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Aug. 27, 2018

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High 5 Class of 2022 Welcomed at Convocation
Illinois Wesleyan's Class of 2022 – the largest incoming class in at least five years and one of the most diverse in University history – received an official welcome during New Student Convocation. If you couldn't attend, you can watch the Convocation.

3D Printer Makerspace to Open this Fall
Whether working on a class project, creating handmade gifts, or trying a new skill, Illinois Wesleyan students can get creative at the new Makerspace, set to open in the Memorial Center this fall.

Jan Alvis Wins Starkey Award
Jan Alvis has been named the 2018 recipient of the Max L. Starkey Award, which recognizes a staff member for loyalty, enthusiasm and outstanding contributions to the Illinois Wesleyan community.

Brent Eckley Scholar Examines Class Struggles in Ancient Rome
By examining the struggle to rise above one's station thousands of years ago in ancient Rome, Brent Baughan '19 hopes to better understand current socio-economic imbalances.

Habitat Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Enters 25th Year
Illinois Wesleyan's annual Mission Day on Aug. 24 marked the 25th anniversary of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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Titan Athletics
  • Former University High and Augustana standout player Sam Totten has been named as the head men's tennis coach at Illinois Wesleyan.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

A Dying Breed, by Ianne Fields Stewart ’15, will receive its world premiere at the Normal Theater, Sept. 8-9. More coverage from Illinois Eagle.

The (Asheboro, N.C.) Courier-Tribune

North Carolina’s newest sculpture garden recently installed a steel sculpture by Winston-Salem artist Don Green ’64.

The Pantagraph

Young people who have grown up with smartphones are less happy than previous generations, according to a scholar who gave a workshop Aug. 24 at IWU.


The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan first-year students participated in Mission Day as part of Turning Titan orientation last week.  

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Former football player Randy Green '03 reflected on what the team sport meant to him.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Herschel Cline '53, a former real-estate broker, is rediscovering his love for art in retirement.


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Monday, Aug. 27

First day of classes!!


Wednesday, Aug. 29

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lower Level, Evelyn Chapel – Evelyn Chapel Open House: Celebrating a Summer of Renovations – All are welcome for an Open House at Evelyn Chapel to see and celebrate its renovated spaces. This summer, the Chapel received new carpet and upholstery in the sanctuary and new flooring, lighting, technology, and furniture. Come any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for lunchtime refreshments, to learn about upcoming Chapel programs, and take a look around at the various spaces on all three floors – all of which are available for campus members to reserve for meetings, programs, and special events.


Thursday, Aug. 30

4 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle – RSO Fair – At the Registered Student Organization (RSO) Fair, students can discover their place at IWU. RSOs on campus will be out in full force to show what they offer and how students can join. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Student Senate.


Friday, Aug. 31

4:30 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Hope College – Live streaming video at

6:30 p.m., Maxwell Park, Gregory St., Normal – Cross Country - Illinois Wesleyan Titan Opener

7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Kalamazoo College – Live streaming video at


Saturday, Sept. 1

4 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Christine McHugh '82: "Parents Must Be Dead" – Illinois Wesleyan theatre alum Christine McHugh '82 will perform a solo spoken memoir piece.

7 p.m., Neis Field – Men's Soccer vs. Monmouth College – Live streaming video at


Sunday, Sept. 2

2 p.m., Neis Field – Women's Soccer vs. Ohio Northern University


Monday, Sept. 3

Labor Day (NO CLASSES)

More Events
  • Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, co-edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl (ACRL 2017), was recommended among 4 Essential Summer Reads for Librarians on the Credo Blog.

  • B. Charles and Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor of Physics Gabriel Spalding celebrated his 15th year as chair of the largest research conference in his field, the conference on Optical Trapping & Optical Micromanipulation (OTOM), which ran from Aug. 19-23. (This year, OTOM was also the largest conference at the annual Optics & Photonics meeting of the SPIE professional society.)

  • Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music David Vayo was in residence from May 22 to June 3 at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, where he received the Echols Distinguished Fellowship for Musicians. During his residency, Vayo composed settings of contemporary Japanese poetry for two singers, koto (Japanese plucked zither) and harpsichord.

  • David Getz ’12 composed Ruth: The Musical, which received its world premiere at Grace Church in Morton in June to a standing room-only crowd of 1,200. The musical also will be performed Sept. 7 and 9 at Five Points Washington in Washington, Illinois. Ruth tells the biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, through 27 original songs that range from operatic arias to Broadway show tunes.


New Faces
Welcome New Titans

Please get to know and welcome new faculty and staff who have joined us in the past year. Learn more about our new colleagues at


Also see a photo gallery of the Class of 2022.

Welcome New Employees

Joseph Vitti, IWU Class of 2017, started Aug. 22 as Stage Electrician in the School of Theatre Arts, replacing Robert Fulton.

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