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Sept. 14, 2020

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Campus News

TomLutze Named 2021 Kemp Award Winner
Professor of History Tom Lutze has been named the 2021 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan.

EllenFaculty Audiobook Digs Into Dog Cognition
Dog owners who often wonder "Why in the world does my pup do that?" can finally get answers, thanks to Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong's new audiobook, Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind.

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Titan Athletics


  • The Illinois Wesleyan Athletic Department has launched a department-wide voting initiative, intended to get every eligible student-athlete registered to vote in the upcoming election, while also providing them with educational opportunities regarding the positions of government.
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Titans In The News
The (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette

State Farm agent John Caywood '08 directed a $10,000 grant to Champaign's Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club.

The (Alton, Ill.) RiverBender

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker appointed Esther Franco-Payne '96 to the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee.

The Pantagraph

With a junior high court named in their honor, Andy '89 and Robyn Jones have nearly 60 years of coaching experience between them.


Jordan Baker '20 is running for a seat on the McLean County Board.

The Pantagraph

Former Illinois Wesleyan football players and coaches working in the National Football League were highlighted on the eve of the NFL season.




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



Monday, Sept. 14


Through Friday, Sept. 18, Virtual – Study Abroad Week – The International Office is excited to introduce the Study Abroad Virtual Week: Each day of the week will feature LIVE advising sessions with the study abroad providers, followed by one-on-one advising appointments, pre-recorded "study abroad conversations" video releases, INSTAGRAM takeovers, giveaways and more. Check our Instagram daily @iwu_studyabroad


4 p.m., Zoom – 3D: Latinx Heritage – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a 3D: Latinx Heritage Month event, featuring trivia to test your knowledge of Hispanic heritage and history. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Use this Zoom link to join.



Tuesday, Sept. 15


(And Thursday, Sept. 17), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days – Hansen Student Center – Flu Shot Clinic – In preparation for the coming flu season, IWU has partnered with Walgreens to make the flu vaccine available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

7 p.m., Zoom – Career Center Fall Kickoff Program: "The Importance of a Resilient Spirit" – Mike Mason '80, Chief Security Officer at Verizon and Former Executive Assistant Director at the FBI, will present "Gladiator or Spectator… You Decide: The Importance of a Resilient Spirit." Mason will discuss his almost life-long philosophy that every situation can be turned into an opportunity with the right attitude engaged. As a former U.S. Marine Corps officer, a seasoned executive with the FBI and for the past 12 years a senior vice president and Chief Security Officer at Verizon, Mason has been confronted with countless situations, good and bad, from which he has extracted invaluable lessons. In his opinion, the pandemic is no different. He believes there is no situation from which one cannot grow and develop. Please RSVP for the event here: This presentation will be held virtually and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to all students who RSVP. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.



Wednesday, Sept. 16


12 p.m., Zoom – Study Smart: Note-taking and Test-taking Tips (Academic Skills Series) – Join us for the Academic Skills Series every Wednesday at 12 p.m. Our Student Success Tutors will cover a different topic each week. Register here. You can see the full schedule, topics, and recordings of past sessions at

6 p.m., Virtual – Titan Career Chat: Exploring Healthcare Careers – Presented by Dr. Katie Rothas '14, Dentist/MPH (in progress). Please email Michele Darnell at for details. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.



Thursday, Sept. 17


3 p.m., Zoom – Webinar: Peace Corps Prep Information Session – Did you know that IWU is a Peace Corps Prep institution? This webinar will cover the basics of the program and Peace Corps service. It will also feature two returned Peace Corps volunteers, sharing their experiences with both the Prep program and their time abroad. Register here. If you have questions about the IWU Peace Corps Prep Program, contact Bevin Choban in the Action Research Center, Sponsored by the Action Research Center.

4 p.m., Zoom – Virtual Career Fair Orientation: Chris Brooks, State Farm Recruiter – Never been to a career fair before and have no idea what to expect? Join the Hart Career Center for our Virtual Career Fair Orientation presented by Chris Brooks, a recruiter at State Farm Insurance. He will walk us through virtual fair etiquette, give tips on how to stand out during a virtual fair, tell us what employers look for in candidates, and share other best practices. Please register for the event in Handshake. This presentation will be held virtually and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to all students who register.


7 p.m., Zoom – Floyd Family Virtual Q&A – The Office of Student Involvement, Student Senate, Office of Multifaith Engagement, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invite the campus community to join us for a powerful conversation with the aunt and uncle of George Floyd. Nyle Fort, a minister, activist, and scholar, will speak with Angela Harrelson and Selwyn Jones on the on-going effects of racial oppression and police brutality in the Black community. The theme of Health, Healing, and Humanity echoes through the experiences of all those lives touched and lost to racial injustice and brutality. Students, staff and faculty are invited to hear the first-hand accounts of the effects of discriminatory practices and state-funded acts of violence. The first 40 guests are invited to join us for an in-person screening at Hansen Student Center at that time. Please click this link to join the webinar.



Friday, Sept. 18

1 p.m., Virtual – Mock Interviews – Would you like some practice with virtual interviews? Meg McKeen '00, Founder/Chief Confidence Builder with Adjunct Advisors, will be hosting mock virtual interviews. McKeen has worked in the insurance industry for the past 20 years and is eager to share her experience of interviewing with students Open to all majors and school years. Please sign up for a time slot in Handshake by uploading your resume here. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.

Campus Events
  • Miner Linnaeus Sherff Endowed Professor of Botany David Bollivar co-authored "Aerobic Barley Mg-protoporphyrin IX Monomethyl Ester Cyclase is Powered by Electrons from Ferredoxin" in the journal Plants (2020).

Optional COVID-19 Testing


In addition to the University's weekly surveillance testing of selected students, we have increased the number of available voluntary registration spots for students, faculty and staff who wish to "opt in" for testing on Wednesday, Sept. 16. This is open to students, faculty and staff only with a cap of 40 participants. We are encouraging folks with cars to continue to use the Interstate Center, so that students without transportation are prioritized for campus-based testing.


Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Sept. 15 at noon. Please register using this link.  



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