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Nov. 16, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

Food Bank Students Put Principles into Practice at Midwest Food Bank
This Thanksgiving, holiday meals will be provided to roughly 2,500 McLean County families in need, thanks in part to the hard work and generous spirit of Illinois Wesleyan's Profession of Social Work class.

Downtown Bloomington Tops National Survey
Bloomington, home to Illinois Wesleyan, has been named the "happiest city" in the U.S., according to Zippia's 2020 list of the 10 "Happiest Cities" in the country.

MelissaFormer Titan Flourishing in Role as Air Force Major
In a Veteran's Day spotlight from Titan Athletics, 2006 National Champion and active-duty service member Melissa Harden-Peterson '06 reflects on her time at IWU. Also featured: First Lieutenant Alex Lambert '11.

Haven Ryburn '24 Continues Education at Illinois Wesleyan
A recipient of the McLean County Scholarship Guarantee supported by the Illinois Wesleyan Associates, first-year psychology major Haven Ryburn '24 began her college career having already gained eight years of experience in the workforce.

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Titans In The News
ABC Radio National

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong was interviewed by ABC Radio National (Australia) about how dogs see the world.

Kristy (Heuter) Chipman '93 was appointed chief financial officer of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. More coverage from WFMJ-NBC.

(Mattoon, Ill.) Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Inspired by a Rotary Youth Exchange trip to Peru, Adjunct Instructor in Political Science Zoe Bouras ’18 is now the communications and development director for The Immigration Project.

(Madison, Wis.) Isthmus

A collaborative text and image installation by Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz and former IWU Photographer/Videographer Jason Reblando is on exhibit at the Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.

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School of Theatre Arts - Streaming Performances

Chess – available for streaming November 20, 21, and 22.
Mary Jane – available for streaming December 4, 5, and 6.


Tickets and more information at

Ticket prices: $5.00 for IWU faculty/staff/students; $12.00 for general admission; $15.00 for IWU family (multiple viewers on one device); or $25.00 for general admission family (multiple viewers on one device)



Titan Talks: Webinar Series

features IWU alumni who are leaders in their field, faculty with insight on their research, and staff with updates on their respective areas. The Titan Talks: Webinar Series is a lifelong learning and engagement opportunity for the Illinois Wesleyan Community.


View past Webinar recordings

Campus Events
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, Jim Ulrich '98 has a new job as Quality Assurance Coordinator at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.


Class Newsletters
  • Dave Varel '05 authored "The Professoriate Needs Pedigree Diversity," which the American Association of University Professors published in its Academe Blog on November 9. Varel's second book, The Scholar and the Struggle: Lawrence Reddick's Crusade for Black History and Black Power, will be published by UNC Press in December.
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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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