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July 8, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Distributed bimonthly during the summer

Campus News

Georgia Georgia Nugent Named Interim President of Illinois Wesleyan University
S. Georgia Nugent, Ph.D., Kenyon College president emerita, has been appointed by Illinois Wesleyan's Board of Trustees to serve as interim president, effective Aug. 15.

Kelly and Crystal Grads Win Top Honors at 2019 National Student Auditions
Crystal Muro '19 won first place and Kelly Riordan '19 took second place in the Upper College/Independent Studio Women category at the 2019 National Student Auditions, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Henryken Liu '21 Earns Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship
Mathematics and physics double major Henryken "Minzhao" Liu '21 (Dalian, China) was recently selected from an international pool of candidates to receive an Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship from the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Greenhouse Community Greenhouse Blooms from Partnership
A group of first-year Illinois Wesleyan students helped grow a community greenhouse from an idea to reality this spring, in collaboration with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP).

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Titan Athletics
TitanIllinois Wesleyan student-athletes were honored for academic achievements:
  • Lisa Cheng, Ellen Gilbert and Megan Wong are among swimmers and divers named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team for the 2018-19 season.
  • The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) honored graduated seniors J.C Grabarek and Will Rossi of the IWU men's lacrosse team as USILA/Warrior and New Balance Scholar All-Americans.
  • The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association has named the Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's swimming and diving teams to its Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

S. Georgia Nugent was named Illinois Wesleyan's interim president, to serve during the 2019-20 academic year. More coverage from WGLT-RadioWJBC-Radio and The Vidette.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Scott Schoonover ’93 is the founding artistic director of St. Louis’ Union Avenue Opera, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019.

(Asheville, N.C.) Mountain Xpress

The Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, under the direction David Wilken ’92, staged a patriotic concert on July 4.


The Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical The Prom, produced by Bill Damaschke ’85, will star Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande, among others.

(Kankakee, Ill.) Daily Journal

Jack Sikma ’77 reunited with high school teammates in a visit to his hometown ahead of his Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction in September 2019.

The (DeKalb, Ill.) MidWeek

Vocalist Karen (Manley) Kahler ’91 headlined the DeKalb Municipal Band’s annual “Star Spangled Spectacular" on July 4 in DeKalb.


Illinois Wesleyan is listed among the best colleges and universities that offer esports scholarships.

WGLT Radio

Provost Mark Brodl discussed new minors being added to Illinois Wesleyan's academic program this fall.

The Pantagraph

An assistant director in the University of Illinois Athletics Communications office, Brett Moore '10 is serving as press officer for USA Baseball this summer.

Rockford (Ill.) Register Star

Caitlin (Ludwig) Pusateri '08 was highlighted as part of the Register Star's "Next Up" series, highlighting future leaders of the Rock River Valley.


In a roundup of the best true crime podcasts, Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary is quoted on public fascination with the topic.



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Alumni Events

Titan Connection - Washington 
Sunday, July 21
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join fellow Titans in celebration of Jack Sikma '77, soon to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Sikma and Dennie Bridges '61, former IWU men's basketball coach and athletic director, will share stories of this Titan's journey to the Hall of Fame.


Network Summer Picnic 
Sunday, August 4
2-5 p.m.
Join fellow alumni and friends at the annual Network Summer Picnic at the home of Dave Darling '79 and Genie Darling. Registration now open.


Titan Day at the Races 
Saturday, August 14

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Join fellow alumni and friends for a fun day at the races at the Arlington International Racecourse! Enjoy lunch, drinks, and a great view from the Canopy Finish Line as you connect with fellow Titans and cheer on your favorite horse.

Indiana Mixer 
Tuesday, August 29

5-7 p.m.
Connect with alumni and friends at Blind Owl Brewery for happy hour. Appetizers will be provided.


24th Annual Titan Alumni and Friends Golf Outing  
Monday, September 9

Noon start; 5 p.m. dinner
Join us for the 24th Annual Titan Alumni Golf Outing at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Illinois. Registration now open.

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In recent highlights, Jerry Hahn '61 recently stopped by campus to donate some of his beloved camera equipment to the Illinois Wesleyan Ames School of Art.

Class Newsletters
  • Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey published an essay titled "The End of College?" in the online journal The Account.
    Robey also published an article titled "Androgynes, Amazons, Agenes: Transgender Studies and the College Girl, 1878" in the journal Legacy, vol. 36, no. 1.
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