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Oct. 1, 2018

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Theatre IWU's Musical Theatre Program Receives National Ranking
Illinois Wesleyan's School of Theatre Arts has been recognized by OnStage Blog as seventh among "The Top 25 BFA Musical Theatre Programs for 2018-19."

Lisa All-American Lisa Cheng '19 Finds Global Opportunities for Success
All-American student-athlete, campus leader and international intern Lisa Cheng '19 illustrates the many opportunities available for Illinois Wesleyan students to achieve breakthrough success.

Tari and Eric Today is "Illinois Wesleyan Day" in Bloomington
In celebration of IWU's centennial Homecoming, City of Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner proclaimed Oct. 1 as "Illinois Wesleyan University Day." Illinois Wesleyan will host its 100th Homecoming Oct. 5-7.

Students International Students Find Their Home at IWU
The Illinois Wesleyan community has come together in several initiatives to help incoming international students feel welcome on campus.

Bekah Eckley Project Assists Spanish-Speaking Kidney Donors
Eckley scholar Bekah Nulty '19 translated web pages for the Living Kidney Donor Network into Spanish — combining her interests in Spanish and medicine with the goal of connecting donors and patients to life-saving resources.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan women's golf team won its fourth straight and 15th overall College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship on Saturday, Sept. 29, earning the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, to be held May 14-17 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.
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Titans In The News

Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University’s joint Habitat for Humanity chapter received a $10,000 grant from State Farm. More coverage from Cities 92.9-FM.

The Pantagraph

Dr. Kent Taulbee '72 received the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award from University High School during its homecoming activities.

The Pantagraph
Action Research Center Director Deborah Halperin is among nominees for the Athena Leadership Award from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
(LaSalle) NewsTribune

Former IWU associate registrar Quintin Overocker

has found his way back to the Vermilion River – while directing admissions, records and transfer services at Illinois Valley Community College.

The Pantagraph

Isaac Simmons '20 was honored with a youth service award by the nonprofit organization For a Better Tomorrow.



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Monday, Oct. 1


11 a.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Titan Spirit Day – Wear Titan Green and stop by the Dugout!

4 p.m., Shirk Center – IWU Career Fair – Find out what great opportunities exist for IWU students at the Hart Career Center's on-campus event for all majors. Employers will be available to talk about jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences. Students are encouraged to practice networking, make valuable connections, and learn about community resources.

9 p.m., Tommy's, Hansen Student Center – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Silent Rave – Come dance along to 3 genres of music on wireless headphones.



Tuesday, Oct. 2

4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Reception and Poster Presentation by IWU Freeman Asia Interns – The 2018 IWU Freeman Asia interns will share their summer internship experiences through posters in a format like the JWP Research Conference. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone welcome.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at

9 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle (Rain location: Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center) – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Tuesday Night Lights – Bubble soccer, giant beach ball volleyball, spikeball, free food, music, & more!



Wednesday, Oct. 3

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Walk-In Wednesday – Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have Hart Career Center staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake or get help setting up your profile. (Closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m.)

11 a.m., CNS C102 – Faculty Meeting

11 a.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Cybersecurity Basics with FBI Special Agent Steven V. Telisak – Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan.

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Pizza Taste – Vote on your favorite pizza from local vendors.

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

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Stop Kiss Theatre Production



Thursday, Oct. 4

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: A Special Changing Climates Dialogue – As part of the Clean Jobs Coalition, Faith in Place (Illinois Affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light) is hosting this campus conversation about how we advance clean jobs and clean energy in Illinois. Cindy Shepherd, Central Illinois Outreach Director for Faith in Place, will share some facts about the power of interfaith engagement in environmental justice issues and will invite our perspectives and ideas about how to make justice for all people and the earth a reality in our communities. Pizza, fruit, and veggies will be served. Sponsored by the Evelyn Chapel and IWU Interfaith.

5:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Scholarship Benefactor Dinner – Scholarship Benefactors will meet and enjoy dinner with their selected student recipients, invited by the Advancement Office.

6 p.m., Room 218, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Stellaccio Lecture - Featuring Renowned Sculptor and Ceramist Del Harrow

7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Stop Kiss Theatre Production

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Lip Sync – Watch dance routine & lip sync performances in this entertaining competition.

9 p.m., Meet in Eckley Lounge, Memorial Center – Homecoming Week Student Activities - IWU Ghost Tour – Paranormal investigators will lead a ghost hunt in some of our historical buildings.



HomecomingHomecoming –
Oct. 5-7

This year marks 100 years of Homecoming tradition at Illinois Wesleyan University. Join us!

See the full schedule and register here.



Friday, Oct. 5

4 p.m., Auditorium, Welcome Center – Healthcare Career Panel – Students are invited to get to know some of the Illinois Wesleyan alumni who are working in the healthcare industry. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


4 p.m., Room C101, CNS – Natural Science Colloquium – Debo Olaosebikan '06, the chief technology officer and co-founder of Gigster, will present "The Physics of Computers from the Future."

6 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Millikin University – Live streaming video at

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Titan Games & Pep Rally – Join the IWU cheerleaders, dance team, & Tommy the Titan as our Greek organizations compete in the sorority scramble, chariot races, & rope pull.

7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Stop Kiss Theatre Production

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Homecoming Week Student Activities - Farrell Dillon: Master Of Illusion – Comedy, illusion, and magic in one!



Saturday, Oct. 6

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at

2 p.m., Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Homecoming Reception and Artist Talk - Grace Sheese

4:30 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at


7:30 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Stop Kiss Theatre Production



Sunday, Oct. 7

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Music of Joyous Celebration: A Music Faculty Showcase – Sponsored by the School of Music as part of Homecoming activities.

2 p.m., McPherson Theatre – Stop Kiss Theatre Production



Monday, Oct. 8

Admissions Fall Open House – Prospective students and their families are invited to visit and discover the array of all that's possible at Illinois Wesleyan.

4 p.m., 205, CLA – IWU Pembroke Program Info Session – Students are invited to come and find out what incredible opportunities the IWU Pembroke Program has to offer. Sponsored by IWU Study Abroad.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Keith Knight – Keith Knight is a rapper, social activist, father, educator and an accomplished, outspoken, and highly regarded cartoonist. His work is infused with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and racial topics. Hosted by the Men of Color Registered Student Organization.

More Events
  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding was an SPIE Visiting Lecturer featured at the CReO Regional Congress of Optics, held at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), in Baja California, Mexico, Sept. 27-28. His invited talk was entitled, "Tailoring Temporal Delays: holographic fields, imaging, & dexterous manipulation of the microworld."
Join the Peace Fellows

The Peace Fellows are currently calling for student applicants to join us. 

  • The John and Erma Stutzman Peace Fellows Program was created in 2007 with the purpose of encouraging talented Illinois Wesleyan University students to pursue focused study in areas involving peace, conflict resolution, and social justice, areas that reflect the broader university mission.
  • Students who are selected into the program complete three approved courses as well as an independent study and an internship related to their area of interest. A small fund and an advisory faculty panel are available to assist students in fulfillment of program requirements in a successful and timely manner.
  • To date, our Peace Fellows have pursued interests involving illegal child immigrants, environmental racism, the social construction of disability, human rights reconciliation efforts in South Africa, post-conflict educational reform in Bosnia, and more.
  • Students interested in applying should contact Professor William Munro at Applications are due Oct. 12. 

Effective Monday, Sept. 17, Paul Menendez became the new assistant manager for the Maintenance Department. Please join in congratulating Paul on his new assignment!

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