Maroon & Gold
February 29, 2020

A Note From Home.....
"I feel like Ronald Reagan is in the room, tonight."

This is the first comment shared by our Reagan Birthday Dinner speaker on the evening of February 6 here on the historic campus of Eureka College. That evening, Mark Weinberg, former spokesman, advisor and assistant to President Reagan during his two-term presidency and post presidency in California, was visibly moved as he took the podium. Mark had been to the Eureka College campus on a few occasions when President Reagan came to visit in the mid 1980's. This is the first time Mark was able to "experience the warmth and pride" that this campus exudes.

As alumni well know, not only is February 6 the birthday of Ronald Reagan, but it is also Eureka College's Founders' Day, a day that celebrates the establishment of this fine liberal arts college that has shaped students into productive, open minded, lifelong learners and citizens since 1855. Founders' Day Convocation celebrated this as well with a wonderful address given by another very special alumnus, The Rev. Scott Woolridge, '77. Videos of both events are below for you to enjoy. 

Eureka's mission of instilling learning, service and leadership continues today.  The world needs open-minded leaders who evoke the best in others. Our liberal arts education has shaped so many alumni like you into the fine leaders of today. 

It is my prayer that Eureka College will endure for another 165 years so that future generations of students will find their vision and voice and make a difference in their communities.

As alumni, Eureka College has bless ed  us in so many ways. An d  those blessings are being passed on to the next generation. What a priviledge to be a part of such a great leagacy. 

Shellie Schwanke '87
Director of Alumni Relations and the Ronald W. Reagan Society
Special Assistant to the President 

Alumni Directory Project Launches in February 2020
Yes, it is legit!
Many of you received an email recently about the Alumni Directory project we have launched. The Alumni/Development office is working with PCI, a company that specializes in these projects for many academic alumni associations. This is the first step in verifying and updating what information we have in the database. Should you choose to participate you agree that your information can appear in the directory. If you choose not to respond or participate, your information will NOT appear in the directory. We announced this initiative in the last two issues of the Maroon and Gold E-newsletter, but we know it can be very easily overlooked in the flood of emails that alumni receive every day.
Here is the announcement in case you missed it:
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 at .
Or, contact the Alumni Office at 877-892-7823 or email at We always enjoy hearing from you!  
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:  

EC Sweetheart Valentine Photo Album
February holds a few meaningful traditions, most notably, VALENTINE'S DAY! Did you know we have over 1,600 alumni who are married to each other? To celebrate this year, we are sharing the EC Valentine photo album of college sweethearts.   
Enjoy this year's Valentine's card.  We would love to be able to add more pictures to the card so email your wedding picture to
Making a Difference
The Phonathon Program at Eureka College is back and we are having a great semester with over $16,000 donated!  This year we have 7 students calling all alumni, parents, and friends of Eureka College in an effort to strengthen relationships, update contact information, and solicit gifts for the annual fund (and other areas of giving).  Support from alumni and friends makes a BIG DIFFERENCE. Please take a moment to meet our student callers.  
If you have a story you would like to be considered for publication, please submit the story (written by YOU) along with an accompanying electronic photo to . Due to our small staff we will only consider publishing completed stories submitted by our campus community. We reserve the right to edit and publish at our discretion.    
The Eureka College Science and Mathematics Division invites you to attend the 66th Annual William Thomas Jackson Lecture in Science at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Becker Auditorium in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. The William Thomas Jackson Lecture was established to honor the late William Thomas Jackson, an alumnus of Eureka College who was a chemistry professor at the College for 36 years.  
We are pleased to have Dr. Nathalie C. Haurberg, Associate Professor of Physics at Knox College in Galesburg, IL as this year's Jackson Day Lecturer. Dr. Haurberg received her Ph.D. in astronomy and physics and will be speaking about astrophysics. The presentation will explore her research on dwarf galaxies in the local Universe. Dr. Haurberg works with the SHIELD project to determine the chemical abundances of star-forming regions in these galaxies. The presentation is open to the public. 
Spring is Coming and so is Alumni Weekend! 
April 17 - 19, 2020
Y es, winter can be long, but we all know that spring IS coming! And with it comes Alumni (Giving) Weekend, with events sure to please our actively engaged alumni.  If you are a runner or walker, the Run with Reagan is for you! If you are a graduate of the class of 1970, the Golden E Mimosa Reception is for you! If you are an alum looking to reconnect with your classmates on YOUR historic campus 'Neath the Elms, this weekend is for you! If you are a young alum seeking career or mentoring advice, this weekend is for you! If you are a seasoned alum with advice to share with current students, this weekend is for you! If you have been away for decades or just since Homecoming, this weekend is for you! 
Click HERE to view the complete schedule.

April 17: Career Launch Networking Reception

April 18:  Eureka College DAY OF GIVING

April 18: Run with Reagan, Class of 1970 50 year Golden E Reception, Black Alumni Association Spring Meet and Greet, Wisdom to Live By Luncheon, Memorial Service, Campus Tour, Alumni Awards Celebration Reception

April 19 Delta Delta Pi 110 Anniversary Celebration
April 19: Phi Omega Sorority Celebration
Run With Reagan Returns on April 18, 2020!
Run in Ronald Reagan's footsteps on Eureka College's historic campus! Race proceeds will benefit the Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College, which makes a tremendous impact on the students in the leadership program, the museum and peace garden, the research center, the lectures series, the conferences-all designed to share the leadership lessons of Ronald Reagan.
Register for the Race HERE!  
The Department of Alumni Relations and 
The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College present 
Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe
March 14-27, 2021
Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw
14 Days 18 Meals $4399 Air Inclusive
A blend of world history and fairy-tale charm comes to life in the culturally rich cities of Central & Eastern Europe. Enjoy 2-night stays, guided tours and local restaurants in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw. Make the most of your adventure with a perfect balance of included sightseeing excursions and leisure time. Choose your tour in Berlin - a traditional city tour or a Cold War focused tour featuring "Check Point Charlie." Walk across the spectacular Charles Bridge in Prague and dine at a traditional restaurant that features a folklore show and dance lesson. View the lavish Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Discover the picturesque Hungarian countryside. Embark on a poignant journey through history at Auschwitz and conclude in Warsaw, a city with history both joyous and tragic. Explore some of Europe's most magnificent and legendary cities.
Contact Shellie Schwanke, Director of Alumni Relations and the Ronald W. Reagan Society for more details at
Calling All Springfield Area Alumni!
Make plans now to join with fellow alumni for the 4th Annual Springfield Area Gathering this April. The networking event will take place on Wednesday, April 1 at Bella Milano. Space is limited to 50 for this popular event so be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot. Details are below:   
Springfield Area Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, April 1| 5-7pm
Bella Milano, 4525 Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL 62711
A $10 per person donation is suggested and covers appetizers and your first drink.
RSVP to or call the Alumni/Development Office at 877-892-7892.
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.          
Spring Training Weekends in Florida and Arizona  March 2020
Florida Saturday SOLD OUT/ Sunday few tickets remain!
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.

Arizona SOLD OUT!
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

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.

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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!