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Lessons Learned

From Nursing Student to Hospital CEO

At the College’s first-ever nursing convocation, Christina Ryan ’82 spoke about how Elmhurst helped her learn to overcome adversity.

To Engage a Complex World

A Life of Values

President S. Alan Ray explains how the College’s commitment to faith, meaning and values prepares its students for a changing world.

Alumni Stories

Building on a Great Start

Our graduates enjoy uncommon success in a variety of demanding careers. Here are a few of their stories.

Alumni News

Author Colm Tóibín Discusses the Irish Literary Renaissance

The award-winning novelist and playwright spoke at Elmhurst College on April 10.

Elmhurst College to Host Canine Carewalk

Proceeds from the April 26 dog walk and fashion show will benefit area animal shelters.

Aspen Institute Event to Explore America's Religious Diversity

The presidents of Elmhurst College, Wheaton College and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will discuss 'Principled Pluralism' on April 29.

One-Woman Play "Etty" Shares a Voice From the Holocaust

Elmhurst College will host a performance of the play on April 27 as part of its 24th Annual Holocaust Education Project.

College to Offer Summer Music Camps for Kids and Adults

From a chamber music academy to a jazz theory boot camp, Elmhurst offers a wealth of summer learning opportunities for musicians of all ages.

Class Notes

Ed Momkus '74
and his wife, Betsy Goltermann, received the Philanthropic Leadership Award given by the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Presented at a luncheon in May, the award recognizes the couple’s dedicated support of Elmhurst College, where they have supported scholarships, Friends of the Arts, the Annual Fund, capital campaigns, Summer Extravaganza, Walk for Hope and more. In addition, Ed and Betsy are founding members of Elmhurst: College & Community. A member of the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees since 2002, Ed currently serves as vice chair of the board. He received the College’s Alumni Merit Award in 2006.

Dane Ladwig '12
published his first book, Piercing the Veils of Death, in January 2013. His next nonfiction true crime book, Dr. H. H. Holmes and the Whitechapel Ripper, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. Dane has been invited to join seven of the world’s leading nonfiction true crime authors to collaborate on an anthology about serial killers, scheduled for publication in the winter of 2013.

Kathleen Willis '00
was elected to the Illinois General Assembly on November 6, 2012. She represents the State's 77th Legislative District.

Brett Eldredge '08,
a country singer, performed as an opening act on Taylor Swift’s 2013 tour.

Jean (Tschudy) Whitcomb '68
and her husband, Don, are retiring after 41 years at the First Congregational Church, UCC, of Paxton, Massachusetts, where Don served as pastor and Jean as minister of music and education. They leave behind a growing, debt-free church with a thriving Sunday school and youth ministry, four choirs, a new organ, hand chimes, and a remarkable church family. A surprise celebration of their ministry was held on May 5 at a standing-room-only worship service, followed by a dinner and retrospective skit attended by over 400. The Whitcombs will be retiring to Hermosa Beach, California, where they plan to “first sit down and do nothing” before embracing their new West Coast adventure.

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