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Aug. 19, 2019

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Lydia Bertschi '05 Continues Cardiovascular Research through Nurse Educator Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Nursing Lydia Bertschi '05 is continuing to research cardiovascular disease in Haiti as the recipient of a 2019 Nurse Educator Fellowship.

Shermer Bestselling Author and Skeptic to Speak at President's Convocation
Michael Shermer, a bestselling author and the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, will speak during Illinois Wesleyan's President's Convocation on Sept. 4, complementing the University's intellectual theme for the year, Fact or Fiction.

Boryana Borisova '17 Serves as Library of Congress Junior Fellow
Boryana Borisova '17 experienced the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library while serving as a junior fellow with the Library of Congress this summer.

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Titan Athletics
  • The fall sports season gets underway with scrimmages for men's and women's soccer and volleyball this week.
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Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman spent part of her summer interviewing children held at U.S. immigration facilities on behalf of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.  

The Pantagraph

Students returning to Illinois Wesleyan's campus will notice facility improvements made over the summer months.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan football players returned to campus and a renovated football locker room.

The Pantagraph

Tips for small business hiring were included in a column by Karen Bussone, director of the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Pantagraph

Construction of the 26th Habitat Collegiate House, a joint project between Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan students, began this month.  

WXEF Radio, Effingham

Grant Wolfe '21, along with his Illinois Wesleyan basketball teammates, took a 10-day trip to Italy that included a series of exhibition games.

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Monday, Aug. 19


International Connections – International Connections is a pre-orientation program created specifically for the roommates of international students, to help support their individual success and enhance their roommate relationship. Other Pre-Orientation programs – Engaging Diversity, IMPACT and International Student Orientation – conclude today.



Tuesday, Aug. 20


New Students Arrive and Turning Titan Orientation begins – with activities through Sunday, Aug. 25.

6:15 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Student Convocation – A highlight of Turning Titan Orientation events



Wednesday, Aug. 21

3 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. Aurora University (Scrimmage)



Friday, Aug. 23

5 p.m., Neis Field  – Men's Soccer vs. DePauw University (Scrimmage)



Saturday, Aug. 24

Returning Students Arrive

1:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball - Green vs. White Scrimmage



Sunday, Aug. 25

4:30 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. Knox College (Scrimmage)


Monday, Aug. 26

First day of classes!



* See Academic Calendars for this coming year and through 2022-23.

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  • The SPIE Optics + Photonics meeting is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America,consisting of 70 independent conferences along with a significant trade show. Once again, IWU B. Charles & Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor Gabriel Spalding chaired the largest of these conferences, which highlighted Nobel Prize winning work, including a special session recognizing Nobel Prize winner and SPIE Fellow Arthur Ashkin. Spalding has served for 16 years on the Optics + Photonics Technical Organizing Committee for Nanoscience + Engineering.
New Faces, New Places

Get to know new employees who have joined Illinois Wesleyan in the past year, plus learn about office relocations and name changes, at

In Sympathy
Emeritus trustee John Stutzman '54 died on Aug. 9 at age 91. With his wife Erma, who survives, he established the Peace Fellows Program at Illinois Wesleyan. Read an obituary.
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