Class Notes – April 2014

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Recapping April 2014

Be sure to send us your news and we’ll publish it in the next issue of Maroon & Gold. Enjoy!
Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations

Rory Roberts ’81

Rory Roberts ’81

Tony Byerly ’89

Tony Byerly ’89

Jami Hemmenway ’95

Jami Hemmenway ’95

Kimmerlee Lang Myers ’98

Kimmerlee Lang Myers ’98


Bruce Darnall ’66 has written two articles on Milwaukee Brewers coaches John Shelby (One Question Changes Life Direction of Hitting Coach) and Lee Tunnell (Chilhood Lessons Still Shaping Pitching Coach). The articles were published on-line by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ. The articles tell about the coaches lives and their Christian faith. The articles can be found at: then click on Pro Ministry.


Rory Roberts ’81 has retired from the City of Austin, Texas, after 23 years. Prior to working for the City of Austin, Rory was an Armament Systems Specialist in the US Air Force for 8 1/2 years. He left the Air Force after obtaining his Master of Public Administration from Troy University in 1990. He is currently residing in Pflugerville, Texas, where he is having fun with his wife Laura Burns Roberts (Texas Tech 1981).

Marje Beeney Shirey ’85 is a substitute teacher for Peoria Heights School District 325. She resides in Peoria Heights, IL.

Tony Byerly ’89 was inducted into the Security Sales & Integration 2014 Hall of Fame for his numerous contributions to the electronic security trade. Tony is Executive Vice President of Global Electronic Security Diebold and currently serves on the Eureka College Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees for Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity Foundation Board. He resides in Hudson, OH with his wife Kari Massey Byerly ’90 and their children Daisy, JD and Jonathan.


Shona Schmitz Sutton ’92 and her husband Dolan announce the birth of their son, Christian Michael, born on Feb. 13, 2014. He weighed 9lbs 4.3 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Jami Hemmenway ’95 was selected to receive the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. She was honored in Springfield on April 28 as one of three honorees in the state. Jami was recognized for her role in launching the Eureka Snackpac program, which provides a weekend sack lunch to underprivileged children. Recognizing that at-risk children may have little or no access to food between school-provided lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, Jami partnered with local school officials in 2010 to address the problem. Jami will be retiring from Eureka College as Assistant Professor of English at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Kimmerlee Lang Myers ’98 recently took a position as a Business Analyst in the Global Corporate Division of Zurich North America in Schaumburg, IL. As you can see by the picture, her kids are very excited for her.


Jennifer Kiesewetter ’04 was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers magazine Rising Star list for the third year in a row. Less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state earn this recognition. Jennifer is an attorney for the Law Offices of Peter Ferracuti in Ottawa, IL.

Kris Grill Knutson ’05 is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. In spring 2011, she earned her MA in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. In August 2012, she married Pete Knutson. In spring 2014, she earned her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.

Brandon Weger ’05 is Program Director, TRIO Upward Bound at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges. He resides in Robinson, IL.

Christopher Wakid ’10 is a Pediatric Resident Physician at OSF HealthCare.

In memoriam

Bob Straw ’38
Bruce Bates ’45
Paul Wilhelm ’54
Barbara White ’61
Richard Peltz ’69

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