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Campus Weekly

Sept. 11, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

FellowsIllinois Wesleyan Welcomes First Year Humanities Fellows

The inaugural group of First Year Fellows in the Humanities at Illinois Wesleyan are engaging in singular opportunities on campus.

WayneAlumni to be Honored at Homecoming
Illinois Wesleyan will honor Wayne P. Messmer '72 as its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus, Charlene A. Carruthers '07 as the Outstanding Young Alumna and Betty Stoutenborough Ritchie-Birrer '47 as the Loyalty Award Winner during Homecoming activities on Friday, Oct. 13.

CherylReinking '87 to be Named Distinguished Nursing Alumna

Illinois Wesleyan's School of Nursing will honor Cheryl Reinking '87 with its Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence in Nursing during Homecoming events on Saturday, Oct. 14.

CoverEntrepreneurship Program Bringing Ideas to Life
Treating design, technology, and entrepreneurship equally, a new major at Illinois Wesleyan is equipping students to tackle real-world problems and bring new products and services to the marketplace – as featured in the latest IWU Magazine, now online.
Titan Athletics


  • The men's golf team claimed the championship of the 20-team Tim Kopka Memorial Tournament, played at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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Alumni Events


Homecoming 2017

Oct. 13-15

Join us for Homecoming 2017 - Celebrating Titans Around the World with a focus on alumni living and working abroad, international studies majors, study abroad, and international impact of Titans.

Looking for Campus Events?

Visit the University Events Calendar.


Don't Forget Family Weekend 2017 –  Sept.22-23

Family Members are invited to join students on campus for a weekend of fun! Registration is $20 per family member on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9-10 a.m. at Hansen Student Center.

The fee covers entertainment both evenings, late night pizza, lunch, and a football ticket! See the Student Activities website for more details.

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Titans In The News

WJBC Radio

Two Illinois Wesleyan football players, who have only known life in America, discussed their fears amid threats to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.
The Pantagraph

President's Convocation speaker Jelani Cobb encouraged Illinois Wesleyan students to embrace diversity. He also spoke on WGLT Radio regarding the context of action on DACA.

WJBC Radio

Students organized a rally that drew about 200 people to the IWU Quad, demonstrating in defense of DACA protections for childhood immigrants. Also see a photo gallery from The Pantagraph.

WGLT Radio

Glenn Wilson, who directs Illinois Wesleyan's jazz program, discussed the John Coltrane documentary being shown at Normal Theater.  Also in The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph

Wesleyan's Abby Reel '04 is working to save Goodfield's imperiled Barn II Dinner Theatre. Also in the Peoria Journal-Star.

The (Illinois State University)Vidette

New species of frogs were found by Illinois Wesleyan biologist Edgar Lehr and his colleagues, in a protected forest in central Peru.

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In recent posts, Patrick Drazen ’74 recently had his third book published by Hamilton Books, titled, Holy Anime! Japan’s View of Christianity. Read more.

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  • Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke served as the guest editor of a special issue on New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism in the journal Sociological Perspectives, released Sept. 5.

    In that issue, Burke also wrote the lead article, titled, "Colorblind Racism: Identities, Ideologies, and Shifting Subjectivities."

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding delivered an invited talk in Washington, D.C., on Physical Acoustics, at the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Ultrasonics Symposium. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Illinois Wesleyan student chapter of IEEE invites friends to join their Facebook Group.

  • Robert Quinn H'10, executive director of the Scholars at Risk Network who was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Illinois Wesleyan in 2010, will receive the Anne Frank Special Recognition Award from the Government of the Netherlands for efforts to improve the lives of refugees and those who are threatened.

    IWU is a founding member of the Scholars at Risk Network; the University hosts a Scholars at Risk Advocacy Seminar, where students research the case of a scholar who has been unfairly persecuted and imprisoned; and Irv Epstein – Ben and Susan Rhodes Endowed Professor in Peace and Justice, chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at IWU – continues to serve on the SAR Board.  
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