Illinois Wesleyan to Welcome Class of 2017

Aug. 1, 2013                        

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— On Tuesday, Aug. 20, Illinois Wesleyan University will welcome the Class of 2017, through the “Turning Titan: New Student Orientation.” The program, designed to introduce new students to the academic, residential and social aspects of college life, will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 25, with a movie night at the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington).

A key event will be the New Student Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6:15-7:30 pm, in the Westbrook Auditorium, in Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington). The keynote speaker at the convocation will be Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner.

During orientation, students along with faculty and staff, will engage in a critical discussion on this year’s selection for IWU’s Summer Reading Program, Warren St. John’s Outcasts United: an American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference. The book is about a soccer team, formed entirely of refugee children, and the woman who not only coached them, but also helped them build a new life in the United States.

St. John is scheduled to speak at the President’s Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at 11 a.m., as it is customary to invite the author of the summer reading selections to speak at the President’s Convocation.

Orientation activities, combined with entertainment, will also include, first year advisory meetings, campus tours, informational sessions with department chairs, residence hall mural paintings and Karaoke night. Hypnotist Fredrick Winkles, popular with past IWU students, will be back to entertain. See the complete schedule.

For additional information about Turning Titan Orientation, contact the Office of Orientation Services at (309) 556-3749 or visit

Contact: Mallika Kavadi’15 (309) 556-3181,