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Sept. 8, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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Illinois Wesleyan Ranks Among Nation's Top-10 "Best Colleges for Getting a Job"
Illinois Wesleyan ranks No. 1 among Illinois colleges and No. 7 in the nation on Zippia's 2020 list of "The Best Colleges for Getting a Job," based on U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data.

New-Student Enrollment Up 9%

Illinois Wesleyan welcomed 487 new students to the University this fall, a 9% increase in new-student enrollment. Total enrollment held steady at 1,636.

Funk Named 2020 Nurse Educator Fellow

Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Funk is among 19 nursing faculty statewide to be recognized as a 2020 Nurse Educator Fellow.

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Titan Athletics


  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team wrapped up a first-place finish at the NCAA Division III Preview at the Oglebay Golf Course in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Monday, Sept. 7. The Titans swept the top six spots in the individual standings, including Jimmy Morton '22, who brought home the individual title.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan announced a 9% increase in new student enrollment. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and WJBC-Radio.


Broadway World

Kayla V. White '14 has been promoted to co-artistic director of Ghostlight Ensemble, a nonprofit storefront theatre company in Chicago.

The (Concord-Clayton, Calif.) Pioneer

Taylor Glass '24 won an Antonali College Scholarship, awarded to students who follow their passions in all aspects of the theatrical arts.

The Pantagraph

The connection between sister and brother, Rebekah Ehresman'18 and Brian Ehreseman, was clear as Brian walked Rebekah down the aisle at her recent wedding.

The Quad-Cities Times

Former standout swimmer Mike Firth '12 will lead the boys' and girls' swimming teams at (East Moline, Ill.) United Township High School.

Chicago Sun-Times

Martin McLaughlin '87 is a nominee for the Illinois House's 52nd District. 


DWS elevated JJ Wilczewski '99 to Head of Client Coverage Americas and Global Head of Institutional Clients & Consultants.

The Pantagraph

Brad McMillan '84, a professor of leadership at Bradley University, announced his campaign for a seat on the Normal Town Council.

(LaGrange, Ill.) Patch

David Hartley '05 has joined Lyons Township High School as a music teacher.

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Titan Talks: Webinar Series


A lifelong learning and engagement opportunity for the Illinois Wesleyan community from the Office of Alumni Engagement.


Learn more or view past recordings




Virtual Homecoming October 5-11, 2020


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, Mathew Timm '77, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Bradley University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Croatia, where he will conduct research at the University of Split. Learn more.
Class Newsletters
  • Illinois Wesleyan faculty and an Environmental Studies (ecology concentration) alumna have published a paper about lead contamination in ground venison from shotgun-harvested deer. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aaron Shoults-Wilson, George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Professor of Biology Given Harper, Genevieve (Jinny) Alexander '14, Associate Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera and local veterinarian Matt Fraker co-authored: Lead Contamination in Ground Venison from Shotgun-Harvested White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2020).

  • Professor of Anthropology Chuck Springwood published a timely article, "A Japanese Sea Spirit Battles COVID-19," in the anthropology e-magazine Sapiens. An editorially independent magazine of the Wenner‑Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Sapiens is published in partnership with the University of Chicago Press.
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This newsletter is an electronic publication of Illinois Wesleyan University's Communications Office, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Engagement. To submit items of interest, email


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