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North Bay Business Journal - California

Dec. 4, 2023

Award-winning journalist Chris Fusco '94, former editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun Times, was named executive editor of The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California. He describes his journalistic origins while attending Illinois Wesleyan.


Austin Weekly News

Nov. 13, 2023

Amanda Toney-Logan ’74 speaks about growing up in the Chicago neighborhood of Austin and how the demographic has recently changed to include a larger Hispanic population.


WGLT Radio

Nov. 13, 2023

Alex Tosi '10, a former IWU baseball pitcher, is now working as a Major League umpire. IWU Assistant Baseball Coach Tim Siegworth joined Tosi for his Major League debut game in 2019 in Minneapolis.


The Pantagraph

Nov. 8, 2023

Brian Senn '25 was honored among nominees for the 2023 Why I See You Service Awards, which recognize youth leadership and service in the community in hopes of inspiring others.


The Pantagraph

Nov. 4, 2023

Photos featured award recipients at the 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year Recognition Dinner, including Will Jenkins '12 as Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year and the family of the late Gary Egbers '72 receiving the Savant Wealth Management Founding Partner Award.


Star Tribune (Minnesota)

Nov. 1, 2023

Kathleen M. Murray '79 was selected as the new president of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Murray previously served as the first female president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.


The Pantagraph

Oct. 30, 2023

Illinois Wesleyan Professor and R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English James Plath discusses his experience as a 2023 Quarry Farm Fellow, while he spends time at the summer home of Mark Twain in Elmira, New York.



Oct. 24, 2023

Illinois Wesleyan athletics has partnered with OSF HealthCare to provide care and athletic training services to all Titan athletes. Also reported by The Pantagraph and WJBC Radio.


Shaw Local News Network

Oct. 21, 2023

Pat Schou '74 announced her plans to retire as executive director of Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network in Princeton, Illinois, in summer 2024.


The Pantagraph

Oct. 20, 2023

President Georgia Nugent reflected on her tenure at Illinois Wesleyan, her hopes for the future of the University and her personal plans after she steps down in July 2024. Also reported by WGLT Radio, WEEK TV and WMBD TV.

Southwest News Media (Minnesota)

Oct. 12, 2023

Will Dusek '23 plays Frankie Valli in the Chanhassen Dinner Theater production of "Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons" in Chanhassen, Minnesota.


WGLT Radio

Oct. 12, 2023

Director of The Petrick Idea Center John Quarton said the Bloomington-Normal area could be seen as an entrepreneurial hub, especially with the future addition of The Petrick Idea Center on IWU's campus.


The Pantagraph

Oct. 10, 2023

Professor of Theatre Arts Curtis Trout explained the scene design behind the School of Theatre Arts recent musical production of "Carrie". Nancy Steele Brokaw '71 also reviewed the production as a "well-crafted Halloween tale."


The Pantagraph

Oct. 7, 2023

IWU alumni, students and families spoke of the close-knit community of Titans celebrated during the 2023 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities.



Oct. 6, 2023

Cortney Helfrich '08, chief personnel officer for Wilber Group, won the 2023 Athena Leadership Award through the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.


CBC News

Oct. 5, 2023

Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw commented on the likelihood and process for the U.S. Congress to deliver additional funding to Ukraine.


The (Galesburg) Register-Mail

Oct. 5, 2023

Amy Gebauer Sestito '96 was inducted into the Monmouth-Roseville school district's Hall of Achievement.



Oct. 1, 2023

Director of Counseling and Consultation Services Jojo Mitchell shared proactive steps students can take regarding their mental health during college and after graduation.


The Pantagraph

Sept. 29, 2023

Taylor Babec '24, a childhood cancer survivor, recently hosted a blood drive at Hansen Student Center, filling every appointment available during the five-hour event.


WGLT Radio

Sept. 25, 2023

Sports author Dave Kindred '63 has published a new book, "My Home Team: A Sportswriter’s Life and the Redemptive Power of Small-Town Girls Basketball."


The Pantagraph

Sept. 28

During this year's Evergreen Cemetery Walk in Bloomington, Darraugh Maxine '23 is portraying Annie Ethel Jones, a Black woman who moved to Bloomington in 1922, later becoming a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital and the McLean County Poor Farm. Also reported by WGLT Radio.



Sept. 23, 2023

Illinois Wesleyan hosted this year's St. Jude Walk/Run for Bloomington-Normal on Sept. 23, with 600 participants including many IWU student athletes helping to raise $279,000.


WGLT Radio

Sept. 22, 2023

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Kasey Evans '12 shared an enrollment update, including a 16% increase in first-year and transfer students over last year. Also reported by The Pantagraph.


Psychology Today

Sept. 21, 2023

Scott Zeller '82 was featured for his work to improve psychiatric emergency care by creating the EmPATH model to be used in hospitals.


The Pantagraph

Sept. 21, 2023

Opera performer John "Jack" Waddell '63 was recently honored as an unsung industry hero at a gala celebration in New York by the American Theatre Wing.



Sept. 20. 2023

Nursing students put their skills to the test through a fun escape room activity created by Associate Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken, Simulation Coordinator Amanda Kemp and nursing student Lily Summers '24. Also reported by WGLT Radio.


Shaw Local

Sept. 14, 2023

Ellen Yedinak '04 was named as a new board member for Poco a Poco, a Streator-based music education nonprofit, founded by Kate Tombaugh '07.


The Pantagraph

Sept. 12, 2023

Three Titans were inducted into the Bloomington High School and District 87 Hall of Fame on Sept. 14, including James Ingold '85, W. Thomas Lawrence '80, Jeff Lockenvitz '84 and Russell Shirk '43.


Broadway World

Sept. 7, 2023

The new cast for the 2023 North American tour of Hadestown will include Ian Coulter-Buford '12, who will perform as a swing cast member.


The Wall Street Journal

Sept. 4, 2023

Professor and R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English James Plath curates The John Updike Childhood Home museum in Shillington, Pennsylvania. Plath is president of The John Updike Society, which honors the American novelist. (Subscription required or accessible with campus login.)


Washington Post

Aug. 31, 2023

Elizabeth (Oaurt) Pratt '06 helped to save the grocery store in her town of Sheffield, Ill., transforming it into a sustainable social enterprise.


WGLT Radio

Aug. 29, 2023

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Logan Campbell will serve as director for the Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony, and he plans to move the youth rehearsals to Presser Hall — which could boost both the youth program and IWU's School of Music.


WGLT Radio

Aug. 25, 2023

With his past experience working for public health departments, Assistant Professor of Public Health David Remmert touts the importance of educating the next wave of health care workers through the new public health program in IWU's School of Nursing and Health Sciences.


The Pantagraph

Aug. 24, 2023

Ashley Fehr '25 was awarded a $1,000 Pioneer Award from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society.

The Pantagraph

Aug. 23, 2023

New students were welcomed to the Illinois Wesleyan campus during move-in on Wednesday, Aug. 23, before participating in Turning Titan events to launch their campus experience.


Chicago Magazine

Aug. 22, 2023

Harlan Hogan '68 was featured among several Chicago voice-over actors who shared tales from the industry. Described as Chicago's king of voice acting, Hogan's voice has been used in advertising for Life cereal, Raid, Head & Shoulders, Ford, Cracker Barrel, PBS and more.


WGLT Radio

Aug. 21, 2023

Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan basketball teams will face each other in twin exhibition games in October, in the first game between the men’s teams in more than 50 years, and the first time ever for the women’s teams.


The Pantagraph

Aug. 18, 2023

Illinois Wesleyan students react to the completed renovation of Munsell Hall, with updates coming to Ferguson Hall in summer of 2024.



Aug. 17, 2023

Harrison Ford reacted to the newly discovered snake that was named in his honoby IWU's Robert Harrington Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr. Also reported by NPR Weekend Edition, The Washington Post and Conservation International, among many others.


WGLT Radio

Aug. 17, 2023

The Prairie Aviation Museum in Bloomington is hosting a final open cockpit day of the season, featuring an A-4M Skyhawk plane with the name of Marine veteran and pilot David Wilson '70 — including his Illinois Wesleyan-inspired call sign, "Titan."


The Reporter

Aug. 17, 2023

Jennifer Legris '03 will serve as assistant principal for Palos South Middle School in Palos Park, Illinois.



Aug. 8, 2023

Sean Dwyer '10, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Lake Zurich, was recognized among Best-in-State Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors.


The Pantagraph

Aug. 3, 2023

Prairie Fire's 25th season features several talented performers and faculty from Illinois Wesleyan in the production of "Bright Star" from Aug. 9-13 at Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall.


The Pantagraph

Aug. 1, 2023

Chair and Associate Professor of Finance Robert Irons will be the keynote speaker at a joint meeting of local chapters of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution in Normal on Sept. 15.


The Pantagraph

Jul 27, 2023

Student volunteers from Illinois Wesleyan assisted Carle Health to create the Compassion Closet, which provides new, donated clothing to patients in need at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Carle Eureka Hospital.


The New Yorker

July 12, 2023

The 2014 creation of a unique model used for psychiatric care in emergency rooms by Dr. Scott Zeller '82 is still being implemented today.


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

July 3, 2023

Richard House '94 was named associate dean for professional development at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.


WGLT Radio

June 29, 2023

President Georgia Nugent responded to the Supreme Court ruling to end affirmative action in college admissions practices. Also reported by The Pantagraph.


The Daily Herald

June 27, 2023

Sourcebooks is growing as one of the nation's top book publishers, where Todd Stocke '93 serves as the senior vice president and editorial director.


Ed Tech Magazine

June 26, 2023

Director of Esports Cora Kennedy was recognized as one of 30 higher education IT influencers to follow in 2023.


The Pantagraph

June 21, 2023

Acacia Fraternity will reopen its Illinois Wesleyan chapter in the fall of 2023 with increased recruitment efforts. 


WJBC Radio

June 21, 2023

Renovations are set to begin at Illinois Wesleyan's Inspiration Field  ahead of the 2025 Softball National Championships, which will be hosted on campus.


The Pantagraph

June 17, 2023

The first local Juneteenth event was held at Illinois Wesleyan's Eckley Quadrangle in 1993, organized by the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project. Also reported by WGLT radio.


Princeton Alumni Weekly

June, 2023

IWU President Georgia Nugent shared her experience asa member of the inaugural coed graduating class at Princeton University in 1973.


WGLT Radio

May 30, 2023

Illinois Wesleyan University has added three new majors — public health, quantitative finance, and professional sales — available to students in fall of 2023. Also reported by The Pantagraph, WEEK TV and WMBD TV.


People Magazine

May 30, 2023

Vernon Hills High School saw 12 sets of twins and one set of triplets in the graduating class this school year, with brothers Heath and Hunter Field planning to attend Illinois Wesleyan in the fall as roomates.


The Pantagraph

May 25, 2023

Illinois Wesleyan named Dakesa Piña as the university's first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, effective July 1. Also reported by WEEK TV.


NPR Illinois

May 24, 2023

While national and state trends show a wide gender gap in college enrollment, the number of male and female students attending Illinois Wesleyan is mostly balanced.

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