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Jan. 19, 2021

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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gospel-festWatch Video: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration at Illinois Wesleyan included a virtual anti-racism and racial justice workshop and related discussions for faculty and staff. The day culminated with the virtual Gospel Fest, now viewable on demand.

GarrettThird-Generation Titan Embraces Family Tradition
Garrett Swingler '24, a computer science major and third-generation Titan, is attending Illinois Wesleyan as a McLean County Scholarship Guarantee recipient.

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Grown and Flown

Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing LeAnn Hughes offered advice for high school students who are making tough college decisions amid the ongoing pandemic.

Becker's Healthcare Podcast

Dr. Ray Gensinger '86, Chief Information Officer for the Hospital Sisters Health System, shared his perspective on the role of CIOs, and much more.

Fiction/Non/Fiction Podcast

R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath explored conspiracy theories in history and literature and discussed his edited volume, Critical Insights: Conspiracies.

MedPage Today
Amid reports of people becoming infected with COVID-19 despite receiving their first vaccine dose, Dr. Gregory Poland '77 explained the science of its efficacy.

Although their seasons have been delayed by COVID-19, the Titan basketball teams were thankful to be back on the court.

Effingham Daily News

Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw offered insight into impeachment decisions.

WGLT Radio
The Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan is among local resources for businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs.
Estes Park (Colo.) Trail Gazette

Dr. Robyn (Heins) Zehr '04 was named Estes Park Health's chief of staff.

Broadway World

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Julie Ballard will be among participants in the Chicago Dance History Project's Interview Marathon on Jan. 31.

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Nominate Deserving Titans


TitansNominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards are now open!


Every year, Illinois Wesleyan University recognizes the outstanding achievements of our alumni with the announcement of the Alumni Awards. Winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Loyalty Award will be celebrated during Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 1-3, 2021) at the Best of Illinois Wesleyan Awards Ceremony.


We need your help compiling a list of alumni candidates. Please nominate before March 1, 2021. Learn more.

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In recent highlights, Marshall B Garrett '09 has started a podcast. Now entering its second season, The Horned Moon Presents is a serialized Shakespeare play (Season 1- Macbeth, Upcoming – Much Ado about Nothing) wrapped in a scripted Prairie Home Companion-style talk show. Marshall directs, co-hosts, and produces the podcast, which has also featured Russell Matthews '09.

Class Newsletters


• The latest Lunch and Learn of the season, hosted by the McLean County Museum of History and Illinois Wesleyan, was presented on Jan. 14 featuring Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong, exploring "What does Fido Know?" See the video.




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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