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Feb. 15, 2021

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MichelleFaculty Member Discusses Advocacy Through Creative Arts with Healing Illinois
In a live Instagram interview, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Michelle Gibbs discussed IWU's work with Brownbody for faculty-staff workshops, and plans for a workshop for theatre students on using the creative arts to promote anti-racist advocacy.

keysVirtual Writing Center Expands Services
The Writing Center is expanding its services beyond the walls of Illinois Wesleyan, with additional online workshops and one-on-one tutoring sessions aimed at IWU graduates and high school students alike.

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

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

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Titan Athletics
  • Men's Basketball Coach Ron Rose passed Jack Horenberger on IWU's all-time wins list.

  • Senior Kendall Sosa's record-breaking point performance led the women's basketball team to a win over Millikin. (She got a nod on Twitter from national Hall of Famer Jack Sikma '77 for besting his Titan record.)
Titan Sports
Titans In The News
The 1A (NPR)

Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed the popularity and implications of True Crime podcasts.


The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan students participated in the school's annual Thank a Giver Day, including Hannah Rahm '23, who said challenges of the pandemic have made her even more grateful for support from donors to the university.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

As the pandemic has hastened changes in U.S. colleges and universities, IWU President S. Georgia Nugent discussed the evolving nature of higher education.


Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance Jaime Peters offered insight into Rivian's initial public offering. More coverage from WGLT Radio.

The Pantagraph

Until Jan. 20 this year, John Horstman '13 served as special assistant to then-President Donald Trump and deputy director of communications at the White House.

WGLT Radio

Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Carolyn Nadeau helped present "It's All in the Salsa: Mexican Stories of McLean County," part of a virtual speaker series highlighting local immigrant stories.


Associate Professor of Chemistry Manori Perera offered an inside look at the science behind bitter cold temperatures and car troubles, and how drivers can protect themselves from vehicle issues.

The Pantagraph

Arnold Health Services staff have been in contact with the county health department about the possibility of hosting an on-campus vaccination clinic for eligible members of the IWU community. Additional coverage from WJBC Radio.


Esports have thrived during the pandemic, including at Illinois Wesleyan, said IWU track and esports athlete Nicole Walsh '24.

More Titans in the News

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Monday, Feb. 15

Through March 11, Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Art Exhibit: "La Ruta: Walter Benjamin's Last Passage" – By Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz and Jason Reblando, Assistant Professor at the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University and former IWU photographer, this exhibit is a collaborative text and image installation centered around the arduous trek Walter Benjamin made across the Pyrenees in hopes of eluding the Nazis. For more information:

6 p.m., ZoomReading to Understand: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call – Join the Action Research Center 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


Tuesday, Feb. 16

12:15 p.m., Virtual – Titan Career Chat: Exploring Healthcare Careers - Dr. Henry Moore '97 – Moore is a trauma surgeon at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Moore will speak about his journey to medical school, residency, and being an attending surgeon. He is also part of a general surgery residency training program and is a faculty member at the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois.
Please email Pre-Health Advisor Michele Darnell at for the link to attend this virtual presentation.

7 p.m., ZoomThe Enneagram and Leadership with Enneagram Ashton  – This program is the first in the four-part series, "Unmasking Your Leadership Potential." The Office of Student Involvement will welcome Enneagram Ashton back to the IWU community for a virtual workshop about the Enneagram and how it impacts our work as leaders. Ashton is an author, Enneagram coach, and curator of the popular @enneagramashton Instagram account. This event is free and open to the IWU community.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Millikin - No Spectators AllowedStreaming video at



Wednesday, Feb. 17


11 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Ash Wednesday Service – Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which begins the Holy Season of Lent for Christians around the world. Members of the campus community are invited to join Father Doug Hennessy and Rev. Monica Corsaro for a short service and the Imposition of the Ashes.

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs. North Central - No Spectators AllowedStreaming video at


Thursday, Feb. 18

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Virtual – Drop-In Hours: IWU Peace Corps Prep Program – Interested in learning more about the IWU Peace Corps Prep  program? The Action Research Center is hosting virtual drop-in hours for students, staff or faculty to learn more about this free program. Students must meet basic requirements in four core areas: work sector training, foreign language, intercultural competence, and leadership development. Many IWU students already meet these requirements through their major and their engagement in internships, study abroad, sports and student organizations. All years and majors welcome! Contact Deborah Halperin in ARC at for more information. 



Saturday, Feb. 20


Women's Bowling - IWU Invite


4 p.m., Zoom and in-person (up to 20 people) at Hansen Student Center – Black History Showcase – Sponsored by the Black Student Union, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Fiji.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Coffee & Boba Tea Night – Kick back and relax with some coffee, boba tea, and laughs with a special guest comedian. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.



Sunday, Feb. 21

2 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs. North Park - No Spectators AllowedStreaming video at

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. North Park - No Spectators Allowed

6 p.m., Virtual – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting


Monday, Feb. 22

6 p.m., Virtual – Improving Your Presentations: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call –
Zoom, Passcode: 068113.

7 p.m., ZoomStereotypes and Misconceptions - What You Believe and Why it Matters with Angell Howard – It can be difficult to relate to or understand the discrimination and stereotyping that many experience on a regular basis, and it is even harder to acknowledge our own biases that may continue unconsciously. This session will probe the cultural biases that influence our behaviors and attitudes toward others while working collectively toward increasing our cultural competencies and mindfulness of the experiences and perspectives of others. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in candid conversations exploring the effects that stereotypes, myths and misconceptions leave behind while brainstorming ways to continually increase their awareness, skills and knowledge in order to better support those they serve and lead. This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement, Hart Career Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Residential Life, College Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.

Campus Events

Election Day


Tuesday, Feb. 23 is a Consolidated Primary Election for the City of Bloomington. The campus will host a polling location in the lower level of the Hansen Student Center in Tommy’s. If you live in precincts 4 or 41, you will be voting to reduce the current five city council candidates down to the top two. All voters (community and campus members) will be asked to wear a face mask and maintain 6-feet social distancing guidelines while in the polling location. The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

The City of Bloomington plans to restrict parking along the east side (northbound) section of Franklin Avenue for election parking. Individuals with cars along this section will be asked to have them removed by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. A limited number of election parking spaces will be designated in the Hansen Student Center parking lot as well. If you normally use the Hansen lot, please consider using the parking lot on the south side of Emerson Street behind the Theta Chi fraternity. You can enter this lot from Horenberger Drive.  

We make a campus polling location available not only for the community, but also for our students, faculty and staff who are registered to vote in Bloomington. If you live in precincts 4 or 41, the Hansen Student Center will be your polling place. You may register to vote at this location on Election Day with two forms of ID, including one that has your current address.   

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations, at



Join Our Semester of Service


The Action Research Center, Evelyn Chapel, and the Office of Student Involvement invite all members of the campus community to participate in our Semester of Service. Opportunities include collecting donations for the School Street Food Pantry serving local college students, the Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon, helping in the IWU Peace Garden, and making cards to thank essential workers. If you have questions or suggestions for additions to our list, please contact Deborah Halperin at



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

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