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Enroll Now April 25, 2016
We hope you enjoy this edition of our campus newsletter, sharing important happenings at Illinois Wesleyan University and news about the Titan community.
Campus News
Tina Graduating Seniors Ready to Tackle What's Next
We asked some graduating seniors about their memorable moments, lessons learned, what they'll miss most about Illinois Wesleyan and how they'll bring their passions to what the future holds for them after graduation.
Posse Illinois Wesleyan to Launch New Recruitment Initiative in New Orleans
Illinois Wesleyan is partnering with The Posse Foundation, a national college access and leadership development program, to recruit high-achieving high school students from the New Orleans area.
Arica Economics Students Provide Analysis for Local Nonprofits
Separate research into the economic impact of local attractions by seniors Arica Williams and Tyler Stacey yielded much-cited results – and helped launch their careers.
Thomas Two Alumni Awarded NSF Research Fellowships

Thomas Sobyra '14, studying inorganic chemistry, and Kelly Petersen '10, ecology, have received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships.

WesChapman Named 2016 Dougan Award Honoree
Associate Professor of English Wes Chapman received the 2016 James D. Dougan Award for Contributions to Faculty Governance.
MeaghanMormann '16 Named Technos Award Winner
Meaghan Mormann '16 has been awarded the 2016 Technos International Prize, which recognizes a student who has excelled academically and contributed to broadening international awareness and understanding.
Global HealthStudents Raise Funds to Help Communities Become Self-Sufficient
Students raised more than $1,000 in less than two weeks to support clean water and microfinance projects in Central America and Africa through Global Brigades' Sustainable Transition Fund.
More News
Titan Athletics

TommySenior Tim Tynan is one of 30 Division III semifinalists for the 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol and announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

More Highlights
Monday, April 25

(Through Tuesday, April 26) Final Examinations


3 p.m., Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Farewell Reception for Matthew Damshroder – The campus community is invited to a reception for Matthew Damschroder, who has been appointed the vice president for student affairs at Juniata College after 18 years in student affairs at Illinois Wesleyan.

Tuesday, April 26

12 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration – The Recognition Committee invites faculty and staff to come celebrate co-workers’ milestone anniversaries or retirements.

4:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. North Central College

Wednesday, April 27

Senior Day of Service – Even before they sat in a class, the Class of 2016 went into the community to provide service—and they have an opportunity to close out their time on campus by repeating this valuable work at the IWU Peace Garden, Home Sweet Home Ministries, or by visiting the home of an older alum to help out with some tasks through Titan-2-Titan.

Make-up final examinations

5:30 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle (rain location: Dugout, Memorial Center) – Senior Picnic

Thursday, April 28

5 p.m., Shuttle departs from Hansen Student Center – Movie Night for Seniors at Ovation – The Senior Class Committee has arranged for a private showing of The Huntsman.

Friday, April 29

4 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Wheaton College

7:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hypnotist Frederick Winters – Seniors receive preferred seating and will take center stage with Winters as he does his thing to entertain.

Saturday, April 30

8 a.m., Ewing Park, Towanda Avenue, Bloomington – Wellness Bird Watching - Spring Migration Walk with Given Harper – Faculty and staff are invited to join us in Bloomington’s Ewing Park for a bird watching walk led by George C. and Ella Beach Lewis Endowed Chair of Biology Given Harper. We will meet in the parking lot of Ewing Park off of Towanda Avenue. The walk will last approximately 2 hours. Bring your field glasses and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving town. If you would like to attend, please RSVP the Wellness office at (309) 556-3334 or If you leave a message, be sure to include your phone number and/or email address.

1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Carroll University
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1 p.m., Horenberger Field – Baseball vs. Augustana College (Doubleheader)

8 p.m., Young Main Lounge and Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center – Senior Night of Talent – Students, friends, faculty and family are invited to join together for an informal night of entertainment from the graduating class. Refreshments will feature a chocolate fountain.


Sunday, May 1
Bill 1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle (rain location: Shirk Center) – Commencement – Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Bill Damaschke '85, who rose from production assistant to chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation, will present the address as we celebrate the graduating class of 2016.
Monday, May 2

7 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. DePauw University

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Titans In The News
FSR Magazine
Chris Bisaillon '93 – CEO of a growing restaurant group that he started with two Illinois Wesleyan pals – has visions of a 30-store, $150-million brand in the next eight years.
The Nation
Charlene Carruthers '07 explains how her chapter of the Black Youth Project has become what the Chicago magazine calls “the most vocal and arguably most effective activist group in town.”
WJBC Radio
New President Eric R. Jensen discussed his goals of improving diversity and the great relationship between students and teachers at Illinois Wesleyan.
Chicago Tribune
School of Nursing alumna Amber Kujath '97 will be inducted into the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Pride L.A.
At 60, HIV survivor Phill Wilson '77 remains a leader in the fight against AIDS in the black community.
The Pantagraph
“Our students are so good at volunteering. It’s in their blood and they love giving back to their college community,” says business faculty member Karen Bussone, who encouraged 40 of her students to volunteer at the "Chase for Champions" honoring first responders.
More Titans in the News
  • Associate Professor of Political Science Min-hyung Kim has published a new article, "South Korea's China Policy Evolving Sino-ROK Relations, and Their Implications for East Asian Security," in Pacific Focus, Vol. 31, No. 1 (April 2016), pp. 56-78.

  • Physics major Joe Richards ’16 and Professor Gabriel Spalding have co-authored a paper, published in Science Advances, showing how time reversals can arise in simple kinds of measurements.

  • United Scenic Artist and Professor of Theatre Arts Curtis Trout is the scenic and property designer for a stage adaptation of the classic children’s book, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, to be presented by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance in partnership with the Weidner Center for Performing Arts in Green Bay, Wis.

  • Vera Graye '66 is a member and accompanist for the Fearrington Village Singers, who will present an evening of choral music at The Barn in Fearrington Village on May 4.

  • Lies in the Sand (The Mortal Efforts Book 1), by Michael Wettengel '15, was published by Ceti Publishing, an independent publishing start-up project founded by Chris Francis '13.
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