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Campus Weekly
Jan. 15, 2018
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Kiplinger'sIllinois Wesleyan Among Top 50 in Kiplinger’s 'Best College Values'
Illinois Wesleyan is listed 50th among the nation's liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best College Values," marking the 11th straight year that IWU has been among national leaders in this ranking of academic quality and affordability.
JimToday's MLK Teach-In to Examine Housing Equity as a Civil Right
The evolution of access to quality affordable housing as a civil rights issue is the theme of this year's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In.
FestIllinois Wesleyan Honors King's Legacy
Leading area gospel groups will perform at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.
SteveVogel '68 Discusses Journalism Credibility with Ethics Bowl Team
Steve Vogel '68 returned to his alma mater to speak with members of the Ethics Bowl Team about the credibility of journalism in today's society.
SpainFour Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad
The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has awarded study abroad scholarships to four Illinois Wesleyan students.
EdenIllinois Wesleyan to Host a Year with Saint John's Bible
A heritage edition of the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press will be displayed at Illinois Wesleyan for a year.
GiftsStudent Organization Fills Shoeboxes with Joy of Holiday Season
Packing shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world, Illinois Wesleyan University's Circle K International showed that it only takes a little bit of love – along with a few toys – to give back during the holiday season.
More News & Events
Titan Athletics
  • Women's and men's swimming and diving teams racked up 13 first-place finishes in a dual meet at Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Jan. 13.

  • Illinois Wesleyan's softball team played exhibition matches in Costa Rica during an international trip from Dec. 28 to Jan. 5. Read a team blog.
More Highlights
Alumni Events

Phoenix Connection

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

12:30-3 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE! Join fellow alumni, family, and friends for the Greater Phoenix/Tucson Area Connection at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.


Chicago Blackhawks
Saturday, Feb. 17
Join us as we cheer on the Blackhawks! Pre-game party & ticket pick up 5-6:30 p.m. at Park Tavern. Puck drop at 7:30pm.


Naples Connection
Sunday, Feb. 25
3-5 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends for the Greater Naples Area Connection at Audubon Country Club.


Career Immersion Excursion: New York City Student Alumni Networking
Tuesday, March 13
6-8 p.m.

Join fellow IWU alumni and current students for a special networking event at Papillon Bistro & Bar in New York City.

Titans In The News
WGLT Radio

Theatre alum Richard Jenkins '69, nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in The Shape of Water, credits encouragement from his faculty mentor at Illinois Wesleyan. Also in The Pantagraph.

Chicago Tribune
Jake and Jack Moran, both members of the class of '21, started a winter clothing drive while they were students at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, and their younger sister is continuing the tradition.
The Pantagraph

Wesleyan's Daynali Flores-Rodriguez and Krista Cardona '03 will be among presenters at a teach-in to raise awareness about the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Charleston Business Magazine

Jerry Chang '96 has been named to SCBIO’s board of directors, where he will serve South Carolina’s economic development organization focused on advancing the life sciences industry in the state.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan will host a heritage edition of the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned in the western world in more than 500 years.

Illinois Wesleyan University improved to 50th among the nation's liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best Value Rankings. Also in The Pantagraph.

WJBC Radio

Assistant professor of psychology Ellen Furlong has been leading a study that highlights the intelligence of dogs.

The Pantagraph
In "sadly right" timing, an exhibit at Merwin Gallery explores "Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination."
The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times

Already elected into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Gary Vicini '76 will be inducted into the Ottawa High School Hall of Fame.

The Pantagraph / Associated Press

"First Dog" Calvin fulfills many important roles on Illinois Wesleyan's campus. Also featured in The Seattle Times and cheered in a Pantagraph editorial.

The Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus
Previously chief operating officer for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Brian Baxter '07 will be the next executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
WGLT Radio

A new poetry collection by Wesleyan's James Plath chronicles his time as a Fulbright teaching fellow on the island of Barbados in 1995.

The Pantagraph

While IWU December graduates may miss the formal commencement ceremony in May, they get their own special send-off with a personal touch.

The Pantagraph
Now in her 20th season coaching IWU women's basketball, Mia Smith has been selected for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Praised for his devotion to sacred music and choral direction, Charles Thatcher '76 received the Pro Ecclessia et Pontifice medal from Pope Francis himself.

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In recent news, Bryonha Marie Parham ’07 will perform at New York City’s Highline Ballroom as a part of the acclaimed concert series, Broadway Sings, that takes a pop icon and flips their music to create new, unique arrangements and orchestrations.

Class Newsletters
  • The Butchering Art by Lindsey A. Fitzharris ’04 has been named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017.

  • Irv Epstein, the Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice and Chair of the Educational Studies Department, has had his 1991 edited volume, Chinese Education: Problems, Policies, and Prospects, reissued by Routledge Publishing, as part of the Routledge Library Editions Education in Asia series. The series “examines education in Asia from a variety of different angles” and “collects some key texts by a set of original thinkers.”

  • Associate Professor of Psychology Mandy Vicary offered her expertise in the field of social psychology during an episode of Married with Secrets, originally airing Dec. 22 on Investigation Discovery and viewable on demand.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has become Chair of the Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
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