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Jan. 21, 2019

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Campus News

Festival singer Annual Gospel Fest Rescheduled
The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival will feature performances by some of the area's leading gospel groups on Monday, Feb. 18 – rescheduled from MLK Day due to weather.

book Burke Tackles Modern Racism in New Book

Fighting against racism requires more than simply ignoring race, as Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke explores in her book Colorblind Racism.

Naomi Oreskes Addresses Science in a Changing Climate

As the global climate changes, so too has the climate for science, according to internationally renowned geologist, science historian and author Naomi Oreskes, who spoke at Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day Convocation.

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Titan Athletics
  • Senior Brady Rose '19 is one of 100 players on the first watch list for the 2019 Bevo Francis Award, announced by Small College Basketball and honoring the finest men's players in the country who compete in levels below NCAA Division I.
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Titans In The News

Todd French ’93 is the founder of, the world’s largest and most active online wine forum.

Chicago Sun-Times

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Illinois Wesleyan on Feb. 10, 1966 was recounted in recognition of the civil rights leader’s legacy in Illinois. More coverage from the (Jacksonville, Ill.) Journal-Courier.

WGLT Radio

IWU professor Diego Mendez-Carbajo weighed in on the local impact of the longest government shutdown in history.

Green Bay (Wis.) Press Gazette

IWU photographer/ videographer Jason Reblando opened his exhibit, “New Deal Utopias,” at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

Springfield (Ill.) Business Journal

Stephen Paul Antonacci ’90 was named president and CEO of Security Bank.

WGLT Radio

Charlene Carruthers ’07 spoke with WGLT ahead of her keynote address at IWU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In.

The Lobbying Show Podcast

P.J. Hoffman ’03, the director of regulatory affairs at Electronic Transaction Associations, talked about his past, present and future.

The Pantagraph

Internationally renowned geologist, science historian and author Naomi Oreskesdelivered the keynote address at the Founders’ Day Convocation; also see photos from The Pantagraph.

WGLT Radio

An exhibit at The Ames Library, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” allows a comprehensive look into the lives of Native Americans, exploring the connections between wellness and cultural life.

WGLT Radio

Although recreational marijuana may become legal in Illinois, cannabis use on Illinois Wesleyan University property will remain against the Student Code of Conduct, said Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

The Pantagraph

Faculty Grants Manager Shireen Schrock discussed the impact of the government shutdown on grants.



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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

Registration is now open for the School of Theatre Arts Class of 2019 Senior Showcase.


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.


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.


Milwaukee Pre-Game Social

Saturday, Feb. 16

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Join fellow alumni for a pre-game social at Cafe Bavaria before the Titans take on the Pioneers at Carroll University. The women's game starts at 2 p.m., followed by the men's game at 4 p.m.   


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.


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.

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In recent highlights, IWU Trustee Jill (Misener) York ’85 was named to the 2018 list of “Chicago’s Notable Women in Commercial Banking,” published by Crain’s Chicago Business. She is executive vice president of specialty banking and mergers and acquisitions for MB Financial Bank.

Class Newsletters
  • Professor of Physics Linda French, currently Program Director/Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, gave a talk entitled "Explaining Algol: Spots or Eclipses" to a joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science and the European Society for the History of Science in London, England, in September. In addition:
    • In October, French represented the National Science Foundation on a panel at the Division for Planetary Sciences in Knoxville,Tennessee.
    • The February issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, available at bookstores and The Ames Library, includes an article authored by French, "Explaining Algol."
    • The December newsletter of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society includes a piece authored by French on the naming of variable stars.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding gave an invited talk in Houston, Texas, on “Experiment-based Resources for Teaching Optics & Photonics, Applied Laser Physics & Imaging Science," at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, in a session entitled “The New Advanced Lab.”
    In addition, Spalding has assumed office as Director At Large of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

  • The Altered Sound Duo performed the world premiere of Shades of Play for soprano saxophone and percussion by Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo on Jan. 11, as part of the Navy Band Symposium at George Mason University.
    In addition, Vayo's professional website was chosen recently for inclusion in the Library of Congress's Commissioned Composers Web Archive; his Signals was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundations in the Library of Congress in 1997.
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.

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