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Jan. 6, 2020

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RachelEntrepreneurship Fellowship Winner Plans Luxury Pet Hotel
Senior business administration major Rachel Rosch '20 is the recipient of the $5,000 IWU Entrepreneurship Fellowship for "Amber's Playground," a luxury pet boarding business she plans to open in northwest suburban Chicago.

AyanaStudents Present Original Research at STEM Conference
Biochemistry major Ayana Blair '21 and biology major Lilia Garcia '21 recently presented their original undergraduate research at the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) 2019 Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

AlmudenaRenowned Spanish Filmmaker Returns to Campus For Screening
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Almudena Carracedo returned to campus in November to present screenings of her two documentaries, Made in L.A. (2007) and The Silence of Others (2018).

WilliamDr. William Farrar '71 Named CEO of Major Cancer Hospital and Research Institute
Illinois Wesleyan biology alumnus Dr. William Farrar '71 was named CEO of the Ohio State University Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

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Titan Athletics
  • Former Illinois Wesleyan men's golfer Shane Smith '13 earned regular season status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the upcoming season with his performance at the qualifying tournament finals, Dec. 12-15.
  • Former Titan track and cross country standout Amanda Macuiba '16  qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon, by running the California International Marathon in 2:44:29, on Dec. 8.
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Titans In The News
Finance & Commerce

Shaye Mandle '93, the president and CEO of Medical Alley Association, was a panelist in a discussion on the anticipated technological and economic renaissance in Rochester, Minnesota.

Effingham Daily News

Kameron Roberts '23 played the role of conductor in an interactive Polar Express event that benefited CASA of Effingham County.





Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Fuist offered commentary on the gender imbalance in music, in an in-depth report also featuring vocalist and former IWU Technology Trainer Kate Browne.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan hosted a disaster preparedness workshop, including lessons learned from a devastating tornado that struck Washington, Illinois, in 2013. More coverage from WGLT-Radio and WJBC-Radio.

Wednesday Journal

The Oak Park and River Forest High School community mourned the loss of former teacher and administrator Jason Dennis '99, who died Dec. 18.

Daily Southtown

Beyond Pedagogy, a juried exhibition at Prairie State College's Christopher Art Gallery, features work by art faculty from Illinois colleges and universities, including IWU Assistant Professor of Art Joshua Lowe.

The Pantagraph

Retired IWU Librarian Karen Schmidt will receive the adult Martin Luther King Award at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Bloomington Human Relations Commission.

(Oak Park) Oak Leaves

Mark Anderson '93 and his siblings Erik and Lauren performed their third annual Anderson Family Holiday Jamboree at FitzGerald's in Berwyn, Illinois.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times

Kate Tombaugh '07 and IWU adjunct instructors Nancy Pounds and Laurel Beard performed in Messiah at St. Paul's Church in Streator, Illinois.

(Lake Forest) Lake Forester

Lisa Leali '99, currently chief education officer at Kenilworth School District 38, was named the next superintendent at Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65.

The Pantagraph

A new book co-edited by Dan Terkla, IWU emeritus professor of English, focuses on the seven most significant English maps of the world from the 12th and 13th centuries.


Former IWU staff member Reenie Bradley and her husband established a donation allowing local public libraries to circulate family passes to the Miller Park Zoo. Also in The Pantagraph.

The Pantagraph

Isaac Simmons '20, a candidate for ordination within the United Methodist Church, was cautiously optimistic about news of an amicable split of the church over issues involving same-sex marriage and ordination of gay clergy.





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Tuesday, Jan. 7

Orientation and registration of new students



Wednesday, Jan. 8

First day of classes

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – ReligiosiTEA is a weekly gathering that celebrates religious and worldview diversity, builds interfaith literacy, engages important topics ranging from faith practices to politics, and fosters interfaith dialogue and community on our campus. All are welcome for tea, coffee, treats and great discussion. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement and IWU Interfaith RSO.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Park University – Live streaming video at



Friday, Jan. 10

5:30 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Swimming and Diving vs. Wabash

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Blacklight Zumba – Kick off the semester with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and TitanThon and dance your heart out at Blacklight Zumba!



Monday, Jan. 13

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting



Coming Soon:


Founders' Day Convocation – Jim Kirk, publisher and executive editor of Crain's Chicago Business, will give an address on "The Future of Journalism in the Fake News Era" at the Convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall. Kirk is also a Titan parent to Anna Kirk '23. This event complements the University's annual intellectual theme, Fact or Fiction.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Commitment — All IWU faculty and staff are invited to participate in a morning of interactive presentations building on King's legacy of justice and inclusion for all people and designed to strengthen our work together on this campus on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Online registration is now available.



More Events
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music John Orfe received a 2019 ASCAP Plus Award in recognition of his professional activity as a composer.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Midwest Scouting Supervisor Gary Nickels '68 was named Scout of the Year by Major League Baseball at its Winter Meetings in December 2019. Gary was previously inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame and the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

  • Joe Musso '13 joined CBS Sports HQ as an anchor in December 2019. He previously served as a sports anchor for KOVR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California.


Posse Plus Retreat


This year's Posse Plus Retreat, The State of Politics, will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and will include deep discussion about critical topics in the U.S. 


About this year's retreat from the Posse Foundation: 

As the 2020 election approaches, the country has been talking more and more about the state of political discourse in the United States. How you engage politically, today, will help determine how this nation deals with these and other issues tomorrow and for years to come.  But what does political discourse look like in an era of intense polarization? We all have non-negotiables when it comes to what we believe should be the core values of our society. So how can we talk with or work with or negotiate with people who disagree with those core beliefs? The 2020 Posse Plus Retreat is going to be about how we talk about the hardest issues facing our nation and threatening our democracy.


The retreat is free for any student, faculty or staff. Transportation, lodging, meals and snacks are provided. Participation is limited to 100 registrants and we encourage you to register early. We ask that registrants make a commitment to attending fully as you are taking a spot of others who may hope to attend. We will leave campus at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and return no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. Students who have class on Friday afternoon should work with their professors prior to registering and/or contact the Dean of Students office about your potential time conflict. 


Please also note that registration is a commitment to attend the retreat in full. If your plans change, please contact the Dean of Students office prior to Jan. 29. Cancellations after Jan. 29 will incur a $50 fee to cover expenses that cannot be adjusted after that date.   


Register with this link by Jan. 20. Once we know who is attending, we will be in touch about rooming and dietary needs. We look forward to seeing you at this impactful leadership retreat!


Questions? Please contact our office ( or any Posse Scholar.



Reminder: Campus Snow and Ice Removal


It has always been our first and foremost priority to provide safe walking surfaces for the campus community. Given the extremes of conditions in a Midwestern winter and the large number of variables in conditions and forecasts, the decision-making process can be complicated. Last year in particular was exceptionally difficult, with a higher than usual incidence of rain/snow, followed by freezing rain and plummeting temperatures. Bare pavement followed by freezing rain is by far the worst-case scenario that we encounter.


Clean, dry pavement is always our end goal, and over the years the Physical Plant has worked to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. This year we are experimenting with brine application on campus sidewalks, which should prove to be a useful tool in managing snow and ice. We are hopeful that it will speed up application time and provide us a preferable option to granular salt when conditions allow. It also has the benefit of being a bit more ecologically sound. Regardless of what equipment and procedures we utilize, it still takes five employees several hours to cover the 16 miles of walks that connect our campus.


As we move into the winter season, we would encourage a cautious mindset and appropriate footwear. We would also recommend a heightened awareness, not only of conditions, but also of the machines that are out clearing the walks.


Snow and Ice Procedures


As we have already had our first hit of the snow and ice season, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into School Dude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3066 during our regular hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency, and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.


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