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Nov. 26, 2018

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Cyril $3.5 Million Gift to Benefit Illinois Wesleyan School of Music
The sale of more than 930 acres of farmland belonging to the late Cyril "C.B." Frevert '61 netted $11.6 million, one-third of which will benefit Illinois Wesleyan.

bikes Illinois Wesleyan Earns Silver Bicycle Friendly Designation
The League of American Bicyclists has honored Illinois Wesleyan with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University designation, in recognition of achievements in promoting bicycling.

Abigail Kauerauf '19 Honored as 2018 Student Laureate
Illinois Wesleyan English-literature and German double major Abigail Kauerauf '19 has been named a 2018 Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

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Titan Athletics
  • The No. 11-ranked women's basketball team won the Midwest Challenge with a victory over Washington University on Sunday, Nov. 25.
  • The men's basketball team improved to 6-0, including victories at the Webster Classic over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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Titans In The News
The (St. Joseph, Michigan) Herald-Palladium

Grace Kelmer '12, director of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, was selected to participate in the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ 18th Emerging Leadership Institute class.

(Decatur) Herald & Review

Dr. Janet (Best) Albers, a physician with Southern Illinois University's Center for Family Medicine, is among Legacy of Learning honorees recognized by the Decatur Public Schools Foundation

Insurance Journal

Tom Wetzel ’72 shared students’ questions – and provided answers – from a recent visit to speak with classes at his alma mater.

WXEF Radio

Lake Land College Board of Trustees appointed Beth Gerl '84 as vice president for student services. Also reported by the Journal Gazette & Times Courier.


David Priess '93 has been hired as Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute, where he will participate in charting and managing the organization’s growth.


WGLT Radio

Again in the news, David Priess ’93 discussed attempts to remove presidents from office – the subject of his new book – in a segment on Sound Ideas.

The Pantagraph

A roundtable discussion of Illinois Wesleyan international students about their experiences in the U.S. was among several events hosted as part of International Education Week.

WGLT Radio

An auction of farmland belonging to the late Cyril “C.B.” Frevert ’61 fetched $11.6 million and will benefit Illinois Wesleyan and two local nonprofits. More coverage from The Pantagraph and WMBD/WYZZ TV.

WJBC Radio

Illinois Wesleyan unveiled new athletics logos and wordmarks as part of an ongoing branding initiative. More coverage from The Pantagraph

The Pantagraph

Curtains, directed by Associate Professor and Director of the School of Theatre Arts Jean Kerr, was reviewed as “well balanced, producing consistent chuckles throughout the evening."

The Pantagraph

Karen Bussone, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan, authored a column supporting Small Business Saturday.

The Pantagraph

About 60 locally owned business took part in Small Business Saturday with the help of the Illinois Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Pantagraph

David Wilson ’70, with the assistance of his wife Barbara (Grace) Wilson ’70, researched and discovered remnants of an aircraft crash that claimed the life of a fellow Marine, and worked to have the site of the crash renamed in the late pilot’s honor.

(Decatur) Herald & Review

Former Titan All-American Olivia Lett '12 has been named head women's basketball coach at Millikin University.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Black Student Union will host its annual Kwanzaa dinner on Nov. 30 in the Memorial Center’s Turfler Room.

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Monday, Nov. 26

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: Think Tank – To encourage and support each other's goals and scholarship, the School of Nursing created a Think Tank group where they discuss professional goals or scholarship over a lunch session. They have seen a dramatic increase in publications, presentations, research, and goal completion over the last four years. Both faculty and staff are included in these meetings. The SON would like to help establish other groups like this on campus, so others can share in the successful nature of these kinds of groups. Presented by nursing faculty members Wendy Kooken and Amanda Hopkins.



Tuesday, Nov. 27

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Student Composition Concert



Wednesday, Nov. 28

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Center – BAC and Drug Table – Stop by and have a beer! Join the Peer Educators of SOCA for a root-beer float and pick up a BAC card to help you learn how to drink responsibly if you choose to drink. There will also be information about different drugs, how these drugs look and how these drugs affect the body. Sponsored by IWU Counseling and Consultation Services and SOCA.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – American Marketing Association Speaker: Mike Galbreth, Expert in Sustainable Operations Management



Thursday, Nov. 29


4 p.m., Room 203, State Farm Hall – Guest Speaker: “Sick White Men: The Time of Neurasthenia in Naturalist Texts”

4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA - IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds/ Jazz Lab



Friday, Nov. 30

7 p.m., Turfler Room, Memorial Center – Kwanzaa Dinner

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Unlicensed Syncopation, Vocal Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble



Saturday, Dec. 1

Shirk Center Indoor Track – Track and Field - Titan First Chance/Alumni Meet

5 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Basketball vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at

7 p.m., Shirk Center – Men's Basketball vs. Carthage College – Live streaming video at



Sunday, Dec. 2

3 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington – Christmas Choral Concert



Monday, Dec. 3

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting



More Events
  • Josefina (Josi) Bañales '14 co-authored a Psychology Today blog post, examining cross-racial coalitions built around shared experiences of oppression.

  • Assistant Professor of Biology Loralyn Cozy co-authored the article, "Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120: Laboratory Maintenance, Cultivation, and Heterocyst Induction," in Current Protocols in Microbiology.

  • International Student and Scholar Advisor Robyn Walter presented at the Region V NAFSA conference in Schaumburg in October. Her session was on "Training International Students on Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Awareness." NAFSA: Association of International Educators has over 10,000 members, and Region V serves professionals in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Volunteering? Report Your Civic Engagement

The Give A Day Campaign is in full swing! As you plan your volunteer service for the holiday season, don't forget to report all of your civic engagement here. Questions? Contact Bevin, 


Flexible Spending Enrollment Reminder

Please remember to return your Flex form to the Human Resources Office by Wednesday, Dec. 12. Even if you do not wish to participate in Flex, the form still needs to be returned to HR.


If you have questions or need help completing your form, please contact Marie at ext. 3971.

Benefits Choice/Open Enrollment Reminder

If you would like to change your health insurance plan option or enroll yourself or a dependent(s) in the insurance plan for 2019, enrollment forms are available at the Human Resource Office in Holmes Hall 209. We would be happy to send you an enrollment form if you contact Marie at We will need your completed enrollment form returned to Human Resources no later than Dec. 5 in order to guarantee that all of the necessary processing steps to effectuate your change(s) will be in place by Jan. 1, 2019.

If you have questions about the medical plan options through Blue Cross Blue Shield, please contact Marie at or Londa at .

In Sympathy

D. Paul Miller, a former sociology faculty member and chair, died Nov. 3 at age 101. See an obituary, or read how colleagues remembered him fondly in a tribute from The Pantagraph.

Welcome New Employees

Teresa Tlaseca started Nov. 12 as custodian in the Shirk Center.

Steven Raiz started Nov. 12 as part-time communications assistant/dispatcher in Campus Safety.

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