Feb. 28, 2022
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Campus News
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to an elegant evening to celebrate diversity at Illinois Wesleyan at the fourth annual Unity Gala on Saturday, March 5. RSVP here.
High school students will have the chance to demonstrate their math and physics knowledge to earn prizes, plus hear from a popular YouTube mathematician during a competition hosted by two IWU student clubs.
Titan Athletics
  • The women's basketball team defeated top-seeded Millikin University in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament Championship to claim their 10th CCIW Tournament title and earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.


  • The men's basketball team lost to North Central College in the semifinal round of the CCIW Tournament and await today's NCAA Division III selection show.
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
Zach Freeman '07 was named the next principal at Bloomington’s Washington Elementary School. He will replace fellow IWU alumnus Jeff Lockenvitz '84, who is retiring after 37 years in education. More coverage from WJBC Radio.
The Pantagraph
Former IWU women's basketball standout and current Millikin Head Women’s Basketball Coach Olivia Lett '12 was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Coach of the Year.
WGLT Radio
President S. Georgia Nugent appeared on WGLT's Sound Ideas and discussed the University's COVID protocols and budget trends.
Chicago Tribune
Rick Tollefson '82, who owns sporting goods company Boombah, is wrapping up a resounding 16-year run coaching boys basketball at Newark High School. (Accessible with IWU login or Tribune subscription.)
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Tuesday, March 1
10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Shirk Center – Vaccine Booster Clinic – Senior students from Illinois Wesleyan's School of Nursing will hold an on-campus COVID-19 vaccine 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.
Thursday, March 3
4 p.m., ZoomAsian Studies Colloquium: Lecture on Japanese Emaki "Picture Scroll" – Guest speaker Joannah Peterson, Assistant Professor of Japan Studies at the University of Kentucky, will speak on "Emaki Fashion: The Language of Robes, Fans, and Hair in Pre-modern Japanese Picture Scrolls." Sponsored by Asian Studies, International & Global Studies Program and the Tanaka Foundation. See event flyer.
4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Men's Lacrosse vs Dubuque – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/


5 p.m., Zoom – Let's Get Personal (Statements) Part 2 – 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 move to next steps including looking at supplemental essay expectations. Part 2 of 3. (You do not have to attend all 3 workshops.) Please email ascanlon@iwu.edu for the Zoom link and passcode. A recording will be available approximately one week after the event by request to ascanlon@iwu.edu. Sponsored by the Writing Center | Tutoring Services.
7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - Kamikaze Girls – (Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, 2004.) Introduced by Assistant Professor of Japanese Chisato Kojima.
Friday, March 4
4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library, or ZoomFaculty Colloquium - Reception to Follow – Instructor in Economics Hieu Nguyen will speak on "Public Provision of Higher Education, and Its Implications for College Diversity." Reception to follow in the Beckman Atrium.


7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – CAB Karaoke Night – Students are invited to show off their music skills or watch friends perform. Musical comedian Morgan Jay will emcee, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


7 p.m., Evergreen Racquet Club Inc, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs Greenville


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Vocal Art Songs by Women Composers – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Saturday, March 5
Spring Open House Prospective students are invited to learn about Illinois Wesleyan's exceptional academic programs, meet professors, get a taste of our vibrant campus life and see our beautiful 80-acre campus.


10 a.m.-7 p.m., Center for Natural Science – High School Math and Physics Competition
1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs Capital – Streaming live at www.iwusports.com/watch/
3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Schubert's Winterreise, performed by Boyd Mackus, baritone, & John Wustman, pianoAccomplished guest performers will be hosted by the School of Music.
7-11:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Unity Gala – The IWU campus community is invited to an elegant evening to celebrate diversity at Illinois Wesleyan.
Sunday, March 6
1 & 3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Masterclass and Recital: Shawn McNamara, trombone – IWU Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Shawn McNamara will present a masterclass at 1 p.m. followed by a recital at 3 p.m.


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Associate Professor of Nursing Brenda Knoll '89 recently published a study in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology with her colleague Ehsan Naderifar in Tehran, Iran, on involving mothers in the assessment of their own preterm infant feedings skills while in the neonatal intensive care unit learning to feed. This work is Part I of a larger study assessing the effect of Knoll's Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) on early feeding skills scores. Knoll has mentored Ehsan since 2016 through his master's thesis, and continues advising on his doctoral committee for a Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology at the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran.


Jay Payleitner '79 has written a new book, Don't Take the Bait to Escalate: Conflict is Inevitable. Being a Jerk is Optional, to be released by Salem Publishing in March.
Spring Break Access to Campus Housing
All IWU residence 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. this Friday, 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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