March 28, 2022
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Campus News
A project led by Environmental Studies major Ryan Reish '22 has established water access at Illinois Wesleyan's Peace Garden during the winter months.
Illinois Wesleyan will host Claudia Rankine, a New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of The Racial Imaginary Institute, for a discussion event on Thursday, April 7.
Titan Athletics
  • The men's volleyball team landed a four-set win over Augustana College on Sunday, March 27, keeping alive the Titans' hope of qualifying for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament.
Titans In The News
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Third Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Ryan Jumper '00 announced he will seek to fill the vacancy of Chief Judge William A. Mudge, who is retiring.
The Pantagraph
IWU Chief of Staff Julie Anderson discussed the experiences of her extended family in Ukraine. 
The Pantagraph
Food systems experts Ken Meter and Jeff Hake spoke at Illinois Wesleyan about creating "food webs."
Discover Magazine
Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed the origins of her own interest – and ongoing research into popular interest – in true crime.
The Pantagraph
Former IWU basketball standout John Baines '98 recently completed his ninth season as head coach at Elmhurst University, guiding the Bluejays to the runner-up finish in the national tournament.
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Monday, March 28
Through Friday, April 1 – Academic Advising for Fall


Through April 20, Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of art – 35th Annual Student Art Exhibition – The 35th annual BFA / BA Senior Art Exhibits and the Juried Student Art Exhibition will represent all aspects of the art program: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3-D design, ceramics, sculpture and glass.
Tuesday, March 29
5:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Project LEAD Panel – Join the Project LEAD registered student organization to meet local educators, and learn more about inclusivity in classrooms and how to approach it as a future educator.


7 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs Knox – Streaming live at
Wednesday, March 30
10 a.m., Hart Career Center, Myers Welcome Center – Career Center Walk-In Hours – Students are invited to stop by to check out all our career resources and spaces.


11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shirk Center – Job and Internship Fair – Seeking an internship or full-time employment? Come meet with various employers, sponsored by the Hart Career Center.


4 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - Labyrinths & Sacred Paths Sponsored by the Office of Multifaith Engagement, ReligiosiTEA is a 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.


6 p.m., Vinyard Room, Memorial Center – An Evening with Audrey Geyer and Viewing of "Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice" The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Involvement and the College Panhellenic Council will present a viewing and Q&A session with filmmaker Audrey Geyer. We'll watch her documentary "Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice," which is currently airing on PBS. The documentary explores overarching and foundational Native American issues and reveals how traditional Indigenous values and cultures can be effective when confronting contemporary challenges.


6:30 p.m., Myers Welcome Center – Financial Literacy: Ben Miller '96 – Questions about how to manage student loan debt, renting vs. buying, investing for your future, planning early for retirement? IWU alumnus Ben Miller will cover these topics in an informative and entertaining presentation.
Thursday, March 31
4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library, and ZoomFaculty Colloquium and Reception – Associate Professor of Art Kristine Nielsen will give a talk, titled "Disobedience in Sámi Artist Marja Helander's Film Birds in the Earth," followed by food and drink available in the atrium just outside of Beckman. The event is sponsored by the Provost's Office.


4 p.m., 105, CLA Claudia Rankine Reading Group – In advance of a campus discussion event with renowned poet Claudia Rankine on April 7, the Department of English will host a reading group. More information here.


7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series - "War Don Don" – Introduced by Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor and Chair of Political Science William Munro.
Friday, April 1
Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Men's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational 


7-8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – CAB Boba Night with Juggler – Swing by Hansen for FREE delicious boba, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. You will also be treated with a performance by a professional juggler who involves lights, music and fun to create an entertaining show.
Saturday, April 2
Admitted Student Day II – Admitted students are invited for a unique opportunity to meet current students, experience what a class might be like, enjoy lunch alongside President Georgia Nugent, and choose from a variety of short workshops.


Ironwood Golf Course, 1901 N. Towanda Ave., Normal – Men's Golf - Illinois Wesleyan Invitational 


9 a.m., Beadles-Morse Tennis Courts – Men's Tennis vs North Central 


10 a.m., Inspiration Field Softball vs Chicago - St. Jude Game - IWU Softball Tourney – Streaming live at


12 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs Carroll - St. Jude Game – Streaming live at


1 p.m., Horenberger Field Baseball vs Carthage - St. Jude Game


3 p.m., Beadles-Morse Tennis Courts – Men's Tennis vs Principia


3:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium Men's Lacrosse vs Aurora - St. Jude Game – Streaming live at


4 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs Carthage - St. Jude Game


4:45 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs UW-Whitewater - St. Jude Game - IWU Softball Tourney – Streaming live at


5 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Barrio Fiesta – Spanish And Latine Student Association (SALSA) will host the annual Barrio Fiesta. The countries being celebrated this year are Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Peru, and Chile. Join us for a night of food, performances and dancing! 


7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Volleyball vs North Park - St. Jude Game


7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Opera Scenes – Sponsored by the School of Music
Sunday, April 3
12 p.m., Horenberger Field Baseball vs Wabash 


1:30 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs Chicago - IWU Softball Tourney – Streaming live at


3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall Opera Scenes – Sponsored by the School of Music


3:45 p.m., Inspiration Field – Softball vs Illinois College - IWU Softball Tourney Streaming live at


6 p.m., Hansen Student Center Student Senate General Assembly – All General Assembly meetings are open to the entire student body.
Monday, April 4
Through Wednesday, April 13 – Class Registration for Fall


4 p.m., The Writing Center, Room 105b, The Ames Library – Finishing the Semester Strong: Sticking the Landing – This workshop will take you through strategies to complete a successful semester and do well on your finals. We'll cover study tips, strategies for taking a rest and avoiding stress, and offer support to achieve your academic goals. A recording will be available approximately one week after the event by request to Sponsored by the Writing Center | Tutoring Services.
Saturday, April 9 John Wesley Powell Research ConferenceSee the poster for details.
  • Illinois Wesleyan faculty members, including Associate Professor of Psychology Ellen Furlong, Associate Dean of Scholarly and Creative Work Abbie Kerr, plus Dirk Behrends '87, are featured in a three-episode series from ABC TV Australia, "A Dog's World with Tony Armstrong." The series explores the evolutionary journey of dogs, their amazing super senses, and the science behind their well-being. Episodes are available to view online with a free account.


Wellness Corner
We got our first WERQ class in the books last week! WERQ is every Wednesday until the end of April in the Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center, at 5 p.m. – have some fun while burning calories. Open to faculty, staff and students.


Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat and boost muscle power and endurance. It also can improve your sleep, improve your mood, manage stress and anxiety. Exercise makes you feel good!
Titan New Venture Challenge – Spring 2022
Do you have an idea that you are passionate about pursuing if you only had some seed funding? You’re in luck! The Titan New Venture Challenge is ready for your application. The winning student/team will be awarded $5,000. In addition to this large sum of money, winning student/team(s) will be granted a faculty supporter and a mentor.


Check out for more details. The application deadline is April 6, 2022. Please email Gavin Leach at if you have any questions.
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 Sympathy
Ronald Emmons, former adjunct instructor of Gateway Colloquium and Drama Literature and husband of Professor of Physics Emerita Linda French, passed away suddenly on March 20 in Boston, Massachusetts. A celebration of his life is planned at a later date. A full obituary will be forthcoming.


Mario Mancinelli, an emeritus faculty member in Illinois Wesleyan's School of Music who retired in 1983 after 35 years, passed away on March 15 at age 99. A memorial service will be held on April 23 at Westminster Village. More information can be found in his obituary.
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