April 21, 2010 / News

Family connection brings Illinois Wesleyan yearbook back after a decade

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

This spring, Illinois Wesleyan University will publish a yearbook with the theme “Restart.” It’s an extremely appropriate theme, seeing as how the school is putting out a yearbook for the first time since 2000.

Restarting the Wesleyana yearbook has been a mission for editor Cameron Ohlendorf, one with a personal family connection.

Ohlendorf’s parents were both editors of the yearbook while they were students at Illinois Wesleyan back in the 1980s, which made bringing the book back to campus even more meaningful for him. Now, Ohlendorf told the university website that he is adamant about keeping the Wesleyana alive.

“People may not understand now that they are becoming part of history, but when they look back at a yearbook, they will see more than the great times at college, they will understand the history and how they were part of that,” Ohlendorf said.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.