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

This past weekend those of us in the Eureka area were treated to the most beautiful harvest moon. It was breathtaking…a huge beacon glowing in shades of amber and casting a spectacular filter of evening glow on our backyard campfire. Like that beautiful harvest moon, the phases of our lives can cause something’s appearance to change but in fact, its properties remain constant. Relationships are much the same. Your relationship with your alma mater is an important one, and although it may appear to change, the core of it is the value that it brings to your life. It should be celebrated!

As I write this greeting to you, I am in a frenzy of event planning, both professionally and personally. Professionally speaking, HOMECOMING is one of the most important celebrations of the year. And homecoming is COMING, October 14 and 15, 2016. I love planning it with our team and welcoming you all home to enjoy the festivities of the College we hold dear.

Personally speaking, as a first time “Mother of the Bride” with our daughter’s mountain wedding fast approaching,  I am excited to plan one of the biggest celebrations for our family so far in a wonderful place that is dear to my heart. I think of so many family memories and the phases of our lives that have brought us to this point and all I can do is bask in the light of thankfulness and joy.

The phases of our lives should be celebrated. I will be back to celebrate homecoming this year with a renewed sense of thankfulness for all Eureka has given me. I hope you will join me and celebrate your relationship with your alma mater.

Shellie Schwanke ’87

Director of Alumni Relations


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 DetailsLocation

October 14-15 Homecoming
March 18–28, 2017 Spain’s Classics

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!