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WGN Chicago

June 25, 2024

Head of Community Affairs at Amazon Chicago Sarah Glavin '01 spoke about career paths and education support offered through Amazon.


The Pantagraph

June 18, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan is offering three new majors this fall in criminology, supply chain management and communication, and one new certificate in dance. Also reported by WGLT Radio, WJBC Radio and WEEK TV.



May 31, 2024

Olivia Lett '12 was named the head women's basketball coach for University of Illinois Springfield. As a student athlete, she helped lead the IWU women's basketball team to the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship.



May 29, 2024

Digital Scholarship Librarian Abby Mann appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy for two episodes last month, using her knowledge of the fine arts and humanities to win the first round. Also reported by WEEK TV and WGLT Radio.


WGLT Radio

May 21, 2024

Itzel Mendoza '24 and Samantha Wilcox '24 were involved in IWU's Women in Politics as students and were recently featured on a podcast episode of Democracy Now, exploring the role women play in politics in the U.S.

New York Post

May 12, 2024

Visiting Instructor in the School of Music Scott Whitman took part in a prank that went viral at Richwoods High School in Peoria, where the senior class hired him to follow the principal around the school for an hour while playing the bagpipes. Also reported by WMBD TV, WEEK TV, USA Today, Fox News and The Peoria Journal Star.


WGLT Radio

May 10, 2024

Through a collection of poetry, Cathy Gilbert '05 shares her experience becoming a mother to twins while caring for her own dying mother.


The Auburn Citizen - New York

May 7, 2024

Co-founder of Cayuga Climate Action Dominic Gambaiani '19 recently convinced the city council of Auburn, New York, to pass a resolution supporting deconstruction and reuse of building materials rather than sending demolition waste to a landfill.



May 6, 2024

IWU's head baseball coach Dennis Martel reflects on nearly 40 years of coaching. Martel is retiring at the end of the season.


The Pantagraph

May 5, 2024

New Titan graduates and their families reminisced about their time at Illinois Wesleyan during the 2024 commencement ceremony on Sunday.


WGLT Radio

May 2, 2024

The cast of "Treble Trouble" with Prairie Fire Theatre is made up of IWU music and theatre students, with a script written by Nancy Steele Brokaw '71. The group performs the children's opera at more than 40 schools in Central Illinois.


The News-Gazette

April 28, 2024

Alexis Dorsey '22 won the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon women’s race in Champaign on April 27.


GreatNews.Life - Indiana

April 25

Ryan Misek '07 was named vice president of medical affairs for Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital in Crown Point, Indiana, on April 1.



April 23

Illinois Wesleyan received two grants from The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, benefitting the 2024 Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp at IWU and the 50th Annual Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival in 2025.


WGLT Radio

April 18, 2024

For A Better Tomorrow partnered with IWU to host the first STEAM Olympics on campus April 19-20.



April 16, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan University raised more than $2.7 million during the All In campaign, breaking fundraising totals for the second year in a row. Also reported by WGLT Radio, The Pantagraph and WJBC Radio.


WGLT Radio

April 10, 2024

Sheahon J. Zenger was introduced as the next president at Illinois Wesleyan University during an all-campus event on April 10. Also reported by The Pantagraph, WEEK TV, WMBD TV, WJBC Radio.


The Pantagraph

April 10, 2024

The production and performance of the School of Theatre Arts "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was described as a swashbuckling action-adventure musical that highlights the talent at IWU.


Time Magazine

April 5, 2024

Professor of History Michael B. Young discusses the controversial 1625 death of King James I, featured in the new Starz historical series "Mary & George."


The Pantagraph

April 4, 2024

The annual fundraising campaign All In for Wesleyan will take place Tuesday, April 9, at IWU with a theme of "Give Green."


The Pantagraph

March 31, 2024

President S. Georgia Nugent was highlighted in a story honoring local trailblazers in honor of Women's History Month.


Elle Magazine

March 19, 2024

Ongoing research by Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary was featured in an article about women's interest in true crime stories. 


WGLT Radio

March 15, 2024

Retired Chief Circuit Judge Beth Robb '78 was featured for Women's History Month regarding her contributions to the law landscape of Bloomington-Normal and beyond.

Daily Helmsman - Tennessee

March 14, 2024

Pianist Awadagin Pratt, who delivered the 2012 IWU Commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, spoke about his passion for promoting equality.


The Pantagraph

March 7, 2024

For A Better Tomorrow and Illinois Wesleyan University have announced a partnership to bring the first STEAM Olympics to McLean County in April.


Multi-Housing News

March 1, 2024

To honor Women's History Month, Vice President of Public Partnerships for Evergreen Real Estate Group Jewell Walton '00 was featured for her efforts to create equitable solutions in affordable housing.


The Pantagraph

Feb. 24, 2024

Nearly 80 IWU student athletes participated in the Polar Plunge at Miller Park Lake in Bloomington for Special Olympics Illinois.


Smile Politely - Champaign-Urbana

Feb. 22, 2024

Director of Jazz Reginald Lewis discusses his musical journey from performer to professor.


The Pantagraph

Feb. 22, 2024

Nancy Steele Brokaw '71 reviewed "The Wolves," the latest production from Illinois Wesleyan's School of Theatre Arts, as a tale of team unity and growth.


WGLT Radio

Feb. 18, 2024

Opera performer Jack Waddell '63 spoke on a panel at a Black History Month event at the McLean County Museum of History titled, "A Historical Account of African American Musicians and Safe Spaces in Bloomington."

WGLT Radio

Feb. 16, 2024

Director of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Amber Kujath '97 explained how IWU's pass rate for nursing students completing the national licensing exam improved by 20% from last year.


The State Journal-Register

Feb. 15, 2024

Preschool teacher Jennifer Ghesquiere Deaner '92 was unanimously approved to fill a vacant spot on the Sangamon County Board.


WGLT Radio

Feb. 14, 2024

The latest production by the IWU School of Theatre Arts, "The Wolves," serves as a coming-of-age story about a group of high school girls who share life experiences at weekly soccer practice. 


The Pantagraph

Feb. 11, 2024

Michael Melick '02 is the board president of The Project XV Museum in El Paso, Illinois. The museum, which is still being developed, will tell the story of Illinois' first Black voter David Strother. It will be the state's first voting rights museum.


The Pantagraph

Feb. 10, 2024

The Black Student Union is hosting several events on campus in honor of Black History Month, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the 6th annual Unity Gala on March 2.


Sports Illustrated

Feb. 6, 2024

Tim Kelly, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at IWU in 2008, was named as the new tight ends coach for the New York Giants.


The Pantagraph

Feb. 5, 2024

Brandon Grant '03 was selected to serve as lead pastor at Eastview Christian Church in Normal beginning July 1.


WGLT Radio

Jan. 26, 2024

Lyle Day, who served 20 years as a volunteer assistant softball coach at IWU, passed away on Jan. 18. Head softball coach Tiffany Prager and assistant coach Rachel Shipley recalled his kindness and support.



Jan. 25, 2024

Music education major Maia Hawksworth '26 attended the 2024 Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. She shared her goals of becoming a choir teacher and theatre music director.


WGLT Radio

Jan. 24, 2024

Barbara Galindo will spend time as a scholar in residence at IWU from Feb 7-10, where she will deliver a community lecture, introduce a documentary film screening and lead a master class. She is currently an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Postdoctoral Fellow in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


WGLT Radio

Jan. 23, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan is among 45 not-for-profit colleges and universities in Illinois receiving state equity funding for infrastructure projects from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. IWU will receive more than $5 million. Also reported by WJBC Radio and WEEK-TV.


The Pantagraph

Jan. 18, 2024

IWU baseball coach Dennis Martel has announced he will retire at the end of the 2024 season after 38 years with Titan athletics.



Jan. 15, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan hosted the 34th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.


The Pantagraph

Jan. 12, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan Director of Financial Aid Scott Seibring '85 shared how his office is helping families navigate recent changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also reported by WEEK TV.


WGLT Radio

Jan. 12, 2024

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech from his 1966 visit to Illinois Wesleyan will be played at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 on 89.1 FM WGLT. A transcription of the speech and audio is also available here.


WGLT Radio

Jan. 11, 2024

Director of the IWU jazz program Reginald Lewis performed in a recent series at downtown Bloomington's Jazz UpFront titled Straight Ahead Sundays.


WGLT Radio

Jan. 4, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan is among state employers implementing the Paid Leave for All Workers Act. IWU employees will receive an additional 40 hours of paid time off in addition to regular sick and vacation time through the new law.


The Pantagraph

Jan. 4, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan will host the 34th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival in Presser Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.



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