March 7, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Anyone interested in broadening their education or deepening their connection with Illinois Wesleyan is invited to enroll in 2022 Summer Term courses.
Susanna Widicus Weaver '00 says her time at IWU taught her how to handle research challenges and grow into a confident scientist, but also inspired her desire to mentor undergraduates in her current role as professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Revolving around the annual Illinois Wesleyan academic theme, host Joe Viola '22 interviews students, staff, and faculty from around campus. These conversations encompass personal opinions regarding the theme, its meaning, and the current world we live in. Also on Spotify.
Titan Athletics
  • The Titans advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament and will host sectional play this weekend, March 11-12.
  • The women's basketball team ended its season in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with a loss to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Titans In The News
WGLT Radio
Former State Farm executive, community organizer and Illinois Wesleyan trustee Willie Brown has passed away. More coverage from WHOI TV, WJBC Radio and The Pantagraph.
The Pantagraph
Local university professors, including IWU's William Munro, offered insight into the war in Ukraine.
WGLT Radio
President S. Georgia Nugent provided an update on the Petrick Idea Center, for which a conceptual design has been completed. IWU is in the process of selecting an architectural firm for the project's physical design and construction phases.
Chicago Tribune
Ian Coulter-Buford '12 is among the cast of Hadestown, which opened Wednesday at Chicago's CIBC Theatre.
Peter Haas '88, the new U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, has arrived in Dhaka, the country's capital city.
WGLT Radio
Exhibits at Illinois Wesleyan's Wakeley and Merwin Galleries celebrate the fullness of Blackness and explore the theme of Afro-futurism. More on Sound Ideas.
The Pantagraph
The IWU Jazz Combo brought Mardi Gras to Downtown Bloomington (video).
WGLT Radio
A strong stock market helped grow Illinois Wesleyan's endowment in 2021.
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Tuesday, March 8
1:15 p.m., Virtual – What Successful Teachers Do - Mary C. Clement – Would you like to know about tips for a great first year of teaching? It's never too early to start planning for a successful career in education. In this Zoom presentation, Mary C. Clement, Ed.D., will share her extensive knowledge from her career as a teacher and now a professor of education. Participating students will be entered into a raffle for a copy of one of her books. RSVP here. (A Zoom link will be sent to those who have registered.)


3-6 p.m., (Also Wednesday), Dugout, Memorial Center – Ukraine Fundraiser
Theta Chi will collect donations for the Ukrainian Emergency Fund supporting families in need.


4 p.m., C102, CNS – Panel Discussion on Ukraine – Current and former professors will discuss the situation in Ukraine and its possible implications for regional stability, security, and human rights. Panelists include Professor of History Thomas Lutze on the role of women; Professor of History April Schultz on protest and resistance in Russia; Professor Emeritus Irv Epstein on humanitarian concerns; and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science Julian Westerhout on impacts on Europe. An open discussion will follow the speaker presentations. Organized by the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha and the International Studies honor society Phi Beta Delta.
7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Sit Down with Student Senate: Perseverance – The Sit Down will feature three different speakers focusing on topics surrounding sustainability, social justice, and mental health:


7-7:25 p.m. – Henry Brockman: Farming during Global Warming
7:30-7:55 p.m. – Tyrin Sykes '25: Persevering through Injustices in College
8-8:25 p.m. – Graeme Phillips: Body Dysphoria & Mental Health
Wednesday, March 9
11:10 a.m., CNS C101 or Zoom – Faculty Meeting


4 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - MLK Service Project – Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement.


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., ZoomLeadership Series: Samantha Ramirez-Herrera - "Live. Create. Inspire" – Part of the Spring 2022 Leadership Speaker Series, "Authentically Leading through Identity," presented by the Office of Student Involvement. Ramirez-Herrera is a Mexican-born DREAMer and an all-around doer. Learn more about Samantha Ramirez-Herrera.
7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall –  Solideo Quartet (String Quartet) Recital – Sponsored by the School of Music.
Thursday, March 10
4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs Aurora – Streaming live at
5 p.m., Zoom – Let's Get Personal (Statements) Part 3 – 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 help you polish up your statement and avoid common pitfalls. (Part 3 of 3.) Please email for the Zoom link and passcode. A recording of the event will be available approximately one week after the event by request to Sponsored by the Writing Center | Tutoring Services.
Friday, March 11
Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 7 week class


7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton - NCAA Sectional – Streaming live at
Saturday, March 12
7:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball NCAA Sectional Final – Titans will host. Streaming live at
Spring Break – March 12-20
Monday, March 14
Holiday – Campus offices will be closed for a Spring Break holiday for staff.
Tuesday, March 15-Friday, March 18
4 O'Clock Hours Observed – Campus offices will close at 4 p.m. daily.
Friday, March 18
7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs North Central – Streaming live at
Writing Awards
Illinois Wesleyan University students are invited to enter annual competitions for the Academy of American Poets University & College Prize, the Illinois Wesleyan University Department of English Prize for Short Fiction, and the Illinois Wesleyan University Department of English Essay Prize. The prizes are open to all currently enrolled students, including majors and minors outside of the English Department.



Entries should be submitted via a single email attachment to by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 11.
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
  • Noelle Marron started Feb. 7 as the Administrative Specialist III in the Career Center.
  • Michele Miller started Feb. 7 as the Assistant Director of Enterprise Systems in Information Technology.
  • Vinny Mangina started Feb. 18 as a Custodian in the Physical Plant.
  • Christine Wisniewski started Feb. 21 as the Administrative Specialist IV in Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
  • Will Thornton started Feb. 25 as a Custodian in the Physical Plant.
  • Erin Burnison '22 started Feb. 28 as the Administrative Specialist II for English/Philosophy/Women & Gender Studies.
  • Titus Tshiseleka started Feb. 28 as the Manager of Custodial Services in the Physical Plant.
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