May 3, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan University celebrated more than 360 graduating members of the Class of 2021 and returning members of the Class of 2020 during Commencement ceremonies on May 2.

 

Commencement Highlights
As COVID-19 vaccines suggest a light at the end of a seemingly endless pandemic, students in the Citizen Scholars First-Year Experience assembled relics of the past year in a “COVID Time Capsule.”
Titan Athletics
  • The men's golf team won their ninth straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship.
  • Kendall Sosa '21 was named the 2021 Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Player of the Year.
  • The men's lacrosse team defeated Carroll University on April 30 to claim the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Regular Season Championship for the third straight season.
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan honored graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 at Commencement exercises Sunday. The
University’s in-person Commencement is the first of many at colleges in the area.
The Pantagraph
Former IWU softball All-American Ally Wiegand ’20 is the pitching coach for Heartland Community College’s softball team.
The (Joliet) Times Weekly
The basketball court at Plainfield Central High School's was named in honor of Tom Hensel ’71.
Cheddar News
Amanda Vicary, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, discussed why people are so drawn to the true crime genre, and how it could impact mental health.
The Pantagraph
IWU President Georgia Nugent was among local education leaders responding to President Biden's plan for expanding access to education.
Upcoming
Homecoming is October 1-3, 2021! 

We are looking forward to welcoming our alumni, parents, and friends back to campus for an in-person celebration this fall – it is our full intention to once again provide the traditional Homecoming experience. We will follow any COVID-19 protocols recommended at that time by state health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and the greater Bloomington-Normal area.

 

Learn more about Homecomingreunions, and planning your stay.

Titan Talks Webinar: An Evening with Bill Damaschke '85

Thursday, May 13 | 7 p.m., via Zoom

Tony Award- and Golden Globe-nominated producer Bill Damaschke '85 will discuss his career in entertainment and journey from Illinois Wesleyan to Broadway. This event is presented in partnership with the IWU Pride Alumni Community and IWU School of Theatre Arts – hosted and moderated by Hannah Dhue ’15, TV Mastering Manager at Walt Disney Studios.
Stay Connected – Join a Regional Alumni Chapter

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.
Kudos
Kate Tombaugh ’07, executive director and founder of Poco a Poco, will head the organization's summer festival and training program for Young Artists.
Class Newsletter Highlight
Keep up with the latest news and photos from your classmates! When you visit your Class Newsletter, you can subscribe via email by submitting your address under "subscribe to my posts." 

 

In recent highlights, Chuck Kennedy ’76 was awarded the Bronze Medal for Technical Merit from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for his significant technical contributions in the field of undersea warfare.
This newsletter is an electronic publication of Illinois Wesleyan University's Communications Office, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Engagement.

 

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