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Nov. 12, 2018

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Titan Illinois Wesleyan Unveils New Logos
The Illinois Wesleyan Athletic Department is unveiling a group of newly designed logos to represent its 22 intercollegiate sports teams, while the University will launch an updated wordmark as part of ongoing branding initiatives.

Gabe Spalding Elected to American Association of Physics Teachers Board
Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Physics Teachers, an association dedicated to physics education.

Becky $4.6 Million NSF Grant to Fund NexSTEM
The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.6 million to a consortium comprised of IWU, ISU and Heartland to fund NexSTEM, a collaborative effort to increase the recruitment and retention of talented, socio-economically underrepresented students in four-year STEM degree programs.

Kimberly IWU Celebrates International Education Week, Launching #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign
Illinois Wesleyan University is participating in the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, affirming that U.S. institutions of higher education are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development.

Crystal Students Recognized at Regional Singing Competition
Thirteen Illinois Wesleyan students competed at the Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual competition and conference in October.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan football team earned a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship for the second straight year, with a Saturday win over North Park.

  • Illinois Wesleyan senior Jillian Cole has been selected as an individual qualifier for the 2018 Division III Women's Cross Country Championships.

  • For the second straight year, Illinois Wesleyan junior Ellie Crabtree has been elected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® 7 Division III Women's Soccer Team and will be on the ballot for the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team.

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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
$4.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will benefit Illinois Wesleyan as part of NexSTEM, providing scholarships and research support. More coverage from WGLT and WJBC radio
The Pantagraph
Former IWU professor and Senior Olympian D. Paul Miller, who died last week at 101, was remembered fondly by longtime IWU athletics department fixtures Norm Eash ’75, Ron Rose ’88 and Stew Salowitz ’76.

WGLT Radio

Illinois Wesleyan will be among the beneficiaries of the sale of nearly 1,000 acres of high-quality farmland, per the wishes of late alum Cyril “C.B.” Frevert ’61. More coverage from The Pantagraph.
Tire Business
Todd Pickens '84, a former Goodyear executive, has been named vice president of sales for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels.
The Pantagraph
Sharon Chung ’00 was elected to the McLean County Board in the Nov. 6 election, edging out an incumbent candidate for the District 7 seat.
WGLT Radio
Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton, who spoke recently at Illinois Wesleyan, says the federal government is working closely with states to protect voting systems from digital interference.
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Alumni Events

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, Austin Smith ’05 published a book titled Flyover Country: Poems (Princeton University Press, 2018). He was recently interviewed about the collection on WBUR-FM, Boston's NPR news station. Read more.

Class Newsletters
  • Midwest Sociology published a profile of research by Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke on "colorblind racism." 

  • Associate Professor of Psychology Abigail Kerr co-authored an article, "Poststroke Exercise is as Effective as Skilled Rehabilitation: Effects in Young and Aged Mice," September 2018, Behavioral Neuroscience.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 composition competition of the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble based in London, England. The award was given for Vayo's Sandpails, which sets poetry by former IWU English professor James McGowan.
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