Dec. 6, 2021 – Final week of the semester
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Junior biology major and psychology minor Anjali Patel ’23 spent her summer researching the formation of blood vessels in bird eyes – and exploring research techniques – as part of her 2021 Eckley Fellowship project. (Part of a series on this year's Eckley Scholars and Artists.)
The latest IWU Magazine is now online and coming soon to mailboxes, featuring a cover story on Bill Damaschke ’85, Tony Award-winning producer of Moulin Rouge! The Musical; a feature on New York Times bestselling author Torri "T.J." Newman ’06; plus a firsthand account from Rachel McCarthy ’21, an alum of IWU's Pembroke Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. 
Titan Athletics
  • It was a good weekend for the Titans, with home victories for the men's basketball and women's basketball teams over Carroll University in their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin openers; season bests for the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at the Carthage Classic in Kenosha, Wisconsin; and two event titles in the indoor season opener for men's and women's track and field teams at the Titan First Chance Meet.
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
The School of Theatre Arts presented Head Over Heels – a marriage of English verse and punk pop – which was available for streaming over the weekend.
The Pantagraph
Inspired by the song “Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout),” Monischa Hills ’22 created a display of photos of 61 Black women who were killed by police or died in custody.
The Pantagraph
Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone encouraged small business owners to step up their cybersecurity efforts.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan student organizations hosted “Light the Night: a Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light.” Also in the Vidette Online.
Pontiac Daily Leader
The School of Music presented its annual Christmas Choral Concert at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan staff, faculty and alumni were big players in this year's Holiday Spectacular. See photos or read behind-the-scenes coverage.
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Monday, Dec. 6
Reading Day (NO CLASSES)


1-4 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Reading Day Coffee Shop – Students are invited to stop by for hot coffee, hot chocolate, cold brew, scones and cookies. Take some time to relax on Reading Day before finals week starts. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.


9-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center – Late Night Breakfast – Students are invited to grab a plate full, served by the IWU Cabinet, and take a break from studying to enjoy a delicious breakfast with friends. Sponsored by IWU Dining Services.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Through Friday, Dec. 10Final examinations


7 p.m., Room 001, State Farm Hall – Destress December w/ SEA – The Student Education Association (SEA) is hosting "Destress December!" Students are invited to stop by to grab anti-stress goodie bags for finals week and/or join us for study tables. There will be relaxing music, peers to study with and fun brain breaks throughout the night. Come join us to destress and get focused for finals!


7 p.m., 105b (The Writing Center | Tutoring Services), The Ames Library – Study "Write" Almost All Night – Because the writing center and student success tutors tend to book up at the end of the semester and we get so many required appointments, we've started this fun event! Come get snacks, study support, and writing help all in one place. We'll have writing center and student success tutors on hand to offer one-on-one and/or group support to get tips for studying, writing strong papers, and for presentations. Bring questions and a friend, get snacks and answers. Walk-ins and groups welcome. Email with questions.


9-11 p.m., Bertholf Commons, Memorial Center Late Night PB&J – Students are invited to take a study break and grab a delicious PB&J sandwich, perfect for a late-night snack to fuel up for more studying.
Monday, Dec. 13
Through Friday, Dec. 17 – 4 o'clock Hours Observed – Campus offices will close at 4 p.m. daily
Wednesday, Dec. 15
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs North Central Streaming live at
Friday, Dec. 17
Final grades due at noon.
Saturday, Dec. 18
2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs University of Chicago – Streaming live at
Monday, Dec. 20 - Friday, Dec. 31
Winter Break – Campus offices will be closed through Friday, Dec. 31. This year's break has been extended three days to include Dec. 20-22, in gratitude for extraordinary efforts by staff and faculty.
Monday, Jan. 3
Through Tuesday, Jan. 4 – Campus offices will reopen with 4 o'clock hours observed, closing at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Orientation and registration of new students.
Wednesday, Jan. 5
Spring semester classes begin
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs ElmhurstStreaming live at
Welcome New Employees
John Lock started Nov. 8 as the Associate Director of Engagement Communications.


Jessica Mrase started Nov. 8 as the International Student and Scholar Advisor.


Nicole Griffin started Nov. 15 as a Custodian.


Erich Lieser '18 started Nov. 15 as the Assistant Director of Reunion Programs.


Michael Powers started Nov. 18 as a Building Mechanic II.


Valerie Hawkins '09 started Nov. 29 as the Director of Annual Giving.


Hannah Krajewski started Nov. 30 as the Event Coordinator in Alumni Engagement.


Congratulations to Katrina Harper, who transferred from the Physical Plant to the Administrative Specialist III position in Information Technology, effective Nov. 15.
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