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Aug. 20, 2018

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Rosetta Rosetta Clay to Lead Office of Alumni Engagement
Rosetta Clay has been named assistant vice president of engagement at Illinois Wesleyan, and will lead initiatives for IWU alumni, parents and friends and The Wesleyan Fund.

Minji Eckley Scholar Crafts Songs of Healing
Music education major Minji Will '19 spent her summer studying the therapeutic value of jazz music, to culminate in the creation of an album featuring jazz standards related to emotional healing.

John Camardella '03 Pilots Harvard Curriculum in the Classroom
Illinois Wesleyan alum John Camardella '03 is piloting an innovative approach to teaching high school religion courses as an education fellow for Harvard Divinity School.

Annie Student, Faculty, Alumni Bring Aid to Kenyan Health Clinic
Annie Crumbaugh ’19 joined a faculty member and alumni for a week at the Lamu Center of Preventative Health in Kenya, where they provided free eye care to patients in need.

Circle K Student Group Raises $1,300 to Support Local Nonprofit
IWU's Circle K International chapter organized a fundraising trivia night to support local nonprofit Prairie State Legal Services, which provides elders and low income residents access to free legal aid.

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The Pantagraph

This year's first-year class at IWU may be the largest in at least five years, and is expected to be the most diverse, with more than 100 students of color.

The Pantagraph

Among local college and university efforts to emphasize practical experiences in curriculum is Illinois Wesleyan’s implementation of Signature Experiences.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University's Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will soon break ground on its 25th house.


Heart of Illinois ABC

Illinois Wesleyan welcomed its Esports team to campus as the team prepares for its first year of varsity competition. The team got its first glimpse at IWU’s Esports Arena on Saturday.

The Inquisitr

As Investigation Discovery launches a new true crime series, "Twisted Sisters," Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary was quoted on possible reasons for the popularity of true crime shows among women.

NBC Right Now

A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Ramin Fathi '06 has joined Southwest Skin Specialists, a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, in Phoenix, Arizona. More coverage from PRWeb.

Indianapolis Star

Former WRTV anchor Ken Nelson ’67 explains why he is answering a call to ministry at age 74, in his "so-called retirement."

WGLT Radio

Jazz studies director Glenn Wilson’s nonprofit “Further Jazz” has received grants to produce six concerts, each preceded by a jazz movie.

Daily Business Review

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Sara (Shannon) Alijewicz ’84, an attorney and former general magistrate in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a candidate for a Palm Beach County Court Judgeship.

DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Incoming music education major Dylan Propheter '22 won the 2018 Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship, awarded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

Chicago Tribune
Community Consolidated School District 181 in Clarendon Hills
hired Christopher Reid '95, currently a resource teacher for the district, as a pupil service administrator.
Chesterfield Observer

Trombonist Philip Jones '73 has spent a lifetime performing alongside musical legends, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and Buddy Rich.

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Monday, Aug. 20

3 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Illinois College (Scrimmage)


Tuesday, Aug. 21

New Students Arrive!

Turning Titan (New Student Orientation and Registration)See full schedule of events


Through Aug. 25 – Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – "Barcelona: vistas desde las montañas hasta el mar" – An exhibit of large oil paintings by Dick Folse ’85, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, is on display. Summer gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-2 p.m., Thursdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

6:15 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Student Convocation –  We will welcome new Titans to the Illinois Wesleyan academic community. 


Wednesday, Aug. 22

9:15 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Chris Carter: The Mentalist  – Chris Carter is a 1987 IWU alum who is recognized as one of the world's greatest mind readers. Sponsored by Orientation Services as part of Turning Titan week.


Thursday, Aug. 23

9 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Dueling Pianos – Dueling is a fun program that includes two grand pianos, each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are required. Sponsored by Orientation Services as part of Turning Titan week.


Friday, Aug. 24

8 a.m., Joslin Atrium and Young Main Lounge  – Faculty and Staff Breakfast – Faculty and staff are invited to kick off the 2018-19 academic year. A full breakfast buffet will be offered at 8 a.m. ***Please RSVP to or 556-3540, so that we can make sure we have the right amount of food.***

At 8:30 a.m., President Eric R. Jensen will highlight our progress over the past year on important priorities and discuss our goals for the coming year. The Max L. Starkey Award winner also will be announced.

9:45 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – All-Campus Fall Conference - Speaker Jean M. Twenge – All faculty and staff are invited to stay after the Faculty and Staff Breakfast and listen to visiting guest speaker Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. Twenge studies today’s rising generation of teens and young adults, the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. She will work with IWU faculty and staff to help us explore the implications of her work for providing each IWU student a transformative educational experience.

4 p.m., Entry Level, The Ames Library – Faculty Scholarship and Creative Arts Reception – The Ames Library will showcase our faculty's rich scholarly, artistic and creative productivity.

9:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Hypnotist: Frederick Winters – The word "hypnosis" evokes a variety of responses from people: some believe it, others do not, and many have mixed opinions. Come see why Frederick Winters is an IWU favorite. Sponsored by Orientation Services as part of Turning Titan week.


Saturday, Aug. 25

1 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball - Green-White Scrimmage

6:30 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival for IWU Families – Faculty, staff, alumni and their families are invited to the Titan Carnival, featuring face painting & henna, laser tag, exotic petting zoo, carnival food, mechanical bull, gladiator joust, castle moonbounce, footdarts, adult trikes, slam dunk, spider climb giant slide ... and more!


8 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Titan Carnival fun opens to students.


Sunday, Aug. 26

10 a.m., Evelyn Chapel – Turning Titan All-Campus Service – All are welcome for a festive service of music, prayer, and reflection as we begin a new academic year at Illinois Wesleyan; sponsored by Evelyn Chapel.


Monday, Aug. 27

First day of classes!!

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Parking for Turning Titan

This week we will welcome new Titans into our community with the start of Turning Titan, our first-year orientation program. Turning Titan begins with move-in day on Tuesday, August 21. We are asking that individuals who normally park in the Hansen parking lot avoid this location on Tuesday morning as the Hansen Center is the location for check-in for students and their families. Please try to park in the lot directly behind Evelyn Chapel or the lot directly east of the Hansen lot.


Please be mindful that first-year students will be walking around with their name tags all week, so feel free to say hello as we welcome them into our phenomenal community!

Welcome New Employees

Michael Kellar started Aug. 15 as Admissions Counselor, replacing Emily Line.


Tricia Mueller started Aug. 17 as Administrative Specialist II in the School of Nursing, a new position.

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