Sept. 20, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed 473 new students to the University for the 2021-22 academic year, including 113 first-generation students and 163 students — 34% of the total class — who self-identify as students of color. Total enrollment increased by 1% to 1,653.
Sophomore computer science major Nicole Walsh ’24 was awarded a BroadcastHER Academy scholarship in recognition of her work as a college student in the esports and gaming industry.
Titan Athletics


Senior Rebekah Harden won the Gill Dodds Invitational as the Illinois Wesleyan women's cross country team placed third on Sept. 18. The men's squad placed 12th in the event hosted by Wheaton College.
Titans In The News
Toni Tortorella ’21 shared lessons learned during her personal cancer journey, and the full-circle moment of becoming a registered nurse in the same operating room where she had been treated.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan’s enrollment has grown by 1% with 473 new students, including more diverse students, more students from McLean County and more first-generation students. More coverage from WGLT-Radio, WJBC-Radio and WMBD-TV.
Piatt County Journal-Republican
The late Robert “Bob” Montgomery '67 – namesake for IWU's Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award – was inducted posthumously into the Monticello Hall of Fame.
Odessa (Texas) American
Internationally acclaimed soprano Kirsten (Arnold) Chambers ’97 will perform "A Life Made in Music: The Love Story of Kirsten and Keith Chambers," conducted by her husband, at the Yucca Theatre in Midland, Texas.
The Seattle Times
Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed public interest in true crime.
The Pantagraph
Longtime baseball coach Dennis Martel and his coaching staff prepped Jack Horenberger Field one last time before an artificial infield surface is installed.
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Tuesday, Sept. 21
11 a.m., Eckley Quadrangle – International Day of Prayer for Peace – Sept. 21 is designated as the International Day of Prayer for Peace. Members of the campus community and others are invited to gather at 11 a.m. on the Quad, by the bell near the white tent, for a brief observance of the occasion including prayers, a reading, and reflection. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


6:30 p.m., Zoom – Fall Kickoff: Teddy Zmrhal '94, "IWU to Social Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur: A Journey Anything but Conventional" – A liberal arts education can take you in many different directions. Feeding on research from books like Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, Zmrhal (Spanish and International Business double major, Russian minor), now Global Vice President - Design and Innovation at Salesforce, will share his winding and unconventional career path. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
10 a.m. - 12 and 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center (Welcome Center, 2nd floor) –Walk-In Wednesday


11:30 a.m. – Exploring Healthcare Careers: Dr. Kristina Dakis '11, Rural M.D. – For more information, email Michele Darnell, Pre-Health & Biology Career Advisor, at


4-6 p.m., Location information to follow registrationStory Exchange – The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are hosting a Narrative 4 Story Exchange that focuses on community, as we continue to process living in the time of a global pandemic. This event is open to the entire IWU community. The story exchange is a powerful model that allows empathetic connection between participants through the exchange of personal narratives in small groups. Story exchange groups will be led by IWU faculty, staff, and/or student leaders who are trained facilitators. Advance registration is required and can be done here.


6 & 8 p.m., IDEA Center – Movie Night Double Feature  – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6-8 and 8-10 p.m. Free popcorn and giveaways. Sponsored by the IDEA Center.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Wheaton – Streaming live at
Thursday, Sept. 23
12 p.m.,Outside of Joslin Atrium, Eckley Quadrangle – Spin the Wheel – Students are invited to spin the wheel to win some fun prizes! Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


5:30-6:30 p.m., Ames Library Roof Garden – Mixer for All First Gens – IWU welcomes all First Generation students from the Class of 2025. First Gen staff and faculty will be available to visit with students. This is an open house format, sponsored by F1RST.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: Even the Rain – The International Film Series is kicking off with Even the Rain (2010), a drama set during the Cochabamba Water War protests in early 2000. Join us for a good movie and discussion. Sponsored by the International and Global Studies Department.


7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hazing Prevention speaker – Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.
Friday, Sept. 24
4:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Mount St. Joseph - Holiday Inn Express Classic IIStreaming live at


7 p.m., Young Main Lounge,Memorial Center – OSI Escape RoomsNo sign up is required for this free student event. Each room only takes 15 minutes to solve and can accommodate groups of five people or less. Themes for the rooms include Aztec, crime interception, and time travel. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Calvin - Holiday Inn Express Classic IIStreaming live at
Saturday, Sept. 25
3 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball vs Hope - Holiday Inn Express Classic IIStreaming live at
Sunday, Sept. 26
2021 McLean County Heart Walk Digital Experience – Members of the Illinois Wesleyan University and local community are invited to participate virtually. The annual event was originally scheduled to be held on Illinois Wesleyan University's campus, but for the second year in a row, organizers pivoted to a virtual format due to the ongoing pandemic.
Monday, Sept. 27
4-7 p.m., Virtual – IWU Career/Internship Fair Register on Handshake! This annual career/internship fair hosted by the Hart Career Center is free for all IWU students to attend. If you are looking for internships, full-time employment, or just trying to get your foot in the door, this event will help you explore companies of interest.
  • Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary will be featured on "Snapped: Behind Bars," which will air at 7 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept. 25, on the Oxygen network. It will be the first time the case of Barton McNeil will be covered on television, a case which Vicary teaches in her Justice Scholars: Wrongful Convictions first-year experience.


  • Filmmaker Sarah Weinstein Edwards '96 was nominated for a Mid-America EMMY for short-form content for "Classical BTS: Nomin Zolzaya," which was featured as part of an Illinois Public Media docuseries. It follows the personal journey of Illinois Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Nomin Zolzaya, who first found her love for the cello as a young girl growing up in Mongolia.


  • Sigmund Livingston, the founder and first president of the Anti-Defamation League who graduated from the Illinois Wesleyan University law school in 1894, will be among those featured in the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. The program will be presented by the McLean County Museum of History in person on Sept 25-26 and Oct. 2-3, with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, or virtually Nov. 1-Dec. 31.
Third Annual Trick or Tweet
Back for the third year running is the (in)famous Trick or Tweet Contest. Email your SFW scary stories of 280 characters or less, Oct. 1 through Oct. 25. The Writing Center | Tutoring Services staff will choose and notify winners. We’ll share winners’ stories on our social media and award first- through third-place prizes. Only one prize awarded per winner. To submit your SFW scary story, email Anna Scanlon at Sponsored by the Writing Center | Tutoring Services.
COVID-19 On-Campus Testing
Please use this form to register if you would like to participate in on-campus surveillance testing on Wednesdays (11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Shirk Center). Deadline for registration is 1 p.m. Monday before the testing date.


We encourage testing by any student, staff or faculty members – including those who are fully vaccinated – who have concerns about their virus exposure or who have even the mildest of physical symptoms.
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