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Sept. 23, 2019

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Wah Chook '22 Honored for Community Service and Leadership

Nursing major Wah Chook '22 is the recipient of a Why I See You (YICU) Service Award, presented by For a Better Tomorrow, in recognition of her community service and leadership in McLean County.

Munib Mafazy '02 to Receive Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award
Munib Said Mafazy '02 will be honored with the Illinois Wesleyan School of Nursing's 2019 "Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing" during Homecoming festivities.

Mike Faculty Book Analyzes 'Negative Capability'
The phenomenon of "negative capability" is examined in a new book edited by Professor of English and University Writing Program Director Michael Theune.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan women's soccer team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Sept. 22, en route to its third straight victory.
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Titans In The News
(Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette

IWU Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Associate Professor Meg Miner, who served during the Persian Gulf War as a U.S. Air Force mechanic, was featured in The News-Gazette's "Those Who Served" series.


Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Greg King offered insight on how Illinois Wesleyan and other schools are meeting enrollment challenges.

The Pantagraph

Ed Rust Jr. '72, Erin Anderson '07 and Jean (Sullivan) Baird '80 will be recipients of Illinois Wesleyan alumni awards, presented Oct. 4 as part of Homecoming festivities.


Jordan Baker '21 announced his intent to run for a seat on the McLean County Board, currently held by IWU Assistant Vice President for Advancement Carlo Robustelli, who announced he would not seek reelection. More coverage from WJBC-RadioThe Pantagraph and WGLT Radio.

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50-year-old time capsule located at the Mark Evans Observatory will be opened at IWU's 2019 Homecoming.

The Pantagraph

A campus gateway outside of Presser Hall will be named in honor of Carol (Pedigo) Phoenix '67 and her family at Homecoming.

The Pantagraph

Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Hanna Mesouani is among "20 Under 40" honorees, recognizing young professionals who excel in their career, are passionate about their community and are making a mark in Central Illinois.

Madison-St. Clair Record

Carlina Tapia-Ruano '77 was among those named to a Northern District screening committee by Illinois senators, to help evaluate candidates for Federal District Court Judge.



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Monday, Sept. 23

4-6:30 p.m., Shirk Center – IWU Fall Career Fair – Employers offering internships, full-time job opportunities & volunteer experiences will be on campus. IWU students of all majors & years in school should plan to attend.


Tuesday, Sept. 24

10 a.m., Weibring Golf Club, Normal – Men's Golf - CCIW Preview

4 p.m., Pfeiffer Hall Lounge – Fruit Mixer – An event where students can meet and socialize with the LGBTQ+ faculty and staff on campus. Refreshments will be provided; sponsored by Pride Alliance.

4 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – "What We Did Last Summer" - Presentation by the IWU Freeman Asia Interns – IWU Freeman Asia Interns will give poster presentations about their experiences while participating in the Freeman Asia Internship program. Refreshments will be available during the poster session. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

4 p.m., ISU Redbird Arena – ISU Career Fair – IWU students are welcomed & encouraged to attend this event. After attending our own Fall Career Fair, take the opportunity to make additional contacts at this event just down the street.

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

7 p.m., C101, CNS – Global Patterns and Consequences of Current Lake Warming – Dr. Catherine O'Reilly, Associate Professor with the Geography-Geology Department at Illinois State University and an internationally known authority on freshwater ecology, will explore global patterns in lake warming trends, describe how these changes are related to climate and other factors, and discuss the consequences this warming will have for lake ecosystems, water quality, and management of precious freshwater resources. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, Biology Department, and JWP Audubon.



Wednesday, Sept. 25

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.

12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Academic Skills Series: Study Smart (includes note-taking and test-taking tips) – 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., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Dialogues Across the Disciplines: Irv Epstein's "Addressing Global School Violence: Internal and External Examples of Destructive Affect"  – Irv Epstein is Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice, chair of the Department of Educational Studies, and director of the IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. This essay is a chapter from his new book, Affect Theory and Comparative Education Discourse: Essays on Fear and Loathing in Response to Global Educational Policy and Practice. Discussion will be led by students Drew Hiller '22 & Kira Schoen '21. The paper will be circulated beforehand—contact for a copy. The Dialogues are supported by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – What is a sacred space? Do our sacred spaces have to be religious? Can sacred spaces change? Join us this week for a discussion about sacred spaces in relation to the spiritual, religious, and secular. All are welcome for tea, coffee, treats and great conversation. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement and IWU Interfaith RSO.



Thursday, Sept. 26

4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Reimagining Palestine from Two States to One  – Dr. Virginia Tilley, Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University, will give a talk on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

4 p.m., 305, CLA – IWU London Program Info Session  – Offered during fall semester of each year and led by an IWU faculty member, the IWU London Program allows Illinois Wesleyan students to live and study in London for a semester, taking IWU courses taught by a British faculty who are specialists in their knowledge of London and in their academic field. Sponsored by the International Office.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Diversity Progress Report Discussion Forum – IWU delivers an annual Diversity Progress Report to all members of the campus community (available here). All students, faculty and staff are invited to a discussion about our progress and how we might continue inclusion efforts in our next strategic planning process. This is a discussion-based forum with an eye to future initiatives. Questions? Contact Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall.



Friday, Sept. 27


Through Sunday – Family Weekend


12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – FYFF "Interviewing Workshop" – A part of our series entitled "For Your Future Friday." Interviews can be challenging experiences but preparation is key. Can you provide behavioral examples of your strengths? Do you know what questions to ask? This presentation will give students the knowledge & confidence to make every interview a great interview!

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Trivia  – Join CAB for this Family Weekend kickoff event! Come with your family, friends, or on your own and join a team. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Saturday, Sept. 28


(Time TBA) Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Olivet Nazarene

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

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Comedian: Dave Helem – Come out & enjoy your Family Weekend by watching comedian Dave Helem for excellent entertainment. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Sept. 29

9 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Homecoming Decoration  – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

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  • Scientific & Academic Publishing (SAP) has published an article, Student Character Development: Relationships, Resources, and Considerations, by Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Evaluation Michael Thompson and Ben and Susan Rhodes Professor of Peace and Social Justice, Chair of Educational Studies, and Director of the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice Irv Epstein.

Join IWU at the McLean County Heart Walk


The American Heart Association 2019 McLean County Heart Walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 p.m. on the Illinois State University Quad.  A team from Illinois Wesleyan, "Titans with Heart," lead by the IWU women's soccer team and Student Nurses' Association, would like to invite you to participate. Details can be found here.

Are you up for a few steps to assist the American Heart Association? If so, follow this link to join the team. Tommy Titan will join the rest of the "Titans with Heart" to paint the ISU Quad green in support of those affected by heart disease.

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