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Feb. 1, 2021

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activitiesPhysically Distant Student Life Brings New Levels of Engagement

The social scene at Illinois Wesleyan is still thriving amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a roster of limited capacity in-person events along with virtual and hybrid activities that – in some cases – have produced even higher attendance figures than pre-pandemic times.

DaveKindred '63 Authors Memoir on Grandson Lost to Addiction

From National Hall of Fame sports writer Dave Kindred '63, Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction draws on a lifetime of reporting to piece together the emotional journey of his grandson's fatal struggle with alcoholism.

SapientiaThis Week's Hot Topics
Illinois Wesleyan faculty offer expertise on newsworthy topics. This week:

  • Professor of Environmental and International Studies Abigail Jahiel on why the Biden Administration considers climate change both a "national security" and "foreign policy" priority
  • Assistant Professor of Accounting & Financial Services Jaime Peters on implications of the GameStop stock surge;
  • In a piece published in The Conversation and carried by many media outlets, Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong says President Biden's dogs may bring less stress and better decision-making to the White House.

Faculty with expertise to share on timely subjects are welcome to contact John Twork, assistant director of communications, at

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Popular Science

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong explained the physical, psychological and social benefits that President Joe Biden's dogs can bring to the working environment of the White House.

WGLT Radio

The collection, "Women's Rights are Human Rights," is on display in the Atrium Gallery of the Ames School of Art. Instructional Professor and Gallery Director Carmen Lozar joined WGLT's "The Leadoff."


Marcus Dunlop '08, a partner at HG Vora Capital Management, LLC., was appointed to the company's board of directors.

(Kankakee, Ill.) Daily Journal

As a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Corps Band, Amy McCabe '01 performed at the inauguration of President Joe Biden.


Bob Page '79, president and CEO of the University of Kansas Health System, was named Ingram's inaugural Executive of the Year. (Page was IWU's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winner,)

The Pantagraph

Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about search engine goals in her guest column. 

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Monday, Feb. 1

5 p.m., Zoom (email for link and password) – Write On! Taking Your Writing to the Next Level – Are you happy with your writing but wish to develop it further? Do you feel capable because of your Gateway class but want to build on those efforts? Perhaps you've noticed your writing skills aren't as honed as some of your other academic abilities. This workshop is designed with you in mind! Here, we'll take you beyond the "thesaurus" function in Word to hone your writing craft. Sponsored by the Writing Center.

7 p.m., Virtual – Time Management: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Session – Join us for the Academic Skills Series drop-in call on Monday evenings. Each week, we'll chat about a different skill for your study tool kit. Before you log on, watch the short, pre-recorded video on the weekly topic at

Zoom, Passcode: 178359


Wednesday, Feb. 3

11 a.m., Virtual – Faculty Meeting

4 p.m., Zoom  – Small Great Things Course Cluster Reading and Discussion Group – The Winter Break Book Discussion, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, will be led by Associate Professor of Nursing Amanda Hopkins. RSVP here


Thursday, Feb. 4

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. North Central - No Spectators AllowedLive Streaming


Friday, Feb. 5


Through Saturday, Feb. 6 46th Annual Jazz Festival – The Festival will be hosted virtually this year, featuring top jazz musicians and educators from around the country.


Saturday, Feb. 6

9 a.m., Shirk Center – Men's and Women's Track and Field - Titan Triangular II

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. North Central - No Spectators AllowedLive Streaming



Monday, Feb. 8

6 p.m., Virtual – Note Taking & Test Taking: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call – More information at
Zoom, Passcode: 454335. Sponsored by the Action Research Center.

Campus Events

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

Welcome New Employees

Viraj Patel started Jan. 4 as Program Coordinator in Student Affairs, a temporary position.


Henry Houck started Jan. 11 as HVAC Technician in the Physical Plant.


Rick Lindquist '99 returned to IWU Jan. 25 as Director of IT Services and Academic Technologies.


Tristan Toney started Jan. 25 as a member of the Grounds Crew in the Physical Plant, replacing Paul Cope, who transferred to the Supervisor of Grounds Services position, replacing Ken Detloff, who retired.

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