March 21, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
Illinois Wesleyan University professors joined a panel discussion to share insight and address implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Council for IWU Women awarded four scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership and passion: Farah Bassyouni '25, Olivia Bachar '24, Anjali Patel '23 and Taima Saei '22.
Food systems analyst Ken Meter will speak about his work with community food systems in visits to IWU classes today (Monday, March 21) and at public presentations at Illinois Wesleyan and Heartland Community College.
Illinois Wesleyan University's Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year consisted of 734 students from 28 states and 17 countries.
The latest IWU Magazine is now online and coming soon to mailboxes. Look for a cover story saluting 50 years of Title IX and women's athletics at Illinois Wesleyan; a feature on founder and CEO of Green Africa Airways Babawande Afolabi '10; and a story on the impact of IWU's Parent Fund, benefitting enrolled IWU students who lose a parent to death or permanent disability.
Titan Athletics
  • Senior Matthew Leritz headlined the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America teams, voted Division III's CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year in men's basketball.


  • Senior Ellen Gilbert garnered NCAA All-American status with a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly finals at the 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming Championships.
Titans In The News
The Pantagraph
IWU men's basketball standout Matt Leritz '22 was named the Division III Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
WGLT Radio
Professor of Physics Narenda Jaggi provided background and context for WGLT's "Indians in B-N" series.
Dr. Stephen Ondra '80 was named chief medical advisor for MITRE's work as operator of the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare federally funded research and development center.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan
Mike Baltz '87 is a conservationist and singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name "Michael Eric."
The Pantagraph
Bloomington District 87 will partner with Illinois Wesleyan in offering summer school programming to District 87 students.
The Pantagraph
National expert in local food systems Ken Meter will speak to Illinois Wesleyan students today (Monday, March 21).
Elizabeth (Eberspacher) Nohren '98, the public administrator and public guardian of Shelby County, was appointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to serve in the same role for Effingham, Fayette and Montgomery counties.
The Pantagraph
Illinois Wesleyan is among area colleges increasing efforts to gain and support diversity on their campuses.
The (Martins Ferry, Ohio) Times Leader
Professor of Piano at West Liberty University Gerald Lee '97 will serve as a judge at the 69th annual Young Musicians Audition for 2022, in Wheeling, West Virginia.
(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Former Titan football player and business administration major Chase Bandolik '19 has opened his own training center in Northbrook.
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Monday, March 21
4 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs George Fox – Streaming live at


Wednesday, March 23
Through Friday, April 1 – Academic Advising for Fall


10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center – Career Center Walk-In Hours – This is the perfect time to stop in for quick questions about your resume, internship or job search, interview preparation, and any other career-related questions. Don't have specific questions but have been curious about the Hart Career Center? This is a perfect time for that, too! Students are invited to stop by to check out all our career resources and spaces.


11 a.m., Hansen Student Center – Sit Down with Senate: Looking Back & Looking Forward – Student Senate will feature a panel of speakers: Assistant Professor of Nursing Brenda Drury and nursing majors Julia Hilt '22 and Elizabeth Mudiandambo '24. After the talk, there will be time for reflection and volunteering through card making for healthcare workers. Lunch will be catered by Sodexo.


4 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - Faith & Pop Culture – Chaplain Walt Wiltschek will lead a discussion, part of the ReligiosiTEA weekly gathering that celebrates religious and worldview diversity, builds up interfaith literacy, engages important topics ranging from faith practices to politics, and fosters interfaith dialogue and community on our campus. All are welcome for tea, coffee, treats and great discussion.


4 p.m., ZoomKorey Williams '12: "Towards a Theory of Malaise" – Malaise, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is "a general feeling of being sick or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong, especially with society, and that you cannot change the situation." Sound familiar? This talk sponsored by the English Department offers (paradoxically) exciting, new insights into the affective state of malaise, what and how it signifies. Rise momentarily above by learning some more about this feeling of our time. A class of 2012 IWU alumnus, Williams holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's of fine arts degree from Cornell University. He currently is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, where he is completing his dissertation, "American Malaise."
Thursday, March 24
3 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs Monmouth (Doubleheader) – Streaming live at


4 p.m., Room 105b; the Writing Center | Tutoring Services, The Ames Library – Procrastination: Getting Started on Getting Started – Sometimes, you can feel overwhelmed and it's hard to know where to start. Other times, a deadline can sneak up on you or you think you have more time than you really do. This workshop addresses how to avoid getting in these sticky situations by mapping out options for how to avoid becoming a member of the ProcrastiNation. 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 25
4 p.m., Lecture Hall 218, Art Building – Yoruba and the World: Language, Culture & Music – Special guests Bayo Adanri and Tope Awe, both from Nigeria and the same Yoruba ethnic group Ijesha, will walk us through the history, language, culture, and music of the Yoruba people and the interconnectedness in the world. Attendees will experience flavors of Yoruba cuisine and music. Sponsored by the Language Resource Center.


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Vocal Art Songs by Women Composers(Rescheduled from March 4.) Sponsored by the School of Music.
Saturday, March 26
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Hansen Student Center –  Teaching Titans Colloquium: Allyship and Inclusivity in School – Sign up for the event using this link. Include any allergies or dietary restrictions information. For questions, contact your Teaching Titan Leaders (Project LEADSEA NafME KDP, and Golden Apple Scholars)


12 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs Wabash (Doubleheader) – Streaming live at
7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – 19th Annual Drag Show – Hosted by Pride and the Campus Activities Board, enjoy an excitement-filled night with amazing performances from student performers, local artists and our main star Latrice Royale. There will be booths and basket prizes from local companies and all money raised will go to the student initiative to install more gender neutral bathrooms on campus. 
Sunday, March 27
12 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs Coe (Doubleheader) – Streaming live at
2 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs Augustana – Streaming live at
3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall –  Kent Cook, Emeritus, Piano Recital – Professor of Piano Emeritus Kent Cook will perform, sponsored by the School of Music.


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
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.
In Memory
A memorial service to celebrate the love, friendship and service that IWU Trustee Willie Brown brought to his family, friends and community was streamed live from Illinois Wesleyan's Shirk Center on March 20. Watch it here.
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