Illinois Wesleyan
Orientation Services

Titan Orientation Leaders

Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs) help incoming students transition to the IWU family. TOLs will provide leadership to students, interact with family members and guests, build relationships with IWU faculty and staff and be a part of making an impact on the university, all while developing personally and professionally.

Each year, IWU admits hundreds of students - freshman, transfer, and international - all of whom have their own separate orientation programs. The Office of Orientation Services facilitates two programs: Rising Titan (Summer 2022) and Turning Titan (Fall 2022). TOLs will be selected to participate in one or more of these programs.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Senior Titan Orientation Leaders for 2022.

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Emma Thorman
Hi Titans! My name is Emma Thorman, and I’m so fortunate to be a TOL for this year. I am a junior, secondary education and English-literature major with hopes of becoming a high school English teacher and coach. On campus, I work in the athletic communications office, which means I write recaps, stat games, etc. for many athletic events on campus! I’m also on the women’s golf team and am involved in FCA. One tip I would give to incoming students is to simply go to events on campus! Personally, I love going to athletic events to watch my friends compete and be successful. Titans supporting Titans is such a beautiful thing! TGOE :)

Contact: ethorman@iwu.edu

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Kevin Pankam
My name is Kevin Pankam and I will be a junior for this upcoming school year. I am a Biology Major with a Psychology Minor, pursuing a career in child clinical psychology. On campus, I am a General Biology Lab TA, the Programming Chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) RSO, the Co-Commissioner Chair of Advocacy and Awareness on Student Senate, the Health and Safety Chair of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), and as well as one of the Senior TOL leaders for the upcoming year. A tip I'd like to share for incoming students is to practice balance between academic and social lives. Try everything and don't be afraid to be yourself but also make sure to prioritize your education and career. By practicing balance, it'll make you feel less overwhelmed and your time at IWU more enjoyable. 

Contact: kpankam@iwu.edu

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Abigail Mathis
Hello everyone! My name is Abigail Mathis and I am a senior Nursing major, minoring in Health. Although I am not 100% sure of my current future career plans (because I have fallen in love with each nursing specialty), I plan to start somewhere in critical care and eventually return to school to earn a DNP. On campus, I work as a Writing Center Tutor in Ames Library, as well as a Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Tutor for second-year nursing students. I am also involved in Titan Boxfit and love attending the IWU CAB events. One tip I have for incoming students is to use the resources IWU provides us and prioritize sleep!  

Contact: amathis@iwu.edu

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Kira Petersen
Hi! My name is Kira Petersen and I’m a junior Psychology major, with the hope of entering into therapy/counseling after graduation. I’m the Vice President of Internal Affairs for Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Panhellenic delegate for Kappa, as well as a member of the Women’s Golf Team and the SAAC representative for my team. One tip I have: get involved and use your time wisely. You could end up finding people that share your passions and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. Nonetheless, I’m super excited to be a support system and a shoulder to lean on as we start your college career here at Wesleyan. It’s gonna be a great year!

Contact: kpeters9@iwu.edu

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Lauren "Cloud" Benn
Hello hello! My name is Cloud Benn and when we meet I'll be a Sophomore majoring in both English literature and secondary education. In the future I plan on becoming a high school teacher while getting my Ph.D to be a college English professor. I'm also a Writing Center Tutor as well. A tip I have for ALL incoming students is that your mental and emotional health comes first so don't be scared to use the resources that are provided on campus.

Contact: lbenn@iwu.edu

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Jen Mulholland
Hey, my name is Jen. I am a sophomore nursing major. I hope to become a pediatric nurse practitioner or a CRNA. I have done a semester at Shirk and am currently a student worker at the office of residential life (ORL). I also have an off-campus job at the Children's Discovery Museum. I love to be with friends, and you can usually spot me at Coffee Shoppe here on campus. The biggest piece of advice I can give is that you will get out what you put in and be patient. It's okay if you don't meet your best friend in the first week.

Contact: jmulhol1@iwu.edu

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Samantha Wilcox
My name is Samantha Wilcox, and I'm a Neuroscience major at Illinois Wesleyan. Someday, I hope to become a Neuropsychologist or Occupational Therapist and work with individuals with neurodivergencies. I'm involved in lots of areas on campus. I'm the Director of the Campus Activities Board, the VP of New Member Experience in my sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, and a member of Pre-Health club. I have also done neuroscience research with Dr. Williams, and been a member of Student Senate. My biggest tip for incoming students is to welcome all opportunities that come your way. If you aren't sure if you want to join a club, get a campus job, or become a part of the greek community, just try it out!

Contact: swilcox@iwu.edu

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Hannah Braun
Hi my name is Hannah Braun and I am a nursing major and public health minor! Outside of academics and on campus I am involved in greek life, nursing student affairs committee, and student nurses association. After college I plan on becoming a nurse on a hematology and oncology unit at a hospital in the Midwest. One tip I would give an incoming freshman would be to ask for help from Wesleyan staff, not just for academic purposes but in life as well! I am so glad you chose to attend Illinois Wesleyan University!

Contact: hbraun@iwu.edu

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Melinda Burgin
Hi everyone! My name is Melinda Burgin and I am a double major in Political Science and Art, with the eventual goal of becoming a lawyer in the field of advocacy and human rights. On campus, I am a Writing Center Tutor, Op-Ed Writer for the Argus, and work at the Hansen Student Center. I am also the Secretary of Amnesty International, sing in the University Choir, and am a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. My best advice for incoming freshman is to take full advantage of every opportunity- college is the time to try new things, and the campus is full of amazing resources!

Contact: mburgin@iwu.edu

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MaryBeth Thommes
My name is MaryBeth Thommes and I am a Hispanic Studies major with two minors in Women & Gender Studies and Creative Writing. I would like to publish a few novels someday, but other than that I'm not sure yet what I would like as a career. I currently work as an office assistant in the admissions office here at IWU. I am also involved in Titan Band and Sierra Student Coalition here on campus. One tip I have for incoming students is don't be afraid to step out your comfort zone a little, because you never know what will happen!

Contact: mthommes@iwu.edu

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Taylor Wipf
My name is Taylor! I am an Elementary Education major and Hispanic Studies minor. My plan is to teach 3-5 grade, but I am also getting my math endorsement for the possibility to teach middle school math. I currently play intramural volleyball at Wesleyan. One tip I have for incoming students is to not be afraid to ask for help and utilize all your resources. This includes going to professor's office hours, using the writing center, and other forms of tutoring.

Contact: twipf@iwu.edu

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Mustafa Bakirdan
I’m Mustafa Bakirdan! In my time at IWU, I am going to major in elementary education and get a middle school math endorsement. I’m involved in soccer and Theta Chi Fraternity, as the philanthropy chair. Advice I would give to incoming students is to not be shy and use your resources. Everyone is here to help you!

Contact: mbakirda@iwu.edu

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Jacob Bickett
Hi, my name is Jacob Bickett, Class of 2025, majoring in Finance. After graduating from IWU, my goal is to rise in the ranks of business to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of a major company. During my tenure at IWU, I have been initiated into Tau Kappa Epsilon, elected by my peers to the Student Senate and handpicked as a member of the Interfraternity Council. I currently serve as the Assistant Treasurer of Student Senate, the Secretary for Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Vice President of Programming for the Interfraternity council. My ambition is to continuously improve our campus community for the betterment of students and the University, through the various committees and organizations that I have the privilege of serving on.My advice: Take advantage of all the opportunities offered by Illinois Wesleyan to fully utilize the experience during your college career.

Contact: jbickett@iwu.edu

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Emma Basener
Hi, my name is Emma and I am a double major in secondary education and history. I am currently working at the starbucks here and also work as a titan talker. I am currently involved in APAC and Project Lead. My tip for incoming students is to try to socialize as much as possible during orientation.

Contact: ebasener@iwu.edu

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Michaela Stork
Hi, my name is Michaela Stork and I will be a rising senior when I meet you in August! I am a marketing major with a psychology minor. I have dreams of moving to Oregon after graduation and I am hoping to work at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton. I have worked on campus as a Titan ambassador and I currently still work for Titan athletics. Most of my working hours come from internships or Chick-fil-A. One tip I have for incoming students is, push yourself outside your comfort zone, take advantage of every opportunity; there are never ending resources at IWU and it is up to you to use them! In my opinion, you couldn't have chosen a better place to call home, I can't wait to meet you!

Contact: mstork@iwu.edu

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Alex Lowell
Hi! I’m Alex Lowell (he/they), and I’m a visual arts major with an arts management minor! I hope to work in different art galleries in the future, and to fuel that, I currently work at our IWU Art Gallery here on campus. Along with work and school, I am a member of PRIDE and Project LEAD. A huge tip I have for you coming into IWU is to never be afraid to advocate for yourself—college can be overwhelming, but knowing yourself is the best thing you can do for your experience here and beyond!

Contact: alowell@iwu.edu

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Maya Black
Hi! My name is Maya Black and I am an Elementary Education Major with a math endorsement. I am on the softball team and involved in FCA and Circle K on campus! I plan on fulfilling an Internship in Japan next summer through our Freeman Asia Internship Program as well as teaching in Chicago my Senior year. In the future I want to travel the world and teach at different refugee camps after teaching in the CPS district after I graduate. My one tip for incoming students is that even though some days look overwhelming, I promise it will be okay and you will have fun here.

Contact: mblack1@iwu.edu

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Isaac Rubenstein
Hi, my name is Isaac Rubenstein and I am an incoming Senior at Illinois Wesleyan University! I am a History and Political Science double major who is minoring in Philosophy and when I complete this year I hope to go to law school. I also work at Illinois Wesleyan’s Writing Center, a great resource which you should feel free to use at any time! I just finished up my Junior year abroad at Oxford University, so if you have any questions about study abroad I’d be happy to answer any questions you have! From my experiences at Illinois Wesleyan, I would recommend that you keep in touch with your parents, talking no less than once a week, and to get an exercise routine set at Shirk gym to maintain your physical health!

Contact: irubenst@iwu.edu

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Diana Moreno Mora
My name is Diana Moreno, transferred from City Colleges of Chicago with an Associate’s in Science; I am currently a junior and a computer science major. I am a student manager here at The Dugout so feel free to ask anything regarding Dugout or simply say hi! I am the secretary for Transfer Student Organization (TSO), a new RSO here on campus, and also involved in SALSA. I have an internship with State Farm this summer in their IT department, the hope is to become a software developer and eventually work for the FBI, the sky is the limit! One tip I have for everyone is to join clubs, get a student job, that way you can meet people and your transition here at IWU will be smoothly. We all need friends to help us mentally and physically, making friends definitely made my second semester here at IWU a blast and it was all thanks to the RSOs and working at Dugout!

Contact: dmorenom@iwu.edu

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Annalese Chudy
My name is Annalese! I'm a neuroscience major here at iwu, and I hope to pursue a career in medicine post-Wesleyan. I am a member of the women's cross country and track & field teams on campus. Additionally, I spend time volunteering at Carle Bromenn. When I'm not busy studying at state farm, you can find me hanging out with friends on campus! Freshman year can be overwhelming... it's okay to take a moment to yourself once in a while and have fun. Your mental health will always be more important than doing well on an assignment or test.

Contact: achudy@iwu.edu

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Katie-Beth Jackson
My name is Katie-Beth Jackson, I am a double major in English and Political Science. I am hoping to study law or go on to graduate school after IWU. I work as a Research Assistant for the Political Science department currently and I used to work at the coffee shoppe by dugout. My sorority is Kappa Kappa Gamma and I am the current Risk Management Director. I am also involved in Student Senate and am the secretary for WESN Titan Radio. My one tip for incoming students is to try to relax, have fun, and remember that when you inevitably mess something up, not everything is that big of a deal and there is always room to grow.

Contact: kjackso3@iwu.edu

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Emma Halminiak
My name's Emma, and I'm a psychology major with a minor in criminology. I'm still unsure where exactly I'll end up in the field, but as of right now my plan is to go into criminal or forensic psychology! I worked at the coffee shop on campus during my first year and I'm currently trying to get involved more, most of which has been through volunteer research opportunities in the psychology department. My biggest tip for incoming students would be to have an open mind and try to get out of your comfort zone! I've always struggled with anxiety which made it hard for me to get involved and try new things, but once I did I enjoyed every part of it and it's made my experience much more valuable.

Contact: ehalmini@iwu.edu

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Miles Keeton
My name is Miles Keeton, and I am a sophomore Environmental Studies Major with a concentration in Ecology. I am involved in the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, and I work at Hansen Student Center. My future plans include hopefully attending law school and becoming an Environmental Lawyer. One tip I have for incoming students is to get involved. You don't have to commit to everything, but venture outside your comfort zone and see what happens. You might find something you really enjoy by trying something new and getting involved.

Contact: mkeeton@iwu.edu

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Gabby Reese
Hi there! My name is Gabby Reese and I'm an environmental studies and international sustainability major. I'm currently a Junior and I transferred here my sophomore year. Here on campus I write for the Argus, work for TitanTalkers, and I'm a lead programmer for Campus Activities Board. I'm also involved in student senate, student sierra coalition, and the academic director for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. One tip I have for incoming students is to get involved as much as you can the first month of school and try to be as social as you can. The first few weeks there are going to be a lot of opportunities to join different clubs and communities and it's important to branch out and try new things

Contact: greese@iwu.edu

 

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