March 22, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Heartland Community College and Illinois Wesleyan have adopted a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement that will provide an easy transition for students transferring from one institution to the other.
The Illinois State Board of Education has designated Illinois Wesleyan's music education program as "exemplary," their highest ranking, placing IWU's program in the top 10% across the state.
Illinois Wesleyan's elementary education program has been designated "exemplary" by the Illinois State Board of Education – the board's highest ranking.
A new giving circle scholarship has been launched to honor the late Robert M. Leekley, emeritus associate professor of economics, a tribute spearheaded by his former colleague Michael Seeborg. The circle seeks to raise at least $2,500 to be awarded to an outstanding junior or senior economics major starting in fall 2021. Learn more or make a gift.
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Titan Athletics
The women's track and field team concluded the 2021 indoor season ranked 10th in the USTFCCCA rating index, marking the eighth top-10 indoor finish in school history. The Titans finished the season as the top-ranked institution in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Titans In The News
WJBC Radio

Illinois Wesleyan and Heartland Community College signed an agreement to streamline the transfer process. More coverage from The Pantagraph, WMBD-TV and WEEK-TV
WGLT Radio

Isaac Simmons '20, an openly gay drag queen recently certified as a candidate for Methodist ministry, hopes to “bridge the huge gap that is between queerness and spirituality.”
The (Lincoln, Ill.) Courier

David Young ’07 was named the new music director at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Illinois.
The (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald

Marques Rice ’03 was unanimously elected to North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic’s board of directors.
The Pantagraph

Though in-person campus visits have returned, virtual visits are “here to stay,” said IWU Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Greg King.  
The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette

David Zimmerman ’92 has been appointed publisher of Colorado Springs’ Christian publisher NavPress.
Broadway World

Illinois Wesleyan University's virtual production of Songs For A New World begins streaming March 26.
The (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald

John Camardella '03 has accepted an opportunity to pursue his Master of Religion and Public Life at Harvard's Divinity School, the first new masters program created at Harvard in more than 50 years.  
Kudos
Matthew Harder ’96 was appointed to the City of Wheeling, West Virginia’s Arts & Cultural Commission. Harder is professor of music, director of Music Technology and dean of the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty University.
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In recent highlights, Elisa (Siegert) Egan ’97 was promoted to the Senior Product Development Manager, North America, for Mars Wrigley, responsible for Gum, Mints, and Fruity Snacks – including, but limited to, the brands of Extra, Orbit, Doublemint, Altoids, Hubba Bubba, Skittles, Starburst, and LifeSavers.
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