March 22, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Heartland Community College and Illinois Wesleyan have adopted a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement that will provide an easy transition for students transferring from one institution to the other.
The Illinois State Board of Education has designated Illinois Wesleyan's music education program as "exemplary," their highest ranking, placing IWU's program in the top 10% across the state.
Illinois Wesleyan's elementary education program has been designated "exemplary" by the Illinois State Board of Education – the board's highest ranking.
A new giving circle scholarship has been launched to honor the late Robert M. Leekley, emeritus associate professor of economics, a tribute spearheaded by his former colleague Michael Seeborg. The circle seeks to raise at least $2,500 to be awarded to an outstanding junior or senior economics major starting in fall 2021. Learn more or make a gift.
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
Titan Athletics
The women's track and field team concluded the 2021 indoor season ranked 10th in the USTFCCCA rating index, marking the eighth top-10 indoor finish in school history. The Titans finished the season as the top-ranked institution in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Titans In The News
WJBC Radio
Illinois Wesleyan and Heartland Community College signed an agreement to streamline the transfer process. More coverage from The Pantagraph, WMBD-TV and WEEK-TV
WGLT Radio
Isaac Simmons '20, an openly gay drag queen recently certified as a candidate for Methodist ministry, hopes to "bridge the huge gap that is between queerness and spirituality."
The (Lincoln, Ill.) Courier
David Young '07 was named the new music director at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Illinois.
The (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald
Marques Rice '03 was unanimously elected to North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic's board of directors.
The Pantagraph
Though in-person campus visits have returned, virtual visits are "here to stay," said IWU Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Greg King.  
The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette
David Zimmerman '92 has been appointed publisher of Colorado Springs' Christian publisher NavPress.
Broadway World
Illinois Wesleyan University's virtual production of Songs For A New World begins streaming March 26.
The (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald
John Camardella '03 has accepted an opportunity to pursue his Master of Religion and Public Life at Harvard's Divinity School, the first new masters program created at Harvard in more than 50 years.  
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Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.
Links will be posted throughout the semester for School of Music performances as they premiere:
Tuesday, March 23
6 p.m., Zoom Room (email for link and password) – Personal Statements for PreHealth: Let's Get Personal – Part 2 of 3 (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops): This workshop leads students toward creating a personal statement that is truly personalized and will stand out when applying for graduate school in career fields related to health. Examples of successful statements will be shared and discussed. Sponsored by the Writing Center.
6:30 p.m., Zoom – Titan Career Chat: Experiences in the Spanish Caribbean, Cheryl Portwood-Peden '74 – Join the Hart Career Center virtually to learn about the cultural immersion in Puerto Rico and how one travel seminar at IWU turned into a career in education. Cheryl Portwood-Peden Emery '74 will be sharing about her experiences in Puerto Rico and the things she has learned in immersing in the culture and how those experiences inspired her. Cheryl earned her B.A. from IWU in Spanish and started a teaching career that has spanned 38 years. RSVP to receive Zoom link:
Wednesday, March 24
3 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. MillikinHome Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at
3 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Wheaton – Streaming video at
5 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Wheaton – Streaming video at
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs. AugustanaHome Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at
7:30 p.m., Zoom – NAMI Talks – Hosted by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), five IWU faculty and staff members will give short presentations on different topics related to mental health. This event is entirely on Zoom and is open to everyone. Sign up for the Zoom link here:
Friday, March 26
Through March 28, Streaming on demand – School of Theatre Arts Presents: Songs For A New World – The first musical created by acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown examines the difficult choices we all face in the moments when our lives suddenly change, and how we survive and overcome in the face of that momentous change. With a stunning score that combines elements of Broadway, gospel, jazz and R&B, Songs for a New World presents the stories of a diverse array of characters all in the midst of their own moment of decision – contending with an unexpected pregnancy, escaping an unhappy marriage, or even fleeing religious persecution. As our country and our world attempt to grapple with a deadly pandemic, a climate crisis, racial injustice, and political upheaval, this powerful and hopeful exploration of how it feels to stand on the precipice of a new world feels more resonant than ever. Streaming via
4 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Peace Garden & SSC: Paint and Plant – Sierra Student Coalition and the Peace Garden are hosting an upcycling event to plant seeds in upcycled containers for personal use and to later be planted in the Peace Garden. People can paint the containers they bring and a banner that will be displayed in the Peace Garden. People are welcome to come at any time throughout the event, from 4-5:30 p.m. For more information or questions about the event, contact
7 p.m., Hansen Student Center or Zoom – Speaker Joseph Green – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Campus Activities Board will present speaker, educator and storyteller Joseph Green with a virtual keynote of social justice poetry, speaking to the history of arts in activism.
Saturday, March 27
Admitted Student Day II – This program for admitted students includes breakout sessions focused on post-graduate planning, study abroad, research, student life, and more, plus the opportunity to tour campus and hear from current students, faculty and alumni about the distinctive characteristics of Illinois Wesleyan.
1 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Carthage - BLM Game – Streaming video at
1 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Women's Soccer vs. Carthage (Exhibition)
3 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. Carthage - BLM Game – Streaming video at
3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Tennis Courts – Women's Tennis vs. Augustana
4 p.m., Neis Soccer Field – Men's Soccer vs. Elmhurst
Sunday, March 28
12 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. CarrollStreaming video at
1 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs. Carroll - Senior DayHome Team Student-Athlete Guests Only
2 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs. CarrollStreaming video at
4 p.m., Register for the Zoom link – BIPOC Support Community - virtual SPACE – We invite the IWU community that identify as BIPOC to attend a special virtual community circle to discuss a range of topics that impact and affect our identities and perceptions of self. Conversations can be about any present joy, love, issue, resolution, etc. that affects how you see yourself. The best part of virtual SPACE is being in solidarity and community with other BIPOC folks. This group is for BIPOC folks only regardless of major or department. Interested? Sign up here for Zoom meeting ID and password. Sponsored by the School of Theatre Arts and Shringara Multicultural Theatre Company.
6 p.m., Virtual – Student Senate General Assembly Meeting
Monday, March 29
Through April 21, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – 34th Annual Student Art ExhibitionFor more information:
7 p.m., ZoomBeating Procrastination: Academic Skills Series Drop-in Call – 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 Sponsored by the Action Research Center.
Matthew Harder '96 was appointed to the City of Wheeling, West Virginia's Arts & Cultural Commission. Harder is professor of music, director of Music Technology and dean of the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty University.
Physical Plant Summer Projects
This summer will bring exciting and necessary construction to the Illinois Wesleyan Campus. Our facilities are an important part of our recruitment and retention process and it is important that we continue to invest in them. The Physical Plant, with the help of contracted partners, will undertake multiple capital projects this summer.
The projects are:
  • Replacement of the Presser Hall Roof and Brick Work – this project will start in May and continue through the end of July. There is significant work required to restore sections of the brick work which is nearly 100 years old. We will replace the roof at the same time. The roof is currently 50 years old. The brick work and roof replacement are required to ensure integrity of the building envelope. The campus will see scaffolding surrounding the entire building for most of the summer. We will work with our contractor to ensure safe access to the building during construction.
  • Replacement of the Tucci Stadium Track – this project will start in May after Commencement ceremonies have completed. This is a long overdue renewal of the outdoor track and field facilities at Tucci Stadium. The project will allow us to expand our men's and women's track and field roster. Additionally, it will enable us to again host non-IWU track events. The track replacement project will be completed by the end of June. Access to Wilder Field will be maintained as much as possible.
  • Replacement of the Dodds Hall Air Conditioning System – This project began in February with replacement of the air conditioning units in the lower level mechanical rooms. Beginning in May, our contractors will be working in each suite throughout the building to replace thermostats and other control equipment. This project will be completed by the end of June.
  • Repairs at State Farm Hall and Ames Library – there will be some significant repairs at State Farm Hall and Ames Library. At State Farm Hall we have received state funding to correct defects in the building envelope, the entrance plaza and the brick site walls. At Ames Library we have received funding to correct defects in the entrance plaza. We plan to begin this work in May and expect completion in early August.
In addition to the projects listed, the Physical Plant will be working across campus completing our usual summer projects, including: painting, project cleaning, carpet extraction, roof and mechanical system maintenance, and all of the other items required to ensure the campus buildings are in great condition for the start of the fall semester.
Coordinating with professional services consultants and campus stakeholders, the Physical Plant develops May-August construction phasing for campus facility and infrastructure projects when practical, to minimize potential inconveniences for students, faculty members and staff.
If you have any questions regarding any of these projects or their potential impact to your activities this summer, please contact Jim Blumberg, Director of the Physical Plant, at ext. 3083.
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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