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Dec. 10, 2018

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holidays Campus Community Celebrates Holidays
Photo Gallery: The Illinois Wesleyan community celebrated the holiday season with events including Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light, Kwanzaa Dinner, and Christmas Choral Concert.

Calvin Campus Organizations – and Dogs – Help Relieve Final Exam Stress
With assistance from some friendly canines, a variety of events are planned to help reduce stress as students embark on final exams.

Maeve Plunkett '21 Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
German and international studies double major Maeve Plunkett '21 is one of 25 students nationally who has been awarded a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant from Phi Kappa Phi.

Steve University Mourns Distinguished Alum Steve Doran '79
Oral surgeon Steve Doran '79, honored at this year's Homecoming as Illinois Wesleyan's Distinguished Alumnus Award winner, died Dec. 3 while on a mission trip in Haiti.

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Titan Athletics
  • The No. 13-ranked women's basketball team won its sixth straight game and is undefeated in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin after a win against Augustana in Rock Island on Saturday, Dec. 8.
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Titans In The News
WGLT Radio

Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Fuist discussed how emotion has fueled interest in media coverage of a local custody case.

NPR Illinois

Juan Salgado '91, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, has been named to Gov.-elect JB Pritzker's Educational Success Committee.

WGLT Radio

State Farm chairman, president, and CEO Michael Tipsord '81 was named to Gov.-elect JB Pritzker's Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.

Pontiac Daily Leader

Art Leach '42, who flew for the U.S. Navy during World War II, shared memories of the infamous impact of Dec. 7, 1941.

The State Journal-Register

Currently a partner in a Springfield law firm, Colleen (Schuster) Lawless '05 has been named Associate Judge in the 7th Circuit.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan hosted “Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light” on Dec. 6 at Evelyn Chapel. See a Pantagraph photo gallery.

The Pantagraph

Ed Moore ’78 was selected for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The Hawk Chicago

Elizabeth Laidlaw ’93 will direct Girl in the Red Corner at The Den Theatre in Chicago, running Feb. 1 through March 2, 2019.

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Monday, Dec. 10


Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Stress Free Zone – Students are welcome to take a break from studying and come to a Stress Free Zone. Counseling and Consultation Services will host fun giveaways, stress resources, and dogs from Wishbone Canine Rescue.


12 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – IWU Fighting Hunger: A Reading Day Service Project – Come for an hour of fun and service as we re-package several hundred pounds of oats for local food pantries, followed by pizza! Hosted by IWU Interfaith. For more information, contact


1-3 p.m., Niepagen Room, Shirk Center – Dance 'N' De-stress – The Sigma Alpha Iota chapter invites students for some finals stress relief. Tamra Challacombe, a professional from Peoria, will offer dance instruction.

10-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – The president and his Cabinet will greet and serve students at the annual late night breakfast in the Commons. From three stations, the president’s merry band will serve scrambled eggs, French toast, potatoes, bacon and sausage with a host of pastries and donuts. There will also be door prizes and giveaways. All students, whether on the meal plan or not, are invited to enjoy this late-night treat.



Tuesday, Dec. 11

Through Friday, Dec. 14 – Final examinations

11 p.m.-2 a.m. (also Wednesday, Dec. 12), Dugout, Memorial Center – PB & J Extravaganza – Students are invited to make sandwiches, grab some fresh fruit and enjoy hot cocoa or coffee (full octane, no decaf) as members of the Student Affairs team offer support and good wishes for the week and for the break that follows.

As part of the Come Home Safe campaign, students can also pick up a winter car safety packet with information about winterizing a vehicle and safe winter driving tips along with a complimentary ice scraper. There will be a drawing for an emergency car kit that will be given away. Candy canes and free hugs available upon request.



Wednesday, Dec. 12

12:30-2:30 p.m., President's House, 1201 Park St. – Barks and Beverages Break Redux – Calvin and his canine friend Vinnie invite students to join them for a break from finals.

Stop by, pet a dog, have a hot beverage, and breathe.



Thursday, Dec. 13

12:10 p.m., Fifer Courtroom (2nd floor), McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington – Lunch and Learn: Eva Ferguson on "Christmas in Slovakia: From pagan rituals to Santa Claus"

5:30 p.m., Turfler Room/Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – December Graduates Dinner – Illinois Wesleyan will honor students graduating in December.



Saturday, Dec. 15

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Carroll University – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Carroll University – Live streaming video at



Monday, Dec. 17


Through Friday, Dec. 21 4 O'Clock Hours – Campus offices will close daily at 4 p.m.



Wednesday, Dec. 19

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Anderson University  – Live streaming video at



Saturday, Dec. 22 - Tuesday, Jan. 1 – Winter Break –
Campus offices will be closed.



Wednesday, Jan. 2

Campus offices reopen, closing daily at 4 p.m.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Wheaton College  – Live streaming video at


Wednesday, Jan. 9


Spring semester classes begin.

More Events
  • Associate Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz has published:
    • An essay, "Comedies of Tough Love: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love's Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing," in the Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy, edited by Heather Hirschfeld (Oxford, 2018).
    • A poem, "Septimania," in New England Review.
  • Irv Epstein, Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice and Chair of the Educational Studies Department, has been appointed parliamentarian for the Board of Directors of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). CIES is the largest and oldest of 47 comparative and international education societies around the world and includes members from 105 countries. Its more than 3,000 individual members — researchers, analysts, practitioners, and students — represent over 1,000 universities, research institutes, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies across the globe.


Access to Housing During Winter Break

All IWU residence halls and fraternities will be closing for the 2018 Winter Recess on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., and will not reopen until Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.

If you need to stay in your hall or fraternity house or need to have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible. 

  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building
  • For Winter Recess, you needed to submit your request by completing the appropriate break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10 to avoid charges
  • More information about approved reasons for staying and requesting break access is available at
  • If  you live in a residence hall and have questions, please contact your area director
  • If you live in a fraternity and have any questions, please contact Samantha Rowe at or Alanna Hill at
Volunteering? Report Your Civic Engagement

The Give A Day Campaign is in full swing! As you plan your volunteer service for the holiday season, don't forget to report all of your civic engagement here. Questions? Contact Bevin,

In Sympathy: Mary Beth Phillips

Mary Beth Phillips, former Administrative Assistant for the Vice President of Business and Finance, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, after battling cancer. Mary Beth served Illinois Wesleyan from 1987 until her retirement in 2014. Read her obituary.

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