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Feb. 22, 2021

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Campus News

CABCampus Activities Board Recognized for Outstanding Programming
The Campus Activities Board (CAB), a student-led organization committed to creating a vibrant campus life at IWU, won the Programming Organization of the Year Award for the Mid-America Region from the National Association of Campus Activities.

BillThe Prom, Produced by Damaschke '85, Nominated for Golden Globe
Netflix's The Prom, produced by Bill Damaschke '85, is nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Winners will be announced at the 78th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28.

SealIllinois Wesleyan Announces Fall Dean's List
Illinois Wesleyan's Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year consisted of 771 students from 28 states and 15 countries.

SapientiaThis Week's Hot Topics
Illinois Wesleyan faculty and staff offer expertise on timely 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
  • The Illinois Wesleyan softball team opened its season with a pair of wins over Illinois College on Feb. 18 at the Louisville Slugger Sports Dome in Peoria.

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Titans In The News

Rockford Register Star

Caitlin (Ludwig) Pusateri '08 was named executive vice president of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.


WGLT Radio

Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong explained how presidential dogs may reduce stress levels in the White House.

Rockford Register Star

Eldridge "Skip" Gilbert, Jr. '67 is a candidate for Rockford's 5th Ward alderman seat.

(Norfolk, Va.) Daily Press

Frankie Faison '71 discussed his distinguished, decades-long career in theater, film and television.



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The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds Concert that premiered on Feb. 19 can now be viewed online. Links will be posted throughout the semester for upcoming School of Music performances:



Monday, Feb. 22

6 p.m., ZoomImproving Your Presentations: 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

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 in the "Unmasking Your Leadership Potential" series 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.



Tuesday, Feb. 23

Romantic Poet John Keats Remembered on 200th Anniversary of his Death – The 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats, one of the most beloved British poets of the Romantic period, will be commemorated at Illinois Wesleyan through two virtual events. Both Zoom events are free and open to the public:
4 p.m. –  "Weep for Adonais: A Collaborative Reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Elegy for John Keats" 
7 p.m."Why Keats Now?", featuring guest speaker Eric G. Wilson, professor of English at Wake Forest University and author of How To Make a Soul: The Wisdom of John Keats.


7 p.m., Virtual – ¡Tu Universidad! – ¡Tu Universidad! is designed to help Latinx students and their parents learn more about the University community, the admissions process and all financial aid resources. Participants will meet current students, faculty and staff. All sessions will be translated in Spanish.

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



Wednesday, Feb. 24


11 a.m., Virtual – Titan Career Chat: Music/Entrepreneurship - Kate Tombaugh '07 – Join the Hart Career Center virtually to learn about the unique journey of Kate Tombaugh '07. She is a professional mezzo-soprano, entrepreneur, and masterclass technician. Pursue your passion, start a business, and impact your community. RSVP here for the Zoom link:

6:30 p.m.  – Careers in Technology Panel – Are you interested in a career in technology? Software development? Consulting? Artificial intelligence and machine learning? Cybersecurity? Join the Hart Career Center for this alumni panel to discuss careers in technology, moderated by Associate Professor of Computer Science Andrew Shallue. Check out our amazing list of panelists from a variety of technology career fields. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your career questions answered with distinguished alumni in a relaxed setting. Sign up:
Alan Russian '15, Senior Software Engineer at Google, working on the Google Assistant (software) in Los Angeles, California
Vanessa Macias '14, Consulting Manager with Acorio (consulting) in Chicago
Megan Presnak '04, Business Information Security Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield (cybersecurity) in Dallas
Matthew Deering '00, AIOps Technical Lead & Applications Development with Argonne National Laboratory/Freelance Sci+Tech Editor (AI/machine learning) in Chicago
Michael Turner '99, Principal with Capgemini in Denver (consulting; quality assurance)

7 p.m., IDEA Center, Memorial Center – IDEA Center Movie Night – The IDEA Center will screen "One Night in Miami," with free popcorn and snacks available to enjoy during the movie. Students are invited for a first come, first served capacity of 12 maximum.

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



Thursday, Feb. 25

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



Friday, Feb. 26


6:30 p.m., Evergreen Racquet Club – Men's Tennis vs. Illinois College - No Spectators Allowed – Streaming Video:



Saturday, Feb. 27

10 a.m., Shirk Center – Women's Track and Field - Titan Triangular IV


1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs. DePauw – Streaming video at


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


3 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Track and Field - Titan Triangular IV

8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Pride Alliance 18th Annual Charity Drag Show – Please enjoy a hybrid viewing. A $5 donation at entrance to the event is encouraged. Zoom Registration or in-person registration. Sponsored by the Pride Alliance.



Sunday, Feb. 28

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



Monday, March 1

7 p.m., ZoomUnderstanding Faculty Expectations: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call –

Campus Events

Parking for Election Day


Tomorrow, 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 a.m. to 7 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



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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