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Feb. 25, 2019

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mushrooms Entrepreneurial Fellowship Winners Grow Gourmet Mushroom Business
Computer science major Bryant Finkler '20 and business administration major Nick Showalter '20 are growing a gourmet mushroom business in central Illinois. As winners of the IWU Entrepreneurial Fellowship, they were awarded a $5,000 grant to help develop their business idea. 

Corey State Farm Scholars Celebrated at Annual Luncheon
Corey Schieler '97, an IWU alum in his 22nd year as an investment professional at State Farm, spoke to student-scholarship recipients about State Farm's significant investment in their education during the University's annual State Farm Scholars Luncheon.

Ben and Fred Sestak '19 Named Outstanding Marketing Student
Benjamin Sestak '19 was named Illinois Wesleyan's Outstanding Marketing Student Award at the 58th annual American Marketing Association student conference in St. Louis.

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Titan Athletics
  • For the second straight season and the eighth time overall, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin postseason tournament and receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, after a win at Wheaton College on Saturday, Feb. 23.
  • The men's basketball team fell to No. 3-ranked Augustana in the CCIW semifinal in Rock Island on Friday, Feb. 22. Illinois Wesleyan will await its fate concerning a bid into the NCAA Division III men's championships; the selection show is today, (Monday, Feb. 25), at 11:30 a.m. on
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Science News

Biophysicist Alison Sweeney ’01 explained how pollen gets its stunning diversity of shapes.

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With a donation of more than $20,000 to Special Olympics Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan athletes raised the most of any group participating in the Bloomington Polar Plunge. More coverage from WHOI and WEEK TV.

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Robert S. Eckley Distinguished Professor of Economics Mike Seeborg joined “Sound Ideas” to discuss the impact of the minimum wage hike in Illinois. 

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A rice repackaging project was held at Bloomington High School, in a partnership between Illinois Wesleyan’s Evelyn Chapel, local hospitals and religious groups.

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The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival was held at Illinois Wesleyan’s Presser Hall on Feb. 18.

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Illinois Wesleyan’s Wakeley Gallery will feature artist Dong Kyu Kim’s exhibit, “American Stitches,” through April 24.

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Ted Nichelson ’93 performed on the same bill as Tom Hanks recently … though not how you might suspect, Bill Flick reports.


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Did you know? Congress in 1948 declared Feb. 3 to be “Chaplains Day” honoring four chaplains –  including Illinois Wesleyan graduate George Fox – who gave their own life jackets to sailors abandoning the Dorchester as it sank on Feb. 3, 1943. Also on VTDigger.

Blog: The Saint John's Bible

Illinois Wesleyan used The Saint John's Bible as an entry point for meaningful discussion with a diverse student body and for community engagement.

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Vivian Doctora, who will manage an upscale food court that functions as a small-business incubator in Uptown Normal, credits the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan for helping her learn business principles and connect to banks.


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Illinois Wesleyan's School of Theatre Arts presented a visually stunning production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

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IWU's Touch of Class was among nine collegiate a cappella groups competing in the Great Lakes Quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella on Feb. 23 at Illinois State University.

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Titan basketball starter Doug Wallen ’21 helped his sister Lexi, who plays volleyball at Illinois State, get ready to play college basketball as well.

Jeff McDonald, defensive coordinator for Illinois Wesleyan's football team for the past two seasons, was named head football coach at Elmhurst College.



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Monday, Feb. 25

Through April 24, Wakeley Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – Art Exhibit - Dong Kyu Kim

12:15 p.m., Room 101, State Farm Hall – Funding for Human Rights Related Summer Internships – The Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice offers up to $5,000 in assistance for students pursuing summer internships in these areas. Students are invited to learn more about the application process and hear from past recipients about their experiences. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

4 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Prof. Arun Gupto: Comparative Cultural Studies and South Asia – Guest speaker Arun Gupto is Professor of English and Principal at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research in Kathmandu, Nepal. His areas of study include literary theory, postcolonial studies, and South Asian studies. He has co-edited and authored numerous scholarly works, including most recently the monograph, Goddesses of the Kathmandu Valley: Grace, Race, Knowledge (Routledge, 2016). Sponsored by the Colwell Lecture and Reading Series and the English Department.



Tuesday, Feb. 26

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Faculty & Guest Recital: Justin Vickers, tenor; Kent Cook, piano – Sponsored by the School of Music.



Wednesday, Feb. 27


7 a.m., Hansen Student Center – Business Before Hours – Hosted by the SBDC of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.


10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hart Career Center, Welcome Center – Hart Career Center Walk-In Wednesday – Bring your resume (electronic or paper) and have Hart Career Center staff review it, ask a quick question about Handshake or get help setting up your profile. (Closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m.)

11 a.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Diversity Forum – Open to students, faculty and staff, the focus of this forum will be sharing campus climate survey data and developing discussion. 

12-1 p.m., IDEA Center, Memorial Center – Workshop on 3D Printing – All students, faculty and staff are invited to BYO lunch and learn about 3D Printing in the IDEA Center.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center –  Opioid Crisis in our Community - Featuring Coroner Kathy Davis Yoder – McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis Yoder will discuss opioid abuse both nationally and locally. She will illustrate the scope of opioid abuse, examine local statistics, and show what is being done to combat the opioid epidemic. Sponsored by Counseling and Consultation Services.



Thursday, Feb. 28


4 p.m., Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: What is a Cult? – What makes a new understanding or interpretations of existing traditions dangerous? Beneficial? Are all new religious movements cults? Come and discuss these provocative questions with Multifaith Ambassador Paula Amat Norman and other members of IWU Interfaith.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Human Genetics and Diversity – Provost Mark Brodl will lead a seminar on how the study of genetics has impacted, informed and mis-informed our understandings of race and identity. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.

7 p.m., Hansen Student Center – Changing the Body Image Climate – Guest speaker Carolyn Becker, psychology professor at Trinity University, will discuss how to free ourselves from destructive appearance ideals: what not to do in changing the body image climate. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, IWU Body Project, Counseling and Consultation Services, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Live and Mental Health Immersion Semester.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "The True Cost" – Presented by Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Chair of French, German, Italian and Japanese Languages, and Director of International Studies Scott Sheridan.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – University Choir



Friday, March 1

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Recital:  Wolfgang David, violin;  David Gompper, piano & composer



Saturday, March 2


Spring Open House – Prospective students and their families are invited to learn about our exceptional academic programs, meet professors, get a taste of our vibrant campus life and see our beautiful 80-acre campus and facilities.

2:30 p.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Elmhurst College

7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – 2nd Annual Unity Gala



Sunday, March 3

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Symphonic Winds – Sponsored by the School of Music.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Student Senate Meeting



Monday, March 4

7 p.m., CNS C101, CNS – "Containing Climate Change" with Dr. Rick Duke – An expert on climate science and policy, Duke will present "Containing Climate Change: Restoring U.S. Leadership Domestically and Diplomatically." Duke worked at the White House under the Obama administration, where he helped craft and implement the Climate Action Plan; he supported negotiations on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; and he has worked on many other domestic efforts to lower carbon emissions and promote clean energy use. He currently works for Gigaton Strategies LLC in Washington, D.C., advising philanthropies and international advocacy groups on low carbon strategies. This event is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, Political Science Department, and John Wesley Powell Audubon.


7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center –  Jae Nichelle – The Campus Activities Board and Women of Color RSO will kick off Women of Color week with a performance by spoken word poet Jae Nichelle.


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Intercultural Fluency Reading Discussion

At recent campus workshops on cultural humility and worldview diversity, some participants voiced a desire to delve more deeply into questions around whiteness and white identities. In response, the Intercultural Fluency Committee is inviting faculty and staff colleagues to participate in reading and discussing an article or two on these themes during the remainder of this academic year. If you are interested in joining this discussion, please contact Meghan Burke ( or Kyle Griffith ( by Monday, March 4 so that we can email you the short article, time, and location for our first hour-long gathering. Please note that, while there is no requirement to attend each session in the series, we do hope faculty and staff join us for the full hour.

Reminder - President's Leadership Award for Inclusive Excellence

Please remember to nominate faculty and staff for the President’s Leadership Award for Inclusive Excellence. Please complete this Qualtrics Survey and provide a letter of nomination (either within Qualtrics or separately to by this Friday, March 1.

Save the Date – 2019 Recognition Celebration

The 2019 Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration is planned for April 5 from 12-1:30 p.m. Please be sure to save the date! An RSVP announcement will follow.

Welcome New Employees
Timothy Cunningham started Feb. 18 as Enterprise Systems Analyst in Information Technology Services, replacing Tina Tibbitts, who transferred on June 21 to the Director of Administrative Systems position, replacing Pat Zehr, who retired.
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