Eureka Alumni

2013 Opening Convocation

Eureka College Alumni Relations

Michael Murtagh
Vice President Alumni Relations

Shellie Schwanke
Director of Alumni Relations

Eureka College Alumni Relations

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

Maroon & Gold – Recapping March 2014

A Note From Home…

Home is where the heart is!

The month of March has been a very busy one, taking me from Eureka (my college home and family home for 26 years) to Ireland (the home of the Killeleas and Grahams which are my family heritage), to Arizona, the home of many special Eureka College alumni and Spring Training! My head is spinning as I reflect on all that I have had the priviledge to experience: beauty, history, culture. The thread that has run true for me across the thousands of miles I have covered is “Home is where the heart is.”

My travels have also included a constant: Eureka College alumni to journey with me or to welcome me to their communities. I have received warm hospitality from our alumni and friends and experienced once in a lifetime moments (kissing that Blarney Stone with alumni friends) that I will always cherish. As I reflect, I am also reminded that there is “no place like HOME.” Being back in Eureka with my own family, in my own communtity and on the college campus that I hold so dear is truly WONDERFUL! I cherish this place and the family that I have because of it.

I encourage you to come home to Eureka. Alumni Weekend is the perfect time to return this spring. The list of events includes something for everyone. Trust me, you will love coming HOME!I certainly do! I look forward to seeing you soon.

Shellie Schwanke
Director of Alumni Relations – Class of ’87

Come to Alumni Weekend and hear Dr. Logsdon’s “Stories Beneath the Elms” from the great storyteller himself!

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.

Come to campus during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, April 12 to hear Dr. Logsdon share “Favorite Stories: Treasures Found ‘neath the Elms” at 10:45am in Becker Auditorium of Cerf Center.

You can also submit your own stories by emailing Dr. Logsdon directly at

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

Upcoming Events

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

Spring is Coming and so is Alumni Weekend!
Alumni Weekend 2014

It’s time to celebrate the arrival of Spring and Eureka’s Alumni Weekend! And do we have a lot to celebrate here ‘Neath the Elms. Alumni Weekend has a little something for everyone!

This year’s highlights include: 50 Year Reunion Celebration of the Class of 1964 and the 3rd Annual Run with Reagan 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk and presentations by Professors Loren Logsdon, Wes Phelan and Junius Rodriguez.

A special Astronaut in Residence Luncheon is planned for Saturday where Retired Captain Scott Altman will share “Reaching for the Stars” focusing on lessons from his experiences as Commander of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Luncheon tickets are $15 for alumni, faculty and staff, $7.50 students & $30 to the public.

Tickets for the Celebration Dinner are $25 per person or $40 per couple.
This Year’s Honorees Include:

  • Honorary Alumnus: Clarence “Pete” Hughes, Faculty Emeritus of Education
  • Honorary Alumnus: David Windley, Trustee
  • Alumni Award of Merit: Dr. Steve Hathway ’63
  • Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award: Mr. Bob Gold ’90
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Ms. Anna Friedinger Palmer ’07
  • Alumni Board President’s Award for Service: Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Florence Coffman ’51

View the entire Alumni Weekend Schedule 2014

Register online for Alumni Weekend

For more information contact the Alumni Office at 877-892-7823 or email us at

Are you Ready to Run with Reagan on Alumni Weekend?

Run with Reagan logoAlumni Weekend is almost here! Time to start thinking about the Run With Reagan 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk! Eureka College is teaming up with ShaZam Racing. By utilizing the same technology that is used in 25 of the 30 largest races in the US, ShaZam Racing has quickly become the gold standard for timing and scoring in Central Illinois. ShaZam Racing is proud to be working with Eureka College for the 2014 Run with Reagan 5K. Online registration is now available. Sign up today!

Register online and run with Reagan!

Father Dominic to present ‘Herb Breads with a Meaning’

Reverend Dominic GarramoneCome and experience Father Dom sharing: “Herb Breads with Meaning” on Saturday, April 5 at the Eureka Christian Church.

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB is a monk of Saint Bede Abbey in Peru IL. He is the head of the Religion department at Saint Bede Academy and teaches church history and Christian doctrine.

He was the host of the PBS cooking show “Breaking Bread with Father Dominic” from 1999 to 2001, and has written six cookbooks, most recently Thursday Night Pizza, published by Reedy Press. His first children’s book, Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery, was the recipient of the 2011 Christopher Award for Children’s Books (ages 8 to 10) and the 2011 Catholic Press Association 1st Place Award for children’s books. When not baking or teaching, he can usually be found in his herb garden just outside the abbey kitchen.

Details are as follows:

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:00 a.m.
  • Eureka Christian Church/Parish Hall
  • 302 South Main Street/Eureka, IL
  • $12.00 per person
  • Sponsored by the Eureka College Women’s Board

Contact Joan Herron at

Calling All Cub Fans!

How about joining alumni and friends for a Sunday afternoon cheering on the Chicago Cubs? Great seats are available for Eureka Alumni on May 18 at Wrigley Field.

Details are below:

  • Sunday, May 18, 2014: 1:20 game vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Terrace Reserved Seating in sections 208
  • The price per ticket is $15 and a portion of each ticket will be donated back to EC. Contact Lou Ann Stambaugh Hayes ’88 at to secure your seats

Rocktober in Vegas Again and AGAIN!

Bradley Kenny, ’89 has invited Eureka College Alumni back again for a gathering Las Vegas, NV, October 10-12, 2014. If you love Vegas, what better weekend to go than one hosted by Eureka College alum, Bradley Kenny ? The weekend includes an alumni gathering at the CPK and Associates annual party, The Las Vegas Cirque du Soliel show, “KA” and brunch at the House of Blues. Celebrate your alma mater and make some new memories with classmates that you won’t soon forget. Start planning now to join us for this great weekend in Las Vegas!

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

Phonathon is Underway!

Give now and the only call you will receive is a “thank you!”

My name is Victoria White and I am a senior phonathon caller. I just love talking with you when I call, but I know that my calls can come at busy, inconvenient times. So I’m giving you another opportunity to opt out of a phone call with me.

You may have enjoyed talking with me and making your gift over the phone, but I realize phonathon is not everyone’s preferred way of giving back.

Once again, The “Don’t Interrupt My Dinner” promotion encourages alumni and friends to make a gift NOW. Doing so means no Eureka Fund appeals in your mailbox until August and no phone calls (from Eureka College) interrupting your dinner! Please consider your gift to your alma mater and give now.

Mark Your Calendars: The Alumni Leadership Connections Conference Weekend is November 14 & 15, 2014
2014 Alumni Leadership Conference

Due to severe weather conditions, the Alumni Alumni Leadership Connections Conference was cancelled two hours before its scheduled start on January 31. The Alumni Office is excited to share with you that through collaboration with the administration and student leadership on campus, we have secured a NEW Weekend for our alumni leadership conference to take place. We are working to have all the speakers back on NOVEMBER 14&15, 2014 to make their presentations, just as they were planned for this past January 31/February 1. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. The conference runs concurrently with the Student Leadership Conference offering the opportunity to mingle with students and later break into informational sessions that will challenge you and connect you with the Eureka Community. Your life will be enriched as you learn, connect and grow as a person and as a professional. For more information go to

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.”

Take Our Brief Survey.

Order Your Copy Today!

The ‘Neath the Elms II cookbooks are in!! Members of the Women’s Board and Eureka College community submitted recipes for this fantastic book. Cookbooks make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, Christmas, Mother’s Day and other special occasions. Copies of this cookbook may be purchased in the Eureka College Bookstore, through the EC Online Bookstore at, or e-mail The cost of the cookbook is $15 (plus postage if shipped.) We thank you for your support!

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!