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April 6, 2020

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CommencementClass of 2020 Commencement Planned for August
Illinois Wesleyan plans to celebrate the Class of 2020 during a traditional outdoor Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2. The event was rescheduled from May 3 due to coronavirus precautions.

flower on the QuadIWU Launches Online Summer Term

Registration opens today for Illinois Wesleyan's pilot Summer Session. In response to the COVID-19 public health threat, all courses will be offered online, and some course offerings have changed.

laptopStay Active and Connected to Campus
Student Affairs and the Campus Activities Board are organizing virtual campus activities and ideas for how to stay connected, engaged and practice self-care while staying at home.

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Titan Athletics
  • A total of 53 Illinois Wesleyan student-athletes were chosen as recipients of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Academic All-Conference honors from the 2019-20 winter season.
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Titans In The News

Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw's research shows that rhetoric around a public health crisis affects what people know about it, their behavior, and the outcome.


Robert S. Eckley Distinguished Professor of Economics Mike Seeborg discussed the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pantagraph

Former basketball standout Brady Rose '19 enjoyed a successful first season as a professional in Germany.


Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary used local cases represented by innocence projects for classroom discussions on wrongful convictions.

Chicago Tribune

In an editorial, Illinois Wesleyan is credited among flexible universities for adjusting admissions deadlines to help reduce the stress of students applying to college amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pantagraph

Virtual visits and extended admissions deadlines are among the steps being taken by Illinois Wesleyan's enrollment officials while families shelter in place.

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Want your event listed on the University Events Calendar and Campus App?

Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.


Find more activities and suggestions for ways to be connected and engaged from the Office of Student Involvement.


Monday, April 6


Class Registration for Summer Term Begins

Registration continues through June 2

5 p.m. Shelf Care Mondays – Creating Your Tree of Happiness – #OMEShelfCare is the Office of Multifaith Engagement's way of expressing the assortment of tools we each possess to get through tough moments. We invite you to disconnect on Monday evenings, even just for a few minutes, and lean into a restorative activity. We have suggestions for you, but do what feels right for you. Afterwards, please share a photo, video, or short reflection about your experience on social media using the #OMEShelfCare hashtag. We look forward to seeing where your practices take you!



Tuesday, April 7


6:30 p.m., Zoom – "Careers in Public Health, COVID-19, and the Response" – Matthew Roberts '01, MPH, DrPH, will discuss his role as a public health official fighting communicable disease outbreaks, preparing for and responding to public health emergencies, developing informatics capacity at health departments and in healthcare, and leading the assessment of Medicaid healthcare programs in New York. He will also provide context for the coronavirus pandemic, how health departments and healthcare systems respond, and what this means for the future.

RSVP: and email Hart Career Center at for the Zoom log-in.



Wednesday, April 8


Class Registration for Fall 2020 Begins
Registration continues through April 15


11 a.m., Skype – "Starcom Worldwide: Advertising Virtual Information Session" – The Hart Career Center invites students to join Starcom Worldwide's College Recruiter Kate Rinnan to hear more about the ever-changing advertising industry and WARC 2020's Agency of the Year. RSVP and Log In here 


4 p.m., Zoom – ReligiosiTEA (Virtual): Fact or Fiction - Hinduism w/ Shruti Pattekar '21 and Hindu YUVA – Bring a mug of tea or a snack, find a comfy spot to sit down, and join your interfaith friends for virtual ReligiosiTEA gatherings! ReligiosiTEA is a weekly program hosted by IWU Interfaith and the Office of Multifaith Engagement, exploring diverse topics related to religion, spirituality, and interfaith cooperation. IWU community members from all worldviews and faith backgrounds are welcome!



Thursday, April 9


7 p.m., ZoomGeneral Trivia with CAB – Join the Campus Activities Board for some general trivia. The top 5 winners at the end of our session will get a prize. (Students, check your emails for the Zoom passcode.)


8 p.m., Zoom – CommunityCare Thursdays – Join Multifaith Ambassador Amanda Wesche for a casual hangout with Kahoots, conversation, and a space where people can just be together and get some social interaction (virtually of course).

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Welcome New Employees

Karen Barrett started March 2 as a custodian with Physical Plant, replacing Edilia Garcia, who retired.


Kristen Tolbert started March 16 as a custodian with Physical Plant, replacing Ron Rousey, who transferred to Assistant Manager of Custodial Services – 3rd Shift.

In Sympathy

Michael A. Vinson, who retired from IWU in 2019 after more than 50 years as a custodian, passed away on Thursday, April 2, at his home. There will be no services or visitation. An obituary is online.

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