August 1, 2022

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Published bimonthly during the summer

Campus News

Short Film by Cozette '22 Earns Four Awards at World’s Leading Online Film Festival

Julianne Cozette '22 and her co-star, Richard Diamond '22, earned four awards in the July Monthly Online Top Film Shorts Festival with her senior capstone short film, “Be Well.” 

Titans Hiring Titans: Rasho '01 Finds Talent in IWU Grads for Marketing Company

Since co-founding a data-driven marketing company, David Rasho '01 has made an effort to hire numerous Illinois Wesleyan University alumni to serve on his team at Access 2 Insight in Chicago.

Students Gain Experience, Camaraderie Through Summer Enrichment Program

A group of Titans spent their summer gaining real-world experience as interns through the Illinois Wesleyan University Summer Enrichment Program.

Illinois Wesleyan Announces Class of 2022 Candidates for Graduation

Illinois Wesleyan University honored more than 400 candidates for graduation during Commencement on May 1, 2022.

More Campus News
Titan Athletics

Quinn Gudaitis '21 was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Gudaitis is the first Titan taken in the draft since Cory Lapinski and Drew Himes were selected in 2005. 

Titan Sports
Titans In The News

The Pantagraph

Karen Bussone, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University, wrote in her monthly column about weathering repeated economic blows as a small business entrepreneur.

The News-Gazette

Kevin Geraldi '96 was named director of bands at the University of Illinois.

The Rogersville (Tenn.) Review

Liz Bennett '01 has been named director of the Holston Business Development Center, a business incubator serving Hawkins County and the greater Kingsport area.


Katie Kikos '03 was named assistant principal at M.J. Cunningham Elementary School in Joliet.

The Pantagraph

The 20th anniversary of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival hosted at IWU welcomed around 40 students ranging in age from 13 to 22, coming to Bloomington from seven U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.

(Quincy) Herald-Whig

A three-week retrospective art event at Windsong Acres celebrates the work of Shelly Rasche '78, whose illustrations graced products around the world from greeting cards and ornaments to stuffed animals and yard flags, before dementia led to her retirement from commercial art.

The Columbia Chronicle

Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary discussed her research on the appeal of true crime to female audiences.



More Titans in the News

Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, Aug. 3

Summer Session II Final Exams

Friday, Aug. 5

Final Grades Due for Summer Session II and Summer Session III


Virtual, Transfer Rising Titan — A one-day summer orientation experience where transfer students will register for fall 2022 classes, engage in reflective conversations about their college experience and meet Titan Orientation Leaders. For more information, click here.


1:30-4:15 p.m., Hansen Student Center — First Look Preview II — Designed especially for students and families who are just getting to know IWU, this is a fantastic overview of the IWU experience. Take a campus tour, learn valuable financial aid information, glimpse some of the 120+ extracurricular activities available to our students and more. For more information, click here

Campus Events


Dr. Lindsay Sicks '06, Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, was the recipient of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award by the American Academy of Optometry. 


Mark Denzler '94 is president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA), which was just granted the 2022 Leadership Award from the Conference of State Manufacturers Associations.


The work of four IWU physics students, Jacqueline Rupprecht '22, Matthew Fritsch '22, Ethan Ruth '23 and Matt Kubas '24, was presented at a national meeting last month of the American Association of Physics Teachers, which took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The presentation described their development and delivery, in collaboration with physics professor Gabriel Spalding, of a Flux Concept Discovery Lab.


Faculty from institutions across the U.S. and Europe visited IWU to learn how the physics program integrates programmable optics into undergraduate teaching. Two and a half days of hands-on mentoring by B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding was followed by two days of remote control of real laser systems.


Marla Maloney '92 has been promoted to President, Americas Services, at Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm.


Brett Ludwig '98, the current chief communications officer and head of global communications at W.L. Gore & Associates, has been named Lehigh’s next vice president for communications and public affairs.


Electrical Shut Down

Due to the heavy rainfall this morning (Aug. 1), the planned power outage today for the Art Building, Buck Hall, McPherson Hall and Presser Hall has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Kenton Frost, Physical Plant Maintenance Manager, at ext. 3263 or


New Employees

Rachael Weeks started July 1 as the Administrative Specialist II in Registrar/Academic Advising/Student Accessibility.

Eric Niemiller started July 11 as the Web Developer.

Lily Ferris started July 18 as the Administrative Specialist IV in Advancement.

Jasmine Howe started July 20 as the Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Services.

Teresa Fowler started July 25 as the Administrative Specialist III in Advancement.

Jasmyn Taylor started July 25 as the Transfer Admissions Counselor.

Susan Oravec started July 27 as the Director of Enterprise Systems in IT.

With Sympathy

Lynn Nichelson passed away Sunday, July 31. He worked at Illinois Wesleyan for 47 years, primarily as the director of financial aid, before retiring in 2009. Memorial arrangements are yet to be announced.

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Campus Weekly is an electronic newsletter from Illinois Wesleyan's Office of Communications, edited by Julia Perez, assistant director of communications. To submit items of interest, email