MEMBER OF THE MONTH
We want to recognize and highlight those who are active members of our Phoenix Illini Alumni Club!
The following criteria are necessary to be qualified for Member of the Month: must be a dues-paying individual, consistently attending our events, giving back to the community, and are leaders in their respective industries.
NOVEMBER 2019 - RICK FURKERT
Graduation Year: 1970 & 1972
Degree & Campus: BS & MS, Engineering // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: Campus life in general, including all the crazy little things like midnight movies in Foellinger Auditorium with other students
Moved to Arizona: 2011
Job Title & Industry: Retired engineering & IT management // Construction equipment industry
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: I wanted to stay connected with Illinois. Amazingly, I reconnected with a UI dorm-mate who I hadn't seen since school. The club also feeds basic needs of an avid Illini & Cubs fan, through thick and thin, and thinner.
Favorite Club Event: Game watches - it gives the opportunity to mingle and meet special guests, which has been awesome.
OCTOBER 2019 - GEOFF SWANSON
Graduation Year: 2010
Degree & Campus: Kinesiology - Athletic Training // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: At Kam's after we upset #1 Ohio State in 2007! U of I is one of my favorite places on earth and where I met my wife!
Moved to Arizona: 2015
Job Title & Industry: Graduate Student at NAU (Downtown Phoenix) getting Master's in Physician Assistant Studies
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: I wanted to stay connected with my alma mater and share in the fun and love for the orange & blue and make new friends with the same passion!
Favorite Club Event: Cubs/Sox spring training tailgate and all the game watches
SEPTEMBER 2019 - GREG IVES
Graduation Year: 1977 & 1979
Degree & Campus: Engineering, BA & Business Administration, MBA // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: 4th of July Parade through campus, Fireworks at Memorial Stadium, Pinball Master at Apple Duck Arcade & Murphy's Pub
Moved to Arizona: 1986
Job Title & Industry: Retired from Honeywell / Currently an Aerospace Consultant
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: It was my first opportunity in over 7 years to hang out with a group of U of I alumni, make some new friends with a common history, discuss our time on campus, and enjoy a Fighting Illini game in a bar setting with sound.
Favorite Club Event: 4-day Illinois-ASU football "Duel in the Desert" weekend in 2012 // Golf tournament, pregame concert, shopping experience, and football game - all raising over a thousand dollars for the scholarship fund
AUGUST 2019 - ANGELA BREITMEYER
Graduation Year: 2000
Degree & Campus: Psychology // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: The Quad - walking through it to class, studying out on it when the weather was nice, watching it change with the season; LOVE our Quad!
Moved to Arizona: 2005
Job Title & Industry: Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Associate Professor of Psychology
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: To meet fun, fellow Illini and belong to a group with an important shared experience
Favorite Club Event: Our annual Cubs vs. Diamondbacks game - Go Cubs Go!
JULY 2019 - MIKE ENGLAND
Graduation Year: 1969
Degree & Campus: Agriculture (ACES) // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: Editing the weekly College of Ag newspaper was a rewarding experience
Moved to Arizona: 1994
Job Title & Industry: Hot Air Balloon Pilot - made it a job after being a hobby in Illinois (formerly a farm business analyst)
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: Right after moving to Arizona, I sought out the club because I wanted to meet other Illini and participate in club activities together.
Favorite Club Event: I am a frequent attendee to all events (and love them all), but one of the most memorable was meeting and getting to have a nice discussion with our current Athletic Director, Josh Whitman.
JUNE 2019 - DON VEDEEN
Graduation Year: 2010
Degree & Campus: Sport Management // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: 2008 Rose Bowl season - waking up to the sea of orange and walking to the stadium after the band played in the courtyard of the Six Pack at 6am; LOVED the environment that year
Moved to Arizona: 2012
Job Title & Industry: Vice President of Investment Sales (fancy way of saying I run a National team that sells mobile home parks) // Commercial Real Estate
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: Joined the club when I moved out here because a close friend invited me to a game watch. I was sold after one event and have gone to every one that I can after that. It truly is a fun time with all of us Midwesterners in one place.
Favorite Club Event: Game watches because they are convenient, great locations, and always have good turnouts. Other favorites are the float trip on the Salt River and the Big Ten Golf Classic.
MAY 2019 - TERESA IVES
Graduation Year: 1987
Degree & Campus: Mass Communications (Journalism & Public Relations concentration) // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: 1989 Flyin' Illini basketball against Indiana at Assembly Hall & Nick Anderson hit the buzzer beater in OT, being an Illinette, & living in the Alpha Omicron Pi house with 60+ girls
Moved to Arizona: 2000
Job Title & Industry: Semi-retired // Substitute Teacher
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: Joined the club less than 10 days after moving to Arizona to meet fellow alumni and make new friends (including meeting husband, Greg!)
Favorite Club Event: Basketball game watches - were standing room only back in '04-05!
MARCH 2019 - CLAY MUNSON
Graduation Year: 2006
Degree & Campus: Landscape Architecture // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: March to the Arch 2004-05 Basketball Season
Moved to Arizona: 2006
Job Title & Industry: Landscape Designer
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: To meet new people & connect with others who had the same interest
Favorite Club Event: Football Game Watch Parties (when we win!) & the annual Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game
FEBRUARY 2019 - CORI KLUES
Graduation Year: 2006
Degree & Campus: Elementary Education // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: Illini Men's Basketball beating #1 Wake Forest & Unofficial
Moved to Arizona: Summer 2006
Job Title & Industry: 6th Grade Math Teacher
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: To connect with people from home when I first moved out here
Favorite Club Event: Annual Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game
Stay tuned to see who our next Member of the Month is - it could be YOU!