May 24, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Published biweekly during the summer
Campus News
The first-ever Youth Esports and Leadership Camp, hosted by the Illinois Wesleyan Esports Program, will take place during two summer sessions, June 7-11 and July 12-16.
The 19th annual Illinois Chamber Music Festival for junior high, high school and college-aged string, piano, woodwind and harp players will take place July 11-25, with in-person and virtual sessions available.
Children from pre-K to fifth grade have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish language and culture this summer through Illinois Wesleyan's Language School for Kids.
Titan Athletics
  • A historic season for the Illinois Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team wrapped in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament, with a loss to No. 2 Salisbury University on May 22.


  • Six Titans will represent the Illinois Wesleyan University track and field programs at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, N.C., May 27-29.


  • Keri Sanchez was named IWU's new Head Women's Soccer Coach.


Titans In The News
USA Today - Golfweek
The Illinois Wesleyan men’s golf team successfully defended its national title, winning back-to-back NCAA Championships. More coverage from The Pantagraph.
Insurance Business
Jenise Klein '06 has been promoted at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty to the role of North America regional head of property.
Green Africa Airways, a startup airline founded by Babawande Afolabi ’10, has taken delivery of its second airplane.
The Arizona Republic
Torri “T.J.” Newman ’06 used her experience as a flight attendant as inspiration for a novel that helped her secure seven-figure book and movie deals.
WGLT Radio
Professor of Political Science Greg Shaw offered insight into the McLean County Board’s redistricting aims and process.
(Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald
Gary Johnson ’75 penned a memoir detailing his legal career, Luck is a Talent: The True Story of a Trial Lawyer's Experience Defending an Innocent Man Charged with Murder.
WGLT Radio
Bloomington business attorney Danielle (Blomarz) Kays '01 offered legal perspective on employers’ ability to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Pantagraph
IWU President Georgia Nugent applauded the naming of Terri Goss Kinzy as Illinois State University’s first female president.
WGLT Radio
Retired professor Michael Seeborg discussed the economic impact of declining birth rates during the pandemic.
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Thursday, May 27
May Term Final Examinations
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, June 1
Friday, June 4
Summer Orientation & Registration for Transfer Students (virtual) – See the 2021-22 Academic Calendar for all Summer Orientation dates
The latest Titan Talk, An Evening with Bill Damaschke '85, is available for viewing on demand. The webinar was hosted and moderated by Hannah Dhue ’15, TV Mastering Manager at Walt Disney Studios, and presented by the Office of Alumni Engagement in partnership with the IWU Pride Alumni Community and School of Theatre Arts.
New Bookstore Manager
Congratulations to Sarah Hastings, who has been named manager of the IWU bookstore.


Hastings is from Frankfort, Illinois, and has lived in Normal since 2016. She is a two-time graduate from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and another in English studies with a minor in sociology. She has also played the flute in ISU's pep band, concert band, and the Big Red Marching Machine (including a performance in Ireland.)


She started her career with Follett in 2017 at ISU's bookstore, The Alamo II, as a student employee and later as a team lead. Last summer she accepted the role as assistant store manager at Illinois Wesleyan University and remains there today as the store manager.


In her free time, Sarah likes to play video games, read while relaxing with her cat, and travel. Please connect with Sarah ( for any of your bookstore needs.
Welcome New Employees
Courtney Turnbull started May 17 as the Administrative Specialist III in the Office of Student Involvement.
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