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April 22, 2019

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Steinway Frevert Gift Enables All-Steinway School Designation
Thanks to a $3.5 million gift from the C.B. Frevert Family Trust designated for Illinois Wesleyan's School of Music, aging pianos will be replaced with instruments of the highest quality, and Illinois Wesleyan will become one of 153 universities in the world to earn the distinction of being an All-Steinway School.

Yemen Students Campaign to 'Rescue Yemen from Famine'
For the 13th year, students enrolled in "Perspectives In Global Health" are raising awareness and proposing solutions for today's global crises. This year's focus is on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

JWPRC Students Present at John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
Students from all years, disciplines and academic interests presented research projects, artwork and music at Illinois Wesleyan's 30th annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference. VIDEO: Celebrating the Conference

Macey Students Establish Donation Program for Local Homeless Shelters
Rather than letting leftover student meal swipes go to waste at the end of the semester, Macey Grant '20 and Lakshmi Jayam '22 organized a meal swipe donation program to benefit Bloomington's Salvation Army and Home Sweet Home Ministries.

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Titan Athletics
  • In her third season at IWU, Head Softball Coach Tiffany Prager got her 100th career win as the Titans took both ends of a doubleheader at North Park University at Holmgren Field in Chicago on Friday, April 19. The team then won 2 more on Saturday, April 20 against Elmhurst at the IWU Softball Field.
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's golf teams finished in first and second place at the 19-team Millikin University "Take Back the Night Challenge" at South Side Country Club in Decatur.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Former Illinois Wesleyan University football player and former trustee Deon Hornsby '97 greeted Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy at the American Red Cross Evening of Stars in Uptown Normal.

WGLT Radio
Vandana Shiva, a noted environmentalist who was the Stevenson Lecture Series speaker at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities, urges conversion to organic farming. Also featured in The Pantagraph.


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Monday, April 22


4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting


6 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Earth Day Banquet – Students are invited to the inaugural Earth Day Banquet, sponsored by the Student Senate Sustainability Committee. There will be free vegetarian and vegan food, a speech by EPA hazardous waste inspector and civil enforcement officer Brenda Whitney, and raffles for environmentally friendly prizes.



Tuesday, April 23

Last Day of Classes  

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Famine and Feast Games for Yemen – Themed activities will include an obstacle course, trivia and more. A $3 donation will enter participants into a raffle for a variety of prizes.


11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Ames Library Plaza, The Ames Library – Miniature Therapy Horses at The Ames Library

4 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

6 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at



Wednesday, April 24


Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Eckley Quad (rain location: Hansen Student Center) – De-stress With Dogs


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.)

3 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana – Live streaming video at


4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Screeble Ur Gooblin: Trek to the Center of Whatever - A Poetry Shindig – Featuring stand-up poetry by students Davida Boron, Kelsey Browning, Brandon Chopp, Alex Machon, Maya Manzonelli, Yovana Milosevic, Joey Pasternak, Jon Recchia, Tuxford Turner, Crystal Valadez, Nathan Vartivarian, Johnny Whitfield and Minji Will. Sponsored by ENGL 301 - Special Topics in Creative Writing.

7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. Augustana – Live streaming video at


11 p.m.-2 a.m. (also Thursday, April 25), Dugout, Memorial Center – PB&J Extravaganza – Students are invited to come on over and make their own PB&J sandwiches, get some coffee, tea or cocoa, grab some fresh fruit and get a kindly word as they complete finals and finish the last projects of the semester. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.



Thursday, April 25

Through Tuesday, April 30 – Final Examinations


7 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Crazy Big F***ing Cats: POEMS! – Featuring poetry by students Sarah Abutaleb, Emily Blake, Cole Churchill, Taylor Lenburg, Alexis Martinez, Rose Moran, Daniela Orellana, Ethan Pejovich, Sarah Pila and Ben Sestak. Sponsored by ENGL 202 - Writing Poetry.



Friday, April 26

6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Elmhurst College – Live streaming video at



Saturday, April 27

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. University of Dubuque – Live streaming video at

More Events
  • Papers co-authored by Visiting Assistant Professor & Academic Success Coordinator Mark Halx have been accepted for presentation at the World Educational Research Association (WERA) Conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 5, 2019. Papers entitled "Student Voice in Educational Advocacy" and "The Crucial Role of Students in the Pursuit of Equity and Social Justice" will be presented in a symposium themed “Future of Democracy and Education: Realizing Equity and Social Justice Worldwide.”

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabe Spalding gave an Invited Talk at the Optical Society of America (OSA) Biophotonics Congress, Tucson, Arizona, April 15-17, where he was chosen as the speaker at  “A celebration of the Nobel Prize winning work of Arthur Ashkin.” Arthur Ashkin, who won the Nobel Prize this year, is the oldest person ever awarded the prize. Following a short set of remarks from Ashkin himself, Spalding, who has for 16 years chaired the largest conference in the field, delivered a speech outlining the legacy of Ashkin’s work, and the directions that subsequent work is now taking.

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo attended the national conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. on March 29-30 at the University of New Mexico, where his composition Chambers was performed by the Boston-based ensemble Sound Icon. The conference was co-directed by Vayo's former student Peter Gilbert '96, who is on the faculty at UNM.

  • Director of Conference Services Michelle Wu won the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International (ACCED-I) Patrick Perfetto Volunteer of the Year Award at the ACCED-I annual conference on March 25.
Reading Day Blowout Sale at The Bookstore


Reading Day only:

(Wednesday, April 24)

  • 25% off all regularly priced items
  • 35% off all retro-Tommy items
  • Sale priced items marked down even more
  • General reading book sale. Tons of books – $3 hardback, $2 paperback, 2 for $1 mass market paperbacks.
Welcome New Employee
Margaret "Maggie" Schnittker started April 15 as Assistant Director of Annual Giving in Advancement, replacing Carly Wilson '12.
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