Illinois Wesleyan welcomed the Class of 2019 and new transfer students at New Student Convocation, where they were urged to "think beyond today's expectations of what your everyday life will be like."
Perhaps driven in part by ongoing unrest from events in Ferguson and Baltimore, a record number of entering students enrolled in Wesleyan's pre-orientation Engaging Diversity program.
Students selected for the Summer Enrichment Program worked independently at internship placements, and worked together to build their leadership skills and understanding of pressing social justice issues.
Computer science major Cale Sennett '16 was excited by the company culture at Shopify, where he interned as a software developer.
Annie Tillmann '12 sought an IWU student for an internship to help create the exhibit, Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs.
As a student competing in track and field, Netherland (Nia) Joiner '16 is familiar with chiropractic treatments from the patient's perspective - and this summer gained new understanding through an internship.
Students awarded Eckley Scholarships spent their summers searching for answers - exploring cosmic or interior mysteries through music, math and science.
As composer-in-residence at Illinois Wesleyan, David Allen Flowers '16 devoted his summer to a soundscape composition for symphony orchestra.