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Campus Weekly
Nov. 13, 2017
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
SavannaAsia Internship Program Earns $400,000 Grant
Over the past three years, Illinois Wesleyan University has sent 77 students to complete summer internships in Asia, and we are about to send a lot more – thanks to a $400,000 grant renewal from the Freeman Foundation.
DiegoEconomics Professor Honored for Educational Technology Use
Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo is the recipient of the 2017 Abbejean Kehler Technology Award, honoring his innovative use of technology to improve economic education.
ReeceSpeaker to Share How Poetry Healed Children in Honduras
As part of his national tour, award-winning poet Spencer Reece will discuss his own poetry as well as the poetry of the girls from Our Little Roses, an orphanage in Honduras where Reece worked as a poetry workshop leader.
More News & Events
Titan Athletics
  • In a 200th career win for Head Coach Norm Eash, the Illinois Wesleyan football team tied for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship with a win over Millikin at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Titans are back in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the sixth time overall and for the first time since 2013, earning an at-large bid. IWU will host Case Western Reserve University at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.
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Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
President Eric Jensen discussed provisions of the tax reform bill, unveiled last week in Washington, which includes taxes that could affect Illinois Wesleyan and its employees.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Meghan Burke gives advice for maintaining civil conversation around divisive topics during family holidays.
(Franklin, Ind.) Daily Journal
Journey of the Heart is a new exhibition with paintings by Barbara Thomas '72, showcasing the ministry of missionary Carol Polley.
The Pantagraph
Longtime CEO Russ Hagen '71 announced he is retiring from Chestnut Health Systems.
The Pantagraph
The Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo held annually at Illinois Wesleyan is among the successes contributing to Bloomington being named a 2017 Progressive City by Ameren Illinois.
WJBC Radio
Local leaders discussed their optimism for the area's economy at the annual State of McLean County event hosted at Illinois Wesleyan. Also reported by WGLT Radio and The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Given Harper talks (wild) turkeys and it's a special IWU birth for 2007 alum Laura (Curtis) Kraynak's new daughter in Bill Flick's Sunday column.
The Pantagraph
Wesleyan's Abby Reel '04 is a "theatre angel" spearheading efforts to continue the legacy of Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theater, now being demolished, by raising a Barn III.
More Titans in the News
  • PaulDr. Paul Pedersen '73, Chief Medical Officer at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, received the inaugural St. Joseph the Worker Award at the 28th OSF HealthCare Foundation Crystal Ball. The award recognizes adherence to the ideals of hard work, commitment, and caring for others, and to the advancement of medical care within the community. Pederson attended the ball with his wife, Ginni (Hestrom) Pedersen '72 (pictured right with President Eric and Elizabeth Jensen).

  • At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston on Monday, Nov. 20, there will be a panel devoted to Associate Professor and Chair of Religion Robert Erlewine's book, published last year, Judaism and the West: From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik.
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Alumni Events

Rockford Connection

Thursday, Nov. 30

5-7 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family and friends for the Rockford Connection at Prairie Street Brewhouse in Rockford, Illinois. Special guest Tara Gerstner '01 will present on IWU entrepreneurial activities.


6th Annual Alumni/Titan First Chance Collegiate Track and Field Meet
Saturday, Dec. 2
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Come and support the current team, see “old” friends and coaches, and if you are feeling nostalgic, feel free to dust off the old spikes and compete!


Collegiate Choir December Tour

Friday, Dec. 15 through Tuesday, Dec. 19

Please join Professor of Music Scott Ferguson and the Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir for their December Choir Tour in St. Louis, Missouri; Springfield, Illinois; and the Chicago area.

Welcome New Employees

Tess Johnson '16 started Nov. 1 as Marketing Coordinator for Enrollment and Marketing.

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