July 6, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Published biweekly during the summer
Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan alumna Torri “T.J.” Newman ’06 signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader Press, and Universal Pictures won a bidding war for the screen rights for her debut novel, Falling.


Newman will discuss her book at a hybrid in-person and streaming event on Monday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Find more information or register.
With more than 20 years of Information Technology leadership experience in higher education, Leon Lewis will join Illinois Wesleyan as Chief Information Officer and a member of the President's Cabinet, beginning Aug. 1.
The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty, a new book co-authored by Associate Professor and Chair of Accounting and Finance Robert Irons, focuses on the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution as a framework for what government must do for its citizens.
Illinois Wesleyan’s Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2020-21 academic year consisted of 801 students from 30 states and 15 countries.
Titan Athletics
Illinois Wesleyan has announced the creation of the Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational, which will feature four games between some of the most storied NCAA Division III basketball programs.
Titans In The News
New York Times
Torri “T.J.” Newman ’06 found inspiration for her debut suspense novel while working as a flight attendant. More coverage includes the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Magazine.
St. Louis Public Radio
Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz, who co-hosts the podcast "Poetry for All," will join a discussion of poetry on St. Louis on the Air.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan's Stacey Shimizu and Greg King discussed study abroad programs and international student recruitment amid the pandemic.
(Danville) Commercial-News
Dr. Erick Henderson '12 was named the 2021 Young Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association.
i-D Magazine
Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed the allure of true crime makeup videos on YouTube.
WGLT Radio
An influx of interns from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities has enabled the McLean County Jail to revive a program that helps incarcerated people stay connected with their children through reading.
The Pantagraph
IWU President S. Georgia Nugent spoke on pandemic recovery and resilience at an Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Women to Women Giving Circle Wellness event.
(Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald
Matthew Glavin ’01 was promoted to a member in the Chicago office of the international law firm Cozen O’Connor.
Emeritus Professor Michael Seeborg discussed the economic implications of declining birth rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yahoo! Finance
Attorney Neela (Agarwalla) Paykel ’90 was named general counsel at Hyperfine, Inc., creators of the world’s first portable magnetic resonance imaging device.
The Pantagraph
Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about small businesses’ electronic footprint in her monthly column.
Patrick Cleary '82 has been appointed Mid-Central Regional Sales Director at Purchasing Power, LLC, an Atlanta-based voluntary benefit fintech company.
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 Homecoming, reunions, and planning your stay. Please note that Homecoming Weekend is also ISU's Family Weekend. We recommend planning your stay and booking your hotel early (hotel blocks close around August 30)!
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.
Class Newsletter Highlight
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In recent highlights, Laura Powell ’99 published her new book, Facing Love, part of the new “Capitol Hearts” series. 
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.
Visit iwu.edu/alumni to stay updated on the latest alumni news, events, and engagement. 


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