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Campus Weekly

Oct. 2, 2017

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

EntrepreneursStudents Invited to Apply for IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Students with an idea for a business they'd like to launch could win a $5,000 grant through the IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship, with the next round of proposals due Oct. 9.

BrunoDeHarak Earns $150,000 NSF Research Grant
A three-year, $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will enable Illinois Wesleyan's Bruno deHarak to lead several IWU students in researching electron scattering.

CallumFletcher Joins IWU as Esports Head Coach

Callum Fletcher is Illinois Wesleyan's first Esports head coach, charged with launching a team in the growing collegiate sport of competitive online video gaming.

TheatreReminder: School of Theatre Arts to Present Dancing at Lughnasa
Brian Friel's haunting Dancing at Lughnasa will open the mainstage theatre season with performances Oct. 3-8 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall.
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In Sympathy

Chuck and JayB. Charles (Chuck) Ames '50 died on Sept. 22 at age 92 at his home in Cleveland. Read an obituary.

Chuck's vision and love for Illinois Wesleyan University will continue to impact Titans for generations to come. Together with his wife Joyce "Jay" Eichhorn Ames '49, their generous support included the largest gift in Illinois Wesleyan history – an endowment gift valued at $25 million to launch the Transforming Lives campaign in 2009. Their support also enabled construction of The Ames Library, endowed student scholarships, and expanded the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art building. Read a tribute from President Eric Jensen.


Betty and Ivan Betty Stoutenborough Ritchie-Birrer '47 died on Sept. 27. Read an obituary.

Betty was selected as the 2017 Alumni Loyalty Award winner and was looking forward to coming to Homecoming this year to receive the award. She was a generous supporter of the recent Transforming Lives Campaign, with gifts including a classroom in State Farm Hall, an endowed professorship that was awarded to Professor William Munro, an endowed student scholarship, and the first endowed scholarship for study abroad. Betty and her husband, Ivan Birrer, were friends of the University for many years and regularly attended the annual Springfield Alumni Connection.


Titan Athletics


  • The Titan football team upset No. 4-ranked Wheaton on Saturday, Sept. 30, in its first win at Wheaton since 2000.

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The Red Scarves, the now Chicago-based pop-rock quintet who formed at Illinois Wesleyan, credit their jazz and classical music studies at IWU as central to creating their catchy, and at times complex, pop songs.
The (Lincoln) Courier

Braden Tanner ’20 is among Lincoln Community High School alumni performing at a benefit concert for its music and theater program.

The Pantagraph

Former Illinois Wesleyan professor D. Paul Miller, the lone competitor in the 100-over age division, brought home six gold medals from the Illinois Senior Olympics at Springfield.

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On Monday, Oct. 9, at the Fall Open House, we will welcome prospective students and families to visit, tour the campus, interact with faculty and current students, and learn more about what it's like to live, study and play here.


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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.

Deadline to Register – This Thursday, Oct. 5

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In recent posts, Sharon Sieberns Stanford ’80, director of the Department of Standards Administration at the American Dental Association (ADA), has been named recipient of the Howard Coonley Medal, one of the 2017 Leadership and Service Awards announced by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Winners will be honored on Oct. 18 at a ceremony during World Standards Week in Washington, DC.

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