Aug. 23, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
As new Titans were welcomed to IWU at the New Student Convocation, Student Senate President Daniel Maisch '22 said, "When you all arrived on campus, you joined a community full of staff, faculty, alumni and students who are all here to guide and support you.”
On a mission to expand opportunities on the West African seaboard, including his native Nigeria, Babawande Afolabi ’10 guided his startup airline to its inaugural flight.
Building leaders who “engage the power of diverse perspectives” is central to the mission of the Multicultural Leadership Institute, now managed by Matt Drat ’84 and Samira Kassem ’21.
In recognition of outstanding branding and marketing efforts, the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University earned the statewide SBDC Network Shining Star award.
Nora Espino is the 2021 recipient of the Max L. Starkey Service Award at Illinois Wesleyan in recognition of loyalty, enthusiasm and outstanding contributions.
Titan Athletics
With new selections announced this month, a school record total of nine Titans have been named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America this year. Overall, IWU's all-time Academic All-American list now sits at 142, which is 22nd-most across NCAA Division I, II, and III, as well as ninth-best in Division III. See the full list of Illinois Wesleyan's Academic All-American award-winners.
Titans In The News
Illinois Wesleyan is among local colleges and universities reporting high vaccination levels among its students, faculty and staff. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and The Pantagraph.
Homeland Security Today
Emily Miller ’03 was announced as Sev1Tech’s president of mission solutions for the Department of Homeland Security business unit.
The Daily Vidette
Robert Porter ’09 was appointed public administrator and public guardian of McLean County by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. 
Jake Moran ’21 joined the faculty at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
The Pantagraph
Longtime IWU pitching coach Tim Siegworth ’77 recounted a game of catch with his father at the legendary Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, site of the iconic movie of the same name and of a recent Major League Baseball game.
The Pantagraph
Ceasar Douglas '75, who died on June 30, was a big presence at Illinois Wesleyan as an athlete, advocate and hero, as recalled by Deon Hornsby '97.
The Portland (Maine) Press Herald
Scott Moreau ’01, who has made a career of portraying Johnny Cash, will perform this month inRing of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at Portland Stage.
The Silva (N.C.) Herald and Ruralite
Shana Bushyhead Condill '99 discussed the goals and challenges ahead in her new role as the executive director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. More coverage from Smoky Mountain News andCherokee One Feather.
Food Business News
Bruce Bennett ’93 was named president of the ingredients business segment of Benson Hill, Inc.
Main Street Nashville
Nashville journalist and former longtime WSMV anchor Demetria Kalodimos '81 has been appointed communication professional-in-residence in Lipscomb University’s School of Communication.
The Pantagraph
Preaching by Ms. Penny Cost, the drag persona of Isaac Simmons ’20, has allowed more churchgoers to feel included.
Illinois News Live
Once a student intern, Mary Tackett '13 is executive director of Bloomington's Western Avenue Community Center, which is celebrating 95 years of service.


Monday, September 13 
Mistwood Golf Club | Romeoville, Illinois


Homecoming will take place 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.


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