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July 8, 2019

News for and about the Illinois Wesleyan community

Distributed bimonthly during the summer

Campus News

Georgia Georgia Nugent Named Interim President of Illinois Wesleyan University
S. Georgia Nugent, Ph.D., Kenyon College president emerita, has been appointed by the IWU Board of Trustees to serve as interim president, effective Aug. 15.

Kelly and Crystal Grads Win Top Honors at 2019 National Student Auditions
Crystal Muro '19 won first place and Kelly Riordan '19 took second place in the Upper College/Independent Studio Women category at the 2019 National Student Auditions, sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Henryken Liu '21 Earns Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship
Mathematics and physics double major Henryken "Minzhao" Liu '21 (Dalian, China) was recently selected from an international pool of candidates to receive an Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship from the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Greenhouse Community Greenhouse Blooms from Partnership
A group of first-year Illinois Wesleyan students helped grow a community greenhouse from an idea to reality this spring, in collaboration with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP).

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Titan Athletics
TitanIllinois Wesleyan student-athletes were honored for academic achievements:
  • Lisa Cheng, Ellen Gilbert and Megan Wong are among swimmers and divers named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team for the 2018-19 season.
  • The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) honored graduated seniors J.C Grabarek and Will Rossi of the IWU men's lacrosse team as USILA/Warrior and New Balance Scholar All-Americans.
  • The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association has named the Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's swimming and diving teams to its Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester.
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Titans In The News
The Pantagraph

S. Georgia Nugent was named Illinois Wesleyan's interim president, to serve during the 2019-20 academic year. More coverage from WGLT-RadioWJBC-Radio and The Vidette.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Scott Schoonover ’93 is the founding artistic director of St. Louis’ Union Avenue Opera, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019.

(Asheville, N.C.) Mountain Xpress

The Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, under the direction David Wilken ’92, staged a patriotic concert on July 4.


The Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical The Prom, produced by Bill Damaschke ’85, will star Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande, among others.

(Kankakee, Ill.) Daily Journal

Jack Sikma ’77 reunited with high school teammates in a visit to his hometown ahead of his Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction in September 2019.

The (DeKalb, Ill.) MidWeek

Vocalist Karen (Manley) Kahler ’91 headlined the DeKalb Municipal Band’s annual “Star Spangled Spectacular" on July 4 in DeKalb.


Illinois Wesleyan is listed among the best colleges and universities that offer esports scholarships.

WGLT Radio

Provost Mark Brodl discussed new minors being added to Illinois Wesleyan's academic program this fall.

The Pantagraph

An assistant director in the University of Illinois Athletics Communications office, Brett Moore '10 is serving as press officer for USA Baseball this summer.

Rockford (Ill.) Register Star

Caitlin (Ludwig) Pusateri '08 was highlighted as part of the Register Star's "Next Up" series, highlighting future leaders of the Rock River Valley.


In a roundup of the best true crime podcasts, Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Vicary is quoted on public fascination with the topic.



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* See summer hours for The Ames Library and Shirk Center and Fort Natatorium.


* Tommy's is open for lunch in the Hansen Student Center, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. through the summer.


Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12
1-3 p.m. daily, Buck Memorial Library – IWU Language School for Kids "Out of this World!" Summer Camp


Through July 27 – The 17th Annual Illinois Chamber Music Festival will host a series of concerts on campus.


Friday, July 12


Summer First Look I – Admissions will host an opportunity for prospective students and families to discover, explore and get answers about college life and Illinois Wesleyan.

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Summer Camps on Campus

Conference Services is welcoming the following overnight groups to campus this July:


Through July 27 — The Chamber Music Festival, coordinated by Instructor Lisa Nelson, will consist of about 20 students staying in Blackstock, using Presser Hall and dining in Bertholf Commons.

July 9-23 — Local Rotary Clubs will host an international youth retreat.

July 9-12 — A camp of around 500 youth wrestlers will be on campus staying in a majority of our residence halls and using the Shirk Center.

July 14-17 — Head Football Coach Norm Eash will host a large number of football teams from high schools in the state to prepare for college football.

July 14-19 — An adult banking group will be using spaces in CNS, State Farm Hall, and the Memorial Center for classes, followed by a graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.

July 17-19 — Coach Eash will host another round of football teams to work with him and his coaching staff.

July 21-27 — High school students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement will be attending a police exploration camp and using the Memorial Center, CNS, residence halls, the Quad, and other outdoor spaces for their simulations.

July 27-31 — Youth basketball players will be on campus for a skills camp, using the Shirk Center and enjoying meals in the Commons.


Should you have any questions about these groups, please contact the Conference Services office at (309) 556-3100 or There will be additional day camps held at the Shirk Center and athletic facilities; please contact the Shirk staff with any questions about those camps.

  • Assistant Professor of English Molly Robey published an essay titled "The End of College?" in the online journal The Account.
    Robey also published an article titled "Androgynes, Amazons, Agenes: Transgender Studies and the College Girl, 1878" in the journal Legacy, vol. 36, no. 1.
Employee Assistance Program

See answers to frequently asked questions about your EAP.

Welcome New Employees

Kevin Carey '13 started July 1 as the Director of Student Involvement, replacing Liz Vales/Alanna Hill in a department reorganization.


Marjorie Miller '14 started July 1 as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement, replacing Liz Vales/Alanna Hill in a department reorganization.


Nicole Starcevich started July 1 as the Administrative Specialist II in the Career Center. She replaces Jennifer Jordan, who transferred to the Administrative Specialist II - Office of Student Involvement position, replacing Terri Knapp, who transferred to the Administrative Specialist II - Office of Residential Life position following Sandi Myers' retirement.

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