May 10, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Published biweekly during the summer
Campus News
Celebrating Our Graduates - Highlight Reels
See highlights: Illinois Wesleyan launched the Class of 2021 into the world, and welcomed back the Class of 2020 for an overdue celebration.
The American Institute of Physics lists the Illinois Wesleyan Physics Department as a top producer of graduates with bachelor's degrees in physics among undergraduate-only institutions.
The IWU Pride Alumni Community and School of Theatre Arts will present a Titan Talks Webinar with Tony Award- and Golden Globe-nominated producer Bill Damaschke '85, moderated by Hannah Dhue ’15, TV Mastering Manager at Walt Disney Studios.
Titan Athletics
  • After winning its fourth straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament, the Illinois Wesleyan men's lacrosse team will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
  • The women's lacrosse team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to 10th-ranked Messiah University, finishing the season with an 11-4 overall record.
Titans In The News
The Guardian
Torri “T.J.” Newman ’06 used her experiences as a flight attendant as material for her first novel, which just helped her earn a seven-figure book deal.
Wall Street Journal
Rod Adams ’95, a talent acquisition leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, offered insight to new graduates as they prepare for their first job searches. Adams is a former recipient of Illinois Wesleyan’s Robert M. Montgomery Young Alumni Award. 
A photography exhibit from Karl Smith ’89 on display at the McLean County Arts Center documents his life as a Type 1 diabetic, from diagnosis at age 15 to organ transplant at age 50. Also see coverage from The Pantagraph.
Kenosha (Wis.) News
Nicolette Larsen ’16, an adult medical-surgical nurse at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Illinois, was among those recognized in Kenosha News’ “Salute to Nurses.”
The Pantagraph
Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about pricing in her monthly guest column.
The Parkersburg (W.V.) News and Sentinel
Gerald Lee ’97, a professor of piano at West Liberty University, will perform at the Gold Derrick Gallery in Sistersville, West Virginia, as part of the ArtsLink’s Concert Series.
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Tuesday, May 11
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Shirk Center – Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for IWU Community (2nd Dose) – In cooperation with the McLean County Health Department, Illinois Wesleyan is hosting a Pfizer vaccine clinic available for all students, faculty and staff.
Wednesday, May 12
6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Carthage – Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at


7 p.m., Zoom – Toward the Fossil-Free Future: Food, Farming, Fracking, Climate & Justice – IWU Alumna Sandra Steingraber '81, acclaimed ecologist and author, will present a virtual event for our local Ecology Action Center. The event is free but registration is required by May 11 at 5 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Thursday, May 13
12:10 p.m., Virtual – Lunch and Learn - Dr. Franklin Larey: Brahms' Use of Motive to Unify his Three Intermezzi, Opus 117 – The McLean County Museum of History and Illinois Wesleyan University will host their final Zoom Lunch and Learn of the season. Director and Professor of the School of Music Franklin Larey will present a lecture-recital exploring Brahms’s use of motive to bring structure and unity to the three Intermezzi. To register for this Zoom webinar, please visit
Friday, May 14
1 p.m., Tucci Stadium, Men's Lacrosse NCAA Division III Championships - First Round, Game 1 - Titans vs. Northwestern (Minnesota)
6 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Millikin – Home Team Student-Athlete Guests Only. Streaming video at
Saturday, May 15
  • Isaac Funk Endowed Professor of Philosophy Robert Erlewine will participate in a live online event, "Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Prophetic Voice for Our Moment," hosted by Plough Publishing House. Erlewine is the editor of Plough’s new Heschel collection, Thunder in the Soul. He will join Heschel's daughter Susannah and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier for a lively discussion about how Rabbi Heschel’s words speak to our search for racial justice, environmental responsibility, and spiritual renewal today.


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