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Oct. 5, 2020

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HomecomingTitans Celebrate Virtual Homecoming
Titans around the world are invited to join a variety of Virtual Homecoming events this week. Highlights include the Alumni Awards Ceremony, Back to College Classes, Titan Talks, Virtual Golf Outing, Firefly Family Theatre, Virtual 5k honoring Ryan Beaupre '95, Titan Virtual Day of Service, Sunday Brunch with "Saga Dave" and more.

AlexaBaltes '14 to Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Alexa Baltes '14, an accomplished graduate of Notre Dame Law School, will serve as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the 2021-22 term, providing counsel and writing legal opinions.

BeesIllinois Wesleyan Nets Bee Campus USA Certification
A coalition of students, faculty and Bloomington residents have transformed the Illinois Wesleyan Peace Garden into a nationally-recognized safe haven for bees and other native pollinators.

MegThe Ames Library Partners to Digitize Medieval Manuscripts
The Ames Library is collaborating with a consortium of higher-learning institutions on a grant-funded project to create a digital repository and catalog of medieval manuscripts across Midwestern collections.

More News
Titan Athletics


  • The IWU women's golf team bested the Division I & II field to finish runner-up at the Flyer Intercollegiate at Cog Hill Country Club Ravines Course in Lemont, Illinois, on Sept. 29.
  • Five top-20 finishes paced the Illinois Wesleyan University men's golf team at the Flyer Intercollegiate, where they also finished runner-up.
More Highlights
Titans In The News
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Wesleyan got pushback from alumni and faculty for cutting humanities programs, while similar trends are seen around the country.

The Pantagraph

Trevor Seibring '17 was promoted to commercial lender for the Bloomington-Normal area by Heartland Bank and Trust Company.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan hosted a "COVID Runaway Fashion Show," with art and design students clad in cardboard creations designed to illustrate 6-foot social distancing.


Illinois Wesleyan University athletics has begun a mental health initiative to bring more programs and counseling to its student-athletes.


The School of Theatre Arts virtually presented Wilderness, a play described as speaking "to our collective search for connection and hope."


Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong discussed the research behind her new Audible audiobook, "Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind."

ABCA Podcast

Winning baseball coach Dennis Martel joined the American Baseball Coaches Association podcast, discussing what he loves about Illinois Wesleyan and other topics.



More Titans in the News

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Monday, Oct. 5


Through Sunday, October 11 Virtual Homecoming – Find more information, a full schedule of events and register at

6 p.m., Memorial Center Courtyard Tent – Annual Pride Alliance Fruit Mixer – Students and faculty of the LGBTQ+ community as well as allies are invited to network, socialize, and enjoy delicious fruit.



Tuesday, Oct. 6

4 p.m., Virtual  – Grad School Crash Course Series – Should I Say "Yes" To Grad School? This workshop is presented by the Hart Career Center's new career advisor, Lisa DeWeert. Please register for the event in Handshake. This presentation will be held virtually on Zoom.

6 p.m., Virtual – GREat Writing – This writing workshop is designed to help writers tackle the analytical portion of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Writers will learn what good essays include, how to get a high score, and what resources are available. To register for this event or to receive the recorded lecture a week after the event occurs, see the Writing Center website. Please email for the Zoom link and passcode.



Wednesday, Oct. 7


10 a.m.-5 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center – Flu Shot Clinic – Flu shots will be administered by a Walgreens pharmacist on campus. This will be the last opportunity to conveniently receive the flu shot on campus. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Employees and their dependents, age 10 and older, are eligible. High dose flu shots will be available to persons over the age of 65. Employees and their dependents participating in IWU health insurance will have the cost of the flu shot processed through the plan at no out-of-pocket cost. Individuals covered by other insurance outside of IWU should contact their carriers to confirm coverage. Add to your calendar.

12 p.m., Zoom – Podium Skills: Improving Your Presentations (Academic Skills Series)Register here. Students are invited to join the Action Research Center for the Academic Skills Series every Wednesday. Our Student Success Tutors will cover a different topic each week. You can see the full schedule, topics, and recordings of past sessions here:

6 p.m., Eckley Quad, outside State Farm Hall – Pizza Taste – Experience the taste of Bloomington with FREE pizza from local restaurants. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Thursday, Oct. 8


6-7:30 p.m., Virtual – From Rehearsal to Red Carpet: A Theatrical Conversation with Richard and Sharon Jenkins '69 – In a special Homecoming edition of the Titan Talk Webinar Series, Emmy winner & Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins '69 and celebrated choreographer Sharon Jenkins '69 will discuss their careers in entertainment and the lasting influence of Illinois Wesleyan upon their lives. This event is presented by the Office of Alumni Engagement in partnership with the School of Theatre Arts and moderated by Andy Kreiss '86. See more Homecoming events and register here.



Friday, Oct. 9

12:15-2:30 p.m., Eckley Quad Tent at Joslin Atrium Steps – Bagels with the Jewish Student Association – Come grab a bagel with IWU's Jewish Student Association outside the steps of Joslin, learn more about who we are, and how to get involved.

4 p.m., Illinois Wesleyan University Peace Garden, 1212 N. Evans St., Bloomington – Peace Garden's Harvest Festival – The campus community is invited to celebrate the IWU Peace Garden's fall harvest with fun fall-themed activities.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Dance Fest – The Titan Dance Fest is part of Homecoming Week activities for students. This event, formerly known as Lip Sync, will look quite different this year, as teams of 10 compete against one another for the first-place prize. This event will be live streamed for all to watch. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – IWU Winds (Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Winds combined concert) – Sponsored by the School of Music.



Saturday, Oct. 10

7 p.m., Zoom – Fall Big Show featuring Josh Peck – Actor and social media sensation Josh Peck was born to entertain, hitting the stand-up comedy circuit at just eight years old. The former Nickelodeon teen star will be immediately recognizable to younger audiences, delivering candid and funny insight into "making it" as a child star and beyond. Using his social media channels as an example, he also talks about the artistic and career freedom that comes with bypassing traditional media gatekeepers and connecting with audiences directly online. Register to attend here. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB).



Sunday, Oct. 11

1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – School of Music Faculty Showcase Recital

6 p.m., Zoom – Student Senate General Assembly MeetingMeeting Link



Monday, Oct. 12

Virtual Fall Open House I – Prospective students and families are invited to virtually visit Illinois Wesleyan: Virtually meet faculty and current students. Explore a major. Take a virtual campus tour. Ask questions.




Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4:30-6 p.m., Virtual – Health and Environment Virtual Workshop – This student-led workshop will explore the impact of environmental issues on the health of the planet, including humans and other species. Connecting directly to the annual theme, "Health, Healing & Humanity," the workshop will feature interactive breakout sessions in which participants will consider case studies that illustrate contemporary environmental health challenges and discuss possible solutions and steps forward. RSVP here. Registration is required – Zoom login and participation details will be emailed. Event is free and open to all in the IWU community. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Nursing and Sierra Student Coalition.

Campus Events
  • Last fall, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Meg Miner participated in a multi-institution project sponsored by Ithaka S+R to explore "pedagogical practices of humanities and social sciences instructors teaching with primary sources at the undergraduate level. The goal of the study is to understand instructors' undergraduate teaching processes toward developing resources and services to support them in their work." IWU joined with colleagues from 25 academic institutions for this work. Miner's report, "Supporting Teaching with Primary Sources at Illinois Wesleyan University" is now available online, and presents the results of her interviews with our faculty.

  • Writing Center Director Anna Scanlon co-authored "Everyday Reflective Writing: What Conference Records Tell Us About Building a Culture of Reflection" in The Writing Center Journal Vol. 37, No. 2 (2019), pp. 93-126.

DiscountBookstore Discount This Week – Online Only


The IWU Bookstore is hosting a "Fall For Savings" online-only event for 25% off, starting today, Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9. Shop clothing, accessories and gifts at and use code Fall25. Some exclusions apply.



Optional COVID-19 Testing


If you are interesting in participating in the optional COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Oct. 7, you may sign up here. This is open to students, faculty and staff with a cap of 40 participants. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 6 at noon.


Survey on Higher Education in Illinois


The Illinois Board of Higher Education, in cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, is developing a new Strategic Plan for higher education. The IBHE is asking students and other stakeholders of Illinois's higher education system for feedback on what issues they consider most important through this brief survey. Please provide responses by Friday, Oct. 9. 

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