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Aug. 19, 2019

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Lydia Bertschi '05 Continues Cardiovascular Research through Nurse Educator Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Nursing Lydia Bertschi '05 is continuing to research cardiovascular disease in Haiti as the recipient of a 2019 Nurse Educator Fellowship.

Shermer Bestselling Author and Skeptic to Speak at President's Convocation
Michael Shermer, a bestselling author and the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, will speak during Illinois Wesleyan's President's Convocation on Sept. 4, complementing the University's intellectual theme for the year, Fact or Fiction.

Boryana Borisova '17 Serves as Library of Congress Junior Fellow
Boryana Borisova '17 experienced the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library while serving as a junior fellow with the Library of Congress this summer.

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Titan Athletics
  • The fall sports season gets underway with scrimmages for men's and women's soccer and volleyball this week.
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Professor of English Kathleen O'Gorman spent part of her summer interviewing children held at U.S. immigration facilities on behalf of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.  

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Students returning to Illinois Wesleyan's campus will notice facility improvements made over the summer months.

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Illinois Wesleyan football players returned to campus and a renovated football locker room.

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Tips for small business hiring were included in a column by Karen Bussone, director of the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan.

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Construction of the 26th Habitat Collegiate House, a joint project between Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan students, began this month.  

WXEF Radio, Effingham

Grant Wolfe '21, along with his Illinois Wesleyan basketball teammates, took a 10-day trip to Italy that included a series of exhibition games.

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Monday, Aug. 19


Regular Office Hours Resume – Summer hours end; campus offices will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

International Connections – International Connections is a pre-orientation program created specifically for the roommates of international students. This program engages students in conversations and growth to help support their individual success and enhance their roommate relationship. Other Pre-Orientation programs – Engaging Diversity, IMPACT and International Student Orientation – conclude today.

8 a.m., Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center – Fall Faculty-Staff Breakfast

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Young Main Lounge and CNS – Fall Faculty-Staff Conference



Tuesday, Aug. 20


New Students Arrive and Turning Titan Orientation begins – with activities through Sunday, Aug. 25.

6:15 p.m., Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall – New Student Convocation –  Part of Turning Titan Orientation events



Wednesday, Aug. 21

3 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. Aurora University (Scrimmage)



Friday, Aug. 23

4 p.m., Entry Level, The Ames Library – Faculty Scholarship and Creative Arts Reception – The Ames Library will host the annual Faculty Scholarship and Creative Arts Reception to showcase our faculty's rich scholarly, artistic, and creative productivity and provide an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate that work at the start of the new year.

5 p.m., Neis Field  – Men's Soccer vs. DePauw University (Scrimmage)



Saturday, Aug. 24

Returning Students Arrive

1:30 p.m., Shirk Center – Women's Volleyball - Green vs. White Scrimmage



Sunday, Aug. 25

4:30 p.m., Neis Field  – Women's Soccer vs. Knox College (Scrimmage)


Monday, Aug. 26

First day of classes!



* See Academic Calendars for this coming year and through 2022-23.

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  • The SPIE Optics + Photonics meeting is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America,consisting of 70 independent conferences along with a significant trade show. Once again, IWU B. Charles & Joyce Eichhorn Ames Professor Gabriel Spalding chaired the largest of these conferences, which highlighted Nobel Prize winning work, including a special session recognizing Nobel Prize winner and SPIE Fellow Arthur Ashkin. Spalding has served for 16 years on the Optics + Photonics Technical Organizing Committee for Nanoscience + Engineering.

Parking on Move-In Day Tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 20)

This week we will welcome new Titans into our community with the start of Turning Titan, our first-year orientation program, which begins with move-in day tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 20). We are asking that individuals who normally park in the Hansen Parking Lot avoid this location on Tuesday morning as the Hansen Center is the location for check-in for students and their families. Please try to park in the lot directly behind Evelyn Chapel or the lot directly east of the Hansen Lot (off Horenberger Drive).


If you are interested in what's happening this week, follow this link. Please be mindful that first-year students will be walking around with their name tags all next week, so feel free to say hello as we welcome them into our phenomenal community. Thank you to everyone who has a role in Turning Titan!


Enrollment Open for String and Woodwind Lessons

The String and Woodwind Preparatory Departments at Illinois Wesleyan University are enrolling students for private lessons on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, and clarinet.


Fall semester lessons begin Thursday, Aug. 22. The IWU String Prep Program offers weekly private lessons to students of all ages, chamber music, and recitals. For registration information, please contact Lisa Nelson at (309) 556-3547 or


Scholarships Available for Flute and Clarinet Players


A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available for weekly private woodwind lessons. Flute and clarinet players in the Bloomington-Normal area, grades 4-12, are eligible. Recipients will be selected based on musical potential and financial need.


Please contact Lisa Nelson at or (309) 556-3547 for more information.

2019-20 Holiday Schedule

The 2019-20 holiday schedule for IWU employees is available online.

You can also add the holidays to your Google calendar.

New Faces, New Places

Get to know new colleagues who have joined Illinois Wesleyan in the past year, plus learn about office relocations and name changes, at

In Sympathy
Emeritus trustee John Stutzman '54 died on Aug. 9 at age 91. With his wife Erma, who survives, he established the Peace Fellows Program at Illinois Wesleyan. Read an obituary.
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