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April 20, 2020

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

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ElyAlpha Psi Lambda National Inc. Establishes IWU Chapter
Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc., the first-ever Latinx-interest fraternity at Illinois Wesleyan, is now one of 10 social greek organizations offering leadership, service and social opportunities for IWU students.

JeremyEntrepreneurship Fellowship Winner Creates Coffee Enhancer
A cup of morning joe, with a dash of Illinois Wesleyan senior Jeremy Glickman's newly developed coffee enhancer, could provide consumers with increased energy and focus for the day ahead.

virtualStudents Value Virtual Social Connections
To help keep Illinois Wesleyan's student community connected during this time of social distancing, the Office of Student Involvement has spearheaded a campus-wide effort to reimagine activities and engagement opportunities.

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Titan Athletics
  • As NCAA Division III athletic programs devoted a week to honoring the positive impact of athletics, we note that Illinois Wesleyan student-athletes, coaches, and staff have combined for over 12,000 hours of community service in the Bloomington-Normal area over the past three years.
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The Butler Collegian

"Renaissance man" Jeremy Gruner '16 is enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programs, in dance and music composition, respectively, at Butler University.


IWU men's soccer coach Kyle Schauls is among many locals expanding their gardens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pantagraph

Bloomington dentist Kevin Schultz '79 spent the first full week of April at home — and not at Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters — for the first time in 30 years.

The Pantagraph

Former Arizona State coach and Major League Baseball manager Bobby Winkles '52 died Friday. He was 90. More coverage from USA Today, Forbes and IWU Sports.





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Monday, April 20

12 p.m., (Virtual)  – Titan Career Chat: Learn More About Optometry & Owning a Healthcare Practice – The Hart Career Center is continuing its virtual "Titan Career Chats" series connecting students with successful IWU alumni. Dr. Caitlyn McHugh '12 from Focused Eye Care in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, will share information about her journey from IWU to her current position as both an optometrist and owner of the practice. Please join us to learn more about this professional path and what it takes to own your healthcare practice.
Email Michele Darnell, Pre-Health advisor, at for a link to the presentation.

4 p.m., Google Meet – 3D: Cultivating a Culture of Respect – Facilitated by Emily Rosenquist and Jordan Prats. To create a more empathic, ethical, and culturally responsive community, the presenters will address the intersections of identity and oppression regarding the issue of sexual violence. The presenters will then engage the collective knowledge of the group to discern effective education techniques. Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Task Force & the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


5 p.m. – Shelf Care Mondays – Enneagram of Personality – #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.

6:30 p.m., Zoom – Titan Career Chat: Book Publishing 101 (and Other Things You Can Do With A Liberal Arts Degree) – The Hart Career Center will host Todd Stocke '93, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for Sourcebooks. Would you like to know more about the publishing field? Learn how to apply your liberal arts education? Hear from a successful Titan alumnus who has overseen the growth of a small publishing firm to one of the top publishing firms in the country. RSVP:
Log-in: We will send the Zoom link to students who RSVP.



Tuesday, April 21

12 p.m., (Virtual) – Career Center Event: Osteopathic Medicine – There are two degree programs for pursuing medical school – allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO). Jillian Galich, admissions representative from Midwestern University, will share information about their osteopathic medical program. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about the DO philosophy and the application process. Galich will also field questions about the process generally and, more specifically, can address admissions in the current COVID-19 climate.
Email Michele Darnell, Pre-Health advisor, at for a link to the presentation.

6:30 p.m., (Virtual) – Navigating Job/Internship Search: Learn How to Market Your Liberal Arts Education – Challenging times require that you are equipped with knowledge. Hear from two Human Resources professionals regarding how to market your IWU education to employers. Learn the tips and tricks to navigate your job and internship search. Tera Peplow (HR Recruiter for McMaster-Carr) and Amber Spiewak '11 (Campus Recruiting - Program Manager for Charles Schwab & Co.) will be the featured presenters, hosted by the Hart Career Center.



Wednesday, April 22


12 p.m., (Virtual)  – Pursuing Healthcare Professional School Through the U.S. Military  – Do you want Uncle Sam to pay for your professional school program – medical, dental, physical therapy, etc.? It's possible to get your degree debt-free through one of the military branches, but it's important to also consider the commitment that you are making. Two Army representatives will present information and answer your questions. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about a way to earn your degree without all of the debt.
Email Michele Darnell, Pre-Health advisor, at for a link to the presentation.

4 p.m., (Virtual) – ReligiosiTEA: End of Year and Senior Farewells – 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. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


6 p.m. until midnight (Virtual) – Earth Day 50th Anniversary: Online Screening of The Story of Plastic. See details below.



Thursday, April 23

Reading Day (NO CLASSES)

8 p.m., ZoomLate Night Breakfast With President Nugent, Provost Brodl, & Dean Karla – We are keeping up with traditions! Join President Georgia Nugent, Provost Mark Brodl, and Dean Karla Carney-Hall as they recreate late night breakfast on Reading Day. They will be cooking their favorite breakfast item and would love for everyone to join in.

President Nugent will be making Florentine Frittata, Provost Brodl will be making the San Antonio Egg Casserole Suprema, and Dean Karla will be making her favorite Blackberry French Toast. We will send out the "recipe card" so you can gather all of the ingredients needed to cook along with them as we get closer to the event. Use #IWU'svirtualbreakfast to show that you're "at the event"! The first 5 people to post with the hashtag will get a gift card to Forte Jesse Cafe, Pancake House, or Cracker Barrel. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Friday, April 24

Through Tuesday, April 28 – Final examinations



Sunday, April 26

3 p.m., ZoomDestress Event: "Painting with IWU's Bob Ross" – Overwhelmed with Finals? Join IWU's Bob Ross, Katie Weston, and paint your own masterpiece with her. Katie will be doing a session with paper and pencil and a session with paint. Colors that she will use are white, blue, green, yellow, red, and black. Join us even if you don't have paint. Use #IWU'sBobRoss to show us your paintings/drawings. The first 5 people to post with the hashtag will get their own paint set. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

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Bookstore Sale 

Clearance Sale at IWU Bookstore


The IWU Bookstore has reduced prices to clear out their inventory of memorabilia and make room for new merchandise. Visit for some great online bargains while supplies last.



Earth Day 2020 – The 50th Anniversary


Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education in the United States about environmental issues and has grown into a global celebration. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the protests of the 1960s, Earth Day began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was first held on Wednesday, April 22, 1970 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.


While Earth Day rallies were held in major cities throughout the United States, the Illinois Wesleyan campus celebrated with academic events on April 22-23, 1970. The campus hosted faculty and community speakers focused on different types of environmental problems as well as industrial and governmental attempts to solve them. IWU faculty participants included: Wendell Hess, Winthrop Darlington, Max Pape D. Paul Miller, James Whitehurst, and Donald Snyder. You can see reports from The Argus April 24, 1970 edition here. 


While we cannot gather in person to celebrate the 50th anniversary, The Illinois Wesleyan University's GREENetwork, Environmental Studies Program, Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) and Student Senate will hold a virtual celebration with the showing of the film The Story of Plastic. This film takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.  


You can view the 95-minute film online the evening of Wednesday, April 22 between 6 p.m. and midnight. RSVP is required. Please complete the registration form here. An acknowledgement will be sent to you with a link to view the film. The free viewing is limited to the first 300 persons to respond. If you miss this chance, the film will be available on the Discovery Channel.

Welcome Tiny Titan

Cozy babyMartin Joseph Alvey was born on April 3 at 10:15 a.m., weighing 6 lbs 14 oz, to Assistant Professors of Biology Loralyn Cozy and Richard Alvey. Mom, dad and baby are doing fine.


* Faculty and Staff – Have news of a birth, marriage or other major life event in your immediate family? Let the IWU community share in your celebration by emailing information to

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