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Dec. 14, 2020

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Titan Legends IWU Announces Legends Endowment for Athletic Excellence

Titan Athletics announced the Legends Endowment for Athletic Excellence, enhancing the student-athlete experience at Illinois Wesleyan through the generosity of Jeff '74 and Janet '74 Solberg, Dr. Cal '73 and Kris Atwell, Pat Busch '78 and Michelle Zeller, Doug '73 and Vicky Stewart, and Steve '73 and Deb '74 Wannemacher.

Greg Poland Poland '77 Provides Expertise on Coronavirus Vaccine Development
As the results of late-stage clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine are announced, Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group director Dr. Gregory Poland '77 is providing his expert analysis.

Kate Tombaugh '07 Wins Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition
Kate Tombaugh '07 won the 10th annual Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition and $3,000 prize in an all-mezzo-soprano edition hosted by the Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

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Zach Silver '18, a Ph.D. student at Yale University working in Laurie Santos' Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center, was recognized for his work.

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Longtime IWU football coach Norm Eash '75 is among the local coaches who have endured a full year without playing games, due to COVID-19.

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Ianne Fields Stewart '15 stars as Roberta in the Netflix hit, Dash & Lily.

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IWU counselors Bob Rogers and Christina Armstrong shared tips for navigating stress as college students return home for the holidays.

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Former CIA analyst David Priess '93 spoke to the importance of a president elect receiving up-to-date intelligence prior to inauguration.

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Retired IWU Director of Alumni Relations Ann Harding and her husband C.P. make an appearance in the upcoming film One Night in Miami, executive produced by their son Chris.


Education and enforcement were key to IWU's COVID-19 response, said Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall. More coverage on WGLT's Sound Ideas.


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As planned in its fall COVID-19 response, Illinois Wesleyan completed the semester before Thanksgiving.

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Illinois Wesleyan's virtual presentation of Chess premiered Nov. 20-22.

The Pantagraph

In her monthly column, director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone wrote about the importance of "shopping small."

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Rick King '67 was recognized by the Florida State University College of Social Work among its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at a virtual event.

Dr. Gregory Poland '77, director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, appeared on NPR's Here and Now to discuss the promising results of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine trial.


Journal & Topics
Colleen Palczynski '22 discussed her work with the Titan Athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Committee, and what drew her to IWU.
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Michael Eastman '24 was the first recruit for the Illinois Wesleyan men's volleyball team, a program scheduled to start its first-ever season in January.

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Streator native Kate Tombaugh '07 won the 10th annual Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition.


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In recent highlights, Heather (Deutsch) Miller '07 began a new job as the Central Illinois Territory Manager of Zynex Medical.

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• On Nov. 11, Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen Knoll '89 provided her 2.5-hour PIOMI (Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention) Train the Trainer Webinar for four Turkish colleagues, who plan to train other providers on how to provide Knoll's oral motor therapy program to preterm infants across Turkey. This is the second formal international PIOMI Launch, proceeded by one in Genoa, Italy last year.  

Wayne Messmer '72 released the song "Doesn't Seem Like Christmas Without You," billed as a "new Christmas classic that speaks to the heart of all of us during this emotionally charged period of our history." The song was written by popular nightclub and piano bar singer Joy Smith and performed by Messmer. It is available digitally on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Bob Riseling '59 had three paintings accepted for the Square Foot Show, hosted at Westland Gallery in London, Ontario, through Dec. 24. One of the paintings, an alcohol ink on wood panel, was selected for the 2021 Square Foot Show calendar.


• At the annual board meeting of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation – an ambitious non-profit working to establish programs and grants for hands-on instructional laboratories in physics beyond the first year of university – B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding was re-elected Vice President of the Foundation. The board meeting was held remotely this year.
This makes the 14th year in a row that Spalding has held an elected position in a national educational group, ranging from his service as President of the Advanced Physics Laboratory Association to his current role as Director-at-Large at the American Association of Physics Teachers.



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.


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