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Sept. 28, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

JessicaInterns Continue to Gain Experience Amid Pandemic
Illinois Wesleyan students continued to participate in internships throughout the summer, although many experiences were modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EsportsNationally Recognized Esports Program Expands Into Transformed Facility
Following two years of exponential growth and nationally recognized success, the Illinois Wesleyan Esports Program has expanded into a newly transformed facility, officially unveiled on Friday.

Hedding BellIllinois Wesleyan Recognized in National Rankings
Illinois Wesleyan continues to be recognized among the nation's best colleges for liberal arts learning and pre-professional career preparation, according to several recent rankings.

voteCommunity Challenge Encourages Student Voter Engagement
Launched on National Voter Registration Day, Illinois Wesleyan is participating in a friendly competition against Illinois State University and Heartland Community College to encourage voter engagement across the three McLean County campuses.

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Titan Athletics


  • The Illinois Wesleyan University men's tennis team and women's tennis team each kicked off their seasons with convincing 6-1 wins at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy on Sunday, Sept. 27.
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Titans In The News
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Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong authored the audiobook Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind (coverage from the Associated Press). Also on WILL-Radio.

Chicago Sun-Times executive editor Chris Fusco '94 was named founding executive editor of Lookout Santa Cruz, an ambitious news startup in central California.


McLean County colleges and universities launched a challenge to see which institution can register the most voters. More coverage from The Pantagraph, WGLT-Radio, WJBC-Radio and The Daily Vidette.


Illinois Wesleyan's esports team unveiled its new campus facility on Friday. More coverage from The Pantagraph and WHOI-TV.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan hosted — virtually — the American Heart Association McLean County Heart Walk on Sunday.

The Pantagraph

Emily Howard, an artist who joined Illinois Wesleyan's faculty in 1883, will be featured in this year's virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk.

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How to Communicate About the Environment in 2020:
A Virtual Conversation with IWU Alumni


Tuesday, Sept. 29
7-8:30 p.m.

This dynamic virtual panel features four IWU alumnae – Katie Coleman '04, Anna (Groves) Funk '11, Leslie Morrison '08, and Amanda Solliday '06 – who are working at the intersection of environmentalism and communications, from journalism to advocacy to academia. The panel will discuss the role of communications in science, how environmental organizations are facing up to racial inequities, and how to get people to care about environmental issues during times of historic upheaval and uncertainty. RSVP here: Registration is required to obtain event login link. This event is free and open to the IWU community and public. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, English Department and Hart Career Center.



Virtual Homecoming October 5-11, 2020


We are planning a full week of fun and engaging virtual events and activities happening October 5-11. We look forward to a great week celebrating together from your place in the world! Schedule of events available at:

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In recent highlights, Mike Mason '80, Chief Security Officer at Verizon and Former Executive Assistant Director at the FBI, presented "Gladiator or Spectator…You Decide: The Importance of a Resilient Spirit" at a Hart Career Center virtual kickoff event for IWU students.
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  • Patrick McGrath '93, Head of Clinical Services at NOCD, was interviewed for an article on the Point of Blue Blog, from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, about managing OCD and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Illinois Wesleyan President S. Georgia Nugent joined a group of university and college presidents in signing a letter opposing the U.S. Department of Education's investigation of Princeton University launched in response to Princeton's public statement outlining how the university will address a legacy of systemic racism "at Princeton and beyond."
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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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