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Feb. 25, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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mushrooms Entrepreneurial Fellowship Winners Grow Gourmet Mushroom Business
Computer science major Bryant Finkler '20 and business administration major Nick Showalter '20 are growing a gourmet mushroom business in central Illinois. As winners of the IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship, they were awarded a $5,000 grant to help develop their business idea. 

Corey State Farm Scholars Celebrated at Annual Luncheon
Corey Schieler '97, an IWU alum in his 22nd year as an investment professional at State Farm, spoke to student-scholarship recipients about State Farm's significant investment in their education during the University's annual State Farm Scholars Luncheon.

Ben and Fred Sestak '19 Named Outstanding Marketing Student
Benjamin Sestak '19 was named Illinois Wesleyan's Outstanding Marketing Student Award at the 58th annual American Marketing Association student conference in St. Louis.

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Titan Athletics
  • For the second straight season and the eighth time overall, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin postseason tournament and receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, after a win at Wheaton College on Saturday, Feb. 23.
  • The men's basketball team fell to No. 3-ranked Augustana in the CCIW semifinal in Rock Island on Friday, Feb. 22.
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Biophysicist Alison Sweeney ’01 explained how pollen gets its stunning diversity of shapes.

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With a donation of more than $20,000 to Special Olympics Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan athletes raised the most of any group participating in the Bloomington Polar Plunge. More coverage from WHOI and WEEK TV.

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Robert S. Eckley Distinguished Professor of Economics Mike Seeborg joined “Sound Ideas” to discuss the impact of the minimum wage hike in Illinois. 

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A rice repackaging project was held at Bloomington High School, in a partnership between Illinois Wesleyan’s Evelyn Chapel, local hospitals and religious groups.

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The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival was held at Illinois Wesleyan’s Presser Hall on Feb. 18.

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Titan basketball starter Doug Wallen ’21 helped his sister Lexi, who plays volleyball at Illinois State, get ready to play college basketball as well.

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Ted Nichelson ’93 performed on the same bill as Tom Hanks recently … though not how you might suspect, Bill Flick reports.


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Did you know? Congress in 1948 declared Feb. 3 to be “Chaplains Day” honoring four chaplains –  including Illinois Wesleyan graduate George Fox – who gave their own life jackets to sailors abandoning the Dorchester as it sank on Feb. 3, 1943. Also on VTDigger.

Blog: The Saint John's Bible

Illinois Wesleyan used The Saint John's Bible as an entry point for meaningful discussion with a diverse student body and for community engagement.

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Vivian Doctora, who will manage an upscale food court that functions as a small-business incubator in Uptown Normal, credits the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan for helping her learn business principles and connect to banks.


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Illinois Wesleyan's School of Theatre Arts presented a visually stunning production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

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IWU's Touch of Class was among nine collegiate a cappella groups competing in the Great Lakes Quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella on Feb. 23 at Illinois State University.

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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

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. Kankakee (March 8) and Darien concerts (March 16) will include alumni receptions.


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.


Pride Alumni Community Brunch and Discussion  
Sunday, March 10
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join us for a spring brunch and discussion open to all Pride alumni and friends.


Career Immersion Excursion: Chicago Alumni and Student Networking Event

Tuesday, March 12

6-8 p.m.

Meet our students in Chicago for a unique networking event featuring Dr. Stephen Ondra ’80, former White House Advisor, IWU Trustee and Distinguished Alumnus. Registration now open!


TEDxIWU 2019 "Becoming Human"

Saturday, March 23

9 a.m.-12 p.m., Hansen Student Center

Join us for the spreading of innovative ideas by IWU students, faculty, staff, alumni and Bloomington-Normal community members. For more information, visit


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. Registration is now open.


IWU Interfaith Summit: "Common Ground"  

Friday and Saturday, March 29-30

Alumni are invited to the second annual Interfaith Summit hosted by Evelyn Chapel. Chris Stedman will be the keynote speaker and workshop leader. Stedman is author of Faithiest: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious and is currently a fellow at Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and at the Christensen Center for Vocation, both at Augsburg University. The Summit also will feature interactive workshops led by students, faculty, staff, and alumni on a variety of interfaith engagement topics, lunch, a service project, and a Multifaith Sending Service. There is no cost to attend the Summit, and online registration will be available by Feb. 22.

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