Maroon & Gold
June 30, 2020

A Note From Home.....

Summer is here! Although it has seemed like "Groundhog Day" for months now, the arrival of summer has a way of lifting the spirits and lightening the burden that this season has brought in so many forms. Connection is key to weathering these uncertain times together. 

Please remember that although our interactions have been virtual, it does not diminish the fact that your alma mater is still there for you. We are a community that welcomes open, civil communication and encourages life-long learning.  I pray that long after our students become alumni, they carry with them the inclusive, caring culture of Eureka College. A culture that continues to challenge but not judge. That values strong relationships, meaningful interaction, and critical thinking. That is the Eureka I will always be proud of and always do my best to support.  

It is my hope that this transition of seasons brings a refreshing of our spirits and time for intentional reflection and mutual support. I am glad that we can weather whatever comes our way together. 

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

Our fiscal year ends at midnight tonight, but our New Year's Day begins tomorrow! 

First of all, we are thankful for YOU!  We understand that this is a challenging time for many of our alumni and friends. In spite of that, your generosity has made a difference. Your support of the Annual Fund continues to financially provide for the areas of greatest need throughout campus Your generosity has been so greatly appreciated during this exceptional academic year. You have strengthened Eureka College as we navigate the challenges and changes associated with this global pandemic. 

Now, let's keep the momentum going for the new fiscal year. Your continued support will assist with unexpected and urgent expenses, such as:
  • Opportunity Grants for students facing financial need
  • Remote learning for students and faculty/staff working from home
  • New resources in technology and software licenses
  • Renovations to residence halls to accommodate single rooms for fall semester
The link below gives you the opportunity to do so! 
Give EC  
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! Please stay safe!  #EUREKATOGETHER
We will continue to share their responses throughout the summer months as we continue to receive them. If you are a graduate of 2020 and would like to be included, please email and a brief questionaire will be sent to you. 
As a sidebar if you know of any employment opportunities please contact Kelly Bay in the Career Services Office. Her email is Hire EC!
Making a Difference: Bill King Class of 1971
On June 9, 2020, on behalf of the Development Office, I called Eureka College alum Bill King (1971) to ask him why he had donated so much of his time and contributed financially to Eureka College. I first met Bill a few years ago when he was the featured speaker at a leadership conference sponsored by the College. He impressed me as being an eloquent speaker with much wisdom about leadership, and I was especially interested in how he would answer my question because he had served as Chairman of the Eureka College Board of Trustees and, after the death of David Adams, had been asked to serve as Acting Chairman until a permanent one could be named. Bill's service was especially important because it came at a crisis in the history of the College, a crisis which in his own words was "a transitional time."
Bill answered my 'why" question directly and cogently, "I gave because I can never repay Eureka College for what it has done for me." Then he told me that I needed to hear his story in order to understand the reasons for his generosity to EC.

READ his story  HERE.

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.    

During this difficult and uncertain time for all of us, we would love to create a resource of small businesses within our Eureka College community and help you with promotion. Working together will be what helps us all get through this current crisis.

Please email with your name and class year, the name, location and description of your business and provide a link to your business page. We have set up a web page listing small businesses owned or operated by Eureka College alumni HERE . Please stay safe!  #EUREKATOGETHER
Eureka News 
Eureka College Student Joins Associated Colleges of Illinois Board of Trustees
June 11, 2020

CHICAGO - The Board of Trustees of Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) elected Eureka College student Chloe Overstreet as the board's first student representative in ACI's 68-year history last month. Overstreet, who is from Stillman Valley, Illinois, will begin her junior year at Eureka...

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:  
Red Devil Coaching Briefs

This summer, our Sports Information Director, Blake Baxter '12 has been busy checking in with our coaching staff to get their take on the future of Eureka Athletics. All interviews can be found HERE as you scroll down the page. We hope you will plan to join us virtually for some fun watch parties this fall as we find new ways to gather as Red Devil Fans. 

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!
 Athletic  Headlines
Since our photo album is bare this month, we are switching it up to bring you news of our student athletes and coaches.

ARE YOU HIRING? A Special Message to Alumni and Friends from Career Services 

Greetings Eureka Alumni! 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hiring has decreased which is difficult for our  recent graduates.  So, we'd like to know: ARE YOU HIRING? Do you know of an organization that is looking to fill roles? Eureka College alumni know better than anyone else that EC grads make GREAT EMPLOYEES. If you or someone you know is currently hiring, please fill out this brief survey below so I can share that information with our young alumni. Thank you in advance for your time! 

The Directory Project Continues!

Thank you to all our alumni who are responding and have invested in this project. 

We now are in the calling phase. Please remember that this project is being managed by our vendor partner PCI whose call center is working on our behalf, as they do for many academic alumni associations. PCI will now start calling those who have yet to respond to be sure no one who wishes to be listed in the directory is left out. IF YOU CHOSE TO PARTICIPATE BUT WOULD PREFER NOT TO RECEIVE A CALL, PLEASE EMAIL   and we will send you a link to update your information online. 
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! 

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

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
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