Maroon & Gold
January 31, 2020

A Note From Home.....
The weekend of January 25 was a special one. It was the day that former Eureka College Women's Basketball Coach Sandy Schuster and former Women's Basketball/Volleyball Coach Nancy LaCursia received the honor of having a section of the Reagan Arena named in their honor. Nearly 100 basketball alumni (women and men) returned to celebrate with them and be recognized during half-time activities. Below is a note from one of these athletic alumni, our own President of the Eureka College Alumni Board, Eileen Setti '93 who put the impact of these two amazing women into perspective. 
"Our two daughters have been so blessed to compete in athletics from a very young age. They have benefited from thousands of women who came before them blazing a trail of equality and opportunity. Title IX is almost 50 years old and has changed the fabric of athletics. Much work remains, but we can also celebrate Title IX's impact every time we see a little girl or a young woman fiercely competing in their chosen sport. I know I celebrate every time my girls play ball.  I too was dramatically impacted by Title IX and the tireless efforts of trailblazers. 
Two such trailblazing women are Coach Nancy La Cursia and Coach Sandy Schuster. Nancy was my coach at Eureka. Coach "La" taught me discipline, patience, grace, and humility. I ran hundreds of miles for her, trained, lifted, practiced countless hours, cried tears of joy
and tears of utter pain for her. And I'd do it all again in a heartbeat--not for the glory of competing (although that is freaking awesome), but because she taught me countless lessons of teamwork and the pure grit it takes to accomplish something as a team--lessons I use every day at work and at home.
Coach "La" and Coach Schuster were trailblazers and living testaments to the power ofwomen and girls competing in athletics. This weekend they 
were honored by Eureka College and I was so grateful to celebrate with them and many of my teammates.
For all those little girls out there-GAME ON. And, to Coach La, thank you." Eileen
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
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 February 4, 2020 by mail or call (309) 467-6319; email
Alumni Directory Project to Launch in February 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!  
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 living 1000 alumni who are married to each other? To celebrate this year, we invite our college sweethearts to submit a wedding photo for a photo album we will publish on February 29 (yes, it is Leap Year!) Let's celebrate Love 'neath the Elms! Email your photos to by February 25 to be included. 
Eureka Alumni Making a Difference

This month we are posting a new feature that will appear occasionally in the Maroon & Gold. The section will feature alumni, who are making a difference in our community through their time, talent and treasure. 

Below is a submission from a group of caring alumni, greatly impacted by the loss of their dear classmate, Chrystal Downs '06. It is written by Rev. Beau Underwood '06, Senior Minister of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in  Jefferson City, MO and current Eureka College Trustee.       Chrystal Downs '06

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.    
SAVE THE DATE: Alumni Weekend is April 17-18, 2020
Big Things are being planned for Alumni Weekend this Spring! Here is a sampling of a few events you won't want to miss! Look for a complete schedule in next Month's Maroon and Gold! 

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
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
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
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 !  
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!  

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