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April 1, 2019

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Chicago Humanities Fellows Delve Into the Culture of Chicago
A cohort of first-year Illinois Wesleyan Humanities Fellows experienced firsthand the art, poetry, history and culture of Chicago during the program's second annual Spring Break Immersion Trip.

Scholars Creativity Scholars Engage with Arts, Theater, Authors in Chicago
The first year of the Creativity Scholars First-Year Experience (FYE) culminated with an immersive Spring Break trip to Chicago for a week of artistic and cultural activities.

Washington Policy and Ethics Partners Share East Coast Trip
Students in the Policy and Ethics First Year Experience traveled to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., attending a conference on ethical issues in areas such as law, the environment, business, engineering, computer science, scientific research, healthcare, and higher education.

Zoo Animal Studies Scholars Spend Spring Break at Louisville Zoo
While most Illinois Wesleyan students spent Spring Break with friends and family, a group of Animal Studies Scholars decided to spend theirs observing and enriching the lives of primates at the Louisville (Kentucky) Zoo. 

Linda Bollivar '88 Receives Communication Innovator Award
Linda Bollivar '88, executive director of the Multicultural Leadership Program, received the Communication Innovator Award from the Association for Women in Communications - Bloomington/Normal.

Novel Khan '97 Authors Debut Teen LGBT Novel
Sabina Khan '97 gives a voice to Muslim LGBT teens searching for acceptance in her highly anticipated debut book, "The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali."

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Titan Athletics
  • Illinois Wesleyan University is No. 62 (of 290 schools) in the final set of winter rankings in the Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
  • With 12 total first place finishes, the Illinois Wesleyan women's track and field team finished first and the men's team finished second at the five-team Knox College Open, contested at Turner Track at Trevor Field in Galesburg on Saturday, March 30.
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Titans In The News
(St. Louis) Call Newspapers

Lauren (Goldwasser) Cumming ’09 was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP).


Illinois Wesleyan’s Esports team concluded a successful inaugural season. In The Pantagraph, coach Callum Fletcher predicts the sport will continue growing exponentially.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University co-hosted an International Food Symposium, celebrating the history and diversity of food in the Hispanic transatlantic world.

(Chicago) Daily Herald

Lou Bury ’80 is pastor at a church using music in its “Building Bridges Series” to connect with worshippers from different backgrounds.

(Lipscomb University) Lumination Network

Demetria Kalodimos ’81 shared stories and advice as part of Lipscomb University’s “Media Masters” series.

The (Ottawa, Ill.) Times
The Fox River Lutheran Church community is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pastor Kevin Garner '85.
Illinois Eagle

Sabina Khan ’97 has published a novel for Muslim LGBTQ youth, inspired by her own daughter.

The Pantagraph

YWCA McLean will display teal chairs on Illinois Wesleyan’s campus as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to remind survivors they are not alone. 


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Monday, April 1

12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: The Evolving ePortfolio Practice at IWU – The use of eportfolios at IWU has taken root and started to grow, emerge, take shape. Faculty members Loralyn Cozy, Leah Nillas, April Schultz, and Mike Theune will share examples of IWU student eportfolios and discuss how their use of eportfolios is evolving – in their classes, among classes, and even as a key part of some departments' curricula.


7 p.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Cypher Team Presents the Greatest Showcase



Tuesday, April 2

4 p.m., CNS C101 – Diversity Forum – Members of the Inclusive Excellence Education Task Force (IEETF) will provide an overview of their charge and discuss the work they have accomplished toward establishing a mandatory education program for our campus community, to begin in the fall of 2019.


7:30 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse vs. Illinois State University (Scrimmage)



Wednesday, April 3

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., CNS C101 – Faculty Meeting

11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – Social Security and Medicare Information Session for Faculty & Staff – Elaine Popejoy, District Manager for the Social Security Administration, will give presentations on Social Security and Medicare.



Thursday, April 4


4 p.m., Basement, Evelyn Chapel – ReligiosiTEA: IWU's Weekly Interfaith Dialogue – Join Evelyn Chapel and IWU Interfaith for another ReligiosiTEA Religious Literacy and Dispelling Myths conversation as Ivana Valencia '21 presents on the Jehovah's Witness tradition, beliefs, and practices. All are welcome.

6 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – 3D: Experiences of Native American Women – Amanda Wesche '20 will lead a presentation on the underrepresented multitude of stories that highlight the various experiences of indigenous women in our nation. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity as part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series.

7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – International Film Series: "Breaking with Old Ideas" – Presented by Professor of History Tom Lutze.

8 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Guest Artist: Silvan Negrutiu, piano



Friday, April 5

12 p.m., Ironwood Golf Course, Normal – Men's Golf - IWU Invitational (day 1)

12 p.m., Young Main Lounge , Memorial Center – Faculty-Staff Recognition Celebration  – All faculty and staff are invited to a luncheon celebration to recognize faculty and staff retiring and celebrating milestone anniversaries. Sponsored by the Faculty-Staff Recognition Committee. Please be sure to RSVP to 556-3540 or by today (Monday, April 1).


4 p.m., CNS C101 and Hansen Student Center (reception) – Faculty Colloquium & Reception  

7:30 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – Wind Ensemble



Saturday, April 6

9 a.m., Ironwood Golf Course, Normal – Men's Golf - IWU Invitational (day 2)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Admitted Student Day II – Students who are admitted to Illinois Wesleyan University are invited to hear from alumni, faculty and current students about the distinctive characteristics of IWU.

10 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts, Bloomington – Men's Tennis vs. Carthage College

1 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Wheaton College (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

8 p.m., Shirk Center – Big Show - Travis Porter and Kyle



Sunday, April 7

9 a.m., Beadles-Morse Courts – Men's Tennis vs. Carroll University

12 p.m., IWU Softball Field – Softball vs. Augustana College (doubleheader) – Live streaming video at

3 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser HallFaculty Chamber Music Recital

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



Monday, April 8

Through April 24, Merwin Gallery, Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building – 32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition


12 p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center – Non-Org: The Promotional Intellectual - Ways to Share What You're Working on – Faculty work hard on artistic and scholarly projects. How might they be shared more broadly? Teaching, Learning and Technology Strategist Kate Browne and Professor of English and Writing Program Director Mike Theune will offer some ways – focused on blogs – to get your work further out into the world, including embedding pdfs, engaging search engine optimization, and translating work into more easily shareable and consumable multimodal blog posts. This presentation also will be relevant to all who use eportfolios in their teaching, offering ways to help students think more deeply about how they present their work.

More Events
  • Director of Conference Services Michelle Wu was elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors, International. She will serve a 4-year term, effective beginning at the annual conference that took place March 24 - 27 in Pittsburgh.

  • R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair and Professor of English James Plath taught a four-session class on John Updike for Illinois State University's Academy of Seniors, titled "Writer John Updike and the Three Great Secrets: Art, Religion and Sex."
Reminder - 2018 Flexible Spending Submission Deadline

If you have a remaining balance in your 2018 Flexible Spending account, please remember the following deadline:
April 30, 2019 - Deadline for BPC to receive your requests for reimbursement

You can check your balance by contacting BPC at 1-800-355-2350 or by logging on to your account at


All Flex requests for reimbursement should be submitted to BPC. Submissions can be made by mail, online through the BPC website or by using the BPC phone app. If you need a reimbursement form, an electronic form can be found on the BPC website and hard copies are available in the Human Resources Office.

Intercultural Fluency Committee

The Intercultural Fluency Committee will continue its discussion about whiteness by reading an article by Dr. Robin DiAngelo called "White Fragility." The discussion will take place in the lower level of the Chapel on Friday, April 12, from 3.30-4.30 p.m. We acknowledge that there is a slight overlap with the TGIF that starts at 4 p.m. in the Ames School of Art, and we hope that anyone who joins us for this discussion will also join the TGIF immediately afterward. If you would like to participate in this discussion, please email either Kyle Griffith at or Meghan Burke at

All In For Wesleyan - Save the Date

All InOn April 11, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of IWU show your pride and support by being All In for Wesleyan. During this 24-hour giving day, let’s unlock opportunities together – you are key to our success!

Be All In, All Day, make an additional gift and spread the word on social media using #AllInforWesleyan. Check out our social media toolkit!

English as a Second Language Service

The English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University's international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. Our primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University's community.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at or call (309)556- 3854 or -3544.


We are located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B. 

Spring 2019 Hours:
Tuesday Thursday 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.


The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at

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