March 22, 2022
News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community
Campus News
The Council for IWU Women recently awarded four scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership and passion: Farah Bassyouni '25, Olivia Bachar '24, Anjali Patel '23 and Taima Saei '22.
Illinois Wesleyan University professors joined a panel discussion to share insight and address implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
IWU Magazine Celebrates Title IX and Women's Athletics
The latest IWU Magazine includes a salute to 50 years of Title IX and women's athletics at Illinois Wesleyan, plus 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
Illinois Wesleyan is among area colleges increasing efforts to gain and support diversity on their campuses.
WGLT Radio
Professor of Physics Narenda Jaggi shared his perspective 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 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Alliance to Modernize Healthcare federally funded research and development center.
(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald
Former Titan football player and business administration major Chase Bandolik '19 has opened his own training center in Northbrook.
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 (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.
A few highlights from the University Events Calendar:
Wednesday, March 23
11 a.m., Hansen Student Center – Sit Down with Senate: Looking Back & Looking Forward – Student Senate will commemorate the shared experiences of two years living in a global pandemic. A panel of speakers will include 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.


4 p.m., Lower level, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - Faith & Pop Culture – Chaplain Walt Wiltschek will lead a discussion, part of 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.


4 p.m., ZoomKorey Williams '12: "Towards a Theory of Malaise" – Malaise is defined as "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 English major, 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.
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.
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.
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
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