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

Inspiring Choices

A few days ago I was attending an educational travel conference and was getting ready to duck out of the closing session in order to get an earlier start home. I was compelled to stay, though, as I happened across a beautiful young Indian woman who intrigued me and, little did I know, she was the closing conference keynote. Sheena Iyengar, a professor from Columbia University was led to the stage with her white cane and when she started to speak, her beautiful accent and elegant presentation was the first indicator that I had made a good choice. Sheena inspired me with her research, words and inspiring take-away that choice is my tool for creating possibilities. Indecision stagnates. Choice creates. Sheena’s choices appeared limited by her blindness, but her decision to work through her challenges and use it to inspire others has enriched her life and had a great impact on others.

What are you choosing today? Your choices on life’s journey today can create possibilities for your future and become an inspiration to those around you, a good thought as we journey together through 2016. It is my hope that you will choose to make your alma mater a part of your time, talent and treasure. Your choice to remain active in the Eureka College community will have life enriching benefits, I can testify to that.


~ 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
February 9–13 Eureka College Alumni and Friends Florida Gatherings
March 11 Eureka College’s March Madness Celebration
March 7–17 Spring 2016 Alumni and Friends international travel experience: Bella Italia on the Edge of Spring: Live La Dolce Vita
April 8–10 Alumni Weekend
April 9 Run with Reagan
April 11 Chicago Cubs Opening Day at Wrigley Field
June 11–19 Portraits of Southern France Viking River Cruise

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!