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Oct. 22, 2018

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

Lauren Ostrowski '05 Joins IES Abroad as Program Dean
IES Abroad, a non-profit study abroad program which partners with dozens of IWU students every year, has welcomed Lauren Ostrowski '05 as a program dean.

David Priess '93 Focuses on Attempts to Remove Former U.S. Presidents in New Book
Former CIA intelligence officer David Priess '93 has authored a new book on past attempts to disempower the U.S. president.

Seal New Illinois Wesleyan Trustees Named, Officers Elected
Five new members – Rick Hanna '81, Martha Henderson '83, Nancy J. Hutson '71, Colleen L. Kannaday and Dr. Laura Randolph '92 – have been named to the IWU Board of Trustees.

Debo In Case You Missed It: Back to College Classes
Classes presented during Homecoming 2018 are now available online – watch presentations by Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger, Professor of History Michael Weis, Dr. Steve Doran '79, Debo Olaosebikan '06 and Bridget Wall '08.

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Titan Athletics
  • After setting a school record with 12 straight wins, the Titan volleyball team won twice more at the Concordia Volleyball Invitational at the R. John Buuck Fieldhouse in Mequon, Wisconsin.

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Titans In The News
NBC News
Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research exploring people's fascination with true crime stories.
Sports Video Group

AMB Sports and Entertainment has elevated Karl Pierburg '98 to vice president, technology, data and analytics to lead all day-to-day technology and analytic operations across the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Amy McCabe ’01 will return to Bloomington-Normal on Friday, Oct. 26, as a member of the President’s Own United States Marine Band, playing at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center as part of the group’s 100th concert tour.

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Academy Award nominated film actor and DeKalb native Richard Jenkins '69 will appear at DeKalb's Egyptian Theater on Oct. 30 for the theater's career retrospective of his work.


A new movie project, "Knock Out Blessing," by Nollywood filmmaker Dare Olaitan '13, comes on the heels of his award-nominated "Ojukokoro."

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Illinois Wesleyan President Eric Jensen narrated lyrics of “Lincoln’s Portrait” in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert Friday at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. 
WZND Radio
Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State’s joint Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will team up on Halloween to raise money for charitable causes.
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Illinois Wesleyan University announced five new members of its Board of Trustees.

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At 91, the Rev. Art Runyon '51 is still playing golf – well, religiously.
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Alumni Events

IWU vs. University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, Nov. 1

4:30-6:30 p.m. – Pregame Party at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Appetizers provided.

7 p.m. – Game at UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine, Chicago.

RSVP to Chris Murray at or (309) 556-3305. Game tickets available at the UIC Pavilion.


IWU vs. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, Nov. 2
7 p.m.

The Illinois Wesleyan men’s basketball team will face the University of Illinois in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2 at U of I – you won’t want to miss this match up! Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. You can purchase your tickets here.


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. 


Phoenix Connection

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019

12:30-3 p.m.

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

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In recent highlights, Renee McGinnis '84 will give an artist talk in connection with her exhibition at the Elizabeth M. Sinnock Gallery at the Quincy Art Center in Quincy, Illinois, during an Art Crawl this Friday, Oct. 26.

Class Newsletters

  • Sportscasters Talent Agency of America has named Joe Musso '13, currently lead sports anchor/reporter at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, to its 2018 "30 Under 30" — the top 30 Sports Broadcasters in the U.S. under 30 years old.

  • Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke spent Oct. 3-5 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, as the sociology department's Distinguished Alumnus in Residence, which included giving a research talk titled "From Tea to Trump: Racism in the Mainstream and the Margins."

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