New Name for Bloomington Street Reflects Titans’ Drive

September 29, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A portion of a Bloomington city street will now reflect the Illinois Wesleyan spirit. Kelsey Street, from the Illinois Wesleyan Stadium at Wilder Field, to Fell Avenue, is being renamed “Titan Drive.” The renaming of the street became official this month.

“The name not only honors the students and alumni who contribute so much to the Bloomington community, it also infers the great drive and initiative the University inspires,” said Carl Teichman, the University’s director of government and community relations who submitted the request to the Bloomington City Council this summer.

The request for the name change came from the University’s Homecoming Planning Committee. “Titan Drive is just one example of how a working committee representing so many facets of the University can help channel the excitement and creativity of an event,” said Director of Alumni Relations Ann Harding, whose office oversees Homecoming on campus. 

The original idea for renaming part of the street originated with the students, said Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming Planning Committee member Ryan Johnson, who is also a residential hall director at the University. “It’s fantastic how the students get involved in Homecoming and make it a great event.”

Johnson added that student groups competing in Homecoming activities will have tables set up along Titan Drive before the Homecoming football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. as the Titans take on Millikin University. For more information on Homecoming events, visit the Titan Pride site.

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960