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Aug. 17, 2020

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ConvocationNew Student Convocation
Illinois Wesleyan officially welcomed first-year and transfer students during New Student Convocation, held virtually via Zoom, on Aug. 11. The incoming class includes 62 first-generation students along with 64 legacy Titans, who had a close family member attend IWU.

TreyShort Honored with Starkey Award
Trey Short, senior instructional technologist who played a critical role in IWU's rapid transition to teaching, learning and working in an online environment, is the 2020 recipient of Illinois Wesleyan's Max L. Starkey Service Award. He has served the University for 31 years.

GardenMy Summer at the Peace Garden
Economics and political science major David Werner '21 gives a first-hand account of the meaning and wisdom found in his summer working at Illinois Wesleyan's Peace Garden, which complemented his internship at West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Veggie Oasis.

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Julia DeMotte '24 discussed Illinois Wesleyan's COVID-19 precautions as she prepares to start her college career, while Lizzie Maguire '21 returns to campus with cautious optimism for her senior year.
The Pantagraph

Among modifications to semester kickoff traditions at Illinois Wesleyan, students gathered (in socially distanced fashion) around Aspiration Fountain to talk about their goals.

The Pantagraph

Erin (Ready) Patton '94, who spent the past 15 years as senior Vice President of Plan Services for Alliance Benefit Group in Peoria, has joined Striegel Knobloch & Co. in Bloomington. 


A busy summer for IWU golfer Rob Wuethrich '21 was highlighted by winning the Jack Nicklaus Award and meeting the legendary golfer.

The (Green Bay, Wis.) Press Times

Former IWU All-American golfer Conner O'Neil '18 won the Brown County Amateur golf tournament.

The Pantagraph

World War II veterans, including Art Leach '42, recalled "VJ Day" on the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.

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WebinarsTitan Talks: Webinar Series – A lifelong learning and engagement opportunity for the Illinois Wesleyan community from the Office of Alumni Engagement.


The Future of the School of Music
Presenter: Dr. Franklin Larey, Director and Professor of the School of Music
Moderator: Todd French '93, President, String Works, Inc.
Thursday, August 20  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT


Staying Emotionally Balanced During the Time of COVID-19
Presenters: Qiana Cryer-Coupet '06, Megan Henry '12, Dr. Patrick McGrath '93,
Barb Nathan '80, Dr. Erin Zerth '03
Moderator: Associate Professor of Psychology Linda Kunce
Tuesday, August 25  |  12 - 1 p.m. CDT


Virtual Homecoming
October 5-11, 2020


Each year, we look forward to gathering together in the fall to celebrate being Titans. We encourage our valued alumni to come home to revisit and reminisce with friends and our campus community. But this year is different -- our preparation and planning for Homecoming 2020 has been ever changing due to COVID-19 precautions and regulations. And with careful consideration for the safety of our alumni, friends, campus community, and students the decision has been made to host Homecoming 2020 virtually.


We are planning a full week of fun and engaging virtual events and activities happening October 5-11 that we will share with you soon. We look forward to a great week celebrating together from your place in the world, because your Titan story continues no matter where you are.


Schedule of events and registration to come.


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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, Wendy (Oldenburg) Hall '78 and Kristin (Schwab) Kroll '85 are teachers with Allendale Association, a nonprofit organization providing care, treatment and education for youth with emotional, behavioral and mental challenges. They have teamed up to deliver home-based instruction during COVID-19.
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  • B. Charles & Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor Gabriel Spalding led a national "virtual coffee hour" discussion on "Promoting Writing in Physics Courses & Labs" for the American Association of Physics Teachers on Aug. 11.


  • Nate Knuffman '98 was named interim vice chancellor for finance and operations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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