Nov. 8, 2021
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
English and sociology major Isabel Sperry ’22 used ceramics to explore storytelling and mother-daughter relationships as her Eckley Scholar project. (Part of a series on this year's Eckley Scholars and Artists.)
Titan Athletics
  • The women’s volleyball team swept Carthage to win the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament Championship, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.


  • Head Men's Golf Coach Jim Ott has been named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup at Golf Club de Genève.
Titans In The News
Associate Professor of Music Ilia Radoslavov will perform in an evening of Bulgarian music at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Nov. 12.
Full Circle with Anderson Cooper joined ongoing national attention for the unusual "do well, do good" career turn by Mike Mason '80, retired FBI and Fortune 500 executive turned school bus driver.
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Monday, Nov. 8
Through Tuesday, Nov. 9, first floor, The Ames Library – Exhibit Silhouettes of DiversityFeaturing silhouettes of students in the “Designing for People” course taught by Visiting Professor of Art and Design William Bullock, this exhibit celebrates diversity by emphasizing the range of size, shape and stature that designers must consider. 


Through Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Class Registration for Spring


12 p.m., ZoomDiversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Forum – Open forum for the campus community to discuss the DEI report and recommendations.


4 p.m., Room 101, CNS or Zoom – Cultural Competence in Gender Care Medicine - Dr. Erik Haugland '04 – Dr. Erik Haugland is a 2004 graduate of IWU who specializes in Gender Care Medicine. Open to all IWU faculty, staff, and students, this talk will be in person, but attendees are also invited to join via Zoom if they would feel more comfortable. Sponsored by the Psychology Department, Neuroscience, and Public Health Program.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
11 a.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – DEI Forum – Open forum for the campus community to discuss the DEI report and recommendations. Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion/Student Affairs.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
10 a.m.-12 and 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center (Welcome Center, 2nd floor) – Walk-In Wednesday


10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Nursing Fair – The Hart Career Center and the School of Nursing will host the annual Nursing Career Fair. This is a great opportunity to connect with hospitals, graduate schools, and other healthcare organizations. Representatives will be available to discuss their internships, full-time positions, volunteer opportunities, and other programs.


4 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – DEI Forum – Open forum for the campus community to discuss the DEI report and recommendations. Sponsored by the Alliance.
4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – IWU Interfaith – This weekly meeting features interfaith dialogue and is open to all. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


6-8 p.m. & 8-10 p.m., IDEA Center - Maker Space next to the Coffee Shoppe, Memorial Center – Movie Night Double Feature – Free popcorn and giveaways, every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Thursday, Nov. 11
11-11:15 a.m., Eckley Quadrangle – Veterans Day Time of Remembrance – This brief time of remembrance on the Quad will include the sharing of a few reflections, the laying of a wreath, and the playing of Taps. Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement, Student Affairs.


12 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Career Chat: Doug Pietrzak '05 – Doug Pietrzak is an IWU Class of 2005 creative writing alumnus with a master's in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard. He is currently a Product Manager for internal education at Google and is the founder of Freshcognate, an educational media and design company with a passion for storytelling. His presentation is entitled "Resilience and the value of a liberal arts education." Troubled by the inequalities in education, Pietrzak began his career working with high risk communities on the south and west sides of Chicago and has committed his career to better serving those less privileged. He discovered a passion for technology and education and has worked to try to bring the best of technology to bear on the challenge of inequality. Thus far, he has found that tech has only exacerbated the differences between the rich and poor. But he has witnessed technology disruption first-hand, been a founding member of several leading educational companies, and works daily at Google and elsewhere to bring greater attention to the crisis of inequality in education. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


2 p.m., ZoomDEI Forum – Open forum for the campus community to discuss the DEI report and recommendations. Sponsored by JEDI (Justice, Education, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Group).
Friday, Nov. 12
Streaming through Nov. 14 on ShowTix4ULab Theatre Production - Dog (A Workshop Production) – By Francesca Pazniokas: When Alice needs a place to crash after dropping out of college, her sister Penny welcomes her with open arms. There's just one catch: Penny's dog, Elmo—who may not be a dog at all. Dog is an experimental play about cycles of abuse and the passive violence that keeps abusers in power, presented as a workshop production by student director Josh Kaiping '22.


4-8 p.m. (and Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), IDEA Center - Maker Space next to the Coffee Shoppe, Memorial Center – Entrepreneurship 2 Day Start Up Event This event is designed to foster innovation, provide hands-on experience with marketing, and offer professional networking opportunities.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball - Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational - IWU vs. Hope


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – SASA Diwali Night – Hosted by the South Asian Student Alliance (SASA) every year to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu festival coinciding with the Hindu New Year. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
Saturday, Nov. 13
1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Football vs Augustana - Senior Day – Streaming live at


3-6 p.m., Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Unity Gallery – Hosted by Student Senate, this event will showcase the art of past and present Titans to show off the fantastic and diverse talent within the IWU community. We will be serving various foods to celebrate this occasion.


6 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball - Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational - IWU vs. Saint John's / UW-Oshkosh – Streaming live at


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Chamber Music Concert


8-10 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Glow Golf and Games – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board
Sunday, Nov. 14
1 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Jazz Combo Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.


3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert – Sponsored by the School of Music.


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Monday, Nov. 15
Class Registration for May Term


5 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Percussion Recital – Sponsored by the School of Music.


  • Associate Professor of Philosophy Andrew Engen has been awarded a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to support the teaching of philosophy at Illinois Wesleyan University. The grant is intended to extend the impact of participation in the 2021 New Currents in Teaching Philosophy institute. The institute and the implementation grant are both funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


  • Assistant Professor of Biology Rick Alvey, Miner Linnaeus Sherff Endowed Professor of Botany Dave Bollivar, and their research students have had a research article accepted for publication in PLOS ONE. The article is entitled "Genomic diversity of bacteriophages infecting Rhodobacter capsulatus and their relatedness to its gene transfer agent RcGTA." The authors are IWU student Jackson Rapala '22; former students Brenda Miller '14, Maximiliano Garcia '18, Megan Dolan '19, and Matthew Bockman '12; collaborators J. Thomas Beatty, Steven G. Cresawn, Rebecca A. Garlena, Daniel A. Russell, Alexander B. Westbye and Mats Hansson; and IWU faculty members Alvey and Bollivar.
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