Charles F. Creighton “Survival of the Methodist”
Charles was advocating for Nebraska Wesleyan University before it even existed. He delivered the winning proposal that led to Nebraska Wesleyan’s founding near Lincoln. His handwritten minutes of the Joint University Commission of the Annual Conferences of Nebraska, penned in 1886 and archived at Cochrane-Woods Library, were the basis for this issue’s article on the university’s founding. He served as the university’s first chancellor from 1883 to 1893.
Bram Stoker “Interview with the Vampire”
When Nebraska Wesleyan University turned 10 in 1897, Bram published a popular Gothic novel. His Dracula has since influenced everything from the horror film genre to office Halloween parties to “Sesame Street”. Careful readers will notice that a few phrases from the count’s Q & A are lovingly borrowed from Stoker’s original. A theatre lover, Bram was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland.
Chris Koehler, illustrator, “Interview with the Vampire”
Chris is an artist and illustrator specializing in editorial, book and commercial work. His illustrations have appeared in Wired, The Boston Globe, OnEarth magazine, Stanford Magazine and SF Weekly. He has been recognized in recent years by Communication Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, 3x3, and Creative Quarterly. Chris teaches illustration at California College of the Arts and regularly shows in galleries. He can often be found hunched over a sketchbook in a coffee shop. His favorite colors are black and red.
Chris Dunker (’08) “Barbershop Cut-ups”
Chris is a reporter for the Beatrice Daily Sun, where he covers education issues and county government. The former NWU track and cross country runner has written for Archways in the past. His article, “Liberal Arts Keeps Auto Shop Running Smoothly,” appeared in our winter 2009-2010 issue.
Jillian Nickell, illustrator, “Life Begins at 125”
Jillian is a freelance illustrator who works out of Champaign, Ill. Her interests include birds, vintage clothes and all things Victorian.