News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Dean of Students
Welcome and Welcome Back to IWU for an exciting 2015-16 academic year. We are excited to welcome almost 500 new students and over 1800 total students to campus for another remarkable year. We hope these updates below help provide you with just a glimpse at the things we’re excited about for this year.
Technology Updates: ITS Help Desk will move to The Ames Library third floor. In-person support or service for personal equipment can be received at the Help Desk in the Thorpe Center (Ames 300). Phone support at (309) 556-3900, and online support at help.iwu.edu, is available as always. ITS is implementing a new authentication system to improve security and simplify signing on to multiple systems. Part of the project requires everyone to change their password used to access IWU services.
Attention Sophomore Parents: Three-Year Residency Requirement
We are excited that IWU students will remain on campus through their junior year. We have a wide variety of housing options, including apartments (The Gates at Wesleyan and East Street Apartments) and many singles throughout campus. Please remember that all students who started IWU in Fall 2014 (current sophomores) are required to live on campus for six semesters (or through their junior year). Please remind your student not to sign an off-campus lease as he/she is required to remain on campus and will be billed for campus housing. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life, 309-556-3113.
Presidential Search: As you know, President Wilson announced his retirement in December 2014 and agreed to stay with us through this fall. The Presidential Search Committee continues their work in selecting our next president. For more information, visit www.iwu.edu/presidentialsearch/. There will be two candidates on campus the first week of classes. We are excited to meet our potential next president and continue planning a future of excellence.
The Illinois Wesleyan Parent Fund
Helping families in need for more than 50 years
Van Miller '04
The IWU Parent Fund financially supports students who have lost a breadwinning parent to death or permanent disability. These are students who, without this assistance, would have to leave Illinois Wesleyan for financial reasons—a blow that could negatively affect their whole life trajectory.
During an IWU football game in November of 1960, Charles W. Merritt, a father of one of the IWU players in the game, learned that the father of one of his son’s teammates had died suddenly not long before. In an act of generosity and compassion, Charles passed a paper bag around the stadium to collect money to help the family with college costs. So began the IWU Parent Fund.
And while the process of supporting students in need has formalized somewhat (we no longer pass paper bags at football games), the spirit of community surrounding the fund remains the same. At its core, the Parent Fund is simply IWU families helping other IWU families.
Main Number: 309-556-1000 (available 24/7/365)
Security: 309-556-1111 (available 24/7/365)
Dean of Students: 309-556-3111 (during normal business hours)
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