Maroon & Gold
November 27, 2019

A Note From Home.....
I just love it when people step up to a challenge, don't you? 

You have all heard of it: Giving Tuesday,  a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.  It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to "do good." Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.  One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.
Well, I am excited to share that we have several dedicated alumni who are stepping up to help our alma mater on Giving Tuesday with advance committments to challenge YOU to join in helping us meet our goal of 100 donors that day. Watch for our social media posts on December 3 and "do good" for your alma mater. Our students, our faculty and our staff greatly appreciate your support. 
Want to join the fun and create your own challenge? Contact Anna Chumbley at and share your idea Or make your gift online today and join the fun early!  GIVE HERE
Thank you in advance for your generosity. May your Thanksgiving be blessed!
Shellie Schwanke '87
Director of Alumni Relations and the Ronald W. Reagan Society

P.S. December 3 is one of two special giving days that are planned for the 2019-20 academic year. Mark your calendars for March 19 for Eureka College's OWN Day of Giving. Make your giving plans now and "do good."
Ronald W. Reagan Society celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Friday, November 8, the Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College presented the Fall o f the Wall Ceremony, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.  The ceremony included comments by Student Body President, Elsie Croasdale, President Wright, Dr. Octavian Gabor, Professor of Philosophy at Methodist College and John Morris, President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum and former Director of the Reagan Society. Photos and a video recording of the ceremony are below. 
Fall Of The Wall Ceremony | November 8, 2019
Fall Of The Wall Ceremony | November 8, 2019
Dr. Logsdon's "Stories Beneath the Elms" Continue...
Dr. Loren Logsdon '58

Dr. Loren Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of English, AKA Gort Rumson, Maroon and Gold's roving reporter, has captured the spirit of Eureka College history in a special project he fondly calls the "Studs Terkel Project."  If you have a story that speaks to the  "Spirit of Eureka," contact Dr. Logsdon at

This month's edition is below:  

  A Tribute to Dr. Pillow
We have only a few tickets remaining! 
Celebrate the Season on December 5 at the Barn III in Goodfield, Illinois! 
What better way to celebrate the Holiday season than with a great dinner theatre experience at the Barn III with EC alumni, family and friends? Drawing from their ten years of holiday revues, The Best of the Barn Christmas features their most popular musical and comedy performances to get you in the holiday spirit. It will be the ideal seasonal outing to celebrate with family and friends in the brand new Barn. The music will range from secular to sacred, including their own wonderful renditions of some holiday classics. Hilarious sketches will have you laughing till you cry, and the audience participation opportunities will put you in the center of the action!

Details are below:
Date: December 5, 2019;
Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner from 6:30-7:30p.m.  Show begins at 8 p.m. 
Tickets: $45.00 per person 
Call the Alumni Office to reserve your tickets at 877-892-7823 or email us at Payment must be made at the time of the reservation.   
Renaissance Christmas Dinners featuring  Eureka College Chamber Singers Set for December 6 &7, 2019 

Join the Chamber Singers in ringing in the holiday season with the 31st Annual Renaissance Christmas Dinner, which will be hosted on December 6 & 7. Guests will gather in Moser Lobby of Cerf Center beginning at 6 p.m. and seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening will include Romaine salad, Chicken Chablis, carved ham, rosemary potatoes, seasoned green beans with bacon, rolls with honey butter, bread pudding, wassail, coffee and iced tea. (A v egetarian option will be available; please mention number of vegetarians in reservation request.) Ticket price is $27.00 per person or $13.00 per EC student & children under 12. The ticket price includes dinner, dessert, and the performance! Email or call (309) 467-6317 to reserve tickets. Reservations and payment must be made by December 1. 

Alumni Award Nominations

WE need your Holiday photos!
Hey Eureka College Alumni! We've seen a lot of family pictures being posted on Facebook. The Alumni Office would love to share these pictures of your family or pictures with Santa in the December issue of the  Maroon & Gold. Please send us your photos by Dec. 15. Let's see how many we can share in our album this year. Send your favorites to and look for them in the next issue of Maroon and Gold! 

Spring Training Weekends in Florida and Arizona announced for 2020
The second annual Florida Spring Training Weekend is scheduled for March 7 & 8, 2020!  Thanks to our sponsors, Paul '75 and Suzi '74 Brown. Eureka College Alumni can enjoy two games in the Cassidy Cool Zone Pavillion when the Cardinals host the Astros and the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL.

The Eureka College Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce that the 7th annual Arizona Spring Training Weekend is scheduled for March 13 and 14, 2020!  Thanks to our sponsors, Dave and Barb Arganbright '73 Wickness.  Eureka College Alumni can enjoy two games, one in the shady stands and the other on the Bull Pen Patio, when the White Sox host the Chicago Cubs and the LA Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

Contact the Alumni/Development Office for more information at
Alumni Basketball Gatherings Planned: Home and Away! 
The Alumni/Development Team and Athletics have some great games and gatherings planned for the upcoming Red Devils Basketball season! Why don't you plan to join us? 
January 25, 2020
Red Devils vs. Blackburn Beavers
Tip-Off 1:00 pm Women, 3:00 pm Men
Reagan Athletic Complex 
Recognition of Coach Schuster and Coach La Cursia between games
Basketball Alumni Recognition during Half-time of Men's game
RSVP  Post-Game Celebration
February 19, 2020
ST. LOUIS ALUMNI GATHERING Hosted by Trustee Mike Nardini '85
Red Devils vs. Webster Gorloks
Pre-Game Alumni gathering from 4-5:30 pm
Weber's Front Row, 8169 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves, MO 
Tip-Off 5:30 pm Women, 7:30 pm Men

March 13, 2020
EC's Celebration of March Madness
Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery, 619 SW Water St., Peoria
Free appetizers and cash bar will be provided. A $10 donation is suggested to help cover the cost of these gatherings. RSVP to these events at
Save these Dates for Upcoming Events in 2020
 Want a glimpse of what events are in store in the coming months? The Alumni/Development Office is in planning mode and want you to have have these dates in your 2020 calendar early! Click here to see what is in store. Please note that event dates, places and time may change. Details for these events will be posted in the Maroon and Gold as they develop.  Call 877-892-7823 or email for more information.          
Minnesota Alumni Gathering Opportunity in February 2020
The 4th annual Alumni Hockey gathering of Eureka College alumni and friends will take place on Tuesday, February 25th  when the Minnesota Wild take on  the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. This skybox experience will again held at Xcel Energy Center, 199 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102. 
Tickets for the event are $50 per person. This has become a great alumni event made available by fellow alum, Jeff Picco '89. Tickets are limited. Please contact the alumni office at if you are interested in attending !  

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