Campus Updates for Illinois Wesleyan Alumni

Wednesday, March 27, 2013   
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Dear Friends,

We have passed the halfway mark for the spring semester, and I thought that you would be interested in hearing how the semester is going and what lies ahead.

One measure of institutional health is student retention. Our retention rate from fall to spring semester was 96 percent, reflecting strong student satisfaction with their experience at IWU. Also:

  • In February, the School of Theatre Arts partnered with alums to hold the second annual Senior Showcase in Chicago at the Wit Theatre. This event features the talents of our student performance majors as well as those in the design and technology major.
  • The Higher Learning Commission recently reaffirmed the University’s accreditation for another 10 years.
  • Several very successful alumni events have been held recently in Northern California (Cinnabar Hills Golf Club), Phoenix (McCormick Ranch Golf Club), and Naples (home of Jerry ’77 and Wendie Smith), and the IWU Council of Women held their annual summit on campus last week.
  • Thirty-seven students took part in the seventh Alternative Spring Break volunteer activity. This year they joined the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge program, which brought students from around the country to Laredo, Texas to build affordable housing in that community.
  • We are currently in the early stages of updating the 2006 Strategic Plan. The campus Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee that I chair, comprised of faculty, students, staff and alumni trustees, is leading this effort and has formed work groups to review and revise the goals in the previous plan to address emerging issues and changes in higher education. Please see my letter in the upcoming IWU Magazine for information on how to get involved in this initiative.
  • Great progress has been made on the new State Farm Hall classroom building that we will be opening for the fall semester. The campus views from the classrooms are spectacular.
  • Construction of The Gates at Wesleyan student apartments is moving along with exterior brickwork under way. The 24 four-bedroom apartment complex is located on Empire between McLean and Evans Streets, which is a block east of the University’s Sesquicentennial Gates entry. Occupancy is already filled for the fall semester.
  • After opening the NCAA D-III tournament with victories over Transylvania and Wash U, the Titan men’s basketball team lost in the third round to CCIW rival North Central and ended the season with a 23-6 record.
  • The Collegiate Choir has wrapped up its annual spring tour that took it to Winnipeg, Manitoba; Fargo, North Dakota; Maplewood, Minnesota; Delavan and Monona, Wisconsin; and performances in several Illinois communities.
  • The 24th annual John Wesley Powell Research Conference will be held on Saturday, April 20. For those of you who recall the first conference in 1989, which had 27 participants, you may be surprised and pleased to know that today the conference fills the entire first floor of CNS and includes presentations around campus – with over 175 student posters, performances and oral presentations ranging from English and music to religion, art, Greek and Roman studies and the sciences.
  • Commencement takes place on May 5th with State Farm Hall and the soon to be named Commencement Plaza as the backdrop. Our alum speaker will be Juan Salgado ’91, CEO of the Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago.

In closing, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all the alumni and friends who have made financial contributions to the Transforming Lives campaign, which is approaching its final year in 2014. With the increasing need that prospective and current students have for financial aid support, this campaign is even more important in transforming their lives than we envisioned when it was conceived.

Dick Wilson


Alumni Couple Clerking for Federal Judges
Newlyweds Erin Cox and Rachel Halfpap - both 2008 Wesleyan graduates - now serve as clerks for federal judges in the Central District of Illinois.

From The Pantagraph
The children of former IWU President Robert S. Eckley helped him complete his final book, Lincoln’s Forgotten Friend, Leonard Swett.

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Events Calendar


Senior Katie McHugh qualified for the championship finals and earned third place in school-record time in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships In Shenandoah, Texas, on March 22.

Titan Sports


Spread the Green/IWU @ ISU Baseball
ISU Duffy Bass Field
4/30/2013 6:00 PM
Race to Wrigley/Breakfast at Red Ivy
5/11/2013 8:00 AM
Springfield Connection 2013
Illini Country Club
6/6/2013 5:30 PM
Washington DC Alumni Connection 2013
Seattle Connection
Seattle: Specifics TBA

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Analitis, Lia
Aves, Steven
Banas, Bridget
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Burke, Mary Lisa
Christensen, Ashley
Curtis, Laura
Davis, Albert
Davis, Ben
Dravis, Shelley
Farster, Sarah
Gallian, Allegra
Jukovich, Loreene
Kaplan, Jonathan
Kelley, Jerome
Le Blanc, Katrina
Lessaris, Steve
Madden, Jennifer
Marchetti, Gerald
Meyer, Peter
Modrow, Gary
Moir, Sarah
Popadowski, Alison
Powell, Heather
Robinson, Justine
Scoggins, Crystalline
Seitz, Laura
Sivier, Robert
Southern, Debra
Streu, Kristina
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