Maroon & Gold
May 31, 2020

A Note From Home.....
Light at the End of the Tunnel

Wow....what a strange 80 days it has been! I can hardly believe it has been over two months since we have had the priviledge to meet together as a community. I have dearly missed Alumni Weekend festivities, Commencement celebrations, worship services, family weddings, baby showers and even funerals of loved ones dear to us and those we love. The social distance to our students, especially our senior graduates, really hits home for faculty, staff, fellow students, parents and the graduates. (I am so glad that Commencement is not cancelled, only postponed.)   I don't think I am alone as I discover that simple joy of just being together has become a longing of the heart that can only truly be quenched with togetherness. Although we contine to remain "socially distant" via Zoom, social media, fist bumps, waves, and face masks, it feels so good to see our society emerge. Yes, there will likely be a new normal. Yes, our lives may be different. But through all this, I believe we will appreciate each other more than ever. I personally feel a deeper appreciation for family, neighbors, health care workers, coworkers, and you, my college community. I hope you do as well. 

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

Thank you for making the Eureka College's Day of Giving a success! 
The totals are in and we are thrilled to announce that our Eureka College Giving Campaign raised over $125,000 from over 140 donors. 
Your generosity has strengthened Eureka College for the days and weeks ahead, as we work to navigate the challenges and changes associated with this global pandemic. 
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 this our most successful Giving Day fundraiser yet!  
Your support of the Annual Fund, financially provides for the areas of greatest need throughout campus .   Every gift sustains 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
For those of you who missed the campaign but would still like to contribute, we will continue to count all gifts made through June 30 toward our  #EUREKATOGETHER  total. 
Give EC  
P.S. A  temporary above-the-line (universal) charitable deduction for non-itemizers of $300 limit per tax-filing unit for 2020 was included in the CARES Act. Consult your tax-advisor for more information. 
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! Please stay safe!  #EUREKATOGETHER

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
Making a Difference: Leo "Doc" Traister, Class of 1948
Telephone Interview with Leo "Doc" Traister
May 18, 2020
 by Dr. Loren Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of English and dear friend to the Alumni Office of Eureka College.
Preface: Here is an interesting question for Eureka College alums: Who currently has the longest record of financially contributing to Eureka College? I will give you a hint: the number of years is 50. Does that provide the clue? Now can you guess? I suspect that most of you probably came up with the right answer: Leo "Doc" Traister, class of 1948, employed as coach and athletic director at EC from 1956-1984, honorary degree 2013. You can find more on our legendary alumnus, coach, professor and friend HERE. 
Most Eureka people know about Doc's long association with the college, but I wanted to know why he has been so generous in financially contributing to this small liberal arts college 'neath the elms. To find the answer, I had to visit with him over the telephone because visitors are not allowed in the Apostolic home where he presently resides.
When I called and asked him to tell me why he had given to EC for so many years, he dodged the question a bit. He said, "I know exactly when it started. During the first year I was hired to coach and teach here, President Langston called a faculty meeting and announced that the College needed money. I gave $25 a month that year, but I asked myself, 'What have I gotten myself into? I was making more money at Viola High School than I was here and in addition they are asking me for money.'
"Then, over the years, I would give money whenever I could, sometimes for special projects and sometimes for memorials for college friends and colleagues who had died."
I reminded him of the scholarship in his name and asked him about that. He explained, "It really started when Dr. Arnold and Mike Murtagh visited with me and informed me that the soccer field would be named in my honor. I offered at that time to donate money for a fence to keep cars off the field. That did not appeal to them, so they suggested that I could donate for seats in Reagan Field House. That did not appeal to me, so Mike Murtagh suggested that I establish a scholarship in my name. Betty and I talked it over and decided that would be a perfect way to help young people who came to study here.
"Then, a few years ago, I was told how many years and how much I had given, I was dumbfounded. I was amazed because I had not kept track of the years or the amount of the donations. It had never occurred to me to do that."
When I reminded Doc that he had not fully answered my "Why" question, he got a little crispy with me, and said, "I gave for the same reason you and others have given. I gave for the love of this college and what it has done for me. I have enjoyed a long career here as a coach and teacher. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to have worked with so many fine young people. My giving has been a way of paying it forward so that Eureka College can continue to do for young people what it has done for me."
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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:  
Eureka's Continues to Adapt to Community Needs during Pandemic   

Below are excerpts of a series of stories by Media Relations Coordinator Blake Baxter '13 that focuses on how Eureka College has responded and adapted to the unprecedented circumstances posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Eureka College to Offer Free "Jumpstart" Summer Course to Incoming Freshmen
May 11, 2020
EUREKA -  Now that spring classes are over and the college is planning for a fall return to in-person instruction, Eureka College is looking to ease the transition to college for its incoming freshmen.   Eureka College is offering incoming freshmen an opportunity to jumpstart their Uniquely... READ MORE

Eureka College's Transition to Online Instruction Maintained a Personal Touch
May 08, 2020
By Blake Baxter   This is the last piece of a three-part series that focuses on how Eureka College has responded and adapted to the unprecedented circumstances posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. You can read Part 1, on the EC Admission department, here, and Part 2, on student engagement,...  Read More
You can read Part 1, on the EC Admission department,  HERE, and Part 2, on student engagement,  HERE.

Eureka College Plans for Fall Reopening with New Normal
May 07, 2020
EUREKA - After spending the last months of the spring semester off-campus due to the pandemic, Eureka College is planning for a fall reopening with a new normal.   EC leadership is in the process of constructing a tangible plan that will ensure the safety, health and well-being of its campus...

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.

April 29, 2020
EUREKA - Dr. Ezekiel Jarvis is Eureka College's 2020 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award winner.   Jarvis, who has been teaching creative writing at EC since 2008, and has been the humanities division chair since 2015, received the honor in a virtual honors ceremony that was released on... Read More

As a sidebar if you know of any employment opportunities please contact Kelly Bay in the Career Services Office. Her email is Hire EC!
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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