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Aug. 3, 2020

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ClaireClass of 2020 Honored at Virtual Commencement
Illinois Wesleyan University celebrated more than 380 graduating members of the Class of 2020 in a virtual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2.


Stephanie Davis-Kahl Named University Librarian
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, a member of Illinois Wesleyan's library faculty since 2004, has been named University Librarian and Copyright Officer.


Illinois Wesleyan Announces Spring 2020 Dean's List
Illinois Wesleyan's Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year included 831 students from 29 states and 16 countries.


Summer/Fall Magazine Features Titans in the Time of COVID-19
The latest edition of the Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine, now in mailboxes and online, features Titans on the front lines of the pandemic response.

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Titan Athletics


  • With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to present challenges to the campuses and communities throughout the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, and after thorough consideration of new NCAA guidelines, the CCIW Council of Presidents announced the suspension of all fall intercollegiate sports.
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Titans In The News
Illinois Wesleyan celebrated its Class of 2020 in a virtual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2. Also see coverage from WJBC Radio and a preview from The Pantagraph.

Food Business News

Thomas Welge '92 was named president and chief executive officer of Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. by the company's board of directors.

The Pantagraph

Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews '66 is working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, calling Kansas City Royals games from his kitchen.

The Pantagraph
Director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone wrote about the impact of COVID-19 on minority- and women-owned businesses.

Justin Zamirowski '97 was named Better Therapeutics' chief commercial officer.



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Titan Talks: Webinar Series


Front Line Leaders in the Fight Against COVID-19
Presenters: Dr. Ben Killey '99, Emergency Room Doctor; Janna Morgan '10, RN, Intensive Care Nurse; Dr. Paul Pedersen '73, Chief Medical Officer at OSF

Moderator: Dr. Vickie Folse '86, Professor, Director and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing; Interim Executive Director of Counseling and Health Services
Tuesday, August 4  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT

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, Andrew Villaseñor '13 received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. He will continue his medical training in an internal medicine-preliminary residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.
Class Newsletters

  • Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Knoll '89 was invited to present on June 25 for the NICU Therapy Research Laboratory at USC Chan Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She highlighted her PIOMI program in the presentation "Oral Motor Therapy by Parents: How You Can Partner to Get Your Preemie HOME" as part of a free webinar series for NICU caregivers during the pandemic.

  • Josephine Gurira '67, reference services librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Karrmann Library, was honored with the university's 2020 Outstanding Woman of Color Award.
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