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Jan. 6, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

WilliamDr. William Farrar '71 Named CEO of Major Cancer Hospital and Research Institute
Illinois Wesleyan biology alumnus Dr. William Farrar '71 was named CEO of the Ohio State University Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

RachelEntrepreneurship Fellowship Winner Plans Luxury Pet Hotel
Senior business administration major Rachel Rosch '20 is the recipient of the $5,000 IWU Entrepreneurship Fellowship for "Amber's Playground," a luxury pet boarding business she plans to open in northwest suburban Chicago.

AyanaStudents Present Original Research at STEM Conference
Biochemistry major Ayana Blair '21 and biology major Lilia Garcia '21 recently presented their original undergraduate research at the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) 2019 Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

AlmudenaRenowned Spanish Filmmaker Returns to Campus For Screening
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Almudena Carracedo returned to campus in November to present screenings of her two documentaries, Made in L.A. (2007) and The Silence of Others (2018).

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Titan Athletics
  • Former Illinois Wesleyan men's golfer Shane Smith '13 earned regular season status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the upcoming season with his performance at the qualifying tournament finals, Dec. 12-15.
  • Former Titan track and cross country standout Amanda Macuiba '16  qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon, by running the California International Marathon in 2:44:29, on Dec. 8.
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Titans In The News
Finance & Commerce

Shaye Mandle '93, the president and CEO of Medical Alley Association, was a panelist in a discussion on the anticipated technological and economic renaissance in Rochester, Minnesota.

Effingham Daily News

Kameron Roberts '23 played the role of conductor in an interactive Polar Express event that benefited CASA of Effingham County.





Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Fuist offered commentary on the gender imbalance in music, in an in-depth report also featuring vocalist and former IWU Technology Trainer Kate Browne.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan hosted a disaster preparedness workshop, including lessons learned from a devastating tornado that struck Washington, Illinois, in 2013. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and WJBC-Radio.

Wednesday Journal

The Oak Park and River Forest High School community mourned the loss of former teacher and administrator Jason Dennis '99, who died Dec. 18.

Daily Southtown

Beyond Pedagogy, a juried exhibition at Prairie State College's Christopher Art Gallery, features work by art faculty from Illinois colleges and universities, including IWU Assistant Professor of Art Joshua Lowe.

The Pantagraph

Retired IWU Librarian Karen Schmidt will receive the adult Martin Luther King Award at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Bloomington Human Relations Commission.

(Oak Park) Oak Leaves

Mark Anderson '93 and his siblings Erik and Lauren performed their third annual Anderson Family Holiday Jamboree at FitzGerald's in Berwyn, Illinois.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times

Kate Tombaugh '07 and IWU adjunct instructors Nancy Pounds and Laurel Beard performed in Messiah at St. Paul's Church in Streator, Illinois.

(Lake Forest) Lake Forester

Lisa Leali '99, currently chief education officer at Kenilworth School District 38, was named the next superintendent at Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65.

The Pantagraph

A new book co-edited by Dan Terkla, IWU emeritus professor of English, focuses on the seven most significant English maps of the world from the 12th and 13th centuries.


Former IWU staff member Reenie Bradley and her husband established a donation allowing local public libraries to circulate family passes to the Miller Park Zoo. Also in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph

Isaac Simmons '20, a candidate for ordination within the United Methodist Church, was cautiously optimistic about news of an amicable split of the church over issues involving same-sex marriage and ordination of gay clergy.





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Alumni Events

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January 2020


Titan Mixer - Arizona
Network with young alumni (graduates of the last 15 years)
Thursday, January 23  |  5 - 7 p.m.
The Harp Pub - Mesa, Arizona


Presidential Welcome Tour - Arizona
Sunday, January 26  |  12:30 - 3 p.m.
McCormick Ranch Golf Club - Scottsdale, Arizona



Jack Sikma Hall of Fame Celebration
Saturday, February 1, 2020  |  6 - 8 p.m. 
Hansen Student Center, Center Court


School of Theatre Arts (SoTA) Senior Showcase
Monday, February 3, 2020  |  6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Stage 773 - Chicago, Illinois 


IWU Council for Women Summit
Friday, February 21 - Saturday, February 22  | Time TBD
Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington





Presidential Welcome Tour - Florida 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club - Naples, Florida


Career Immersion Excursion Student and Alumni Networking Event
Tuesday, March 10  
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas  |  4:30 - 6 p.m.
Texas Live! 
|  6 - 8:30 p.m.


Pride Alumni Community Student and Alumni Panel  
Thursday, March 26 |  8 - 10 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan University - Memorial Center, Turfler Room 





Presidential Welcome Tour - Chicago 
Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 3 - 5 p.m.
The Metropolitan - Chicago

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In recent highlights, Lucinda (Cindy) Cline Bufford '77 was awarded the Georgia State recognition award at the Southeast Regional Conference of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurses society in Columbus, Georgia. The award recognizes her contribution, service, outstanding leadership, and dedication to the advancement of WOC nursing. Cindy has been a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia for 20 years and has worked there as an RN for 37 years.

Class Newsletters
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Midwest Scouting Supervisor Gary Nickels '68 was named Scout of the Year by Major League Baseball at its Winter Meetings in December 2019. Gary was previously inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame and the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

  • Joe Musso '13 joined CBS Sports HQ as an anchor in December 2019. He previously served as a sports anchor for KOVR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music John Orfe received a 2019 ASCAP Plus Award in recognition of his professional activity as a composer.
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