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Oct. 26, 2020

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Campus News

GianinaBaker '04 Named Central Illinois Woman of the Year
Central Illinois Business Magazine named Illinois Wesleyan alumna Gianina Baker '04, who is associate director at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, as Woman of the Year from the publication's "Forty Under 40" class.

Titan VotesIllinois Wesleyan Wins "BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge"
Illinois Wesleyan topped Illinois State and Heartland Community College to win the "BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge," with the most total students registering to vote.

DeerResearchers Find Lead Contamination in Shotgun-Harvested Deer
A recent study by an interdisciplinary IWU research team found that nearly half of ground venison packets from shotgun-harvested deer may contain metal fragments – including lead – potentially leading to adverse health effects.

MeghanLehman '21 Honored As Lincoln Academy Student Laureate
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois has recognized senior nursing major Meghan Lehman '21 as Illinois Wesleyan University's 2020 Student Laureate.

BillDamaschke '85 Produces Tony-Nominated Musical Moulin Rouge!
Moulin Rouge!, executive-produced by Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Bill Damaschke '85, has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

SusyMarcum '89 Named School Nurse of the Year in Illinois
The Illinois Association of School Nurses has named Susann Marcum '89 as the 2020 School Nurse of the Year in recognition of two decades of service in schools across McLean County Unit District No. 5.

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Titans In The News

A mural painted by Bruce Clark '97 and featuring a poem by Yovana Milosevic '21 was unveiled by the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and The Pantagraph.


Illinois Wesleyan won the "BloNo Campus Voter Registration Challenge," a friendly competition between local colleges to see which institution could register the most voters.

The Conversation

As people spend more time with their pets during the pandemic, Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong offered insights into what's on your dog's mind.

(Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette

Gianina (Taylor) Baker '04 headed Central Illinois Business Magazine's "Forty Under 40" class as its Woman of the Year.


A study from IWU researchers showed lead contamination in ground venison from shotgun-harvested deer. Also on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Monitor Daily

IWU Trustee Jill (Misener) York '85 was named to the board of directors of Old Second Bancorp, the holding company for the Old Second National Bank. 

Comparing over 1,000 higher education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures, WalletHub ranked Illinois Wesleyan among the top 10 colleges and universities in Illinois.


The Pantagraph

The Pratt Music Foundation awarded 37 scholarships to students who will receive individualized instruction in strings or piano at the Illinois Wesleyan Preparatory Music Program.

Daily North Shore

Gale Strenger Wayne '78 carries on her family's long tradition of civic duty through her role as vice chair of the Lake County Community Foundation.

More Titans in the News

WebinarsTitan Talks: Webinar Series


Titan Talks Webinar: Leaders in Education – Rising to the Challenges of COVID-19

Tuesday, October 27  |  6-7:30 p.m.
, CT

Presenters Gianina Baker '04, Ph.D., John Camardella '03, Amy DeBoer '15, Marsha Guenzler-Stevens '78, Ph.D., and Erin Moran '12, Ph.D. 


Learn more or register

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In recent highlights, Jensin (Roberts) Clark '13 is an adjunct professor in the music department at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to teaching, Clark also maintains an active schedule as a Minnesota Music Teachers Association endorsed adjudicator as well as being the recently appointed president of the Arrowhead Music Teachers Association.


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