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Feb. 17, 2020

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TAG DayStudents Thank Donors on TAG Day
Students wrote postcards expressing their gratitude to those who make their Illinois Wesleyan education possible during "Thank a Giver (TAG) Day," which marks the symbolic point when tuition dollars run out and donor support kicks in for the remainder of the academic year.

TitanThonTitanThon Raises Over $22,000 "For the Kids"
The student-organized TitanThon raised a record-setting total of $22,284.49 for the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois.

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Titan Athletics
  • The men's and women's track and field teams competed at the annual Fighting Scots Invitational, hosted by Monmouth College on Feb. 15, with eight Titans finishing in the top three among various events.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

IWU students thanked donors Monday as part of annual "Thank a Giver Day" festivities.


IWU Professor and Chair of Psychology Jason Themanson is studying brain waves in baseball players to see if their ability to focus can be measured and improved.


Associate Professor and Director of the School of Theatre Arts Jean Kerr discussed the importance of diverse local programming, ahead of Lula Washington Dance Theatre's performance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.


Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke spoke about colorblind racism on Feb. 13 at Western Michigan University.

The Beverly Review

Joanna (Baffes) King '11 is among many employees to have found long-lasting relationships at Chicago's County Fair Foods, a neighborhood grocery store owned by her family.

The (Illinois State University) Daily Vidette

Hannah Mesouani was named director of Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Broadway World

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Melinda Rodriguez made her debut performance at Birdland, an acclaimed New York jazz club.

Highbrow Magazine

Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary explained women's interest in true crime, seen in the popularity of podcasts on Spotify.



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Alumni Events

View Presidential Welcome Tour Events



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


Titan Mixer - St. Louis
Thursday, February 27  |  5:30 - 9 p.m.
Steinberg Skating Rink - St. Louis, Missouri


Co-Choir Pre-Tour
Saturday, February 29  |  7:30 p.m.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church - LaGrange, Illinois





Co-Choir Pre-Tour
Tuesday, March 3  |  7:30 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist - Kankakee, Illinois


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, Ann Erickson '08 is a Legal Writer for Law Bulletin Media. She graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2012. Previously, she was practicing law at a small law firm, Morrison & Mix, for 6.5 years.

Class Newsletters
  • The 100 Greatest Literary Characters, co-authored by R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English and Professor of English James Plath, was listed by Choice among a selection of the best titles reviewed in its December 2019 edition. Choice is a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, and is considered the leader in the provision of objective, high-quality evaluations of nonfiction academic writing.

  • Matt Wennmaker '10 was named executive director of the Illinois Junior Golf Association.
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