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Feb. 19, 2019

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Campus News

Startup 3 Day Startup Sparks Small Business Ventures
PieceOfMind, a business dedicated to improving safety within high schools and primary schools, took top honors at the inaugural 3 Day Startup, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan’s Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (DTE) Program.

Lisa All-American Lisa Cheng '19 Finds Global Opportunities for Success
All-American student-athlete, campus leader and international intern Lisa Cheng '19 illustrates the many opportunities available for Illinois Wesleyan students to achieve breakthrough success.

TAG Day Students Give Thanks on TAG Day
During Illinois Wesleyan's "Thank a Giver" (TAG) Day on Monday, Feb. 11, students took a moment to collectively thank the generous alumni and friends who make their college experience possible.

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Titan Athletics
  • The Illinois Wesleyan women's swimming team finished in second place in the 2019 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Swimming & Diving Championships as first-year student Ellen Gilbert earned the Rookie of the Meet honor. The men's team finished in fourth place and first-year student Mason McCauley was also named Rookie of the Meet.
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Titans In The News
Broadway World

Scott Moreau '01, who has been performing as Johnny Cash for a decade, is now appearing in Late and Alone: An Intimate Portrait of Johnny Cash at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City.


Illinois Wesleyan physics professor Gabe Spalding was part of an international research team that developed an innovation using sound and light, which might pave the way to advanced drug discovery and disease diagnosis.


Jack Sikma ’77 was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. More coverage from Chicago TribuneThe Pantagraph(Kankakee, Ill.) Daily Journal and (Rock Island, Ill.) Dispatch-Argus.


Julie Dunbar '80, president of Dunbar Transportation Consulting, received the inaugural Outstanding Industry Contributor Award from the Zephyr Foundation.


Automation World

Kevin Barker ’92 was named president of Beckhoff Automation LLC, to manage Beckhoff business operations across the U.S.

Pet Business

Heather Huftalin '06 has been appointed marketing manager at Jones Naturals LLC, whose CEO voiced confidence that "Heather will make a valuable impact" based on her knowledge of effective strategies.

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Campus Events

A few highlights from the University Events Calendar:



Tuesday, Feb. 19

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball - CCIW Quarterfinal – Live streaming video at

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert



Wednesday, Feb. 20

12 p.m., 205, CLA –  IWU Spain Program Info Session – Students are invited to learn about the spring 2020 IWU Spain Program, meet the program director, and talk to Spain Program alumni.

5 p.m., 206, State Farm Hall – Environmental Studies Internship Panel – Do you want to gain real-world experience? Are you wondering what types of internship options are available? Come learn more about internships in the environmental field, how to find and apply for different options, and how to get class credit. Students will also share their first-hand experiences at various internships, giving more insight and helping you find a good fit. And there will be FREE PIZZA!

7:30 p.m. (nightly through Saturday & 2 p.m. Sunday), McPherson Theatre – A Midsummer Nights Dream



Thursday, Feb. 21

4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: Speedfaithing Date – Speedfaithing is a way to share stories of our lives and worldviews in a fun, informal, and interactive way. Join IWU Interfaith for an hour of lively conversation on questions relating to the way our worldviews and perspectives inform our various commitments and convictions about racial, gender, climate, and other forms of social justice.


6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Trapped in the Wrong Story: Becoming Nicole and Transgender Literature – Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey will present on our Summer Reading book and discuss how the power of storytelling shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, while reviewing the current landscape of young adult and children's literature that address issues of gender identity. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Step Afrika – Step Afrika will perform on campus as part of their Black History Month tour. All are welcome at this free event, sponsored by Student Senate.



Friday, Feb. 22

Through Sunday, Feb. 24, Williamson Retreat Center, Carlinville, Illinois – Posse Plus Retreat: The State of Our Union – Students, faculty and staff who have pre-registered will attend Illinois Wesleyan's annual Posse Plus Retreat, intended to shape campus conversations around critical issues.


7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington – Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria Concert

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