Maroon & Gold
October 31, 2019

A Note From Home.....
As the seasons change, so does our focus. 

What a difference a day will make. Just yesterday my husband, Curt and I were hiking around Lake Eureka enjoying the beautiful fall foliage and soaking up the beauty of this quaint town. As I write this note to you, the weather has changed to cold, windy rain and snow and the leaves are now on the slippery pavement. I am so glad we didn't take yesterday for granted. Now I need to look forward and embrace what the next season holds...the cozy warmth of home and hearth with the holiday season to enjoy with family and friends.

Here on campus, we are shifting gears too. Students have returned from fall break having two-thirds of the semester behind them. The Alumni/Development Office event focus has shifted from Homecoming to gearing up for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal event in world history, marking the falling of the  Iron Curtain. Three decades ago, the Wall fell.... practically overnight, ushering in a new era. 

This is an event that is to be celebrated! We are excited to welcome back former Reagan Society Director, John Morris to share his insights into this historic event through stories of special guests who have been Reagan Society visitors in the last decade. In addition, we will hear from special guest, Dr. Octavian Gabor, who will share perspectives derived from his Romanian heritage.  I hope you will join us for this celebration and savor the importance of this historic event. Freedom should always be celebrated and never taken for granted.
Shellie Schwanke '87
Director of Alumni Relations and the Ronald W. Reagan Society
The Ronald W. Reagan Society  of Eureka College  presents 
The first Fall of the Wall Ceremony at the Ronald W. Reagan Peace Garden on the Eureka College Campus in 2009. 

The Ronald W. Reagan Society 
of Eureka College
Fall of the Wall
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Friday, November 8, 2019, 4 p.m. CT
Ronald W. Reagan Peace Garden
(Inclement Weather Site: Cerf Center)
Eureka College
Eureka, Illinois
Reception to Follow in Cerf Center
With special guest speaker
John Morris
President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum
Former Director of the Ronald Reagan Society at Eureka College 
With remarks from
Dr. Jamel S. C. Wright
Eureka College President
Dr. Octavian Gabor
Professor of Philosophy
Methodist College, Peoria, IL
RSVP to  or call 877-892-7823 
with your plans to join us. 
Fall Concert Scheduled for November 17, 2019 
, The Eureka College  Chorale/Chamber Singers will present their fall   concert on Sunday, November 17 at 4 pm. The program entitled, "Miracles" explores the miraculous in nature, divinity, and human connection. Along with the world premiere of Caroline Mallonee's "Leave Us Tonight the Nightingale," Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform Renaissance villancicos, two Jewish pieces in a traditional scale, Ysaye Barnwell's "Wanting Memories," and other works.This will be the first concert under our new director, Dr. Sarah Riskind. We look forward to sharing the amazing talents of our students with you!
1 1 . 1 7 . 2 0 1 9 Sunday | 4PM| Becker Auditorium 
To request accommodations to be able to participate, contact
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

Decorate for the Holidays and Support EC at the Same Time! 
The Holiday season is nearly here and the Women's Board is ready to help you decorate with lovely, fresh Poinsettias and Wreaths for you! Poinsettias are $13 each and Wreaths are $23. Orders are due by November 18 and pick up will take place at the College Maintenance Building on December 3. Contact Teresa in Development at with your selection of white or red poinsettias or balsam wreaths. 
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. 
Triple A Tailgate Planned for November 9! 
The Offices of Alumni/Development, Admissions and Athletics will host a Triple A Tailgate during the last home game of the season. Alumni are encouraged to invite prospective student/athletes to come and enjoy game day with our alumni and students. Help us secure  the next class of champions! Share this link and encourage them to register to attend our 2019 Recruit Day on Nov. 9!

Learn more and register Here 
Distinguished Mentors Among Us
Do you have a faculty or staff member who made a difference in your life? Make a gift in their honor and support the Distinguished Mentor Award.  
The Eureka College Distinguished Mentor Award was created to recognize and reward the efforts that our faculty and staff make every day. It does this by formally acknowledging the efforts of these individuals and by providing them with $1,000 award. 
With only $6000 left to fully fund the award, generous alum Reggie Sey '13 has offered to match the first $2,000 donated. 
Make your gift online today and honor your mentors!  HERE 
Basketball at Home and Away!
 Basketball season is just around the corner.  Our student athletes are back on the court. Why not take in a game either at home or away and cheer on the team! Send us a photo of you there and we will post it on our Alumni/Development Facebook page. Just email the photo to and show your Red Devil Pride!
Schedules are below:  
           Womens Basketball     Men's Basketball 
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.          
Celebrate the Season with Alumni and Friends at the t he 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.   

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Recommend Eureka to a Student You Know!
Do you know a recent high school graduate who hasn't yet decided where to go to school this fall?  
How about that student who just earned her associates degree and wants to pursue a bachelors program? 
Or maybe you know a current high school student who would make a great Red Devil? 
Now is the time to encourage these students to check out Eureka College. Share your memories with them. Encourage them to see campus for themselves. 

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