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Sept. 4, 2018

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Eric President Proposes Better Way to Keep Illinois College Students in the State
In an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Tribune, IWU President Eric Jensen argues that a recent state legislative effort to retain college students in Illinois wrongfully neglects students who otherwise could not afford to attend college – students who, data suggests, are best served by private institutions.

Charlene Carruthers '07 Takes Radical Approach to Social Justice in Debut Book
Illinois Wesleyan alum Charlene Carruthers '07 reimagines the Black Radical Tradition in her book Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

Amy Becoming Nicole Author to Speak at President's Convocation
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Amy Ellis Nutt, author of this year's Summer Reading Program selection, will speak at the President's Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. in Presser Hall's Westbrook Auditorium.

Evelyn Chapel Evelyn Chapel Provides Home for Interfaith Community
The newly renovated Evelyn Chapel serves as the hub for Illinois Wesleyan's diverse religious programming, offering unique avenues of understanding religious and secular diversity.

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Titan Athletics
  • The No. 13-ranked Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team dropped No. 5 Emory University, then defeated Whittier College (California) to claim both Saturday matches in the Emory Classic in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sept. 1.
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Titans In The News
National Geographic

Professor of Biology Will Jaeckle contributed to an article that found sea cucumbers keep the ocean clean and resilient, and even fight climate change.

(West Palm Beach, Fla.) Palm Beach Post

Sara (Shannon) Alijewicz ’84, an attorney and former general magistrate, was elected to a Palm Beach County Court judgeship.

WGLT Radio

President Eric Jensen talked with WGLT about fall enrollment and the upcoming academic year.

Chicago Tribune

Associate Professor of Music Vadim Mazo is one of four candidates vying to become director of the Waukegan (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra.

WGLT Radio

Professor of Political Science Jim Simeone described how Illinois settlement patterns did a lot to shape the early politics of the state and remain a force today.

The Pantagraph

Christine McHugh ’82 performed Parents Must Be Dead, a solo spoken memoir, Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan.

Victory Sports Network

Amanda Fazzari ’14 has been named the head softball coach at Trinity Christian College.

The Glow Up

Charlene Carruthers ’07 talked about the release of her book Unapologetic.



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Wednesday, Sept. 5


11 a.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – President's Convocation

7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Knox College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Washington University in St. Louis – Live streaming video at


Through Oct. 25, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Art Exhibits – The work of internationally celebrated painter and lithographer Dorothea Bilder ’62 and art faculty member Grace Sheese will be on display.



Thursday, Sept. 6

1 p.m., Esports Arena, 2nd floor Hansen Student Center – Esports Arena Ribbon Cutting – The campus community is invited to a ribbon cutting for Illinois Wesleyan's newly opened Esports Arena, featuring President Eric Jensen, Esports Coach Callum Fletcher and members of the Esports team – followed by an open house and tour.

4 p.m., Room 129, The Ames Library – Handshake Orientation – The Hart Career Center will host Handshake Orientation, showing students all of the features Handshake has to offer in connecting with internships and job opportunities.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D Program - Ian Fields Stewart: A Dying Breed – The Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series is a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.



Friday, Sept. 7

12 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Breakthrough Résumés – The Hart Career Center will host a workshop for students outlining how to write a great resume and what makes a resume stand out from the employer's perspective. Lunch will be provided.

7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Aurora University

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Saturday, Sept. 8

9 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. North Central College


11 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Ohio Wesleyan University
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1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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2 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Augustana College

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Live streaming video at



Sunday, Sept. 9

8:30 a.m., Weibring Golf Club, 800 Gregory St., Normal – Women's Golf at Redbird Invitational (Day 1)



Monday, Sept. 10

8:30 a.m., Weibring Golf Club, 800 Gregory St., Normal – Women's Golf at Redbird Invitational (Day 2)

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: New Bloomberg Terminal at The Ames Library – Illinois Wesleyan is investing in a world-class economic database called Bloomberg. Our first Bloomberg Terminal is available in The Ames Library. Bloomberg may be famous for its economic and financial information, but it also contains biographies and news article clusters of many influential people and events happening all over the world; a database of pharmaceuticals that includes their patent dates, pricing, number of scripts and maker; and an entire section of news dedicated to corporate social responsibility. Additionally, it is a firehose of current event information, generated from hundreds of staff writers. Assistant Professor of Accounting & Finance Jaime Peters will present a demonstration of this database's capabilities and how it could become a source of information for students and faculty.

1:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Extra Walk-in Hours – Hart Career Center will offer extra walk-in hours all this week. Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have our staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake, or get help setting up your profile.

4 p.m., CNS C102 – Faculty Meeting

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  • Drama alum Tom Bost ’78 was nominated for a Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) 2018 Elly Award for best supporting actor in a comedy, for his performance in Duck Hunter Shoots Angel at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom, California. The Elly Awards will be held Sept. 23.

  • Graphic Design alumna Anne Kopf '08 has been promoted to architect at Quinn Evans Architects. Anne has worked extensively in the urban environment, contributing to multiple restoration projects at the Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the modernization and adaptive use of the Old City Hall in Richmond, Virginia.
TEDxIWU 2019 applications open

Speaker applications for TEDxIWU 2019 "Becoming Human" are now open. All interested IWU faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to apply here. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Sept. 12.


TEDxIWU 2019 will take place on March 23, 2019 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center.

New Study Abroad Website

IWU Study Abroad has launched a new website,, where students can search 700+ available programs, in almost every region of the world, and complete study abroad applications online.


The new site complements the existing Study Abroad website, to support the study abroad application process and program search.

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