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July 20, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Distributed biweekly during summer months

Campus News

Grad surveySurvey Finds 97% of 2019 Graduates Employed or Continuing Higher Learning
The Hart Career Center's annual First Destination Survey found that 97.2% of 2019 graduates were employed or enrolled in higher education programs within six months of graduating from Illinois Wesleyan.


Students Co-Author Peer-Reviewed Thyroid Hormone Research
Previously a scientific mystery, a team of six Illinois Wesleyan University student researchers recently resolved why increasing levels of thyroid hormone support faster rates of nerve growth within the eye.


ShannonShannon Zenk '95 Named Director of National Institute of Nursing Research
Shannon Zenk '95 — Illinois Wesleyan's 2012 School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award recipient — was recently named director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Nursing Research.


Cavender '21 Earns Grant for Local High School Literary and Art Journal
Through Illinois Wesleyan's Action Research Seminar, Katie Cavender '21 earned a $3,310 "Beyond the Books" grant to fund a student literary and art journal for local high school students.

Hansen Student CenterBookstore Partner to Offer New Products and Services
Illinois Wesleyan has partnered with Follett, the largest campus retailer in North America, to manage the University's bookstore, bringing new products, savings and support to the IWU community.

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Titan Athletics


  • Rob Wuethrich '21 of the Illinois Wesleyan University men's golf team has been named the 2020 recipient of the Jack Nicklaus National Division III Player of the Year Award, the first IWU player to win the award in program history

  • Recent softball alumna Ally Wiegand '20 was nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

International students at Illinois Wesleyan and throughout the U.S. have faced added challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holland (Mich.) Sentinel

Former IWU volleyball standout Kyleigh Block '18 was named an assistant volleyball coach at Hope College.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Tonya Horn '01, president of Rogards Office Plus and a past Central Illinois Business 40 Under 40 honoree, was featured in a series spotlighting local leaders.

WGLT Radio

Retired IWU economics faculty member Michael Seeborg said Congress should extend COVID-19 jobless benefits past July, but develop a plan to phase them out once jobless rates fall below 10%.

(Alton, Ill.) Riverbender

IWU President S. Georgia Nugent was among university leaders expressing relief at the federal government's decision to rescind its recent policy and allow international students to retain their visas if attending exclusively online courses.

CultureMap Fort Worth

Soprano Megan Koch '17, Lesley Resident Artist with the Fort Worth Opera, performed in a July 4th concert which is available for streaming online.


Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed the growth of the true crime genre in new platforms.


Illinois Wesleyan raised over $1 million during its annual All In for Illinois Wesleyan day of giving. Also reported by The Pantagraph.

(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Rachel Carreras '12 performed on "Cabaret Games," an online competition among suburban theater groups.

The Pantagraph

Vickie Folse '86, professor and director of the School of Nursing and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing, anticipates a strengthened partnership in placing students for internship and clinical experiences as Carle Health acquires Advocate BroMenn.

The Pantagraph

BroMenn and Eureka hospital patient safety director Kristie Wolfe '95 attended a celebration of the acquisition of Advocate hospitals by Carle Health.

PBS NewsHour

Charlene Carruthers '07 was interviewed for a report on "2 Views on the Future of American Policing."

More Titans in the News
Titan Talks: Webinar Series


Two upcoming Webinars will be presented by the Office of Alumni Engagement in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:


Activism and Advocacy in the Latinx Community
Presenters: Melissa Ramirez '14, Citlalli Gonzalez '18, Tristan Gunn '04
Moderator: Yesenia Martinez Calderon '20

Tuesday, July 21 – 12 - 1 p.m. CDT
Register here


White Allyship and Solidarity: How to Be Part of the Solution Against Anti-Black Racism
Presenters: Kevin Carey '13, Jessica Bondalapati '11, Dr. Libby Haywood
Moderator: Nicole Chlebek '16
Tuesday, July 28  – 12 - 1 p.m. CDT
Register here

View Past Webinar Recordings

Class Newsletter Highlight
Keep up with the latest news and photos from your classmates! When you visit your Class Newsletter, you can subscribe via email by submitting your address under "subscribe to my posts."

In recent highlights, sixth grade Social Studies teacher Kenneth French '84 was named a finalist for the Vanderburgh County (Indiana) 2020 Outstanding Educators of the Year award for middle schools.
Class Newsletters

  • Professor of Anthropology Rebecca Mafazy published "Teaching Self-Representation through Collaborative Visual Ethnography," highlighting work by IWU students, as part of the Embodying Reciprocity Series on the anthropology blog Footnotes.

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Funk was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding gave an invited talk entitled "The Future of Optics is Programmable" at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (the first time this national conference has been held virtually).

  • Qingfan Jiang '12 has been awarded an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship by the American Musicological Society for her dissertation, "Toward a Global Enlightenment: Music, Missionaries, and the Construction of a Universal History in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century China and Europe." This is considered the most prestigious Ph.D. dissertation award in musicology. Jiang earned her master's in musicology from Rice University and is pursuing her Ph.D., also in musicology, from Columbia University.
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