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May 6, 2019

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Campus News

grads Illinois Wesleyan Celebrates Class of 2019
More than 400 graduating members of the Class of 2019 joined the ranks of Titan alumni during Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 5. See a photo gallery or watch the video.

Pembroke Three Students Accepted to Oxford's Pembroke Program
Three Illinois Wesleyan students – Samira Kassem '21, Thao "Jenny" Le '21, and Rachel McCarthy '21 – have been accepted to spend their junior year studying at Pembroke College, University of Oxford in England.

Bill The Prom, Produced by Damaschke '85, Nominated for Seven Tonys
Broadway musical comedy The Prom, produced by Illinois Wesleyan theatre alum Bill Damaschke '85, has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Brandon Chopp '19 Earns Phi Beta Kappa Award for Frank Zappa Research
History major and Hispanic studies minor Brandon Chopp '19 won IWU's Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award, recognizing undergraduate research that engages, translates, and bridges academic disciplines or crosses traditional academic boundaries.

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Titan Athletics

A roundup of champions:

  • For the third straight year and third time overall, the Illinois Wesleyan women's lacrosse team will play in the NCAA Division III national tournament, competing at Tucci Stadium on Sunday, May 12, and hosting the Saturday game between Hamline University and Rhodes College, also at Tucci Stadium.

  • Also for the third straight year and third time overall, the men's lacrosse team will play in the NCAA Division III national tournament, hosting Rhodes College in a second round game on Wednesday, May 8, at Tucci Stadium.

  • The softball team downed Carthage on Saturday, May 4, to win its third straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) tournament championship, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. Illinois Wesleyan has won five of the last six conference titles and is a 14-time CCIW Softball Tournament champion.

  • The IWU men's golf team won its eighth straight CCIW team championship and will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, which will be held May 14-17 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

Bill Damaschke ’85 is the producer of the Broadway musical The Prom, nominated for seven Tony Awards.

The (Carbondale, Ill.) Southern Illinoisan

Illinois Wesleyan students were among those participating in the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in March; the summit’s final report was delivered to state leaders last week.

WGLT Radio

Former military surgeon and health care policy advisor Stephen Ondra ’80, who delivered Illinois Wesleyan’s Commencement address, talked with WGLT about the future of health care.

Bureau County Republican

Nevana Ahrends '63, a region director for the Illinois Retired Teacher's Association State Board, will speak at a meeting of the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association.

The Pantagraph

Illinois Wesleyan University celebrated its graduates at Commencement on Sunday, May 5. 

Chicago Tribune

Associate Professor of Music Vadim Mazo will conduct the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra in a musical piece commissioned to celebrate the orchestra's 45th anniversary.

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Monday, May 6


Summer Hours begin – Campus Offices will close at 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 16.


* See May Term hours for the library, fitness and dining facilities *



Wednesday, May 8


May Term Classes Begin


Time TBA, Tucci Stadium –  Men's Lacrosse - NCAA Division III National Tournament



Sunday, May 12


1 p.m., Tucci Stadium – Women's Lacrosse - NCAA Division III National Tournament

More Events
  • Associate Professor and Chair of English Joanne Diaz will speak as part of the Center for the Writing Arts Reading Series at Northwestern University on Tuesday, May 7.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology physicist Brian Simonds ’05 discussed the organization’s research to improve understanding of laser welding, the physics of which is surprisingly complex. A better understanding of the interaction between laser and metal could give industry more control over the technology that is becoming increasingly popular in manufacturing.
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