Jan. 31, 2022
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Campus News
Professor of English Joanne Diaz was recently awarded the Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellowship, allowing her to focus on her creative work at one of the nation's largest artist residency programs.
A grant from PNC Foundation will allow a partnership between Illinois Wesleyan and District 87 to foster academic opportunities for low-income students in Bloomington, by funding summer internships among IWU students to work with local youth.
Titan staff, faculty and students have come together to fight food insecurity on campus through the creation and promotion of the Titan Pantry Project.
Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan men's volleyball squad swept the field and increased the team's winning streak to four as they hosted the inaugural IWU Invitational on Jan. 29.


  • The men's and women's swimming and diving teams were selected by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as a Scholar All-America Team. 
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
A grant from PNC Bank will fund internships for four IWU Educational Studies students to work with students in Bloomington's District 87 during the summer.
The Pantagraph
Retired federal prosecutor
Sam Perroni '70 is the author of a new book examining the death of actress Natalie Wood.
The Pantagraph
Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University Karen Bussone wrote about habits of successful entrepreneurs in her monthly column.
Want your event listed on the University Events Calendar and Campus App?
Submit the information using our online form; you can provide virtual event details in the description.
Tuesday, Feb. 1
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs Edgewood – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Wednesday, Feb. 2
12 p.m., Virtual – ODI 3-D Event: Follow up Discussion with Coach Shoe - "My World in Black and White" – Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as we continue the conversation with Coach Chris Schumacher ("Coach Shoe") regarding his very personal and moving presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We'll continue the discussion about his world in "Black and White." The campus community is invited to ask questions or send their comments prior to the event.
Please email your questions for Coach Shoe to student-diversity@iwu.edu by today, Monday, Jan. 31.
4 p.m., Lower Level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Eco-Theology and Creation Care – David Radcliff of New Community Project will join us to share about eco-theology, earth justice, and climate change from a faith perspective. 
Sponsored by IWU Interfaith.
4 p.m., Zoom – Study Smart: Tips to Take Tests Well – One of the best things you can learn to do early on in (or really at any time during) your college career is how to study. This workshop is designed to give students the tips necessary to not only get the most out of study sessions but also out of note- and test-taking experiences. The Writing Center | Tutoring Services is hosting this event online via Zoom; please email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the link and passcode. A recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event by request to ascanlon@iwu.edu.
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs North Park – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Thursday, Feb. 3
7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames LibraryInternational Film Series - Let the Bullets Fly Introduced by Professor of History Tom Lutze.
Friday, Feb. 4
Through Saturday, Feb. 5 – Jazz Fest – Sponsored by the School of Music.


4 p.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Keck DIII Select
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs Illinois TechStreaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – BSU Trap Karaoke – The Black Student Union is hosting a karaoke night! No talent needed. Please sign up with this link to perform.


7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Lab Theatre Production - Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Saturday, Feb. 5
10 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Men's and Women's Track and Field - Keck DIII Select
5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs Carthage – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs Carthage – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/


7:30 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Lab Theatre Production - Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Sunday, Feb. 6
2 p.m., E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre – Lab Theatre Production - Heroes of the Fourth Turning


6 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body
Monday, Feb. 7
9 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Loud Mouth Monday | Open Mic – On the first Monday of every month, Lyrical Graffiti hosts the open mic called Loud Mouth Mondays for students or community members to share poetry, spoken art, music, comedy, or anything else they wish for up to a duration of 5 minutes. Attending does not mandate a performance, and everyone is welcome to come.
The event is free and open for attendance, and a virtual component will be available. If interested in signing up for the email list (to get the link and receive info), email lgpoets@gmail.com.
  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Abby Mann, online learning librarian, on being selected to receive an American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries award, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Library Association. Her grant will fund a summer Digital Humanities (DH) bootcamp for students working in tandem with faculty in the humanities and social sciences with a humanistic bent, and seeks to show the ways in which experiential learning in the humanities, led by those who study them, is key in helping students develop the "real world" skills which might seem better served by a professional program. Faculty with potential projects that they think may work well in this context or students who might be a good fit for this program should contact Abby at amann@iwu.edu.


  • Jeff Baur '90 has joined the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Aerospace Engineering. Baur has a Ph.D. in materials science & engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and more than 25 years of experience working in the Air Force, teaching and leading teams in aerospace-related research.


  • Cole Churchill '20 was granted a utility patent for a product benefitting transmasculine and nonbinary people on Aug. 10, 2021, a product he conceived while a student at Illinois Wesleyan. Cole has created the business ALLbulgies, LLC, to sell the product. Cole additionally serves as a quality manager at a healthcare software company in Verona, Wisconsin.
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 New Employees!
  • Bryan Berrios Rios started Jan. 1 as the Systems Administrator in IT.
  • Jordan Fish started Jan. 1 as the Director of Advancement and Gift Planning. 
  • Julie Hemp started Jan. 1 as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement.
  • Julia Perez started Jan. 1 as the Assistant Director of Communications.
  • Stephanie Porter started Jan. 1 as the Administrative Specialist IV in Educational Studies.
  • Jazmine Montoya started Jan .10 as the Assistant Director for Career Development/Recruitment Coordinator.
  • Dru Richardson started Jan .10 as an Assistant Football Coach.
  • Colleen Dugo started Jan. 17 as the Director of Stewardship.
  • Misty Metroz started Jan. 18 as the Administrative Specialist III in the Registrar's Office.
  • Thomas Horton started Jan. 24 as the Enterprise Systems Analyst in IT.
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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