March 29, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Students in this year's Action Research Center seminar built beds for local kids as part of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Bed Blitz, featured nationally on March 25 during The Drew Barrymore Show on CBS.
Hall of Fame sports writer and Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Dave Kindred '63 is the subject of a 60 Minutes story focused on his self-appointed beat, in retirement, chronicling the Morton High School girls basketball team.
Members of the IWU community were invited to gather in Evelyn Chapel and via Zoom on March 24 to lament together the many tragic events of the recent week and the past year. A video recording is available.
The Spring 2021 IWU Magazine features a cover story on Dr. Judith Eckerle '98, who serves as director of the University of Minnesota's Adoption Medicine Clinic. Also: A quest by Andrew Baldock '99 to climb the world's highest peaks. And Katherine Slevin '10 combines her love of baking with a business venture that helps support the local immigrant community in Portland, Maine.
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Titan Athletics
The Titan football team defeated Augustana College at the Knowlton Athletic Complex on March 27, in the team's first shutout against Augie since 2009.
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
Assistant Director of Employer Relations / Career Specialist Patrick Zajac '18 offered advice for the second wave of "COVID graduates" soon beginning job searches.
60 Minutes
Dave Kindred '63 was featured in a segment that aired on CBS' 60 Minutes Sunday night. See more coverage from The Pantagraph and (Peoria) Journal Star. 
The Pantagraph
News of expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for higher education employees was greeted by officials at Illinois Wesleyan and other local schools. Also coverage from the Chicago Tribune.
The Pantagraph
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology Sheryl (Swartz) Soukup '89 has adapted lab practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the changes are here to stay.
Metea (High School) Media
Arjun Nair '19 is running for alderman in Aurora, Illinois.
The Pantagraph
In his weekly column, Bill Flick detailed eventually abandoned plans to move IWU's campus to a different location within Bloomington in 1918.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan University intends to resume nearly all in-person classes this fall.
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  • Assistant Professor of Music Lisa Nelson gave two presentations at the American String Teachers Association National Conference (virtual, March 3-8) – "Solo & Ensemble and Festival: Exploring Works by Women Composers" and "Beyond Suzuki: Elementary Method Books, Pedagogical Repertoire, and Recital Pieces for the Violin/Viola Studio." Nelson also performed Alexander Raichev's Aria for Solo Viola at three regional conferences of the College Music Society.
  • Associate Professor of Nursing Wendy Kooken is among the exhibitors featured in "Nurses Relaxation and Renewal Through the Arts," a showcase event for nurses' art expressions on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago April 9 through July 11. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Hektoen Nurses and the Humanities and The Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities.
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In recent highlights, John Caywood '08, a State Farm agent in Champaign, Illinois, directed a grant of $10,000 to Champaign's Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club. Read more.
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