Oct. 18, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Innovation and collaboration will be on full display when Illinois Wesleyan hosts its annual 2 Day Startup event, Nov. 12-13 at the IDEA Center, located within the Memorial Center.
Illinois Wesleyan has once again been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates, according to The Princeton Review’s 2022 college guide, The Best 387 Colleges.
Titan Athletics
The women's tennis team locked up the No. 7 seed and a bye into the quarterfinals of next week's College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament with a win over North Park University on Oct. 16. 


The football team recorded its first shutout win against Millikin since 2008, with a 14-0 victory at Tucci Stadium on Oct. 16.
Titans In The News
Washington Post
Retired FBI executive assistant director Michael Mason ’80 is pitching in to combat a bus driver shortage with a “second career” as a school bus driver. Also on CBS News.
The Pantagraph
Kim Nelson-Brown won her 500th match as Illinois Wesleyan’s head volleyball coach.
Arkansas Business
Scott Rosenberg ’96, CFO of Travel Nurse Across America, was featured in the business publication’s “CFO of the Year” series.
IN Kansas City
A catastrophic personal injury led Sam Porritt ’84 to start the Falling Forward Foundation, a nonprofit allowing individuals to continue rehab after insurance stops paying.
Nashville Business Journal
Burke Nihill ’00, president and CEO of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, discussed his love of sports and hanging out with fans on game day.
(Des Plaines) Journal & Topics
Adding to his roster of local involvement, Eli Williams ’11 was sworn in as Des Plaines Park Board commissioner.
The (Southern Pines, N.C.) Pilot
Jacklynn (Wilson) Lesniak ’86, chief nursing officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, is facing the nursing shortage head-on.
Bob Bodach ’93 was named to the school board of Troy Community School District in Joliet, Illinois. 
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has elected Professor and Director of the School of Music Franklin Larey and Associate Professor of the School of Nursing Noel Kerr as new members of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. Kerr’s term of office extends through June of 2023 and Larey’s term extends through June of 2024. 


In announcing these elections, ISO Board President John Kauerauf '83 said, “The ISO values the expertise brought to the Board by leaders of the academic institutions in the communities in which the ISO both performs and provides musical enrichment for people of all ages. As the leader of IWU’s School of Music, Dr. Larey brings to the Board his wealth of experience in both music performance and music education. Dr. Kerr’s election helps the Board better connect to Bloomington-Normal’s academic and medical communities. We are excited and pleased that both have agreed to serve.” 
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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