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Jan. 19, 2021

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Campus News

gospel-festWatch Video: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration at Illinois Wesleyan included a virtual anti-racism and racial justice workshop and related discussions for faculty and staff. The day culminated with the virtual Gospel Fest, now viewable on demand.

GarrettThird-Generation Titan Embraces Family Tradition
Garrett Swingler '24, a computer science major and third-generation Titan, is attending Illinois Wesleyan as a McLean County Scholarship Guarantee recipient.

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Titans In The News
Grown and Flown

Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing LeAnn Hughes offered advice for high school students who are making tough college decisions amid the ongoing pandemic.

Becker's Healthcare Podcast

Dr. Ray Gensinger '86, Chief Information Officer for the Hospital Sisters Health System, shared his perspective on the role of CIOs, and much more.

Fiction/Non/Fiction Podcast

R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath explored conspiracy theories in history and literature and discussed his edited volume, Critical Insights: Conspiracies.

MedPage Today
Amid reports of people becoming infected with COVID-19 despite receiving their first vaccine dose, Dr. Gregory Poland '77 explained the science of its efficacy.

Although their seasons have been delayed by COVID-19, the Titan basketball teams were thankful to be back on the court.

Effingham Daily News

Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw offered insight into impeachment decisions.

WGLT Radio
The Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan is among local resources for businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs.
Estes Park (Colo.) Trail Gazette

Dr. Robyn (Heins) Zehr '04 was named Estes Park Health's chief of staff.

Broadway World

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Julie Ballard will be among participants in the Chicago Dance History Project's Interview Marathon on Jan. 31.

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Tuesday, Jan. 19


Through Feb. 11, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibit – "Laboro Ergo Sum: still working," by Michael Hart, will be on view in the Wakeley Gallery. Find more information here.



Wednesday, Jan. 20


StephanieDr. Stephanie A. Whyte, a 1991 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, will present the combined Founders' Day Convocation and MLK Teach-In keynote address titled "COVID-19: The great disruptor," on Jan. 20. Her pre-recorded remarks will be made available for the public to stream on-demand beginning on Founders' Day.

Also that day:
At 9 a.m., Whyte will give a live, virtual presentation to the American Healthcare Policy class. The session will be recorded.

At 5:30 p.m., Whyte will deliver a live, virtual presentation on the topic of the intersection of Blackness and U.S. healthcare.



Saturday, Jan. 23

1 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving vs. Augustana

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. CarrollStreaming Video



Sunday, Jan. 24

6 p.m., Virtual – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body. Please email for the Zoom link.



Monday, Jan. 25

5:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. CarrollStreaming Video

Campus Events


• The latest Lunch and Learn of the season, hosted by the McLean County Museum of History and Illinois Wesleyan, was presented on Jan. 14 featuring Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong, exploring "What does Fido Know?" See the video.


Optional COVID-19 Testing


Signups for optional COVID-19 testing are available each week. This is open to students, faculty and staff only, with a cap of 20 participants. The signup deadline is each Tuesday at noon for testing that Wednesday. Links for all signups throughout the semester are posted at



Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards Now Open


Every year, Illinois Wesleyan University recognizes the outstanding achievements of our alumni with the announcement of the Alumni Awards. Winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Loyalty Award will be celebrated during Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 1-3, 2021) at the Best of Illinois Wesleyan Awards Ceremony.


We need your help compiling a list of alumni candidates. Please nominate before March 1, 2021. Learn more.



Posse Plus Retreat

Saturday, Jan. 30 – This year's Posse Plus Retreat, The State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, & Change, will be a virtual event on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by IWU and the Posse Foundation, Inc., the Posse Plus Retreat is a dynamic leadership development opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. In previous years, we have been limited to 100 participants, but this year's retreat will have no limits on participation. We encourage you to prioritize this event for this spring.  Register here!

An Update on Campus Snow and Ice Removal


At Physical Plant, it has always been our first and foremost priority to provide safe walking surfaces for the campus community. Given the extremes of conditions in a Midwestern winter, and the large number of variables in conditions and forecasts, the decision-making process can be complicated. Effective snow and ice removal is dependent on efficient and orderly utilization of a variety of personnel, equipment and materials. Since every snowfall is different the specifics will change each time. 


Clean, dry pavement is always our end goal, and over the years we have worked to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal. Brine has been proven to be a useful tool in managing snow and ice. This year we will be using brine on our parking lots, sidewalks and steps. Prior to winter weather events, IWU Grounds and KCN Solutions crews will apply brine to parking lots, sidewalks and steps to assist with melting snow and ice. This de-icing solution is an economical and effective way to pretreat large areas of campus without harming the landscape. It speeds up the melting time and provides us a preferable option to granular salt when conditions allow. We will continue to use rock salt when weather conditions require its use. Regardless of what equipment and procedures we utilize, it still takes 5 employees several hours to cover the 16 miles of walks that connect our campus.


During the winter season, we would encourage a cautious mindset and appropriate footwear. We would also recommend a heightened awareness, not only of conditions, but also of the machines that are out clearing the walks.



Snow and Ice Procedures


With the snow and ice season upon us, the Physical Plant would like to review the procedures for getting those work orders to us. Please do not put those requests into School Dude. Please call us at the Physical Plant at 556-3067 during our regular hours:  Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, please call Campus Safety at 556-1111 for an emergency and they will contact someone from Physical Plant.

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