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Oct. 14, 2019

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acacia Homecoming Highlights
We enjoyed reminiscing, revisiting, and creating new stories with you! See more photos, including Class Reunion celebrations. And more videos:
- Homecoming Highlights

- Alumni Award Winners
- Phoenix Gates Dedication

NawarajIntersection of Hindu Religion and Politics Considered in Faculty Book

A study considering the intersection of religion and politics surrounding the Hindu kingship ceremonies has been published by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Nawaraj Chaulagain.

Team League of Legends Team Captures Championship
Illinois Wesleyan's esports program has captured the championship in a national tournament in the program's second season, winning the UCI Best Coast Invitational championship on Oct. 10 in Irvine, California. Also reported by WGLT Radio.

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Titan Athletics
  • Class of 2018 alum Anthony Lunsford, a collegiate bowling standout at Ashford University before he transferred to Illinois Wesleyan, has been selected as the women's bowling coach.
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Central Illinois Business

Alex Roth '09 and Donavan Laible '17 recently earned promotions at RSM's Champaign office.


Illinois Wesleyan named Anthony Lunsford '18 its head women's bowling coach.


The works of five IWU faculty members are on display at IWU's Merwin Gallery through this Thursday, Oct. 17.

Piatt County Journal-Republican

Sarah Perry '97, currently Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney, announced she will run for Piatt County State's Attorney next year.

The Pantagraph

IWU Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Hannah Mesouani and alum Monica (Simonin) Bullington '11 were recognized as part of The Pantagraph's 20 Under 40 program at the Leaders of Distinction reception.

The Pantagraph

Spencer Burbach '21 was tapped to perform the aria "She Appeared" from the opera Martha at the Classical Mandolin Society of America's annual convention held in Bloomington-Normal.

The DePaulia

IWU Professor of History Tom Lutze offered insight into China's National Day celebration.

The Pantagraph

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

The Pantagraph

Karen Bussone, the director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan, wrote about the business of art.

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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., (Daily through Wednesday) Dugout, Memorial Center – Annual Equal Pay Bake Sale – Feminism: Equality Matters (F:EM) presents the Annual Equal Pay Bake Sale. Pay what you make compared to the white man's dollar and support Planned Parenthood and/or the YWCA.


5 p.m., Meditation Garden (behind Evelyn Chapel) – Sukkot Celebration – Come celebrate and learn about the Jewish festival of Sukkot, sponsored by IWU's Jewish Student Association. Pizza will be served.


7-7:45 p.m., Multifaith Meditation Room, Memorial Center – Self Care Meditation – Enjoy a relaxing time with stories, music, and meditation. Students from all spiritual, religious, and secular backgrounds are encouraged to join. The Multifaith Meditation Room, located up the stairs from Campus Safety and Young Main Lounge, is open any time for students seeking a quiet place to meditate, pray, or just relax in silence. Contact for more information.


Tuesday, Oct. 15

9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Also Wednesday), Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Flu Shot Clinic – Seasonal flu shots will be offered to students, faculty, staff, and dependents (age 18 and older).

4 p.m., Auditorium, Myers Welcome Center – IWU Freeman Asia Informational Session  – Thanks to the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, IWU will be able to support all expenses for up to 40 students to do internships in Asia for up to two months in summer 2020. This opportunity is available to all students who are currently sophomores and juniors and who will return to the IWU campus for at least a semester following the internship. Come learn about internship opportunities in Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan or the Philippines, and listen to the experience of students who participated this past summer. Sponsored by the International Office and Hart Career Center.

7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Alumni Kickoff Event: Personal Branding – Employers find talent in many ways today. Your personal brand & online presence is key to your success. Join two IWU alumna who know what innovation & creativity is all about: Jessica Shull '03 is Technology Manager, Digital Assets & Strategy for State Farm and Melinda Magerkurth '10 is Product Development and Analytics Analyst for Country Financial.  Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.



Wednesday, Oct. 16

10 a.m.-noon & 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., C101, CNS – Faculty Meeting

11 a.m., E103, CNS – Prep for Summer 2020 Research/Internship Opportunities – Are you looking for ways to build your resume for graduate or professional school? Consider summer internships or research opportunities. It's not too early to start exploring your options and to prepare application materials as summer programs often have early deadlines.

12 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Academic Skills Series: Podium Skills: Improving Your Presentations – 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: Fact or Fiction: Paganism
What do you know about Paganism? Come bust any misconceptions and learn more about this millenniums-old tradition. Hosted by IWU's Pagan Student Association.

7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Augustana College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Tommy's, Hansen Student Center – Tommy's Trivia – Bring a team of friends to compete for munch money prizes at Tommy's Trivia. Tommy's will stay open late so you can enjoy a mid-week break with some good food and friends. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.



Friday, Oct. 18

Fall Break Day (No Classes)



Saturday, Oct. 19

1 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at

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



Monday, Oct. 21


Through Dec. 8, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibits: "Uprock" and "Invisible Distance" – "Uprock" by Malcolm Mobutu Smith, 2019 Stellaccio Lecturer, will be on display in the Merwin Gallery, and Monika Meler's "Invisible Distance" in the Wakeley Gallery. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m., Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m.

4 p.m., Room 205, CLA – Info Session: IWU London Program – Offered during the fall semester of each year and led by an IWU faculty member, the IWU London Program allows IWU students to live and study in London for a semester, taking IWU courses taught by British faculty who are specialists in their knowledge of London and in their academic field. Sponsored by the International Office.

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  • The McLean County Community Compact will host a discussion on the collaborative partnerships at the post-secondary level happening in McLean County, which are sparking interest in career and college pathways. The Education to Employer (E2E) Fall Summit will begin with a fireside chat including a scheduled appearance by Interim IWU President Georgia Nugent.
    In addition, Warren Kistner '83, Director of the IWU Career Center, will participate in a panel session on "Connecting Employers and College Students through Career Services."
    The Summit will be 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Astroth Center at Heartland Community College. It is free to attend, but registration is required.
  • Also upcoming, President Georgia Nugent will be the keynote speaker at the Associated Colleges of Illinois Fall Conference on Friday, Nov. 1 in Lisle, Illinois.

Trick-or-Treat for Change

Come participate in Trick-or-Treat for Change, a Halloween fundraiser with Habitat for Humanity. This is a great way to have some fun in the community while also raising money for a good cause – sign up now! Both individuals and teams (3-4 students) are encouraged to sign up. Event starts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.



2020 MLK Teach-In


The 2020 MLK Teach-in will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. The keynote address will be given by Sundiata Cha-Jua, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



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 9 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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