March 15, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Facing an uncertain job market shaped by the coronavirus pandemic, students are turning to Illinois Wesleyan's Hart Career Center for innovative ways to bolster their digital presence, including through alumni-led workshops on LinkedIn and personal branding.
Sharla Brown-Ajayi brings more than eight years of experience at Illinois Wesleyan into her new role as director of the University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Issac Funk Endowed Professor of Philosophy Robert Erlewine's new book Thunder in the Soul: To Be Known By God brings together writings by rabbi and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose words he says are "beyond merely relevant, they are urgent" for today.
The student-produced podcast Slightly Underwhelming featured an interview with Indea Powe, counselor in Counseling and Consultation Services. Editor Caleb Hansen '21 talked with Powe about why she decided to work at IWU, why she became a counselor, and her experiences at the school so far.
Senior marketing major Nick Watson '21 is this year's recipient of the American Marketing Association's Outstanding Marketing Student Award at Illinois Wesleyan.
Hot Topics
Illinois Wesleyan faculty and staff offer expertise on timely topics. This week:
Stress and coping amid the COVID-19 pandemic from Associate Professor of Psychology Mignon Montpetit.

Faculty with expertise to share on timely subjects are welcome to contact John Twork, assistant director of communications, at [email protected].
Titan Athletics
  • The men's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament Championship for the first time in program history on March 12, with a victory over top-seeded Wheaton College on the Thunder's home court. 

  • With the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin approving a policy that will allow limited spectators at events, Illinois Wesleyan has announced its spring attendance policies.
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Karen Bussone, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan, urged small businesses to explore using video.
The Pantagraph

The Pratt Music Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships to the Illinois Wesleyan University Music Preparatory Program.


Kudos
Nate Knuffman '98 has been named vice chancellor for Finance and Operations and chief financial officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following a competitive, national search. He has served as interim vice chancellor for Finance and Operations since August.
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In recent highlights, Dr. Jon B. Suzuki ’68 presented a webinar entitled: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines: Reality and Expectations for Dental News.
Announcements
Looking for a way to connect with fellow Titans? Join a Regional Alumni Chapter in your area! Alumni, parents, and friends alike can join these volunteer-led Chapters to find, network, and socialize with other Titans. Learn more and find a Regional Alumni Chapter near you.
Alumni and community members are welcome to sign up for IWU Summer Term courses, most of which will be offered online. Continue your love for learning – enhanced by excellent Illinois Wesleyan faculty – on topics ranging from foreign languages, to politics, to the psychology of dogs.

Two terms are scheduled: June 1-29 and July 6-Aug. 3.
Upcoming
Titan Talks feature 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
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