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Sept. 24, 2018

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Students Illinois Wesleyan New-Student Enrollment Up 30 Percent
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed to campus its largest incoming class in five years, and its most diverse class in University history, for the 2018-19 academic year.

Calculator New Online Tool Demonstrates Affordability of IWU Education
Illinois Wesleyan has partnered with MyinTuition, joining an elite group of peer institutions in providing students and families with an easy, anonymous estimate of the actual cost of a high-value private education.

Sara Ghadiri '10 Authors Law to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors
Chicago attorney and IWU alum Sara Ghadiri '10 expanded protections for survivors of domestic abuse and stalking by revising current laws surrounding legal name changes.

Acacia Acacia Fraternity Honored for Philanthropy and Service
Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of Acacia has received the fraternity's biennial Excellence in Human Service Planning award, in recognition of its many on-campus philanthropy events.

Book Isani '11 Authors Book on Muslims and International Government
IWU alum Mujtaba Ali Isani '11 delves into Muslim attitudes toward the legitimacy of global government in his book, Muslim Public Opinion Toward the International Order.

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Titan Athletics
  • No. 18-ranked Titan volleyball rallied to defeat No. 6 Trinity (Texas) on Friday, Sept. 21, then won both Saturday matches in the Holiday Inn Express Classic II at the Shirk Center.
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Titans In The News
New York Times

In the second topic of the Opinion Today newsletter, Illinois Wesleyan is among universities now offering the MyinTuition calculator, which quickly demonstrates for prospective students and families the affordability of a high-quality college education.

Broadway World

Amber Robinson '08 is the director, translator and adapter of the

TUTA Theatre Chicago production of RADIO CULTURE.

The Pantagraph

New student enrollment jumped 30 percent at Illinois Wesleyan University this fall, while overall enrollment saw an increase of about 2.7 percent.

WGLT Radio

Josie Blumberg ’19 was the lead organizer of Illinois Wesleyan’s inaugural International Day of Peace Conference. Also covered in The Pantagraph.

Chicago Inno

Adam Lavitola ’17, the founder of Clubhouse Athletic, was featured in Chicago Inno’s 25 Under 25, highlighting 25 rising entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 25.  

The Pantagraph

Former White House Chief Information Officer Theresa Payton and environmental activist Vandana Shiva will visit as guest speakers for the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series.


The "Arrive Alive Tour," designed to raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, stopped by Illinois Wesleyan as part of Campus Safety Awareness Week.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

As a senior and student council president at Oakwood High School, Lane Warren '22 spearheaded a project to paint positive messages in the school restrooms.



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Alumni Events

Dallas Connection 
Sunday, Nov. 4
2-4 p.m.
Join fellow alumni, family and friends at the Dallas Connection, hosted by John Schilsky ’95 and Dr. Angela Schilsky at their home. Our guest speaker will be Jaime Peters, Assistant Professor of Accounting & Financial Services. 


Registration is Open!



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!


See the schedule and register here.

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In recent highlights, Scott Pluff ’99 has accepted a new position as Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville, Missouri – the largest Catholic parish in the state.

Class Newsletters
  • Earl and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences Tian-Xiao He recently published four journal articles and presented three invited talks.
    Journal articles:
    • "A unified approach for the Catalan matrices by using Riordan arrays,'' (With S.-L. Yang, Y.-N. Dong, and Y.-X. Xu) Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 558 (2018), 25-43. 
    • ''Sequence characterizations of double Riordan arrays and their compressions,'' Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 549 (2018), 176-202. 
    • ''Matrix representation of recursive sequences of order 3 and its applications,'' (With Jeff H.-C. Liao and Peter J.-S. Shiue) Journal of Mathematical Research with Applications, 38 (2018), no. 3, 221--235. 
    • ''On the primality of the generalized Fuss-Catalan numbers,'' (With Wun-Seng Chou and Peter J.-S.  Shiue), Journal of Integer Sequences, 21 (2018), no. 2, Art. 18.2.1, 8 pp.
    Invited Talks:
    • Generalization of Stirling Numbers and Functions II, Asymptotic, Applied Algebra and Optimization Research Center Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea, June 20.
    • From the First Fundamental Theorem of Riordan arrays to Faa di Bruno’s Formula and the Centralizers of Bell and Lagrange Riordan Arrays, The Fifth International Symposium on Riordan Arrays and Related Topics, Pusan, Korea, June 22.
    • Generalization of Stirling Numbers and Stirling Functions, Department of Mathematical and Statistics, Auburn University, Alabama, April 6.
  • Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Scholar in Residence James E. House has been elected to the Southern Illinois University Chemistry Alumni Hall of Fame. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees at SIU and the Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. After a career spanning 32 years at Illinois State University, House joined the ranks of emeritus professors. He has been an adjunct professor at IWU almost continuously for 20 years, and he was elected Student Senate Professor of the Year in 2011. House is also heavily involved in chemistry publications as the Series Editor for the research volumes Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry published by Elsevier.
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