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$1 Million Raised to Support Students During All in for Wesleyan

$1 Million Raised to Support Students During All in for Wesleyan
Illinois Wesleyan's eighth annual day of giving on Wednesday, June 24, saw 2,122 donors make 1,848 gifts to collectively raise $645,055, plus $362,500 from pacesetter challenge donors, for a record-breaking total of $1,007,555.

Students Thank Donors on TAG Day

Students Thank Donors on TAG Day
Students wrote postcards expressing their gratitude to those who make their Illinois Wesleyan education possible during "Thank a Giver (TAG) Day," which marks the symbolic point when tuition dollars run out and donor support kicks in for the remainder of the year.

McLean County Scholarship Annual Guarantee Increases to $30,000

McLean County Scholarship Annual Guarantee Increases to $30,000
McLean County high school graduates admitted to Illinois Wesleyan are now guaranteed a total scholarship package of at least $30,000 per year as recipients of the McLean County Scholarship Guarantee.

Siblings Thank Benefactors for Investment in Student Success

Siblings Thank Benefactors for Investment in Student Success
Star and Lark Commanday expressed their gratitude to a record-setting gathering at the 23rd Scholarship Benefactor Dinner in celebration of 334 scholarships awarded to 452 recipients.

Phoenix Gates to be Dedicated at Homecoming

Phoenix Gates to be Dedicated at Homecoming
The campus gateway at the Presser Hall sidewalk, across from Evelyn Chapel, will officially be renamed The Phoenix Gates to honor Carol (Pedigo) Phoenix '67, her late husband John Phoenix, and the Phoenix family legacy.

Like a Good Neighbor

Like a Good Neighbor
Illinois Wesleyan 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner and retired State Farm chairman and CEO Ed Rust Jr. ’72 embodies his company’s well-known slogan.

$3.5 Million Gift to Benefit Illinois Wesleyan School of Music

$3.5 Million Gift to Benefit Illinois Wesleyan School of Music
The sale of more than 930 acres of high-quality farmland belonging to the late Cyril "C.B." Frevert '61 netted $11.6 million, one-third of which will benefit Illinois Wesleyan.

Gene and Marilyn Nuziard Establish Eight-Figure Scholarship Endowment

Gene and Marilyn Nuziard Establish Eight-Figure Scholarship Endowment
Gene Nuziard '50 and his wife, Marilyn, have established an eight-figure endowment to support student scholarships at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Simmons '20 Honored with Community Leadership Award

Simmons '20 Honored with Community Leadership Award
Isaac Simmons '20 was one of nine young adults honored with the 2018 Why I See You Service Awards for their leadership skills and contributions to the broader community.

Acacia Fraternity Honored for Philanthropy and Service

Acacia Fraternity Honored for Philanthropy and Service
Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of Acacia has received the fraternity's biennial Excellence in Human Service Planning award, in recognition of its many on-campus philanthropy events.

Williams '18 to Serve in Peace Corps

Williams '18 to Serve in Peace Corps
Originally an education major who graduated with a degree in sociology, Shante Williams '18 said her time at IWU has come full circle, as she will be spending 27 months teaching in Zambia as a member of the Peace Corps.

Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Enters 25th Year

Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Enters 25th Year
Illinois Wesleyan's annual Mission Day, on Friday, Aug. 24, marked the 25th anniversary of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Student, Faculty and Alumni Bring Aid to Kenyan Health Clinic

Student, Faculty and Alumni Bring Aid to Kenyan Health Clinic
An IWU student, faculty member and two alumni spent a week at the Lamu Center of Preventative Health in Kenya, where they provided free eye care to patients in need.

Wilson Atrium Dedicated in Honor of Former IWU President, First Lady

Wilson Atrium Dedicated in Honor of Former IWU President, First Lady
The Center for Natural Science Learning and Research (CNS) atrium has been named The Wilson Atrium in honor of former Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson and his wife, former First Lady, Patricia L. Wilson.

Students Contribute in Effort to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Students Contribute in Effort to End Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) impact 1.5 billion people around the world, and Illinois Wesleyan students in a global health course are doing their part put an end to NTDs.

IWU Students Spring Into Action With Habitat for Humanity

IWU Students Spring Into Action With Habitat for Humanity
While spring break might conjure up images of sunny beaches and afternoon naps, 18 Illinois Wesleyan students envisioned picking up their power tools and paint brushes as volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Build.

Student Wins Mini-Grant to Support Bloom Community School

Student Wins Mini-Grant to Support Bloom Community School
Illinois Wesleyan's Josie Blumberg '19 is the winner of a $500 mini-grant that will continue to support Bloom Community School's efforts in providing an innovative education.

University, Students Celebrate State Farm Scholarship Support

University, Students Celebrate State Farm Scholarship Support
Many of the 100 students currently attending Illinois Wesleyan University with scholarship support from the State Farm Companies Foundation were able to meet and thank their benefactors on Feb. 14.

Student Organization Fills Shoeboxes with Joy of Holiday Season

Student Organization Fills Shoeboxes with Joy of Holiday Season
Packing shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world, Illinois Wesleyan University's Circle K International (CKI) showed that it only takes a little bit of love - along with a few toys - to give back during the holiday season.

Student Earns $500 Grant for YWCA

Student Earns $500 Grant for YWCA
A $500 grant earned by Illinois Wesleyan University student Savanna Steck '18 will enable YWCA McLean County to serve healthier food to more than 330 children throughout the school year.

25 New Scholarships Established
At the 2011 Scholarship Benefactors and Awards Recipients Dinner, Illinois Wesleyan announced 25 new scholarships named in honor of the donors who made them possible.

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New Look for Ames School of Art
A gift from Chuck '50 and Jay Ames '49 is providing renovations and a new entry for the Ames School of Art.

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Harrington Endows Professorship 
Emeritus Professor Robert Harrington is establishing a new endowed professorship.

Flo Armstrong

Armstrong Named Goodwill Ambassador 
Flora Harris Armstrong '43 has been tapped to be Goodwill Ambassador for the Transforming Lives campaign.

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Gift Supports New Building
A substantial gift from Kent '62 and Sue Wallace of Dallas will support the planned Main Classroom Building.

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Gifts Announced at Homecoming
Major gifts announced at Homecoming 2010 included more than $1 million given by Howard and Sharon Linton Fricke '60.

16 New Scholarships Announced
Sixteen new scholarships were celebrated at the 2010 Scholarship Benefactors and Awards Recipients Dinner.

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New Endowment Funds Support School of Nursing
Two new endowment funds will support Illinois Wesleyan's School of Nursing.

Byron Tucci

Tucci Gift Establishes New Endowed Professorship
In a lasting tribute to the professors who transformed his life, Byron Tucci '66 has established a new endowed professorship.

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Gifts of All Sizes Make an Impact
Wesleyan Fund giving by alumni such as Amanda Watson '01 and Ross Straseske '06 will be a key to the campaign's success.

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Transforming Lives Campaign Announced
Illinois Wesleyan kicked off its $125-million Transforming Lives campaign and announced that $73 million has been pledged so far.

Chuck and Jay Ames

Chuck '50 & Jay Ames '49 Make $25,000,000 Endowment Gift
The Ames' gift, the largest in University history, will go to the endowment and be used primarily to name endowed faculty.

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Herbert & Susan Getz '77
$250,000 Scholarship Fund

The Getz Scholarship Fund will help keep the Wesleyan promise alive for students who need financial assistance.

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John '82 & Joann Horton
$250,000 Wesleyan Fund Gift 

Donations to the Wesleyan Fund, an annual giving program, provide financial assistance to students and support for key campus programs.

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Roger & Stevie Joslin
$1,000,000 Building Addition

With this gift, the Memorial Center will be expanded with additional meeting, reception and banquet space with views overlooking the main quadrangle.

Shirk Center

Shirk Family
Endowment Gift

The Shirk Center, an important asset to the campus and community, will maintain its bright future with this gift from the Shirk family.

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Coyner '54 & Donna Smith
$250,000 Scholarship Fund 

The Smith Scholars Fund will provide merit scholarships to students with high academic potential.

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Vinyard-Shepelak Family
$500,000 Wesleyan Fund Gift

Gifts to the Wesleyan Fund help support a wide range of programs and activities, ranging from student financial aid to campus life activities.

 


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