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Feb. 11, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

Nyant Vora '19 Pursuing Patent for In-Home Sleep Study Invention
Senior biology major Niyant Vora is spending his final semester as an undergraduate student working toward earning a patent for his invention of an in-home polysomnogram device.

open house Changing Climates Research Showcased at Open House
Illinois Wesleyan students conducting research projects relating to the University's 2018-19 intellectual theme Changing Climates shared their work at a Course Cluster Open House at The Ames Library.

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Titan Athletics
  • Alec Marquardt '22 got second place in 1-meter diving and third place in the 3-meter event at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin diving championships, held at Illinois Wesleyan's Fort Natatorium on Saturday, Feb. 9.
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Titans In The News
Washington Post

Marti Lyons ’08 was nominated for a pair of Helen Hayes Awards, recognizing excellence in Washington area theatre.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan announced a 2.1 percent rise in spring enrollment from one year ago.

Morton (Ill.) Times-News

The Barn III Dinner Theatre and Event Center, under the direction of new owner and CEO Abby Reel ’04, opened its doors Thursday in Goodfield, Illinois. 


Associate Professor of Business Administration Fred Hoyt offered tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget.

Broadway World

The Lettermen, featuring Bobby Poynton '80, will perform at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California



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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.

Alumni Events

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.


Jazz Brunch

Sunday, March 3

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Join President Eric and Mrs. Elizabeth Jensen for a Jazz Brunch featuring Glenn Wilson and Friends.


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, Michelle Brand ’13 graduated in November 2018 from the Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP) program at Depaul University, earning a Master of Science in nursing. Michelle successfully passed boards in January 2019, qualifying to become a registered nurse.

Class Newsletters
  • An essay by R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath, “In the Manner of Michelangelo: John Updike’s The Poorhouse Fair," was published in the latest issue of The John Updike Review, Vol. 6 No. 2.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding has co-authored a paper, published in the journal Nature Communications, entitled “Light sheet microscopy with acoustic sample confinement."

    Spalding also has been invited by the Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology technical group of the Optical Society of America to give a talk on April 16 during the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

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