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Jan. 11, 2021

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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Stephanie Dr. Stephanie Whyte '91 to Deliver Founders' Day Convocation and Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In Keynote

Dr. Stephanie A. Whyte, a 1991 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, will present the combined Founders' Day Convocation and MLK Teach-In keynote address titled "COVID-19: The great disruptor," on Jan. 20.

AllisonSchrader '22 Earns National Green Chemistry Honor

Junior chemistry major Allison Schrader '22 has been selected from a competitive pool of candidates from across the country to receive the Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry.

Ellen Faculty, Alumni and Students Shaping the Field of Canine Cognition

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong has fostered a new generation of researchers passionate about dog cognition, with attention and opportunities coming to students and alumni including Zach Silver '18, Ellen Stumph '19, and Sydney Rowley '20.

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WGLT Radio

Dr. Gregory Poland '77 discussed the difficulty of convincing enough people to take the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve herd immunity on WGLT's "Sound Ideas."

The (Galesburg, Ill.) Register Mail

Jordan Koehler '19 was named head golf coach at St. Mary's (Ind.) College.

The Pantagraph

All IWU students, whether or not they live on campus, are required to undergo COVID testing before the spring semester, as they did at the start of the fall semester.


Illinois Wesleyan's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was featured in a series reflecting on the creative, innovative moments in lighting design in 2020.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Married theater artists Bryan and Katie (Whalley) Banville '09 shared how they've coped with the shutdown of live performances during the pandemic.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Booker T. Washington STEM Academy fifth-grade teacher Todd McCannon '01 used his artistic skills to creatively engage students when instruction went remote, creating chalkboard murals for his Zoom background.

Chicago Tribune

When she's not playing basketball at Illinois Wesleyan, Emily Kleffman '24 crochets for charity.

The Pantagraph

IWU golfers Rob Wuethrich '21 and Jimmy Morton '22 honored fallen soldiers as they participated in the Patriot All-America Invitational in Litchfield, Arizona.

WGLT Radio

Volunteers from Illinois Wesleyan and other local universities and colleges assist with translation services for Congolese patients at the local nonprofit Community Health Care Clinic.

The Pantagraph

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, which includes Illinois Wesleyan, announced plans to resume winter sports on Jan. 23.


The Pantagraph

Athletic trainers like Illinois Wesleyan's Bill Kauth are adjusting to new demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WGLT Radio

Kate Tombaugh '07 topped 155 other mezzo-sopranos in the Mildred C. Miller International Competition.

Broadway World

Raven Stubbs '13 is the new program director for PlayMakers Laboratory, a Chicago nonprofit offering educational programming focused on storytelling, theatre and social-emotional skills.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer

(Subscription required) Ryan Jumper '00, now an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, was featured in a "Where are they now" spotlight.

WGLT Radio

Retired IWU Professor of Economics Mike Seeborg offered insight on the surge in retirements due to COVID-19.

WGLT Radio
As the pandemic forces many small businesses online, students assist the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan in offering support.
WGLT Radio

Student enrollment at Illinois Wesleyan is expected to hold steady for the spring term, said Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.

The Pantagraph

Former IWU men's basketball coach Scott Trost was among those included in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.

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In recent highlights, Cathy Coons Agasar '85 published the book, The Gift of Loss: Transforming Tragedy. It chronicles her journey from unfathomable heartbreak and suppression of emotions to the incredible gifts of the healing process after the sudden death of her first husband. Learn more.

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Josefina Bañales '14, with Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke and former IWU professor Kira Hudson Banks, has published "The impact of a diversity intervention on White college students' colour-blind racial attitudes," in the journal Whiteness and Education. Bañales is now Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Madeline Johnson '24 was chosen to sing the solo in an international collaboration between Glyndebourne Youth Opera (outside of London, England) and Minnesota Opera's Project Opera. See the video they created.

• Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Funk was selected as a member of the U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange COVID-19 Response Public Health Working Group (PHWG). Four Americans and four Russians were selected for participation in this initiative. The goal of the group is to develop ideas for a bilateral project aimed at addressing the following health priorities in the U.S. and Russia:

• Promoting safety and self-care among at-risk populations in both countries

• Developing innovative solutions for disease detection and case management

• Providing health-related services to vulnerable populations


• B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding delivered a talk entitled, "Shaping Light in Time & Space," for the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.


Taylor Williams '18 graduated a semester early from Southern Illinois University School of Law on Dec. 12, 2020. A Bloomington area native, Williams will return to Bloomington to work at a local law firm. She also received the McLean County Bar Association Scholarship in December, prior to her graduation.




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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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