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Feb. 3, 2020

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GeorgiaStudents Interview President Nugent for Podcast

The official podcast of the Argus newspaper, Slightly Underwhelming, interviewed President Georgia Nugent for an episode released Jan. 30. (Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify)


The host of the podcast, Tera Wilson, sat down for an hour with Nugent in an effort to learn about topics such as her distinguished career, her childhood and student life, and her plans for Illinois Wesleyan.


Writer Paige McLaughlin '23 said the goal of the interview was to give the student body a better idea of what their new president is like, and to give Nugent a chance to connect further with them. Students were given the opportunity to submit questions for Nugent to answer.


"Nugent's willingness to interact with the campus and share her story and time with us shows that she is truly invested in the success and lives of the people who have chosen to make this institution part of their lives, and that she plans to play an active role in helping to change and evolve the university for the better," McLaughlin wrote in the podcast description.

AdnaMujovic '21 Earns 50,000 Euro Grant to Support Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
A grant proposal written by Adna Mujovic '21 during her internship at the Mission For Migrant Workers, as part of the Freeman Asia Internship Program, received 50,000 euros in funding to support female migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.

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Illinois Wesleyan unveiled a banner honoring Hall of Famer Jack Sikma '77. Also reported in The Pantagraph, along with a photo gallery.

The (Roslyn Heights), N.Y. Island Now

Acclaimed opera vocalist Zelotes Edmund Toliver '70 will perform his concert of African American spirituals live at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, N.Y., on Feb. 23.


IWU Director of Esports Callum Fletcher discussed the growth of the collegiate esports program and what's next in store.

The (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald


Claire Sheehan '09 received a Jodie Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into St. Charles East High School's Athletics Hall of Fame.


Katy (Seibring) Neally '14 coaches the Fieldcrest girls' basketball team alongside her husband, Mitch Neally.


The Norman (Okla.) Transcript

Former Bradley University men's basketball coach Jim Molinari '77 was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Monday, Feb. 3


12-2 p.m. daily through Friday, Feb. 7, Dugout, Memorial Center – Interfaith & RSO Table – Come to the Dugout each day this week to learn about a different religious or worldview group on campus and reflect on your own values, part of our campus celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue and collaboration. Illinois Wesleyan and the Office of Multifaith Engagement will celebrate the week with a variety of campus events and activities honoring different traditions represented on campus, as well as promoting engagement in our shared values and commitments.



Tuesday, Feb. 4

4-7 p.m., Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center, 200 N. University St., Normal – ISU Spring Internship Fair – IWU students are welcome & encouraged to attend this event just down the street.


6 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – The Other Son: Movie Screening & Discussion – IWU Interfaith will host a movie screening of The Other Son, a French film exploring the challenges of Israeli-Palestinian relationships. A discussion of the film will follow. Part of World Interfaith Harmony Week.



Wednesday, Feb. 5

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 Hart Career Center staff review it. Have a quick question about Handshake? Need help preparing for an upcoming interview? We're here to help.
12-2 p.m., SAGA Steps, Memorial Center – New Marijuana Laws - Tabling Event – On January 1, Illinois enacted the legalization of recreational marijuana. What does this mean?  Where is it legal to smoke? Can I grow my own marijuana? How much am I allowed to have in my possession? Stop by this tabling event to pick up some information, be informed and know the new laws. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services.

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Interfaith Jeopardy – Come test your knowledge about different world traditions and win prizes! Part of World Interfaith Harmony Week.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium – Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm: Film Sneak Preview and Q&A


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


Thursday, Feb. 6

Through Sunday, Feb. 8 – Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Festival

4 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Short Story Reading by David Ebenbach  – David Ebenbach will be reading from his work in The Guy We Didn't Invite to the Orgy and other stories. The event is free, and all are welcome. A writing masterclass based around food, also with Mr. Ebenbach, will begin immediately after. Students are welcome to attend one or both. Sponsored by Tributaries and Gamma Upsilon, Illinois Wesleyan's chapter of the national media honor society.

5 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Feed the Body, Feed the Soul? A Writing Masterclass for Human Animals – Food ties us to place, to the season, to our cultures and histories. It's at the center of family, identity, desire, and self-mortification. Sometimes it's the best way to feed the soul, and other times the worst. And the stakes are high: too little food and we die; too much of it and, well, we also die. In other words, it's fraught. And what could be better for writing than something so fraught? In this masterclass, we'll write our way into our hungers, into the animal (and perhaps also sacred) nature of human experience. This event is taught by David Ebenbach, free, and open to the public.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Spoken Word – Ebony Stewart and several IWU students will perform, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Friday, Feb. 7

Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - IWU Pentathlon/Heptathlon

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Roller Rave – Enjoy music, roller skating, and fun! Students are invited to come and join the Campus Activities Board for a poppin' roller rave.



Saturday, Feb. 8

11 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Keck D-III Select Invitational

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse - Alumni Scrimmage

3 p.m., Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Wisconsin Lutheran

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Augustana College  – Live streaming video at

6 p.m., Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Principia

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Augustana College  – Live streaming video at


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Annual Drag Show – IWU Pride Alliance will host its 17th annual charity drag show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 (funds go to charity).



Sunday, Feb. 9

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Alumni Recital - Jacob Taitel '18, Tuba – Sponsored by the School of Music.

5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Lunar New Year Celebration – Chinese Culture & Communication Club along with Hindu YUVA, Japanese Culture Club and Cypher Dance Club will present a night of culture, food, music and dances. We celebrate lunar new year in this unique way and this year's theme is "What's your story?"


6-8 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Evening of Stories and Food – Scholar and Rabbi Deborah Prinz will share about the parallels between the chocolate trade and Sephardic Jewish history, followed by a chocolate-themed dinner. Find more information or RSVP here.


6 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting



Monday, Feb. 10


TAG Day heartCNS & State Farm Hall from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Dugout from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. – Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) – TAG Day provides our campus community with the opportunity to thank donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. We celebrate each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when tuition dollars run out and we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.


Please make time to stop by one of the TAG Day tables to write a note to one or more donors who help make an IWU experience possible. Also, please share your gratitude on social media using #IWUThanks.

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Welcome New Employees

Doni York started Jan. 3 as the Event Coordinator for Conference Services, replacing Anna Bromaghim-Compton.


Peggy Corry started Jan. 20 as a Custodian for Physical Plant, replacing Lorraine Costello.


Derek Grant started Jan. 20 as a Custodian for Physical Plant, replacing Cindy Merideth.

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