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Sept. 16, 2019

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Observatory 50 Year-Old Time Capsule to be Opened at Homecoming

The contents of a 50-year-old time capsule from the Mark Evans Observatory, placed by Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman during the observatory's 1969 dedication ceremony, will be unveiled during Illinois Wesleyan's Homecoming.

Alumni Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming
Ed Rust Jr. '72, Erin Anderson '07, and Jean (Sullivan) Baird '80 will be recognized at the annual "Alumni Awards Reception: Best of Illinois Wesleyan" on Friday, Oct. 4.

Carol Phoenix Gates to be Dedicated at Homecoming
The campus gateway at the Presser Hall sidewalk, across from Evelyn Chapel, will officially be renamed The Phoenix Gates to honor the Phoenix family legacy, which includes sale of land where the campus was built and ongoing scholarships.

Dave Dave Kindred Collection to Open at The Ames Library
National Hall of Fame sportswriter Dave Kindred '63 will return to Illinois Wesleyan for the opening of the Dave Kindred Papers collection in the Tate Archives and Special Collections on Friday, Oct. 4, during Homecoming activities.

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Titan Athletics
  • Illinois Wesleyan announced the addition of men's volleyball and women's bowling as the University's 23rd and 24th intercollegiate sport offerings. Both sports will begin competition during the 2020-21 athletic year.
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Titans In The News
Chicago Tribune

Joe Ruffolo '88, a physics teacher at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois, is a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Chicago Health

IWU student-athlete Charlie Hildestad '22 has found "relief and happiness" after receiving a cure for a heart arrhythmia.

Cobb (Georgia) Business Journal

Cobb-based Sterling Seacrest Partners, a top insurance brokerage and consulting firm, has named Shannon Baker '14 as a client advisor.

Wisconsin State Journal

Chad McGehee '03 works with athletes, law enforcement officials and students in mindfulness, the practice of using mental exercises to cope with stress.


With Illinois Wesleyan alum Michael Tipsord '81 as CEO, State Farm is among a majority of Fortune 100 companies whose chief executives attended schools outside the Ivy League.

WGLT Radio

A set of gates at Illinois Wesleyan will be named in honor of the family who sold land to the school some 165 years ago. The Oct. 5 dedication will be part of Homecoming festivities.

WGLT Radio

Illinois Wesleyan Athletic Director Mike Wagner has announced the university plans to add men's volleyball and women's bowling for the 2020-2021 athletic year.

(Decatur) Herald & Review

Britt Boles '13 has been promoted to business tax manager at RSM US LLP, a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services.

(Kankakee) Daily Journal

Lori Marek Birtley '76, a fellow Central Illinois native and IWU classmate of Jack Sikma '77, reunited with the new Hall of Famer at a reception hosted by alumni in Seattle.

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Monday, Sept. 16

10 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Extra Resume Help – Need your resume reviewed before the upcoming Career Fair? Join local professionals to sharpen your resume.

3 p.m., The Ames Library – Reception Honoring Bedford Watkins – The School of Music will host a reception honoring Bedford Watkins, piano faculty member from 1958 until 1988, and celebrating his work. Featured at the event will be original scores of his compositions, recordings made with former faculty Susan Brandon, Dwight Drexler and others, as well as the harpsichord that Watkins and his family have donated to the School of Music. 

4 p.m., 102 (Case Study Room), State Farm Hall – Taking the Road Less Traveled - Student Stories of Studying Abroad – Don't miss this opportunity to expand your view of the world – and how you might engage with it. Come hear stories from students who have recently studied abroad in places off the beaten path, showing how they not only survived, but thrived while abroad. Co-sponsored by the Development Studies Team of the International Studies Program and the International Office.



Tuesday, Sept. 17

4 p.m., Fellowship Area/Basement, Evelyn Chapel – Garrett Seminary Informational Visit – Grant Swanson from Garrett Seminary (on the campus of Northwestern University) will share information with students about the various degrees that the Seminary offers. If you have professional and educational interests that might align with any of the following programs, please consider attending: Master of Divinity (MDiv); Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE); Master of Arts in Music Ministry (MAMM); Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) - Optional Clinical Track; Master of Arts in Public Ministry (MAPM); Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction (MASFD); or Master of Theological Studies (MTS). Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement at Evelyn Chapel.



Wednesday, Sept. 18


10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk-In Wednesdays –Bring your resume or cover letter and have a Hart Career Center staff member review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.

11 a.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Center – Benefits and Concerns of Legalizing Marijuana Tabling Event – In January 2020, Illinois will legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Stop by and voice your opinion on the benefits and concerns of legalizing marijuana in the state of Illinois. Informational handouts will be available to help students understand how marijuana affects the body. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services.

12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Academic Skills Series: Time Management: Balancing Life & Academics – The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present the Academic Skills Series, a series of programs designed to assist students in the development or strengthening of academic skills (in and out of the classroom) needed to be successful at IWU.

4 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Garden (behind Evelyn Chapel) – ReligiosiTEA: Multifaith Meditation Garden Party – Join IWU Interfaith and the Sierra Student Coalition for a garden party. Come and check out our "Green Rule Tree" and enjoy delicious food and great conversation about how our ethics, spiritualities, and worldviews shape our commitments to, and advocacy on behalf of, the environment. All are welcome!

7 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Live streaming video at

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



Thursday, Sept. 19


4:30 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – 3D: IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice Workshop: "Facts or Fictions" – Join faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and students for IWU's Center for Human Rights and Social Justice annual human rights workshop, where we will – through small group case study discussion and large group conversation – consider the various "facts and fictions" of urgent human rights issues in our community and world. Topics will include: human rights treaties; art and activism; LGBTQ inclusion and The United Methodist Church; immigration and the U.S./Mexico border; social media; and the construction of identity in conflict zones. Come for great conversation and learning, dinner, and an opportunity to network with campus and community leaders and activists. Register here.


7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Career Fair Success Workshop – Are you prepared for the upcoming IWU Fall Career Fair and other fairs?  Do you know what to wear or how to make a good first impression with employers?  Join us to ensure that you make valuable contacts that lead to internship or employment opportunities.



Friday, Sept. 20

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

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – Faculty and Guest Recital – Sponsored by the School of Music.



Saturday, Sept. 21


10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Earlham College – Live streaming video at


3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Bloomington-Normal Music Teachers Association (BNMTA) Piano Master Class

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

3:30 p.m., Neis Field  – Men's Soccer vs. Principia College – Live streaming video at

4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Fall Fest – Various fun fall activities that are typically on an apple orchard/family farm will be brought to campus. There's going to be a ring toss, caramel apples, pumpkin painting, candy corn, photo booth – sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-5p.m., Hart Career Center – Resume Printing for the IWU Fall Career Fair – Need copies of your resume printed for the IWU Fall Career Fair on Monday, Sept. 23? Stop by the Hart Career Center and our staff will print 10 copies for you. (*Note: you may need more than this! Other locations are available on campus as well.)

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – Guest Artist Recital: Svetlana Belsky, Piano – Sponsored by the School of Music.



Monday, Sept. 23

4 p.m., Shirk Center – IWU Fall Career Fair – Employers offering internships, full-time job opportunities & volunteer experiences will be attending. IWU students of all majors & years in school should plan to attend this event. Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume.


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  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Meghan Burke gave a keynote address on Sept. 11 on Racial Literacy and the Arts, and helped to facilitate half-day workshops around race and diversity at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Weir Fellowship Accepting Applications Now


Through the leadership and generosity of Elizabeth Weir, the IWU Action Research Center is proud to offer an annual action research fellowship valued at $1,000. The project must take place in spring or May Term of 2020. All IWU students are encouraged to apply. Applications are due at noon on Oct 14. For more information and a link to the application form, please visit Questions can be directed to Deborah Halperin



Display Space Available at The Ames Library


The Ames Library Exhibit Team invites any RSO to contact us about utilizing display space in the library. There are several exhibit spaces in the library to promote student work, class projects, guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or any topic of interest you'd like to share with the campus community. If your group is interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at or ext. 1538.

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Welcome New Employees

Stuart Haruyama, IWU's new Coordinator of Multifaith Engagement, joins the Illinois Wesleyan community following the completion of his Master of Theological Studies degree at Harvard Divinity School. He has experience in interfaith engagement, religious literacy, community organizing, student leadership development, and service and social justice work on college campuses.


He will be working within the newly named Office of Multifaith Engagement at Evelyn Chapel and will lead the Multifaith Ambassador Program, convene the Council on Religious Life, and lead Alternative Break Programs. He will also collaborate on programs and initiatives related to worldview diversity, spirituality, and social justice with Associate Dean of Students and Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and other partners across campus.

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