Titans in the News
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
June 21, 2023
Acacia Fraternity will reopen its Illinois Wesleyan chapter in the fall of 2023 with increased recruitment
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.
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
IWU President Georgia Nugent shared her experience asa member of the inaugural coed graduating class at Princeton
University in 1973.
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.
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.
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.
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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