Maroon & Gold
September 30, 2019

A Note From Home.....
We all love a good survey, don't we? Cue the eye roll.... 
Seriously, when we have strong feelings for something we want our voices heard and our input valued. And, an opportunity to get free stuff can just sweeten the experience. Here in the Alumni/Development Office, we value your input as our alumni. That is why we have put together this survey to assess our effectiveness through your feedback.  Our goal is to gauge the effectiveness of our efforts and tailor them to meet your needs and those of our campus community.

As a thank you for completing our survey, we will enter your name in a drawing for a $100 gift card to the Eureka College Bookstore. We will announce the winner on October 17th, just in time to do some shopping at Homecoming! Remember, you must submit your name to be eligible to win. You may remain anonymous if you prefer. Either way, your responses are valued. The survey is relatively brief and should only take 5-7 minutes to complete.

To participate in the survey, go to this link:

If you have any questions about the survey, please email us at
Shellie Schwanke '87
Director of Alumni Relations
That wonderful time of year is in our sights! Eureka College's Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for October 18-19, 2019. Homecoming has become a tradition that is NOT to be missed! Our traditions continue to evolve and the atmosphere just keeps getting more festive with open houses, the bonfire, tailgating, a new fall festival, royalty, the big GAME, and the 5th Quarter after party! Don't miss this opportunity to come home and join the fun!
Friday, October 18
8 a.m.-5 p.m.     
Melick Library Book Sale , 1st Floor and Library Steps.
The tradition continues as Melick Library clears out closets and cubbie holes putting some dusty treasures out for purchase. You are sure to find a good read or reference book to add to you collection. All proceeds go to support library initiatives.
11:30 a.m.          
Homecoming Convocation, Becker Auditorium.
This event features the announcement of our 2019 Homecoming Royalty. Special guest comments will be made by 2019 Outstanding Young Alumnus, Travis Wilcoxen ' 05.
12:30- 3 p.m.
Carnival Student Festival, Burrus Dickinson Lawn.
All alumni are welcome to join in the fun on Friday afternoon as students enjoy homecoming festival activities.

Burgess Hall Art Gallery Presents Meet the Artist, "The National Park Project" by Beth Shadur
"The National Park Project" exhibit will feature several pieces including some of Shadur's smaller works and some of her art from Iceland.  Also featured will be Bryce Canyon, Glacier, Zion and Theodore Roosevelt national parks through historical photographs, text from well-known conservationists and depictions of industry or something that is threatening the park."
5:30-7 p.m.         
VIP Reception for President Circle Members, Burgess Art Gallery, 3rd Floor of Burgess Hall.
(To inquire about becoming a President's Circle member, contact the Development Office at 877-892-7823.)
6-8 p.m.                     
Black Alumni Association Open House, Gammon Room of Melick Library
All Alumni are welcome to join the fun as this event hosted by our Black Alumni Association. Food and fun for all! A post Meet and Greet Social will be at The Bowling Alley, Eureka, IL from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. All   Alumni  Welcome!
6:30-8 p.m .                     
Reagan Alumni Open House, Jacob House, 207 Campus Street.
Calling all Reagan Scholars and Fellows! Come to Jacob House for a wine, cheese and a chance to meet Dr. Duane Bruce, Dean of Student Engagement and Director of Leadership Activities
8-9 p.m.                 
Bonfire and Homecoming Happening Pep Rally, Burgess Gravel Parking Lot
All Alumni are invited to join the fun as students pump up the football team at the traditional bonfire and Homecoming Happening pep rally.
Saturday, October 19
9-4 p.m.          
Cerf Center Burgoo, Bookstore Open
Make this your first stop on campus and pick up some Eureka Gear for the Big Game! Swing by and grab a cup of coffee or a snack in the Burgoo while you are at it!
9:30-2 p.m.          
Melick Library Book Sale Continues
10-11:30 a.m. Noon           
Alumni Board Open House, Ben Major Lounge
Come to Ben Major Lounge and meet your alumni board members! There will be free coffee and donuts and a chance to hear all the alumni board is planning for the year!
12 noon
Food Trucks Open Along Reagan Southwest Lawn
Trailin' Smoke BBQ, Papa Murphy's Pizza by the slice, Deep Fried Delights, Wayne's Kettlecorn and Lemonade Shake Ups, Gramma Nana's Kitchen Sweets, Sodexo Gumbo and Jambalaya 
12-2 p.m.     
Homecoming Festival   
Family Fun provided by Student Organizations. 
2 - 4 p.m.        
Alumni Board Tailgate Area Opens  
Come enjoy live music by ZA Funk, Food Trucks and Fun!
Reagan Alumni Tailgate Opens 
2- 6 p.m.                     
Children's Area Open  
Attractions by Fun on the Run and the Unique Twist (Tennis Courts, weather permitting).        
7-8:30 p.m.         
5th Quarter Party at Chanticleer (All Alumni Welcome)
Finish off you day at the Chanticleer Backroom for free appetizers with alumni and friends. 
This schedule can be found on our web page HERE
Drop us an email at and let us know if you will be joining us for this great weekend! 
Eureka College Announced 2019 Hall of Fame Class
 Four former Red Devil greats and the 1997 volleyball team have been selected for induction into the Eureka College Athletics Hall of Fame.

They are Caitlynn Eeten Bane '14, Deb Kessinger Coffman '93, Mark Lessen '13 and Nicole Smith Tennison '98, and they'll soon officially join the ranks of EC's most accomplished student-athletes.

In addition, the 1993-94 men's basketball team will be recognized at the ceremony and football game to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the squad's national championship.

For the full story click HERE.
Annette Dyar Sherman '41 celebrates 100th birthday on October 23!
The Eureka College Alumni Office wishes a Happy Birthday to Annette Sherman of the great class of 1941! Annette will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 23, 2019. She is a woman of character and integrity, class and sophistication, a life long learner and critical thinker. She epitomizes the best of Eureka College!
The family is hosting an open house on October 19th from 1-4 at the Eureka United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 208 N Callender St.  
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 features another installment of  
The Spirit of Eureka College: The Social Life Early Morning Crisis at the Tally Ho
Henry's Farm Tour, Dinner, Movie, Music and Bonfire!
Thursday, 10/3, Eureka College will be hosting a screening of newly released documentary film  Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm about local farmer, Henry Brockman and his biodiverse, organic family farm (he has been farming the land over 25 years).  Film showing will start at 7pm in Becker auditorium, runs just over 80 minutes, and will be followed by a short panel discussion in Becker with Henry Brockman, Producer and Co-Director Ines Sommer, and Co-Director Terra Brockman.  

Saturday, 10/5, Henry is holding his annual farm tour, dinner and another viewing of the film.  Link to event:  Event details and for tickets.
Join us for Pizza in Aurora, IL on October 5! 
You are in invited to join the Alumni/Admissions and Athletic representatives at a pre-game party when the Red Devils play Aurora in October. Kick-off is at 1 p.m.
Details are below: 
What: Pre Game Pizza Party
When: October 5 at 11 a.m. 
Where: Spartan House 
RSVP by October 3 to   or call 877-892-7823. 
Melick Library to hold Annual Homecoming Week Sale
Eureka College's Homecoming week is less than a month away, and EC's Melick Library is excited to announce that it will hold its annual Homecoming book sale from Tuesday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 19.
During Homecoming week, the sale will run Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact librarian Kelly Fisher at or 309-467-6892.

Burgess Hall Art Gallery Presents
September 2- October 19, 2019
Meet the artist: October 18, 2019 3-5pm
National Park Project  
" The National Park Project" exhibit will feature several pieces including some of Shadur's smaller works and some of her art from Iceland.  Shadur shares,  "It'll primarily be the four very large works that I've completed. They're very detailed so they take a long time. Right now the large paintings are based on Bryce Canyon, Glacier, Zion and Theodore Roosevelt national parks.  "Each painting looks like a map of the park. Within the confines of the map as sort of a background there are paintings that include historical photographs, text from well-known conservationists and often depictions of industry or something that is threatening the park."
Fourth Annual BAA Meet & Greet Set for Homecoming Friday
The Black Alumni Association (BAA) of Eureka College will host the 4th Annual  Eureka  College Homecoming Meet and Greet on Friday, October 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the Gammon Room of Melick Library.   Come network with fellow alumni and current Eureka students! All alumni welcome!

This year the Black Alumni Association (BAA) has a goal of $2,500. Members are encouraged to give to this unrestricted fund to help with general operations and the living/working environment for current Eureka students. These tax deductible donations will assist students with meeting basic necessities. For more information, please contact Tearalla (  or 708-369-2780) to make donations. Checks can be made payable to Eureka College (memo: unrestricted funds)
Date: October 18, 2019 
Place: Gammon Room of Melick Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
A post Meet and Greet Social will be at The Bowling Alley, Eureka, IL from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. All Alumni Welcome! 
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 
Fall 2019 Sporting Events at Home and Away

 School is back in session and our student athletes are back on the playing field. 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: 
          Football    Volleyball    Soccer (W)    Soccer (M) 
Join Eureka College Alumni at  The Barn III in Goodfield, IL for  
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 our 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.

Share Your News
We are always looking for news from you about what you are up to!  New job? Recently married? New baby? Retiring? Send it to us!
Here is our monthly collection of photos of alumni we have interacted with on campus and on the road.

Visit the site at  and show your EC Pride!  
Introducing the Eureka College Connect App
Experience Eureka! The Eureka College app is designed for students, alumni and friends of Eureka College to stay engaged with the campus community! Keep up to date on the latest campus news, or find an alumni event to attend near you. You can subscribe to the alumni calendar, academic calendar and student engagement calendars, use Geo Awareness to "check-in" at locations upon arrival and utilize push notifications for campus- and community-wide communications.   Go to the App store and download  Eureka College Connect today!     

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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. 

If you have a student who would be a great addition to the student body, click HERE to make your recommendation or email if you have a student who would be a great addition to the student body!