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May 6, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

grads Illinois Wesleyan Celebrates Class of 2019
More than 400 graduating members of the Class of 2019 joined the ranks of Titan alumni during Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 5. See a photo gallery or watch the ceremony on video.

Pembroke Three Students Accepted to Oxford's Pembroke Program
Three Illinois Wesleyan students – Samira Kassem '21, Thao "Jenny" Le '21, and Rachel McCarthy '21 – have been accepted to spend their junior year studying at Pembroke College, University of Oxford in England.

Bill The Prom, Produced by Damaschke '85, Nominated for Seven Tonys
Broadway musical comedy The Prom, produced by Illinois Wesleyan theatre alum Bill Damaschke '85, has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Brandon Chopp '19 Earns Phi Beta Kappa Award for Frank Zappa Research
History major and Hispanic studies minor Brandon Chopp '19 won IWU's Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award, recognizing undergraduate research that engages, translates, and bridges academic disciplines or crosses traditional academic boundaries.

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Titan Athletics

A roundup of Titan champions:

  • For the third straight year and third time overall, the Illinois Wesleyan women's lacrosse team will play in the NCAA Division III national tournament, competing at Tucci Stadium on Sunday, May 12, and hosting the Saturday game between Hamline University and Rhodes College, also at Tucci Stadium.

  • Also for the third straight year and third time overall, the men's lacrosse team will play in the NCAA Division III national tournament, hosting Rhodes College in a second round game on Wednesday, May 8, at Tucci Stadium.

  • The softball team downed Carthage on Saturday, May 4, to win its third straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) tournament championship, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. Illinois Wesleyan has won five of the last six conference titles and is a 14-time CCIW Softball Tournament champion.

  • The IWU men's golf team won its eighth straight CCIW team championship and will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, which will be held May 14-17 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Bill Damaschke ’85 is the producer of the Broadway musical The Prom, nominated for seven Tony Awards.

The (Carbondale, Ill.) Southern Illinoisan

Illinois Wesleyan students were among those participating in the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in March; the summit’s final report was delivered to state leaders last week.

WGLT Radio

Former military surgeon and health care policy advisor Stephen Ondra ’80, who delivered Illinois Wesleyan’s Commencement address, talked with WGLT about the future of health care.

Bureau County Republican

Nevana Ahrends '63, a region director for the Illinois Retired Teacher's Association State Board, will speak at a meeting of the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan University celebrated its graduates at Commencement on Sunday, May 5. 

Chicago Tribune

Associate Professor of Music Vadim Mazo will conduct the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra in a musical piece commissioned to celebrate the orchestra's 45th anniversary.

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Alumni Events

Titan Connection – North Carolina

Sunday, May 19

1-3 p.m.

Join fellow alumni and friends for the Titan Connection in Chapel Hill, North Carolina! Our guest speaker will be Emily Kelahan Ph. D., Associate Professor of Philosophy. Registration now open!


Titan Connection –  Northern California

Sunday, June 9

1-3 p.m.

Join fellow alumni and friends for the Titan Connection in San Francisco! Our guest speaker will be Gabe Spalding Ph.D., who is the B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics. Registration opening soon.


Titan Connection –  Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 19
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join fellow alumni and friends for the Titan Connection in Washington, D.C.! Our guest speaker will be David Priess '93, author of How to Get Rid of a President and The President's Book of Secrets. Registration opening soon.


Titan Connection - Washington 
Sunday, July 21
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join fellow alumni and friends for the Titan Connection in Washington! Our guest speaker will be Dennie Bridges '61, former IWU Men's Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics. Also joining us will be special guest Jack Sikma '77, NBA Hall of Famer. Registration opening soon.

Network Summer Picnic 
Sunday, August 4
2-4 p.m.
Join fellow alumni and friends at the annual Network Summer Picnic! Stay tuned for more information. Registration opening soon. 

24th Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing  
Monday, September 9
Join us for the 24th Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing at Mistwood Golf Club! 12 p.m. shotgun start with dinner at 5 p.m. Registration opening soon. 

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In recent highlights, Captain Steven Riesenberg ’87 retired from the Illinois State Police following a 31 year career in law enforcement. His daughter, Kelsey Riesenberg, will attend IWU this fall as part of the Class of 2023. Read more.

Class Newsletters
  • Associate Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz will speak as part of the Center for the Writing Arts Reading Series at Northwestern University on Tuesday, May 7.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology physicist Brian Simonds ’05 discussed the organization’s research to improve understanding of laser welding, the physics of which is surprisingly complex. A better understanding of the interaction between laser and metal could give industry more control over the technology that is becoming increasingly popular in manufacturing.
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