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Oct. 7, 2019

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homecoming Homecoming Highlights
See a Homecoming photo gallery and a video from the opening of the Mark Evans Observatory time capsule, celebrated during Homecoming activities Oct. 4-6.

AlaniSweezy '19 Awarded Rotary Scholarship to Study at Oxford

Alani Sweezy '19 is the recipient of a Global Grant Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to pursue a Master of Philosophy this fall at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Star and Lark Siblings Thank Benefactors for Investment in Student Success
Star '21 and Lark Commanday '20 expressed their gratitude to a record-setting gathering at the 23rd Scholarship Benefactor Dinner, in celebration of 334 scholarships awarded to 452 recipients at Illinois Wesleyan.

Melinda Adjunct Professor Advances on NBC's "The Voice"
A "beautiful" and "well-executed" performance of What a Wonderful World earned Illinois Wesleyan Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Melinda Rodriguez a continuing spot on NBC's The Voice.

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Titan Athletics
  • The football team cruised to a 42-14 Homecoming victory over Carroll University on Oct. 5.
  • Brandon Mueller has been chosen to lead the future Illinois Wesleyan University men's volleyball team.
  • The men's and women's soccer teams were honored with the College Team Academic Award by the United Soccer Coaches' Association for the 2018-19 academic year, while the softball team saw nine student-athletes earn Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete honors.
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Titans In The News

Contents of a time capsule, placed at the Mark Evans Observatory in 1969 by Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman, were unveiled during IWU homecoming festivities. More coverage from The Pantagraph and WJBC Radio.


Assistant Athletic Director Tony Bankston '91 weighed in on the proposed "Fair Play for Pay Act" in Illinois, which could allow college athletes to earn money from usage of their name, image and likeness.

WCBU (Peoria) Radio

Karla Bailey-Smith '90 announced her intent to run for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. More coverage from WJBC-Radio.

(Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Melinda Rodriguez advanced through the "Blind Auditions" round of NBC's The Voice.

The (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) Oak Ridger

Guest conductor Walt Otey '76 directed the Oak Ridge Community Band in a performance of William Schuman's "When Jesus Wept" at the band's "Dreams in Sound" concert.

Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Anna Rybicki '00 has been named the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra's new executive director. (Subscription required)

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan's esports team will compete in the championship match of the Best Coast Invitational at University of California, Irvine.

Royal Purple (UW-Whitewater)

Musicians from the Illinois Chamber Music Festival, directed by IWU's Lisa Nelson, performed a tour concluding at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

STL News

Mark Denzler '93, President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, will continue to serve on the Workers' Compensation Advisory Board, with a new appointment by Gov. JB Pritzker.

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Wednesday, Oct. 9

10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Walk-In Wednesdays – Students: 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: Manage Your Stress Before it Manages You – 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., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Spiritual But (Maybe) Not Religious –What does it mean to identify as "spiritual"? Or "spiritual but not religious"? What if we are unsure of our connection to religion and spirituality? Come to discuss these questions and explore experiences of finding spirituality inside and outside of religion.

7 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. North Central College – Live streaming video at

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



Thursday, Oct. 10

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Julie Park- Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join us for a presentation by guest speaker Julie Park, who will address how race, religion, and social class affect diversity and equity in higher education.



Friday, Oct. 11

10 a.m., Hansen Student Center – International Women in Academia at IWU - Titans Enlightened! – IWU faculty members will share stories about their experiences: Marina Balina, Funk Professor Emerita of Russian Studies; Zahia Drici, Mathematics; Carmela Ferradáns, Hispanic Studies; and Manori Perera, Chemistry.

12 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – FYFF "Internships 101" – Part of the Hart Career Center's "For Your Future Friday" series: Internships are vital to your future success. This session focuses on how to find opportunities in your field of interest, the application process, and how to ensure a successful experience once you land that internship.

6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Campus Meme Night – Bring your friends and enjoy a night full of meme creation and fun. The team who creates the funniest memes wins. All you have to do is bring your phone. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall  – Wind Ensemble Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.



Saturday, Oct. 12

10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Carthage College

1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving vs. Lewis



Sunday, Oct. 13

8:30-10 a.m., meet outside Evelyn Chapel – Visit to Zen Buddhist Group – IWU Interfaith invites members of the campus community for a visit to the Bloomington/Normal Zen Group, a local organization practicing Zen Buddhist meditation since 1995. Transportation provided. Please RSVP here.


10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Carroll University

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting


5:30-7 p.m. – Sunday Suppers at Chaplain Elyse's House – Come and share a home-cooked meal at Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger's home, and participate in fun and meaningful conversations about faith and life. Please RSVP on the Interfaith Facebook group or by emailing



Monday, Oct. 14

Fall Open House – Prospective students and families are invited to visit and discover all that's possible at Illinois Wesleyan.

12-2 p.m., Dugout, Memorial Center – Annual Equal Pay Bake Sale – Feminism: Equality Matters (F:EM) presents the Annual Equal Pay Bake Sale. Pay what you make to the white man's dollar and support Planned Parenthood and/or the YWCA. We will be in the Dugout Monday-Wednesday from 12-2 p.m.

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  • Dr. Brenda Lessen Knoll has published 3 new 2019 randomized controlled trials on her Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) with international colleagues in Zahedan, Iran (Community Nursing Research Center at the Zahedan University of Medical Sciences) & Tehran, Iran (Neurobehavioral Research Center at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences); and with IWU Alum Victoria Drake '18 and colleague in Bangkok, Thailand (Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University):
    • Lessen Knoll, B., Daramas, T. & Drake, V. (2019) Randomized trial of a prefeeding oral motor therapy and its effect on feeding improvement in a Thai NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 48(2), 176-188. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2019.01.003 
    • Mahmoodi, N., Lessen Knoll, B., Keykha, R., Jalalodini, A & Ghaljaei, F. (2019) The effect of oral motor intervention on oral feeding readiness and feeding progression in preterm infants. Iranian Journal of Neonatology, 10(3) 58-63. doi:10.22038/ijn.2019.34620.1515
    • Ghomi, H., Yadegari, F., Soleimani, F, Lessen Knoll, B., Noroozi, M & Mazouri, A. (2019) The effects of premature infant oral motor intervention (PIOMI) on oral feeding of preterm infants: A randomized clinical trial. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 120, 202-209. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2019.02.005   

  • B. Charles & Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding served as one of two External Reviewers for the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Brigham Young University.

Flu Shot Clinic

The Fall 2019 Flu Shot Clinic for seasonal flu shots will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Davidson Room, Memorial Center. Students, faculty, staff, and dependents (age 18 and older) are eligible to receive the flu shot. 


If you are an employee or covered dependent (age 18 and older) on IWU health insurance, the flu shot will be processed through the plan at no cost to you. Please bring a photo ID and insurance card (a photo of insurance card is also acceptable). Walgreens has indicated for individuals not covered by the IWU health insurance plan, the cost will be $41, payable prior to receiving service by check or credit card. Cash will not be accepted for payment.

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Welcome New Employee

Nickolas Helten started Sept. 30 as Photographer/Videographer, replacing Jason Reblando.

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