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Campus Weekly

July 9, 2018

Published biweekly in the summer months

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
NeuroscienceFour New Majors Added for 2018-19
In keeping with the increasingly diverse academic interests of students, Illinois Wesleyan will offer four new majors and seven new minors beginning this fall, in addition to more than 80 current majors, minors and programs.

Brooke SEA-PHAGES Engages First-Year Student Researchers
Illinois Wesleyan students have the opportunity to catch the "research bug" and ignite their passion for science while discovering and analyzing bacteriophages – and publishing their results nationally.

May Term May Term Courses Immerse Students in Unique Topics
Whether delving into the minds of primates in Gibraltar or gladiators from the Roman Empire, students broadened their perspectives by participating in a choice of 70 May Term courses.

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Titan Athletics
  • Evan Mok-Lamme, a 2017 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, was selected to play on the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) team for the 2018 Men's World Lacrosse Championships July 12-21 in Netyana, Israel. As a 2015 IWU Freeman Asia intern at World Green Organization in Hong Kong, Mok-Lamme was able to meet Scott Browning, head coach of the HKLA, who later contacted Mok-Lamme to invite him to train and travel with the team.
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Titans In The News
The News-Gazette

The Lettermen, a musical trio featuring Robert Poynton ’80, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Stark County News

English - Writing and International Studies major Payton Letko ’19 won the starring role in the Kewanee Community Theatre production of the musical The 23rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee via audition tape while she was studying abroad in Japan.

Daily Southtown

Jonathan Goble ’80 has been named interim president of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois.

Broadway World

Evan Kasprzak '10 was among Broadway veterans in the cast of the brand-new dance narrative, Alexa, staged at Inwood Art Works' Culture Hub in Manhattan.

The Grio

Celebrated actress Danai Gurira was influenced while growing up in Zimbabwe by the works of Martin Luther King Jr., whom her mother met while attending Illinois Wesleyan University.

The Pantagraph
Deanna Jent '84 is directing “Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
WGLT Radio

Isaac Simmons '20, a business and religion major, is a volunteer for the Veggie Oasis, taking leftover produce from Bloomington's weekly farmers market to families in need.

The Pantagraph

Starting this fall, Illinois Wesleyan will add four majors and seven minors to its more than 80 majors, minors and programs.

Prairie State Wire
Illinois Wesleyan University students rank among the best in the state in repaying student loans.
The Pantagraph

The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University is part of the “BN Advantage" strategy to advance growth and economic diversity in the community.

Accounting Today

Madelyn May ’19 was among 39 accounting students to earn a tuition and textbook scholarship from the Illinois CPA Society.

The Pantagraph

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Greg King discussed the various factors, along with students' test scores, that factor into admission decisions.

More Titans in the News
Alumni Events

Champaign-Urbana Connection

Tuesday, July 24

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends at Urbana Country Club, hosted by Mark Ballard '83. Guest speaker is Mark Brodl, Provost and Dean of Faculty.


Denver Connection

Sunday, July 29

2-4 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Guests speakers are Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez '18 and Nicki Chlebek ’16, Regional Admissions Counselor.


St. Louis Happy Hour
Thursday, Aug. 2
5-8 p.m.
Join fellow alumni from the St. Louis Regional Club for a fun happy hour at Cafe Napoli! Appetizers and drinks will be provided.


Network Summer Picnic
Sunday, Aug. 5
2-4 p.m.
Join fellow alumni, family, and friends at the annual Network Summer Picnic! Graciously hosted by Network committee member Dave Darling '79 and Genie Darling at their home.


DC Alumni Event: Dave the Musical
Thursday, Aug. 9
8 p.m.
Join us for the world premiere of Dave and support our very own alum, Bryonha Marie Parham '07!

Class Newsletter Highlight
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In recent highlights, Paul Antonacci ’90 has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Security Bank in Springfield, Illinois. Read more.

Class Newsletters
  • Soprano Dawn Upshaw '82 will perform at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Aug. 27, showcasing a program of Americana recently reviewed by the Washington Post.

  • George Jones ’77 will be presented the Texas Bandmasters Association Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award at the group’s annual convention and clinic in San Antonino, Texas, on July 26.

  • Dave Lawrence ’79 served as the second-base umpire in the 2018 Congressional Baseball Game on June 14 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

  • Singer-songwriter Genna Simon ’18 performed at Chicago's Uncommon Ground on July 1.
Save the Date!

Homecoming Homecoming –
October 5-7, 2018


This year marks 100 years of Homecoming tradition at Illinois Wesleyan University. Join us as we celebrate a century of alumni and friends returning to campus to share fond memories and make new ones!


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