April 19, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz was named the 2022 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. At the virtual ceremony, the University honored 2021 Kemp Honoree, Professor of History Tom Lutze, and retiring members of the faculty.
Five students have been awarded stipends to conduct scholarly research or artistic activity this summer under the mentorship of a faculty member: Katie Fata '22, Joey Kiper '22, Jenna Ney '22, Anjali Patel '23 and Isabel Sperry ’22.
Titan Athletics
• The Illinois Wesleyan University tennis teams each notched wins in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin competition on Sunday, April 18: the women's team at home against North Park and the men's team on the road against Elmhurst.
Titans In The News
Religion News Service
With unanimous certification, Isaac Simmons ’20 is the first openly gay man to be certified within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and the first known drag queen certified in the United Methodist Church.
(Vestavia Hills, Ala.) Vestavia Voice
Karl Julian ’01 is a candidate for a spot on Vestavia Hills’ Board of Education.
Stay Connected
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Gianina (Taylor) Baker ’04 will present “Reframing Assessment in a Post-Pandemic World” at a virtual event hosted by Seton Hall University on May 12.
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In recent highlights, Rachael Marusarz ’04 was promoted to Vice President, Development / Chief Development Officer at Sinai Chicago, where she leads fundraising to support the city’s largest private, nonprofit safety net healthcare system. In 2019, she completed her Doctor of Education (EdD) in transformational leadership and coaching at Wright Graduate University.
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