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Oct. 14, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

acacia Homecoming Highlights
We enjoyed reminiscing, revisiting, and creating new stories with you! See more photos, including Class Reunion celebrations. And more videos:
- Homecoming Highlights

- Alumni Award Winners
- Phoenix Gates Dedication

NawarajIntersection of Hindu Religion and Politics Considered in Faculty Book

A study considering the intersection of religion and politics surrounding the Hindu kingship ceremonies has been published by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Nawaraj Chaulagain.

Team League of Legends Team Captures Championship
Illinois Wesleyan's esports program has captured the championship in a national tournament in the program's second season, winning the UCI Best Coast Invitational championship on Oct. 10 in Irvine, California. Also reported by WGLT Radio.

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Titan Athletics
  • Class of 2018 alum Anthony Lunsford, a collegiate bowling standout at Ashford University before he transferred to Illinois Wesleyan, has been selected as the women's bowling coach.
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Titans In The News
Central Illinois Business

Alex Roth '09 and Donavan Laible '17 recently earned promotions at RSM's Champaign office.


Illinois Wesleyan named Anthony Lunsford '18 its head women's bowling coach.


The works of five IWU faculty members are on display at IWU's Merwin Gallery through this Thursday, Oct. 17.

Piatt County Journal-Republican

Sarah Perry '97, currently Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney, announced she will run for Piatt County State's Attorney next year.

The Pantagraph

IWU Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Hannah Mesouani and alum Monica (Simonin) Bullington '11 were recognized as part of The Pantagraph's 20 Under 40 program at the Leaders of Distinction reception.

The Pantagraph

Spencer Burbach '21 was tapped to perform the aria "She Appeared" from the opera Martha at the Classical Mandolin Society of America's annual convention held in Bloomington-Normal.

The DePaulia

IWU Professor of History Tom Lutze offered insight into China's National Day celebration.

The Pantagraph

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Melinda Rodriguez advanced through the "Blind Auditions" round of NBC's The Voice.

The Pantagraph

Karen Bussone, the director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan, wrote about the business of art.

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Alumni Events



Titan Mix and Learn – Northern California 
Saturday, November 2
3 - 6 p.m.

Join Illinois Wesleyan University alumni for a tour and hands-on activity at The Crucible in West Oakland, California.


Titan Connection - Chicago Region

Wednesday, November 6

6 - 8 p.m.

Emmett's Brewing Company - Downers Grove

"Decoding Dogs and Entertaining Elephants" – Have you ever wondered what dogs are thinking? Or, why animals act the way they do in general? Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong will share her research from the IWU Dog Scientists Lab, where she and IWU students study, hypothesize, and explore animal behavior. You'll want to hear their discoveries!


Titan Mixer - St. Louis
Wednesday, November 13
5 - 8 p.m.

Join Illinois Wesleyan University alumni and friends and relive the nostalgia of your childhood at Up-Down Arcade Bar in St. Louis.


Save the Date: Titan Connection - Arizona

Sunday, January 26, 2020

12:30 - 3 p.m.

McCormick Ranch Golf Club - Scottsdale, Arizona

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In recent highlights, Tim Braun '89 started a new job in August at Illinois Central College, teaching freshman and sophomore music theory. He will be performing on clarinet as a member of the Prairie Wind Ensemble and recently completed several arrangements for handbell choir that have been performed over the past year.

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Drexler Singers Alumni

A memorial service for Maxine Drexler, founder of the Drexler Singers at First Christian Church in Bloomington, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church.


The family is inviting all current and alumni Drexlers to sing with the choir in her honor that day.

The Drexler Singers hold yearly paid positions in the choir supported by a fund that Maxine Drexler set up in honor of her husband, Professor Emeritus Dwight Drexler, when he passed away.

Please RSVP to Holly Irvin (hirvin@blmfcc) and let her know whether you can come. If participation is not possible, please send a message or card to Holly at First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson, Bloomington, Illinois 61701.

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This newsletter is an electronic publication of Illinois Wesleyan University's Communications Office, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Engagement. To submit items of interest, email


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