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Feb. 4, 2019

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Campus News

Scott Walter Named University Librarian
Scott Walter – a respected library leader, scholar, educator, and consultant with nearly two decades of senior library leadership experience – will succeed Karen Schmidt as University Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan, effective May 8.

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Titan Athletics
  • In the first match of new head coach Sam Totten's tenure, the Illinois Wesleyan men's tennis team claimed a 9-0 win over Aurora University on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington.
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Sustainability Survey

David Werner '21, a sophomore political science and economics double major, is the Student Senate Sustainability Commissioner. The Sustainability Committee is seeking to gather information on how much our alumni value Illinois Wesleyan's commitment to environmental sustainability.

Please take this quick survey to help with their report to the Board of Trustees:
Sustainability Committee Alumni Survey

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
The Pantagraph

Celebrating a campus community that engages with bigger questions and unique interests in active ways, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ask one another "What Are You Working On?"

Chicago Tribune

Joshua Bidzinski ’07 was promoted to partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP.

WGLT Radio

Associate Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera provided insight into the impact of extreme cold on car batteries.

The Pantagraph

Doug Moews ’88 was inducted into the (Bloomington, Ill.) Central Catholic High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Pantagraph

Scott Walter was named Illinois Wesleyan's University Librarian, to succeed retiring Karen Schmidt.

GQ Magazine

Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research on women's interest in true crime stories, and Netflix's You.

WGLT Radio

Vice President for Advancement Steve Seibring discussed new tax rules and other potential impacts on charitable giving.

The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan head baseball coach Dennis Martel, a New England native, cheered on the Patriots to win another Super Bowl.


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Alumni Events

School of Theatre Arts Class of 2019 Senior Showcase

TONIGHT! Monday, Feb. 4
Join us to see the seniors of Illinois Wesleyan's School of Theatre Arts perform First You Dream.


Council for IWU Women Summit

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9

The Summit is open to council women, alumnae, faculty, staff and students.


Pride Summit 2019

Saturday, Feb. 9

2-6 p.m.

The Summit is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff.


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.   


Titans Roaring Soiree

Tuesday, Feb. 19

6-8 p.m.

Young alumni (graduates of the last decade) are invited to this exclusive one-of-a-kind event. It's sure to be the "cat's meow!" Space is limited; registration now open.


Unity Gala

Saturday, March 2
7 p.m.-midnight
Save the date for the 2nd annual Unity Gala, a semi-formal event for IWU students, faculty, staff and alumni to come together in celebration and style.


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.



Career Immersion Excursion: Chicago Alumni and Student Networking Event

Tuesday, March 12

6-8 p.m.

Save the Date to join us for a unique networking event featuring Dr. Stephen Ondra ’80, former White House Advisor, IWU Trustee and Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Ondra will share his views on “The Changing American Health System.”


Titan Connection - Florida

Sunday, March 24

3-5 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be Joey Kiper '22 and special guests President Eric and Elizabeth Jensen will be joining us. 

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In recent highlights, Kwabena A. Appenteng ’04 was promoted to shareholder for Littler’s Chicago Office. Littler is the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing employers.

Class Newsletters
  • Marina Balina, Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian, participated in the following:

    • In September of 2018, was a plenary speaker for the conference on Soviet Children’s literature at the University of Cleremont - Ferrand, France.
    • In October-November of 2018, she was invited as Ella and Fred Wiswell Visiting Professor to the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She gave lectures and taught seminars on a variety of topics including Russian and Soviet fairy tales, autobiography, and Russian children’s literature and culture.
    • In December of 2018, she presented at the annual convention of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies on “Performing Childhood in Post-Soviet Autobiographical Writing.”
    • In May of 2019, Balina will be the keynote speaker at the International Conference The Child and the Book, Zadar, Croatia.
  • Her new edited volume on Hans-Christian Andersen and Russia, Marina Balina and Mads Jessen, eds. Odense: University of Southern Denmark Press, is forthcoming in May 2019. She is the author of the introduction and a chapter on “Such an Un-Soviet Soviet Andersen: Biography as Metonymy.”
    In addition, Balina has published:
    • “Children's Literature at the Second Congress of Soviet Writers” (in Russian) in The Second Congress of Russian Writers, 1954. Valery Viugin and Konstantin Bogdanov, eds, St. Petersburg: Aleteiia, 2018, Pp. 167-195.
    • “Writing Usable Future: Narratives of War Childhood.” Special issue of Filoteknos on “Representations of War in Children’s and YA Literature in Russia and Eastern Europe.” Larissa Rudova and Dorota Michulka, eds. Wroclaw: University of Wroclaw Press, Spring 2018, Vol. 8, 2018, Pp. 7-19.
    • “ Writing History for Soviet Children” (in Russian) in Children’s Readings 13: 1, Ekaterinburg- St. Petersburg: Kabinetnyi uchenyi, 2018, Pp: 115-142.
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