown Etzwiler ’65 (10/19/1943–11/24/2013)
  • Steve Born ’73 (9/29/1947–6/26/2014)
  • Sam McCracken ’77 (3/5/1955–3/26/2011)
  • Robin Brown ’87 (12/26/1962–7/2/2014)

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