Jan. 17, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
A series of events are planned for Illinois Wesleyan community members during the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with the theme "The Urgency of Now."
Works by Black artists will be showcased and celebrated in exhibits on view through March at the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries.
Health and innovative thinking was the focus of this year's Founders' Day Convocation at Illinois Wesleyan, as speaker William Murphy '98 described how his experience as a Titan helped shape his career as a biotechnology entrepreneur.
Titan Athletics
Former Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball standout Kendall Sosa '21 was recognized among the 2022 NCAA Top 10 Award winners.


Both Titan men's and women's basketball teams defeated Augustana in home games on Jan. 15.
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
Founders' Day speaker William Murphy '98 discussed biotech research, ranging from mRNA to meat.
WGLT Radio
Nursing major and women's basketball team member Emily Kleffman '24 used pandemic downtime to crochet and donate 180 winter hats for newborns.
The Pantagraph
Former women's basketball standout Kendall Sosa '21 was among 10 student-athletes named as a 2022 NCAA Top 10 Award winner.
A virtual presentation of the annual National Holiday Gospel Festival is part of Illinois Wesleyan's Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming.
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Monday, Jan. 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO CLASSES)


Through March 3 – Merwin and Wakeley Art Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Art Exhibits "Future Spaces in Community Places" and "Celebrating Blackness"
10 a.m., ZoomDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote SpeakerChris Schumacher, Head Men's and Women's Track Coach and Athletics Diversity & Inclusion Designee, will give remarks titled "My World in Black & White."
2 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs Elmhurst - Rescheduled from Jan. 5Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/


7 p.m., YouTubeDr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival – A best-of video premiere will be available to view online starting at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
11 a.m., Zoom and Hansen Student Center – Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In – Dr. Timothy E. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will speak on "Exposing the Truth of the American Lie: From MLK to CRT."
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs Millikin – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Thursday, Jan. 20
12 p.m., Zoom – Titan Talk - Crypto: 21st Century Gold or Just Fool's GoldAlan Fisher, serial entrepreneur and angel investor, will present a crypto primer at the inaugural Innovation Series seminar.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center and Virtual – From IWU to Airline Start-up: The Journey of an EntrepreneurBabawande Afolabi, IWU Class of 2010 alumnus, will share his career path from IWU to developing an airline start-up. Babawande Afolabi is the Founder and CEO of Green Africa, a value carrier based in Lagos, Nigeria that offers safe, reliable, and affordable air travel aimed to serve a broader group of customers. Babawande will discuss his challenges with starting a business, how he developed his career passion, and share advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. To register: tinyurl.com/iwu-entrepreneurship
Friday, Jan. 21
4 p.m., 305 CLA – American Sign Language (ASL) Workshop – The campus community is invited to learn about the characteristics and culture of the American Sign Language Community, become more aware and get a better understanding of ASL and its importance. Sponsored by World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Language Resource Center.


6 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center and Zoom – A Sankofa Celebration – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host an event to celebrate students, honor our past and inspire us to move forward in unity. 
Saturday, Jan. 22
11:15 a.m., Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - I-55 Triangular Meet
Sunday, Jan. 23
6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – Open to the entire student body.
Britney Maldonado '24 is among the 10th class of Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program scholars, announced by the Illinois CPA Society.
Posse Plus Retreat: Calling on CommUNITY
Saturday, January 29
9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Please join us for the annual Posse Plus Retreat with a focus on inclusion, leadership and deep community engagement. Led by our Posse Scholar community, the Posse Plus Retreat promises to be an outstanding opportunity for discussion about critical issues. Register hereDeadline: Monday, Jan. 24. 
Questions: Contact Posse Scholars, mentors, or the Dean of Students office (dstudent@iwu.edu)
Opt-In COVID Testing
Optional on-campus COVID-19 testing is open to students, faculty and staff. If you would like to participate, please sign up here. Testing is available Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Shirk Center. Unvaccinated students will test weekly automatically and do not need to sign up. Deadline for registration is 1 p.m. Monday before the testing date.
Welcome and Congratulations
Congrats to Patrick Zajac '18, who has moved into the role of Assistant Director for Career Engagement with responsibility for the Hart Career Center's centralized internship program.


Jazmine Montoya joined the Hart Career Center on Jan. 10 as Assistant Director for Career Development/Recruitment Coordinator.
Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Ann Aubry, director of communications. To submit items of interest, email webedit@iwu.edu.
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