Maroon & Gold
December 23, 2019

A Note From Home.....
Thankful for YOU!
Sometimes this time of year can seem overwhelming. So much to do, so many events to attend, presents to buy, decorating to do. I find that the "shoulds" of life can get overwhelming. When this feeling comes, its time to take a step back and prioritize. What's important? It's not marking tasks off of my never-ending to-do list (although that does feel GOOD!) It is truly taking time to appreciate this great life that God has given me and the great people I get to do it with. That includes YOU our alumni and friends. We are blessed to be a part of this is a gift that we share.  
For ME, the best gift ever given came as a precious baby on Christmas morning bringing joy, peace, love and hope to the world. May your life be filled with joy today and throughout the coming year.  

Shellie Schwanke '87
Director of Alumni Relations
Special Assistant to the President 

The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College 
President Jamel S.C. Wright
Cordially invite you to dinner  in honor of the anniversary of
The Birthday of Ronald W. Reagan
with special remarks by
Mr. Mark Weinberg  
Former spokesman, advisor and speechwriter to President Reagan.
 to be held at
The Cerf Center of Eureka College
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Cocktails will begin at 5:45pm
Followed by dinner at 6:30pm
Business Attire
Each ticket is $50. Tables of eight are available. Reagan Society and President's Circle members are eligible for two complimentary tickets. 
RSVP by January 28, 2020 by mail or call (309) 467-6319; email 
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:  

   The Christmas Present

Alumni Award Nominations

The 2019 Holiday Photo Album 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Eureka College Family! 
View our Holiday Photo Album HERE
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 !  
Eureka College Receives CASE District V Award
 The Offices of Career Services and Alumni Relations were recognized by the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE) with the 2019-20 Pride of CASEV Bronze award for "Best Event on a Shoestring" for CareerL.A.U.N.C.H (Leaders & Alumni Unite to Navigate Career Help) on December 18 in Chicago at the Council's annual conference. The District celebrates the best in educational advancement in the Great Lakes Region. The college and members of those departments were recognized for superior accomplishment in the catergory of "Best Events."
Alumni Directory Project to Launch in 2020
The Alumni Development Office is excited to announce plans for a comprehensive alumni directory project that will launch in February of 2020. Alumni will be receiving information on how to submit their contact information and be included.  The company we are working with is PCI. For nearly 100 years, Publishing Concepts (PCI) has partnered with colleges, universities, fraternities, sororities, public and private high schools, and associations and service organizations of all sorts to engage their alumni and membership. They connect with members, update and expand their personal profiles, learn about their lives, and collect their stories on behalf of the Alumni/Development Office. They collect data and stories and publish directories. Be on the lookout for emails and postcards coming your way in the early months of 2020. This is a 12 month project that will result in an updated alumni directory that will be available for purchase. 
Questions? Check out our FAQ's HERE! Or, contact the Alumni Office at 877-892-7823 or email at We always enjoy hearing from you!  

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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!