Eureka Alumni

2013 Opening Convocation

Eureka College Alumni Relations

Michael Murtagh
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Shellie Schwanke
Director of Alumni Relations

300 E. College Avenue
Eureka, Illinois 61530
(309) 467-6317

A Note from Home

A Message for our 2016 Graduates (and a Reminder to all of our cherished alumni!)

Commencement! What a great word indicative of new beginnings, moving forward, fresh starts. As I watched you, our graduates “commence,” I once again tasted the bitter-sweetness of transition from student to adulthood. I have watched friends who have shared four years of memories moving forward into the new realities of graduate school, pursuing a career, establishing oneself in a new community, building a family and leaving behind the people and place that has become “HOME.” The great news for you is the world is your oyster. The additional good news is that the Eureka College family will always welcome you home with open arms. (A reminder to all alumni!)

This issue of Maroon & Gold welcomes YOU, the class of 2016 to the ranks of our esteemed alumni. This monthly e-newsletter is your source for information on the numerous activities that are hosted by the alumni office and wonderful alumni champions that are invested in their alma mater.

The commencement link below will provide for you all you need to enhance your memories of that special day. We also have a special blog post featuring 10 things you should know now that you’re an alum of Eureka College.

I encourage you to stay engaged: stay connected to your alma mater. Staying connected has become easier through social media and the variety of alumni events that are planned on campus and throughout the country. So, graduates: go and find your pearls in the ocean of life, remembering that your alma mater is here for you to return home to as often as you can. We look forward to welcoming you back home with open arms.


~ Shellie Schwanke ’87

Upcoming Alumni Events

Visit the Alumni Events page to see details about what is planned. Discover other campus events on our campus events calendar.

Event Details Location
June 3 Reagan Memorial Ceremony, 4 p.m.
June 3 Leadership Tribute Dinner, 5:30 p.m.
June 11–19 Portraits of Southern France Viking River Cruise
July 8 Evening at Millenium Park
July 8 EC Golf Outing
August 26 Night with the Peoria Chiefs
March 18–28, 2017 Spain’s Classics
October 14–15 Homecoming 2016

For additional information on any of these events and to make your reservations, email the Alumni Office or call 877-892-7823.

Paying it forward!

Take a look at this impressive list of donors for the past month. For those who have donated, thank you! If you don’t see your name on this list of esteemed donors, add your name today!

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Chaplain’s Corner

Welcome to Chaplain’s Corner, a monthly column presented by Eureka College Chaplain Bruce Fowlkes. Read this month’s Chaplain’s Reflection.

Dr. Logsdon’s Studs Terkel

Dr. Loren Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of English, has captured the spirit of Eureka College history in a special project he fondly calls the “Studs Terkel Project.” The project is a collection of alumni memories and stories which weave a rich tapestry of the Eureka College experience.

Read this month’s article by Loren Logsdon.

The Alumni Office would like to continue the spirit of this project by inviting alumni who attended after 1970 to send in your stories. You can also submit by emailing Dr. Logsdon directly at

This collection of stories is available in the Online EC Bookstore .

GOLDS: Graduates of the Last Decade

We would love to hear from you! At Eureka College we want to maintain a lifelong relationship with our graduates. We have all heard the saying, “Real life begins after college,” and at Eureka we want to know how our young alumni are faring in their first decade out of college. We appreciate your feedback below, and wish you the very best as you navigate “real life.”

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Class Notes

We are always looking for news about what you are up to in your in your life these days. Help us all stay in touch and stay connected by providing info as to what’s new. Where are you now? New job? Recently married? New baby? Fun story? Send it to us! We’d love to hear!