A Note From Home…..
Everyone has a Story
Stories define us. They tell the tale of how we have become the individuals we are today. Since I lost my sweet mom a few months ago, I find that I am telling the stories of my family: where we came from, what challenges we have overcome, what victories we have won. These experiences form my childhood story. They have shaped me and continue to inform me on what has made me who I am and who I still want to become.
But the story goes on. So much of my story centers on this very special place, Eureka College. It is where I learned to think for myself, be challenged beyond my perceived limits. It is where I have made lifelong relationships, found the love of my life, established my roots and have watched my girls grow into independent, strong women with a strong education in the liberal arts. My story is still being written as I work to pay it forward for future generations to benefit as my family has here ‘Neath the Elms.
There are thousands of stories that center on this incredible place. Technology has now brought storytelling to a new medium, “The Blog.” Eureka’s Blog has inspiring stories about students, alumni, donors and the many virtues of life here ‘Neath the Elms. These stories can be found on our webpage at
What is your story? I encourage you to share it with us, and perhaps it will be a feature on our Blog or as an entry in Dr. Logsdon’s ‘Neath the Elms series that appears here in the Maroon and Gold. Send us your stories to and don’t forget to include a photo. We are eager to hear from you!


Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations


Upcoming Events

Alumni Weekend is April 13, 14, and 15, 2018
Spring is Coming and So is  Alumni Weekend!
Friday, April 13- Sunday, April 15
Spring beckons! All things to the call respond…- Ambrose Bierce 
Yes, winter can be long, but we all know that spring will come! And with it comes Alumni Weekend! The weekend is FULL of events sure to please alumni of all ages. We are excited to announce that the Golden E Club Celebration & Run with Reagan are back!   Students are also planning events during this special weekend, including the Walnut Grove Festival in Rinker Theatre, a Fine and Performing Arts interactive open house and Science Center Expo featuring our new Chemistry and Criminal Justice Labs.
     Also returning this year is the annual leadership conference where students and alumni will be challenged to leadership by our alumni panel experts and session presenters.  Our 50 year graduates will enjoy a special reunion social and induction into the Golden E Club. The Celebration of Life Memorial Service and Spring Chorale Concert will continue as staples of this great weekend.
     Saturday evening will serve as the centerpiece of the weekend with the Alumni Awards Celebration Dinner recognizing our 2018 award recipients, our Golden E’s and our Faculty retirees. The weekend holds something for everyone!
Check out our schedule of events below and register HERE
Friday Evening, April 13
Friday evening events are take place in Cerf College Center. All alumni and friends welcome!
5:30 p.m.   Pre-Conference Networking 101
6 p.m.          Registration Opening Networking Session with All Students
7 p.m.          Leadership Event: Young Alumni, “What I have learned Since” Panel discussion
8 – 9 p.m.     Alumni/Seniors Post Networking Reception
Saturday, April 14
8 a.m.                Run With Reagan
8:30-9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Campus Walk About with Mike Murtagh, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement (Begins at the Commons with stops in Sanders Hall for Chemistry Lab and Criminal Justice Lab Expos and finishing at Christine Bonati Bollwinkle Arena and Convocation Center and McKinzie Field)
10 a.m.               Chemistry Expo, Johann Laboratory, 4 Flr, Vennum Binkley Science Hall
10:30 a.m.          Criminal Justice Lab Expo, Vennum Binkley Hall, 3rd Floor
10:30a.m.-Noon  Underground Coffee Shop Open (Lower lever, Ben Major)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Student/Alumni Leadership Conference Sessions TBA, Cerf College Center
11 a.m.             Meet Your Eureka College Alumni Board, Underground Coffee Shop, Ben Major
12:30 p.m.        Luncheon Buffet featuring 2018’s Alumni Recipient Panel “Wisdom to Live By” Panel Discussion, Cerf Center
1-2 p.m.             Luncheon Program featuring Alumni Recipient Panel begins
1 p.m.                Walnut Grove Festival (sponsored by SAGE) Rinker Theatre
2-4 p.m.             Senior Honors Thesis Presentation
3- 5 p.m.            Golden E Reunion Social featuring the 50th Reunion Class of 1968,
Rigazio Conference Room, Cerf College Center
4 p.m.                 Golden E Induction Ceremony, Rigazio Conference Room, Cerf College Center
5 p.m.                  Memorial Service “Remembering Those We Have Lost”
5:30 p.m.            Celebration Dinner Reception, Cerf Center
6:30 p.m.             Dinner featuring Alumni Award presentations and recognizing Golden E 50 Year Class of 1968, College Retirements, Cerf Center
Sunday, April 15
10:30 a.m.        Services at Eureka Christian Church
11-12:30p.m.    Brunch in the Commons
3 p.m.                 Loyalty League Reception (By Invitation for Loyalty League Members Only)
4 p.m.                 Spring Chorale Concert



Eureka College Alumni: who are we?

Eureka College Alumni are an elite group whose lineage includes abolitionists, suffragists, educators, clergy, creatives, social science and business leaders, doctors, scientists and public servants: all men and women of character. Good mothers, good fathers, good citizens that cover the globe. Although small in number with only 7600 living members, the Eureka College footprint is large and has reached all the way to the highest elected office, as experienced by our own Ronald W, Reagan, class of 1932 and 40th President of the United States of America,

Where are Eureka College Alumni?

Eureka Alumni can be found in all 50 states and throughout the world.

Stay in touch with Eureka College after you graduate! Attend our alumni leadership conference in the Spring, come back for Homecoming in the Fall, or discover one of our many other ways to get involved with Eureka College as an alum.

Alumni Events

We encourage our alumni to stay engaged in any way they can. Visit the alumni events page or the campus events calendar

Giving Back to Eureka College

Give now and make a difference at Eureka College. Our secure online giving process is safe and secure.

Alumni & Donors

Contact a member of our team with any questions.

Michael Murtagh

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Shellie Schwanke

Director of Alumni Relations

Teresa Kennell

Director of Advancement Services

Mindy Webster

Administrative Assistant

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