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Jan. 7, 2019

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alumni Three Alumni Picked for Gov.-Elect Transition Committees
The Illinois governor-elect is drawing upon the expertise of three IWU alumni who have been selected to serve on transition committees: Elizabeth Robb '78, Juan Salgado '91 and Michael Tipsord '81.

Charlene Carruthers to Give Keynote at MLK Teach-In
Alumna and activist Charlene Carruthers ’07 will give the keynote address at this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In on Monday, Jan. 21, which centers on the theme "Gender and social justice." Later that day, Illinois Wesleyan will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.

grad December Graduates Celebrated
Photo Gallery: Illinois Wesleyan President Eric Jensen, faculty and staff members honored students graduating in December during the annual December Graduates Dinner.

Mona Former Faculty Member Establishes Faculty Scholar Program
Former faculty member and administrator Mona Gardner will continue to support her colleagues by funding the Gardner Faculty Scholars program to aid Illinois Wesleyan professors during sabbatical work.

Nima Illinois Wesleyan Awards $20,000 Getz Scholarship

An aspiring doctor from a family of ministers, Salomi "Nima" Arunima '22 is pursuing her unique passion for medicine at Illinois Wesleyan, thanks to support from the Getz Scholarship.

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In Sympathy
Bob Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics Robert (Bob) Leekley passed away on Tuesday, Jan.1. Prof. Leekley started teaching at Illinois Wesleyan in 1974, and from his first year to his 44th, his commitment to IWU and our students remained unchanged. His positive impact on generations of students and colleagues will not be forgotten. Read an obituary.
Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team gave head coach Mia Smith her 400th career victory by topping Whittier College in the Whittier (Calif.) Holiday Inn La Mirada Purple & Gold Poets Classic on Saturday, Dec. 29.
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Nominate Deserving Titans
The IWU Alumni Association Nominating Committee needs your help compiling a list of alumni candidates for the Distinguished Alumnus/na Award, Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus/na Award, and Loyalty Award. Tell us about a Titan who has made a difference and deserves recognition. Please nominate before March 1, 2019. Winners will be honored at Homecoming 2019.
Titans In The News
Williamson (Tenn.) Source

Trinity Elementary Principal Chris Schwartz '92 has been selected to lead a new elementary school in Franklin, Tennessee.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago attorney Tina Wills '06 has been named an Income Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP.

Aurora Beacon News
Linnea (Erickson) Windel ’85 is the president and chief executive officer of VNA Health Care, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018.
The Pantagraph

An annual teach-in and gospel festival will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Illinois Wesleyan on the national holiday in his honor.

The Pantagraph

Distinguished Alumnus Steve Doran ’79, who died unexpectedly on Dec. 3, was remembered by family, friends and co-workers for his passion to serve.

Canton Daily Ledger
Former Spoon River Valley High School head boys’ basketball coach Hendry “Hank” Bennett ’49 will be posthumously inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

IWU basketball standout Brady Rose ’19 is entering the final months of playing for his dad, Titans’ head coach Ron Rose ’88.

The Pantagraph

Faculty member Eva Ferguson shared holiday traditions from her native Slovakia.

The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.)

Radio host and former mayor Bob Burns ’70, who died Dec. 10, was remembered as a mainstay of area airwaves and Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) life.

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Alumni Events

Titan Young Alumni Connection - Arizona

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

5-7 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family and friends at the Titan Young Alumni Connection - Arizona!


Titan Connection - Arizona

Sunday, Jan. 27

12:30-3 p.m.

Join fellow alumni, family and friends at the Titan Connection - Arizona! Our featured speaker will be Professor Carolyn Nadeau, and special guests President Eric Jensen and Elizabeth Jensen will be in attendance.


School of Theatre Arts Class of 2019 Senior Showcase

Monday, Feb. 4

Save the Date for the School of Theatre Arts Class of 2019 Senior Showcase! Registration opening soon.


Titan Connection - Florida

Sunday, March 24

Join fellow alumni, family and friends at the Titan Connection - Florida hosted by Cathy Carswell '65 at the Audubon Country Club in Naples. Special guests President Eric Jensen and Elizabeth Jensen will be in attendance. Guest speaker to be announced soon. Registration opening soon.


Council for IWU Women Summit

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9

Save the Date for the Council for IWU Women 2019 Summit. The Summit is open to council women, alumnae, faculty, staff and students. Registration opening soon.


Pride Summit 2019

Saturday, Feb. 9

2-6 p.m.

Save the Date for the Pride Summit 2019. The Summit is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff. Registration opening soon.


Secret Swanky Soiree...

Tuesday, Feb. 19

6-8 p.m.

Young Alumni: Save the date for a Secret Swanky Soiree...[password required]. Details coming soon. It's sure to be the "cat's meow!"


Collegiate Choir Tour 2019

March 2 to March 19

Don't miss the Collegiate Choir on their Spring Tour! Listen to them at various stops including Springfield, Kankakee, Darien and Bloomington, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Skaneateles, New York; State College, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio and Canada.

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In recent highlights, Curt Nord ’74 obtained his real estate license and became affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Clearwater shortly after retiring to Palm Harbor, Florida.

Class Newsletters
  • Bill Murphy ’98, the subject of a Spring 2018 IWU Magazine feature, was named to the National Academy of Inventors’ Class of 2018 Fellows.

  • Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr co-authored "New distribution records for Euspondylus excelsum Chávez, Catenazzi & Venegas, 2017 (Reptilia, Gymnophthalmidae, Cercosaurinae) in Peru," published in the journal CheckList.
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