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Dec. 7, 2020

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Campus News

Titan Legends IWU Announces Legends Endowment for Athletic Excellence

Titan Athletics announced the Legends Endowment for Athletic Excellence, enhancing the student-athlete experience at Illinois Wesleyan through the generosity of Jeff '74 and Janet '74 Solberg, Dr. Cal '73 and Kris Atwell, Pat Busch '78 and Michelle Zeller, Doug '73 and Vicky Stewart, and Steve '73 and Deb '74 Wannemacher.

Greg Poland Poland '77 Provides Expertise on Coronavirus Vaccine Development
As the results of late-stage clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine are announced, Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group director Dr. Gregory Poland '77 is providing his expert analysis.

Kate Tombaugh '07 Wins Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition
Kate Tombaugh '07 won the 10th annual Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition and $3,000 prize in an all-mezzo-soprano edition hosted by the Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

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Zach Silver '18, a Ph.D. student at Yale University working in Laurie Santos' Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center, was recognized for his work.

The Pantagraph


Former CIA analyst David Priess '93 spoke to the importance of a president elect receiving up-to-date intelligence prior to inauguration.

Bham Now

Ianne Fields Stewart '15 stars as Roberta in the Netflix hit, Dash & Lily.

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IWU counselors Bob Rogers and Christina Armstrong shared tips for navigating stress as college students return home for the holidays.

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Longtime IWU football coach Norm Eash '75 is among the local coaches who have endured a full year without playing games, due to COVID-19.

The Pantagraph

Retired IWU Director of Alumni Relations Ann Harding and her husband C.P. make an appearance in the upcoming film One Night in Miami, executive produced by their son Chris.


Education and enforcement were key to IWU's COVID-19 response, said Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall. More coverage on WGLT's Sound Ideas.


The Pantagraph

As planned in its fall COVID-19 response, Illinois Wesleyan completed the semester before Thanksgiving.

Broadway World

Illinois Wesleyan's virtual presentation of Chess premiered Nov. 20-22.

The Pantagraph

In her monthly column, director of the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan Karen Bussone wrote about the importance of "shopping small."

Florida State University News

Rick King '67 was recognized by the Florida State University College of Social Work among its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at a virtual event.

Dr. Gregory Poland '77, director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, appeared on NPR's Here and Now to discuss the promising results of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine trial.


Journal & Topics
Colleen Palczynski '22 discussed her work with the Titan Athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Committee, and what drew her to IWU.
The Beverly Review

Michael Eastman '24 was the first recruit for the Illinois Wesleyan men's volleyball team, a program scheduled to start its first-ever season in January.

Herald & Review
Streator native Kate Tombaugh '07 won the 10th annual Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition.


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Through Wednesday, Dec. 23
4 o'clock hours –
Campus offices will operate from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.


Wednesday, Dec. 9

6:30 p.m., Virtual –  Career Enhancing Digital Debris: The Power of Personal BrandingRegister here. In this Hart Career Center workshop, Jessica Shull '03 will discuss the importance of creating a positive online presence and how it can affect an employer's impression of you. In today's world of social media, creating your own personal brand is more important than ever. Shull worked for State Farm for 17 years as an Innovation Manager, Social Media Marketing Analyst, and Concept Developer. Jessica is now the Director of Operations for JoshuaOneNine, a marketing agency based in Bloomington.


Tuesday, Dec. 22

12 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Virtual – Launching your Career with LinkedInRegister here. Kris Condon '84, Educator/Corporate Trainer, will present two workshops on how to navigate LinkedIn. (The same content will be presented at both times, so please choose the time that is more convenient for you.) More than 46 million students and recent college graduates use LinkedIn. Learn how to create your profile, connect with IWU alumni through the system, apply for jobs/internships, and more.


December 24, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Winter Break. Campus offices will be closed.


Monday, Jan. 4

Through Friday, Jan. 8 – Campus offices will reopen and observe 4 o'clock hours, operating from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.


Wednesday, Jan. 13
First day of classes

Campus Events
Zoom• On Nov. 11, Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Lessen Knoll '89 provided her 2.5-hour PIOMI (Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention) Train the Trainer Webinar for four Turkish colleagues, who plan to train other providers on how to provide Knoll's oral motor therapy program to preterm infants across Turkey. This is the second formal international PIOMI Launch, proceeded by one in Genoa, Italy last year.  


• At the annual board meeting of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation – an ambitious non-profit working to establish programs and grants for hands-on instructional laboratories in physics beyond the first year of university – B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding was re-elected Vice President of the Foundation. The board meeting was held remotely this year.
This makes the 14th year in a row that Spalding has held an elected position in a national educational group, ranging from his service as President of the Advanced Physics Laboratory Association to his current role as Director-at-Large at the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Bob Riseling '59 had three paintings accepted for the Square Foot Show, hosted at Westland Gallery in London, Ontario, through Dec. 24. One of the paintings, an alcohol ink on wood panel, was selected for the 2021 Square Foot Show calendar.

Wayne Messmer '72 released the song "Doesn't Seem Like Christmas Without You," billed as a "new Christmas classic that speaks to the heart of all of us during this emotionally charged period of our history." The song was written by popular nightclub and piano bar singer Joy Smith and performed by Messmer. It is available digitally on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.



Bookstore sale 

Final Bookstore Sale of the Year


Get 30% off T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats* at the IWU Bookstore, Dec. 8-9 only. Online only.
*Not valid on face masks and covers, lululemon, non-logoed bags & accessories, special event apparel, and select Nike® apparel & accessories. Other restrictions may apply.


Discount will display in your cart after entering the promo code: HOLIDAY30



Small Great Things Course Cluster Reading and Discussion Group

Celebrating Health, Healing and Humanity


Please join us in celebrating this year's Course Cluster theme of Health, Healing and Humanity by participating in reading a stunning novel with richly layered characters who lend unflinching, real, raw and candid insight as they grapple with moral dilemmas relating to race.


Wednesday, Feb. 3
4-6 p.m.

via Zoom. RSVP: here

Learn more.


Ken Detloff will be retiring as the Manager of Grounds Services on Jan. 8, 2021, after 32 years with Illinois Wesleyan's Physical Plant. At this time there are no plans for a retirement party. Please join us in wishing Ken well on his retirement.


On Jan. 9, 2021 Paul Cope will start his new position as Manager of Grounds. If you see him, pass along your good wishes for his new role at IWU.

Welcome New Employees

Autum Conley started Nov. 11 as Marketing Coordinator, replacing Tess Fegan '16, who transferred to the Digital and Graphic Designer position, replacing Ethan Lubin.


Annie Hughes started Nov. 18 as a Custodian, replacing Walter Carter, who retired.

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