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Illinois Wesleyan University

May 20, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Distributed bimonthly during the summer

Titan Athletics
Titan Illinois Wesleyan Claims 8th National Championship
  • Titan athletics now boasts eight NCAA Division III national team championships, with a first championship for the Titan men's golf team on Friday, May 17.

  • A ninth championship remains a possibility yet this spring, as the softball team returns to the final round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships for its fourth straight season, after winning a pair of Super Regional elimination games against Carthage at IWU Softball Field on Saturday, May 18.
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Campus News

Becky Roesner Honored for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences
Chair and Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Roesner earned the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her work furthering diversity and promoting inclusivity.

Muyi Yang '18 Awarded Rotary Peace Fellowship
Illinois Wesleyan alum Jia "Muyi" Yang '18 was awarded a 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship by Rotary International to pursue a master's degree in peace and conflict studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Payton Letko '19 Earns Technos International Prize
Senior Payton Letko '19 won the 2019 Technos International Prize in recognition of her academic excellence and her contributions to broadening international ties.

Hawaii Students Immersed in Transcultural Healthcare in Hawaii
Students of all majors are spending May Term in Hawaii studying the historical, geographical, and cultural factors that impact health care and health care delivery on the islands.

SSC Sierra Student Coalition Talks Climate Change with Retirement Community
As both younger and older generations face mounting concerns surrounding climate change, students in Illinois Wesleyan's Sierra Student Coalition recently met with Westminster Village retirees to discuss the future of our planet.

Video Commencement Memories
Dave O'Neil ’21 produced this video highlighting Commencement for the Class of 2019. Congratulations, graduates!

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Titans In The News
(Peoria, Ill.) Journal Star

Alex Tosi ’10 made his Major League Baseball umpiring debut on May 11, as he worked both games of a doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers at Target Field in Minneapolis.

(Washington, Penn.) Observer-Reporter

Former IWU professor, registrar and associate provost Jeffrey A. Frick was named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Washington & Jefferson College.

The Pantagraph

Prairie Fire Theatre’s How To Be a Superhero, featuring IWU faculty and students, will be performed at nearly 50 schools and public venues this month.

WGLT Radio

Sports Information Director Stew Salowitz ’76, who has announced he is retiring this year, reflected on his three decades with Titan athletics. He was also interviewed on WJBC Radio.

The Pantagraph

Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger is part of the McLean County Interfaith Alliance.

Detroit Free Press

Bob Berg ’65, a longtime confidant of former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, died at 76. More coverage from The Detroit News and Crain’s Detroit Business.

WGLT Radio

Bill Damaschke ’85 joined “Sound Ideas” to talk about his musical The Prom, recently nominated for seven Tony Awards.

LEO Weekly

Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary offered insight into women’s fascination with true crime.

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Alumni Events

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 now open!


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 now open!


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, Bryonha Parham ’07 is currently on a national tour in Falsettos with performances in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, North Carolina, where she plays Dr. Charlotte.

Class Newsletters
  • Cassini, a poem by Associate Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz, was featured in The Missouri Review, one of the nation's most highly regarded literary magazines.

  • Rachel Short '09, is part of a team that identified a new species of ancient rhinoceros, Teleoceras aepysoma, from the late Hemphillian-aged Gray Fossil Site of eastern Tennessee. She is lead author of the published findings and currently a doctoral candidate in the department of ecosystem science and management at Texas A&M University.
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