Feb. 21, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
At a recent United Nations panel, first-year economics student Victoria Ballesteros-Gonzalez '25 represented women in the field of science while presenting about global disparities in water economics.
Named one of the top collegiate gaming programs in the country, the Illinois Wesleyan University Esports Team is hosting a tournament for video game enthusiasts throughout the Midwest.
Titan Athletics
  • The No. 6-ranked men's basketball team finished off the regular season with a victory at Augustana College on Feb. 19 and will host the semifinal and championship rounds of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament this weekend.


  • The women's basketball team claimed a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Regular Season Championship with a win at Augustana on Feb. 19, and will compete in the CCIW tournament this week.
Titans In The News
St. Louis Inno
Cam Loyet '18 and Haley (Lower) Loyet '17 are the founders of Honeymoon Chocolates, which has opened a new factory and retail store in Clayton, Missouri.
Inside Optometry
Dr. Erick Henderson '12, the American Optometric Association's 2021 Young Optometrist of the Year, is "quickly ascending the profession's rungs and getting noticed for it."
Morris Herald-News
Suzy (Newberg) Brown '01 is a member of the Morris Community High School Board, founder of the Newberg Group, and a board member for Elevate Illinois.
Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Kate Tombaugh '07 and the Collegiate Choir performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at concerts in Springfield and Bloomington. More coverage from the (Springfield) State Journal-Register. 
(Springfield) State Journal-Register
Becca Lamon '93, an assistant superintendent in Kendallville, Indiana, was named superintendent at Ball-Chatham School District. Also reported by The (Kendallville) News Sun and WAND-TV.
The New York Times
IWU men's basketball head coach Ron Rose commented on competing against the Yeshiva University team and its leading player, who leads the NCAA in scoring.
Union (N.J.) News Daily
The story of the historic Four Chaplains, including IWU alumnus George L. Fox, inspired listeners at the Summit Common Council meeting "that we are one people."
North Cook News
Michael Lupo '02 has announced a campaign for state representative in Illinois' 55th District.
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Tuesday, Feb. 22
4 p.m., Center Court, Hansen Student Center – 3D Event: Empowered Blackness: Valuing Your Authentic Self in an Anti-Black Society – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a panel discussion including Jessie Dixon-Montgomery, IWU Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies; Timothy E. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and Brandon Caffey, Ed.D., Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Urbana #116 School District.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs MillikinStreaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
Wednesday, Feb. 23
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Henning Room, Memorial Center – I Can, I Will – Student Senate will host a mental health awareness event.


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Leadership Series: Dr. Lauren Cook - Name Your Story – As a therapist and social justice advocate, Dr. Lauren Cook will speak on the power of bringing your own story and mental health journey to the table as a leader. This event is part of the Spring 2022 Leadership Speaker Series, "Authentically Leading through Identity," presented by the Office of Student Involvement.


7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: The Lightning Thief
Thursday, Feb. 24
4 p.m., State Farm Hall and Zoom – Story Exchange: Empathy & Dialogue through Storytelling – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice will host a Narrative 4 Story Exchange focused on identity and diversity. Open to the IWU community, the story exchange allows empathetic connection between participants through the exchange of personal narratives in small groups. Register for the Story Exchange here.
5 p.m., Zoom – Let's Get Personal (Statements) Part 1 – Do you have to write a personal statement for a future career in medicine (doctor, PA, OT, PT, advanced practice nurse, Ph.D.)? This workshop is designed to get students started on this path by taking a look at what the expectations are for a statement of purpose in these fields. Part 1 of 3. (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops.) Please email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the Zoom link and passcode. A recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event by request to ascanlon@iwu.edu.
Sponsored by the Writing Center | Tutoring Services.
6-9 p.m., Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art – Gallery Reception and Events
  • 6-6:30 p.m. – IWU student spoken word performances for the Celebrating Blackness exhibit 
  • 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Artist talk by Stacey Robinson, Shaya Robinson and Kofi Bazzell-Smith for the Future Spaces in Community Places exhibit
  • 7:15 -7:30 p.m. – Q&A with the artists
  • 7:30 p.m. – Dance performance by the BCAI (Breaking Chains & Advancing Increase) youth group
  • 7:40 to 9 p.m. – Music and mingling


7 p.m., Welcome Center Auditorium – Career Enhancing Digital Debris: The Power of Personal Branding – Speaker Jessica Lynn Shull '03 is the Director of Operations at JoshuaOneNine, a local marketing and advertising agency where she is responsible for Process & Project Management, Financial Management, Talent Acquisition, and expanding digital marketing programs for existing and new clients.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Buena Vista Social Club – Introduced by Associate Professor of Music Adriana Ponce.


7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: The Lightning Thief
Friday, Feb. 25
Last day to withdraw from a full semester class.
Last day to add or drop a 2nd 7 week class.


7-10 p.m., Hansen Student Center – BSU '90s BashStudents are invited to dress up in '90s attire and dance as the Black Student Union hosts a '90s themed party. This event will have a 360 photo booth, food and drinks. RSVP here.


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball - CCIW Tournament Semifinals – The Titans will host the semifinal rounds of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament. Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/.
7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra


7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: The Lightning Thief
Saturday, Feb. 26
3 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs Carthage – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball - CCIW Tournament Championship – The Titans will host the Championship final game. Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Mardi Gras Mixer – Students are invited to join the Campus Activities Board and Posse to celebrate Mardi Gras: dance, eat king cake and see a "float" parade.


7:30 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: The Lightning Thief
Sunday, Feb. 27
2 p.m., Jerome Mirza Theatre, McPherson Hall – School of Theatre Arts presents: The Lightning Thief
Vaccine Booster Clinic
Tuesday, March 1
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Shirk Center


Senior students from Illinois Wesleyan's School of Nursing will hold an on-campus COVID-19 booster clinic. All doses, including booster shots, will be available of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. See an information graphic or medical FAQ flyer, and register here for a time slot.
Spring Break Access to Campus Housing
All IWU resident halls and fraternities will be closing for Spring Break. A number of students may have a specific need to remain on campus for all or part of a break period. 
Spring Break Access Applications are currently open in the MyHousing portal. In order to stay in your campus housing or to have access to it during the break, you must request access as soon as possible. 
  • You will need approval to receive break access to the building.
  • Campus housing closes March 11 at 6 p.m. and reopens March 20 at 9 a.m. To avoid charges, complete the break access application in your MyHousing portal by 8 a.m. March 4.
  • There are several reasons for which permission is granted to student requests to remain in housing during a break period:
  • students whose permanent home is more than 450 miles away from campus
  • students with an essential on-campus job (with confirmation from supervisor)
  • students who have a musical or theatre rehearsal or performance (with confirmation from director/professor)
  • students who have an athletic practice or competition (with confirmation from coaches)
  • students with academic commitments (with confirmation from a professor)


Permission may also be granted to students who have special or unique circumstances. Students who believe their request warrants additional consideration should discuss it with their Area Director, or for fraternity housing members, discuss their circumstances with the Office of Student Involvement staff. If approval is NOT given you will be notified.


Regardless of circumstance, students must submit an online request through the student's MyHousing portal (watch this video for assistance)


Charges may be incurred for the following reasons:
  • Requesting access after the deadline – $50 charge
  • Staying without a valid reason – $50/night charge
  • Students found in the residence hall during a break without requesting access or obtaining permission – $50 charge (in addition to per night charge) and a judicial referral may also be made in these cases. 


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at orl@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.
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