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Selfie New Titans Celebrate with Selfies, Social Media
The Class of 2018 is celebrating their arrival as Titans – and receiving enthusiastic welcomes to campus – on social media.

Students Illinois Wesleyan Welcomes Record Number of International Students
The largest new class of international students in University history are getting acclimated to life on campus, with help from a cadre of veteran staff and students.

ConvocationTo Class of 2018: "YOLO - Seize the Most from a Liberal Arts Education"
As Illinois Wesleyan welcomed new students at their first convocation, Kemp winner Kathleen Montgomery told them "This is a time for filling up."

Hannah Smith '14 Works as Midwifery Intern in Africa
In her third experience delivering international healthcare, Hannah Smith spent three weeks this summer as a midwifery intern at Mount Meru Regional Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania.

George Wainwright Wins Starkey Service Award
Manager of Maintenance Services George Wainwright was honored for his outstanding service to the University community with the Starkey Award.



Season tickets for 2014-15 are now available.
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Honor Roll of Donors 2014

Every year, in the Transforming Lives Report of Giving Honor Roll of Donors, we thank more than 6,500 alumni and friends who make gifts of all sizes to Illinois Wesleyan. Gifts made before July 31 will be included in the fiscal 2014 Honor Roll.

To make sure your name is listed correctly and your gift is included with those of your peers, preview the Honor Roll listings at At the same time, you can also indicate whether you prefer to receive a printed or electronic copy of this year's Report of Giving. 

THANK YOU to those who have helped us transform lives again this year!

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In recent posts, Melanie (Pagano) Duquesnel ’85 was featured in the Detroit Free Press in relation to her role as CEO and President of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Detroit, Eastern Michigan and the upper peninsula of Michigan. 


Monday, Aug. 25

First day of classes

• 4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Meet the Class of 2018 – Presentation for Faculty and Staff – Tony Bankston, dean of Admissions, will provide an overview of the academic profile and demographics of our first-year students; Chandra Shipley, director of Academic Advising/coordinator of Disability Services, will discuss advising tips to meet the needs of our new students; Annorah Moorman, assistant dean and director of Counseling Services, will focus on the psychological and emotional aspects of our incoming students; and Stacey Shimizu, director of the International Office, will discuss immediate academic needs of our international students. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL) and the Mellon Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

• 12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Hands Up, Don't Shoot! A Conversation About Ferguson – On Aug. 9, teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., not so far away from us. Protests have ensued around the country. Join us as we review the facts and discuss how it impacts our community. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

• 4 p.m., First floor, CLA – Reception Honoring Sister City Shinto Shrine  – A wine and cheese reception hosted by the Bloomington-Normal Sister Cities Committee and Illinois Wesleyan's Asian Studies Team will celebrate the new home of the Mikoshi, the Shinto Shrine donated by our sister city, Asahikawa, in Hokkaido, Japan. It is now in the study area on the first floor of CLA. Invited guests include the mayors of the two cities and officials from area schools.

Thursday, Aug. 28

• 4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle  – RSO Fair – An opportunity for students to learn about Registered Student Organizations on campus.

4-6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Study Abroad Fair – Students are invited to learn about the hundreds of study abroad opportunities available at IWU.

Friday, Aug. 29

• 5:30 p.m., Maxwell Park (Normal, Ill.) – Cross Country - Titan Opener

Monday, Sept. 1

Labor Day (NO CLASSES)

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Through Oct. 2New Art Exhibitions – Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – The Merwin Gallery: "The Clouds You Saw," Io Palmer, sculpture; The Wakeley Gallery: "Everything at Once," Lenny Gilmore, photography.
Regular Gallery hours:
     Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m.,
     Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m.,
     Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m.

• 7 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. St. Mary's College.


President's Convocation – Speaker Brando Skyhorse, author of the Summer Reading selection The Madonnas of Echo Park – Sept. 3, 11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall


Robert S. Eckley Lecture in Economics – Speaker Don. L Coursey on "Vernon Smith, Economic Experiments, and the Visible Hand" – Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center

> Find more on the Events Calendar 



Multifaith Awareness Calendar

IWU's Council on Religious Life, the University Chaplain and the Mellon Center offer a Multifaith Awareness Calendar to the campus so we might all become better aware of the many religious holidays observed by students, faculty and staff at Illinois Wesleyan University.


• Professor of Art Miles Bair's painting, "The Stream," was recently selected for the Mayo Clinic Collection in Rochester, Minn. In addition, Bair currently has four new paintings on display at the Haen Gallery in Asheville, N.C.

• Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo and IWU alumna Nancy Steele Brokaw '71 took part in Fort Worth Opera's "Frontiers" showcase from May 5-10. Excerpts from their show Fertile Ground were performed by professional singers for an audience of producers, critics and patrons.

Vayo conducted the world premiere of his Sandlot for two trumpets and percussion during the conference of the International Trumpet Society in Valley Forge, Pa. on May 23.

In early July, Vayo spent a week in St. John's, Newfoundland, as an invited participant in the Sound Symposium festival. His Stations for violin, piano and electronics was premiered by the Poltergeist Trio, and his Small Change, written for the festival's Harbour Symphony project, was performed on the horns of ships in St. John's Harbour. Vayo also improvised on two performances with Sound Symposium participants.

Jonathan Daly '11 worked as orchestra director at Bloomington's Parkside Junior High School while completing his master's in music performance at Illinois State University. Daly, who studied abroad in Prague while at IWU, has returned there this summer to teach English while learning more about music.

His plans are outlined in a surprise opportunity to be featured on the Facebook site, Humans of Prague.

Larry Neumann, Jr. '81was nominated for a Jeff Award for actor in a principal role for "In God's Hat," a production with Profiles Theatre. In addition, First Folio Theatre, with Alison C. Vesely '79 as artistic director and co-founder, is up for multiple awards.

Aug. 25, 2014

Illinois Wesleyan University

Titans in the News

The New York Times
Associate Professor of German and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche's forthcoming book is quoted in reference to a Film Society of Lincoln Center series exploring international sci-fi films.


President Richard F. Wilson, Provost Jonathan Green and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during orientation activities for new students. Also reported by The Pantagraph.

McLean County News Bulletin
An exhibit of sculptural drawings by Joann Goetzinger '60 is on display at the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan's new international students prepared for their first week of college by, among other things, taking a swing during a marshmallow golf event.

Crain's Chicago Business
Michael Scudder '82, CEO of First Midwest Bancorp Inc., has emerged as a leader of one of the more aggressive bank acquirers in the Chicago market.

(Champaign) News-Gazette
Jim Carver '08 is the new principal at Unity East Elementary School in Tolono.

The Guardian
New York City-based One World Symphony, under the leadership of Sung Jin Hong '97, has announced a season of performances based on popular TV shows, including Game of Thrones, New Girl and Hannibal.

> More Titans in the News

Alumni Events

21st Annual IWU Titan Alumni Golf Outing
Date: Aug. 28
Time: 1 p.m.

Join us for the 21st Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing at Prairie Landing Golf Club.

President's Convocation
Date: Sept. 3
Time: 11 a.m.

Brando Skyhorse, author of the Summer Reading Program selection The Madonnas of Echo Park, will give the keynote address.

First Generation Mixer
Date: Sept. 4
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Incoming and current first generation college students will mingle with first generation faculty, staff and alumni in efforts to develop a support network of similar and successful individuals.

2014 Homecoming
Date: Oct. 17-19

2014 Captain Ryan A. Beaupre '95 Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk
Date: October 18, 2014


Welcome New Employee

Brandon O'Grady began Aug. 20 as groundskeeper for Physical Plant, replacing Adam Radar.


Think Green

Campus Bicycling Survey

As part of its review process for possible designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University, the League of American Bicyclists asks Illinois Wesleyan to distribute this survey. Any students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who are familiar with the bicycle programs and amenities on campus are invited to participate.

In addition to its use in the League's award decision, the input received through this survey will be included (anonymously) in a feedback report to the IWU Bike Committee.

The 2014 Bicycle Friendly University awards will be publicly announced on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 22.

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