August 2013


Maroon & Gold – Recapping August 2013

Buried Treasure: I Have Found It!

Although I hate to see summer end and my kids grow another year older (let alone myself), I must confess that once the painful transition from summer schedules to school routines has past, it is nice to to have everyone back to a routine and rhythm of a purposeful life. The same is true for the rhythm of life on campus and the joy that bubbles up from having the students back on campus.

One of the special traditions that we do to celebrate the students’ return each year is Opening Convocation, where freshmen and new students are welcomed into the Eureka College family. A highlight of the event is the speech delivered by the student body president.

This year senior Max Hutchison delivered a great address about buried treasure found right here on Eureka’s campus. No, he wasn’t talking about the numerous rum cakes that have gone undiscovered for decades, he was talking about the wonderful people, traditions and experiences that have come before us and that are yet to be uncovered by the current student body. Please take a moment and listen to Max’s speech. It will inspire you and remind you of this fact that Max closed his speech with, “This is a great, great campus… and one thing I’ve learned is the four years you spend at college are some of the most important years of your life.  The more you make of your life here, the more you will make OF your life.” Don’t you agree?

Shellie Schwanke

Director of Alumni Relations – Class of ’87

Opening Convocation

Giving Back

Bonnie and Dave Darnall

TWW: Together We Win!

Invest in the Dave and Bonnie Darnall – TWW Scholarship

The College has recently set up a scholarship fund in the name of Dave and Bonnie Darnall, who have been responsible for bringing so much to Eureka College. Coach Dave Darnall is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Illinois sports having won 504 games, the NAIA National Championship in 1994 and holding titles like NAIA National Coach of the Year and membership in seven Halls of Fame! The scholarship will pay tribute to both Dave and Bonnie’s service to the College and benefit students in their name each year.

Would you like to make a gift and express your gratitude to Dave and Bonnie, one of Eureka College’s most inspirational couples? Click Here

Dr. Logsdon’s Studs Terkel Project Spotlight

George Kemp, Class of 1956

George Kemp, Class of 1956

George Kemp, Class of 1956

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 during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

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

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!

Call for New Members

Become a member today! Members participate in various ongoing fund-raising efforts and meet four times a year. Annual dues are $15. The membership is open to anyone who expresses an interest in being part of this active working group. If you are interested in discovering more about or joining the Eureka College Women’s Board, please include your name, address and phone number and send to: Eureka College Women’s Board, 300 E College Ave, Eureka IL 61530 or e-mail


Eureka College Alumni Board 2012 – 2013

Sharon Altman ’59

Mickeisha Armstrong ’93

Arvil Bass ’70

Randy Begole ’94

Betsy Bladel ’09

Jim Bruner ’73

Kimberly Donahue ’06

Ed Finch ’69

Lacey Gleason ’07

Stephanie Hampton ’96

Jeremy LaKosh ’05

Meghan Lazier ’07

Darin Mahlke ’99

Jeanette Malafa ’90

Gloria McNett ’55

Chris Peterson ’95

Bill Schulz ’86

Dawn LaFollette Shipman ’96

Chuck Staley ’62

April McClure Stewart ’97

Shannon Orr Wettstein ’96

Jan Wanack – Honorary ’08