Campus Weekly

Illinois Wesleyan News for Prospective Students and Parents

October 2015

Campus News

JuanSalgado '91 a MacArthur "Genius"
Chicago-based community leader and Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Juan Salgado was named a MacArthur Fellow. 

Alejandra Coursework Meets Reality in Accounting Internship at PwC
Alejandra Salinas '16 said her Illinois Wesleyan classes prepared her well for her internship with PwC, one of the Big Four auditors.

Makayla Meet the Class of 2019
Our newest Titans come to Illinois Wesleyan with a variety of talents and skills, from small towns in Illinois to megacities in China and Pakistan. We introduce a few of them.

Illinois Wesleyan Receives High Rating for Efforts to Create Inclusive Community
Illinois Wesleyan University received a 4-star rating on the Campus Pride Index for its inclusion efforts around sexual and gender identity. 

Community Titan Community Service Improves Lives
Titans gave 42,775 community engagement hours in the 2014-15 academic year. If you put a dollar value on the hours, that’s more than $1 million worth of service to the community.

Scholarship Opportunities

meditationOur students have a variety of opportunities to pursue research and creative work supported by stipends. As a Mellon Scholar, Nicholas Berardelli ’16 examined the Western reception of Eastern practices of meditation.

Learn about more this year's Eckley Scholars and Artists and Mellon Scholar projects.

Internship Possibilities

Nia To help you discover internship options, our Hart Career Center has compiled internships paired with the student's major at Illinois Wesleyan. Political science major Ally Daskalopoulos ’18 witnessed a historic court case during her summer internship in the Nashville, Tennessee District Attorney’s office, where she worked as a victim witness intern in the Domestic Violence unit.

More Internship News

Connecting College Majors to Careers

Andersen, Burke Intern at Branding Firm, Thanks to Alum's Support  Search your interests to see what careers are possible with any major from Illinois Wesleyan. As an attorney, philosophy and English major Cliff Nellis ’97 created and leads a legal center that is changing the lives of young people in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.

Value of a Liberal Arts Education

panel What You’ve Been Told About Picking a College Major is Probably Wrong
Expert advice: "Just pursue your passion. Employers prefer to hire people who have decision-making, organizational and planning, problem-solving, writing and communication skills" –  skills best learned in liberal arts programs. "Major in what interests you most and what you are best at."
Also: There are "dramatic differences between the 'sticker price' and the tuition and fees families actually pay." 

See More Media Reports on the Liberal Arts

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Titans In The News

Jenkins Richard Jenkins '69 Wins Emmy
Richard Jenkins '69 won an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series for "Olive Kitteridge." Entertainment coverage included The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap.

NBC Chicago

Illinois Wesleyan is among the top 10 universities in Illinois with the highest paid graduates, according to the new College Scorecard designed to open data on college affordability and value.

In addition, according to PayScale, Illinois Wesleyan is in the top third of liberal arts colleges nationally with the highest paid graduates.

Adobe News
Eric Snowden '00, Adobe’s director of mobile design, previewed the next generation of Creative Cloud mobile apps during Apple’s keynote on Sept. 9.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago is full of first-rate actors waiting for a juicy film role, and Elizabeth Laidlaw '93 just found one. (Free digital subscription required.)

The Root
Charlene Carruthers '07 was named to The Root 100 for 2015, an annual list of the most influential African Americans.

Chicago Tribune

Valerie Higgins '08, Fermilab's archivist and historian, has artwork on display in an employee art show at the Fermilab Art Gallery. (Free digital subscription required.)

Kane County Chronicle

Evan Lowery ’08, vice president of StringWorks, recently opened the company’s new facility in Geneva. Lowery's involvement was a deciding factor for the owner of StringWorks, fellow alum Todd French ’93.


Aditya Rajgarhia '07 is the founder of Instahyre, an online career marketplace in India.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette
"It's rare when you get to do what you love for a living," says Bobby Poynton '80 about singing with the international recording group, The Lettermen.

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