Feb. 7, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Cameron '18 and Haley (Lower) Loyet '17 started their business while students at Illinois Wesleyan. Since graduating, Honeymoon Chocolates has grown and recently received Arch Grant funding – awarded to bright entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area.
Josephine Mabel Jackson, the first documented Black woman to graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University, was commemorated in a ceremony naming Kemp Hall's affinity student housing in her honor.
Titan Athletics
  • Illinois Wesleyan had 83 student-athletes selected for College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Dave Wrath Academic All-Conference honors for the fall of 2021 – the most from IWU to be selected in the fall.


  • Women's and men's cross country teams were named to United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's All-Academic squads for 2021.
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
Associate Professor and Chair of Educational Studies Leah Nillas reported growing interest in IWU’s education major amid a state-wide teacher shortage.
Deseret News
Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Amanda Vicary offered insight into true crime media.
The Pantagraph
Sharon Chung '00 announced her candidacy for Illinois' 91st House District seat. Also reported by WGLT Radio.


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Monday, Feb. 7
4 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate "Sit Down with Community" – Student Senate Diversity & Inclusion and Advocacy & Awareness teams will host a communal discussion intended to share the directions in which these teams plan to impact our campus community, while allowing for dialogue with those who attend.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs North Park (Rescheduled from Feb. 2) – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/


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.
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Thank a Giver (TAG) Day – Students will be invited to show their appreciation for the generosity of IWU donors by writing handwritten postcards throughout the day at campus locations and by posting on social media using #IWUThanks. Locations:
  • State Farm Hall (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Center for Natural Science (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • The Dugout, Memorial Center (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)


6:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs Fontbonne – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Wednesday, Feb. 9
5 p.m., Niepagen Southeast Classroom, Shirk Center – Yoga in Spanish - Cuerpo y Mente – Dedicate time to your body and mind while practicing Spanish. All levels of language skills and physical abilities are welcomed. Give yourself time to breathe, flow and leave empowered and energized. Sponsored by the Language Resource Center.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Leadership Series: Mikah Meyer – The Office of Student Involvement welcomes Mikah Meyer for an in-person keynote talk about "The Power of Authenticity" and then a workshop on "Turning Passion into Profession." Meyer is an adventurer and leader of diversity and inclusion efforts in the outdoors industry, especially for LGBTQ+ people. He has visited all 419 sites in America's National Park System and became the first openly gay man featured in an outdoors recreation ad and used that credibility to expand access for LGBTQ+ people in outdoors culture by founding the "Outside Safe Space" program. Students can sign up for the workshop portion at this link.
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs North Park – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Thursday, Feb. 10
7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - The Rocket – Introduced by Professor of Environmental and International Studies Abby Jahiel.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Friday, Feb. 11
3 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – BSU Black History Forum – Faculty member Ky Ajayi will present an educational talk with student Jack McElveen called "Can There be Reconciliation Without Truth?" addressing topics such as reparations, falsifying of history, and systemic racism. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Black Student Union.


5 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Puppies on Campus – Students are invited to spend some time petting and playing with dogs to help ease some of their mid-semester anxieties. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Saturday, Feb. 12
Admitted Student Day I – Admitted students are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to learn more about what makes the IWU experience so special.


10:15 a.m., Indoor Track, Shirk Center – Track and Field - Titan Open – No visiting spectators will be permitted inside Shirk. See COVID spectator guidelines.


12:30 p.m., Fort Natatorium – Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving - CCIW Diving Championship


2 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs Wheaton - Senior DayStreaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
4 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs WheatonStreaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Sunday, Feb. 13
3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Monday, Feb. 14
11 a.m., 105b, The Ames Library – Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon – All IWU students, alumni, staff, faculty, and BloNo community members are invited to join the Writing Center | Tutoring Services (in person or online) to work on transcribing (taking from written or typed form into electronic form) the work of Frederick Douglass's contemporaries. This year, we're specifically looking at a variety of Black activists from the nineteenth century. We'll serve birthday cake and help you with the transcriptions. No prior knowledge of how to transcribe is necessary. Email ascanlon@iwu.edu with questions.
  • Associate Dean of Students Kevin Carey '13 was awarded the Tracy Davis Outstanding Emerging Research Award from the ACPA Coalition on Men and Masculinities. Carey's research was conducted while earning his Ed.D. in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His work focused on the exploration of college men involved in masculinities programs (student success initiatives, sexual violence prevention, and/or gender identity organizations/initiatives) and how the engagement impacted their gender identity development at small, private liberal arts institutions.


  • Jeff Burke '96, director for resource planning, Arizona Public Service, was appointed to the Arizona Technology Council board of directors. 
John Wesley Powell Research Conference – Submissions Due Feb. 18
Submissions due: Friday, Feb. 18 by 4:30 p.m.
Conference date: Saturday, April 9


Students are invited to participate in Illinois Wesleyan's student research conference, a showcase for scholarly or artistic projects. This annual conference provides an opportunity for students to present their individual projects in a public forum.


Research projects pursued by students at any level – first-year through senior – and in any academic program throughout the University are eligible to participate.


Find out more, or find the registration link, at www.iwu.edu/research-conference
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.
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